Will It Be Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal In The Sunday Final? Miami SFs Pick And Pans
by Sean Randall | March 27th, 2014, 11:57 pm
  • 105 Comments

Similar to Indian Wells, we have three guys we thought would get to the Final Four along with an upstart who upset a legend. In the desert it was Alexandr Dolgopolov stunning Rafael Nadal en route to the last for there. This week Kei Nishikori takes over as the new kid on the block, outplaying Roger Federer Wednesday night to reach his first Miami semifinal.

So Friday’s matches are Novak Djokovic against Kei Nishikori and then at night Rafael Nadal takes on Tomas Berdych.

Before I get to tomorrow’s matches, a quick recap of the action from Thursday.

First to the women. Serena Williams continued her hammerlock on rival diva Maria Sharapova beating the Russian 6-4, 6-3 to reach her 9th Miami final. Serena now leads Maria 16-2 having won 15 straight! That’s quite an incredible feat against a competitor like Maria.

“Despite my results against her, I still look forward to playing against Serena, because you learn so much from that type of level that she produces,” Sharapova lamented. “She’s an incredible champion. That’s the reason she’s at the top. She’s accomplished a lot. Her tennis speaks for itself.”

Serena will go for Miami title No. 7 Saturday against the Li Na-Dominika Cibulkova winner. And it would be foolish to think she won’t get it.

As for the men’s quarters, Tomas Berdych did the expected stopping Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 7-6. It wasn’t the greatest of matches but Berdych, being his usual boring self on court, just had too much firepower for the Ukraine who couldn’t put together enough good tennis to do damage.

“It was a very tricky opponent,” said Berdych. “Even the conditions were not the perfect way that I really like. It was quite windy, so it was…a little bit more difficult. But I handled it quite well.”


In the evening, Rafael Nadal shook off a double fault that gave Milos Raonic the first set to beat the Canadian in three 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. Milos played well and showed some promise winning his first set ever over the Spaniard, but Rafa was just too tough, too relentless in the end and Raonic doesn’t have the return game to consistently worry the top guys.

“I feel like this time around I handled myself much better, especially considering the conditions,” said Raonic who drops to 0-5 against Nadal. “So a lot of things we have been working on I managed to incorporate, and I feel like I’m much further ahead. I dealt with the situation much better than I would have a few weeks ago or few months ago.”

So on to my picks for Friday.

Novak Djokovic v Kei Nishikori
I picked Djokovic to win this title from the start and I see no reason to change it here. Nishikori’s enjoyed a fabulous run, beating in succession Grigor Dimitrov, David Ferrer and then Wednesday night Roger Federer. The kid has a lot a of game we know that, but he’s added fitness and strength, and it’s paying off. And unlike other players like Dolgopolov who may be content reaching a big tournament semi, I feel like Nishikori is a guy who’s hungry for more.

But I think that run stops here. After Ferrer blew four matchpoints against the 24-year-old, Federer should have taken care of business the other night but also failed. Now Djokovic finishes the job.

Novak hasn’t lost a set since dropping the opener in that Indian Wells final against Federer and without Becker in the box he’s won 32 straight. So things are looking up again for the Serb as he heads toward a fourth Miami title.


“He’s playing well, no doubt,” said Nishikori. “I played him a long time ago, maybe three or four years ago in Basel, and I beat him before, so hopefully I can play good like today.”

And Nishikori could very well do it again. If Djokovic’s is off his game, he’ll have a crack at it. But if Djokovic plays up to par like I think he will he’ll get through.
The pick: Djokovic in two

Rafael Nadal v Tomas Berdych
I had this semifinal picked however for some reason I took Berdych to beat Rafa! Call it a case of the “March Madness”, but I’m going back on that here. Nadal’s back looks fine and after a shaky Indian Wells his game looks even better.

Berdych is also playing well. In the midst of his best start to a season, the big Czech hasn’t dropped a set and based on matchup has the power game to trouble Nadal.

That said, the raw numbers don’t suggest that at all.

Nadal owns Berdych leading 17-3 and it’s not even that close. Rafa has won 16 straight over the Big Bird. SIXTEEN! As they say, the trend is your friend and in this case no matter how well Berdych might be playing, that streak has got to stick in his head.

“I stopped counting,” cracked Berdych about his losing streak to Nadal. “So that would be really nice to change that, and there is not much really say about him. It’s one of the greatest players playing really well, and really it’s hard to find something what hasn’t been said yet.:

The fact that he can have some fun with it is an encouraging sign if you are a Berdych supporter. And if he serves big and goes for his groundies, he can absolutely win. I just don’t know if mentally he’ll be able to finish a guy he hasn’t beaten in seven years.

Nadal, meanwhile, is gunning for his first Miami title. And a win would really set him up nicely for the clay.

“For me to be in semifinals after losing early in Indian Wells is very important for my confidence,” said Nadal. “The difference between quarter-finals and semifinals is a lot, and tomorrow I have another day to try to keep playing better.”

And he’ll try. Lord knows he’ll try.
The pick: Nadal in three

ESPN2 has the coverage of both men’s semifinals starting at 3pm ET.


Also Check Out:
Djokovic v Murray, Federer v Nishikori; Wednesday Miami QF Picks And Pans
Murray, Ferrer The Favorites, But Will The March Madness Continue? Miami SF Picks And Pans
Rafael Nadal v Novak Djokovic Meet In The Miami Final, Who’s The Pick?
Sharapova Shrieked-Down by Azarenka in Miami Final
Federer Rules; Replay on Deck

Don't miss any tennis action, stay connected with Tennis-X

Get Tennis-X news FREE in your inbox every day

105 Comments for Will It Be Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal In The Sunday Final? Miami SFs Pick And Pans

Nirmal Kumar Says:

I would definitely go with Novak for sure. It should have been an easy 2-setter for Roger, till he threw it away. Key played great in 3rd set, with nothing to lose. If he can come up swinging like that against Novak, it could go to distance. Not sure how much more Kei can endure physically. It would be interesting to see.

As far as Rafa goes, he has a perfect schedule of night match. It would be impossible for Berdych to hit through Nadal in the night session. Not that Rafa needs this, but in a day session Berdych would have got a chance to make it a competitive match. Not in the night session, this could be a dud.


metan Says:

Thanks Sean. Nice one.
I stick with KEI it doesn’t matter what ever happen. Good things about Kei is he is calm and is no fear, which is perfect combination for spoiling a party. 😄


skeezeR Says:

Sean,
On behalf of all rafanatics we thank u for posting our idol with his shirt off. Love to you and tennis x. Vamos and all that.
We love you Rafa! Keep wearing those armani panties :-).
Ps: Rafa please shave your chest hair.


courbon Says:

Skeezer, I think secretly you fancy Rafa…(-:


metan Says:

Courbon, pleassse don’t force someone to make confession of the century. Secretly admire is so sweeeet!😄😜😄😜


Patson Says:

I openly admire Nole for his game , and Daniela Hantuchova and Maria Sharapova for other reasons :)


Hippy Chic Says:

Skeezer can we stick to talking tennis,rather than trying to provoke an argument?


Salleh Ahmed Says:

“The difference between quarter-finals and semifinals is a lot”

lol

someday he will say that the difference between first rounds and second rounds is a lo7

hahaha


metan Says:

Salleh Ahmed.
LOL. Round one is got bye. Round two needs to play. Hahahaha .


Hippy Chic Says:

Patson Hantuchova looks borderline anorexic IMO, the girl really needs to put some weight on,Sharapova is attractive but way overated,in looks and as a tennis player,Novak is way better in looks and as a tennis player :))..


Salleh Ahmed Says:

the best looking player is gulbis.

sharapove is overrated, I agree. azarenka way better than her.


Hippy Chic Says:

Salleh Ahmed Azarenka yeah,also Ivanovic,i would say Fognini for the men myself,also Verdasco,but Judys onto something with Feli,Gulbis does nothing for me personally.


Hippy Chic Says:

Colin has a thing for Pironkova,and also thinks Sharapova is way overated too.


Michael Says:

Sean looks on target with his picks. It should be a Novak vs Rafa final which is being eagerly awaited by Tennis fans and that is happening after some time. I just cannot see Nishikori or Berdych causing the upset although Sport is uncertain and we always need to give space for the unanticipated. That being said, let us see how it goes.


Hippy Chic Says:

Michael pretty much what i wouldve expected you to say,and let me guess Novak will be your favorite to beat Rafa in the final,as HCs smply favour Novak,and Rafa is so crap on this surface anyway,and has never won this title,so hes pretty much a sitting duck,Novak is pretty much a shoe to win every tourney he plays really,tell me is there any point in anyone else playing tennis this year,as Novak seems so invincible,and is about to have a year like he did in 2011?urgh.


Hippy Chic Says:

^Also what is your take on the controversial incident,just interested?^


volley Says:

skeezer posts far more about rafa than he does his own idol. strange but true.


the DA Says:

Nadal in three? Perhaps. Let’s hope Berdy puts up a fight instead of the usual folding like a paper napkin. I think Kei could surprise – after all he had Federer scampering all over the court. As long as the last 2 matches haven’t taken it all out of him.


James Says:

If Kei is serving well like he did in 3rd set vs Federer, an upset is possible. And if Novak isn’t serving well, he’ll get broken in each set. I expect Novak to win this, but it won’t be an easy one for him.
If Kei had a better serve, he can be a top 5 player. His ground game is impressive.

Novak in 3.
Rafa in 3.


Hippy Chic Says:

IMO Pesonally i believe that Kei will be the 1st of the younlings to make a major breakthrough sooner or later and win a big title,he has beaten Novak,Roger,Ferrer and Tsonga,so he has the game and potential to trouble the very best.


Ben Pronin Says:

Nishikori has been ready to make a breakthrough since he was about 18. If not for injuries, he’d already have been a great player.


James Says:

@Hippy Chic, Kei’s serve can be a liability. That’s one area he needs to improve the most.
I like Kei. He seems pretty serious about his career. He’s got the heart of a champion.
I hope Chang helps him improve his serve and fitness.


Hippy Chic Says:

Ben could now be his time then,maybe he is due??


James Says:

I was impressed with Raonic too yesterday. He didn’t fear Nadal. He fought hard and made Rafa earn the victory.
He’s improved his ground game IMO. Hope he keeps improving.


Ben Pronin Says:

Kei’s time can be at any time as long as he’s healthy. I’ve never been surprised at his wins, even the other night’s. He’s more than a capable player.


James Says:

I don’t think it will happen, but imagine if Kei beats Djokovic today and Nadal in the final! How sick would that be!

Beating Ferrer, Federer, Djokovic and Nadal in one tournament! I don’t know if it’s ever happened before or ever will.


James Says:

Hopefully Kei vs Nole is a good match and not a one man(Nole) show :)


Hippy Chic Says:

James actually i thought it was a pretty good match,all right not a great match or a classic match by any means,but a pretty competitive match,alot of deuces,Raonic rallied pretty well with Rafa,he volleyed pretty well too,and the points won at the net were pretty good,each to his own i suppose though.


Ben Pronin Says:

Beating the original Big 3 would be an epic way to win any tournament, let alone a Masters. Nothing particularly impressive about beating Ferrer. An unnecessarily close match is all it was.

The problem with Raonic is his backhand. It reminds me of Roddick’s. The motion is too stiff. It doesn’t free-flow like a Djokovic, Murray, or Berdych. So when he rallies with it, his options are limited. He needs to serve lights out and have a big forehand day to take out Nadal. The way Nadal was hitting his forehand last night, Raonic was going to need a miracle to win. Good on him for pushing Nadal and making him sweat, that’s certainly a sign of progress. But that backhand has a ceiling and that’s not going to change.


Hippy Chic Says:

James hopefully it is,cometitive and not too one sided.


Okiegal Says:

@Chic

Is the Skeezer who posted above the real Skeezer or an imposter? The moniker is spelled different….SkeezeR…..note the big R ……instead of Skeezer with small r……..lol
The subject matter is reminiscent of the Skeezer who we are accustomed to……..so will the real Skeezer please stand!! Lol


metan Says:

I guess first set was really tight. But I couldn’t believe it Rafa made double fault there at crucial point. Well, but I am glad that he is trough .

Anyone notice Raonic “s bom. Pretty much scare.


metan Says:

I am still counting on my little samurai.


Dan Martin Says:

I have my picks up for the semis up at http://tennisabides.com


SG1 Says:

Picking Nole. I think he’s in the process of having a very special year and I believe this will be another stepping stone. Saw Rafa play Raonic and I’m not buying that he’s 100% healthy yet. His serve, for the most part, seemed to be lacking punch and he didn’t look like he could run with the reckless abandon that is a trademark of his game. It’s a testament to Rafa that he can get deep into big tournaments without being perfectly healthy.


SG1 Says:

…maybe perfectly healthy isn’t right but let’s just say healthy.


patzin Says:

interesting comments about Boris in the Box and Novak’s winning or not winning. Perhaps Boris should stay away – & coach by phone, text, or email. Rafa and Berdych – they have had some close matches, but Tom tends to believe he should not win & therefore doesn’t. When he turns his belief around it could be interesting.
Expect a final: Novak v Rafa.


Dan Martin Says:

Novak could use a 2 coach system where during down time he trains with one and has another travel with him. Jim Courier did this with Brad Stein and Jose Hugueras (sp?)


Okiegal Says:

SG1

Agree with your posts @12:43/12:44. I thought the exact same thing after his match last night.


andrea Says:

nice effort by raonic….he’s getting closer to a big win. hopefully this year.

be nice to see an upset but i can’t ever put money on berdych….nishikori? possibly.


salleh_ahmed Says:

kei withdraws wtf

why did you beat then federer

shame on u


salleh_ahmed Says:

why we dont have now the lucky loser of the previuose match


salleh_ahmed Says:

i am so pissed right now

nowadays is the norm beat federer so then you can say to your grandchildren that you beat the GOAT

and then retire the next match because you stand no chance

what a trent that is


Ben Pronin Says:

Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow. Wow.


Giles Says:

So, the lucky joker will have played only THREE matches on his way to the final!!!


Salleh Ahmed Says:

fed never withdraws and a young lad 24 of age cant play anymore

even try to attepmt better next time you dont beat a player


Giles Says:

Honestly these young guys of today have serious issues with their fitness levels. Kei played two 3 setters and he is pooped.
Not good enough!!


Okiegal Says:

Tournament news said its due to groin injury. Never had one so not in a position to comment one way or the other what kind of pain he’s in. Crapola happens!! Was looking so forward to the match, too bad Kei beat Fed in the first place. I wanted a SF between Fed/Joker, but not this year, dang it!!


Giles Says:

Fed did withdraw once in his career, I believe it was in Dubai, not quite sure where. So don’t say fed has never withdrawn from a match before. Get your facts straight!!!


Salleh Ahmed Says:

fed withdraw at the paris masters 08 against blake QF

and 2012 semifinals Qatar against tsonga


Salleh Ahmed Says:

but fed never reitred mid through a match

but he can be forgiven for his walkovers after so much tennis he played. but seriously kei

he should just retire, and not fed


the DA Says:

Injury is destined to be a continuous part of Nishikori’s career it seems. My twitter TL has exploded with the fury of Fed fans. As most Djoker fans will tell you, they’d prefer he not had a W/O.


Skeezer Says:

^feds never retired from a match.

Bummer Kei withdrew, but not surprized. Had to have been a grueling tourney for him.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

hopefully kei and fed meet in the next tourney. i wanna see a demoltion job by fed beating kei

i am so livid now

my whole weekend got screwed


Ben Pronin Says:

Giles, Nishikori isn’t pooped, he’s injured. Story of his career, though. No matter how well he’s playing, his breakthrough keeps hitting the injury wall. It’s a real shame. We often talk about how good players could have been if they weren’t head cases but think of all the could-have-beens if not for injury.


Ben Pronin Says:

As a Djokovic fan, I think this is terrible for him. He’s gonna go into the final undercooked. He’ll have a chance against Berdych but I think it hurts him big time against Nadal.


Slice Tennis Says:

“Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow. Wow.”

“As a Djokovic fan, I think this is terrible for him.”

Confused ???


Ben Pronin Says:

“Tennis-fan hate reminds me more of the partisan divide in U.S. politics. First, you instinctively choose a side in a rivalry—Rafa or Roger, Chris or Martina, Borg or McEnroe, Serena or Justine. From then on, you give your unconditional love to the player you’ve chosen, and despise everything about the player you’ve rejected. You always think the best of your favorite, and find whatever his or her rival does suspicious (at best). After a million close-ups on TV, your favorite player becomes a virtual member of your family—no one understands this person the way you do. His or her rivals, as threats to the family member, must be destroyed. Or at least highly disliked.”

This is so hilariously true. Gotta love Tignor.


Giles Says:

“Fed never withdraws” and yet we have instances of 2 withdrawals. Make up your mind!


salleh ahmed Says:

Fed can be forgiven for these two withdraws.the heat of the moment stuff from me. I corrected myself and stated the two withdrawels

Nishikori has already more than two.


salleh ahmed Says:

Kei had one days rest and still couldnt recover. How is he supposed to win a big tourney.I am furious now.I wanna follwoing opponents for fed this season. fed should thrash them next time around.Benneteau, stakhovsky, robredo, hewitt and nishikori. They should think twice before giving they all and not been competitve in the next match


the DA Says:

Since we’re talking about walkovers, it’s interesting to observe who from the top 10 has progressed as a result of them. (from stats that just popped up in the twitterverse)

Nadal, Murray, Ferrer, Berdych and Delpo combined have just 11 career w/os, while Djoko and Fed have 14 total.


Ben Pronin Says:

Didn’t Murray benefit from 2 withdrawals when making the 2012 final? What is it with Miami and withdrawals?


mikael Says:

Exactly what kind of injury allowed him to play 3 sets like a mad man yesterday and denies him from even coming on court today? He looked friggin dandy on that BH winner at MP yesterday.


the DA Says:

^ yes, Raonic and Nadal withdrew. That’s probably why he got off to such a slow start in the final. Miami seems to be the initial injury pit stop, with the second coming post summer.


Skeezer Says:

@mikael
Groin.
@Giles
You know the difference between “retired” and “withdrew” (which turns into a walkover for the opponet)in Tennis right? Just checking….


Okiegal Says:

Groin injury, according to a Sony Ericsson news feed.


Okiegal Says:

Sorry, Skeezer, your post beat mine, wasn’t intending to echo you.


Patson Says:

Unlike Ben, I actually think this makes Nole a bigger favorite. He’ll be well-rested, and he’s high on confidence. I think he’ll play awesome in the final.

Bold prediction coming: irrespective of who wins between Rafa and Berdych, Nole will win in 2 comfortable sets.


Okiegal Says:

@Salleh

If you let your life revolve around a tennis tournament, I fear you will have many screwed up weekends. Tennis is such a fickle sport!!


Okiegal Says:

Oops!!^^^^

Ease up on this kid! He just withdrew from a tournament because of an injury. It’s not the first time and won’t be the last. I’m sure withdrawing was the last thing he wanted to do. Obviously the injury is very painful. My son used to ride bulls and that is a common injury in that sport and he’s says it hurts bad……maybe he did it practicing.


pigoonse Says:

Agree with Patson. Regardless of who wins the other semi-final. Nole has gained the confidence and if he plays like he did beating Murray, Djokovic wins Miami.

Good Luck, Nole!


Okiegal Says:

Watching Rafa/Milos match over again. The Miami crowd don’t seem bored at all. They’re into it big time!!


Daniel Says:

If Djoko wins Miami he would have won 4 straight Masters plus Masters Cup without jumping any. Has anyone ever done something similar? Because I know when he won 5 straight in 2011 he did not play MC.


Daniel Says:

Last year Nadal won Rome, Madrid, Canada and Cincy


the DA Says:

lol, now Berdych has withdrawn with gastroenteritis. No SFs, 2 W/Os. Those fans in Miami must want to riot.

#tennis


Andrea Says:

Berdych also retired.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

Tell me that is a joke. Come on. Tell me.
I cant express my hate. The fans should protest. This is unacceptable. They should introduce a lucky loser like system where the defeated player from the prev round plays. That miami tourney is a joke


Daniel Says:

Hahahah what are the odds?!
At least we got to see the match we wanted come Sunday. Unless one of them retire as well, that would be something!;-) literaly last man standing..


mikael Says:

omg match fixing in the highest order.hope they ban Berdych for real.Very suspicious that after Kei retired he retired too.Come on atp,open your eyes!


Eric Says:

lololololololol


Eric Says:

Is about all I can say about this.


salleh ahmed Says:

They seriously have to sort die walkover shit out. No tennis today aparts from doubles. This just insane
I couldnt hate berdych and nishikori morethan i dit toda. Both on m hate list forever


salleh ahmed Says:

Apart from the top 4 the rest are pussy players. Cant play through pain. Nadal did at the aus open final at least.


Giles Says:

What about the fans who have been hanging around all day, some of them with tickets for both sessions. They won’t get a refund but free tickets for next year. I feel sorry for them.


Ben Pronin Says:

Well. Wow. At least Nadal fans can’t use the walkover as an excuse.

Now I have no idea who to favor. Based on their most recent matches I’d give the slight edge to Djokovic. This must be a first, though. Unreal.


Giles Says:

Joker is still one walkover ahead!


salleh ahmed Says:

Biggest joke day of tennis.


Ben Pronin Says:

Well done, Giles.

It’s pretty ironic that Berdych pulls out with a stomach bug after talking about how he has to watch what he eats…


mikael Says:

I think there needs to be a cut off time after which you cannot withdraw from your scheduled match… this is utterly ridiculous.. how can you say just about an hour or so prior to the match that you won’t be competing..how does an injury or illness occur all of a sudden. I think there is something fishy going on around here and these moves by both Nishikori and Berdych were premeditated, I hope the tournament directors get to the bottom of this.


Giles Says:

Ben. Yep, agree. Lol


pigoonse Says:

It is a circus, this weak era.


van orten Says:

hahahahahahaha the bird withdraws with bad stomach..he was thinking bout rafa all night and got sick to the stomach..haahahahhaha what a chicken


AR Says:

Very bizarre. This got me thinking, have two players who were set to play each other ever BOTH pulled out?


Ben Pronin Says:

Berdych looked pretty sick, Nishikori is always injured. C’mon guys, don’t be so cynical.


Gordon Says:

So both Nadal and Djokovic get walkovers.

At least the excuse of “my semifinal was so gruelling; I was tired.” Is off the table for the loser.

Sad really; for your money in the stands you got to see Martina Hingis in a semifinal match.


Rafa better than Roger Says:

Van orten,

Good one.
Didnt think of it, but with the historg between these two, you maybe right.

Not bad fish, or crummy funky steak, so the prospect of a big
Trashjng will explain anxiety driven stress leading to loose … movements.

We all experienced those, like those bathroomy feeling before speaking in front of the big class.


Rafa better than Roger Says:

Just magnifies tbe bravery and professionalizm of Nadal to play injured in Aussie final.

He could taken the easy way out and still preserve his 12-0 record over Stan, but Rafa did think of the fanz, organizers, sponsors who helps the game of tennis– only for rude imbecile aussie fanz to dirty it up.

Shame Oz,

Lookingback, RafA should have done a K-birD acf!!!


Bad Knee Rules Says:

———-
Just magnifies tbe bravery and professionalizm of Nadal to play injured in Aussie final.

He could taken the easy way out and still preserve his 12-0 record over Stan, but Rafa did think of the fanz, organizers, sponsors who helps the game of tennis– only for rude imbecile aussie fanz to dirty it up.

Shame Oz,
———-

The last I heard from Australia is that they’re considering awarding Nadal the Victoria Cross (VC) for most conspicuous bravery, act of self-sacrifice, and extreme devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy.


metan Says:

@Bad Knee Rules, Really, after all those madness happened in AO final. Can you provide a link please. And Thanks.


Hippy Chic Says:

Ben @3.11pm March 28th great post and so true of the fans of sport in general,lets just say that each and everyone of us on this forum is swayed by emotional fan bias for our favorites and against their rivals at some point or another,mines a saint yours is a sinner,yours is arrogant mine is not etc etc,all in all it goes with the teritory,they are all fair game,we can all be fair but we can all be unfair,they are all amazing players,but we must remember they are human and make mistakes like the rest of us,yet we all sometimes like to put them up on some sort of pedestal,when in fact nobodys perfect NOBODY..


Jenny Cramer Says:

Nadal loves to show off – every time he changes his shirt he has to face the crowd and also takes his time. Hopefully DJ can beat him. Nadal also is a sore loser, always has excuses on court – shoulder, knees if he loses but nothing said if he wins.


Jenny Cramer Says:

Withdrawals – Kei definitely wanted to play the head to head with DJ is one all – I can sympathise with him. However, Berdych’s withdrawal smells fishy – he didn’t want to play Nadal, He was assured of ranking 5 on Monday so I suppose he thought “why should I play” and get beaten again. I really think that if a player withdraws, the player he beats should be allowed to take his place. That would be fair.


A Tango Lad Says:

Let me guess Ms. Cramer, a Federer fan per chance?

Why can’t we just enjoy our favourite player instead of personally insulting those players that threaten our favourite’s success when in reality what they actually do is lend credence to it?

:sigh:

Top story: Wozniacki Ousts Sharapova At US Open; Federer, Dimitrov Start Slow, Tsonga-Murray Monday
Most Recent story: Roger Federer Says Travelling Has Helped Him Learn How To Deal With Stress
  • Recent Comments
Rankings
ATP - Aug 25 WTA - Aug 25
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Rafael Nadal2 Simona Halep
3 Roger Federer3 Na Li
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Petra Kvitova
5 David Ferrer5 Agnieszka Radwanska
6 Milos Raonic6 Maria Sharapova
7 Tomas Berdych7 Angelique Kerber
8 Grigor Dimitrov8 Eugenie Bouchard
9 Andy Murray9 Ana Ivanovic
10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga10 Jelena Jankovic
More: Tennis T-Shirts | Tennis Shop | Live Tennis Scores | Headlines

Copyright © 2003-2014 Tennis-X.com. All rights reserved.
This website is an independently operated source of news and information and is not affiliated with any professional organizations.