Stosur Fail; Federer v Worm, Djokovic v Dimitrov Tues at ATP/WTA Madrid
by Staff | May 6th, 2013, 11:58 pm
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Former French Open champ Sam Stosur’s claycourt conundrum continued on Monday at the Mutua Madrid Open in Spain as the No. 9-seeded Aussie was ejected in first round play by hot-handed unseeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro 7-6(7), 6-2.

“The draw wasn’t very good to me, and I knew the match was going to be difficult, so I was prepared with my tactics today,” Suarez Navarro said. “We only have one tournament here in Spain so for us it’s a really important week.”

No. 4 Aggie Radwanska was also a seeded upset Monday, downed by Brit Laura Robson 6-3, 6-1.

Also advancing on the women’s side Monday were No. 2 seed Maria Sharapova over Romanian qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru 7-5, 6-2; No. 3 Victoria Azarenka over Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-6(8), 7-6(3); No. 6 Angie Kerber strolling past France;s Alize Cornet 6-4, 6-2; and No. 7 Sara Errani grinding past Romanian Sorana Cirstea 6-4 in the third.

“There were a lot of ups and downs — when you don’t play so much, you kind of lose how to feel that momentum in the match,” Azarenka said. “I was just playing a little bit stupid, I think, and she definitely got loose and nothing to lose.”

Sharpaova will next meet the American qualifier Mchale.

“I’ve played against her a few times — once, twice maybe — once last year in Rome, I remember that match,” Sharapova said. “She plays extremely well. She dropped in the rankings a little bit, because I remember her being seeded at some of these events, and now she’s qualifying. But she plays the top players really well. She doesn’t have much to lose. I’m sure she’ll be playing really good tennis.”

No seeded upsets on the men’s side Monday in first-round play as three seeds advanced in No. 11 Nicolas Almagro who moved on when German qualifier Tobias Kamke retired in the second set citing a hip injury. No. 12 Milos Raonic won a nail-biter against Russian veteran Nikolay Davydenko 7-5, 7-6(5), and No. 14 Kei Nishikori eased past Jurgen “Tuna” Melzer 6-3, 6-2.

“I’ve just got to clean up crucial mistakes, take care of my serve, create a couple of opportunities on his serve and make the most of them,” said Raonic, who lost to Rafael Nadal in the Barcelona semifinals last month.

Other notable unseeded winners were Grigor Dimitrov, Kevin “Mr.” Anderson, “I’m from!” Jerzy Janowicz beating American Sam Querrey in straights, Denis Istomin topping (Q) Xavier “X-Man” Malisse, and big-serving American John Isner edging (Q) Guillermo “G-Lo” Garcia-Lopez 7-5, 7-6(8).

Matches to look for Tuesday in Madrid are a-plenty in (1) Serena Williams vs. grinder (WC) Lourdes Dominguez Lino, (2) Roger Federer vs. Radek “The Worm” Stepanek, (1) Novak Djokovic vs. Grigor “Mr. Sharapova” Dimitrov, (2) Maria Sharapova vs. (Q) Christina Mchale, (9) Janko Tipsarevic vs. (upset alert) Juan Monaco, Marcos Baghdatis vs. (WC) Tommy Robredo, (12) Milos Raonic vs. Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, (15) Dominika Cibulkova vs. Sabine Lisicki, an all-Russian in Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. (11) Nadia Petrova, and upset-maker (LL) Madison Keys vs. (WC) Anabel “Funky Cold” Medina Garrigues.

MANOLO SANTANA start 10:50 am
[Q] M Torro-Flor (ESP) vs [14] M Bartoli (FRA) – WTA
[1] S Williams (USA) vs [WC] L Dominguez Lino (ESP) – WTA

Not Before 3:15 PM
R Stepanek (CZE) vs [2] R Federer (SUI) – ATP
[3] A Murray (GBR) vs F Mayer (GER) – ATP

Not Before 8:00 PM
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs G Dimitrov (BUL) – ATP

Not Before 9:30 PM
[Q] C Mchale (USA) vs [2] M Sharapova (RUS) – WTA


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146 Comments for Stosur Fail; Federer v Worm, Djokovic v Dimitrov Tues at ATP/WTA Madrid

stewart Says:

roger will have to be careful with radek esp on clay
radek beat roger in rome some years ago on other surfaces radek has no chance.


Ben Pronin Says:

Federer’s outfit sucks… and yet it’s not even close to being as bad as Stepanek’s.


Wog boy Says:

Is it only me or Federer lost some weight?


RZ Says:

Nice to see Laura Robson pull off a couple of good wins (something she hasn’t done since the Aussie Open). Hopefully she’s back on track now.


RZ Says:

Yikes, that is a bad outfit on Fed. Wondering why they left the solid colors for his outfit. Perhaps it’s only because he’s playing Steps who can not be outmatched in the bad shirts department???


steve-o Says:

Very solid match from Federer, only one real blip when he got broken serving for the match, but otherwise not much rust after seven weeks off. He did a very good job of moving Stepanek around.

No comment on the shirt.


jatin Says:

I liked his outfit.It was far better than what he wore in that Australian open tourney.
It was the first time i didn’t enjoyed roger’s match.It was boring and full of errors from stepanek side.
Roger was looking like an old man.I don’t know but there was something lacking on that match.
Boring and roger don’t fit in same sentence though.

I think age is catching up now.Roger has certainly lost his charisma.
I don’t think he is anywhere close to level of rafa and novak.


Ahsan Najeeb Says:

Murray is struggling against Mayer… I wonder if he is fully fit


RZ Says:

Jatin, I liked the mint green top. It was the blue with gold top that I didn’t like so much.


the DA Says:

Whew, that was tough but also entertaining. Both trying to outwit each other. Not that surprised to see Andy struggling: Mayer’s style of play is so unpredictable and erratic, a different style to most of the other guys.


Margot Says:

I think Andy was struggling with the altitude and the heat more, tbh. Clearly he needs more matches.
Thought he looked rather nifty on the red stuff too and his serve stats were up.
Come on :) Can someone explain why it seems easier to serve aces to the deuce court. Or is it just right handed players? Or is it just my imagination? …;)


Ben Pronin Says:

Margot, it’s a right-handed players thing.


the DA Says:

Wow, caught the end of the Verdasco/Raonic match (a TB, of course). Verdasco beats Raonic and gets his best win since this tourny last year. Milos looked as blue as last year’s courts.


Frankie Says:

Stosur was NEVER a French Open Champion.


Margot Says:

Cheers Ben. So a left hander would serve better into the ad court?


Margot Says:

@ the DA
Verdasco has a winning record against Milos on clay, according to Fleming. On hard reverse.


the DA Says:

@Margot – thanks. Didn’t know that.

Meanwhile, Grigor giving Nole a real test. Blows 2 BPs with sloppy shots. And again, silly moment to give a time violation.


Ben Pronin Says:

Yes of course, that’s where the lefty advantage comes into play. It’s easier for a righty to serve wide on the deuce side, easier for a lefty on the ad side.


Ben Pronin Says:

Djokovic has set point with Dimitrov serving at 4-5, I turn away for a minute or two, and now Dimitrov is serving for the set at 6-5. Wow.


Ben Pronin Says:

And Djokovic, routinely, breaks right back. Why bother breaking each other at all?


Ben Pronin Says:

I can’t tell if it’s a strategy or if Novak is struggling to hit any sort of angles.


Ben Pronin Says:

Incredible rally for Djokovic to earn set point in the tiebreaker, but too bad it ended on a Dimitrov error.


Ben Pronin Says:

I don’t know what happened but Djokovic blew a set point on his own serve. Then Dimitrov hit a sick forehand winner to set up a set point on his own serve. And a bottom-of-the-net return from Novak gives Dimitrov the set. Incredible, constantly coming back. The mental stability is getting better and better. Also interesting, the commentators mentioned that Dimitrov hasn’t lost a match all year after winning the first set.

Djokovic should step it up, he’s definitely not playing great. It’ll also be interesting to see if Dimitrov can keep his level up. Would be an awesome win for him.


the DA Says:

Wow! Dimitrov finally manages to close out the set. Thought he blew it by not serving it out first time. I don’t think he can maintain this level though.


skeezer Says:

Tough first rd matchup for Nole…


Ben Pronin Says:

Novak basically going for broke now but Dimitrov is tiring him out with some very crafty drop shots.


nadalista Says:

RT @juanjo_sports: “Isn’t it amazing how Federer-esque Dimitrov’s shanks are? It’s like he studied film or something.”

#BabyFed


skeezer Says:

^ lol ;)


courbon Says:

Dimitrov is gooood…well, I think Novak is going earlier to practise for Rome.


Ben Pronin Says:

Once again Djokovic fails to break. Unless Dimitrov chokes, he’s going to win.


Margot Says:

Dimitrov is improving all the time.
Gr8 to see. Tennis needs new faces at the top.


skeezer Says:

Ben,

Can’t see the match. Is Grigor playing that well or Novak playing poorly are both?


Ben Pronin Says:

It’s a little bit of both, but honestly this match is getting pretty ugly. They’re both going through ups and downs. Both blowing break point opportunities. Both hitting some outrageous winners but a lot of ugly errors. Djokovic is trying to blast his way into form and it’s not working well. Dimitrov’s slice is doing plenty to throw him off rhythm but at the same time Dimitrov is still kind of inconsistent. But Dimitrov is up a set and serving first so I give him the edge.


harry Says:

Is it just me or is the court slowing down? The ball does not seem to be traveling as fast as it did 30 mins back…


Ben Pronin Says:

Dimitrov’s potential is unreal. He has a great forehand, a lot of variety on the backhand, a big serve. What’s Djokovic’s option? Try to move him around a lot, but even that doesn’t work great because Dimitrov is so long and tall he doesn’t have to move a great deal to get a lot of balls back.


courbon Says:

It’s you Harry…lay off the booze.


Ben Pronin Says:

So far each service game has been quite a battle but Dimitrov starts with a lead in every game, service and return.


Ben Pronin Says:

Djokovic can’t hit through Dimitrov. It’s like his wing span is from fence to fence.


courbon Says:

Dimitrov is better.Simple as that


Ben Pronin Says:

There’s the break. Like I said, Dimitrov wins if he doesn’t choke.


harry Says:

Ha ha, courbon! It is too early to start drinking :-)


Ben Pronin Says:

Djokovic whacked himself or something and my feed freezes. What just happened????


the DA Says:

Oh no! Poor Nole.


the DA Says:

@ Ben – he rolled his ankle again and grimaced in pain. MTO.


skeezer Says:

Ben,

Thanks for the game feed on the match. Where is kimmi when u need her?
I assume grigor is up a break in the 2nd?


harry Says:

Djoko breaks back!


the DA Says:

Strange crowd. Now they’re whistling either because Nole broke back or because he crossed himself.


Daniel Says:

Madrid is a different clay tourney, just 2 rounds and a bunch of tiebreakers.


steve-o Says:

Can’t believe people were already picking against Djokovic, bum ankle or no. It’s not over until the last point is played.

And Dimitrov hasn’t got the mental consistency or the experience to know what points are important and which points are not. After a strong start, he’ll fizzle and fail to make the push in the final set.


Sirius Says:

MTO = magical time out, i suppose?


harry Says:

^– yes


the DA Says:

Commentators think the crowd whistled at Nole because of the MTO. Maybe they haven’t forgiven him for beating Rafa in MC.


steve-o Says:

Mr. Pronin:

Gasquet wins if he doesn’t choke
Gulbis wins if he doesn’t choke
Dolgopolov wins if he doesn’t choke

But of course, they all end up choking, and so, lose.

Add Dimitrov to that list of amazingly talented whiz kids who have every shot in the book and play beautiful tennis, but who melt down at the crucial moment and beat themselves because they don’t know how to make effective use of what they have.


nadalista Says:

Time to cramp, Dimitrov……….


Sirius Says:

Another MTO


the DA Says:

Drama! This match has it all: now Dimitrov is cramping and Nole mishits a sitter and complains that it distracted him. His priority should be to work on his stamina.


Sirius Says:

Dimitrov either breaks now or loses the match


John Says:

Dimitrov needs to learn how to manage his Energy, you cant play at 150 percent without hurting the body. He needs to find that balance, hope he does.


nadalista Says:

Dimitrov is a joke…….he needs to go back to the Challenger circuit until he can sort his fitness issues out. This is the main ATP for crying out loud, you are expected to last 5 sets……….


John Says:

Wow these people are pissed that Djokovic beat Nadal at Monte…

Seems to be making Djokovic get pretty intense!

A bit unfair..


harry Says:

What drama!


harry Says:

Dimi has an MP!


harry Says:

Djoko gets back!


harry Says:

Djoko with a SP!


harry Says:

Dimi gets back!


Sirius Says:

Wow, this guy can fight!


jake Says:

true dat.


harry Says:

Oh a Dimi BH goes long giving SP to Nole


jake Says:

if its going to the third, then nole wins


harry Says:

and he gleefully takes it :)


steve-o Says:

Told you he would choke.


contador Says:

Well, Dimitrov appears to have more power than he used to – he has definitely improved, I’d say, but he still is having trouble with cramps and that is too bad.

Djokovic did turn his left ankle again – and it does sound like the fans are backing Grigor.

That was a great first set.

Novak was not faking anything. He went over on the left ankle much like he did in Boise.


the DA Says:

Rude crowd. Almost as bad as French at RG. They’re only making Nole fired up. After winning the 2nd set it looked like he was cursing them in Serbian or saying “don’t mess with me”. Can’t imagine Dimitrov is going to come back.


Ben Pronin Says:

OMG JUST SAW THE SCORE. I can’t believe I missed the meatiest part of the match. What happened????


djoko Says:

The amount of cheating and faking in this match by djokovic has been incredible. Thrice he tried to cheat by circling the wrong spots. Totally broke dimitrov’s rhythm by taking a 8 minute long medical time out and started running like a rabbit after that and finally asking for hinderance when grigor cramped mid rally. The Fakervic and Cheatervic on display today.


Sirius Says:

Break!


Polo Says:

This kid is good. He will still lose to Djokovic but he will have learned to be fitter if he really wants to go far in his career. That cramping tendency has to be addressed as soon as possible. There is no chance for him to win a major with that kind of problem.


John Says:

@Ben

Djokovic Rolled his ankle..

Demitrov was up a break in the second..Nole broke back…went to a tie break..

Demitrov had match point but started cramping just before the tiebreak I think.


contador Says:

It began as a great match, Ben.

But in the second set Djokovic turned his left ankle (seriously). It made me cringe. The crowd were whistling at him – hostile crowd.

Then Grigor started with the same cramping I saw him suffering in MC . Now the match seems like whichever one is fittest…

I’d actually feel better if Djokovic lost at this point. That red clay is as dangerous as the blue! lol


John Says:

This is Weird…

Last thing I was expecting…

Still think Djkovic will win, it will become to physical for Demitrov IMO..or just mayybbe he will choke.

Still an amazing performance, hes young and getting better faster than all the other up and comers..


Tennis Vagabond Says:

If Dmitrov wins, he will be the People’s Champion on Clay, for he that Beats the Man Who Beat the Man is the true lineal champ!


oromis Says:

Madrid crowd against Djokovic. “suck my =#! :-)” was Djokovic`s response to.the crowd….so much for being a role model


contador Says:

Grigor definitely has improved, John.

But…did you see him trying to shake off the cramps when he was serving? If it weren’t for his fitness, I would agree with you!


jake Says:

that backhand is deliciouss…


John Says:

Crazy Down the line back hand by Demitrov….

My goodness, with this Federer blue print play-style, who knows?

The Future Slams could be his for the taking, think three four years down the road, could be a devastating force..


contador Says:

Jerzy Janowicz was impressive earlier today.


contador Says:

Seems like a couple Bambi’s on ice out there.


harry Says:

Hi Conty!


harry Says:

wow! that IO Djoko FH!


contador Says:

Hi Harry, nice to see you :D


John Says:

^^^
Yes I did, I just wonder how meany of these matches he can afford to lose, or even win!

If he has to go to his physical limits to the point of hobbling around the court, to beat the best over three sets. How is he supposed to play 3 or even 2 tough matches in a row?

I still get the feeling hes trying to hard at times, overexerting his body.


John Says:

^
@contador


the DA Says:

Did Janowicz knock out Berdy?


contador Says:

Dimitrov is not moving like he was the first set. But Djokovic is helping his opponent , contributing some errors, atm.


Kimmi Says:

Maybe dimitrov is starting to mature now. Great performance win or lose. He gave rafa a hard time in Monte Carlo too, he is starting to make a name for himself. Good too see


harry Says:

Dimi does have a good serve winning 73% on first serve and 53% on 2nd (against Djoko on clay).


contador Says:

No Jersy did not knock out Berdych. He knocked out Sam Querrey though fairly easily, John.


harry Says:

wow! double MPs for Dimi on Djoko’s serve…


harry Says:

Dimi wins! What a class act Djoko is to acknowledge Dimi so warmly at the net…


John Says:

Amazing performance!

Gongrats DemitroV

Hes earned it, after all the close matches hes had lately vs Nole and Andy.


the DA Says:

Oh that was yesterday.

Anyway, the guy who ‘doesn’t know how to play the big points’ knocks out Nole. Impressive. He’s always been my fav amongst the young guns.

Commiserations Jane. The crowd are delirious. I’m not sure if it’s because they like him or because the biggest threat to Rafa is gone.


Kimmi Says:

Dimitrov :) can we call him baby federer now?


contador Says:

Well he better get that cramping problem fixed somehow – congrats to Grigor.

Have to say though, I am a bit relieved that Djokovic gets the time off to get ready for Rome and FO.

Howdy Kimmi. :)


nadalista Says:

Sooooo, Dimitrov beats the newly crowned King of Clay, what does that make him, New New King of Clay??


Ben Pronin Says:

If Dimitrov should go back to the challenger circuit then so should Del Potro. These guys don’t cramp regularly, they cramp against the likes of Djokovic and Nadal and sometimes Murray, the 3 fittest guys on tour who make a living off moving their opponents around endlessly.

Dimitrov shook off his cramps, though. And he finally gets a big win. Well deserved. I hope he backs it up. He needs a title, why not this one?


harry Says:

@conty:
“Have to say though, I am a bit relieved that Djokovic gets the time off to get ready for Rome and FO.”
That is a way of looking at it :-)


Giles Says:

Well done Baby Fed. You are way better than Daddy Fed. What a win:-)))))


Margot Says:

Oh my good goodness, who would’ve predicted that? Terrific from Grigor, splendid he’s made it at last.
Commiserations to Nole fans, all the top players seem vulnerable in the early matches.
@the DA
Was it you who said the court conditions would help GD?
Good shout if so :)


contador Says:

Harry…did you see what Novak did? That left ankle went right over …again. He was not faking anything.

All I want is healthy competition!

Who does Dimi play next?


Giles Says:

Joker swearing on court in Serbian. Deserved the boos!


Daniel Says:

Damm, Should have gone with my initial crazyness in Draw challenge where I hda Murray beating Djoko here and losing to Fed in the final!
Open door to Murray to finally make a clay final and is about time for him.

This is just what the doctors order for Dimitrov, this is how every champion carrer starts, beating the best. More drama to this season whihc has by far the best clay season in ages. Just with this lates 2 results in MC and Madrid


skeezer Says:

nice win for Dimitrov. Ben u called it!


Kimmi Says:

Great conty. Nice to hear from you. Happy for grigor. He is knocking on the door slowly but surely


harry Says:

@conty: yes, i agree — he was certainly not faking it. I agreed with you in your comment. May be it did not come out that way with that smiley :-)


Kimberly Says:

i picked him to win the tournament my draw is shot.


the DA Says:

@margot – I don’t remember saying it but it makes sense. I think Janowicz is going to give Berdy a rough time tomorrow based on what I saw. The conditions definitely favor the big hitters/servers.

BTW, I have to say it was pathetic of the crowd to boo Nole as he left the court. Disgraceful.


budum Says:

Well Nole cursed out the crowd soooo… being that he is the professional tennis player a booing doesn’t seem too inappropriate.


skeezer Says:

Madrid is in Spain right? So the crowd is mostly from Spain, right? Ok. Mmmm..

——

Kimberly,
I went down with the same ship :(
u see the warriors last night? ugh. there inexperience is showing but steph is so fun to watch.


Giles Says:

http://alturl.com/jjjv3
Great article written by classy Rafans!


nadalista Says:

Great article indeed @Giles!

Vamos!!


Bada Bing Says:

This match was an ‘anyone but Novak’ match. The crowd needed him to be eliminated, payback for MC.


Kimberly Says:

@skeezer I had the misfortune of showing up with a 7 year old at the American Airlines Arena to watch a basketball game. Wish the heat had done the same (show up).

Had to walk with a crying child through downtown Miami at 10:30 at night.

Yes I did watch the warriors after as I was too pissed off to go to sleep.


Kimberly Says:

so what happened with novak I didn’t see was dimitriv really good or was novak really bad or injured?


the DA Says:

Dimitrov was really good and Nole wasn’t 100%. A few too many uncharacteristic mistakes. But Grigor fully deserved the win.


Kimberly Says:

watching sharapova McHale on fromsport, mcale is late on all her shots. maybe she is just unused to sharapova pace


volley Says:

classy rafans! lol there is a mean spiritedness that is beginning to resemble the one which is displayed by the most militant fedfans. nice company to keep.


steve-o Says:

Well, I was totally wrong. Congrats to Dimitrov for holding his nerve in the third set and raising his game!


Thomas Says:

Everyone was right. THe Spanish crowd was nothing short of disgraceful. It was almost as bad as RG…


Ben Pronin Says:

I don’t even think Djokovic was making a lot of errors (stats could disprove me here) but he wasn’t hitting the angles well. You’re not going to hit through Dimitrov, you gotta move him around.


Wog boy Says:

I don’t mind Nole losing, particulary not against Dimitrov, but he should know better how to deal with nasty (understatment) crowd. He soludn’t let them under his skin, but he is only human.

Bada Bing,

I guees you were familiar with his visit to Czech doctor before Madrid.
http://english.blic.rs/Sports/9609/Novak-to-heal-ankle-injury-in-Prague


contador Says:

I was just reading about the match and had to come back edit my posts. Nole’s right ankle is the problem.

Thanks for the link, Wog boy.

The specifics about his injury are not something Nole wants to share in detail with the world and I can’t blame him. For him to go to Prague to have it checked by the Czech doctor after his performance and win at Monte Carlo is a bit of a concern. Glad he has time now to get ready for Rome and RG.


Wog boy Says:

contador,

No probs, Nole didn’t touch racquet for twelve days after MC, so I guess it was a reason for that. But that is not excuse, Dimitrov was due for a big win, he missed his chance in IW, though I wouldn’t mind if he had that win against Roger, Rafa or Andy and not Nole.


harry Says:

I know it is the wrong thread; on the other hand, no other current thread fits well for this…

In any case, this link has lists of 10 oldest winners for each GS (and the combined list for all GS):
http://i.imgur.com/J69zE05.png


DC Says:

Dimitrov is now the real Federer. – the king is dead – long live the king


skeezer Says:

@6:05 post. Glad no one paid attention to that link and commented. Curiosity made me look. Won’t happen again. It was sick, hateful jealous comments to out Novak, and anyone else not Rafael Nadal. It shows one the delusional depths of the Rafanatics. No where nohow have it has ever been seen such pitiful comments. It was spewed with unproven allegations at a player, whilst telling the Rafa faithful to not do that and focus on Rafa. Contradictory at best. Tennis fans beware!

Would encourage every tennis fan to read that link, you will find out clearly what this fan cult is all about.


Humble Rafa Says:

The Egg Lover will be fine. He is just a drama queen – bringing up injuries after every loss. He needs to grow up and grow a pair.


queen Says:

skeezer u need a good sleep! Spend too much time on reading and writing this cr@p lol


queen Says:

The Serb expected love from Spanish crowd? Lol there is only one tennis king in Spain!


Bada Bing Says:

‘He needs a title, why not this one?’

Sure Ben, let’s see if the Madrid crowd cheers Baby Fed on against Rafa, if he makes it past tomorrow. I personally don’t see why Rafa and the crowd there need to eliminate Novak for their guy to win.


skeezer Says:

@HR
Well if he is(a drama queen), he will never be bested by the all time best drama queen ever.

YOU.


Aon Says:

what a match, impressed with the way baby fed played, his one hand BH was outstanding against djoker.


jane Says:

Missed the match (am traveling & busy) but hope all is okay with Nole. Am sure he will bounce back. Ajde Noleee! Hugs to all the sweet Nole fans here, and thanks for kind words DA & Margot. Go Muzza!! :)

Perhaps Dimitrov can capitalize on his win? But Stan will be tough.

Volley, ah yeah, what’s with that? … 0_o


volley Says:

@ jane

i don’t know. there used to be classy rafa fans here. not lately. anyhow, you know what they say about karma. ;o


madmax Says:

grigor has come of age. And Novak fans should not be disappointed with this loss. Perhaps a little surprised, but the guy is number 1 and played a stack of tennis recently, he can afford to get that ankle seen to.

When I watched him injure that ankle at a previous tournament, it was really nasty. He played through it though, and now, likely he will need to rest it properly for the French Open, so important that he is out early – I think this could be a blessing in disguise.

Grigor has improved since he dropped Both fed’s and stan’s previous coach, Peter Lundgren. He seems to have found his way through the tennnis hype and is now a force to be reckoned with amongst the young ‘uns, Raonic, Dogopolov (what’s happened to him?) dare I say, Tomic??? (still got to sort out the attitude I think), but certainly grigor is a very interesting player to watch.

He has certainly sent his warning signals to the Roger, Andy and Rafa.


jamie Says:

contador Says:

Glad he has time now to get ready for Rome and RG.

____________________________

Those two tournaments belong to Nole this year.

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