Djokovic Eases Into Indian Wells 3rd RD As Berdych, Tsonga Slump; Federer, Nadal Return Monday
by Staff | March 9th, 2014, 11:12 pm
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Novak Djokovic’s path to a third Indian Wells title got that much easier on Sunday when fellow Top seeds Juan Martin del Potro, Tomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga all were eliminated from the bottom half of the draw.

Del Potro was the first causality withdrawing earlier in the day due to continued problems with his left wrist.

Later, Tomas Berdych, who had won 11 of his last 12 matches, fell to Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in three sets in what the Czech called one his worst matches of the season.

“He was a tough opponent… [and] really handled the tough situation today really well,” said Berdych of Agut who had beaten Berdych before.”β€œAnything I touched today was basically bad and was wrong. It [was] definitely my worst match that I had this year. I was late everywhere. I was not hitting the ball cleanly and that’s it.”

Tsonga followed by losing meekly to countryman Julien Benneteau 6-4, 6-4. Tsonga has now lost three of his last four matches.

Djokovic capped the night pulling away from Victor Hanescu 7-6, 6-2 to run his record to 7-0 against the Romanian. The 2-time Indian Wells champion is seeking his first title of the season.

Other second round men’s winners included another Frenchman, Richard Gasquet, Fernando Verdasco, Marin Cilic, Grigor Dimitrov and John Isner who defeated Nikolay Davydenko 7-6, 6-3 to keep America alive in the tournament.

“It was a very good start,” said Isner. “I was happy with how I played. I felt my intentions were good out there. I played well. I created a lot of opportunities for myself on return and that’s really all I can ask for.

“So as far as that goes, I’m very happy. Could have been a little bit cleaner, but all in all I thought I played well. I served extremely well, stayed aggressive for the most part. Happy to be through. These conditions are very good for me.”

In the women’s field, Agnieszka Radwanska posted a double bagel win over Annika Beck to advance to the fourth round.

Former champion Caroline Wozniacki went the distance to turn away Slava Shvedova 7-6, 3-6, 6-1.

“Playing her is always tricky, especially here because the ball bounces so high – her serves were bouncing way over my head and I had a really tough time getting into the rhythm at the start of the match,” Wozniacki said. “I managed to fight through and win that first set. I’m not sure how, I guess my running really got me through that. And then I started playing some pretty good tennis in the third.

“But before the third set it was really just a battle and a scramble.”

Rising stars Simon Halep and Genie Bouchard also won they’ll now meet in a terrific fourth round match on Tuesday.

“Every time I go on the court I think I can win,” said Australian Open semifinalist Bouchard. “I’m happy with what I did today and I’m just going to look forward to my next match and another Top 10 player. I’m really excited.

“[Halep's] definitely improved a lot. I think she’s a really good, solid player. I’m excited to play her. I’m looking forward to playing against her game.”

On a loaded Monday schedule, Grand Slam champions Roger Federer (v Tursunov), Rafael Nadal (v Dolgopolov), Li Na, Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic (v Stephens) are in action, and that’s just on the main Stadium 1 court. On Stadium 2 it’s Andy Murray (v Vesely), Stanislas Wawrinka (v Seppi) and Petra Kvitova (v Kuznetsova).

Also on Stadium 2 is a showdown between two of the ATP’s biggest drama queens, Gael Monfils and Fabio Fognini.

SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 10 MARCH 2014

STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – [1] N Li (CHN) vs K Pliskova (CZE)
ATP – [27] D Tursunov (RUS) vs [7] R Federer (SUI)

Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – [4] M Sharapova (RUS) vs [Q] C Giorgi (ITA)
ATP – [1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [28] A Dolgopolov (UKR)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – [11] A Ivanovic (SRB) vs [17] S Stephens (USA)

Not Before 8:30 pm
ATP – [11] T Haas (GER) vs [19] K Nishikori (JPN)

STADIUM 2 start 11:00 am
ATP – J Vesely (CZE) vs [5] A Murray (GBR)
ATP – [23] G Monfils (FRA) vs [13] F Fognini (ITA)
ATP – [3] S Wawrinka (SUI) vs [29] A Seppi (ITA)
WTA – [27] S Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [8] P Kvitova (CZE)

Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – [12] D Cibulkova (SVK) vs [23] E Makarova (RUS)
ATP – R Federer (SUI) / S Wawrinka (SUI) vs E Gulbis (LAT) / M Raonic (CAN)


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121 Comments for Djokovic Eases Into Indian Wells 3rd RD As Berdych, Tsonga Slump; Federer, Nadal Return Monday

skeezer Says:

This is why guys like BirdsH!t, etc, never get into the top 4/5. A bady day? You have to be consistent and not just get streaky now and then. Tsonga results too. C’mon gutys, wh’s gnna take over once the top 3 / 4 are gone?


Margot Says:

^ Next tops: RBA, Thiem, Dimi, JJ…possibly, seems injury prone.Who else?
In betweeners: Cilic and….Gulbis? Don’t laugh!


Perfect fan Says:

3 TOP 10 guys perished already, with the 3rd rnd yet to start….does this year gonna be the mother of all surprises??

a non-big 4 slam winner….and now a….phew!! may be I m getting too excited too early….chillax pf!!


Margot Says:

@Perfect Fan
The times they are a-changing……or are they ;)
Whatever, do wish tennis-x would start looking towards the future more.
Or will tennis, and all tennis sites, just die when Fedal retires?
Discuss.


Gordon Says:

Top 10 guys left by quarter -

1, 10, 5

3, 7

8

2

The bottom half looks like Djokovic will play Gasquet, but only if Gasquet knocks off the winner of Dimitrov vs Gulbis.

The top half should be Murray vs Nadal, winner meeting the emerging Swiss victor.

But who knows? Lots of surprises so far!

Women’s side – Halep vs Bouchard should be great; both girls should be in the top 5 within a year.


John Says:

Wow this really is A Golden Era, not!

This argument has been totally debunked over the last 12 months. I would suggest certain people should stop saying it as they just appear foolish; whats new?


Gordon Says:

Margot – they won’t die, but hopefully some of the craziness will.

What will it take? More new winners like Wawrinka capturing the Australian Open. Out of the new crop we will be seeing at least a couple of guys emerge. Gulbis, Dimitrov, Raonic, Nishikori – these guys are all getting better. Soon they and others like them will emerge. Then they will deserve the ink.

When that happens there will be bandwagon jumpers as there has always been. This the way of fandom in this sport.


Ben Pronin Says:

Skeeze, Tsonga and Berdych will probably be gone before Murray and Djokovic anyway, so they don’t have to worry about taking up the mantle or anything.

Tsonga has been pretty off all year except for the one final he made in Marseille. As for Berdych, this was a really bad match for him and it’s unfortunate. I’m going to quietly sneak off his bandwagon for now but Bautista Agut isn’t half bad and beat Berdych just last year. Sometimes it’s just a match-up thing, you know?


Perfect fan Says:

@Margot, I have always been a big roger fan and i also like n admire other big guys like rafa,nole,muzza,delpo for their competitiveness and sheer hunger for success. I also get excited to see new crop of players continuously challenging top dogs and sometimes beat them as well. Its really good for the sport but so far i have not noticed anyone apart from the big 4 who can convincingly dominate the tennis circuit….lotsa talents there who are promising like dimitrov, nishikori, raonic, anderson, gulbis, jj, pospisil….but none to make believe, they are ready, maybe 2-3 yrs later, who knows?? The 2-tier players like berdych, tsonga, stan, ferrer have given a few surprises here n there but not enough to go the distance in the big stage….untill stan did this year and infused the belief among other players that its not impossible. Even big-4 fans start thinking, is it the end of the big 4 dominance, will thr be a new big-4 or big 3 or big 2….but it seems after a long long time, slams from here on will not be a given among selected few. It is getting really exciting for tennis enthusiasts at the moment. May be all gets back to the previous state with the top ones gearing up, maybe not….but whatever comes, its gonna be a thrilling ride for sure.

But tell u what, with the current state TX forum is in….I seriously wish that someone pretty soon storms into the picture and steal the limelight. I m completely done with this fedal non-sense. I feel like throwing up sometimes, reading through some of the obsessive fans posts which are nothing but complete garbage.

Lets hope that some new blood get charged up like nole did in 2011 and sweep everything for a change….at least for the sake of bringing some sanity to this place. AMEN!


Translated Age Says:

Uh, having a Big 4 IS a golden era.

As opposed to a Big 1 rotfl.


van orten Says:

it is clear to me that this yeear the rafas and the noles ( fed has been already there) will start losing close matches every now and then to the new dogs as dimitrov etc. a lot of upsets are possible in 2014

in australia nadal was really pushed gamewisely to the limit and dimitrov showed he has all the weapons to beat nadal. I really believe he can beat them all. and he will start doing so in 2014.


pigoonse Says:

Is anyone paying any attention at all to the Murray match? Or do all the people here just want to take pot shots at each other, counsel and console, and come here for therapy for something having to do with Federer or Nadal? This really is dysfunctional tennis blog!

Andy Murray on the verge of losing the first set to rookie, Jiri Vesely


Ben Pronin Says:

What is wrong with Murray? He was serving for the set and now he’s down a set and a break?


Salleh Ahmed Says:

How the hell is this court playing?

way too slow and the balls seem to be very heavy nad balls landing in which arent supposed to be. The shots arent getting thorugh, they are held back it seems

Is it windy or what?


Salleh Ahmed Says:

more of a pushing contest

and vesely cant hit a smash for a living


Salleh Ahmed Says:

WTF

fed clearly dominating the match but cant serve the set out


Mr. Larvey Says:

Yeah, the fist set of Fed’s game was very strange. Roger was in total control till 5-3 and then he didn’t manange to serve it out. This happens to Roger quite often nowadays. And even the tiebreeak was very strange. Could have gone the other way as well…


Salleh Ahmed Says:

vesely should retire

and the sky sports commentators are prasing murray what he champion he is

WTF, he is playing crap and vesely is choking


Salleh Ahmed Says:

simon choked, rosol choked, now vesely


Salleh Ahmed Says:

sky sports is so biased


Skeezer Says:

Fed is through!
#happy


Giles Says:

Yep, it took Faderer 2 tie breaks to beat a 31 yr old. Well done!


Skeezer Says:

Yep, wasn’t 3 sets against 35 yr old. Give it up Giles.


pigoonse Says:

@Sallah Ahmed

Murray played like cr@p and the score does not tell the story. Jiri Vesely should have retired. That match was awful.

Federer match was awful too. Whatever excuses they say for the media and apparently the media does not watch the matches but pulls the hype right out of their…imaginations.


steve-o Says:

Federer edges Tursonov in two tiebreaks, the first one tight, the second not so tight. He’s come up with the good serving when he needs it. Tursonov has a fair bit of firepower so no surprise it was close.


Skeezer Says:

If Tursonov’s held up, might’ve been a different outcome. Tough battle there against the 7 time title holder.


salleh ahmed Says:

Is that tennis on stadium 1? Tennis
without holding serve.
Womens tennis isnt that what it was


the DA Says:

To be honest I don’t think any of the big 4 look as strong as previous years. Based on what I saw yesterday and today, this title is very much up for grabs imo.


pigoonse Says:

Shaky, frightening, choke tennis on Stadium One.

None of the top seeds look strong. None. Federer, Nadal, and Murray got lucky because their opponents were bad at seizing the win when they could.

Djokovic was not anywhere near his best either. Berdych, Tsonga, their matches speak for them. Delpo out. All the ones who won should have lost. Hopefully Nishikori, Dimitrov, Gulbis, Gonzalez, yeah, that is right, Colombian, Alejandro Gonzales had not heard of him either but he must see that he has a shot. These comers need to think like Genie Bouchard – “I can win this.”

Stan Wawrinka, if you are reading… come on, you got this.


pigoonse Says:

Drama alert on Stadium One and Two.

Sharapova/Georgi Georgi takes the 1st set.

Monfils/Fognini in the final set trading breaks of serve.


pigoonse Says:

The British commentators are of the opinion that neither Monfils or Fognini wants to win the match. And I have to agree. Fognini walking around muttering, eyes rolling to heaven, pretending to be irked at himself for dropping another service game. But if you saw him, it’s clear that is exactly what he was going for – giving Monfils the break, that is.


Gordon Says:

There’s been a lot of ho-hum tennis from all the single digit seeds so far.

Looking forward to Gulbis vs Dimitrov; that should get things going. πŸ˜€


pigoonse Says:

Did anyone else see Monfil/Fognini?

Monfils had matchpoint’s just as I was typing my previous post. By the time I look at the match again Fognini has match points. Comedy – not really tennis. If Nadal was watching he saw that all he has to do is get through Dogolpolov and clearly neither Fognini/Monfils wanted the reward of playing Nadal again. Easy pickings, Fognini.


van orten Says:

monfils vs fognini is pretty much the best comedy on a tennis court u can get .priceless


metan Says:

Is wawa playing good tennis or seppi is playing bad tennis? Wawa breaks him. Come in Seppi dude!!!


Gordon Says:

Here’s a tough one to handicap – Murray vs Raonic in the 4th round at IW.

They were to have met 5 times in 2012, but each guy handed the other a walkover. In the other three matches they split hard court bouts and Raonic won in straights on clay.

Those were all in 2012. The boys never met in 2013 and now they will clash in 2 days time.

Coincidentally, each lost most recently to Dimitov – Murray in Acalpulco and Raonic at the Australian Open.

This is Raonic’s first tournament back since and his ground strikes are looking a little rusty but the serve is there (33 aces in his previous match – an IW record).

Murray has not looked at his best but he’s found ways to win.

Should be interesting!


metan Says:

Wawa steamrolls Seppi. The AO. champion is fully in charged. πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ‘


van orten Says:

pls someone keeps posting bout the matches . i am at work and i wanna know how the matches are proceeding


skeezer Says:

van orten,

Stan steamrolled 0 and 2. Looks like he is still beaming with confidence at AO. If this continues, look out draw.


van orten Says:

seems nadal is getting out of trouble again. how does he do it ..time and time again


van orten Says:

he saved already one set point it seems. hard to beat the world number 1.


skeezer Says:

van orten,

Re: Nadal
So technically, his game was built for error less tennis. In other words, when learning the game, pros like to teach to create lots of topspin , with a stroke that starts low to high. When hit correctly, it clears the net always by a large margin and then ( because of the topspin rotation ) the ball naturally wants to come down as quick as possible. This brings the ball down into the inside lines of the court. It is not rocket science, but his game was built to the extreme of this. Kudos to him and his team . However, once this is figured out there is nothing really he can do. Problem is, no one has solved the mystery of how to battle against this kind of play. Fans think he is some kind of genius, but when you really study his game its really just the same thing over and over. And Rafa has capitalized on the long time saying..”hey…if it ain’t broke, why fix it?”
I thought some player would figure it out by now( Roger Roger where are u? ), but he does it so well, you have to be hitting flat-out winners or play on a faster court where it takes away time to make those big swings of his required to create the unreal topspin ( especially the FH ).


van orten Says:

he will start losing the big points sooner or later . it is impossible for him to maintain that level when being down to deliver the goods. it happened before to others and it will happen again


JF Says:

I don’t it is as simple as you make out to be, Skeezer.


pigoonse Says:

Just got back to tennis in time to watch Rafa make a come-back after apparently losing the 1st set to Dolgopolov. Nadal s up a break in the second set and it feels like he will start crushing the ball now.


van orten Says:

game set and match nadal.
4:2 in the second. thats it i guess. it will never stop


van orten Says:

why bother watchin. he will win anyways. even defending match points he will never ever make an unforced error .


pigoonse Says:

On Stadium three, Kevin Anderson and Evgeny Donskoy are in the final set. Anderson served the young Russian a bagel in the 2nd set and Anderson is up a break, looks confident to win in the final set. These two are thin as rails – especially Donskoy – celery, rice cakes and water is what they eat, I imagine.

Matchpoint Anderson, he makes it and he will play Stanislaw Wawrinka next match. Could be good.


Skeezer Says:

JF,
If u think otherwise, explain. I won’t defame ya like the “cult” does. Your thoughts?


pigoonse Says:

Yep, van orten

This Nadal looks familiar – deja vu the Stepanek match. Nadal will now apply the tourniquet. Dolgo was allowing himself to get pushed too far back 2nd set.

Dolgo starts out the final set with a good service game. But appears bored by the time Rafa is ready to serve.


van orten Says:

where are the rafa fans ?


Skeezer Says:

This is the slowest HC on tour. Shouldn’t Rafa be thumpin players here? All the trash talkin from his fans about how GOOd he is on HC, on the slowest of slow HC he should be dominating, no?


TGIT Says:

Good point Skeezer.

Bad back still hurting?


van orten Says:

where are the rafa fans ???


TGIT Says:

I am holding off on comments because the last time I rubbed it in Rafa fans Fed went on to lose early at Wimby.


pigoonse Says:

Dolgopolov serving well and Rafa can’t get a racket on it. Sasha appears relaxed, maybe relaxed to distraction when Rafa is serving. They keep this up we will get a tie break in a couple hours.

Nadal hits an inch perfect moonball (winner), yes a moonball winner. It’s an effective weapon. Dolgopolov let is sail and it was in.

Dolgopolov holds serve. He hit a couple magic crowd-pleasers. He doesn’t look like he has a care in the world tonight, which may hurt him in the end.

Dolgo is has, for the moment gone into his zone, entertaining himself and the crowd. Dolgo is a joy to watch when in this gear. He gets a standing ovation and the break of serve.

Dolgo holds the break and is one game away from a first win over Rafa. But…it is Rafa across the net. I believe it if it happens.


van orten Says:

thanks pigoonse at last some updates


pigoonse Says:

Dolgo will now attempt to serve for the match.


van orten Says:

he will break back. and win it 7:5 relax all rafa fans.


salleh ahmed Says:

What a chokr job from th dog
He thinks like a dog and plays like that


van orten Says:

hahahhah i hate it to be right when it comes to rafa. but this is just annoying. it will never stop. he just refuses to lose early as usual. what a choke when he should nt – oh boy dolgopolov what a chance and he chokes ,. oh pardon me . rafa taking it to dolgo ,,,yeah right ,. no first serves in that last service game the live ticker shows


van orten Says:

i mean this is a farce. why cant he just lose. no big drama .but just lose. not because i dont like rafa. but he wins so many matches he should lose. it is so annoying . it is ok to lose sometime. it is ok to lose when not injured


van orten Says:

really poor performance by dolgo . i mean being up 5:2 vs rafa in final set . cant get any better . and the he just loses almost every point. ????


van orten Says:

this is not normal


van orten Says:

now he is 40:15 for a 6:5 lead. why not a game earlier. why cant he lose for once? dolgo is the aggressor here and is not rewarded why always the defensive guy has to come out on top “


pigoonse Says:

Oh man, van orten. Sasha breaks my heart and predictably, dreadfully hands back the game to Rafa as in gave every point to Rafa, double fault
included. Is this just another sequel – the way their matches go. Dolgo gets close to a win over Rafa and just stiffens up. Through this final set Dolgo was the better player. Rafa now has this match in his teeth and Dolgo is sweating bullets when he needs to be in that zone that allows him to serve and play his tennis so well.


van orten Says:

as usual when rafa prevails his “fans ” will show up and celebrate what a great competetor rafa is :::sigh


van orten Says:

when rafa retires there will be no other like him again…winning so many matches being not the aggressor is his true accomplishment


pigoonse Says:

The Dog had his chance serving for the match. He had earned the break of serve but could not hold it.

The best match I have seen so far this IW, overall. The crowd is moaning when Dolgo misses…he can take something from that, maybe.


salleh ahmed Says:

Dolgo is a choker, like many others on the tour


metan Says:

Van O, is so desperate. May be Rafa will lose if you keep jinx him


pigoonse Says:

No Alex did not and does not believe, Sean. He is popular with the fans there, too.

This was not about winning for Alexandr, it was about those moments in the zone when the crowd was in awe of his shot-making.


salleh ahmed Says:

MP dolgo
Can he make it count?


pigoonse Says:

Drumroll…Dolgopolov!!!

This is huge OMG Alex! The crowd is going bezerk.


Krishna Says:

Nadal has been knocked out of Indian Wells!


salleh ahmed Says:

The dog wins deservedly. Was 2-4 down in the TB
But showed some champs qualities


Daniel Says:

Wow, just got the tiebreak. What a way to finish a match.

Nadal out losing 945 pts may start to make things interesting depending on who wins it here.


van orten Says:

what a dog -.dolgopolov hahhahha


Gordon Says:

Van Ortega = a new type of troll.


TGIT Says:

Lucky win for Dolpo. 31% first serve. What is the point of hitting 130 mph serves out wide that miss by a foot? Nadal rest your back for Miami!


Sean Randall Says:

Stunning. I did not see that result coming at all!


pigoonse Says:

Woot! Dolgo conquered his nerves in the end.

And for desert? KEI NISHIKORI vs TOMMY HAAS


metan Says:

Bad day!!!!. ν ½πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­
😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭


Skeezer Says:

Rafa majorly chokes it at 5-5! LMAO! Rafa ‘s fav HC surface out early in his prime against someone who hae never gotten a set against Rafa! LMAO!
Dolgo all the credit, out tOPSPInning the supposed king of it in HIS Prime?
Rafa is NO GOAT!


TGIT Says:

Stay strong Roger!


jatin Says:

Seems like dogopolov is finally showing his true potential like Dimitrov. Nadal did a good fight and played great but dogo eventually prevails…


Skeezer Says:

@metan, okiegal and alison,
:(. Rafa will be back.

To the cult,
ROFL! Karma is a Beacth.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Fed fabs breathe a sigh of relief, no doubt.

I think we’re FINALLY getting the young guns in the game. Dmitrov has really looked good lately, as has Gulbis and now Dog. Can Raonic stand up to the top players as well, or Nishikori?
Can Dog follow up on this win? He’ll have a good pigeon to get his head straight in Fognini.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

I’m curious, did he say anything about Ukraine afterwards? I couldn’t get the interview.


MMT Says:

Oof – crazy day today. Didn’t see Dolgopolov coming through that one, but what a crazy player he is! Ever since he stopped hitting that incessant slice he’s been much more fun to watch, and today he was off his rocker. I hate to say it, because I hate these excuses, but Nadal didn’t look good today, and I have a feeling he isn’t fully recovered from Australia. If I were him I’d pack it in until Barcelona – there’s just no need to risk anything more before Roland Garros.

I’m a little surprised there’s not been more mention Camila Giorgi over Sharapova. I had a feeling she’d give Sharapova trouble, but I certainly didn’t see all that terrible serving coming. In the end, I think anyone that doesn’t have a plan “B” is going to have a hard time with that one if she’s playing well.

I think Pennetta takes her in 3 though – that one is crafty and very competitive, and I have a feeling that the other Italians aren’t a big fan of Giorgi because her father is Argentine, and she almost chose to play Fed Cup for Israel before the Italians swooped in an offered her sponsorship.

Wawrinka – oof. Does that guy look good, or does he look good? He could win the whole bloody thing if he keeps up like he did today against Seppi. In fact, I’m calling it now – he loses 1 set on the way to the title…doesn’t matter who he plays.


metan Says:

I am going to cheer up for Kei


pigoonse Says:

Dessert in the Desert, make that, since Ana Ivanovic and Sloane Stephens are starting on Stadium One.

And Cibulkova/Makerena are on Stadium Two.

Haas and Nishikori will be following the Ivanovic match.

and oh wow, there is a Bonus! A late doubles match featuring the Swiss Duo vs Gulbis/Raonic on Stadium Two after Cibby.


metan Says:

MMT. at 10.27. Spot On…I thought like that too since his first match, even in Rio his performance was below par.

Good chance for Roger but wawa is still soooo good.


van orten Says:

def. the back did not help


pigoonse Says:

Caught 2 sets of Sharapova/Georgi and just when they were starting their final set I was called away.

Georgi is impressive. She and Bouchard are an attractive addition to the women’s game and by attractive, I am talking about their tennis games.


salleh ahmed Says:

Read on twitter that nadal was crying


Okiegal Says:

Hey, Skeezer, thanks…..you like me…..you really like me!! lol I actually saw this coming sooner rather later Rafa is off his game but crap happens. He just wasn’t himself for sure. He was flat lucky to beat Step. Well who is your money on?? Novak is not playing as I well as I think he can. Fed had a tough one too. WaWa breezed through…..Stan might be the best pick….maybe the young guns will come through….top half is getting very interesting!! I’m going with Novak.


Bad Knee Rules Says:

What was that? Was Nadal injured?

Vamos Rafa.

Stay healthy.


Peep Says:

Wow can’t believe it


Gordon Says:

3 of the four potential top half quarter finalists (Raonic, Wawa and Fed) along with one from the bottom half (Gulbis) are going to play doubles on Court 2 in about half an hour.

I bet it will be a nice relaxed match. :)


Okiegal Says:

I haven’t felt good about Rafa going far this week. His game is lacking right now. Congrats to Dolgo he just beat the #1 of the world. Good luck to him and his fans for the rest of the week.

Rafa, get back on track and skip Miami!!


skeezer Says:

The “cult” of Rafa show no moxy as usual, running away and hiding. Nothing new there. All air and no guts. Car 54 where are u?
How great is Rafa vs Fed now? Fedal wars? Not. Just make believe. After all, Rafa is in his prime, Fed is an old man.
Golden era? Lets see, Rafa, in the supposed “golden” era, has lost to Darcis, Rosol, Sod, Dolgo, etc.
this now officially puts the “weak era” false claim “debunked”.
—–
@okiegal,
Rafa is going to be there for the Clay season, take heart. He is the man on Clay, no one can deny that! Secretly, am hopin for some new surprises as well. For sure would love to see Fed take another title, but that would be greedy. Would be nice to see Stan come through, but my vote is Nole, he needs to make a statement here.

@BKN
Wait for it….wait for it…….wait for it…..of course! Of course he was injured! Just waiting for an excuse from himor the “cult”.
” no one can beat a healthy Rafael Nadal ”
LMAO.


Peep Says:

TV
I think Alex could be ethnic Russian. On wiki it said for DC he was thinking of changing his citizenship two years ago but it didn’t say to what. It also says the tennis fed of Ukraine thought he was trying to blackmail them. On you tube he teaches people how to speak Russian.


skeezer Says:

Always liked Dolgo’s creativity on court. Was fun to watch. Glad he showed is talent against the soon to be be former #1.


Okiegal Says:

@Skeezer

Be nice……your claws are showing!! LOL


Gordon Says:

Skeeter – don’t forget the obligatory “My opponent, he play unbelievable, no?” Followed by the injury report.


pigoonse Says:

Metan, I cheer for Kei too. One of my favorites.


skeezer Says:

@MMT
Agree about Maria. WTF? She can play at the highest level at times but go through bouts of mediocriticy. She is a hottie, maybe she is just good with dat. Although Serena thinks she is a hottie(debatable), in the end her warriorness is unmatched in this era. Ladies take note!
Great insight on the womens side, thanks for that.
Yeah wawa is looking scary good. Wouldn’t that be something if he blew through and won? ;)

Gordon,
Of course, we all are waiting for the “spot on” presser from the him. Hope for the the health of the Tennis Game he gives all the glory and credit to Dolgo for getting his $ss handed to him in an early rd of a masters 1000 without an excuse…..but that will be a first!
;)


Perfect fan Says:

Rly! did not see this coming….dolgy mus hav played a hell of a match, plus winning in a TB against rafa is a big deal, i mus say….the top guys esp. rafa & nole are diff animals in TBs.

Well, for lotta ppl….this mus be a clear path for fed to the finals, but i defer. Wawa is playing like dream and playing dominating tennis, whereas I saw fed’s last match….he is cold plus the courts are also not helping his cause. I’m sure he’ll be tested against haase/nishikori whoever comes thru. If he manages to pass that test, then he’ll be up for the wawa litmus test. I think wawa gonna beat fed comfortably to get to the finals….tho i’ll love fed to prove me wrong (plz fed, do prove me wrong….i always enjoy, when u do that).

This year IW is really spooking everybody now….4 of the top 10 are gone now and….counting! I m so DEAD :((


skeezer Says:

giles, slice tennis, roy, roger is better than rafa, etc…..?

*silence*

Is golden.

:-).

Now, the fun tennis begins. Good luck to the rest, it will be fun watching!!

IW rocks!


pigoonse Says:

Cibby, Cibby!

Congratulations to that burst of energy, Dominika Cibulkova – and good luck next round!


Bad Knee Rules Says:

Why is everybody counting Andy out? With Nadal out I can see Andy in SF. If Federer beats Wawrinka (most likely) Andy stands more than a good chance of making the final – but not so good if he has to play Wawrinka. Andy is not playing great at the moment, but who is?


Sean Randall Says:

Bad Knee, that because Andy looked awfully awful today. He had zero business winning that match.

But given Nadal’s loss, he’ll probably go on and win now! (though I think Raonic takes him out)


Michael Says:

This must be a shocker !! Dolgopolov getting the better of Rafa. It was a strange match where the two players were just finding it difficult to hold their serve during the entire match. Rafa’s supposedly back problems has restrained him from going all out on his service motion and that is for sure hurting him. What is not normally appreciated is the quality of Rafa’s serve which wins him most of his matches. Rafa usually has a good first serve percentage in most of his matches and that keeps him in good stead. But in Indian wells and also in the previous clay court tournament which he won, he is having problems with his serve. That is definitely not good news for him. That being said, nothing can take away the victory from Dolgopolov who played a scintillating match. Dologopolov is a pretty erratic player but always has the capability of pulling up surprises with his incredible and exquisite shot making abilities. He is an unorthodox player and you never know what to expect from him going into a match. This is one of those days where his game was working and that literally ended Rafa’s dreams of a back up win at the tournament. Now this shocker opens up the tournament especially for Roger who can now fancy his chances of winning the tournament.


Michael Says:

But if you ask me who is the pick of this tournament as of now, I would say it is Wawarinka !!


Okiegal Says:

@Michael 11:57

Good read……always enjoy you refreshing posts!!


Perfect fan Says:

FED/WAWA through to the QTRs….happy-happy :))


Michael Says:

Thanks Okiegal !!


Okiegal Says:

@Michael

You are very welcome…….I’m partial Michaels…..that’s my son’s name!! Lol

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