10 Things I Think I Thought About Marin Cilic, The Big Four And The No. 1 Race
by Sean Randall | September 15th, 2014, 6:14 pm
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As we head down the homestretch of another tennis season – we have just 2 months left – I’ve put together a few post-US Open thoughts.

1. Cilic Cometh
I’m not going to get carried away and predict multiple majors for Marin Cilic, I need to see more from the lanky Croat first. That said, I’ve always thought he had a lot of game and plenty of potential, but for whatever reasons he never fulfilled that until his last three matches in New York where he shocked Tomas Berdych, Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori all in straight sets. That kind of run is called one thing and one thing only: Being in the zone! Against the much-smaller Nishikori, Cilic continued to do what he did against Federer, crush serves and pound winners off both sides from the center of the court last Monday.

At the very least, with a 6-foot-6 frame he’ll be a factor – I hope – for a long time to come. And while the US Open may be his only Slam win, he instantly joins the growing list of Slam contenders.

Looking back at the start of the year when Stan Wawrinka broke through in Australia, with Stan you could see some signs of such a run. Stan had reached the US Open semis and his play had been improving – he had just won Chennai. But Cilic’s run really did come from nowhere.

Give a lot of credit to Marin and a lot of credit to his coach Goran Ivanisevic. It’s even more amazing when you consider the guy was completely banned from the sport a year ago.

2. Serena’s Circuit
After shockingly bad Slam season, Serena Williams turned things around in a big way in New York. Not only did she win No. 18 (and her 6th US Open title), she did so by destroying everyone who tried to stand in her way. For all the talk entering the tournament of parity and depth on the WTA, in the end I don’t even think anyone got to four games in any single set off Serena. That’s not parity, that’s total domination.

As she closes in on 33 in a few weeks, she’s now just four Slams (or a year) away from tying Steffi Graf. If her body allows and she avoids all the distractions that seem to swirl around her, then why not?

3. The Big Four’s Fall?
I read a lot last week of the end of the Big Four. Well, not so fast. Yes, there was Stan, yes there was Cilic. But Djokovic is still No. 1. Federer and Rafael Nadal still right behind and Andy Murray lurking, though now out of the Top 10.

That said, the Fab Four are having problems.

As I said going into the US Open, Federer is old and he’s only going to get older. Djokovic will soon have other priorities, namely a baby in a few months. Nadal seemingly can no longer get through a full season (this is the third straight year he missed at least one Slam) and Murray’s still looking like someone who’s past his prime.

But Cilic’s win might serve as a spark, especially for Djokovic and Nadal who may realize with some tumult at the top Slams are there for the taking.

4. Federer’s Future
Roger Federer talks about how he can quickly forget those tough losses. But he had two very tough ones this summer. Especially the Wimbledon final where he was a set from the title and the US Open where his path to 18 took him through, on paper, a relatively dreamy draw with Cilic and Nishikori.

Honestly, if he can’t get through Cilic in that situation, knowing Nishikori awaits in the final, I don’t see how he’s going to get through such a test in the future.

This was it. I cannot see a draw opening up any better for Roger than what he had in New York. Next year Rafa will be back, I expect Murray to be a little sharper and the young guys like Grigor Dimitrov, Milos Raonic to have improved. So to me unless there’s an outbreak of injuries at the top I think his Slam winning days are sadly over.

Fortunately this fall he does have something left to look forward to and that’s an elusive Davis Cup title.

5. Nishikori’s Promise
A 5-set win over Milos Raonic that ended at 2:26am. Then a 5-set win less than 48 hours over Australian Open champion and part-time bulldog Stan Wawrinka in the heat. Then a 4-set dominant display against World No. 1 Novak Djokovic again in heat? That’s a near impossible road for anyone, but for a guy who’s been as frail as Nishikori it’s simply speechless, and arguably the most surprising 3-match stretch of the year.

Kei still got beat up in the final, but that o-kei, I think the US Open proved that he’ll be a Top 5 player for the next 3-4 years, and I think he’ll get a Slam or two at some point.

Kei’s big question mark is his body. If he can stay healthy – and Michael Chang seems to be helping in that department – then down the road I think he’ll contend for the No. 1 ranking once the Big Four finally fade out.

He may not have the weapons of a Raonic, the grace of Dimitrov, the flair of Nick Kyrgios, but he’s rock solid.

6. Generation Next
Speaking of Dimitrov and Raonic and the others like Dominic Thiem, David Goffin, Pablo Carreno Busta, Nick Kyrgios, Jiri Vesely, they all need some more seasoning. But they’ll get there. Might there be a new Big Three or Big Four among that group?

7. US Open Scheduling
With CBS’s run as the official broadcaster of the US Open over after 47 years, ESPN will completely takeover in 2015, and with it the end, I hope, to the men’s Monday finals and 3-day first rounds. Next year the event I believe will return to the Sunday men’s final with a new Friday men’s semifinals. A welcome change for all.

8. American Tennis
Nobody does hype better than America. We saw that again at the US Open when 15-year-old CiCi Bellis lit up the tournament stunning Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova. Following the win the press coverage was intense. ESPN even showed her next match against Diyas over Andy Murray’s match on Ashe – quite an accomplishment for someone few had even heard of when the tournament began!

But such is the poor state of American tennis right now. We’ll take anyone and everyone because the cupboard’s quite bare, especially for the men. Bellis, Madison Keys, Sloane Stephens, Taylor Townsend all appear to have very bright futures, but do you see anyone of them winning multiple Slams or becoming the next Serena or Lindsay?

As for the men, with the Isner/Querrey lost generation nearing an end, and Donald Young and Ryan Harrison not living up to expectations, it’s going to be on Francis Tiafoe, Noah Rubin, Jared Donaldson and Stefan Kozlov to carry the flag. Maybe Tiafoe will be the guy? Time will tell, but American tennis needs a lot of help.

9. New WTA Faces
I mentioned the next wave of American women, but in addition there’s a whole crop of young talent from other countries on the WTA Tour. We know Simona Halep, but there’s also Karolina Pliskova (beat Ivanovic), Zarina Diyas, 17-year-old quarterfinalist Belinda Bencic along with Elina Svitolina and Donna Vekic. So the men aren’t the only tour with new faces busting through.

10. The No. 1 Race
For those of you who like a good old-fashioned race to the finish for the No. 1 ranking, you can thank Novak Djokovic. The Serb could have wrapped up the top spot in New York, but his failure leaves to the door open for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

And Djokovic’s baby might really impact his schedule and the race. That’s the “X” factor. So if that baby comes early and/or Federer or Nadal win Shanghai then this is going to be a heck of a finish. And remember, Federer often saves his best tennis for last and Nadal should return fresh and hungry and eager for wins.

So this really could be a fun fall in the tennis word.


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55 Comments for 10 Things I Think I Thought About Marin Cilic, The Big Four And The No. 1 Race

Ben Pronin Says:

Didn’t Tiafoe blow a big lead in the juniors? I don’t know what round but I saw the tweets about it.


Sean Randall Says:

Tiafoe lost in the SFs after having a break lead in the third to Hays.

I’m not terribly impressed by the kid. His strokes just don’t seem very natural. But he is only 16 so we’ll see how they look in 3-4 years.


skeezer Says:

great great read, thanks Sean.


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Good write up. I’m more bullish about Kei’s future than Marin’s at this point, simply because, as Sean writes, Marin was in an out-of-nowhere zone at the USO. We know Kei was consistently going deep against top players, and getting better. His run here seems more of a next step. Marin’s may have been a fluke.

But a few more tournaments making semis or finals would convince me Marin is real.

The argument against Federer contending is age. Everything else is garbage. He lost to Cilic when he shouldn’t have? And Novak? And Murray? Did any of them prove themselves challenging more that Fed?
Fed is old. But if keeps winning, that’s just a concept.


Wog boy Says:

I can see Marin winning one or two more GS titles, I don’t see Kei winning GS title, not at all.
Saying that Cilic wasn’t going deep in tornaments and that he wasn’t as consistent as Kei is not quite accurate. People tend to forget that Cilic had to play Nole three times this year and that he had Nole on the ropes all three times, that tells how good he was this year, IW, FO and Wimbledon.
Cilic wins at USO are more impressive than Kei’s, if you say that he was in the zone and that it is on off you can argue the same for Kei, plus Stan didn’t play his best and Nole neither, just my opinion. Time will tell.


Wog boy Says:

^^”one off”


jane Says:

“But Cilic’s run really did come from nowhere.”

This is true to some extent, but also not true, in a way. As Sean himself said, Cilic has always had a big game, but there were signs even this year that something had changed and that he was going to make some noise. Clearly no one – or hardly anyone? – expected him to win the US Open. However, being a Nole fan, and given that Marin had landed in Nole’s draw quite a bit this year, I watched Marin carefully in each of their matches, and saw him quite literally edging closer and closer.

First, in their match at Indian Wells, Cilic came out and blew Nole off the court in set 1. Nole reset the balance and won in the end, but it was an indication that under Goran (and “A.T.B.”, i.e., after the ban, which I think has lit a fire under Marin) Cilic was a newly determined player. That he caved or subsided in the end suggested, too, that a lot of the “old Cilic” still remained.

Second there was their match at the French Open; I’d argue this was Nole’s toughest contest at RG other than versus Rafa. Cilic won only one set, but the 4th was very, very close. Tsgona, by contrast, mustered 6 games; Raonic lost in 3 tight ones, and Gulbis showed up for a topsy-turvy match.

Finally, there was Wimbledon, where Cilic beat Berdych, a former finalist, in straight sets and then pushed Nole to a 5 set QF, but wilted in the end. Both Dimitrov and Stepanek came close but Marin and Fed were the only two players to take 2 sets off Nole there.

So, to me anyhow, there were signs that he’d break through, that he had transformed, mentally, under Goran, that he’s a more focused and determined player.

Still, it’s interesting that his wins over Berd, Fed, and Kei were all in straight sets. Would he have “wilted” again had he been taken to 5 sets like at Wimbledon? Hard to say, but intriguing to consider none the less.

Totally agree with Sean about the future of the “big four”, the new-comers, American hype, and the YE number 1 race. Possibly the fall but definitely the 2015 season promise to reveal a lot.


jane Says:

Oops – just realized that Wog boy said what I did in less words. Oh well. Six beer, then.


Wog boy Says:

jane, if the beer is for me, I can’t have it (not on my diet list), but “Jameson” will do it;)


jane Says:

okay then wog boy. “Jameson” it is. :)


Mr. Tiddlywinks Says:

“like Dominic Thiem”

Theim was getting his ass kicked by Gulbis until Gulbis started cramping.

Then Theim received the biggest beat down of the tournament. He looked like a Junior against Berdych.

He has a long way to go.


Mr. Tiddlywinks Says:

“This is true to some extent, but also not true, in a way. ”

Please. He barely got by Simon. His next 3 matches were literally out of no where. And I’ve seen quite a bit of Cilic. It makes his PED suspension a bit more eye-raising then the official “I bought some over the counter cold medicine” or whatever we were told. Actually, we were initially told he was out of Wimbledon because of his knee…


Mr. Tiddlywinks Says:

I saw all of Tiafoe’s junior matches (and his qualies match too) and I, too, am unimpressed with his weird strokes. He is a bit of a whiner though, like most American Juniors.


jane Says:

” He barely got by Simon.”

Cilic had a 0-4 record versus Simon coming into that match so that he struggled is not a surprise; he seems to be a tough match up for Marin, maybe because Simon grinds him down? He lost to Simon at the AO this year, but he beat him at the USO.

The win over Berdych was not out of nowhere either. He beat him in straights at Wimbledon too, and their H2H is currently 4-5, i.e., very even.

His win over Federer, in the manner in which is happened, was surprising (note: he did get a set over Fed in 2011). BUT… Fed struggled to beat him in Canada this year so Cilic showed signs of getting closer there or may’ve learned from that encounter. Also, Fed hadn’t played a full day match at the USO and had had a long gruelling 5-setter versus Monfils in the quarters, so it’s possible he felt some of the effects of both the humid/hot conditions and the previous match. Meanwhile, Cilic had played in the hotter conditions already and he’d had a straightforward win over Berdych.

Finally, his win over Kei was again surprising, but Marin had played a good match with him at Brisbane earlier in the year, and it’s possible that Kei too was a bit out of gas by the final – he’d had extra long matches versus Raonic and Stan, and then a battle in tough conditions versus Nole. The only tough match Cilic had, really, was versus Simon.

None of this discounts the improvements evident in his matches with Nole.

A number of Marin’s losses this year are what one could call “good losses”. At the following events he lost to the eventual champion: Rotterdam, Barcelona, Indian Wells, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Wimbledon; and at these events he lost to one of the finalists: Roland Garros, Canada, & Umag.

As I said, you could look at those wins “coming out of nowhere” as both true and not true. It was surprising that he won them in the manner he did – as many have noted; he was “in the zone.” But match up issues, opponent conditions, and improvements could all have been factors that pointed toward a possible breakthrough.

As for the drugs issue, I am not touching that because I don’t know much other than that he’s been banned and has returned. I’d think that’d mean he’d be smarter now. Who knows?


Hippy Chic Says:

It was a relativly poor year for Serena compared to her usual standards,losing to players in very early rounds of all the GS bar the USO,Ivanovic at the AO,Murguruza at the FO,Cornet at Wimbledon very unusual,IMO she probably will surpass Stefi within the next couple of years,as there doesnt seem to be a female player on the horizon consistent enough to back up one good tourney or GS win with another,not her fault but theres not the depth of competition on the WTA that there was when Stefi,Monica,Martina,Chrissy were playing,shame Venus is a shadow of her former self,and Henin and Clijsters have retired?


Hippy Chic Says:

Have to say after watching the USO highlights,i was rather dissapointed that Cilic and the commontators didnt also acknowledge Nishikori and what a fabulous fortnight that he also had,not one mention from Wilander on Mats point,or Rusedski etc,maybe this was just in the highlights as i didnt see the proper match?but bearing in mind this was also Keis first final i just thought this seemed rather unfair,still JMO….


SG1 Says:

Interesting thing about Cilic is that I think his serve can still get quite a bit bigger and more effective. He’s 6′-6″ tall and he serves in the high 120′s and low 130′s. Sampras was easily hitting these numbers 15 years ago with his PS 6.0 85. I think that if Goran can help him get that serve into the high 130′s, he’ll be a force to reckon with in each and every tournament he plays. The rest of his game looks damned solid.


SG1 Says:

As for Nishikori, I think he has to serve better to be effective for the long haul.

Federer had a remrkable opportunity before him to get that elusive 18th slam title but he just couldn’t pull it off. It’s hard for me to completely write him off as a slam winner quite yet just because his 2014 was so much better than his 2013.

If Fed can lead his team to a win in Davis Cup, this could be the impetus he needs to have another solid season in 2015. It’s quite often happened that Davis Cup inspires players to play great the following year. Just saying…it seems plausible even if it’s not necessarily likely.


SG1 Says:

As for Serena, she did have an off year but winning her country’s slam had to be a huge confidence boost going into next year.

As Hippy Chic said, I’m not quite sure where she stands on the totem pole of all time greatness right now. I think I’d put her above Chrissy and below Martina for the moment. I’d put Graf at No.1 all time.

Serena’s competition has generally been less than stellar. This said, I think that if she gets to 20 slams, she’d have to be considered the best ever. Graf’s 22 slams likely would have been lower if not for the Seles stabbing. I’ve always been a huge Graf fan but I don’t think there’s any doubt that Monica had the game to unsettle Graf and pretty much everyone else (except on grass).


django Says:

I think nole will finish number one. The rumored baby boy is due Nov 1 AFAIK.


Kimberly Says:

great read! quality piece about the current state of affairs of professional tennis


Colin Says:

SG1, if Cilic follows your advice, he’ll end up with a wrecked serving arm!

Speed,isn’t everything. Federer at his peak was never the world’s fastest server.


elina Says:

Fantastic article Sean!

You guys, Fed is No. 2 in the Race and was a mere eight points from winning Wimbledon!!!!

It is tunnel vision thinking to say he’s done winning slams with those numbers (as long as he doesn’t have to face Nadal, that is). :)

Agreed with SG1 on Serena. However if Serena gets within 3-4 slams of Graf? Against today’s competition? I’d have to give the nod to Serena as the greatest. She’s a machine when she’s on her game. No one can touch her.


van orten Says:

Dayform Still decides Most of the time matches. Fed lost . And other day he may wins . He is in great form and wins a lot of matches. Shanghai wide open as usual nowadays . Don’t expect fed nole and others to lose early . But one of them all has to lose eventually


Hippy Chic Says:

JMO If Fed is to win another GS,his best chance would be against Novak in a final,as everyone says he came pretty close against Novak at Wimbledon,and i belive his best chance of another would be at Wimbledon now against anyone other than Nadal,although the chances of Nadal making another final at Wimbledon now are slim at best,unless the unlikely happens and he somehow catches fire there(stranger things have happened,and Rafas Rafa,so i certainly wouldnt put it past him),USO was a golden oppotunity that one would have to say past Fed by with Novak losing to Kei,and Rafa missing as more often than not he would probably have to face either Novak/Rafa or possibly both to win another GS….


El_Flaco Says:

Jerzy Janowicz needs to change his serve just like Cilic. The ball toss is way too high.


Okiegal Says:

@Colin……I also had the same thought about the Cilic serve……if it got much more powerful, I too think he would have a “rag” arm…..I remember whe Rafa changers his serve for the first USO he won, it caused another problem somewhere else. I don’t think a high powered serve will make a slamwinnerevery time. When and if Cilic starts going deep in tourneys he will start having some body issues. He is no spring chicken in terms of tennis either…..I’ve always heard the bigger they are the harder they fall. I am anxious to see what the big guy can do……along with Kyrgios. I’m looking forward to some new stuff!


jane Says:

“his best chance would be against Novak in a final,”

their matches are usually close. however, in slams, nole and fed are even at 6-6. if you’re looking at just the big 4 (which i assume, since he could clearly beat other players more readily in a slam final), obviously rafa would be the most difficult for fed to beat, whereas, going by history, murray could be the easiest for fed, not nole, and depending on form of course. andy is 1-4 versus fed at slams (though he does have one other win in best of 5 at the olympics). so it’s tough to say…based on history/h2h. honestly, i think all of the other “big 4″ could be really tough over best of 5.

agree with you about wimbledon; i think it’s fed’s best shot for an #18 too. but stars can align anywhere, and fed’s won on all surfaces, so it could happen at the other slams too.

i wouldn’t rule him out, like sg-1 notes, but i think sean’s right that it’s only getting more difficult and younger players begin to make a real push.


Thangs Says:

Finally one from Sean with neutral reviews.


SG1 Says:

Colin Says:
SG1, if Cilic follows your advice, he’ll end up with a wrecked serving arm!

Speed,isn’t everything. Federer at his peak was never the world’s fastest server.

—————————-

Fed didn’t have to serve as big. His forehand and movement in combination with his serve made him near unbeatable.

Why do you think Cilic would wreck his arm serving faster? He clearly has the leverage. Raonic serves much bigger and his actually shorter (even if only by an inch).


SG1 Says:

The American’s definitely do hype better than anyone else (in Sean’s No.8 comment). This being said, I find the USO far away the most compelling and entertaining of all the majors. The AO could probably make a run of it if it weren’t for the awful time delay but that’s just the way things are (if you live in North America anyway). One of the things I love most about the USO is that the tennis is almost 24/7. You can get home from work, grab a bite and catch great tennis until midnight. And that night environment can be quite electric. No major does it quite like the USO does.


Hippy Chic Says:

Jane sorry yeah i forgot about Murray,that said he also beat Fed at the AO a couple of years ago,agree that Fed can win any of the four GS having done it before and depending on the draws opening up etc,the AO Noles record there over the last few years has been excellent,Rafa likewise at the FO,the USO would be the most open GS,Wimbledon would be his best bet,regardless of Novak and Rafa having won the title twice each,i still think Roger and Andy both having games better suited to grass….


tennis bubble Says:

French open is most closed grand slam only two winners in a decade that too 9: 1.


Hippy Chic Says:

I would think by the law of averages we will see a new champion at RG next year,surely Rafa cant win it again can he?Jamies physcic friend says Novak will win the FO next year,and Nadal will win the AO,and Wimbledon for Murray,2009 was the only year Rafa didnt win the FO,and also the only year he won the AO instaed,if one believes in that stuff Rafa and Nole fans should be happy with that scenario?


SG1 Says:

Given Novak’s recent “struggles”, I don’t think he’s even a shoe-in for the FO final. In the past year or so, it seems like Novak has lost some of his patience. He seems to get the short end of the stick in the longer rallies these days. Particularly when he plays the better guys. Can’t pick him to win an FO when he’s in this mindset. While I agree that the law of averages will eventually catch up to Rafa, I have to pick Rafa to defend again at RG. He’ll be fresh and fired up. A lot of things to accomplish. Win the same major ten times. Get closer to Roger’s 17 slam total. Maybe get multiple majors. I’m thinking that Rafa wants another Wimbledon title for his trophy case.


Hippy Chic Says:

SG1 i like your theory about another Wimbledon,but i dont know how realistic it is after the last three years?hes actually a better HC player now,i would love to see him win another AO at some point and that or USO would be his best chances away from RG,as for Novak winning the FO i would realistically give him a couple more years,as i think it will only get more difficult the more the years go by….


elina Says:

You guys, Djokovic is not a shoe in for anything having won single slams in each of the last three years.

He’s only won more than one slam once in 2011 which, in hindsight, now seems more like an anomaly.

And this is before his new priorities.

The fall season, his favourite time of year, should give us a better indication with year end No. 1 on the line.


Hippy Chic Says:

Elina true but he has been the most consistent player since 2011….


elina Says:

Hippy true but not since 2013, or 2012 or 2010. or 2009 or 2008, or 2007, or 2006 or 2005.

Nadal has been most consistent since any of those years (i.e., winning slams).

And Federer before that.

Just saying?


Hippy Chic Says:

Elina yeah,Nadals won the most GS this particular decade with 8,Novaks second with 6,Nadals won multiple GS 3 times,Novak once,Federer numerous times,and Rafas won GS consistently for 10 years….


Thangs Says:

I am thinking another post is on the way to get more hits…


Steve 27 Says:

Winning a major 10 years in a row and counting is one of the most remarkable archievments in the Open Era.
Vamos!


skeezer Says:

^yes, it is remarkable….but:

As an example, Borg. who dominated on Clay also;
“won five consecutive Wimbledon singles titles and six French Open singles titles”…..this is more impressive imo.
Winning on one surface convincingly shows what? You’re awesome on one surface? So thankful the game is played with variety requirements!


Steve 27 Says:

skeevy, se il vostro amato svizzero non poteva, mostra quanto grande sarà questo record per le generazioni future, paragonabile solo al Grand Slam di Laver.


Okiegal Says:

It is remarkable!! Rafa is the “SOC”……!!!

9 vamoses and a big hail Mary!!


SG1 Says:

HC,

I agree that Rafa seems to be a better hard courter than grass player these days. I’m just thinking that this long rest may be what the doctor ordered for him. Pardon the pun but he’s usually like a bull in a China shop after a long lay off. I think that hard court tennis, and specifically the surface at the AO has some negative effects on his body. I don’t think he’ll give up on the AO by any means but tangling with Novak or Murray or even Federer for extended periods on that surface seems to cause injury for him. I’m just wondering if he is setting some goals at this point and trying to peak for the events that give him the best chance for a more sustainable career. Just a thought.


Hippy Chic Says:

Skeezer but he has multiple GS on all surfaces where Borg hasnt,and 14 GS to Borgs 11,i know you wont see it that way,but IMO its the reason his 14 is also better than Petes,simply because Pete never completed the career GS….


jane Says:

steve27, interesting article on race to year-end number 1. thanks for posting it.

not sure i agree with this, though, re nadal:

“but there can be no doubt that it will take him time to sharpen his skills, build up his psyche and get reacquainted with match play.”

after all when he came back in 2013, he reached finals of his first tournament back and then won the next 3 in a row i think? why would he need to “get reacquainted with match play”? it seems like a stretch.


Hippy Chic Says:

Jane but then again hes a year older now,and things get harder every year not easier,and he even struggled against Simon,Youzhney,Nishikori whom he shouldve in all honestly lost to this year,hes becoming less dominant now which is inevitable,however as the man always says we will see no?


jane Says:

hmmm… yes, we’ll see.

so how do you feel about scotland hippy? don’t bother answering if you’d care to keep it private.


Hippy Chic Says:

TBH Jane i couldnt care less one way or the other,how about you as if i remember rightly you once said you too have Scotish roots?


jane Says:

^ husband does. i feel neutral about it too. but if the majority of the scottish really want independence, then they should be able to have it.


Hippy Chic Says:

Yeah true enough Jane….


Daniel Says:

Agree that Nadal won’tbe in killer mode his first two tourneys and Asia, if he returns. It will be almost 3 months with no match play and he may feel cautious towards his erist and hitting cleanly. Will see, but I don’t expect him to win neither if the titles this year: Beijing, Shangai, Paris and WTF.

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