Rafael Nadal Isn’t Happy With The Indian Wells Balls, But He’s Moving Better Than A Month Ago!
by Tom Gainey | March 16th, 2015, 4:09 pm
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Rafael Nadal breezed in his opening round match last night at Indian Wells, but afterward took a shot at the balls the tournament is using.

“The ball is still not very well,” Nadal said. “Still problem with the same ball. We need to change that, because highest level of tennis deserve highest quality of ball. This ball is not the highest quality.”

Indian Wells uses the Penn ball while the Australian Open, for example, uses the Wilson ball. And the official ball of the ATP is Head! And this isn’t the first time Rafa’s been unhappy with the ball.

Nadal, who stays at tournament owner Larry Ellison’s house, was quick to praise the event.

“In general, the conditions and the tournament is, without a doubt, one of the best of the year,” Nadal said. “It’s unbelievable, everything about what’s happening here the last couple of years, the way that the tournament improves, how big is, all the facilities for the crowd, for the players.

A lot of stadiums are difficult to imagine a tournament away from Grand Slams improving that much, so just can say thanks to all the organization, everybody who makes possible that, to create an event like this. Especially to Larry Ellison. It’s great to have him on our tour supporting our sport. It’s amazing all the things that’s happening here. I think the crowd is one of the highest crowds on the world.”

Next for Nadal, a 3-time tournament champion, is another fellow lefty Donald Young.

“He’s playing very well,” Nadal said. ‘Winning a lot of matches. Could be a very tough opponent for me. After tomorrow I hope to be ready for it.”

But before then he has doubles today, an event he says helps his game.

“Doubles are great for practice for singles players,” said Nadal. “Playing doubles you practice the serve. You can return a little bit more aggressive. You practice the volley. You practice the movements on the volley. You know, how to go, how to volley tough shots, the speed on the legs, on that movements.”

And Rafa says he’s now moving better than he was when he reached the Rio final and won Buenos Aires last month. So that’s good news for Rafa and his fans.

“One very important thing for me are the movements, and I think I moved myself a little bit quicker tonight than what I was doing one month ago,” he said.

Nadal won the event in 2007, 2009 and 2013. With 2015 be another odd-year title for Rafa?


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104 Comments for Rafael Nadal Isn’t Happy With The Indian Wells Balls, But He’s Moving Better Than A Month Ago!

the DA Says:

Several players have said things about the balls – including Andy – but let’s make it all about Rafa. tsk tsk


Wimbledon Says:

Yes. Rafa seems to do well here in odd years. He also played his best match here in 2011 finals.


Tom Gainey Says:

@the DA, from my readings the only player among the top men with an issue with the balls has been Nadal. If you find other quotes/sources you may post them here.


the DA Says:

@Tom Gainey – In Andy’s last presser he talks at length about how they’re hard to control, fly everywhere etc. A couple of journalists said others had also grumbled without naming names.


Giles Says:

Can’t find the links now but Wawa and a few other players complained about the balls.


courbon Says:

My neighbour also complained about the balls…


autoFilter Says:

To be honest, I’m not so sure how I feel about the balls either. I certainly wouldn’t be willing to endorse them at this point.


the DA Says:

@Giles – Thanks. That’s the tweet I was thinking of.


chad cunningham Says:

Which Penn ball are v they using?


jane Says:

ha ha courbon and autofilter. ;)


Patson Says:

Yea, generally balls need to be readjusted every now and then. It’s a problem that goes beyond tennis :)


metan Says:

All Rafa wants is the best quality, and he deserves that. Why must have a special thread. Anyway parts of being famous. 😄


skeezer Says:

That tweet is soooo vague. Who? Uh?
If you read, as Gainey points out, this “guy” has a history about ball complaining.


the DA Says:

^because he’s the most famous one. He isn’t alone but he always gets the negative headlines. Simple.


Michael Says:

Indian Wells has been a favourite venue for Rafa and it is one of the hard court tournaments he is very comfortable with. He fancies his chances here more than Miami and many of his come back sprees have had the authoritative stamp of class from this venue. So, Rafa would be very eager and raring to produce the magic once again.


madmax Says:

Nadal should just stop complaining and get on with it!


Hippy Chick Says:

He should stop complaing,but as Giles link points out then so should the rest then,a fairer thread title woulve been that the players are not happy with the balls,its unfair to single out Rafa on this issue,too much click bait….


skeezer Says:

@theDA
Simple? He’s famous? Show us some other links about players (names)complaining about it being “the ball”.
Its about adjusting to court conditions, not about “the ball” that I have read;

http://www.tennisnow.com/News/2015/March/Murray-Wins-Easily-but-Still-Adapting-to-Desert.aspx


skeezer Says:

Tell you one thing, the way the players are complaining about high bouncing conditions….makes Rafa a shoo in for the title.


jane Says:

“Nadal, who stays at tournament owner Larry Ellison’s house…”

i always find this a bit strange. it seems kind of like a conflict of interest. does this happen at other events, with other players? i sincerely don’t know.


Giles Says:

Lol. March 17th at 10.49 am. You mean to say Larry doesn’t extend his hospitality to joker? Tsk tsk. What a travesty this is indeed! Tommy Haas is a guest in Larry’s home every year as well in case you didn’t know. Haha, everyone but joker.
BTW what conflict of interest?
Maybe Rafa can put in a good word for joker, being the #1 player and all that jazz!
Still laughing!


Giles Says:

PS. BB commentating on Joker’s matches is not a conflict of interest?


Nirmal Kumar Says:

If it’s high bouncing courts, not a good one for Roger. Could be reason for his high UE in his 1st match. Let’s see if the court condition settles down or players get used to it in a couple of matches.


Giles Says:

^^. “How ?” There’s bound to be some if not a lot of bias.


Okiegal Says:

If Rafa staying at the home of Larry would entitle him to something extra……why in the world did he not have a say so on the tennis balls?? Maybe next year……no??


Giles Says:

Okie. Exactly.


Okiegal Says:

Let’s say, for instance, all the top seeds bunked at Larry’s house, what would that have to do with how they played their matches? I can’t see a conflict with it myself…..but to each his own.


jane Says:

i have no idea about tommy haas; is he still even playing?

re: BB commentating – even though i believe he doesn’t do this anymore now that he’s novak’s coach so your point is irrelevant – it has nothing in common with nadal staying at the owner’s of a tournament’s house. commentating can’t impact outcome, whatsoever. it’s apples and oranges.

the owner of the event is running a competition, and yet he’s hosting one of the competitors.

that’d be like the owner of a racetrack hosting one of the jockeys.

it just seems strange to me.

and my question was whether this happens at other events; i am curious about it. maybe it does?


Giles Says:

It is apparent that you are not very well informed. Tommy Haas is a guest in Larry’s home. Tommy Haas was watching Rafa’s match. Rafa is a friend of Larry. Rafa is a guest in Larry’s home. Are you saying tournament owners can’t entertain tennis players? What planet are you living on?? Geeeez!


Giles Says:

Regarding other events you will have to do your own research as you usually do with your endless postings of stats.


paradox Says:

Nadal has got the most no of fans in social media.Federer scores second and Sharapova third.


jane Says:

“Are you saying tournament owners can’t entertain tennis players?”

what do you mean by “entertain”?


M Says:

It does, Jane.

Not only has Larry gone to dinner at Roger’s house that he’s renting while he’s out there, but Novak stays occasionally (and has one of his “pods”, if I understand correctly) at one of the owner’s houses in NJ when he’s here in the NYC area for the US Open.


Brando Says:

- ‘what do you mean by “entertain”?’:

He means to have a dartboard with Novak’s face plastered across it in Larry’s home with Larry, Rafa, Tommy and co pinging darts right at it! What else?


jane Says:

m, novak stays with one of the owners of the us open? Is the us open privately owned? (sincere question; i honestly don’t know. for some reason i thought it was owned by the USTA). i knew he stayed out at a guy’s house in jersey but i didn’t know that he is one of the owners of the open. if so, then there you go; that’s another example. i still think it’s weird. whether it’s nole or rafa or whomever. as for roger having him over for dinner, that seems different to me than staying at the owner’s house while the tournament is going on. iw was the only place that i had recalled hearing about that situation.


Brando Says:

LOL: so let me get this straight?

Larry invites his friend Rafa to stay over at his place when he’s in town: how dare he! He goes to have dinner with another friend in Roger: OMG! And Novak resides in his friends place during USO: my goodness!

I think what really is the issue here is:

Some people need to get a life. Get some friends. Spend some time with people in the real world out there as opposed to vicariously living through others: namely their fav!

Since in the real world there is no issue about any of this since guess what? People with friends do this kind of thing.

Shocking? I know.

And in these guys case it’s open and public knowledge: since if no one’s got a problem with it- they ain’t got nothing to answer either.

And who would be stupid enough to question it? Only an idiot! Rafa- how dare you reside in Larry’s house whilst your in IW!

Rafa would likely say to such a suggestion: why the f-ck not? Errrr…… because it’s ummm….

Yeah, a load of BS!

And by the way: Larry is a multi-billionaire who owns the event. That’s it. He’s got way better things to do than to run the event itself. He’s just the $$$ man for it. Signs the cheques, give’s the OK to the latest idea to expand the event and does what he ultimately cares for:

To chill, kick back and enjoy the best play in a sport he loves. It’s his plaything!

Anyone with an IQ above 1 can get why he hangs with Fedal when they are in town: he likes them and wants to spend some time with them when they are both in town.

Again: it’s what friends do. I think in this instance their is nothing wrong going on here. Anyone with a brain cell can see the picture clearly.

Just some people out of touch with reality, life and probably have not been out much themselves.


Okiegal Says:

@Jane…..Regarding the entertainment scene….I suppose room and board, drinks……and most importantly, hanging out with one of the best tennis players on the planet. That would be my guess as to why Larry is so hospitable……just saying… :) I don’t believe there is anything sinister going on. Now, if they’re having ball inspections, that’s a horse of a different color. LOL


Sidney Says:

Agree with you jane. It is a valid question.

I don’t know why some are so defensive and overreacting.


jane Says:

“if they’re having ball inspections” … good lord okie, let’s not go there. ;)

sidney, thanks for that.


brando Says:

There isn’t anything sinister going on. Just butt hurt from one poster that their fav ain’t so popular. That’s it. It’s not Rafa or Fed’s fault that they generate such admiration that people want to hang with them. They are not to blame for being such charismatic figures in the sport: they should be thanked for maintaining it considering the snooze inducing alternative.


Okiegal Says:

@Jane……The devil made me say that…..couldn’t pass it up! Just a little humor….. :)


mat4 Says:

Just to rectify some misinformation posted above.

1. Novak does not stay at the house of a USO owner!

2. He stayed (because I don’t if he still does it) at the house of Gordon Uehling, who is the owner of the Courtsense tennis school, in NJ!

3. The CVAC pod belongs to Gordon Uehling. Nobody knows if Novak also owns one.

4. The effects of the pod are speculations, and nobody knows if they are superior to the effect of “the increasingly trendy $5,000 hyperbaric chambers many professional athletes use to saturate the blood with oxygen and stimulate healing”, something THAT ISN’T FORBIDDEN, and even used by national sky and swimming selections i many countries of the world, and by many tennis players too (I can quote examples, here. Even Rafa’s “pure air” device has the possibility to regulate pressure and simulate high or low altitude conditions, checked on the manufacturer site).

The only data we have on the benefits of the CVAC pod are those given by the company that makes it. No relevant studies has been EVER made.


jane Says:

thanks for clarifying that detail about the u.s. open mat4.


mat4 Says:

Anyway, to forbid such devices would be the same as to forbid athletes to go at high altitude to prepare for a competition, the Olympics e.g.

A hyper/hypobarric chambers has to be used every night for a month to be effective. If it costs 5000 usd, it is cheaper for a federation, or an individual, to buy one than to travel to mountainous country and spend a month there.

Anyway, even those practices are now impossible with the use of the blood passport.


mat4 Says:

@jane:

It has to be done, each and every time. I do agree that we have to ask questions about the possibility of enhancing drugs in sport, but it has to be done considering facts, changes in physical shape, power, stamina, speed.

The stamina question has been addressed, and we both gave answers to that. But we remain the only one to give answers to any such question, just to remind the readers of this blog. I rose a lot of other questions and nobody tried to answer. I quote testimonies, gave links to photographies, it was all ignored.

Despite the fact Novak is my fav, I pointed to a few things that still remain debatable and suspicious.

I don’t care if Rafa stays at Larry Ellison house, that’s Ellison’s and Rafa’s right. But I just checked his draw and it is, once again, the easiest of the top four in IW (go to tennisabstract.com to see the odds). The draw was fixed once again. Let’s add that I don’t complain as a Novak fan, but as a tennis fan: the draw in Rome is fixed in Novak’s favour. I don’t approve anything of that, neither cases.

To finish, I shall quote Patrick McEnroe about the “egg”:

“I don’t really take this stuff particularly seriously,” says McEnroe, noting that Djokovic has not only improved his fitness this year but has also fixed key problems in his game, revamping his serve and developing a newly devastating forehand.”


mat4 Says:

A repeated lie becomes the truth. So we have to repeat the truth every time too.


jane Says:

mat4, “A repeated lie becomes the truth.” this is so true. a really good example is stereotypes.


Wimbledon Says:

Mat4,
I guess you missed to add a key info about Gordon Uehling. He was one of the executive board members of USTA.


mat4 Says:

It is never too late for the truth.

Guillermo Vilas has asked the ATP to award him the No. 1 ranking in 1977, because the ATP made an error (it will change Connors legacy, and, to be honest, that year Vilas won the FO and the USO and was still only second; a study published in February 2011 in the journal PLoS ONE (Volume 6, No. 2) analyzed all records of the parties in 1977 and concluded that Vilas was the best player of that year).

Marcello Rios “has asked the Chilean federation to request the ITF investigate Petr Korda for doping during the 1998 Australian Open.”

I just hope that we will see results from those two requests. The Vilas’ case is clear, the Rio’s case complicated.


the DA Says:

Hey now Roger has mentioned the balls.

From his presser:
Fed: “I don’t think we both played very well tonight. We both struggled with the conditions, the balls.” (nobody likes the balls!)

So I guess everyone can chill a bit. Or is he also “whining”?


Giles Says:

https://twitter.com/trudelsteph/status/577980387055419392
Mat4. Since you are always talking about drugs and doping, I thought you might appreciate this tweet. Lol


metan Says:

the DA. Toast of the day.

If Rafa opens his mouth, hater said whinny. Hahaha.


Giles Says:

Mat4. “But I just checked his (Rafa) draw and it is, once again, the easiest of the top four in IW ……”. Hmmm . Rafa’s quarter of the draw is the only one whose all 4 players are seeds (Raonic #6, Robredo #17, Simon#13, Rafa #3). Did you know this before you started opening your mouth and spilling garbage? Do your homework properly before you post.


brando Says:

LOL: that Roger Federer is such a whiner isn’t he? How dare he mention the balls, conditions being difficult. Isn’t he supposed to be above all that- far too perfect to let the elements, conditions bother him . LOL: the haters need to get off Rafael’s nuts and look at their own fav and realize they are the same. The problem ain’t rafa: it’s the W’s he’s had against RF. That leads to butthurt for some here and alot of hatred towards Rafa.


brando Says:

@Giles: take it easy towards mat4. He’s all right. Sure rigged draws, drugs etc are not everyone’s cup of tea but mat has long been into that terrain. He atleast cites his case and above all else: he ain’t a 2 faced, double standard applying hypocrite. That’s someone else on here (El Snooze). Mats allright.


Markus Says:

Tom Gainey’s article was written for the sole purpose of making Nadal sound whiney. In that regard, he was successful because he knows that there are many Nadal haters who will bite the bait. None of the biters ever considered that Nadal is the one playing out there and has experienced the ball. If he is not happy with it and voices it out, why should it be taken against him? It does not matter if nobody else says anything about those balls. Federer’s or anobody else’s subsequent complaint has no relevance on the acceptability of Nadal’s complaint about the balls.


Okiegal Says:

I have a serious question…..how would the powers that be rig a draw? Isn’t there a group of people around while this is being done? I’m not saying it can’t happen, because anything is possible I suppose, but just curious how?? Any ideas??


Okiegal Says:

@Markus….I started to bring that point up about the staff writer targeting Rafa, but didn’t want to sound too “whiney”……


Margot Says:

@OK
Not sure how draw can be rigged, but scheduling certainly can….as Andy plays his 3rd day match…


the DA Says:

I understand why responses by the top 4 to topics raised in pressers carry more weight or get more exposure than the other players. But I have seen so many answers get magnified out of proportion and then various fan bases overreact.

Comments by other players on such trending topics often exist but get overlooked because it’s easier to perpetuate the favorite memes by a players’ detractors. I just wish there was more even handed reporting.


the DA Says:

@Margot – “as Andy plays his 3rd day match…”

And Nole plays his 3rd night match. But let’s not grumble – seems completely fair ;) Actually, I bet if you asked Isner he would’ve preferred a day match (quicker court, livelier balls, etc). The schedulers probably haven’t done him any favors.


brando Says:

@Margot: Agree about scheduling. But even then they do it according to prime time most of the time. Give the public the big stars at the show time. Usually its fedal. But as even Rio just showed: just because your a star attraction you can get a crappy schedule. As for the rigging: no chance. Just look at this draw for example: done in the open public, infront of journalists with photos taken of it. How can you rig that? And isn’t a draw along the lines of football: a bunch of seeds placed into a pot and it’s random selection. Ultimately: if there was foul play I think it would easily be exposed by now. No doubt about it. The media loves scandal, the bigger the star the better. Had there been foul play: it would be exposed. And IF there is though: it means the players are in on it and are okay with. Do you honestly think they would be happy campers if it just favoured 1 or 2? Of course not. So I don’t feel there is any foul play at all.


Markus Says:

@Okiegal: I think, based on what I read here, if Nadal or his fans say something that vaguely resembles a complaint or a dissension, that automatically qualifies to most posters here as a whine.


Markus Says:

I try not to pay that much attention to the shenanigans behind the scene. It is very hard to know that truth of what happens and I don’t think I can do anything about it. And if something really does happen and gets exposed, the perpetrators get punished (or at least shamed, if that feeling still applies to some of them bad people).

But I don’t mind if some people raise such issues so at least the culprits know that there is some sense of awareness and suspicion from the public. It may, in fact, be for the good of the sport. For me though, tennis is a diversion. I cannot be too involved as to ruin my enjoyment of the game.


skeezer Says:

Markus,
The BIG difference in this is that he has a history if it. He had his chance to sit on the ATP players council to contribute but quit, no?


Markus Says:

@skeezer: If one has complaints, probably the best option for them to be acted upon is to be involved in the committee or governing body that has the authority to make the rules and the changes therein. If you have the capacity to be in that body and choose not to be involved, then you effectively take away your best option to resolve what you complain about. I see your point, skeezer, and it sounds very reasonable to me.


Markus Says:

@skeezer: If one has complaints, probably the best option for them to be acted upon is to be involved in the committee or governing body that has the authority to make the rules and the changes therein. If you have the capacity to be in that body and choose not to be involved, then you effectively take away your best option to resolve what you complain about. I see your point, skeezer, and it sounds very reasonable to me.


Markus Says:

I swear I hit the “submit comment” button only once!


Giles Says:

Lol lol lol.Rafa resigned from the Council cos his voice had no clout. It was all fed and his puppets making bad decisions which Rafa didn’t agree with or approve of. So there …..


jane Says:

““as Andy plays his 3rd day match…”

And Nole plays his 3rd night match”

i don’t think this is good for either of these guys because they don’t get a rounded sense of the conditions. then suddenly when they have to play day or night, they have to adjust. i think by now they should’ve both had a chance to experience day and night conditions.


Okiegal Says:

@Margot, I can definitely see how scheduling could be, but the draws, I just can’t see how that could happen. There are people on this forum that act like they know for sure…..b/c it’s brought up time and again.


Sidney Says:

Schedule is rigged? Seriously?

It is always ‘rigged’ at all events to maximize revenue and fan enjoyment.

IW event organizers must think Novak brings more value to the event than Andy does.

I’m sure it’s the other way around at Wimbledon, Queens and other UK tournaments (are there other events in UK?).


Margot Says:

@jane
Well for starters, day matches in that hot, hot, noon day sun are far more knackering than night matches.
@the DA
As if ……….;)
@brando
Yeah, I know the media runs the show and Fedal are by far the biggest attraction, but it doesn’t stop me “whining” ;)
@OK
Something about probabilities I understand. But can’t help you further as my brain glazed over…;)


Giles Says:

I think joker approaches the schedulers in a whiny voice pleading for nite matches. He who cannot stand the heat!! And there you have it!


sienna Says:

Murray has been dumped on court 2.
How much more proof that big 4 is over?


the DA Says:

^ LOL. What’s your day job, comedian?


sienna Says:

nishikori is failing where Murray is proving to be aan bigger force then nishikori.
why put nishikori on 1 and Murray on 2?

battle for #4 is on. Until Cilic is back in form.


Margot Says:

Andy through, looking good, court 2 or not. Wont face the Samurai, lol, as someone called him. It’ll be Deliciano.
@the DA
Shhhhh, must just be a bit you know…upset …..because of shhhhh….Cilic…..


brando Says:

@Margot: was just about to post that! Did not watch it but glad to see Andy won in straight sets and is through. Good stats, and is done by 1pm local time: I’ll take that! Surprised to a degree Kei lost. Was hoping he’d win as kei v muzza is a blockbuster match, one I was thinking Andy would win and gain big confidence from. At the same time: Kei has a poor IW record so Lopez would be a better, tougher test for Andy. I fancy Andy would for SF which would be excellent as a result for him in IW.


brando Says:

@DA: she resides in Amsterdam. That’s all I’ll say about that and leave all options open as to possible occupations.


Markus Says:

It always makes me happy when Andy Murray wins.


the DA Says:

@Brando – Ah that explains it. I know all those cafés and what goes on in them.

I was really surprised by Feli’s win. I mean, these courts? Only glanced over a few times but it looked like Feli played smart. He always serves great but his BH slice in particular was unsettling Kei – he had all sorts of problems dealing with it. The youngsters should have been taking notes. Still, I’m fine with Andy facing another lefty.


brando Says:

Just realized: If Andy wins the QF he shall have the most wins on tour for a British player. Nice bit of history for him. Also shall close in on 500 tour wins. Big match!


Hippy Chick Says:

Markus when my favorites Nadal and Murray win im always happy too….


Hippy Chick Says:

Brando i mentioned that about Murray a couple of days ago,and that i hope we get a thread about it too?….


Okiegal Says:

Andy/Feli should be a good match. I’ll bet Judy will enjoy it! If Andy wins, double the pleasure! :)


jane Says:

margot, true about day, but playing late ain’t always great either. i really think it should be mixed up. and not just so the players can experience day and evening conditions, but for viewers from various parts of the world too.


Hippy Chick Says:

Rafas matches have all been in the middle of the night where i am,ive hardly seen him play as its too late for me where i am with work in the mornings….

Okie im looking forward to that,if i in fact get to see it,go Andy,saw the Rafa highlights he needs to play better against Simon….


Okiegal Says:

@Chick……I’m watching on live streaming, but the matches will start being televised tomorrow. I hope Rafa beats Simon, so I can watch him on my big tv screen and not the itsy bitsy computer screen…..
And yes, he’s gonna have to play a lot better….no slip ups!!


Hippy Chick Says:

Seems Robredo is playing well,i really like him,and i hope he actually carries on this run and beats Raonic now,whos a nice guy but his game leaves me feeling quite cold TBH….


Daniel Says:

Top players are playing great.

Fed is in cruise control, very aggressive and moving great. Seems the high bounce helps movement.

Also Nadal is moving great and breaking serve a lot, although he had his serve broke a few times in every match and sometimes playing a bit short.

Murray strangely is not going to the net much, Today he had several opportunities to finish point but just didn’t come in. He has to be a bot more aggressive for a potential Djoko’s semis.

Djoko hitting it nicely as well. His last match seems he was a bit on a rush to finish points trying to be more aggressive and made some errors. But is seems we could have the top 4 in semis. Brdych serve sometimes feels like if the return head it well they can neutralize it. Rosol was making some insane returns today and I think Roger in this form could do more damage.

Djoko and Murray are almost lock for semis. Fed and Nadal face more threats but that depend on Raonic or Berdy form on the day.


jane Says:

daniel, nole didn’t play that well in his last match. we’ll see how he does versus isner tonight; assuming he gets through this, then it’s tomic. i haven’t seen his matches but he’s been making his way through a difficult draw – coric, ferrer, and now kokkinakas – so he must be doing well.


jane Says:

it’s weird to see gimelstob as a coach for some reason.


jane Says:

quarters are set now:

nadal is 5-0 over raonic: might be tight sets but got to take rafa.

murray is 9-0 over f-lo: andy seems to have his number.

nole is 3-0 over tomic: last match 2012. hole should be able to win but tomic might trouble him with lack of rhythm.

fed is 12-6 over berdych: is this the most intriguing semi? they’ve split their last 4 matches 2-2. last time they played was 1 year ago at dubai, which fed won in 3 sets.


Margot Says:

Jane we all thought Andy had Simon’s number and look what happened. Eek!
Meanwhile Andy gets ANOTHER heat of the noonday sun match. Just saying………..


danica Says:

Hi Jane ;). I am sorry for not replying sooner, but thanks for welcoming me back here some time ago ;). As you see, I am not really a regular here but I do come from time to time to read balanced reviews and occasionally give my couple of cents ;).

Our Nole was focused and all business tonight against Big John. It was tight but I never doubted Nole winning TB. On to Bernie now who seems in nice form at the moment.

Margot, maybe putting Andy to play day time matches is a blessing in disguise. If he plays a day time match against Nole who so far only had night matches, that will be advantage Andy.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Looks like Novak has easy in the quarters now compared to others.

It’s a real tough one for Roger who finds Berdych to be a difficult opponent of late. And Berdych is playing fantastic tennis. Very tight one and slight advantage maybe to Berdych.

Rafa has another interesting one against Milos. But looking at Rafa’s form and his depth in GS, he should get through.

I remember Murray had some tough matches against Lopez, though his win-loss record against him is pretty good. He should sail through, maybe in a 3rd set.


skeezer Says:

Very impressed with Nole’s serve. It looks so fluid nowadays. When they got to the TB, he never onced needed a second serve. Ominous.


skeezer Says:

^rather, he never had to serve a second serve, alll of his first serves went in!


jane Says:

hi danica, nice to read you. yes, i was happy with nole’s form versus isner’s big serve. isner had 88% of first serve in set one and still nole broke! and in the second set, isner’s ground game was surprisingly good. he hit some crazy forehands right on the lines. maybe gimelstob will be good for him? all in all, nole handled a very tricky opponent well. which is good, because tomic can be tricky too, as most people know. it just depends on form.

about scheduling, that’s precisely what i mean. when nole played almost all (or all?) night matches last year at the u.s. open and then was suddenly put on mid-day to face nishikori in the semis, he was not adjusted to the match play conditions. and i really do think that is a detriment to the players who are stuck playing the same schedule for days on end. why the schedulers do this i don’t know.

skeezer, it’s nice that nole’s serve is more consistent these days. he hit a fair number of aces last night too. phew, he was flat the previous round.

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