Djokovic Unstoppable, Federer Falls To Nishikori; Serena v Sharapova Thurs. in Miami
by Staff | March 26th, 2014, 11:09 pm
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Indian Wells winner Novak Djokovic continued his torrid U.S. spring run on Wednesday at the Sony Open in Miami, gaining the semifinals after dismissing defending champion Andy Murray 7-5, 6-3.

Murray broke serve once in the second set to go up a break, but it was Djokovic with three breaks and seven aces during the contest, improving his head-to-head to 12-8 career against the Brit.

A point of contention during the match was at 5-6 when Murray was serving. During a point Djokovic reached over the net to hit a ball. Murray argued the point with the chair umpire and Djokovic, who was unsure of the ruling.

“I went and asked Novak, and he told me he was over the net,” Murray said. “Look, it might be my mistake,” Djokovic said. “I think I crossed the net with the racket. I didn’t touch the net.

Maybe the rule is that you are not allowed to pass on his side with the racket. I’m not sure. You tell me.”   Murray from that point committed a number of unforced errors during the next three points to lose the game and the set.   “Obviously, that distracted him mentally, and after that he gave the set away,” Djokovic said.

In the semis Djokovic will face Kei Nishikori who stunned 2-time champion Roger Federer 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 on an unseasonably cool night in Miami.


A day after wearing down David Ferrer in a final set breaker, Nishokori pulled his second straight Top 5 win and second straight over his idol Federer, overcoming a break down in the second to reach his first Masters semifinal.

“Feeling good, of course, to beat Roger,” said Nishikori. “I thought I really played well, especially in the third. I was hitting both deep and striking well. Everything was going well. There [were a] couple of tough moments, but I was fighting through and happy to win today.”

Federer had been so hot of late, couldn’t put the 24-year-old away in the second when the match was in his hands. And his trusty serve of late was a mess.

“I couldn’t get my serve going ever, especially the slider wide on the deuce was terrible today,” Federer said. “That’s what’s been working so well for me at this tournament.

“I think Kei does really well controlling the ball. He has great technique, especially on the backhand, very simple, very short back swings, so he does a really nice job of having good timing,” he said. “I predict he’s going to be top 10 in a short while.”

In women’s quarterfinal play, Dominika Cibulkova survived three match points in the second set to defeat Agnieszka Radwanska 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3.


The ugly meeting included 51 unforced errors, eight double faults and 10 losses of serve from the winner Cibulkova alone.

Fourteen of the first 18 games featured service breaks. In the end it is the first career Miami semifinal for the Slovak.

“This win really means a lot to me,” said Cibulkova, who will now make her debut in the Top 10 when the next WTA Rankings are released. “It’s always tough to play Aga, but I knew I just had to stay aggressive. If you make some mistakes with Aga you still have to stay aggressive. That’s the way I play, and it’s the only way to beat her. I just had to keep going.”

She will next meet No. 2 Li Na, who subdued No. 11 Caroline Wozniacki 7-5, 7-5.

On court Thursday in Miami will be the women’s semifinals, featuring (1) Serena Williams vs. (4) Maria Sharapova, and (10) Dominika Cibulkova vs. (2) Li Na.

THURSDAY MIAMI SCHEDULE

STADIUM start 1:00 pm
WTA – [1] S Williams (USA) vs [4] M Sharapova (RUS)

Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – [22] A Dolgopolov (UKR) vs [7] T Berdych (CZE)

7:00 pm
ATP – [1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [12] M Raonic (CAN)

Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – [10] D Cibulkova (SVK) vs [2] N Li (CHN)


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90 Comments for Djokovic Unstoppable, Federer Falls To Nishikori; Serena v Sharapova Thurs. in Miami

Patson Says:

Nole is on track for an Indian Wells – Miami double.

Nishikori played awesome against Fed ! Clearly, this is a very strong era of tennis. So many good players in the top 20.


RZ Says:

Fun match between Fed and Nishikori. Will Special Kei have enough gas left in the tank against Djoker? He’s had 2 tough 3-setters to get there.


Tennis Fan Says:

The way Fed played in the first set against Nishikori reminded me of a truly unstoppable player … unfortunately the Fed of age 32 flips between points of his early career brilliance and consistency and what we get today … which is very good but not good enough on days that others play over their heads. It made me kinda’ sad. I miss those golden days.


van orten Says:

at 3:4 second set fed is 0:40 ,15:40 ,30:40 break, at 5:6 0:40,15:40,30:40 break, and at 4:5 in the 3rd 0:40,15:40,30:40,break and match over. in all those service losses he made terrible mistakes and played with practically no first serve.

this was as often in his career totally unnecessary and he gave a routine win away. sure kei played very well but if fed plays his normal standard he is truly unstoppable ..at least to players not named dikovic or nadal


Michael Says:

Well, Roger was having the momentum right through in the first as well as second sets and it is a pity that he couldn’t complete the job after having won the first set and leading by a break in the second. To his credit, Nishikori was at his tenacious best and never gave up battling it out to seize the moment and he struck a gold mine when a sloppy Roger gifted him the match in the third set. Now-a-days Roger due to his advancing age, tires during the third set and his serve and shots lose some of their sting. Nevertheless, Novak would be too happy to face Nishikori than Roger at the other end.


Michael Says:

Andy vs Novak moved along expected lines. The question is did that one controversial point made the difference in the end ? Difficult to say really. But players should not get too much upset about a perceived bad call and they should learn to take it in their stride. Andy made too much fuss about it and lost the match. It is difficult to say whether this made all the difference in the end. But, what it goes to prove that Andy lacks the temperament to stay focussed despite distractions and that is really a Champion’s quality. I remember John Mcenroe used to go ballistic at line calls by umpires but such outrage generally provides an impetus for him to shore up his level of play. I have seen him serving three continuous aces after a quarrel with the umpire.


Colin Says:

Over the last few years this has become boring. Federer wins early rounds and people are raving about him playing as he did in his prime. Then, surprise surprise, he loses.

I wish I could type this in 18 point:
DON’T MAKE PREDICTIONS!!


Rafa better than roger Says:

Kongrats, K! Great job.

Has roger just been mouthing off that he is the only one that is working the hardest of the top 8 and having just incredible beating the top 10( see nit top 2) really convenient.
Result. The ego trip just translated into humiliating choke of a loss.

Just like I said, for roger it will be a up, down, a little up then a much more down etc… Which will be even more corrosive.

And now the excuses? Listen to this.

The winds
The dark
The lights … Like a boxing ring.

Down goes Frazier! Or, rather down goes Federerer!!!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

It was a bad loss only for the reason the match turned ugly for Roger from the end of 2nd set. He was a completely different player after getting the break. He played a sensational game to break Kei and broke down completely after that. Not sure what went wrong from that point.

But a lot of takeaway for Roger. He played efficiently in most of his matches and it’s been quite long 3 weeks for him including Dubai. Good time to take rest and practice well.


Gordon Says:

Federer had more winners and less errors than Nishikori. That is an odd stat for a match that he lost. His reliable serve was nowhere to be found, either.

That being written, good for Nishikori; he came up big when he had to, and I bet he is going to enjoy tomorrow off.


Margot Says:

@Michael
Back op + time off + playing back into form + loss of coach + back problem previous match + probable effects of anti-inflammataries + horrible umpiring decision = straw that broke camel’s back?
Well of course, not literally,I trust.


nadalista Says:

RT @SI_BTBaseline: “To sum up Roger Federer’s day: Got pooped on by a bird, his match was ignored by television, and he lost to Kei Nishikori. Not a great day.”


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Still people hang on to one point for Murray’s loss. If he is that bad in temparment and cannot take a single bad point, he should not be in the discussion of a top player. Sounds silly.


Hippy Chic Says:

Michael just interested whats your take on the controversial call?


Isaac Walls Says:

Good to see Cibulkova beginning to play excellent tennis. Although, I’m rooting for Li NA to win the Sony Open. This year we will witness the dominance from Li after all the hard work Coach Rodriguez put her through. The only thing holding her back from truly rising above every player in the WTA is her serve. Once she has become accustomed to Rodriguez’s new technique for her serve she will be unstoppable!


Salleh Ahmed Says:

Fair play to kei. deserved to win.

Fed had problems with his serve which was very usual. he doenst like the night sessions there, does he.

should rest and attack in the clay season.


Giles Says:

BTW Fed did have a moan. He said “The darkness was tough. The lights here are really weird. They hang over the court, almost parallel to the ground”.
# Whiner


roy Says:

”unfortunately the Fed of age 32 flips between points of his early career brilliance and consistency and what we get today … which is very good but not good enough on days that others play over their heads. It made me kinda’ sad. I miss those golden days.”

he was always inconsistent, you people just have selective memory and watch too many highlight reels.

the nature of his style, aggression+, makes him inconsistent. you live and die by the sword. he just got away with it more in his early days. people didn’t make him pay like they do now.

plenty of times he played sloppy in slams, masters, got behind(even to average players) but managed to pull it out.

plenty of times he played well and hard extremely close matches with good players. people just have this idea he creamed everybody during his prime and barely shanked a forehand. it’s not true.
some examples:

2006 (finished no.1)

miami
R64 Arnaud Clement (FRA) rank 53
W 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-0

tokyo
Q Takao Suzuki (JPN) rank 1,078(!)
W 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(3)

halle

R16 Richard Gasquet (FRA) 51
W 7-6(7), 6-7(7), 6-4 Stats

Q Olivier Rochus (BEL) 29
W 6-7(2), 7-6(9), 7-6(5)

2007 (finished no.1)

roland garros
Q Tommy Robredo (ESP) rank 9
W 7-5, 1-6, 6-1, 6-2

dubai
R32 Kristian Pless (DEN) rank 86
W 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-3

Basel
R32 Michael Berrer (GER) rank 56
W 6-1, 3-6, 6-3

and there are many more very close matches where he may not have dropped a set but hardly dominated.
federer was consistently better but he was never on a completely different level as people pretend.


James Says:

Fed wasn’t serving that great, but credit must also go to Kei for taking full advantage of Fed’s 2nd serves. How many players on tour can eat up Fed’s 2nd kick serve like Kei did? He made it look ordinary at times.

Federer had more winners and less Unforced Errors than Kei, but Kei won the points when it mattered the most.

I also noticed that Fed was made to run a lot more than he usually does against Nadal or Djokovic. There were some great rallies and great points from both players.


Giles Says:

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2014/03/13/Miami-Roger-Rafa-10-Years-Rivalry.aspx
The ATP have deemed it fit to print this article as it was 10 years ago that Rafa beat Fed in Miami for the first time.
“It was a tough tournament” said Federer. “I came off a sunstroke in Indian Wells after beating [Tim] Henman in the finals. I was in bed for four or five days, and then came here”.
#Sunstroke


TennisVagabond.com Says:

THat was probably the worst I’ve ever seen Fed serve, yet he was still dominating the match through two sets. I believe all but ONE Nishikori service game went to a break point.
All credit to Nishikori for hanging tough. He showed some absolutely brilliant shotmaking.


Margot Says:

@NK
Is anyone really saying “a single point” cost Andy the match?
It certainly cost him the first set and I hardly think knowing the umpire is an incompetent numty, who doesn’t know the rules, can have improved his focus.
In the second set he suddenly seemed to have a massive loss of energy, almost like a balloon being pricked. His serve went right off, a good indication. This suggests to me that he is indeed match “unfit” and it will take him a couple of months, as Jez Green has said, to get back to where he was.
I’m also wondering if he’s entirely happy with his back. In the last match he tweaked something and turned round and said to his box, “its been 3 years now.” In this match he told his box he “couldn’t rotate.”
I really hope these are just hiccups on the long and difficult road to full recovery, but who knows?


Ben Pronin Says:

If they hadn’t shown the replay on the big screen, I think it would’ve served Murray better. The conversation he had with the umpire was hilariously dumb.
Murray: you saw him go over the net?
Ump: yes he went over
Murray: right so that’s illegal
Ump: no he was over but not on your side
Murray: …
I’m paraphrasing. But seriously, the umpire really messed up here.


Perfect fan Says:

Gutted..gutted..gutted at fed’s loss :(

But overall, I m happy for him to be playing lot better than last year….need some rest badly now to prepare for the DC tie coming up and then the gruelling clay season.

Good luck roger and stay fit !!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

@Margot, I don’t think it even cost him 1st set. It was a lame shot, which was an easy put away for Novak. Understood Novak could have waited a bit more and thrashed the ball. Murray was not in a winning position in that point.

Even then, it was just the 1st point of the game. It was not a set point which he lost. I understand Murray is struggling from his niggles and probably is not match fit to compete against Top players. It’s a big loss, not having him compete with the top guys for fans like me. I really like to see him being fully fit and play Nadal. It’s been quite a while these two have met.


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

Obituary! Bring it on at your own peril !!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I agree as someone said before, night matches in Miami has been a nightmare for Roger. I have seen him take few terrible losses in the Night matches, specially against Roddick in 2012. Also he played one if his least competitive match against Nadal in Miami night session. Maybe the air is too heavy for him to hit through.

But today’s loss was puzzling, since he was playing and dominating Kei till 4-3 in the second set. Then the shanks started.

Somehow subconsciously he did not want to go deep further and started thinking about getting out for DC. May not have tanked it, but lost focus.


Ben Pronin Says:

“federer was consistently better but he was never on a completely different level as people pretend.”

What do you define as a different level? The guy lost 15 matches in a span of 3 years. Big deal, he lost some sets to some guys. That’s tennis. That’s sport. Anyone can beat anyone on any given day. You know the expression “any given Sunday”? Before you go picking out random matches where Federer has lost sets, learn how to understand the sport just a tiny bit outside of Rafael Nadal and his underpants.


Dan Martin Says:

My picks for today’s matches are up as well as a NCAA basketball tennis post from last night at http://tennisabides.com


Dan Martin Says:

Federer led the tour in titles in 2003, 2004, 2005 (tied w/ Nadal), 2006 and 2007 – seems like a different level – 3 years of winning 3 slams in a single year – Pete had 4 years of 2 slams per year as a bit of context Federer reached 10 straight slam finals then lost in the semi to the eventual champion then reached 8 straight slam finals 18 out of 19? that would be like a team reaching the NCAA championship game from the play-in game 18 out of 19 years with the other year being a Final Four – freaky stuff


Salleh Ahmed Says:

cant get over that fed loss so fast as i thought

woke till 4 am and saw a fed implosion. like against robredo last year.


nadalista Says:

@Ben Pronin says,

“….learn how to understand the sport just a tiny bit outside of Rafael Nadal and his underpants.”

See, this is what I do not understand: here you are throwing a gratuitous insult and on another thread you are telling posters to read the guidelines and this:

“Without freaking out and calling names, honestly, can anyone explain why Djokovic would hit the ball like that if he knew it was illegal?”

So, are we to understand posters are not allowed to throw insults around but you are? That the guidelines do not apply to you?


the DA Says:

Andy would never say that net point cost him the match. But we as viewers could see the loss of focus and change of momentum in the match. In any case, is it even possible for a player to lose their momentum after a controversial net point? Let me think….

http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2013/11/point-year-novak-djokovic-touches-net-roland-garros/49847/


Giles Says:

“Learn how to understand the sport just a tiny bit outside of Rafael Nadal and his underpants”. Huh?
Yet another poster obsessed with Nadal’s under garment!
Laughable much!


Translated Age Says:

Wow. Look who makes this thread about Nadal. Seems some fed fans more obsessed over Rafa than Rafans rotfl.

“not named Djokovic or Nadal” or Murray (10-11) or Nishikori (1-2).

Anyone missing 2003-07 must also be Harlem Globetrotter fans.

Kei let Vesterer have his way but when he woke up and pounded Vesterer’s BH, it was GSM.

Fed or @PseudoFed quote of the noght:
“Credit to Kei for keeping up with Me.”

Love it!


andrea Says:

i’m glad to see kei winning a good match…..he almost never made it to the quarters – fought off 3 match points against ferrer in the round before.

the less we have someone dominating the scene (like fed in 05-07 or novak in ’11 or nadal in ’13) the more it’s becoming that some of these guys in the top 25 have a chance at any tournament to take out a top guy. that’s not saying nadal or novak are going anywhere are still the guys to beat, but if they’re not on and opponents get their belief to win…..watch out!

didn’t get a chance to see the fed match, but sounds like from the posts here that he had the lead and lost it. after watching him take out gasquet so handily, i thought this would be another straight forward win.


SG1 Says:

Losses will happen. Not surprised that Murray went down to Novak. Their matches are usually decided by the slimmest of margins.

Federer going down to Nishikori was surprising. Apparently, Fed’s serve was letting him down at the big moments. Not surprising given cool conditions and possibly some apprehension from past back problems. And Nishikori can flat out play so this obviously was the major factor.

After this tournament, it’s off to Europe for the clay court season. Looking forward to seeing how Rafa plays given his recent back issues.


Daniel Says:

Perfect Fan,

Fed is not having grueling clay season lately, because he only plays 3 tourneys: Rome, Madrid and RG. He plays Rome just to see how his game is at (never won that tourney before and probably will never win it). Madrid he plays to win as he has won before twice as it moved to clay ( including the infamous blue clay) and RG, he goes thinking on grass already. To him must feel like, being there done that ad whole Nadal is still dominating he knows his chances are slim, but hey, what happens to Nadal in AO final could happen to anyone, ad we are yet to see Nadal really have a bad day at a Grand Slam final. I don’t think he ever lost a GS final in straight sets. So, Fed goes to clay season thinking on grass already, get some matches (avoid top players, he is 32 almost 33) and see how things go in Madrid to sneak out a title (maybe).


Margot Says:

@ the DA 12.05
Nice :)
Anyone can surely see that Andy lost momentum in that set? Surely?


skeezer Says:

re: Fed names by the cult. Talk about being obsessed with 1 player,

So “Faderer” doesn’t work anymore, so now he must be another name “Vesterer”. LMAO.

#jealousmuch?

Was surprised also that Kei took Fed down. Fed had been playing very well. He routinely took down Gas in the “early days Fed” fashion. But Kei played great. And any player is going to have a rough day a the office when your not serving well.
Take care of that back Maestro.


Daniel Says:

Curious to see if Nadal will continue to destroy competition in Miami, he has Raonic (and how well he serves or Rafa returns will be the biggest factor here), than Berdy (basically w/o) or a rematch with Dolgo in semis (revenge) before Djoko in the final.
Djokovic is virtually in the final I think. Nishikori will be a less mental demanding match prior to a potential blockbuster final with Nadal, pre clay where they certainly will meet again in one of the 4(MC, Rome, Madrid or RG). I think they play in 2 out of this 4 titles matches for sure!
Fed will be less a factor on clay, Murray never delivered on clay, Wawa seems battling injury still, DelPo out, no treats.
I just hope Murray land in Nadal quarters eventually. Maybe posing some treat to Rafa on clay is just what the doctor order for him.


Gordon Says:

Nadalista,

Sometimes you read a comment in here that is so moronic it just triggers an outburst. Go reread Roy’s comment; it really sets the gold standard for stupidity and lack of understanding of the sport.

Nadal’s trolls are in a class of their own, but that comment is so ludicrous it takes the case.


Gordon Says:

Make that takes the CAKE.


Okiegal Says:

@Margot

Andy clearly lost momentum. I was shocked by that whole debacle. Novak is tough to beat anyway and when you have to beat the official too…..Well it was downhill from that point on. We don’t know whether he would have won or not, but he was not the same player after the call. Tennis needs replay baaaad, imo. Sorry Margot, I felt sorry for your guy. Unfortunate for Andy. BTW, Andy was so calm in confronting the official. It was like he didn’t want to be too vocal……because he and Novak are friends, maybe?? Don’t know whether they have a good rapport with each other not. He was smiling….I would have given the little man in the high chair a mouthful! I hope there are better times ahead for Andy. His back seems to be OK, I hope!!


Daniel Says:

Murray should be that pissed about the point, and he probably didn’t even was, he had lost almost 99% for sure. To me his problem was discussing with the umpire, realizing the ump was stupid in that point and he couldn’t regroup after. This shouldn’t happen with him. He should be ale to let it go quick, but as it was the case, enough to disturb him. another thing for him to work on, not got so distracted by things he can not control. He can be affording to lose matches just because he got pissed. It was a shame indeed, because he was being the more aggressive player.


Sean Randall Says:

Since I took Berdych and Nadal to play at the start of the event I stick with them winning today. Though both could go the other way.

Federer clearly let one slip last night, but credit to Nishikori who showed some toughness and fitness.


Margot Says:

@Daniel
I know its probably your phone playing up but Andy posing a “treat” for Rafa? Lol! Would that be nice box of choccies?
@OKiegal
Cheers :)
Andy was smiling in sheer disbelief, but I kind of wish he’d just sat down and demanded the tournament head honcho came onto court. He might not have got the point, but at least he would’ve had some time to calm down.
Chair umpires never back down. Must be an unwritten law. But I have seen the tournament bosses come onto court on rare occasions.


Ben Pronin Says:

“To me his problem was discussing with the umpire, realizing the ump was stupid in that point and he couldn’t regroup after.”

Couldn’t agree more. He was flabberghasted at how dumb the umpire was. I mean I was, too, but I didn’t have to worry about playing the match.

It’s a shame, too, because that first set really was quite amazing as far as quality of play is concerned.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

sharapova is a laughing number now. azarenka or even a kerber won at least one match against serena in the last two years. but maria hasnt won one. she hasnt won one match since 2004. 10 years passed and she cant win against serena. what kind of a GS champion is she. clearly overrated imo.


andrea Says:

ah sharapova….you need to get that monkey off your back!


nadalista Says:

@Gordon,

Well, the Guidelines do not say, ” refrain from gratuitous insults unless responding to a moronic comment that sets the gold standard for stupidity and lack of understanding for the sport.” Or, do they?


Okiegal Says:

@Margot

You have a point……sheer disbelief in the moment!
I thought he was way too nice, imo. But you are so right, don’t think I’ve ever seen an official back down. Tennis has got to make some changes…..needs replay bad. These guys go on court and give it their all and then have a bad call at a crucial time and it can be curtains for the unlucky one.


Hippy Chic Says:

Maria hasnt won a GS since the FO in 2012,and the only GS final she has been in since was the FO in 2013,where she lost as usual to Serena,i believe she needs to do something this year,as shes nearing the status of decline and been a has been,you cannot even call it a rivalry against Serena as its so one sided,the girl that beat Serena at Wimbledon in 2004 so handily is long gone,it was the worst thing Maria ever did in her career,Serena has never forgiven her for that one.


Slice Tennis Says:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYOcXja7BUw

Temperature drop…dark….


Slice Tennis Says:

For the n’th time I have got all my predictions perfectly right:
http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2013-09-03/13570.php#comment-484076


Translated Age Says:

“I thought Wednesday night’s match was more about Nishikori finding his game than it was Federer losing his. It seemed to me that Federer, up a set, was ambushed by Nishikori’s steadily rising aggression and accuracy through the last two. Federer could control the rallies, and then he couldn’t, and when he couldn’t, his confidence went. His first-serve percentage was a too-low 53; his backhand, which had been so good when he was cruising against Richard Gasquet, wasn’t as good under pressure from Nishikori; and he mainly tried to slug it out with Kei from the baseline, even after Nishikori got hot. Federer came to net just 16 times.”

Preach it, Tiggy, preach it.

(He plays tennis as you know.)


Slice Tennis Says:

“Preach it, Tiggy, preach it.
(He plays tennis as you know.)”

Really he plays tennis ????
I thought there is only one guy who plays tennis….his name sounds a bit squeezy.


Skeezer Says:

“Really he plays tennis ????”
So?
So does Chris Evert.


Translated Age Says:

That was my point.

This gets funnier all the time.


Polo Says:

I am more curious about what the umpire or tennis officials have to say about that Dokovic debacle. They should find a way to handle issues like this and not let the burden fall on the players. Tennis officiating is one of the shakiest in all of sports.


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Whoa! Raonic takes first set. Are we witnessing the changing of the guard this week at Key Biscayne? (where Agassi once emerged, and Rafa too)


Pitchaboy Says:

Fed threw it. Did not want to deal with Djokovich or Nadal as there was no way of beating them on the slow surface. He was serving poorly throughout but getting by with good ground strokes. His ground game inexplicably nosedived in game eight of second set.


van orten Says:

at first it really hurt and I thought it was unnecessary..but then I remembered his poor night session record in miami..I was there in 2011 vs rafa. just to slow for him at night . but hey he is back in the top 4 or 5 . really looking forward to clay season. will rafa finally get beaten by someone. that would be thrilling ..not because I want him to lose. but it will take a major ueber performance to take him down. it would be the match of the year. and he wouldnt be too down on that. he already has 8 hasnt he ??


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

Raonic/Nadal – First set to Raonic. 2nd set – Raonic broken but still it’s time for MTO (in my opinion). Guess who….

Dolgo was rushing too much through that tie break. He needs to take lessons from some of these other guys. Needs to learn how to waste some time….the least he can do is to play with that long hair a bit while taking a breather. If he is not going to do that, he may as well cut off the hair. He can also play with his socks on occasion. It is allowed, I guess.


van orten Says:

and do not worry rafa fans ..almost impossible for raonic to win this match. 6:3 6:2 next 2 sets. good night


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

We need more surprises. Hope Nishikori gives us the ultimate. Good luck.


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

@van orten, I have learnt not to get hurt by Fed’s losses. That loss of focus from time to time has come to stay.

Do you remember Fed’s losses to Marat Safin at AO semifinal a long time ago and also to Delpo at the US Open final? In both cases Fed had match points and got angry/lost focus and the rest is history. Those two slams should have been in his pocket. At the AO semis, he had match points and he played a tweener and then did something else funny… can’t even remember. The commentators were at a loss for words. Safin seized the opportunity and grabbed the match from Fed and went on to win the final. The whole thing was so silly. At the time, I guess Fed did not realize that he would need all these slams to stay afloat in the GOAT debate. I am used to all kinds of losses by Fed.


van orten Says:

us open 09 aussie 09 and def. us open semi 11 hurt the most. especially the last one will stay in my head forever.


Purcell Says:

Raonic v Nadal. People have paid to see this? Time for bed.


Skeezer Says:

“That was my point.”
And what was that? Why is Tiggy so significant. You’re right, funnier all the time. LMAO.


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

@van orten,

Yeah. That US OPEN semis with Joker. That was another crazy loss, especially, when it was obvious that Joker was ready to go to bed. Out of nowhere, something happens to Federer. I guess Federer, in his mind, was already in bed. But the one that amused me most was that loss to Marat Safin. And I think Fed himself was laughing about it in the end. He probably was tired of winning at that point. It was crazy. I’m sure he’s regretted giving away all those matches. If not for all that ‘stupidity’, he should have at least 20 slams by now.


Colin Says:

On the subject of Fed’s occasional lapses back in the day:
Let’s remember that his first loss (of a match, not just a set)to Murray was at Cincy in 2006, when Andy was a skinny teenager. As I remember, Roger became somewhat irritated and swatted a ball into the crowd. I can’t recall whether he came up with any excuses afterwards.


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

“Purcell Says:
Raonic v Nadal. People have paid to see this? Time for bed.”

@Purcell, I am on your side. I wonder, too, why people will pay to see this. For the most part, all you get is butt-picking, right? I rest my case…


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

I tell you, I am really admiring this Cibu-KLEVA woman. She has legs as strong as those from the Dementieva family since they are all bicyclists. Elena had them very strong too.


Patson Says:

This is besides the point but, just to make sure … Skeezer and skeezer are the same person, correct ?


SkEeZer Says:

@Patson
Ahh you have a keen eye to the skeez mystery. Well done. One and the same or separate?


skeezer Says:

Nole vs Kei should be exciting. Rafa? Anyone watch that borefest vs Raonic? Rafa sure knows how to produce boring tennis. Ugh. Now he plays birdsh!t, worse. another borefest.
It will be Nole vs Rafa, and we all know who wins that. Hopefully it doesn’t go 6 hours of grind o matic tennis.


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

@skeezer, you can bank on 6 hrs since there will be butt-picking on one side and ball bouncing on the other…. hi hi hi


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

Tough loss for CibuKLEVA… after all that running. A learning experience….


metan Says:

@tiah, look like we are going to have a war here.
Well, Rafa picks his own butt you are so depress, how much more if he picks someone else butt? “.
And he is still good not throw tantrum spoiled tthe racquet and yelling to audience to shut up. Who paid all his price money, isn’t it from the audience. Is it the way he said Thank you. Arrogant butt and no manner, kind like some of his fanatics fans!!!!. 😁😁😁😁


Giles Says:

@metan. Lol. @tiah has joined the Rafa butt club. No problem, the more the merrier. Tiah is a female after all so quite understandable. And this woman has a website? Does anyone post on that site? Probably not that’s why she is trying to get her kicks out of Rafa’s butt. Who can blame her!
#RedundantWebsite


Hippy Chic Says:

WOW Such classy comments from a lady 12.32am,seriously is this all in keeping with the tennis-x guidelines,seems like some people are only out to cause trouble??


metan Says:

Alison, it’s true and I lost my cool.can’t stand her anymore. All her posts is about butt or towel. Once in a while I always ignore those type of post . but her comments is so often about the same thing.


Hippy Chic Says:

I actually thought it was quite an entertaining competitive match,Raonic really came out to play,and gave Rafa a good test,lots of games going to deuce,Raonic saving many break points,Milos went toe to toe with Rafa in those rallies which isnt easy to do,and also vollying pretty well at the net,still JMO for what its worth..


Hippy Chic Says:

Metan i see what your saying,but my advice is to just ignore people like that and not waste your nervous energy on,and please dont take your frustrations out on Roger or Novak,as they are both for the most very classy players,its just that they make mistakes as much as any other player/person does.


Hippy Chic Says:

Kei has beaten both Roger and Novak before,but i dont think he could beat Ferrer,Federer and Djokovic in one tourney,and id be very surprised if he did this time,still beating two top 5 players is a fantastic achievement,he is becoming one of my favorites of the up and coming players.


Okiegal Says:

People who detest grind-o-matic tennis…..Well, they’re not watching much tennis these days!

@Chic

I was so glad Rafa broke him. Was not wanting to see a tiebreaker……..Milos serve scary……144 mph!!
Hope Rafa is clicking on all cylinders tonight, Berdy can be troublesome…….Vamos Rafa!!


A Tango Lad Says:

Seemed to me that the crowd quite enjoyed the match.

Just a few people on here who do not like Nadal because of his advantage over Roger expressing their frustration.

I would not get too worked up over it Nadal fans. Take it as a twisted sort of compliment. Just ask yourself, is it really just a coincidence that the one player who plays so “boring” just happens to be the player with such an advantage over Roger?

It’s unfortunate.


Hippy Chic Says:

ATL Thanks your a very fair Federer fan


Giles Says:

ATL. Well said.

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