Raonic Cheats Into QFs at ATP Montreal? Serena Bakes Bagel
by Staff | August 8th, 2013, 11:00 pm
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It’s like Christmas in Canada for tennis fans as wildcard Vasek “Popsicle” Pospisil and No. 11 seed Milos Raonic advanced into the Friday quarterfinals at the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Thursday.


Popsicle’s magic run, which has included downing hot-handed American John Isner and Radek “The Worm” Stepanek, continued on Thursday when he upended No. 5 seed Tomas Berdych 7-5, 2-6, 7-6(5).

“I don’t really know what’s going on now,” said a dazed Pospisil after the match. “Right now it’s okay. It was pretty emotional, I mean, just the hard work that I’ve put in…I have an opportunity tomorrow [against Nikolay Davydenko] that I don’t want to pass up.”

Raonic advanced in controversial fashion, upsetting No. 6 Juan Martin del Potro 7-5, 6-4, and literally upsetting the Argentine when he touched the net during a key point late in their match, but the chair umpire missed it and Raonic wasn’t about to call it on himself.

“I was fortunate that the line judge didn’t see it,” Raonic said. “It’s a lucky thing for me in my sense, unlucky for [del Potro]. Something that can go really both ways…It’s the exact same thing as having no challenges left and you get a bad line call. It’s bad luck. It was hard to be able to take this point on such a big point.”

Del Potro didn’t see it that way, and after the match tweeted, “Very upset after the match I lost. About the end…I think everyone saw what happened.”

No. 2 seed Andy Murray was also an upset victim, powered off the court by Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-3, in his first event since winning Wimbledon.

“Better keep your expectations low, enjoy the moment. Be okay, be satisfied. But you have to keep on going,” said a philosophical, reserved Gulbis in his post-match conference, failing to mention his occasional favorite topics of drinking, gambling or soliciting prostitution. “I’m feeling better. I’m feeling fitter, faster, more confident with my strokes. I just tried not to show any weakness.”

Other winners into the quarters were No. 4 Rafael Nadal a 7-6(6), 6-4 winner over Jerzy Janowicz, veteran Russian Nikolay Davydenko beating Alex Bogomolov Jr. 6-4, 6-3, Aussie qualifier Marinko Matosevic grinding past Frenchman Benoit Paire 7-6(7), 6-7(10), 6-3, and No. 7 Richard Gasquet coming from a set down to beat No. 9 Kei Nishikori 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.

“His serve is huge,” said Nadal of Janowicz, who failed to serve out the first set at 6-5, and was up a break in the second. “His forehand and backhand can be very dangerous…My feeling is if these kinds of players have the ability to learn a few things and to understand how to play the points, they have a big advantage.”

In the final night match top-seeded Novak Djokovic needed to come from a set down to defeat the powerful Denis Istomin 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

After the match Djokovic took to the court to dance to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” with ball kids and the tennis ball-costumed tournament mascot.

On the women’s side in Toronto, Belgian Kirsten Flipkens became likely the first player to lose bagel sets in singles to both Williams sisters in the same tournament, after beating Venus earlier in the event, losing Thursday to world No. 1 Serena 6-0, 6-3.

“After I won the first set I definitely thought about Venus, and I thought about what a good comeback Kirsten had, so I thought, ‘I’m not going to get overconfident,’” Williams said of Flipkens, who came from 0-6 down to beat Venus. “She’s obviously a really good player, so I was just trying to stay really focused as well as really intense at that moment.”

Upset-makers were Romanian Sorana Cirstea topping No. 15 Jelena Jankovic 6-3, 6-4, Slovak Dominika Cibulkova defeating No. 10 Roberta Vinci 6-3, 7-6(4), and Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova receiving a gift when No. 7 Marion Bartoli retired with injury trailing 7-6(5), 1-0.

The remaining matches on the day went according to plan as No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska hung on to defeat No. 14 Sloane Stephens 6-1, 7-6(2), No. 5 Sara Errani defeated France’s Alize Cornet 7-5, 7-6(3), No. 4 Na Li coming from a set down to beat No. 16 Ana Ivanovic 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(5), and No. 6 Petra Kvitova out-hit No. 12 Sam Stosur 6-3, 6-3.

Is it just us — no Maria, no Victoria, no…interesting personalities. Martina Hingis, come save women’s tennis!

On court Friday are Canadian (WC) Vasek “Popsicle” Pospisil vs. Nikolay Davydenko, Canadian (11) Milos “The Missile” Raonic vs. Ernests Gulbis, (1) Novak Djokovic vs. (7) Richard Gasquet, (4) Rafael Nadal vs. (Q) Marinko Matosevic, and on the women’s side (3) Agnieszka Radwanska vs. (5) Sara Errani, Dominika Cibulkova vs. (4) Na Li, (6) Petra Kvitova vs. Sorana Cirstea, and in the nightcap (1) Serena Williams vs. Magdalena Rybarikova.

FRIDAY MONTREAL SCHEDULE

CENTRAL start 12:00
[WC] V Pospisil (CAN) vs N Davydenko (RUS)

Not Before 14:00

[11] M Raonic (CAN) vs E Gulbis (LAT)

Not Before 18:00
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [7] R Gasquet (FRA)

Not Before 20:00
[4] R Nadal (ESP) vs [Q] M Matosevic (AUS)


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114 Comments for Raonic Cheats Into QFs at ATP Montreal? Serena Bakes Bagel

Sean Randall Says:

Let’s just hope Delpo’s back isn’t going to be an ongoing issue.

Good win for Nadal who should get through Matosevic now.

Jerzy’s definitely a future stud. Once he gets a better handle on that dropshot he’s going to be that much tougher to beat.

Poor result for Murray, but that was some of the concern coming in. How much would Andy expend in Montreal? Apparently, not much.

Then again, maybe Ernests is really that good?

As for Djokovic, the struggles continue. Luckily he’s playing another mentally weak player (Gasquet) before what looks to be a certain showdown Saturday against Rafa. Instead of working on his dance act maybe he should hit the practice courts instead after his matches.


Tennisfan Says:

Djokovic will win vs nadal…I don’t think Rafa will go all out in a grindfest on hard courts with djokovic just before the US Open


nadalista Says:

“My feeling is if these kinds of players have the ability to learn a few things and to understand how to play the points, they have a big advantage.”

Intelligent assessment of Jerzy’s game, Rafa.

“I was fortunate that the line judge didn’t see it,” Raonic said. “It’s a lucky thing for me in my sense, unlucky for [del Potro].

Another one who has a lot to learn. 1. Cheating your way to victory is never a good thing. 2. After the fact, keep your mouth shut.


sopedantic Says:

Raonic not only cheats; he lies. What he did is not the same as having no challenges and getting a bad call.
A player with even a shred of integrity will always make the call on himself when he touches the net. Now we know who Raonic is.


nadalista Says:

@sopedantic, agree.

At the end of the day, it boils down to that one word doesn’t it: integrity, or lack thereof.


Alex Says:

Roanic is a disgrace, now its not only his serve-bot style I dislike. Hes got some learning to do, lost lots of respect from other players for sure.


James Says:

I don’t understand how you cheat your way to a win and be happy or satisfied about it? One reason I wouldn’t cheat to win is because I’d just know in my heart that I didn’t deserve the win, that I didn’t earn it.

Lol @Sean, right, he probably should spend more time practising his shots than his dance moves.

If I were Rafa, I’d go all out against Novak in the semi final. Beating your strongest rival in each encounter is important imo. Should they meet in Montreal, I back Rafa to win this time. Novak hasn’t been in his best form but will raise his game when he sees Rafa across the net. Still Rafa for the win. The Spaniard’s too good too tough to be beaten every single time on a HC or grass by the same opponent.


holdserve Says:

Nole touched the net at RG. Nole argued about the point and acted as if he was unfairly deprived of it and many if not all Nole fans also felt outraged! So different standards for Raonic and Nole? Raonic is a cheater but Nole is a great sportsman? Classy Nole, unclassy Raonic?
Clearly at RG, if the umpire hadn’t given the point to Rafa, Nole wouldn’t have been sporting enough to admit his fault!


Nadalista Says:

@James, notice how every player raises heir game when they see Rafa across the net? I don’t expect Novak to be different if and when he plays Rafa in the semis.

You saw it with Jerzy yesterday, you see it with Gulbis each time he plays Rafa? This is why Rafa’s matches are such fun to watch, because you know Rafa, and whoever is his opponent of the day, will bring it!


holdserve Says:

James, I hope you are right! A win by Rafa over Nole at Montreal would make my day!


Steve 27 Says:

holdserve, this is double standard. If my favorite not win is unfair, however, here only criticize rightly Raonic but the Serb was far more glaring. And the point was well awarded for Rafa Nadal. Only here, the fans have regained their sanity.


James Says:

@ holdserve, re Nole at RG, the chair umpire Pascal Maria rightly awarded that point to Nadal. So nothing much more to talk about it after that. Had Nadal been robbed of that point, I’m sure many fans would have come out against Novak too like they have against Raonic.
I think Rafa’s winning this time against Nole. He’s once again confident against the Serb. It won’t be easy but he should win.

@ nadalista, for Novak, Rafa was and is the man to beat, the way Roger was the man to beat for Rafa. Novak now is the man to beat for Rafa. I hope Novak and Rafa both make it to the semis. Then we’ll see if Rafa beats Novak for the first time in 3 years on a HC and remain unbeaten on the hard surface this season or not.


nadalista Says:

“…….and remain unbeaten on the hard surface this season or not.”

Like!


The Great Davy Says:

My research for today’s match: Fire crack, fudgesicle, and spongebob with gum ball.


RZ Says:

Not a good result for Murray, but thank you Tennis-X Staff for not using the word “stunned” or “shocked” in describing the upset. Those words are overused anytime a top player is upset. Sometimes it’s a shocker (e.g., Stakhovsky beating Fed at Wimbledon this year); but many times it’s just a mild upset or an upset that’s not out of the blue. With Gulbis I think any match could be an upset alert.


skeezer Says:

Gulbis is that good. He has played many of the top guys tough. When he decides to discipline his game(if ever that happens), he’ll be very formidable.


the DA Says:

Davydenko retires at 0-3 due to breathing problems. Pospisil into the semis! Oh Canada.


The Great Davy Says:

I had bad popsicle last night. Oops


RZ Says:

^ LOL. No more frozen desserts for you, Great Davy.


Lou_tennisfan Says:

With Murray out, such a great thing that Nadal is back. Otherwise it would have been another washout tournament for Nole.

Rafael Nadal Superstitions and Knee Issues – Hoax or Fact? http://tinyurl.com/n8joukc


AD Tennis Says:

Djokovic is playing some of the worst tennis of his life. However, once he makes that semi-final against Rafa, I think his game will click into top-gear. He has a very cozy apartment in Rafa’s mind.

The question is, can he clear up the cobwebs in his game, in time for the big match? He did that at Monte Carlo but was too passive at Paris.

I really like Raonic and what he did was terrible but let us also be fair. This is a generation where medical time outs and dubious injuries are considered part of the tactical strategy. When tennis gets umps who can really call players out for time delays or on-court coaching – Uncle Toni dared the ATP by publicly confirming something all the tennis world was aware of, we can then try to pain Raonic as the bad guy and cheater in tennis. Any time you have sport where umpire are weaklings, young people make wrong choices that they should not. I coach young kids and they will try to pull a fast one in the heat of the match. They are NOT evil. They just dont know better. Unlike ATP refs, I do my job and set them on the right path.


the DA Says:

LOL. 4 DFs in one game from Gulbis. What an epic collapse. His antics have made the crowd cheer his mistakes. Looks like we could see an all Canadian SF.


the DA Says:

LOL again. Raonic plays a crappy game to give the break back.


the DA Says:

An all Canadian SF it is. Gulbis said beforehand that his win over Murray was the start of his ascent to the top 10. hehe Not quite there yet Ernie.


James Says:

“He has a very cozy apartment in Rafa’s mind.”

Novak? You serious? It didn’t look like he did in their RG semi final. Lost from 4-2 up in 5th set, no? Ummm we’re in 2013 now, not 2011 when Rafa at times played timidly against Novak. If they meet in Montreal, we’ll know where they both are in their rivalry, no? Then there’s US Open and many more tournaments to come. Let’s see, no?


James Says:

BTW, is the draw for Cincinnati out yet?


Long Live The King Says:

AD Tennis:

Very well said. It is quite unfair that Raonic is made to look like he is some kind of villain. The culprit here is the umpire. WTF was he doing?

I dont trust anyone who says they will call the lines. When I play, if it is too close to call, we just play another point. With a professional match on the line, we are expecting these people to fess up? Why are we being so naive.

As for Djokovic having a mental edge over Nadal, I think they are extremely tough competitors but on hardcourts, there is no doubt Djokovic is the better player. The numbers are too much in his favor. It means if Djokovic and Nadal bring their best games, on this surface, Djokovic should beat Nadal. Whether he will, I am not sure.

Their dynamic is clearly established. Novak is the better player on hardcourts and indoors (probably that means carpet or other fastcourts too) and Nadal on clay. On Grass, the jury is still out – we might have to wait a few more years.


the DA Says:

“He has a very cozy apartment in Rafa’s mind.”

I don’t think so now. More of a timeshare.


Nadalista Says:

Ehmm, Raonic cheated because Uncle Toni dared the ATP by publicly confirming something all the tennis world was aware of?

Sorry, don’t follow…….


POV Says:

ADTennis,
Youre right, we should be fair. Hes just a kid.


James Says:

the DA Says:

“He has a very cozy apartment in Rafa’s mind.”

I don’t think so now. More of a timeshare.
August 9th, 2013 at 5:25 pm
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A BnB.


the DA Says:

@ James – The Cincy draw starts in 15 mins.


courbon Says:

@ james: I have to agree with you ( I don’t want to-but I have to…).Novak and Rafa are pretty equal now.Timeshare.You said it.
Murray has a upper hand over Novak right now, but just.Next couple of tournaments will show in which direction wind blows.


James Says:

Thanks @the DA.


James Says:

@courbon, they’re all pretty much equal right now imo. Nadal vs Murray (since he won a slam) is the one we don’t know yet.


the DA Says:

The ladies draw is being held first so it’ll be a while before we find out about the men.


James Says:

@courbon, are you watching the Richie-Nole match? Novak’s started strongly, serving very well. Breaks Gasquet and leads 2-0.


courbon Says:

@ James: Yes, Novak looks very sharp.


James Says:

Djokovic in a hurry to finish the match, closes the first set 6-1 in just 24 min!
Yep @courbon, looking very sharp. In good form, he’s on fire today.


the DA Says:

Ugh, I don’t like the way they’re tweeting the draw. Only giving 1st round match-ups.


Brando Says:

Typical Gasquet: drops his head at the first sign of a resisting opponent.

Story of his career.

Novak looks…. fluent. Richard is making the scorecard looking more one sided than Novak is forcing it to be.


andrea Says:

every player on the tour has had the fortune of a missed call and the misfortune of a bad call. while i agree that roanic certainly shouldn’t be saying things like he was fortunate the ump didn’t see it, at the end of the day, this stuff happens all the time. plus, the players aren’t there to make final calls…that’s what umps are for. more importantly, who says that even if he didn’t get that point he wouldn’t have won the match?

what no one is talking about is lame-ass berdych and his totally unprofessional underhand serve to pospisil. are you kidding me? berdych was in complete control of what he was doing and opted to show just what a wank he is. obviously being outplayed by a young upstart makes the chronic bridesmaid berdych face the fate of his dwindling career.


the DA Says:

Cincy, some 1st round matches to look out for:

Sock vs Raonic

Dimitrov vs Almagro

Blake vs JJ

Gulbis vs Youzhny


courbon Says:

@ Brando:Yep.Gasquet- beautiful talent but a mental midget…


the DA Says:

Federer will play either Kohlschreiber or Fish in his first match. Tough on Mardy…..or maybe not.


the DA Says:

Uh-oh, possible Rafa/Roger QF in Cincy. If Rafa decides to go of course.


the DA Says:

Oh crap, Andy meets winner of Youhzny and Gulbis in his first match :-O


James Says:

What is that? 38% first serve for Gasquet!!! Novak to serve for the match. This one sided match is over now. Nole to win 6-1, 6-2!


courbon Says:

@Da : If Andy meets Gulbis, he will destroy him this time


James Says:

3 MPs. It’s over in less than an hour! Novak destroys Richard Gasquet!


Brando Says:

@Courbon:

Hi.

Nole’s playing… efficient. But yep: Gasquet’s mental frailty takes care of business for Novak like other top players who play Richard.

All you do is:

- Richard plays some flashy shots at the start
- You stay tough and solid
- Richard starts realizing you are not going to budge
- You start smiling since you know Richard is about to melt like ice in the Sahara desert
- Hey presto: we have found water in the desert since Richard has melted in the face of heat once again.

It always happens without fail.

Not going to bother with the Rafa match. He should- provided no Darcis, Rosol episode happen- win.

Too tired.

Night C, and everyone else. Remember: play nice and trash Raonic! :-)


courbon Says:

@ James; Nice, short match for Novak to get ready and rested for Nadal


James Says:

Is Novak gonna be dancing now? ;)


courbon Says:

Nighty night Brando


courbon Says:

He is keeping his dance moves for tomorrow….


James Says:

@courbon, Novak’s in some scary form now, no?;) in this form he’s gonna be really tough to beat.


skeezer Says:

Gotta say, like the playfulness nowadays with Novak. getting the fans involved, clapping and dancing. Better than the shirt ripping and the other guy with the Vamos with a locked elbow and fist. I mean….this is gotta be fun for the fans. Kudos to him to wait until Gas got his due clap and exit off. NIce stuff.

And oh btw 1 and 2 over Gas? Look out Montreal…


the DA Says:

@ courbon – “If Andy meets Gulbis, he will destroy him this time”

I hope so. I hope Andy hears that Gulbis said he was afraid of him. That kind of thing fires Andy up.

Meanwhile Andy & Colin just beat the No.5 seeds in straights and are into the SFs. Great job (and good extra practice). They will meet either the Bryans or Lindstedt/Nestor.


the DA Says:

Haha….Federer, Nadal, Berdych and Murray all in the same half at Cincy.

Possible Cincy quarters: Nole vs Gasquet, Ferrer vs Delpo, Federer vs Nadal, and Berdych vs Murray.

Nole will be doing the snoopy dance – nevermind “Get Lucky”


courbon Says:

@ james:He looks good but…Novak played whole Wimbledon tournament great tennis.Fantastic serve and all.And we know what happened on the end…Let see whats happens tomorrow.

@ DA: He will.Andy lost was just a little blip…

@ Skeezer: Agree with you.Something different at least.Your man Fed just landed in Nadals and Murrays half in Cincy….ouch.


courbon Says:

@DA:Happy with the Novak draw…apart from Delpo being there.


Brando Says:

@the DA:

LMFAO: that draw!

Nole has got Cincy in the bag for sure!

Easy street to the final with ONLY threat Delpo feeling knackered with a minor back issue and then:

- Rafa: worst event on tour, 0-2 v Nole there
- Fed: poor form, brute draw (Rafa, Andy, Nole)
- Muzza: Gulbis/ Berdych with the big game that hurts him, then maybe Rafa and then Nole. Too much.

Now it is night time for me- and i’m beating a really good night sleep for Courbon with this draw!

To quote one Jamie:

Nole to win Montreal, Cincy!

Book it!


Brando Says:

^i’m betting!!

Try not to grin too hard to sleep with that draw will ya Courbon: i’m crying with envy here!

Sniff, sniff night all! :-)


courbon Says:

If Jamie said that-it must be true.
‘Sweet dreams are made of this…’
Good night


the DA Says:

@ courbon – Yes, I thought you’d be pleased with his draw. ;) I would be too.


courbon Says:

I’m OK if Novak losses tomorrow but wins Cincy…with Fed and Rafa being greedy and owning all possible records in tennis at leat novak would have one that they don’t!


James Says:

@courbon, in this form Novak is the favorite against Nadal tomorrow. But then yea Nadal isn’t going to play him the way Gasquet or others did. Hope it happens, Rafa-Novak semi.


James Says:

Novak will win Cincy. He should. You don’t get that kinda draw every day unless you’re that guy.


courbon Says:

@ James: Hmmm…is he a favourite? On the paper yes but I think they are 50-50.Well, lets see tomorrow ( Nadal will win tonight,no doubt ).
Good night, speak to you tomorrow night.


El Flaco Says:

Fed won’t be a threat on the fast courts of Cincy if he plays with the new racquet.. I would pick Nadal over Fed if that is the case. He has less control of his shots and that will be even more pronounced on a fast surface compared to slower clay. I thought someone said Nadal isn’t playing Cincy. Maybe he signed up and will withdraw at the last moment if he gets to a predetermined round(semis probably) in Montreal. I think Nadal will crush Metosevic tonight.


the DA Says:

I’m happy for Nole to get that Cincy draw…as long as nature balances things out and Andy gets his draw at the USO ;)


POV Says:

Courbon
Nole has all the giants


James Says:

G’nite @courban @Brando!


courbon Says:

@ POV: Yes.Raonic,JJ, Delpo….He can deal with Raonicv and JJ and delpo will fight each other so he gets only one.I know, draw look Ok for Novak but it was same in Wimbledon and look what happened. By the way, you are new here?If you are, let me welcome you to this blog ( I’m not that long here myself, about 2 years ). You sound like a Novaks fan so its nice to have a back up here-some good Novak fans are not posting for a while so its not many of us.But to be fair, lots of Andys, Rafas and Fed fans are very reasonable and easy to talk.Speak to you tomorrow ( I have to wake up in 3 hours, I’m toasted for sure…)


James Says:

Rafa’s come out playing aggressively and not looking slow like yesterday.


Legend Says:

Rafa vs a Qualifier….the stadium is fully packed !!
Rafa is a great crowd puller.
He was not there at Miami and it was a complete failure.
The game needs Rafa.


metan Says:

James, hope he rises his game in each match, especially for tommorow.


James Says:

@Legend, isn’t this qualifier playing better than Gasquet did today though? Like what I’m seeing of Rafa today.


James Says:

metan!! Are you watching the match too? Rafa’s 5-1 ahead in the first set. He’s playing good aggressive tennis. Matosevic isn’t playing too bad for a qualifier but Rafa’s too good for him atm.


metan Says:

James, yeeeessssss .


James Says:

wow! What a point! DTL forehand winner!Vamos Rafa!


Legend Says:

Yes James, Matosevic is playing good tennis.
But as you said Rafa is playing fabulous tennis. After a decent workout with JJ his returns are spot on.
Nole will have to play at his BEST to beat Rafa on this fast HC.


Legend Says:

Rafa’s footwork and movement are smooth and fluid….easily running around and dominating with his forehand which seems to have found a new level of easy power.
BH is solid too.


metan Says:

I think Rafa needs to have tough draw to rise his game.

Yes James, That’s fabulous!!!!! Come more.


Alex Says:

You kidding me?

Matosevic is playing cra*.

I thought Rafa would get better prep for his match vs Novak.


Legend Says:

“I think Rafa needs to have tough draw to rise his game”
I agree Metan. He got one at Cincy. Likely opponents….baby fed, fed, murray and nole.
Thats a great draw to prepare well for the USO.


James Says:

Yes, Legend, it’s going to be a real battle between them tomorrow. Novak demolished Gasquet earlier today. He’s in very good form now, but I think Rafa’s ready for the challenge. I like how he’s moving so well again without any visible discomfort.

Metan, yes sometimes it’s good to play some tricky players early on in tournaments. Like I said yesterday, playing JJ was good for Rafa.


James Says:

Alex, Matisevic is playing better than Gasquet did earlier today. He’s playing well for a Qualifier, thats what I said. He isn’t a top 10 player.


skeezer Says:

“Yes James, Matosevic is playing good tennis”

LMAO


James Says:

skeeze, Rafa not looking old, fat and slow today, no? :D


James Says:

Vamos Rafa! 6-2, 6-4 it is. The real battle’s tomorrow.
Gonna go sleep now. G’nite folks!


Legend Says:

Decent performance by Rafa to get to the semis of a fast HC masters.
Or should we call it as a slow HC masters since Rafa is doing well ?


Nadalista Says:

With that win, Rafa rises to #3 in the rankings.

Well done Rafa!

Vamos!


Bad Knee Rules Says:

“@Legend, isn’t this qualifier playing better than Gasquet did today though?”

LMAO


Legend Says:

“With that win, Rafa rises to #3 in the rankings.”

Yes and also will remain at No.1 in YTD rankings.

Not bad for someone who has played just 5 months of competetive tennis in the last 1 year.


Kimberly Says:

Cincinnati draw not very balanced. Will be interested to see who gets the night matches. In the heat it could be critical. I remember one year Murray complained to the organizers he kept getting day matches and it was hot so they have him a two pm match which he promptly lost and get out of there!

If fed will beat nadal at this stage cincy, Paris and London are where I think his chances are best. But I’m wondering if that match even happens. I would love it I nadal plays cinci.aybe he could surprise everyone and do very well!


skeezer Says:

“@Legend, isn’t this qualifier playing better than Gasquet did today though?”

LMAO
—-

Comparing this guy with Gas just shows ones tennis IQ


James Says:

skeezer Says:
“@Legend, isn’t this qualifier playing better than Gasquet did today though?”
LMAO
—-
Comparing this guy with Gas just shows ones tennis IQ
August 9th, 2013 at 9:49 pm
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Thanks.


Skeezer Says:

Actually like Rafa’s new strategy on return of serve. He is continuing to tinker and improve with what game he has. He cannot change his style, but is attempting to explore other strategies. Whether this works or not in the long run is yet to be seen, but his willingness to still improve and try change is a really good thing.


James Says:

Bad Knee Rules Says:

“@Legend, isn’t this qualifier playing better than Gasquet did today though?”
LMAO

August 9th, 2013 at 9:45 pm
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Bad Back Rules, did you watch Novak-Gasquet match?


El Flaco Says:

Matosevic’s biggest problem is he couldn’t change direction of the ball effectively. Against Rafa you need that one two combination of an aggressive cross court shot followed by a down the line. It’s easier said than done though. Players like Djokovic and Davydenko back in his prime were very good at doing that.

If Nadal plays Cincy he has a good draw. More qualifiers then maybe Nico who is a terrible fast hardcourt player. In fact, Dmitrov or Istomin might beat him anyway. Fed will be lucky to win 2 matches at Cincy with the big racquet.

Murray may have to play Gulbis again in his 1st Cincy match. LOL


James Says:

They forgot their current world no.1 player.
Scroll down and see below Murray Fast Facts:

http://m.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2013/08/32/Montreal-Thursday-Preview.aspx


Kimberly Says:

Davydenko innhis prime had the perfect anti rafa game, took the ball super early and redirected wherever he wanted with whippy shots. He really used to be a great striker of the ball. Never liked him though.


Kimberly Says:

Ok guys I confess i am a bad rafa fan tonightI was watching the dolphins preseason football but I have missed the nfl so. Skeezer what is the new strategy on return of serve. In Indian wells he standing far back and floating it deep and off pace and then coming closer to the baseline for the rally shots. Is he doing something different.


Annette Says:

Milos Raonic has always been gracious and a sportsman whether he wins or loses. So he didn’t correct a call that went his way, I’m sure he isn’t the first and won’t be the last but a cheat he is not. He was well on top in that game and probably would have won anyway, afterall it was only 1 point. I’m sure he will learn from that and he feels bad but give him a break, he is a decent guy who doesn’t deserve the backlash. Come On Milos. Good luck in the Semi Final and here’s hoping you make the final.


Legend Says:

“@Legend, isn’t this qualifier playing better than Gasquet did today though?”

James,
Yes a qualifer can very well play much better than a top player on his day.
How else would you explain the early losses of top wimby favorites to 100+ ranked qualies ?

Its their problem if people doesnt have enough IQ to understand this simple fact.


Legend Says:

“Bad Back Rules”

LOL


Skeezer Says:

^^ not egen attempting to respond to that answer…

——

@K

He is standing just behind the baseline on return, then when the server is in his service motion he will shuffle in, and then return with much shorter backswing, puttin him in a position (like Djoker) to attack the return. Sometimes he wins at it,, sometimes he loses. Applaud him for tinkering with it.


metan Says:

Skeezer,

Like your post at 10.02.
I thought I am the only one who noticed it. Kind like an expert, hehehe. Imo,he needs to practise more for improving his return. Last match , still had a hole on his return.

Real battle will be tomorrow.

Vamos Rafa , have good rest!!!!


Legend Says:

“not egen attempting to respond to that answer”

Good that you are trying to be less stupid….Way to go.

“Your” main man will be in action saturday night.


Skeezer Says:

Stupid?
Legend
ary.


nadalista Says:

RT @juanjo_sports: “Richie Gasquet hasn’t taken a set from Djokovic since 2007. That is all.”

Kinda got the feeling Reeshad likes the staus quo judging by his play yesterday.


James Says:

@Legend, Gasquet performed poorly under pressure yesteday against Novak. He could only get 39% of his first serves in play. He was visibly very nervous and played timidly.

Here’s the stats:

http://m.atpworldtour.com/Mobile/Scores/Match-Stats.aspx?Year=2013&EventId=0421&MatchId=MS004

Novak, on the other hand, played fantastic. It’s hard to imagine anyone beating a guy who plays like that on a HC. Hope Rafa can do it.


madmax Says:

Wow, Raonic should hang his head in shame. He should have been honest about that. Seriously bad and very disappointed that he allowed himself to be overcome with greed. Everyone saw it, and he should have been man enough to concede the point.

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