Serena, Nadal Exits Throw Indian Wells Into Chaos
by Jeremy Davis | March 21st, 2015, 12:37 am
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Is Rafael Nadal back? Maybe. But not today.

No. 6-seeded Milos Raonic stunned No. 3 Rafael Nadal on Friday, 4-6, 7-6(10), 7-5, saving three match points, to move into the semifinals at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.


“At the moments when I was playing those match points, it didn’t really feel like match points,” the Canuck said. “It was just like another point that I was trying to get through…Just sort of going through the paces at that moment of what do I need to do now, not really signifying it as a match point.”

OK. So he won.

It was the first time Nadal lost to a Canadian, and the Spaniard was surprisingly upbeat after the loss.

“I think I did well,” said Nadal. “I enjoyed the fact that I felt well with myself on court again. I felt competitive. I felt strong, with the right energy. I lost that match thinking much more positive things than negative ones.”

In the semifinals the Canuck will face No. 2 Roger Federer, who steamrolled past No. 9 Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-0.

Federer is 8-1 career against Raonic.

The women’s semifinals turned into a shit show on Friday night when it was determined that the winner of the semifinal that nobody wanted — No. 18 Jelena Jankovic beating No. 24 Sabine Lisicki in a low-quality 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 meeting — would face Simona Halep in the final after Serena Williams bowed out with injury.

Serena came onto the court for an interview regarding her injury, and spoke to ESPN personalities afterwards.

“A couple of day ago at practice I really injured my knee,” she said. “It was really sad…I could barely walk…I’m so excited I’ve been able to come out here and build so many memories…I couldn’t bend my knee and I thought, if you can’t bend your knee then you have to be smart about it…I just need a little time for it to get well…I really feel like I’ve won for me [just playing] and a lot of people…we’re all human, we all make mistakes.”

It was all good feelings and forgiveness for Serena who retired with a knee injury, 14 years after Venus drew the ire of international fans for retiring with a knee injury against Serena.

It was a slight fans thought was intentional, orchestrated by the proto-typical crazy tennis dad Richard Williams so the sisters wouldn’t have to face each other.

Can any length of ESPN Tom Rinaldi slow-motion Serena-is-awesome voice-over fix that?

That’s for you to decide.

In the end, Serena is injured — the super-intense world No. 1 would have played if she could — and now you have the Jankovic vs. Halep final.

Justice is served. Sit back — it makes sense on so many levels.


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49 Comments for Serena, Nadal Exits Throw Indian Wells Into Chaos

skeezer Says:

Murray vs Nole
Who’s pickin who?


Michael Says:

Contrary to the general perception of a tough contest in offing between Roger Vs Berdych, it proved to be a no contest and that was indeed a surprise.

All credit to Roger who was at his rampaging best by discovering his rhythm of shot making from both the flanks complemented with a good first serve percentage and once such a confluence takes place in his game, it rains bad news for his opponents. Roger was also helped by some shoddy and lousy display by Berdych who was just struggling to balance his shot making and serving poorly too. This enabled the bagle in the second set where Roger just ran away with the match leaving a bewildered Berdych wondering what has hit him ?

From the spectators point of view, the match was not of a very high quality, but were comforted by the fact that they once again saw the sheer genius of Roger on court. Now with Rafa out of the picture, it is advantage Roger in the semis.


Michael Says:

And the real thriller in the day was between Rafa vs Raonic. Rafa played really well and was dominating most part of the match where he was widely tipped to win considering his enormous H2H advantage where he has never lost to him. Raonic was being outclassed on the back of the court and in desperation he went for broke hitting anything and everything and thereby incresing the number of UEs in his column. The turning point for the match came during the fag end of the second set, when Rafa held those match points and it seemed to be all but over for Raonic. Some how he put his foot on the pedal and hung in there and managed to squeak with a win. Then in the decider, Raonic was infused with some fresh blood and he suddenly began to find rhythm in his shots and was also serving faster and better. Still, Rafa hiding his disappointment stood like a rock and just refused to succumb. But destiny decided that it was not Rafa’s day and serving to get to 6-5, he was unsettled by a net cord and then a blind hit at break poing sealed the match in favour of Raonic.

extract a win by the skin of his teeth taking the match to the decider. But in the 3rd set, Raonic transformed to become a better player finding his range of shots and he went for all out hitting as he knew that this was the only way to win against Rafa.


tennis :) Says:

Nadal raonic was a really good match. Nadal is coming back slowly slowly these quarters will turn into Semis & finals. Although he lost but he was playing decent.
Can anyone post statistics of raonic Nadal match


Okiegal Says:

My pick is Novak and Roger in the final, with Novak the champion! Would love for Andy to win, but I’m not sure he can pull it off. The matches should be great tomorrow…..we will see!


jane Says:

there’s a good summary of the match here that takes a measured tone, but makes interesting links to nadal’s loss to ljubicic at iw in 2010

http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2015/03/two-men-one-climb/54396/#.VQ0Ge2t5mK0


Jeez Says:

Now the Sean Jinx is complete !!!!


metan Says:

That’s our Rafa. After watching it, I convinced that we have hope for clay season. Yayyy.

And for final I guess Musa Milos, sound like double M.😄


metan Says:

I assumed that Rafa read.Sean’s picks and pans before matched otherwise how could it so tuned in. Arghhhh.!!!


tennis :) Says:

thanks Jane


Hippy Chick Says:

Jane from the other thread many thanks,i went to bed hoping for the best after seeing Milos had won that second set,as i have work in the morning,i think the dissapointing thing is having three MPs and fluffing them all,last time that happened was against Davey in 2010 i believe,i wish it would be the other way around and i could actually see him win from MPs down,anyway i will take the positives as Ben,Daniel,TV said he played really well,Andy been my second favorite i will pull for him now,onto Miami for Rafa,good luck to all those still left anyway,and may the best man win….


Mr. Larvey Says:

Great posts Michael. I really agree on your analysis.

Raonic was definitely committing too many UEs in the first two sets, but I really liked his tactics. He knew that only way he was going to walk out of that court as a winner was to hit big and try not to give any rhythm to Nadal. Yes, Rafa should have won it in two sets, but anyhow I feel that Milos palyed smart.

Andy has been playing very well lately. I saw his matches in Davis Cup and he had great fighting spirit. Novak is of course the favourite, but today I would give Andy a slight edge.

Interesting to see if Milos can beat two most successful players of all time in subsequnet days. I’m guessing that he can’t, if Roger plays as well as he’s been playing in IW.

Very interesting matches comming up today, and regardless of today’s results, we should have a great final on Sunday.


Michael Says:

Thank you Larvey !!

It was one of those days when fate conspires against you and Rafa was the unfortunate victim. To dominate so much and then go on to lose would be terribly disappointing and leave a depressing feeling. But Rafa I believe would take positive things out of this match wherein his level of play was near his best. That net cord at 5 all proved very costly in the end and literally sealed it. But,we should also give also credit to the winner Raonic who stood his ground and didn’t allow himself to be intimidated by Rafa even when he was in an up swing.

As regards Novak Vs Andy, I have to go with Novak although Andy would not be a push over. It should be a very interesting and quality match. I also believe that Raonic’s winning streak in this tournament might end at the hands of Roger unless he serves at his marauding best. Roger always has the fine tuning tactics to combat big servers.In all probability, a Novak Vs Roger final awaits us unless things take a strange turn which is a remote possibility as upsets can be discounted in sport only at your peril.


Margot Says:

Stopped watching after the first set. Wow! Comms to Rafa fans, congrats to Milos fans. I cannot warm to his style of play tho., sorry. And yes, I do acknowledge a lot of improvement which suggests a good work ethic. But it’s still a “but.”
As for Andy, he must win the first set to have any chance.
Go Andy!


madmax Says:

That was a shocker betwee Rafa and Raonic.

Whoever said the fed fans were rooting for Raonic, and we were “scared” of the semi final – I for one, was so looking forward to Fed v Rafa SF. Gutted actually.

But you know what? I think Rafa tanked. He knew he would face Roger in the SF. :)


Giles Says:

I still maintain Raonic is RUBBISH inspite of his win. The man is a servebot with very little between the ears IMO. Watch him get rolled over by fed today. Rafa is still trying to get into form and I think he played very well but it’s very difficult against players like Raonic who rely mainly on their serve. Wish he had a nite match where everything is slower. The balls must have been flying all over the place in the heat of the day? Rafa is making steady progress and that is ok with me. He should.be ready for the clay season which, I’m sure, is his main priority.
Vamos Rafa!


Giles Says:

Hopefully Andy will beat joker today.
Go Andy!


KatH Says:

Re Murray v Nole – I’m feeling brave and am going to back Andy – he’s been much more positive during and since Davis Cup.

And then there’s his wedding – who else would ever think about having 3 best men! Because of that alone, he’s going to whack Nole today —(totally illogical, but hopefully worth a smile).


chris ford1 Says:

Madmax – The notion Rafa “tanked” is strange to me. I root for Nole but like and respect Rafa too much to think he would quit. There is no quit in Rafa.

For Raonic, this victory is a big thing as he advances his career. I think Milos stays in Top 10 for many years with no break, possibly even Top 5.
Great attitude, very coachable, hard worker. No servebot. Milos has moved past that. Wants that ability to move and position himself well for a big guy. Be like Delpo. Train, and train and practice that. Work with his pal Nole and others. Working on nutrition, conditioning, and of course striving for having better hair than Genie. Bouchard…

Djokovic is good for the game in another way. He doesn’t seem threatened by the best young players. He likes practicing with them, hanging out, encouraging. He had a few older players do that with him when he was starting out like Radek Stepanek.


sienna Says:

in 3set match it is nonesense to claim Andy needs to win first set.
the guy taking second has momentum…


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Just watched the tape of Murray vs FLo match. The match was of poor quality, with too many UFE. I really cannot see Murray beating Novak.

Novak has been terribly lucky so far, both with the schedule and with no real opponent yet. And Murray is going to be a nice feed for him before the finals. On top of it, he is playing good tennis and has plenty of time to prepare for his match.


Margot Says:

To NK from the mighty Yoda, “Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them.”


KatH Says:

Margot – Excuse my ignorance but who is Yoda?


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Margot, excuse me, but it is OBI WAN who says this!


Margot Says:

TV: It’s when he’s teaching Skywalker to be a Jedhi warrior. Don’t yu just shiver to hear the word “Skywalker.”
http://www.quotesdonkey.com/424-movie-quotes/18872-your-eyes-can-deceive-you;/

@katH
There’s a radio prog in UK: “I’ve never seen Star Wars.” Seems you haven’t. The very first one, not the bloody prequel is just wonderful and contains my favourite bar scene ever.


madmax Says:

chris ford1 Says:
Madmax – The notion Rafa “tanked” is strange to me. I root for Nole but like and respect Rafa too much to think he would quit. There is no quit in Rafa.

For Raonic, this victory is a big thing as he advances his career.

Chris ford1

Firstly, you missed the smiley – it was tongue in cheek! And you haven’t been around here long enough to get the joke.

Always when Roger lost a match, invariably rafa would be waiting the next round – a few rafa fans would always accuse Roger of tanking.

Anyway the joke was lost on you Chris. Never mind.


madmax Says:

Margot,

Andy’s wedding plans

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/31959259

will you go? :)

Just imagine, if Rafa gets his skates on, their future kids could all be playing against each other! Roger’s Novak’s Andy’s and Rafa’s.

Just an amazing thought!


Margot Says:

Lol madmax I think my invitation must’ve been lost in the post!


skeezer Says:

Margot,
You stole my heart, you’ve quoted Star Wars :)
May YOUR Force be with you, always.


Margot Says:

Ah Skeeze, thank you kindly sir! I remember being blown away by that first Star Wars. And Chewie is one of my favourite movie characters EVER!


chris ford1 Says:

Don’t pat yourself on the back too much for your brilliant wit and clever sarcasm….your smiley was on luck not meeting a roaring Fed – not on what you are saying was your coy “tanking remark”.

And it is not the fault of others who have not followed your no doubt dry and perfectly honed humor to intuit it. To understand that say, if you throw out a PED accusation on Nadal that everyone else is supposed to “know” that Madmax always jokes about PEDs and is a Rafa fan and everyone is supposed to know that of Madmax, too..

And there was a problem with Fed’s attitude at some point with Rafa, probably 1st noticable in the 2010 matches between the two.
I wouldn’t call it quit…but in many matches when Nadal started overpowering him, Roger lost belief in himself and visibly withered and went hangdog and passive, thinking there was nothing he could do.


autoFilter Says:

Geez, chris ford1, I don’t want to start friction, but I also don’t understand what do you want here (and madmax takes plenty of heat around here as it is). Should no one ever make a joke that some people might not get? I understand that you might feel that the onus is then on her to explain in the event of any misinterpretation, but she was clearly willing to do so… Anyway, I chuckled.

On another note, I am not among the set of Fed fans who are relieved that Rafa lost. I’ll admit it’s likely Rafa would have won had they met (I think Rafa was playing well enough to execute his obviously effective Federer-neutralizing tactics, and this court would have supported them well), but I also think it would’ve been a very close 3 setter that could potentially have gone either way. Essentially, I’d love to see how the latest incarnation of Federer’s game would look against Nadal even though I’d prefer not to experience the probable ultimate outcome. I guess you could say I’m a bit disappointed that Nadal lost, but I’m not terribly upset because I think Federer will now likely make the final, which is great in itself and even more so because that match should also be wonderful.

Conversely, if this had been a faster and low-bouncing court, I’d be pretty heartbroken that Nadal lost yesterday…


Markus Says:

Roanic’s victory over Nadal spared the fans of either from the devastating frustration of a loss by one to the other.


Markus Says:

^^I was referring to the aborted Federer-Nadal semifinal encounter.


autoFilter Says:

jane,

I’d meant to mention that I’d responded to your last post (forever ago now) on the whole Federer/money debacle thread. I don’t know if you saw it, and I’m not asking for a response, but I didn’t want you to think I was blowing you off out of spite or something. I’m often concerned that trying to support a position where there are differences of opinion (such as ours regarding Nole and Fed on clay) will end up looking like petty arguing rather than debate, and so I want to make it explicitly clear that I value your (and others’) opinions around here, especially since I tend not to be the steady presence on this board that many of you are.

Yeah, so there’s that, for whatever it’s worth.


KatH Says:

Margot – Taa. Such ignorance is mine – one of the reasons I’m not going on Pointless – however I have a nephew whose bedroom is a shrine to Star Wars – so I should have been sharper…..


Tennis Fan Says:

Giles although your “RUBBISH” comments are just that, you have every right to fear Raonic.

I just learned that that “NB” he wears on his tennis gear stands for “NEW kid on the BLOCK”. Pretty bold of him :)


Okiegal Says:

@Markus 10:04…….You make a good point!


TL Says:

Fed fans shouldn’t take a place in the final for granted. Raonic has given Fed a lot of trouble in the past although he has beaten him only once. Their last meeting was a close affair and I think conditions here are more to Raonic’s liking in his match-up with Fed. While the slower surface will give Fed a fraction of a second more to handle the Raonic serve, it will somewhat neutralize his ability to expose Raonic’s movement and to keep him off-balance. The crazy bounce is another factor in Raonic’s favor. I wonder how effective the Fed slice would be on this surface. A low slice is an important weapon for Fed against the giants. Fed would need all his variety to neutralize Raonic’s power. This is going to be a very tough match. I’d take it any day, though. Raf is now simply the better player and the horrible match up makes a Fedal a tad too predictable. I won’t look forward to Fedal even on a quick and low-bouncing court.


Markus Says:

Giles, does it hurt that your idol to lost to a RUBBISH?


Markus Says:

…idol lost to a…(for the grammar police). I’m becomning like Okiegal about grammar anxiety. LOL!


Okiegal Says:

Sienna says: “In 3 set match it is nonsense to claim Andy needs to win first set, the guy taking second has momentum”………..and if he happened to win the first set……bingo….he’s won the match….duh….. Her posts leave me puzzled and scratching my head????


madmax Says:

chris ford1 Says:
Don’t pat yourself on the back too much for your brilliant wit and clever sarcasm….your smiley was on luck not meeting a roaring Fed – not on what you are saying was your coy “tanking remark”.

And it is not the fault of others who have not followed your no doubt dry and perfectly honed humor to intuit it. To understand that say, if you throw out a PED accusation on Nadal that everyone else is supposed to “know” that Madmax always jokes about PEDs and is a Rafa fan and everyone is supposed to know that of Madmax, too..

And there was a problem with Fed’s attitude at some point with Rafa, probably 1st noticable in the 2010 matches between the two.
I wouldn’t call it quit…but in many matches when Nadal started overpowering him, Roger lost belief in himself and visibly withered and went hangdog and passive, thinking there was nothing he could do.

March 21st, 2015 at 9:13 am

ChrisFord1

Do I know you at all? Seriously? Wake up on the wrong side of the bed this year? Need some glasses to see properly?

But you know what? I think Rafa tanked. He knew he would face Roger in the SF. :)

March 21st, 2015 at 3:31 am

If YOU can’t see a smiley at the end of a sentence ChrisFord, AKA..yeah, ???? then there is no hope for your humour in this house.

Stop being so prickly. Just because Rafa is out, and as I made it very clear, I was looking forward to a FEDAL final – love them playing each other, it is becoming few and far between these days, imo.

Get over yourself.

autoFilter, thanks – glad you were able to see the funny side! :)

Oops – there goes that smiley again – I guess I had better watch out, in case it offends! :) Goddamn it. I just can’t stop myself!

Oh and CF1, nah. Never mind. It would go way over your head.


madmax Says:

Margot, the Andy article. Said that people, in their thousands would be lining the streets – in Scotland – thought you might take a road trip?#

Once in a life time opportunity!


Okiegal Says:

@Markus^^^^ Please don’t get paranoid like me. We have a grammar police on here, I think it was Colin. Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but anyway, he would keep you on your toes! I think he’s given up. I haven’t seen any corrections lately…..lost cause I would imagine. Your post made me smile. I’ve had an upside smile since my guy lost yesterday…..but I’ll get over it. Looking forward to the SF matches. I’m picking a Fedack final…..but pulling for Andy!

C’mon Andrew!!!


Giles Says:

Markus. Yes it does hurt cos Mr Sleeve really is rubbish. If he was a better player I would not have minded Rafa losing.
Well that’s it for Mr Sleeve, trouncing time today by mr Federer.


Markus Says:

LOL! Okiegal, indeed, if the player who wins the second set also happens to win the first, voila! We have a winner. So in that sense, Sienna is corret…in an accidental way which you just made LOL worthy.


jane Says:

thanks autofilter. yes the bit about mileage makes sense, and i believe i’d already agreed with ben on that point earlier on the thread. also, just to say i’ve enjoyed all our discusssions or debate, which has involved no name-calling, dismissing, and all the rest of it. it’s pleasant to actually have that kind of reasoned back and forth. and even though i’ve not always been a fan fedal matches, i too was hoping to see them play this time. i think the last match was AO 2014 before fed had fully integrated new tactics from edberg or fully adjusted to the new frame.


Okiegal Says:

@Markus…….LOL……Yes it was accidental!!

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