Nadal v Dimitrov, Ferrer v Nishikori In Madrid QFs; Murray Stays Hot
by Sean Randall | May 7th, 2015, 7:48 pm
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Even though Roger Federer lost and Novak Djokovic didn’t show up, it’s still quite a line-up Friday in the Madrid quarterfinals.

After an incredible Wednesday of tennis, things calmed down decidedly today with “only” three of the eight third round men’s matches going the distance, and none of them beyond 5-all in a fairly form-fitting day.

If there was a surprise it was maybe was Grigor Dimitrov knocking out Stan Wawrinka in three 7-6, 3-6, 6-3. Neither guy has played up to their 2014 level this year, with Wawrinka now just 3-5 since his February Rotterdam title while Dimitrov has struggled against the best.

“It was a tough match,” said Dimitrov who also beat Stan last month in Monte Carlo. “He was up a break in the first set and he was playing good tennis, much, much better than when we played in Monte-Carlo. Today, what I think I did really well was to keep a good composure throughout the whole match. I was playing solid tennis, even though, occasionally, he was just outplaying me and over-powering me.

“I exploited his weak spot, which was his forehand, and he missed a couple of times, which gave me the confidence. After breaking in the third set, I felt really comfortable to step in and win the match and I think that’s the best thing I did today.”

A day after his incredible win over Federer, Nick Kyrgios couldn’t keep the momentum, succumbing to big John Isner 6-3, 6-7(7), 6-4. Kyrgios actually double faulted on match point to put the American in the quarters.

“For sure he’s a little bit tired. He made the finals last week (in Estoril) and had that incredible match last night against Roger,” said Isner. “He had expended a lot of energy, whereas I was feeling great, the best I’ve felt all week. I feel awesome. The serving conditions were out of this world on that court.”

Only 20, it’s never easy backing up a big victory like beating Federer. Kyrgios will now get his French Open seeding, and he’s certainly someone to look out for.

Isner now gets the Tomas Berdych who had no trouble throttling JW Tsonga.

Four-time champion Rafael Nadal breezed past Simone Bolelli. After a late finish, Andy Murray showed no hangover signs today in cruising Marcel Granollers and David Ferrer and Kei Nishikori advanced to a quarterfinal meetings.

“I wanted to try and start the match with as much energy as possible, and if I could, get off to a lead early,” said Murray. “Obviously, he played a very long match yesterday [versus Gael Monfils], so I felt like if I could get ahead that I would be able to use that momentum well. It would also give me a bit of a lift really.”

So the quarterfinals are set, here’s the line-up:
Rafael Nadal v Grigor Dimitrov
I think Dimitrov pushes Nadal but Rafa is too strong in the end. Rafa leads the Bulgarian 5-0 but we know Nadal just hasn’t been himself this year, so anything is possible when he plays these days.

“Everything worries me about Dimitrov,” said Nadal. “He’s a very good player. The only way to beat him is to play at really high level. I think he has had more difficult matches than me this week. That’s an advantage for him. Let’s see what happens. I hope to be ready for it, but I know Dimitrov is a fantastic player and a player that can win against everybody. Great talent.”

And we know Grigor isn’t short on confidence. In fact he’s already predicting a great performance!

“I know what to expect from him and we all know what I’m going to put out there on the court, which is going to be a great performance,” said Dimitrov. “It’s one of those days where I really want to be out there on the court, playing against him on clay. I feel like I have been playing good tennis, so why not go out there and have fun, but at the same time, I know why I’m out there.”

All Uncle Toni has to do is make Rafa read that quote over and over…

Kei Nishikori v David Ferrer
I picked Nishikori not just to win this rematch, but to go on and win this title. So I think Kei gets him here. Nishikori leads Ferrer 7-4 winning five of their last six – Ferrer won in Acapulco – including Madrid win a year ago.

For me, almost 10 years his junior, Nishikori is just a better, more offensive version of Ferrer.

Tomas Berdych v John Isner
Is anyone playing as consistently well as Tomas Berdych this year? OK, that’s Djokovic, but then there’s the Czech who quietly just goes about his business. And Berdych has dominated his next opponent, Isner, leading the American 6-2 winning the last four including nine straight sets, all without even a tiebreak!

Berdych’s big frame negates Isner’s serve, and from there it’s just Tomas moving John around the court until he gets an opening.

Andy Murray v Milos Raonic
Hard to gauge these two as neither prefer the red clay. Raonic is playing well after injury, as is Murray who just won his first clay title last Sunday.

Raonic leads 3-2 including a win in their lone clay meeting at Barcelona three years ago. But Murray beat him most recently at the ATP finals and somehow, for some reason I’ll go with the Scot here.

Tennis Channel has complete coverage.


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138 Comments for Nadal v Dimitrov, Ferrer v Nishikori In Madrid QFs; Murray Stays Hot

jane Says:

are andy and rafa on opposite sides?


M Says:

@jane – Yes, ma’am.

The semis will be

Berdych or Isner v. Dimi or Rafa

AND

Ferru or Nishikori v. Milos or Muzz


jane Says:

thanks, m. that’s good. i am guessing the final will be rafa versus kei or andy, which would be a fine match up. but who knows… any of these guys could surprise.


Colin Says:

@Sean Randall
Murray showed no hangover signs? As I pointed out on the thread about scheduling, Andy was unusually subdued in his behavior, not yelling or gesticulating when he missed a shot. Only in the last couple of games did he get visibly frustrated, having to save break points and catch up with game points. In closeups he looked very tired.

By the way, have a look at your summing up of the Ferrer/Nishikori prospects. You clearly say YOU are ten years younger than Ferrer!


skeezer Says:

“All Uncle Toni has to do is make Rafa read that quote over and over…”
Lol Sean. Spot on.

There is some great matchups. Imo Murray vs Roanic. I know, kinda weird, but Murray is playing well of late and Milos? Well, if he has a serving day he is formidable. Play on. Overall, some great matchups tomorrow.


Klaas Says:

The Fed curse still working!


jalep Says:

Enjoyed Sean Randall’s quote about Uncle Toni reading Dimitrov’s words over and over:D Rafa is humble as ever. But methinks the beast mode button will be on.

AR the startI of Madrid, i picked Ferrer over Kei.

And picked a Rafa v Murray final.

Finally watched the entire recovering of yesterday’ s matches. Although Andy completely ran over Granollers…Agree with Colin that Andy did look subdued at tired. Or, maybe what I saw was laid-back confidence?

Anyway, Milos got the job done v Leonardo Mayer. A bit rough serving for the match bUT other than that…Milos could overthrow my hope for a Rafa v Andy Final and I’m kinda depending on Kei losing to Ferrer.

Go Andy!


jalep Says:

Watched the recording. ..not recovering…sheesh. oh for an edit feature on tennis-x!

Laptop needed another week in the shop :(


Daniel Says:

The schedule for Saturday semis is out and first macth will ve 3 pm and second 8 pm.

Hope the final in late on Sunday because the potential semis between Ferrer/Kei x Andy/Raonic could be long and a three setter and either one of them will have to return to olay withn less than 20 hours for finals.
Not fair, they should schedule both semis back to back to avoid any advantage for the first semis.

Nadal played all his macthes first on Center court, seems the spaniards protect their own;-)


jalep Says:

Not sure I believe my eyes. Just read that Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Maria 62 64.

And, Petra.Kvitova. beat Serena 62 63…
…while I was asleep. Maybe not awake yet.


jalep Says:

Oh yes Daniel…Agree with you about scheduling in Madrid.


jalep Says:

Watched highlights os WTA semifinals.

Love Petra.Kvitova. She played confidently and beautifully v Serena.

Happy about a surprise final!


Daniel Says:

Dimi already having to save 2 BP’s after having game point. Let’s see if he holds. Crucial game for him, because getting broken to open the match is the worst it could happen for him.
Nadal already applying the Fed approach and hitting everything to Dimi BH, another BP after an FH winner DTL


jalep Says:

Yep. Rafa forehand to Grigor’s backhand. Same formula as for Federer.

Grigor barely holds to get the 1st game.


jalep Says:

Luka Modric in the house – in case any Modric/Real Madrid fans interested.


Daniel Says:

Nadal broke Dimi but was broken right back with a few errors fro love. Dimi better hold because all his service games Nadal had BP’s


Daniel Says:

Dimi’s serve is awful today, not getting any free points.


jalep Says:

Grigor breaks Rafa. Let’s see if Grigor can hold…


Daniel Says:

Third service game in a row facing BP’s.


jalep Says:

Yeah. Grigor’s serve :(
He needs to get some easy points. But errors also his undoing.

Rafa breaks back.


Daniel Says:

Jes Dimi, had an ace and game point and then a string of UE to be broken again. Not going to win like this. Nadal won’t have another bad game like last one.


Daniel Says:

Well, this is WTA match, 5 straight game with BP’s


Daniel Says:

Dimitrov had a second serve on BP and returned to Nadal FH. Sometimes he lacks intelligence on court.


jalep Says:

Nice mindset by the youngster. Grigor had break chances but Rafa came up with an ace beat up on Grigor’s backhand, used his mighty forehand and holds. 42 Rafa.


Daniel Says:

Finally Dimi wins a service game easy. 4-3 Nadal


jalep Says:

Ya, Grigor has a goog mindset as to fighting as to self belief but doesn’t use much intelligence like Kei Nishikori does.


jalep Says:

2nd and 3rd ace from Rafa. Serving well.
53 Rafa..


jalep Says:

Set points for Rafa on Grigor’s serve. Rafa takes the 1st set. Grigor needs a better 1st serve and a plan.


Daniel Says:

The worst thing for Dimi is that Nadal is not even playing that great (had a lot of UE) and he broke his serve 3 times out of 5.
But Dimi misses way too much and on easy shots like this set point sitter FH in the net.


jalep Says:

Exactly. Rafa becoming a speeding runaway train. No strategy in Grigor’s game. He had chances.


Daniel Says:

Dimitrov can’t play 3 good points in a row without a mistake. seems his game regressed a bit this last few months. Apart form the game he broke Nadal for love,


Daniel Says:

See, when he has a good game, 40-15 and than DF.


jalep Says:

I believe a fresh confident Andy Murray can beat this Rafa on fast clay in Madrid.

But Andy has had a tough couple weeks and Rafa has had an easy confidence building draw and schedule here in Madrid.


Daniel Says:

Wow, what a shot by both, Nadal made an amazing passing shot and Dimi got it back for a short ball. Break to go up in second set. Let’s see if he’ll keep it up.


skeezer Says:

Rafa with 3 aces already? Whoa.


jalep Says:

Oh, well. The kid isn’t giving up. He breaks Rafa – he has tremendous athleticism at times, no doubt. Can he manage to hold?


jalep Says:

But a dumb shot selection going to Rafa’s forehand when he had plenty of time to hit behind him…those kind of mistakes won’t cut it v Rafa.


jalep Says:

Down the T. aces have been helping Rafa. Not sure how many he’s made at this point but I think he has more than Grigor.


jalep Says:

“Nothing’s working!” Shouts Grigor at his coach. As Rafa breaks back.


skeezer Says:

Grigor with a superb Racket smash. One of the best ever! Complete destruction of a Racket. Well done.


jane Says:

oh-oh the racquet smashing moralizers will be coming for grigor. lol.


jalep Says:

Well earned racquet smash skeezer.


Margot Says:

@jalep
I’m thinking a Kei v Rafa final.
Stupid warnings for racquet smashing! Have to vent their frustration somehow! Jeez!


jalep Says:

There are some racquet smashing moralizer’s here…have noticed that jane ;)


jane Says:

jalep @10:48 – i agree with your take.


Daniel Says:

Dumb Dimi, drop shot when he should just drive the FH DTL wrong footing Nadal again. He would set 15-40.
At least he sets a BP with a ball paining the baseline.


Daniel Says:

Nadal is serving bad this game, lot’s of second serve and even so Dimi is not capitalyzing,


Daniel Says:

Dimitrov decides to drops shots in the worst moments, end of set.


jalep Says:

I do like it when we agree Margot…makes me feel smart. But I don’t trust Kei to physically outlast Ferrer. I feel better about Andy beating either Kei or Ferrer if he can physically strong enough by then. We’ll see how he looks v Milos…eek!


Daniel Says:

4-4, DImi had all the chances and now will lose 6-4 after this awful timed DF.


jalep Says:

Even when Grigor knows what sort to use he can’t execute it in most instances.


Daniel Says:

Nadal wins. I am tired of expecting anything from Dimitrov anymore. If it ever happens!

He used to play Nadal tough and now the matches are getting more one sided.
Onto Berdych x Isner and the two interesting matches of the day: Ferrer x Kei and Murray x Raonic.


jane Says:

who’s up next?


skeezer Says:

Well this is what Rafa needed with the help of Grigor. It also helps the confidence when you know the top 2 players in the world aren’t here.
Can never figure out whats up with Grigor. He has game but he just can’t be consistent with it. To pile on, his shotmaking decisions were outright pathetic today. Oh well…


Daniel Says:

Dimitrov just fold under pressure, again and again.


Giles Says:

Well done Champ! So, Mr and Mrs Pova out.
How many racquets did Mr Pova smash?


Margot Says:

@jane
I think it’s the truly mouth watering prospect of Isner v Berd….not.
Where’s TV when you need him? ;)


jalep Says:

Congratulations to Rafa and his fans. He’s serving better and gaining his MOJO back with each win.

Grigor needs a lecture from Roger Rasheed.


jane Says:

daniel, i feel the same re: grigor. but maybe on grass he’ll show his best tennis?

margot, sigh, not sure i want to watch that.


Margot Says:

Lol jalep @ 11.24am Have an internet hug for that!
Dunno about Andy, double doses in Munich, now double doses in Madrid. Lol you’d think he was Superman, but I fear it’ll catch up with him sooner or later.
I think Kei is a better version of Ferrer, but without David’s extraordinary staying power. Perhaps he too needs to smoke 20 a day……


jalep Says:

Hahaha. .. Margot re: Trebuchet Isner and Berd. We agree there too.


Giles Says:

jalep. Cheers.


jalep Says:

:D anticipating Ferrer v Kei with delight! Love their battles.


jane Says:

popsicle and sock are back at it. love those 2 together.


jalep Says:

Margot… did you mean Ferrer should smoke 20 cigarettes a day to make the contest possibly more even? If so yes lol…


jalep Says:

Popsisocks. jane. Love them together!


jane Says:

jalep, to me they just reinvigorated doubles with youth and fun. too bad the spanish team retired.

b.t.w., i had to look up trebuchet; had honestly never heard of this, erm, “device”. :)


ABerg Says:

The court looks so small with Isner and Berdych on.


jalep Says:

Markus is the one who called isner a trebuchet first, jane. Can’t take credit for it. But I watch enough history channel to know what and how a trebuchet works and Markus was spot on!


Newlight Says:

Dimi talked about a great performance……. lol


Daniel Says:

Isner serving is impossible this week. He really is very confident this season.


Matador Says:

Dimitrov is overrated. He is 24 and who many masters 1000 has he got? And best not to mention the GS.
Big ZERO.
Nishikori, Raonic, Dimitrov are part of the lost generation.

This is why Djokovic look unbeatable right now and why Federer with almost 34 is number 2.
The atp is a circus.


Margot Says:

@jalep
Ferrer used to smoke…a lot! Which seemed extraordinary to me. But then I know someone who smoked 20 a day and did the London marathon, so whaddaiknow?
Dunno if Ferrer still does.


Newlight Says:

best Isner since cincy 2013 ?


jalep Says:

Wow. Wouldn’t havery taken him for a smoker at all…interesting detail, Margot. Yeah I’ve known people who run or cycle long distance and smoke or vape. Genetic luck, I guess.

So Isner’s head to head v Rafa is 0-5. We all saw how Rafa did it recently in Monte Carlo.

Berdych beat Rafa at AO this year but that’s the first time besting Rafa since 2006 Madrid quarterfinal. Their h2h is…I forget. ..but lopsided to say the least.


jalep Says:

Havery…lol


jane Says:

matador, the lost generation? hmm, let’s wait and see. maybe it depends on how kei continues to develop. he’s already been in a slam final. he almost beat rafa on clay last year, were he not injured. raonic continues to work hard, but his game is still somewhat limited. but again, i wouldn’t count him out. grigor, on the other hand, was hyped to high heavens, and maybe that’s part of the problem. he’s like gasquet in that regard, and maybe a little like monfils in other ways.

and as for a 34 year old being number 2, firstly, roger federer is no ordinary tennis player – as people seem to forget. he’s considered by many to be the greatest of all time.

secondly, andre agassi was number 1 at the age of 33 in 2003 and he stayed in the top 10 until the middle of 2006 when roger and rafa were both reaching their heights. was the atp a circus then?

no. it wasn’t. and nor is it now, in my humble opinion.

————

daniel, i think gimelstob has been hugely beneficial to isner.


Giles Says:

Raonic has w/drawn from Rome next week


Margot Says:

@jalep and jane
The trebuchet in “Lord of The Rings” is pretty damn impressive.
Isner’s next step up perhaps?…;)


RZ Says:

@Jane and Jalep – Pospisil rolled his ankle so Pospisock are out. It’s a shame but better in Madrid than in Rome or Paris. They have a real shot at the French Open doubles title.


RZ Says:

Just saw some tweets about Pospisil’s ankle injury. Actually sounds pretty bad. I hope it’ll heal up in the next couple of weeks.


Fantasy Tennis Says:

Although Nadal retains an unblemished record versus Dimitrov, he is at this time in his most sporadic in recent memory and that could make for an exceptionally entertaining match.


jane Says:

omg, rz. this is horrible :( guess i completely misread that score and thought the spanish team had retired. i hope vasek is okay.

margot, now that i think about it, i think my son had a toy trebuchet as part of his knights schliech set when he was little! :)


jalep Says:

Sorry to hear that, RZ. He better let the injury rest and get completely healthy, even if they have to postpone doubles play until grass season.

I remember Juan Monaco rolled an ankle really bad in a Monte Carlo match a few years ago and he was sidelined for quite awhile.


jalep Says:

@Margot. I thought the Chinese were the inventors of the 1st trebuchet device. But it’s more romantic to imagine the ancient Lords of the Ring’s version :D

Ester. Satarova. is a lovely girl.

Amelie. Mauresmo is diligently scouting this match.


jalep Says:

2 plus hours later looks like 3rd set tie break.

Is Andy and Milos straight after this?


jane Says:

and birdman trumps trebuchet!


Margot Says:

OMG Isner couldn’t keep the ball in court :0 Gimmelstob can’t have mentioned that useful piece of advice.
@jalep
The Chinese probably did.U familiar with “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu? The definitive book on warfare, I’d say.
Mind you, didn’t the Chinese invent everything?
Yes, Andy on now.


Margot Says:

But rumours Raonic injured?


jalep Says:

Congrats to Berdych. He’ll have the honor of, well, let’s just say his chances v Rafa on Madrid clay are better than anywhere else on clay v Rafa.

Cheers to you too, Giles :D
Interesting information about Milos, Giles. Don’t suppose info included why…


jalep Says:

Yes on both accounts, Margot. Chinese invented everything first including my favorite, Spaghetti!

Unless, as I like to do, believe Tolkien is right about the happenings in Middle-earth…which is where the Chinese got their ideas. :)

Oh dear Andy is next!


jane Says:

nole’s draw for rome:
»R3: Bautista Agut or Granollers
»QF: Nishikori or Kyrgios
»SF: Murray or Ferrer
»Final: Federer or Nadal

looks like same people on the same side of the draw: andy, kei, ferrer and with the addition of nick


jane Says:

raonic is injured i guess?


jalep Says:

Geez.jane! You mean Rafa and Federer on the same side of the draw…well that results is predictable if they meet. Rafa will go into Rome with lots of confidence if he wins Madrid. Tough road for Nole!

So if Milos wins this match, then withdraws before semi. Ferrer or Kei get a pass into the final.

Hope Andy can win this…


jane Says:

yes, that would probably be the case. better to see the healthier one come through jalep.

weren’t rafa and fed on the same side in rome the last couple of years? seems like it.

fed has dimitrov, fognini, berdych, khols in his quarter
rafa has stan, monaco, thiem, simon, isner
andy has ferrer, goffin, tsonga, klizan, cilic, gasquet and g-lo
novak has nico, b-agut, f-lo, nick, gulbis, tomic and kei


KatH Says:

Re Murray v Milos – I don’t want to jinx Andy – but I have less heart-quivers lately — I believe in him a bit more than before – i.e. that he will mostly be able to take his chances when they appear…..against anyone…
does anybody else with a bit more belief in him??


jane Says:

it’s 10 pm and this match is still in progress.

kei or ferru are at a bit of a disadvantage with this late schedule.


Giles Says:

Raonic has a foot injury which he’s been carrying from MC apparently. Twitter news.


KatH Says:

Yes Jane – two more victims – Officials seem to be deaf…


Daniel Says:

Nice win for Murray, who is on a row. Didn’t sae the match but some said Raonic is injured still. So better Murray goes through.


Margot Says:

Andy not at his best, first serve % looked low to me and poor old Milos limping but…hey a win is a win!
Gooooo Andy!


Margot Says:

@KatH
Not quite so nervous when Andy just…just..just has to hold serve! :) I think he seems much calmer and I think Amelie has been terrific for him.
Yay! Amelie!


Colin Says:

I never like matches where a player is carrying an injury. In the circumstances, Andy did what was necessary, but it wasn’t spectacular, and in the second set his first serve often let him down. Maybe he was still a bit tired.

As for Raonic, I hope he isn’t delaying the recovery of his foot.


jane Says:

so andy faces the winner of this match right? and then rafa vs berdych on the other side? well, birdman won’t beat rafa, or it’s highly unlikely, so andy or one of these two will face rafa in the final.


KatH Says:

Oh dear – thought Andy’s 1st serve was not bad at all. Yes Milos has a suspect ankle. A win is a win- yes – but Andy has had to face a “helluvah” lot at Munich and Madrid – I think it’s quite amazing that he has faced it and overcome it — it does encourage me – odds were pretty much against him????


Margot Says:

KatH, just checked and you are right it was really good! Perhaps I got that impression cos Raonic was thumping that 2nd serve!


jane Says:

this may not be good news for raonic’s career!

Christopher Clarey ‏@christophclarey 31s32 seconds ago
MT @carole_bouchard Raonic says he has a nerve issue in his foot. Ongoing for last 7 years. Big now. Has come to the “I can’t walk” point


Markus Says:

Raonic with his foot, Dimitrov with his head (or lack thereof), and Nishikori with his diminutive body, Djokovic may be number one for another hundred years, Federer should keep playing until he has grandchildren and Nadal should shoot for two dozen French Opens or until the French is named after him, whichever comes first.


jalep Says:

Milos played very well for being injured, not that I’m doubting he is.

Yay Andy!


jalep Says:

Very bad news for Milos, jane.

Kei and Ferrer are going wear each other out. That wasn’t easy but 1st set to Kei.


jalep Says:

Ferrer breaks right back. This match as I guessed. ..dogfight.


jalep Says:

Breakpoints Kei. AND gets it. Hahaha… now time for Ferrer to retreat Kei.


jalep Says:

Rebreak.


jalep Says:

Whew! Kei holds. Kei showing signs of frustration a little, though in that game but, Ferrer on serve again and Kei is crafty and breaks Ferrer again. 4-1 Kei.

But Kei struggling on 1st serves. Overcomes the challenge and holds 5-1.


jalep Says:

Ferrer holds at love. 2-5

But there is no certainty Kei can serve this out. The way things have gone.

Nevertheless Kei manages to have 4 bp’s and wins it quicker than I can type on my phone. Well played Kei!

Still think Andy can get to the final though.


jalep Says:

Looked it up.

Andy leads h2h 3-1.

Both have won 9 of their last 10 matches. Andy only losing to Nole.
Kei losing to Isnew in Miami.

Both are on a 7 match winning streak on clay.


jalep Says:

Isner.


RZ Says:

As much as I’d love for Andy to win this tournament, I think the most interesting final would be Rafa-Kei


chris ford1 Says:

A god Final 4. Berdych and Kei earned their spots. Kei looks to be a serious long term threat on clay, Berdych seems to finally realize he doesn’t have much time left and he DESERVES trophies if he is tough and plays to his potential.
And Andy. Is the Muzz finally going to morph into a major clay threat? Production-wise it has been his weakest surface but the one ironically, his talents should make him most suited for. Andy can be a serious threat if so – not just to the field and Fed, but Novak and Rafa.
Glad Isner the Servebot is gone.
And whoppee to a Serena and Screamapova – less – Final. Go Petra! And welcome back, Kutzy.


jane Says:

kei versus andy will be interesting. andy has a good lead over him, at 3-1 but all matches have been on hard. kei won their last one at the wtf last year but it was close.


jane Says:

oops sorry – just saw that jalep already covered some of that.


jane Says:

jalep thanks for highlighting those streaks of andy and kei. kind of shoots down this theory that no one else is playing good, etc. clearly there are a lot of players rounding into great form.


jalep Says:

@jane. Once in awhile I get it right and post something factual ;)


ckr Says:

Nishikori’s ability to take the ball on the rise and ability to change direction at will makes him too hot to handle tomorrow for Andy.

Nishikori is a miniature version of Djokovic. The way he played Ferrer today was something special.


Tennis Fan Says:

Murray didnt look very good to me out there. I think hes over-rated by many. Raonic was playing at about half-speed and still the match was very close. A 100% Raonic would have been a walk. if its just a pinched nerve in that foot he should get it treated. He was looking like a major break through was coming and now this. Sucks but he will be back with a vengence.


Markus Says:

No Djokovic? Nadal takes Madrid without breaking a sweat. There shouldn’t be any doubters to that.


Matador Says:

Murray vs Sampras on clay who win?


kjb Says:

Probably Murray, but Sampras would squeek out a few.


Daniel Says:

I think Berdych can pose a real threat to Nadal tomorrow, Nadal was broken twice today, face BP in other 2 games and was 0-30 a few times with Dimitrov having awful shot selection.

Berdych retunr has improved a lot and this courts favor his game.
He was finalist in the other big clay tourney this season and was a cose match with Djoko. Not a given Nadal will win tomorrow at all, not in his current form and mind.

I think is going to be a tough match, probably 3 sets.


Matador Says:

Berduch is a bad mover, on clay will be exposed.


Markus Says:

Murray will beat Sampras on any surface. Sampras is too old to be competitive with the current players. Next question please? And make it more realistic.


Margot Says:

@Tennis Fan
It’s Andy’s 23rd Masters 1,000 semi. Go away with your “Murray is over-rated” comment.


Matador Says:

Margot he needs to defeat Djokovic badly to gain some confidence and why not, to archieve the number 1 spot. From Wimbledon to Australia he can reduce the distance against his nemesis and overcome the serbian. But, please, Murray, can you last more than two sets against Nole?


Matador Says:

Agassi Murray on indoor hard, Any prediction?


Margot Says:

Lol Matador, I’ll drink to that :)
Hoping Amelie and Jonas are helping him to get off that bloody baseline when he plays Nole. And I think they are.
Agassi v Murray, like Andre v. much, but Andy every time. And as its not gonna happen…I can’t be proved wrong ;)


KatH Says:

@ Margot

” can’t be proved wrong”

Nice one Margot – gave me a chuckle.


donna Says:

Djokovic is really hot this year and will probably stay number one throughout the year. Can’t see Murray beating him any time soon.

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