Monte Carlo Draw Preview: Can Nadal Get Back On Track Or Is Djokovic Just Too Good Right Now?
by Sean Randall | April 11th, 2015, 11:02 am
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The clay season officially opens tomorrow in Monte Carlo with our first European Masters of the year. Three of the Big Four will be together again with only Andy Murray taking a miss due to his wedding today (congrats Andy). With the way the draw unfolded, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal could meet in the semifinals a week from today. How about that!

So on to the draw…

First Quarter
He’s a former champion, he’s won his last 12 matches and he’s got a real cushy draw, so there’s really no reason that top seed Novak Djokovic shouldn’t get through this section. Nicolas Almagro poses some risk in the second round, maybe JW Tsonga also if the Frenchman can get hot again, but otherwise nothing stands out except a Djokovic romp here. The biggest threats Almagro, Tsonga and Marin Cilic all coming off injury.

“It’s always exciting to play a tournament in the place where you spend most of your time when you’re not in the tournaments,” said Djokovic, who has lived in Monaco for almost eight years. “It’s a bike ride or a walk to the tennis club from my home, so it really is a special feeling.

“After the great run that I had in Indian wells and Miami, I couldn’t ask for a better start to the season, and hopefully I will be able to turn that confidence from the first three or four months of the year into this week. It takes time to adjust as any other switch from different surfaces. I think the key point is movement, to really get your muscles used to harder, more demanding physical work.”
The pick: Djokovic

Second Quarter
And in the same half as Djokovic is where we find 8-time winner Rafael Nadal. What a semifinal that would be. Maybe the match of the year to date. But first Nadal has to get through a couple tricky rounds. Dominic Thiem, who’s been practicing with Roger Federer of late, could there in the second, then the dangerous John Isner, who no one wants to plays (remember he took Nadal to 5 at the French Open!) or Viktor Troicki, and then David Ferrer in the quarters. With Nadal’s confidence in the dumper, certainly Isner or Troicki could get him in a couple breakers. If not, Ferrer could beat him like he did a year ago in Barcelona. But I think Nadal’s desire gets him through. He has to be super motivated to do well this week and he’s had a great history at the event.
The pick: Nadal

Third Quarter
Doesn’t it seem like Tomas Berdych and Milos Raonic end up in the same section all the time? Maybe it’s me. But two of the toughest guys in the Top 10 to watch play tennis are together in this section and apart from a Tommy Robredo upset or Phil Kohlschreiber shock, I expect these two autobots to bump into each in the quarters. On the clay, I give a slight edge to Berdych.
The pick: Berdych

Fourth Quarter
The fourth quarter is all about the fun. Look who we have: Roger Federer, defending champion Stan Wawrinka, Juan Monaco, Jeremy Chardy, Fabio Fognini, Gael Monfils, Borna Coric, Roberto Bautista Agut, Alexandr Dolgopolov and Grigor Dimitrov who plays Fernando Verdasco in the first round! They could just break off this quarter from draw and make a second event and people would fill the stands. I like Stan to make to his quarter over the Dimitrov/Verdasco winner.

“Last year was really special for me, it was my first Masters 1000,” said Wawrinka. “Beating Roger in the final, [it] was an amazing week, so I’m really happy to be back in the tournament. It’s a special tournament and I think all the players enjoy playing here.”

As for his opponent? I guess I’ll take Federer, though Chardy’s been tough for him and someone like the Dog could get hot. And emerging in a 3-set thriller…
The pick: Federer

Semifinals: Nadal d Djokovic, Berdych d Federer
I know Nadal’s down and Djokovic is the hot guy, but I just have to think Rafa’s going to get back into form here and maybe, just maybe, Djokovic is a little tired after the arduous hardcourt swing – though the “home cooking” draw should help! I also like that Nadal would probably have to get past Ferrer to make the semi. Playing Ferrer should allow Rafa to get into that clay groove the Spaniards love. That could be vital if was coming off a win over say Isner. So Nadal over a fatiguing Djokovic…

Speaking of fatigue, I think at 33, Federer has a tough time recovering from a bruising QF win over Stan allowing Berdych to sneak out a win. If Roger has an easy first week then he’ll beat Tomas, but to me his draw is a little treacherous and Stan won’t be an easy out. I know he’s rested after missing Miami, but a couple of long matches – if he has them – could add up.

Final: Nadal d Berdych
Easy pick.

Matches begin Sunday. Top seeds won’t be on court until Tuesday I believe.


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134 Comments for Monte Carlo Draw Preview: Can Nadal Get Back On Track Or Is Djokovic Just Too Good Right Now?

jane Says:

yes because fed and nole will be busy crashing a wedding

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CCT1BXqWYAAnS4E.png


jane Says:

Jason ‏@Hurleytennis 11m11 minutes ago
Updated Big Four Rankings on Monday:
Federer 👫👶👶👶👶
Djokovic 👪
Murray 👫
Nadal 🏃


Hippy Chick Says:

Jane too cute lol ;)….


van orten Says:

what an odd final pick !

berdych in Monte Carlo final?? After he was schooled on a slow hc by fed and even Murray recently ?


chris ford1 Says:

I know, I know, rankings matter! But I wish the two best clay courters were in opposite halves of the draw. That said, the draw looks to have some great matchups coming.

Andy’s wedding, pics on BBC

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-32252206

The new Kim Sears Murray looks amazing.
Andy wore a blue tartan kilt and a thistle in his lapel.
Gobs of fans and media, unlike Nole’s wedding.
Judy Murray shwed up with one of those expensive high style hats only the Brits seem to go for.


calmdownplease Says:

`even` Murray?
Anyway, Sean clearly had too many Easter Eggs.
It’s been scientifically proven that `Sugar highs` can lead to irrationality and serious lapses of judgement.
Gotta watch out for em :)
Berdych is not getting NEAR the final old boy!


jane Says:

yes, lots of publicity, but dunblane a small place. everyone looks very happy. from what i can see of kim in the car she looks lovely. but judy’s hat is a bit too fascinator-ish for me. :)


jane Says:

p.s. andy’s grandmother looks so cute. ha.


sienna Says:

so now we have to believe berdych will take in form Federer out in semi?

based on what result in last 6 months to make prediction like that?


Okiegal Says:

@Chris……Thanks for the link. Loved the pix! I liked Andy’s grandmother’s head gear better than his mum’s……I’ve always been a fool for feathers! These are all good and loved Andrew in his kilt. Did I hear this somewhere before……different colors of kilts, different clans??


Okiegal Says:

Oh, and best wishes to Andy and Kim!


Margot Says:

Lol Judy’s hat! What’s that saying, “never waer anything that would frighten the cat!” Judy didn’t read the memo!
Andy’s gran and grandpa look the biz tho.
Kim looked lovely and Andy scrubbed up very well.
Both looked sooooo happy. Aaaaaah!


Daniel Says:

Did Berdych ever reach a clay final, or won any title? I don’t recall any of the last years.

I think Wawrinka has a better shot, he has 2 clay wins over Fed and even tough his results were not great in NA (as he usually doesn’t deliver there, clay he feels confortable.

Looking forward to Djoko x Nadal semis. Can’t see Novak losning before semis not with the guys in his side.
Maybe Almagro second roubd and that is about it.


Giles Says:

BTW. Judy looks stunning. The hat? She said she’s been planning her outfit for months.


chris ford1 Says:

Margot & Okiegal – Amen on Murray’s grandmother. Looks really great, full of energy and life. May Andy follow in her genetic legacy when he is older. His dad Will looked fine and happy too on the arm of his sweet consort.

Yes, each clan in Scotland has a particular combination of colors and weave that symbolize the clan.

If you didn’t notice, in the comments section of the BBC article, Andy tweeted a quite clever “course of my wedding day” as expressed in emoticons.


Giles Says:

http://www.cromlix.com/
Andy’s very own hotel and wedding venue! Not too shabby!


Tennis lover Says:

Nadal won’t win MC nor will Djokovic. This time we could see a new MC champion


Hippy Chick Says:

Giles thanks for the links,they both look gorgeous,that it one stunning wedding dress Kim is a real English rose,lovely hotel,big congrats to Mr and Mrs Murray ;-)….


calmdownplease Says:

So glad the Wedding will be out of the way soon
And I Hope Andy got a iron clad pre-nup to boot
Sorry.


Hippy Chick Says:

CDP dont be so cynical….


van orten Says:

Yeah the “Even Murray ” given their h2 h was a bit too sarcastic..


calmdownplease Says:

@HC

No its lovely honest, lol
But also honestly I’d be more pleased for him if I thought he would get Wimbledon this year.
Which I do not I have to admit.
And not because of Novak either.
And He’s been with her for a decade already


Hippy Chick Says:

CDP yeah they make a lovely pair,hes lovely rather like a young looking Charlton Heston,and shes absolutely stunning,and yes now i do want a GS too cap the year off….


calmdownplease Says:

yes yes Hippy Chic
It’s all SO romantic……


Markus Says:

What’s a world without sarcastic people?


Hippy Chick Says:

Markus mine wasnt sarcastic,meant every word….


Markus Says:

Hippy Chick, everybody who has read your posts, every single one of them, know that none of them carry even a shade of sarcasm.


chris ford1 Says:

HC – “yes now i do want a (Muzz) GS too cap the year off.
==============
Then you best hope Roger gets worn out a bit, Rafa discouraged, and The Djuggernaut gets the French Open after getting a couple clay Masters and is all partied out by the time Wimbledon rolls around.
(And watch out for Raonic, who I predict will win Wimbledon in the next 3 years).
The only flaw in this of course is Rafa, who has made a specialty of rebounding year after year in his beloved Euro-Clay season.


Hippy Chick Says:

Chris Ford1 and i want Rafa to win a GS this year,dont care which i think his best bet would be obviously the FO or USO where hes done well in recent years,and for Andy Wimbledon or USO,anyway i know its greedy but i want my two favorites to both win a GS this year….


Hippy Chick Says:

Markus lol i think other posters may disagree with you there….


sienna Says:

is Murray still considered a serious slam contender?

getting married in make or break part of season.
unbelievable and you want him to be competative come wimbly?
clay/grass is considered midle major but most important coherent part of season. meaning training fysigue work needs to be done prior. meaning built up is tremendous important. so to start that major part of season four weddings and funeral style is absurd.


calmdownplease Says:

`Then you best hope Roger gets worn out a bit, Rafa discouraged, and The Djuggernaut gets the French Open..`

You best hope Roger isn’t worn out, period.
For verily he is almost 34 and doesn’t look like he can beat Novak anymore when it really matters.
Not worried about Rafa at Wimbledon, not this year, and probably never now.
Novak yes, particularly if it goes long, then judging by the last 6 or 7 it’s GSM to him.
Andy Murray should be the real opposition to Novak and was a big problem in the best.
Although Andy could only beat him if he was tired/upset/bored lol
I’m going to wait until the grass at least to see if that really is a thing of the past however.


calmdownplease Says:

Actually, firstly I want to see Andy win a first set against Novak…
I think it could be all kinds of significant….


Okiegal Says:

@Giles…..Thanks for the link of Kim’s dress. Was a good view if it. It’s nothing audacious, but very simple, exquisite! They both look so cute and happy! Best wishes for many years to come. Wish him to have a great tennis season too!


jane Says:

“getting married in make or break part of season.”

andy got married on the exact same date as federer did.


Okiegal Says:

@Jane…..How in the world did you remember that? Roger and Mirka have a great marriage, maybe that date will work out great for Andy and Kim too!! They looked so great together and extremely happy!!


Margot Says:

@jane
Lol that is so funny, sienna’s comment and your response.
Some people really ought to check their facts first ;)


sienna Says:

Did realise fed married in april. You miss the point completely.
that was for reason. Low profile wedding. baby’s came popping out if they waited any longer. Really no comparrison with this time and energy consuming high f ashion british royal wedding.
Andy Murray is out of tennis top.


danica Says:

Going back to the topic… somehow, I don’t expect either Nole or Rafa to win MC. Nole is tired, and Rafa is still coming back from months of disrupted practice. He may get far, but Ferrer could beat him again.


jane Says:

margot, honestly i didn’t even know that, but someone wrote it somewhere, and i thought to myself, “really? wow, who knew!?” …seemed like the appropriate comeback in this case though. :)


Hippy Chick Says:

CDP People will probably think i have a marble for a brain,but i think that playing Queens again might help Rafa with his Wimbledon preperation,every year he played Queens he made the final of W,winning the title twice so the courts are pretty similar as Rafa said,yeah i can hear people sniggering from here,but thankgoodness no more bloody Halle though….


Hippy Chick Says:

^That and the extra week between RG and W,still JMO,and i suppose the naysayers will all laugh^….


Hippy Chick Says:

Chris Ford1 how many more times will you blame Novaks losses to Andy on him been knackered from previous matches?didnt Rafa play a long 5 setter at the AO in 2009 against Verdasco,then come back the next day and beat a much fresher and more rested Roger in the final,didnt Rafa beat Novak in the semis of the FO in 2013 in a 5 setter then beat a more rested Ferrer in the final who beat Tsonga in 3 straight sets?come on Novak has beaten many players in semis of GS,then come back the next day and won in the final,if/when Murray wins his next GS it will be because he deserves it not because Novak or his rivals were Knackered from a grueling semi,it would seem that Novak is the ultimate warrior when he wins but not when he loses….


calmdownplease Says:

And the cigar goes to…
Hippy Chic!


calmdownplease Says:

The issue isn’t Novak being tired
It’s clearly whether Andy is tired that is key now….
Mental fatigue and general battle hardiness seem to be a real and obvious problem
Of course, ALL wins against Andy count since coming back from surgery.
Just as his victories can be written off due to various circumstances as well,
LIKE EBOLA!
For example…
blah, blah and B-L-A-H!


Hippy Chick Says:

Thanks CDP ;)….


Giles Says:

https://twitter.com/abbey_tennis/status/587284202162233344
This really is hilarious. The journos referring to joker as “injury prone”. If they mean fake injuries, I agree.


bojana anel Says:

I just wonder how mane hours some people spend daily to find anything bad about Novak.Their life must be very nice.


jane Says:

bojana, very desperate and very little and yes, a little obsessed, no? eh, not to worry. novak is clearly doing fine. :)


Hippy Chick Says:

I dont hate Novak i just get rather annoyed with a posters that claim the only time he gets beaten by Andy or Rafa is when hes tired….


jane Says:

^ hippy i have no idea where you even see that on this thread. this is what chrisford1 actually said:

“Then you best hope Roger gets worn out a bit, Rafa discouraged, and The Djuggernaut gets the French Open after getting a couple clay Masters and is all partied out by the time Wimbledon rolls around.”

and as you can see he’s talking about roger and rafa, yet you don’t seem upset about those comments. very strange.


bojana anel Says:

Hippy chick,
I am not wondering about Your time.


jane Says:

i assumed you meant the post with the link @12:13 bojana.


Hippy Chick Says:

Jane the drum has been beaten for weeks now,claiming that Rafa got lucky in 2013 with that bloody net thing at RG,and Andy only beating a tired Novak,and yes i will say that if/when Andy wins his next GS it will because he has fully earned and deserves it,and not because Roger was worn out a bit,Rafa was discouraged,and the Djuggernaut got the French Open,a couple of Masters and was all partied out by the time Wimbledon rolled round….


Hippy Chick Says:

Bojana thats good because the other day we had some quite good discussions ;)….


jane Says:

i disagree hippy. chrisford1 said nothing of the sort on this thread and you brought up the net thing on novak weeks at #1 thread.


Hippy Chick Says:

Jane no not true sorry,i sent in a post to Ben saying that Rafa never got much credit for his year in 2013,and Chris Ford1 replied to me about the FO net touch,you need to go back and have a look i understand you defending your fellow Novak fan,but hes the one that mentioned it first not me,fair enough not this thread but the number 1 thread yes,but he cetainly keeps on alluding to the issue of his favorites rivals and the luck factor….


jane Says:

hippy, okay thanks. there are lots of posts on that link so maybe i missed it. where you brought it up, and i read it, there were no other posts about that net touch, so it must’ve been higher up on the thread. it seemed like a non sequitur.

also just to be clear, i was not attempting to defend chrisford1′s posts, i just wanted to clarify that his post on this thread didn’t say what you said – or at least not solely that. that’s all. he seemed to be implying that all of fed, rafa and novak needed to be off their games for murray to win wimbledon – with which i disagree actually. but he said nothing about rafa only beating novak when nole is tired, so i was confused.

anyhow, i guess the back and forth between you two maybe goes back further than i realize so my apologies if i missed something.


Hippy Chick Says:

Jane fair enough i think i got my wires crossed anyway to be honest,its all cool….


bojana anel Says:

Jes, Jane You are right .


sienna Says:

Why are the nadalfans getting worked up by the djogo’s?
Nadal v Djoker at Garros is done deal.


bojana anel Says:

TS Sarbia will hire Marian Vajda and that is the proof how “bad” Novak is to him.


danica Says:

Happy Chick,
I, as a Nole fan, agree with you. It is not Andy’s “fault” that Nole had a brutal semis with DelPo in Wimbledon or that he adapted to the winds better at the USO. He was a better and more deserving player in both of those finals and won them fair and square. Besides, who can say that Nole would have won had he played a shorter semis or in perfect conditions? Of course, I apply the same standard to all matches and players meaning that all Nole’s wins are deserved, as well as Rafa’s, Roger’s and so on.


mat4 Says:

Luck is a part of the game.


peter Says:

Murray won both his slams with the help of luck, as well as olympics.

Wimby he had crowd advantage, along with a tired djoker. Not his fault, but indeed luck was on his side, especially considering the draw opened up for him, only playing janovic in the semis.

Us open he had the wind, which is a variable that helps him more than nole. That is luck. Also nole was tired because he played with ferrer the day before coz their match was delayed a day by rain, while andy had an extra days rest.

Olympic u know the story, at wimby he didnt have much of a crowd advantage against federer, much more in the olympics. Federer played so many games against delpo in the semis it was like a 6 setter. Easily dismantled in straight sets. Got lucky again.

Andys level is below the big 3, so obviously he needs some luck to beat them. Like a lot of one or two slammers, they won when they were in form and when the opponent is not in form.

Given the number of finals he’s made, he defiNitely deserves to win a few, lucky or not.


calmdownplease Says:

Excuses, Excuse, EXCUSES.
My-God-dude
Do you have no shame?
Imagine going ON like that?!
It’s pathetic really
And, of course, it would be very easy for me to dissect an awful lot of Fed, Rafa, and Novak’s wins and say they are, well, `lucky` in them too.
But here’s the thing, it’s a pretty tacky thing to do……


chris ford1 Says:

HC – Anyone that watched the Nole-Delpo semi in 2013 got their money’s worth. A true classic. Delpo gave what he thought was his finest performance ever. He was all the guy that blasted Fed and Rafa off the court but Djokovic was at his defensive best. One was up, one was down throughout the match and both realized they had to play the other half – defense for Delpo and offense for Nole to win, go well outside their comfort zone. Delpo got to shots he hadn’t before and made brilliant passes. Djokovic took serving risks and began doing smoking offensive forehands and going to net..
Both were worn out, and I don’t care if Rafa and the miracle of how he came off a punishing 5-setter and played fresh as a daisy against Fed – happened. That is not relevant to Nole’s situation. He was hurting when he played Andy. He could not summon the energy he needed. As Peter said, Andy got lucky. A depleted Nole, him playing about as good as Andy can, and lucky the crowd was with the Gold-Medal home boy all the way.

Andy won fair and square. All the players talk about close matches that could have gone either way, and it hinges on luck. Women’s events have been lost on the bad luck to have menstrual cramps and muscle weakness. Andy got the wind at the USO. Andy got a tuckered out Nole after the Delpo classic. Andy got a tired Fed at the Olympics. (And BTW, the bronze medal match after the heartbreak of the extra games loss to Fed – Delpo then won that war against a tough Djokovic – that was testimony to the warrior spirit in Juan Martin.


calmdownplease Says:

Andy was not `lucky` in Wimbledon
HE WAS ALWAYS GOING TO WIN IT
It was just down to whether it would be 3,4 or 5 sets, that’s all.
Instead, it was an easy peasy 3 setter, so I’m willing to say Novak was more tired, despite having a shorter tournament
It wouldnt have made a difference either way
So suck it up
hahahaha


Okiegal Says:

I’m always wishing someone good luck, but don’t really believe there is such a thing, highly over used word, imho!


Wog Boy Says:

I don’t have high hopes for Nole, Cilic is in his quarter.


Wog Boy Says:

Question for knowledgeable TX posters (ther is a few), has Nole earned right to skip one masters?


mat4 Says:

Yes. He has won 600 matches.


mat4 Says:

From the ATP Circuit Regulations:

1.08 Reduction of ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Commitment

A. A player’s number of ATP World Tour Masters 1000 commitment tournaments shall be reduced by one (1) tournament for reaching each of the following milestones:

1) 600 matches* (as of 1 January of the commitment year)
2) 12 years of service
3) 31 years of age (as of 1 January of the commitment year)

If all three (3) conditions are met then the player has a complete exemption from the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 player commitment.
The first Year of Service shall be the first calendar year in which a player has competed in at least twelve (12) tournaments offering ranking points.


Sidney Says:

Luck is definitely part of the game of tennis and probably of most other sports. And the bigger game of something called life.

It isn’t bad to be lucky. Luck isn’t bad. It sounds like an oxymoron.

What matters is what you do with or without it.


Wog Boy Says:

mat4,
Thanks, that means bye bye Madrid.


Markus Says:

There must be something wrong with the wording of that regulation. “…for reaching each of the following milestones…” means each of those three must be met before one can receive one exception. In that case, Dojokovic cannot yet skip one. If “each” is replaced with “one” then he qualifies for one exception.


Wog Boy Says:

I am not so good in English but this paragraph expains better:

“If all three (3) conditions are met then the player has a complete exemption from the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 player commitment.”


Sidney Says:

Novak has a good path to the semis. But he is tired from the early hardcourt swing. I don’t see him winning MC this year. I’d rather that he get more rest and focus on both Rome and Paris.

Fed also has a good draw, with Stan a likely QF opponent. That would be a very close, non partisan contest. Though I don’t think Stan will get to the QF. He’s been very inconsistent this year, which makes this year a ‘back to normal’ season.

Rafa will always be the fav to win MC, in my opinion, regardless of what’s happened so far this year. Just too good. He has added motivation of getting up his ranking before RG. He himself said it he’s not stupid.

The rest still just look like pawns in the battle of the Big 3.


Wog Boy Says:

@Markus,

Again, I am not good in Englishbut my understanding is that “…reaching each of the following milestones” gives the player one exception per each, does this make any sense, probably not?


Sidney Says:

I hope Novak plays in Madrid. A few clay court matches should help him get ready for RG.

And he’s so strong mentally it is absurd. Don’t know how he wins most of his matches when crowd support is overwhelmingly for the other guy.


peter Says:

Luck is part of life. So murray winning those 3 titles with some luck is not undermining his acheivements. He had many losses when he had tough draws.

But it does show the fact that he is well below the big 3. While the big 3 can still win without luck (eg. nadal and nole have won slams after tough semi finals), the same cannot be said of murray. TO win a slam, murray not just need to be at his peak form, but also need some luck or his opponent to be down a notch.


Wog Boy Says:

There is very few reasons why Nole should play Madrid and much more why he shouldn’t play. Firstly he is at home in MC, regardless of how deep he goes in MC, he can stay two weeks with family and practice in peace for Rome and FO. He played four finals in a row plus DC without decent rest. Madrid is going to interupt his preparation, besides, the conditions and court in Madrid are very different from FO.
I know Madrid crowd will be devastated if Nole doesn’t turn up, but such is life.


Sidney Says:

Not sure if Roger can still win a GS without some things going his way. I think a nice draw (lucky) and Novak, Andy and Rafa all losing early would provide his best chance for #18.

I think at this point in their careers, more than Andy it is Roger who needs more luck to win another GS. Mostly because of best of 5 format.


Sidney Says:

Part of being lucky is when your opponent’s game is off, while yours is on. That’s what happened to Andy. He was the better player on the days that he won his big titles.


Giles Says:

SEAN RANDALL
Now that the clay season has got under way can you please change the colour of the background on this site. Thanks


Hippy Chick Says:

chris Ford1/Peter yeah right,twist it,spin it,dip it in sugar,but whatever way you look at it,it still doesnt turn a loss into a win,i will say Novak was lucky he was facing a 33 year old Federer at W last year,lucky Andy was still recovering from back surgery,lucky Rafa was out with a duff wrist and appendicitis,seems Novaks defeats are all down to bad luck and everyones elses wins are down to good luck,lucky,lucky,lucky silly argument,silly excuse….

You said Chris Ford1 that Rafas situation had no relavance to Noles so you didnt care about it fair enough,but the WTA isnt relevant to Andys situation so i dont care about that either…..


Hippy Chick Says:

Novak will win everything this year,and it will be because he played sublime tennis and creamed the competition,however if or when he loses its because he was tired,or not at his best,or because he played a greuling semi,or the opposition were just plain lucky,not because they happened to play well,god forbid any other player were to ever get any credit for their wins and achievements,tennis-x posters letting you all know where you stand….


Hippy Chick Says:

Mat4/Wogboy sorry about the above rants,i just get p*ssed off sometimes with some of the stuff that people try to pass off for an argument….


Nikola Says:

I can bet my life that 90% of all regular posters here, has to be on some heavy medicaments.


Hippy Chick Says:

Well i will admit to that,i take antidepressants,thyroid replacemant tablets,and tablets for a bowel condition,so Nikola your not wrong….anything else to add?….


Nikola Says:

Just… Take care:)


Sidney Says:

Happy 142nd week at the pinnacle of tennis, Novak! 161 weeks to go! 😀


Hippy Chick Says:

Congrats Sidney hes the one to beat ATM….


Giles Says:

LMAO. You think joker is gonna catch fed? In your dreams mate!


Sidney Says:

Thanks Alison. I think Novak will lose to Rafa in MC. That’s if Novak gets to the semis, which I doubt.


Hippy Chick Says:

Sidney im not gonna hold my breath on that one lol with the form both are in ATM,for the record i have no issue with Novak hes an amazing player,i just get highly irritated with posters that claim his losses are down to bad luck,and i wish they would stop it?….


Hippy Chick Says:

Nikola thanks unless of course your been facetious?….


Nikola Says:

I wasnt joking. U should relax unless u make a living of tennis in any way.


mat4 Says:

@Alison:

I take 6 medicaments daily, and 3 on regular basis. So, yes, Nikola could really be right. If you see me stop posting, it will mean I’m dead.

A wish: I hope that, in that case, HR could write an epitaph. Something like: he lived 40 years as a man, and 10 as a Nole fan…


mat4 Says:

@Alison:

Also: since there’s no Hugh waiting for me… hope I won’t go where it’s hot.


sienna Says:

Figures.
the happy hippy shaker is walking on a narrow line.

items could snap anytime and probably has snapt already a few times here on the zijn channel.


Sidney Says:

I don’t take any meds (not yet anyway).

Tennis is my meds for now. I play twice a week, and try to read tennis news and blogs the other days of the week.


Hippy Chick Says:

Mat4 lol, but i hope hope not,i dont think Hughs done anything bad to actually go downstairs,the only crime he ever commited was been too good looking for words,and i think the only crime i ever commited was to switch from Federer to Nadal,when i saw Fed beat Sampras i became a fan,and when i saw Nadal beat Federer at RG then go onto win his first GS i switched to Nadal,such sacrilege i hear people say,i will probably burn in hell for all eternity now after saying that lol….


Okiegal Says:

@Chick

I had almost stopped watching tennis altogether. Then I caught the tail end of the French open final the first year Rafa won, and I was hooked! It’s been Rafa and me ever since……I get you!!

Let’s don’t even get started on medications…..I take a few. Heart, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, blood thinner…..but no anti depressants.
I have found laughter to be the best medicine ever…..and watching Rafa play tennis! I will admit, sometimes when he’s playing, a valium could come in handy! I get so nervous. :) lol


Hippy Chick Says:

Okie lol should re-name this forum medication-x,my late father used to say who these days isnt on some form of medication?the old dears in the care home take that many you can hear them rattle when they walk lol….

Anyway yeah when it comes to my favorites i get PMT and thats pre match tension not pre menstrual tension i might add,i also skip the matches,record them,wait for the result,and watch afterwards without the yips,if hes lost i will still watch it as its Rafa,but at least i know i wont be setting myself up for dissapointment….

Off topic just watching JJ and Fabio,the lovely Flavia is watching the lovely nutjob thats Fabio,hope he wins this one,as i cant warm to JJ,whos tennis leaves me feeling quite cold….


Hippy Chick Says:

Sienna you just cant help yourself can you?you know nothing about me lady so zip it….


ANEL BOJANA Says:

mat4 I like You more and more and Your posts.I wish You long life and many more years as Novak’s fan.


jane Says:

wog boy agree about madrid, and yes definitely nole can skip a masters now that he’s passed 600 matches.


Markus Says:

@Wog Boy:

It’s all about semantics. The committee should be precise about this to avoid confusion.

The use of the word “each” in the first part of the regulation suggests that each one of the three requirements must be met to qualify for skipping one tournament. Therefore, all three must be met. If “one” were used in its place, that would mean that any one of those 3 would be enough to allow a player to skip one tournament.

The second part suggests that fulfilling all three allows one to skip as many tournaments as the player wishes. He may also choose to skip all the tournaments.


Margot Says:

@Nikola
Not guilty m’lady unless Ibuprofen for a ricked ankle is on your list of dicey med? ;)


calmdownplease Says:

Any of you grovelling sycophants that think Andy’s `level` is lower on grass than Novak’s and it requires Novak to be off for him to have a chance, knows sweet FA about the matter.
But, maybe we will see them both on the green stuff later this year and then you can have your excuses ready…


Margot Says:

@CDP
Light the blue touch paper and withdraw, perchance? ;)


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Wow Gulbis! What a season for him! What does he have, 1 tour win in 2015? Now eats bagel and breadstick today. To HAIDER-MUELLER!


Hippy Chick Says:

Margot lol be still my beating heart,the gorgeous Aidan Turner AKA Ross Poldark,not sure about the Hugh likeness but still lovely and two for the price of one many thanks OH MY GAWD ;~)….


the DA Says:

“Andys level is below the big 3, so obviously he needs some luck to beat them.”

If you wouldn’t mind, please flesh this out for us. I keep forgetting the story. Remind us what luck Andy had for:

- beating Nole in Cincy in 2008
- beating Rafa in USO SFs in 2008
- beating Nole in Miami 2009
- beating Rafa in Rotterdam 2009 (+ a bagel)
- beating Nadal & Federer in straight sets in Toronto 2010.
- beating Roger in Shanghai in straight sets in 2010 & 2011
- beating Rafa in Toyko in 2011 (and bageling him)
- beating Nole in straights sets at The Olympics in 2012
- beating Roger in the SFs at the AO

The various excuses get so confusing. Some say it’s tired opponent, some say hand of God (i.e. the weather), I’ve even seen a theory that the Serbian & UK governments colluded to fix Wimbledon (*guffaw*). Does the luck only apply to Slams and not Matsers. I’d like for all the theories to be condensed and simplified into a single coherent one. Thanks.

All of you who try to denigrate Andy as a player and lessen his wins are doing a great disservice to your favorite top 3 players. You’re effectively diminishing your own player’s achievements, i.e. Nole & Roger didn’t have to beat anyone that great to win 6 of their slams. Think about it. If you casually try to assign asterisks they come with a price.

“If you see me stop posting, it will mean I’m dead.”

Or at least because Nole has lost in a tournament. ;)


Margot Says:

@the DA
Hear! Hear!
Also, don’t yer just love the “even Murray” phrase?
*Spits*


KatH Says:

That’s the style Margot.


the DA Says:

Funny how quiet it suddenly became on this thread. Expected as much.


mat4 Says:

@the DA:

“Or at least because Nole has lost in a tournament.

;)”

No, I normally stop posting only when Novak loses against Andy, but Andy has run out of luck lately.

;-)


Margot Says:

Ah, “lady luck” brought into the equation again.
*Sigh.*


the DA Says:

Nice try Mat. You’ve disappeared after losses to Wawa, Robredo, Nishikori, Isner, etc.

@Margot – No matter how he tries to dress it up or schmooze you with faux complimentary remarks about Andy, there is absolutely no love lost there. Trust me on this. I’ve been around the block and I’ve never been fooled by any of it.


Margot Says:

Darling DA, do hope you don’t think I’m some “foolish virgin” when it comes to the internet……..;)


Hippy Chick Says:

The DA thanks for that the silence was indeed deafening,you countered their arguments much better than i did….


Hippy Chick Says:

Chris Ford1/Peter@ read The DAs post at 6.26am April 14th,as Andy has done more than his fair share of beating the top 3 players,i doubt you will be interested though….


mat4 Says:

Sorry, the DA. I humbly ask for your pardon. I didn’t know that I have to give an account of my whereabouts to you, nor did I know I had to post whenever you want me to, or, at least, to do it regularly. But I promise that in the future I will stop posting only when Novak wins, and to continue not to make even one remark when he bagels an opponent who has run out of luck.

And I have a lot of understanding and even — how could I say? — empathy, almost compassion for you. It’s not easy to be the DA.


mat4 Says:

@Margot:

“@Margot – No matter how he tries to dress it up or schmooze you with faux complimentary remarks about Andy, there is absolutely no love lost there. Trust me on this. I’ve been around the block and I’ve never been fooled by any of it.”

Margot — the DA is just confused, I won’t say something else. I don’t have to like Murray to think that he is a great player, and that his potential is huge and unfulfilled. That’s the reason why I don’t like him (in the sense that I am indifferent): he could end Novak’s run on the top easily. I am also indifferent to Nadal, Raonic, Nishikori, Berdych, while I like Goffin, Tsonga, Simon, Wawrinka and a few other players.

What does it have to do with anything, anyway? From now on, I won’t read nor reply to the DA’s posts.


Margot Says:

@mat4
I agree with you. You can admire a player without liking him/her.
Maria S ;) would be an example for me. Admire her tremendously but don’t like her at all. Too much gameswomanship for me.


the DA Says:

@Mat4 – now you’re being childish. I merely pointed out that you have disappeared after several Nole losses – and not all to Andy. I guess even guys like Kei, Stan et al occasionally get lucky ;P And I beg your pardon for exposing your facetiousness.

@Margot – Of course nobody *has* to like any player whilst objectively admiring their skills, but some honesty and integrity will never go unappreciated.


Markus Says:

@ the DA: I like his post on April 14th, 2015 at 6:26 am. Very true indeed!

All the top 3 + Andy have beaten each other, some more than the others. That tells me each has the ability to beat the rest. Luck may play a role but is never the main factor in anybody beating anybody on any given day. When one wins, he just happens to play better that day. There is no point in using luck as the reason for winning. One cannot win on luck alone.


the DA Says:

@Markus – Indeed. People conveniently forget that Andy had a winning H2H against Roger – the so-called GOAT – for 5 years. Only he and Rafa could boast that. If you were to believe some of the assertions on this thread, Andy would have to have been one of the luckiest players in ATP history. It’s worthy of derision.

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