Indian Wells SF Pick And Pans: Will It Be Federer v Djokovic In The Sunday Final?
by Sean Randall | March 15th, 2014, 10:12 am
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When the dust settles in the Indian Wells desert, after all the talk of the new generation bubbling up, we might still be “left” with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic fighting for the season’s first Tennis Masters Series title tomorrow.

And I think that’s what’s going to happen.

First to yesterday’s matches.

Novak Djokovic had no troubles with Julien Benneteau who looked like a guy “satisfied” with his quarterfinal effort. And Djokovic looked like a guy who knew he needed to play better and that’s what he did blowing out the Frenchman 6-1, 6-3.

“I came into Indian Wells without a title in this season and that is a different feel from previous years,” Djokovic said. “I’m on the right path and playing semifinals, which is always of course a challenge and a good result, but I want to try to go as far as I can.”

So no real surprise there. And the second match went according to form as well.

John Isner used that monster serve of his and counted on a few mental lapses from Ernests Gulbis to advance in what else, but two tiebreakers. Gulbis had his chance in the second serving for the set at 5-4 but just couldn’t gather himself and that was that. You just knew Earnie wasn’t going to beat Big John in the breaker that followed.

So three of the four semifinalists are guys who we thought would be here, the only oddball is Mr. Alexandr Dolgoplov and what an oddball he is. And I’ll start with his match against Federer.


Roger Federer v Alexandr Dolgopolov
According to Federer, he and Alex train a lot in Dubai. If that’s true then I like Roger here even more.

As Milos Raonic found out, if you haven’t had the “Dolgopolov Experience”, he’s going to be awfully tough to play. Federer has and being one of the premier problem solvers this sport has ever seen, I don’t think he’ll over too bothered bu Alex’s eccentric game.

“I’m excited,” Federer said on Thursday looking ahead. “I like to play against him. I have practiced with him a fair bit in Dubai this year at the end of last season and in the buildup. He was there for a long time in Dubai. So was I. So we caught up and played some practice matches. It was really good fun. He was playing really well in practice, you know.

“He really takes the ball early. He likes to take advantage of the fact when there is a short ball he just smashes it, and he’s got a great serve. He’s super athletic, you know. Maybe the hard work is paying off right now.”

And that hard work is absolutely paying off. The man from Ukraine is having the ride of life this week, and it could very well continue. As Nadal and others know, Alex is the kind of player when he gets going there’s not much you can do. But if Federer plays like he’s been playing – serving well, moving well, just doing everything well (except maybe returning serve), this should go straight sets.

“Playing him, I think it’s going to be an interesting matchup,” Federer assessed. “We both like to take charge of the point, and it’s going to be interesting to see how things are going to go. Definitely going to be some interesting shots out there. That’s what he has a tendency to do.”

To beat Roger, Dolgopolov will have to serve extremely well and like Roger said, take control of the point early. That’ll be the key here, the person who seizes control the earliest will win. And when needed, I like Federer’s defensive skills much more than Alex’s.

Dolgopolov, though, smartly isn’t looking at the “who” across the net.

“My goal is to be on the top as high as I can, to play with these guys, to enjoy tennis, to win matches, to win tournaments,” Dolgopolov said. “I mean, of course it’s really nice to win against those names, but, I mean, they are players. They can win; they can lose. Of course they are great players, but I wouldn’t be thinking that on the match at all. It’s a semifinal. Doesn’t matter if I play Roger or No. 100. I’m on the match, I’m on the court, and I try to win the match.”

And for Dolgopolov, maybe there’s some of the “satisfaction” of reaching his best Masters Series result. Of beating Rafael Nadal – though he really backed it well. Win or lose, he’ll be content when his head hits the pillow tonight. That won’t the case for Roger is he loses.
The pick: Federer in two


Novak Djokovic v John Isner
As I said at the start of the event, this is really a must-win tournament for Novak Djokovic. As loss here puts event more pressure on he and new coach Boris Becker for Miami. And if he doesn’t win in Miami he could go into the summer season title-less (Nadal owns the clay and grass has never been Novak’s best surface).

So this weekend is ultra-important and fortunately for him after some really patchy play at the start of the tournament he’s playing better tennis of late, really cruising in his last four sets.

But against Isner it’s not so much about his tennis, it will be about where his head is at. Because there will be a lot of “pressure points” and we’ll likely see a tiebreak or two or three. Playing Isner often is a mental battle.

Djokovic leads in this one 4-2 but John got him here in this round in 2012 in a final set breaker. They played three times last year with Novak winning in Paris and in Davis Cup but John beat him in Cincinnati.

“Two years ago I took the court believing I could win that match, so it’s much of the same here in 2014,” said Isner. “But, I think I can draw a little bit from that in 2012. It’s a good situation for me. I’d like to have the crowd on my side like I did two years ago. All that it helps me so much. It’s an advantage for me I think to play here at home. But at the same time, it’s going to be very tough.”

Given their history both are familiar with each other so there won’t be any surprises. It’s one of the best serves in the game against one of the best returns in the game. And then there are those breakers.

And because of Novak’s struggles this year, I can’t think confidence-wise he’s where he wants to be. So if we do go to a tiebreak I feel it’s advantage Isner (John’s 5-1 against Novak in breakers when they play!).

But in the end I just think Djokovic needs this more, he’ll get more break chances than John and eventually convert. So I’ll take him to get revenge for 2012 and reach his first final of the year. It won’t be easy though.
The pick: Djokovic in three

The women’s Sunday final is already set with the surprising Flavia Pennetta against Agnieszka Radwanska. ESPN News will have full coverage of the men’s semis starting at 3pm ET.


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214 Comments for Indian Wells SF Pick And Pans: Will It Be Federer v Djokovic In The Sunday Final?

dinah Says:

Roger will


tweener Says:

ha ha ha. what is there to pick here: roger and novak will cruise to the finals in straights. novak is itching to take revenge from isner for his 2012 loss and roger is in such murderous form.

Though I like dolgo, I think his journey ends here.


salleh ahmed Says:

Think this tourney kick off some good tennis in the coming months for fed


James Says:

I don’t think it’s going to be a Federer vs Djokovic final. One of them goes down today. Could be Federer, could be Novak.

I’d like to see Dolgo win the tournament. He’s been playing well and he’s a very entertainting player with a unique playing style.

But if Federer, who is my 2nd favorite tennis player after Rafa Nadal, wins the tournament, I shan’t be complaining either.


tweener Says:

“Lets see who is the lucky one (Dolgo or Novak) to spank Federer.”

Slice Tennis, you don’t seem to like Federer much, do you? Are you a nadal fan, who is upset for his early exit? I am sorry, but just asking.

But if it is so, then don’t worry. The Purple Clay is coming shortly (hint: the slowest HC on tour and the grinder’s paradise), which could keep you interested. As for fed, he could very well get spanked there (if not in IW) and fulfil your wet dreams.


James Says:

@Slice Tennis, I’d like Rafa to stay at #1 for the whole year by winning tournaments and outperforming Djokovic and other rivals. I don’t mind Djokovic winning titles. Nadal needs to perform better than Novak if he wants to continue his reign at the top.


James Says:

tweener, can you explain why Nadal has never won Miami? He’s done much better on faster courts of Toronto/Montreal, even Cincinnati. Is Miami too slow for his game?


Slice Tennis Says:

“I’d like Rafa to stay at #1 for the whole year by winning tournaments and outperforming Djokovic and other rivals.”

James,
That’s what Rafa has done throughout his career. He has achieved everything by beating the best on their best surfaces.
I just hope he gets a little bit of a free lucky run at the top like Federer.


tweener Says:

hey james, thanks for taking interest. well! tbh, I have nothing against nadal. he is a great athlete and has earned himself in all types of courts, though slow courts does suit his style of play (especially clay). I just found ST post a lil weird, knowing very well that fed is playing great of late. Not saying, dolgo/novak cannot defeat roger, but “getting spanked” does seem a lil out of sorts to me.

But coming to the point, it really is strange that nadal never won Miami. May be ugly co-incidence, may be he is jinxed there, may be the climate doesn’t suit him, may be anything. But if his back is holding up well and he is motivated enough(knowing he never won here), he really has a chance this year.


tweener Says:

ha ha ST, you really are upset, it seems.

rafa’s dominance over fed is really the lollypop for guys like you to keep sucking on. So keep doing that until the sweetness wears off coz you do very well know who’s the daddy here so far tennis greatness is concerned. if you still have doubts, go on and google the atp records. I am sure it might interest you.


Skeezer Says:

Look who’s talking about a player who lost, out, in the early rds He is irrelevant in this tourney now. Talk about sour grapes. Lets all enjoy the remaining show. Dolgo/Fed Isner/Djoker!


Okiegal Says:

You guys better watch out, Sean will send you all to the “War Zone”…….LOL


Sean Randall Says:

Slice Tennis, what I surprise. I see you pushing your Rafa-Roger agenda again. Please take it elsewhere.


Okiegal Says:

Yay…..my posts are showing up immediately! thanks TX!!


tweener Says:

omg!! ST, u are really sweeping me off my feet with your rich sense of humour.

weak era tennis greatness, LMFAO. Ohh, I got it. the so called super-strong era starts (I guess) must be 2008, then it peaked in 2010, then that so called super-strong era went on a vacation in 2011, then the so called weakest era returned with a vengeance in 2012 and then in 2013 the super strong era was back and removed all weakness from the atp tour. But wait, it seems the super strong era is looking for another vacation in 2014, lets see.

Must say, a really consistent “Super-strong era”. ;)


Okiegal Says:

Sean, I tried to tell them…..I get it, you are not putting up with it anymore…..good for you!


Sean Randall Says:

Reminder, if you want to talk “Fedal”, go here: http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2014-03-09/15061.php

Non relevant, inflammatory Fedal posts will be deleted!


Slice Tennis Says:

Sorry Sean.

I will leave it here.

Lets talk about Roger and Novak today.


tweener Says:

Sean, I guess you are the admin here. I am sorry if I was trouble. didn’t meant to, but some obsessive guy start offending my favourite. so, thought of giving a piece of my mind. but I apologize.


Mr. Larvey Says:

How about Isner vs. Dolgo in finals? I’m not saying that it will happen, but that should be interesting…

Dolgo and Fed are extremely entertaining to watch, so today’s match should be great. Hopefully Djoker wins Isner. Watching Isner play isn’t that fun.


Skeezer Says:

Haven’t seen Isner this well from the BC ever. He’ll need it against Nole.


Slice Tennis Says:

Okiegal Says:
Yay…..my posts are showing up immediately! thanks TX!!

Congrats Okiegal.

You deserve it.


tweener Says:

SLICE. PEACE!


Skeezer Says:

Fed / Dolgo
Creativity + Variety = Excitement


Giles Says:

What’s wrong with Izzy boy winning IW? This is ‘Merica. Come on Isner, ace your way to the trophy.


Slice Tennis Says:

Tweener,
Peace !!


Okiegal Says:

@Slice

Thank you so much……it’s been a long time coming……probably about a year. I was beginning to get a complex abut the fact, thinking I was doing something wrong…..so I am happy….I can at least be in the conversation…..now if I could only type faster!! lil


Okiegal Says:

^^^^ and type correctly…….lil?? LOL I am pretty good at reading between the lines…..I am sure everyone else is too!!


tweener Says:

I think dolgo going to be very aggressive here with nothing to lose, targeting fed’s BH side. But fed will be up for this challenge, I feel. will be an interesting match for sure, regardless of the score.

In the other match, I have a hunch novak will be brutal to isner. Big serve against best returner. look for nole’s drop shots to unsettle isner.


Okiegal Says:

My pick, Joker/Fed…but I will cheer for the American. If Joker runs him all over the court, not sure…..but the big guy is all over the tiebreakers. If he can go toe to up to that point, he has a chance. Dolgo……not sure about him with the “new” Fed…..if he has the belief, maybe so…..but Fed is playing lights out!!


Bom Kelvin Says:

Nice article and view from Sean.
Always enjoy reading your post more than anyone. Yeah I also feel like it is Federer and Djokovic final. As much as I like Federer, I feel like this one will go to Djokovic who needs this win badly. Unless the pressure overwhelm him which I think he is used to it. My heart says Federer for the title but my head is with Djokovic. But let’s see.


Steve 27 Says:

2008, 2011 and 2014…? Yeah, Djokovic will win IW this year too!


pigoonse Says:

Agree, knowing he has practiced with Federer makes me less of a believer in Dolgopolov getting the win today.

Hoping for some excitement.

Agnieszka Radwanska FTW !


Kimmi Says:

Lets go! Go Roger!


Hippy Chic Says:

I hope the winner of IW,comes from the Roger/Alex match.


Purcell Says:

Dolgo hitting cover off ball.
Hate windy conditions.
Sky sports has erratic sound and no commentary….probably a good thing.


http://tiahpost.com/blog/ Says:

Dolgo is hitting so hard – I fear for the Fed.


Mr. Larvey Says:

Dolgo seems very dangerous. He’s returning fairly well and I think that his backhand is more stable than Fed’s.


Okiegal Says:

Dolgo is gonna have a hurt wrist like DelPo……wow, he’s putting the heat on those returns. Starting out really good! TB TB TB that’s what I want to see!


Mr. Larvey Says:

Fed hasn’t been returning that well so far. On the other hand he’s been serving extremely well.


Kimmi Says:

They are both missing a lot. That was a free game to Fed


Salleh Ahmed Says:

boah the wind is ruining the match really

fed serving for the set


http://tiahpost.com/blog/ Says:

Whao… that quickly. Now, I can go grocery shopping… you never know, though.


tfouto Says:

Federer has more experience dealing with the wind. Dolgopolov getting many errors on FH…


van orten Says:

u guys have a good live streaming site ?


pigoonse Says:

Federer looks too good. Was hoping for another Dolgo surprise.


Purcell Says:

Slowing the pace….interesting and risky tactic from Fed considering the windy conditions.
Don’t know what’s going on with Sky. Still no commentary.


Mr. Larvey Says:

That was a horrible ending to the set for Dog. Unfortunately the level of the play has been quite poor – probably because of the wind. The first few points of the match were so promising… Hopefully the second set will be better.


http://tiahpost.com/blog/ Says:

This first set, so far, tells me Fed now has a change in attitude for the better (from what I saw the last two or three years). What I saw the last few years, he pretty much allowed breaks to take place, I guess with intention of catching up, which he never did in most cases. Now, he is not even allowing the breaks. Good for you, Fed. Did I hear 0-30?


Okiegal Says:

Just as I thought…….the big stage, May be too much for the Dog……he’s losing his cool!


Salleh Ahmed Says:

the wind is really annoying


http://tiahpost.com/blog/ Says:

@van orten, go to ESPN3.COM. If you have cable it is ESPN NEWS channel (different from ESPN. Good luck.)


tfouto Says:

sky sports 3 has commentaries…


Okiegal Says:

Got this pick right……Killer Cahill says he will win another GS. As I said a day or so ago……Dog is folding up like a cheap suit…..was hoping for better.


http://tiahpost.com/blog/ Says:

Well, ‘Nadal’ is the big stage, so if you are able to defeat Nadal, there shouldn’t be much else to be overwhelmed by. Or, is there? But again, what do I know?


Salleh Ahmed Says:

if fed meet nole tomorow in these windy conditions i have to make nole the favourite


Okiegal Says:

Dogs mustache makes him look totally different. Maybe he isn’t going to shave until he loses. I’ve seen sports figures do that.

Delhi is going for too much, imo.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

@http://tiahpost.com/blog/

the dog is playing against the greatest player ever, so i can quite understand his overwhelmness


Hippy Chic Says:

Agree with Mr Larvey i was looking forward to this match,but the level of play has been pretty poor,it looks like it could be over in two sets,the Alex thats played so well all week has not shown up today,pretty dissapointing really.


Purcell Says:

Tried Sky 3. No luck. Even adverts playing up. May be something to do with my sound box.
Hold your horses Okiegal it’s not over yet!


Okiegal Says:

@tiahpost

I will ignore the first part of your post….but the answer to your last question…..not much!


Salleh Ahmed Says:

WHAT A SHOT FROM FEDERER

perfect footwork from the linesman


Okiegal Says:

Ok, Purcell, don’t have horses……just mules! Lol


madmax Says:

Bob Says:
Swiss TV with French commentary here: http://www.rts.ch/sport/tennis/5679989-federer-geneve-et-fribourg-a-voir-en-simultane.html

March 15th, 2014 at 3:57 pm

This link is pretty good, though just cut out! :(

What a shot from Federer. Goodness me!


pigoonse Says:

From a Dolgopolov perspective it has to be frustrating… unable to read Federer’s serve.

Alex getting a tennis lesson from Federer.


Purcell Says:

Slight change in the feel of the match. Fed could let him off the hook……….


Hippy Chic Says:

Okiegal i think Roger could win another GS,but he would need some things to go in his favour,like a fluffy draw,or maybe one of his rivals flaming out early,i think beating Novak or Rafa is a different animal over 5 sets than 3,i think he has a better chance when Novak is on his half of the draw,as he seems to match up better with Novak than Rafa.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

nope

he breaks to lead 4-1


tfouto Says:

Federer is playing amazing… Amazing shots…


Salleh Ahmed Says:

i remember the beatdown federer got from fish in 2008

couldnt believe how bad fed was there against an opponent he dominated before


Hippy Chic Says:

Very good performance from Roger,terible from Alex,see you in the final Roger,hope you win the title.


Okiegal Says:

@Purcell

I think it’s all over but the shouting!


Salleh Ahmed Says:

the brisbane loss in the final still hurting a bit

could have 2 titles off three tourney already


skeezer Says:

Fed giving a clinic here against the Nadull beater.


Okiegal Says:

Don’t guess it will matter much about a live feed…..this match is history.


pigoonse Says:

Seeing Alex deflated is hard to take. Time for a sandwich.

Federer fans – congratulations.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

he has done it. the guy is genius


skeezer Says:

Fed does well in the wind @IW. Gave a tooling to another player here a few years back in the wind. Guess who?


skeezer Says:

Congrats to Dolgo’s run here. He was fun to watch.


tfouto Says:

The wind didn’t help dolopolov. He was nervous.

But Federer had several moments of pure genius…


Kimmi Says:

Federer :)
Dolgo could not keep the ball on court. Serving only 38% first serve, that will not cut it either.

Commentator are surprised, how he beat Rafa with only 40% 1st serve. It happened I guess.

Good luck in the final Roger


Mr. Larvey Says:

That was a bit similar match as Djoker vs. Julien yesterday. Both Fed and Djoker played well but they were never really tested. Anyway, great to see Fed in the finals in IW once again. Hopefully the conditions won’t be as windy on tomorrow.


tfouto Says:

Can Isner be efficient on serve with this wind?


skeezer Says:

Re; wind. This will take away Isner’s serve and movement. Djoker in 2.


madmax Says:

Great to see Federer play so well.

Thanks to Bob for the link. Tried the others, nothing doing, but will keep that one for the future!

Thanks Bob!


Eric Says:

I only watched the last half hour. Fed didn’t seem especially good. Just keeping the ball in play until Dolgopolov hit it a mile out. Great serving, however. Dolgo, though, has a lot to learn about tactics.


http://tiahpost.com/blog/ Says:

Goodness, barely one hour? To think that I had a sleepless night! Shoot! Or, did I dream that Dolgo won? Can’t remember. Doesn’t matter now..


Pitchaboy Says:

Novak better lose today or face a thrashing tomorrow


skeezer Says:

Fed in final. Yes!
Attendance here rivals the French Open. 430,000 attendance which equals FO. Second only to Wimby and USO. No wonder its called the 5th Slam.


Giles Says:

Joker doesn’t like to play in windy conditions so lets see what happens in the next match. Go Izzy!


Okiegal Says:

@Chic

There are so many variables to consider. Roger is playing really well. The true test will be if he faces Novak tomorrow. I won’t be surprised if he did beat Novak, I have definitely seen him play better than he is now. Fed will strike while the iron is hot……think Izzy will be in trouble today.

You are exactly right about the draws….Roger would certainly want to be in Novak’s half….just like Rafa used to want to be in Joker’ s half.


tweener Says:

well! fed is in the finals and what a performance. dolgo blinked in the first set for a second and fed grabbed the moment gleefully. actually, dolgo for most part of the first set was playing better but then he started overdoing things like hitting the balls harder than required, made some routine misses and allowed the wind got to his head.
In the second set, he lost his way completely and gave in to fed’s pressure.

fed served beautifully with 72% first serves. but he got to improve his return game in the finals, no second thought about it.


steve-o Says:

It’s what Federer does–take the opponent’s time away.

In high wind, a flat hitter like Dolgopolov needs time to work the ball and has less margin for error.

Federer just kept coming at him, being aggressive and mixing it up, especially using the slice very well. He played a smart wind match and forced Dolgopolov to try to take the ball earlier and go for shots that weren’t there.

Nadal and Raonic gave Dolgopolov tons of time and so he could just wait until he had a chance to flatten the ball and/or inject a change of pace. Against Federer he had no time to do this, Federer was finishing the points much more quickly and picking him apart. The Dog realized this in the second set and tried to be more aggressive. He did OK for a little bit, but made too many mistakes in that game at 3-1. He couldn’t match the standard of attacking tennis that Federer was producing.

Players don’t suddenly forget how to play tennis when they face Federer. Federer makes it as hard as possible for them to play their game by using all his skills and shots.


http://tiahpost.com/blog/ Says:

@Okiegal March 15th, 2014 at 4:02 pm

AAAWWWWW, Okie, don’t be too harsh on me. Just pulling some legs. ANYWAY, my favorite person won so, nothing hurts right now.

I am just singing and dancing to BOB MARLEY’S ‘Baby don’t worry…. about these things …. everything.. gonna be alright… baby don’t worry…


Okiegal Says:

Just saw an older clip of Chis Every holding a trophy……the court was green clay.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

for god sake, i am happy that gulbis didnt play

he would have gotten thrashed by these windy conditions against nole


http://tiahpost.com/blog/ Says:

GO FED.. GO.. GO .. GO FED… SWEET DREAMS….. hi hi hi


Hippy Chic Says:

Okiegal with Roger playing so well,it will make the year more exciting,especially if he wins this title,and it seems as if hes playing with a new found confidence,and really rolling back the years.


Hippy Chic Says:

Congrats to Fed fans MM,Skeezer,Steve-O,TV,MMT etc,good luck to yor favorite in the final,hope he wins the title for you.


Okiegal Says:

@tiahpost………..Ok, baby whatever you say! Now you know we have to be in the WAR ZONE when we want to cuss and discuss you know who!! Just trying to abide by the rules, that’s all. I have just today stopped being moderated, don’t want to mess
that up!! LOL. Liked your post, hey I like a little humor….does my heart good!


El_Flaco Says:

Okiegal Says:
Just saw an older clip of Chis Every holding a trophy……the court was green clay.
—————————————–
It is often called that, but it is crushed stone made by Har-Tru. The U.S. Open was played on Har-Tru from 1975-1978 and Chris Evert won it each of those years.


http://tiahpost.com/blog/ Says:

@steve-o,

Great analysis. Yep, it’s great to watch a player take an opponent’s time away by actually continuing to play and changing tactics when the going gets tough or tricky, AND NOT by taking MTOs, yer know….

GREAT JOB, FED.


steve-o Says:

@skeezer: If I’m not mistaken, the center court at IW is bigger than Rod Laver Arena.


Okiegal Says:

I don’t keep up with title records much, with the exception of the slam counts, I have heard about that one a bazillion times on this forum. I didn’t know that Rafa had the highest ATP 1000 masters titles at 26.


Hippy Chic Says:

Okiegal lol and counting he he.


Giles Says:

C’mon Izzy!


http://tiahpost.com/blog/ Says:

@Okiegal,

Got it. Me too, love a little humor every now and then but that’s so hard to come by on this site.

Good luck, Okie. Behave yerself … no more moderation..

WAR ZONE, here I come, but you know, I try to avoid certain names (unless faking positive) ’cause don’t want any moderation.


Okiegal Says:

@El Flaco

I have looked this up before and this type of surface was called clay. However, it looks nothing like the red dirt of Europe. Didn’t have a clue what the surface was made of….Thanks for the info!


http://tiahpost.com/blog/ Says:

JOKER – IZZY. Don’t know who to predict but I give it to IZZY, just because he is looking and acting more awake and eager than I have ever seen!!


Mr. Larvey Says:

Isner is still hanging with Djoker. So far Djoker has had a couple of break points, but no breaks yet. It might go to the breaker. That would be an interesting one. Big John is 5-2 in tiebreaks against Nole, if I’m not mistaken…


tfouto Says:

djoker in 2.


Okiegal Says:

@tiahpost

Chuckles……..Yes, it is hard to hold one’s tongue sometime. I don’t want Sean to put Baby in the corner, so I am gonna be extremely nice. Lol


Hippy Chic Says:

Must be frustrating for Novak or any player against Isner,that serve gets him out of trouble everytime Novak gets into his service games.


Okiegal Says:

@Chic……I got you, girl!! A BIG TEE HEE!


Hippy Chic Says:

Okiegal after this onto Miami for our guy.


Okiegal Says:

Oh, my Izzy, BP…..


Hippy Chic Says:

Novak got away with that game.


Mr. Larvey Says:

Isner had his chance there. Three set points in a row, and two really good chances finish the set, but didn’t make it. 5-5. That has to hurt.


http://tiahpost.com/blog/ Says:

@Okiegal.

LOL lol lol. What else can I say?


Mr. Larvey Says:

And apparently it did hurt. Djoker breaks immediately after saving three set points. 6-5.


Kimmi Says:

wooo! what a change of momentum


steve-o Says:

@Hippy Chic: That’s very kind of you, but I hope he wins the title for himself.

An artist creates because he must. That’s why Federer plays. He must fly higher, find new ways of winning matches, create more perfect tennis. That’s why I’m a fan.

The fans may make it easier for him to win some days, but they are not and should not be the reason he plays.

When the day comes when he doesn’t want to do it for himself, that’s when he should hang up his racket. Because then his great symphony will be finished.


courbon Says:

Last two games Novak played like is 2011…Unbelivable returns!


Hippy Chic Says:

Isner very much reminds me of Peter Crouch when playing Football,very clumsy movement from such a big guy,all legs but not much skill when it comes to movement.


steve-o Says:

In their last match at IW, Djokovic served for the first set but was broken. Will history repeat itself?


Mr. Larvey Says:

@Chic

Isner ain’t that clumsy. Crouch was in the class of his own.


Hippy Chic Says:

Courbon hi indeed that was very reminiscent of how he played in 2011,Izzy was the orchestra of his own downfall there.


tfouto Says:

yesterday there was already reminiscensces of Djokovic 2011 level. Will be a great game tomorrow… 50/50%


courbon Says:

Hi there, I’have not been much around but I’m back now.Well, Isner is doing mistakes but mostly because Novak is playing fast and agresive and you do not have much time to think.This is first time in last two months I see Novak playing very well. But, second set maybe different story…Novak may wonder off like he did last two matches.Going back to screen, speak to you later.


Hippy Chic Says:

Steve-O your welcome,hmm i dont have any annymosity towards Roger and i never have,i just dont care to read the book as im only interested in what a player does on a tennis court,and not what goes on in their private lives,anyway good luck to Roger and his fans in the final no matter what happens.


Okiegal Says:

@tiahpost

You have to get up early to get ahead of me…..just ask my hubby!

@Chic

Yes maam….not gonna mention his name!!

C’mon Izzy, I am pulling for my fellow American!


steve-o Says:

What on earth are you talking about, Hippy Chic? What book?


Hippy Chic Says:

^Rogers book,MM said i should read the book,and i said i had no desire to read it,as a players personal life doesnt interest me,my post was on the Roger rolls thread^.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

isner looks like an autistic child on the court


steve-o Says:

@Hippy Chic: I don’t understand. My post has nothing to do with the book. Why did you think it did?


Salleh Ahmed Says:

isner being exposed today


Okiegal Says:

TO ALL NOVAK FANS:

Did Joker put a fork in Boris saying he’s done?? Where is he?? I’m not just now noticing him not being there, forgot to ask. Just curious.


Mr. Larvey Says:

I don’t understand Isner’s tactics. Why doesn’t he go more for his ground strokes? Does he really think he can be more consistent from the baseline than Nole? Even I can say that it’s not gonna happen.


Skeezer Says:

Fed in the finals. Looking back, his draw looked monstrous. But he just kept winning his rounds. Other players couldn’t.


Okiegal Says:

I want 3 sets please…..it’s raining cats and dogs in Ada, OK and need entertainment all evening long!


Hippy Chic Says:

You both said what a struggle he had,and MM not you said i should read the book when i had the time,it has lots of interviews with family,friends,coaches etc,although its not an autobiography its called Roger Federer Quest for Perfection,and i said it doesnt interest me.


Hippy Chic Says:

^Post for Steve-O^.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

i hope there is now wind tomorrow

that would destroy a nice final


courbon Says:

@ okiegal: No, Boris did not get a sack.From beginning, they arrange for Vajda to be present at some tournaments. Indian Wells is one of them;


Salleh Ahmed Says:

nole serving for the match

fed-nole

18-15 or 17-16


tfouto Says:

djoko is defending really good. This game is over…


pigoonse Says:

HOLD serve Novak


Salleh Ahmed Says:

funnily enough

for both, nole and fed, that will be the first top 10 opponent to face with

shame, that the other top 10 players didnt get to the QF.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

nole is clipping a lot the net to today


steve-o Says:

Djokovic spreading the court really well. He’s learned from their last match here–not trying to overpower Isner, just keeping the ball deep to keep Isner from unloading and extending the rally. He knows that with his advantage in movement, the longer the rally goes the better for him.

His returning is also a bit smarter. He’s again not trying to blast the ball, but to get it deep. He can’t bunt the return to make it hard for Isner to pick up (unlike Federer) but he can take some pace off and try to place it.

It looks like he’s going to win in straights, unless Isner can pull off a genius return game.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

lol

isner breaks back

cant believe it


steve-o Says:

And Isner does pull off a great return game! 5-all.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

and isner is volleying like goat


Hippy Chic Says:

Isner hanging in there somehow.


Okiegal Says:

@Courbon

Thanks for the info….I was hoping not, I will have to say I think Novak is much more settled with V in his box.

Maybe I will get a third set after all?? Deuce..probably not.


pigoonse Says:

OMG . please Nole.


Hippy Chic Says:

Novak keeps throwing him a bone,rallies favour Novak as his movement is so much better,Novak gets atime violation warning.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

WTF

nole has match serving out

2nd time failing to do so

tie break


steve-o Says:

Unbelievable–four breaks in a row! Someone hold serve, please.


Kimmi Says:

Really?


Salleh Ahmed Says:

nole was never the same player after that RG SF 13 loss

2-0 isner

what a backhand


Hippy Chic Says:

Surprising how John has managed to keepthis match as competitive as he has,Okie you might just get your wish of 3 sets yet lol.


Okiegal Says:

Yesssss. TB go Izzy!! This is amazing! We know what John can do here. Novak got tight as a drum that last game.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

these linesmen are the worst in the world it has to besaid


pigoonse Says:

Nole had a good season end 2013.

But this feels like IW 2012.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

instead of 3-2 it is 5-1 thanks to the linesman

he was more patriotic


skeezer Says:

Hold off there on writing Isner off yet.


skeezer Says:

Wow what a 2nd set!


tfouto Says:

instead 3-2, 4-1…


courbon Says:

Like I said-there is always second set for Novak to screw it up….


Hippy Chic Says:

Okiegal you got your wish lol.


Hippy Chic Says:

Really Novak had no buisness losing that set.


Okiegal Says:

John may or may not win this match, but he has improved his game, imo. He showed a lot of poise in Novak’s last service game and we know he is tough in tiebreaks. Go John!!


tennisfansince76 Says:

@el flaco minor correction. The uso switched from har tru to hard court in 1978. Connors beat Borg in straights in the final that year


Salleh Ahmed Says:

nole should take lesson from gulbis in smashing the racquets


Okiegal Says:

@Chic

I did…..it’s still raining!

Racquet tantrum……Chic, our guy has never done that!


courbon Says:

Nobody smashes the racquets like Bagdatis…


http://tiahpost.com/blog/ Says:

So much for Joker in 2 – but I know he does damage when he is angry. He will still clear the hurdle…


tfouto Says:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YCg9JIIgw8

Federer had a success smashed raquet…


Okiegal Says:

Time warnings today on both players…..


Okiegal Says:

Yes, Fed does….I saw that one when it happened. I was shocked!


tfouto Says:

will nole be able to hold after a break?


Okiegal Says:

Isner can’t hit aces every time, with the exception of Wimby.


Okiegal Says:

Look at Izzy go….
Wow!!


Okiegal Says:

I think Novak plays with more nervousness than he used to.


Hippy Chic Says:

1st two sets were great,looks a bit of an anti climax now,4-1 cant see Isner coming back from this now.


pigoonse Says:

Happy he beat Isner…

Congratulations Novak Djokovic!


Okiegal Says:

Yeah, Chic I agree. But some were alluding to how boring Isner is to watch, but I thought the match was anything but boring…..but as we all figured, Novak won. I got the final I wanted…..Well sort of….if you get my drift?? LOL. 17 to 15 h2h Fed, the announcers just said.


courbon Says:

Ok, I can sleep well tonight.I have to say that I was pleasantly surprise by Isner game.He could rally well and had some magnificent forehand winners.Just too many errors overall and service was not there ( for both players ).
Tommorow Federer is a favourite but Novak played calm and concentrated, so there is a hope…


tfouto Says:

yes Isner was not that boring today. I guess Isner improved the game. He’s game is not one dimension any more. It’s two dimensional now…


Hippy Chic Says:

Agree Okiegal anything but boring,shame about the 3rd set,but much better than the Federer/Dolgo match even though Roger played superb though dont get me wrong,not the final i wouldve wanted,but all in all the right two got there from the semis IMO anyway,i hope Roger lifts the title.


pigoonse Says:

We should get an exciting match tomorrow.

Get some rest – Best of luck Novak Djokovic!


Hippy Chic Says:

Congrats to Courbon and all the lovely fans of Noles on him making the final.


Hippy Chic Says:

Okiegal i hope our guy is back firing on all cylinders next week,showing them all whom is the number 1 player,but for now hope its a great final,may the best man win.


courbon Says:

@ tfouto:To be champion you need 3 dimensions…(-

@ Hippy/ Thanks.I was very surprised when Nadal lost but Dolgopolov played really great tennis-no shame in losing to player like that.Anyway, Clay is just around corner…How is everything with you?.Hubby OK, still have Rafas poster on bedroom wall,old ladies behave and listen?
I have not be reading almost 2 months this blog so don’t know what was going on TX.I guess usual Fedal wars probably, right?


Nat Says:

@tfouto He was even worse as a junior apparently- used to break racquets every match, swear a lot, argue and stuff. I think it was his parents and esp his mum that’s credited for how well he behaves on the court now.


Hippy Chic Says:

Courbon ha ha no Alex was a worthy winner,and Rafa played crap,there is now a thread called Fedal Warzone for those who want to duke it out,to be honest ive had enough of that now and i just want to talk tennis,we now have a Fedal Warzone thread and TX staff have tightened up on moderation,and Fedal trash talking is banned now on other threads,we are all under notice for that now,Hubby is fine working hard,old dears are mostly deaf but are quite a nice bunch,never had a Rafa poster though only a native american indian,and a dream catcher hanging above the bed.


pigoonse Says:

Good job Tennis-X keeping the thread on track.

Very much appreciated.

One suggestion: Is there a way to pin the Fedal thread, or make it stick in the Quicklinks menu to accommodate the many Fedal obsessed? Give Fedals what they need and maybe they don’t have to be moderated as tightly.


Hippy Chic Says:

Pigoonse agree lets make it a permanent thread.


courbon Says:

@ Hippy:I’ll check the tread.Must be fun reading;
I remember you mentioning you had for a years Tom Cruise poster on the wal,l so I just assumed it’s Rafa now…
Good luck tomorrow with Liverpool.


Bad Knee Rules Says:

———-
Fed in final. Yes!
Attendance here rivals the French Open. 430,000 attendance which equals FO. Second only to Wimby and USO. No wonder its called the 5th Slam.
———-

AO attendance is around the 700,000 mark.


Okiegal Says:

@Chic……so do I, I’m still a little worried. Curious about the draw. Did not like the last one, but in all fairness to Alex he played better in the moments when it mattered. Tiebreaker could have gone either way. Don’t care what anyone says, he played badly. Something was off…8 doubles in his first match, that isn’t normal for him. But I will be tuned in for sure!

To all fans of Roger and Novak….Good luck tomorrow. Killer Cahill says he thinks Novak has the edge but I think he is playing more nervous than he used to, it showed today. I think Fed has the better chance. Can’t wait!!


Okiegal Says:

The comment about an autistic child should be removed from the thread….worse than the Fedal wars. Very disrespectful. I happen to know an autistic child that I love. This is a terrible statement imo.


Okiegal Says:

@Chic

I read my post over @3/15 @ 4:30…..should have read, just like Rafa didn’t want to be in Joker’s half. I’m sure you knew what I want! Jr. moment! Lol


Okiegal Says:

^^^ what I meant……and not what I want….


metan Says:

Dolgo played sooooo bad! Just finished watching it.


Hippy Chic Says:

Agree with Okiegal post @5.44pm in is really poor taste,i thought you were tightening up on moderation Sean?and Okiegal im sorry to here that too BTW :((..


Hippy Chic Says:

Courbon @7.52pm the only thing i have on Rafa is his book which hubby bought me,which was really boring TBH,other than that nothing else tennis related in my house,i think i had a Tom Cruise poster on my wall as a teenager,but it was mostly Adam Ant,Shakin Stevens,and George Michael,like i say a dream catcher,a native american indian,and a picture of hubby in the TA,are the only thngs that adon my bedroom walls and ceiling,thanks for the heads up on LVC,and good luck to Nole in the final hope its a cracker.


Giles Says:

Tiahpost “and not by taking MTO’s yer know .. .”. I take it you are referring to Wawa!


Hippy Chic Says:

Sean Randall and staff,i see mine and Okiegals posts about the comment @5.44pm March 15th have actually fallen on deaf ears then?

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