Friday Thrillers Set Up Novak Djokovic v Stan Wawrinka, Andy Murray v David Ferrer Paris Semifinals
by Staff | November 6th, 2015, 7:34 pm
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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, David Ferrer and Stan Wawrinka moved into the semifinals with thrilling wins on Friday at the Masters Paris.

Defending champion and world No. 1 Djokovic won his 20th consecutive match (and 28th straight set) by edging No. 5 seed and former Paris winner Tomas Berdych 7-6(3), 7-6(8). The Czech held set points in both sets but couldn’t convert against the stingy Djokovic.

“I definitely didn’t want to go into the third,” said Djokovic, who did not break serve during the match. “But credit to Berdych for playing on a high level, pushing me in the back of the court with the depth of his shots, especially from the forehand side. I thought he did very well. It was decided in tiebreaks two times, and very few points, really, decided a winner today. Could have gone a different way. He had set point in the first set, as well. In the important moments, I just managed to hang in there, just stay tough. That’s what I’m most proud of.”

According to the ATP, it was the first time in 680 victories that Djokovic’s won a match without breaking serve! Berdych falls to 2-20 against Djokovic.

Djokovic will next meet Wawrinka, who likewise won a squeaker with a 7-6(8), 7-6(7) win over former No. 1 Rafael Nadal in a match that ended past 1am Paris time.

Rafa led with a break in the first set and later held a sitter set point but missed a backhand. He overcame a break down in the second but blew a missed overhead that would have given him 6-2 in the second set breaker.

“We played a high level match,” said Wawrinka who drank coffee to help him late in the first set. “It was a good fight, with long rallies, big points and a lot of intensity. I’m really happy with how I played. I found solutions and was able to fight back.”

Added Nadal, “I had a lot of opportunities, but I didn’t take them. I missed too many set points. In a tight match like that, it’s too much. But I’m happy with how I played, happy with these last few weeks. I’m on the right track.”

Djokovic leads Wawrinka 18-4 but the Swiss scored a massive win beating the World No. 1 in Paris earlier this year in the French Open final. Though Wawrinka will have a short recovery to ready for the semifinal which is scheduled just 16 hours after his Rafa win.

Murray moved into the Masters Paris semifinals for the first time in his career after taming No. 10 Richard Gasquet 7-6(7), 3-6, 6-3. His 67th win on the year marks his best-ever yearly campaign.

“I feel like I have been striking the ball well this week,” said Murray. “I think the first two matches obviously were extremely good. I think at periods of today’s match, I also played extremely well.”

The Scot in the semifinals will meet David Ferrer, who weathered the big serving of American John Isner 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-2. Over three sets Isner had less than half the aces of the previous round when he ousted Roger Federer. Isner received treatment in the third set for a stomach issue.

Ferrer won the Masters Paris in 2012, and has lost his last three meetings with Murray.

SATURDAY PARIS SCHEDULE
COURT CENTRAL start 11:45 am
V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) vs D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Lindstedt (SWE)

2:00 pm
[8] D. Ferrer (ESP) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)

5:00 pm
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [4] S. Wawrinka (SUI)
[PR] T. Berdych (CZE) / R. Stepanek (CZE) vs [2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA)


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210 Comments for Friday Thrillers Set Up Novak Djokovic v Stan Wawrinka, Andy Murray v David Ferrer Paris Semifinals

Pauly Says:

Great matches all four of them … Bad luck especially to the tie breaker losers very unlucky !
Djokovic will beat Wawrinka
Murray will beat Ferrer in my opinion & Djokovic will win the title again !
Everyone is waiting for someone to challenge Djokovic for the number 1 spot ?
Who’s going to go for it ?
My best bet is Federer coz no one else has the talent !


FedExpress Says:

Where were ur stomach problems on thursday isner


Chrisford1 Says:

Murray has the talent. But will he find a way to get the heart and will to win of the other 3??

It will not be Federer. He had a shot to get #1 back in 2014, but now has elected to pare down his schedule. Less points possible just from that, plus Djoker is better, plus Fed is now more prone to early exits now and then.


Pauly Says:

Murray can’t beat Djokovic consistently enough
Federer is more talented than Djokovic but at 34 time isn’t on his side … Wawrinka can outhit Djokovic when in top form .
Nadal is no where near his best but I was disappointed to hear many people believing Nadal threw the match against Wawrinka to avoid another threshing against Djokovic ???


Emily Says:

Who said that?


Wog Boy Says:

Berdych is fourth top 10 player with 20 or more defeats against Nole, Stan and David are getting close too, all others except Nishikori have a double digits defeats.


Michael Says:

Well, Wawarinka came through against a resilient Rafa and he was a little bit lucky that it didn’t go all the way. Rafa played some of the exceptional Tennis that he is always known for but still came up short due to some reason or other showing his vulnerability on such indoor surfaces even though the court was dead slow.

At the other end, Novak as usual, although in a bit of bother against Berdych still stood like a wall and a fortress tough to breach and thereby delivered a humiliating 20th defeat to his opponent.

The surprise during the day was Isner defeat against the Warrior David Ferrer, while Andy came up with some brilliant Tennis at the right moments to extricate himself out of trouble against Gasquet.


FedExpress Says:

It wasnt the court. It was nadals mental weakness to close out both sets.


Pauly Says:

Emily
Posts on Twitter suggested Nadal lost on purpose so he wouldn’t face Djokovic … But looking at that pathetic smash at 5-2 second tie breaker I think the lost on purpose has some merit … Pathetic smash


Emily Says:

This topic came up a few weeks ago at Shanghai and it was ironically the other way around. I thought that it was a ridiculous and pointless debate then and I still do now. The possibility of Rafa losing on purpose never occurred to me. He’s an athlete and competitor who lost a very close and hard fought match.


Pauly Says:

Emily
Whatever happened today means nothing … Stan Wawrinka was very lucky not to lose in straight sets let’s move on to tomorrow ?
See how the best backhand in tennis plays against Djokovic ?
Personally my opinion it’s most likely easy Djokovic win mainly
But we will see how the match plays out ?
Djokovic was lucky against Berdych also … Murray will beat Ferrer that’s for certain !
Djokovic will Most likely win the tournament


Colin Says:

Pauly,
I hope you’re right, but why are you “certain” Andy will beat David? The general opinion seems to be that this court is playing like clay, and that is a surface where Ferrer leads the head-to-head.

The main thing in Andy’s fcvour is, the Spaniard’s results nowadays suggest age is catching up with him at last.


Pauly Says:

Colin
Murray is better than Ferrer in general


mat4 Says:

You all underestimate the surface factor. Yesterday, Djokovic couldn’t hit a single winner past Berdych, and Nadal had problems hitting through Wawrinka. I don’t know what was done by the French organisers, but the rebound is insane, and the court seems so slow. It gives a clear advantage to players like Stan, who still have the power to make a winner.

The surface doesn’t seem to affect the serve, and flat shots in general.

Ref. Novak vs Stan: Novak won easily lately when they met on a fast court. In London, e.g., the ball seemed to bounces less, although the spin was somehow slowed down.

So, tonight, Wawrinka and Murray are clear favourites for me. There’s no way Ferrer can hurt Murray, and I don’t see how Novak will hit a winner past Stan.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Andy from the other thread,i was too tired to post after my shift from hell at work,anyway missed most of the match,and only saw live scores most bizarre match to say the least,Rafa was serving for both sets and just couldnt convert in either….

Anyway big congrats to Stan and fans especially Emily,the guy is an amazing player, and one of the most talented players on tour,Nole is still winning but seems to be feeling it,i suppose its difficult to play at the level he has all season without a bit of a let down at some point….

Just wanted to say bib Congrats to Nole and fans on a truely amazing season,its been remarkable….


James Says:

Fed and Nadal lost two tie breaks each to lose to their pigeons. Djoke won two tie breaks to beat his pigeon. Right now that’s the difference between Djoke and the rest.

In a tie break its largely mental. If players are at 6-6, then obviously they are performing close to each other, so surface shouldn’t matter that much. Of course, surface matters tremendously whether it gets to a tie break at all. The slow and bouncy paris court really does a disservice to indoor tennis – at least leave SOME tournaments with fast courts, everything is slow and bouncy now, including wimbledon.

Stan can’t have much left with 16 hours to play again. Cake walk for Djoke. Ferrer can’t outdo Murray – Murray is just a better Ferrer anyway (no, he is not part of any top 4 – he and Stan both have two slams, have never been No. 1 – miles away from Fed, Nadal and Djoke in terms of achievements).

I hope Murray finally beats Djoke. Someone should. Though his No. 1 ranking seems safe for all of 2016 at least.


AndyMira Says:

GG,glad to hear from you at last..i didn’t see the match either so cannot comment much but from the scores that i followed,i can’t believe rafa blew his chance just like that and he claimed his mental is not an issue anymore..like i said earlier in the tournament,he just tired mentally and physically from too much tennis the last 3,4 weeks..don’t know..but it concern me a little bit..how he gonna fares next season when it seems only there’s a little improvement and still too much flaws to his game..well i think we just have to wait right GG?


Gypsy Gal Says:

Hi Andy,yeah hes tired mentally and physically,and thats the whole point to be honest,hes played alot of tennis the last few weeks as you say,its been a positive few weeks though,so we need to look on the bright side,its all a work in progress,so there are bound to be set backs,baby steps first i think with no great expectations,lets just enjoy and see what unfolds,and it seems like Rafas enjoying himself anyway….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Emily exactly your ever the voice of sanity,i really do scratch my head sometimes with some peoples reasoning,the idea that Rafa or any other player would lose a match deliberatly to one particular player just to avoid playing another is just plain ridiculous….


AndyMira Says:

Hi GG,yeah..i guess so..what’s more can we do other than wait and hope..despite he spent half of his career on the sideline he still collect 14..can you imagine if he as healthy as novak,roger or any other player who’s not suffer as much injuries as he is?How many slam he will collect already?I think that’s why there’s some voices in this thread don’t like him so much because they’re recognized how great he is and their man [other than roger that is]is not so much..now..i lit the fire!he!he!


calmdownplease Says:

`no, he is not part of any top 4 – he and Stan both have two slams, have never been No. 1 – miles away from Fed, Nadal and Djoke in terms of achievements`

Fair enough, but for the record Novak was also considered part of the ‘big four’ with just the one/no slam and no number one weeks.
For the same reason that Andy was also considered a big four member and Wawa is not and will not be.
Consistency at the masters level ability to compete with Fedal, dominance over the field etc
Anyway, Andy is staying close to the baseline with Ferrer and keeping aggressive, best way with Ferrer.


calmdownplease Says:

UEs creeping in
poor stuff


FedExpress Says:

wont say noles no 1 spot is safe. he has to defend so much points in every tournament he plays.


calmdownplease Says:

Andy Murray has collapsed,
A.G.A.I.N
FFS!


FedExpress Says:

who said this court suits murray the most. he is crap.


FedExpress Says:

he will be toast vs nole


calmdownplease Says:

Well it wasn’t me that’s for sure
(Good for Ferrer though)
All he needs now is for the serve to go and his collapse shall be COMPLETE
Oh, good hold at least


FedExpress Says:

two mugs playing out there


FedExpress Says:

hahahha

3 BPs for murray now


Daniel Says:

Yeah CDP, Murray is hitting more flat and closer to the lines, his problem today is that hos BH is a bit off, too many errors.

But as I type he break Ferrer to love and will serve for the set.


calmdownplease Says:

Well, what do you know?
The pendulum swung and now Andy shall serve for it.


calmdownplease Says:

`that hos BH is a bit off`

Bizarro, his BH was sublime for the most part yesterday it was the serve that nearly did for him
If he gets through this there can’t BE a day off for anything whatsoever!


calmdownplease Says:

Nice and aggressive however, in the court at the net and all the rest..
maybe that’s the cause of this?


calmdownplease Says:

I love what Andy can do at the net
so smart and skillful


FedExpress Says:

wasnt murray a pusher back in the day? How has he become an attacking baseliner?


FedExpress Says:

and ferrer was also a pusher back in his hey days? what happened?


calmdownplease Says:

Andy hasn’t been ‘a pusher’ since Lendl
He can revert towards a safe space but usually when he does, he’s already toast.


Colin Says:

I love the way some people here dismiss a player’s abilities, or praise him, or call them both mugs, all on the strength of one game.

At least the “mugs” have got service breaks, which is more than a certain person managed yesterday!


calmdownplease Says:

Ferrer is so boring however
I hate this attritional cr*p too
If this goes to 3 ‘I’m going to do something else for a while & hoping for the best.


Ben Pronin Says:

It’s the surface. Suits Murray’s game so well. He can defend all day but still has ample time to set up his shots and attack.


calmdownplease Says:

Some of these terrible BHs simply look like he can’t be bothered!
I mean how LONG has he been making this shot and is it not one of the best in the biz (normally)
That’s the thing with Ferrer also; he drains your will to live!


calmdownplease Says:

Andy prefers somewhat faster surfaces so he can go through the likes of, well, a number of baseline defending type players ;0)
Andy broke right back!
Dodgy BH or not, there is no way he will lose this if he keeps in focus.
Which is of course the question.
Do it in 2 Muzz!


calmdownplease Says:

Broken in some style :)


calmdownplease Says:

well he shouldn’t have got that one but still a nice BH to finish off
FINALLY


calmdownplease Says:

He beat him quite convincingly although it didn’t look like it really, all of the UE
Andy didnt get out of 2nd gear for most of the match, unless he was broken.
With either Wawa or Novak he will have to improve if he is to win this title
But congrats to Muzz!!!


calmdownplease Says:

He is clearly trying to be aggressive in this tourney and it’s bringing in the UE but hopefully it will all come together for the final.
Otherwise, it’s Shanghai time again!


Margot Says:

Nice and quick from Andy. So pleasing to see him coming forward and volleying so much. YAY!
#evenMurray


J-Kath Says:

ANYONE

ATP short summary of Andy’s match states that he has to win to be No. 2 at the O2? Looking at the Rankings I can’t figure this out – looks like he is already No.2 in the Race…..?

@ Margo – et tu Brutus! Yah, oh Yes!!!! Coventry is full right now, otherwise?????

Ho, Ho, Ho, Hee-haw.


jalep Says:

Kath, the rolling 52 week rankings are what determine upcoming tournament seeding. The race rank is straight up what they’ve earned in 2015- yes, race ranking is what qualifies a player for WTF but how a player will be seeded is based on the 52 week rolling rank.

Federer has points from 2014 dropping off this Monday. He’ll have 1000 points dropping, which will put him at #3. Andy only has 200 points dropping off on Monday.

http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/rankings/singles

^^ that’s the ranking to look at for tournament seeding.


jalep Says:

Well, I haven’t done the math. If you subtract what’s dropping and add points from this Paris tournament, that will tell you which one is ranked where for WTF. I thought if Andy made the final it would be enough but…definitely winning the tournament puts him at #2.


J-Kath Says:

Thanks Jalep – It was the short article on the ATP that stated if he won he would be No.2 for WTF – but when I looked it up on the same link you sent this wasn’t the case…..Andy already has enough…

I can only assume ATP wrote a rushed after-match report and didn’t stop to check.

He doesn’t need to beat Nole or Stan ….don’t think he will anyway.

Thanks anyway.


FedExpress Says:

wawrinka is tired or what? and nole drop shoting like there is no tomorrow


FedExpress Says:

wawa feeling his legs already


jalep Says:

Doubting myself now, Kath! :D “They” should be right, not me.

Daniel is a better source than I am.

What I’m also seeing is Berdych and Rafa switching spots and Ferrer and Kei.


FedExpress Says:

first set nole in paris

i heard this before


FedExpress Says:

Was that noles brother in his box?


jalep Says:

Markus is quite good-looking, imo.

This is a good match!


mat4 Says:

Yes, Jalep, a bit like me. I mean Markus.

This match has become interesting, unfortunately. I preferred when it wasn’t.


Daniel Says:

Djoko’s smash. Lost the game in that shot.

Don’t know if Wawa can force third set. Eventually he will feel yesterday matches


jalep Says:

Really mat4? oh, lala…you’re a hottie ;)


mat4 Says:

Wawa’s power is starting to talk here. And the court clearly helps him. So, I guess he has good chances to win the second set, even the third.


jalep Says:

Daniel…please can you tell us, Kath and me, if Andy will indeedy be #2 for making the final in Paris, or if for some odd reason he’ll be #3????


mat4 Says:

@jalep: Can’t help it. Just born that way.

Meanwhile, Stan broke again. Novak has to go for it and try to be more aggressive. He just can’t wait for Stan to find his footing for a winner or, eventually, make an error, because he will more often hit that winner than not.


mat4 Says:

@Jalep: If Andy wins Paris, he’s no 2 whatever happens in Paris. He will be 1530 points ahead of Fed.


jalep Says:

mat4, Stan is going to wear out.


FedExpress Says:

markus gf is hot

so is the lineswoman


mat4 Says:

I don’t think so. The court is so slow that he doesn’t even have to run. And Novak has become tentative, missing crucial points in the last two games.


mat4 Says:

The only thing that’s good about this surface is that Novak will have to learn to volley.


jalep Says:

Yeah. I know, if he wins Paris, he’s #2. But even making the final in Paris, I thought Andy will be seeded #2 in London. #evenAndy.


courbon Says:

Absolutely tight Mat.Novaks flexibilty and speed is not much of use on this slow courts.And he has to attack more because Wawa is winning this…


FedExpress Says:

attention nole list a set
first real opposition since us open final and he crumbles.


mat4 Says:

I don’t know the rules here, but right now he has more than 1000 points than Fed. So he should be seeded second.


Daniel Says:

Murray is #2 for London regardless. Fed can regain there depending on how they perform.

Damm Djoko, 2-1 and break up and lose the set 6-3.


FedExpress Says:

179 kmh avg 1st serve speed from nole


FedExpress Says:

that mysterious water from the photographer has done soemthing to wawa


Ben Pronin Says:

I think we all know why Wawrinka is so good in Paris…


Daniel Says:

Djoko pisses of, somethig about playing Wawa in Paris😜


mat4 Says:

@Ben: Don’t waste your time reading fex.

If Novak doesn’t learn to play at the net after this… he never will.


Colin Says:

Watch that Latin, Kath! The correct quote is “Et tu, Brute”. Brute is the vocative case,while Brutus is the nominative.


mat4 Says:

Yes, he speaks French…


FedExpress Says:

set and break up and lost it=crumble


mat4 Says:

Speaking about “crumble”…

Now that Novak has learned to volley, it’s much easier.


FedExpress Says:

Happens wawrinka. Chin up. Take a rest. And be prepared for the WTF


Gypsy Gal Says:

Yeah agree Novaks brother is very handsome,and DV is very attractive,anyway cant see Novak losing this match now with two breaks up,see ya in the final….


mat4 Says:

Happens Novak. You managed to lost a set. Take a rest. And be prepared for the final.


Ben Pronin Says:

Djokovic just reverse-crumbled.


courbon Says:

Somebody mentioned Crumble??? Apple crumble with fruit of the forest-my favorite! And ‘creme Anglaise’ ( custard )….hmmmm…already hungry…


courbon Says:

Fed Express, did you meant ‘bagel’ or ‘crumble’?
I’m bit confused…


Ben Pronin Says:

14 straight finals in 1 season, a record, for Novak.

Also I’m 99% sure he’s the only player to ever reach all Masters finals (contested) in a season.


Ben Pronin Says:

14 straight finals in 1 season, a record, for Novak.

Also I’m 99% sure he’s the only player to ever reach all Masters finals (contested) in a season.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Courbon ive been studying all day,and im now starving hungry and salivating and its all your fault lol…Anyway Nole in another final,what a year and most likely another title,cant see him losing again this year….


Margot Says:

Stan ran out of coffee/adrenaline in the 3rd but Nole’s level in that set was something else.
Oh well, resigning myself already for tomorrow. :’(


Ben Pronin Says:

Novak’s next 4-6 matches are guaranteed to be against top 10 players. I mean, it’s very possible that he loses.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Been a long year,seems everybodys running on fumes,even Novaks now looking fatigued….


Wog Boy Says:

Who is Markus?


Gypsy Gal Says:

Ben i cant see it sorry,id be very surprised put it that way….


Wog Boy Says:

Stan should keep “No Doz” in his bag all the time.


Emily Says:

Happy w/ Stan’s week, should give him confidence going into the WTF


Gypsy Gal Says:

Wogboy Novaks brother….


Wog Boy Says:

Nole yesterdey becsme tha player with most top 10 wins in one season (25) in open era, today improved that record 26, Rafa is the second with 24 top 10 wins in 2013.


jalep Says:

Okay, that’s what I thought, #2 in London, but according to Kath, there’s a write-up saying, “if Andy wins Paris…” but by adding and subtracting, Andy’s #2 already – he’s done enough getting to the Paris final. I think if Andy wins Paris, maybe that secures his position to be year end #2. Almost…

7340 Federer after Paris

Andy winning Paris = 8870.
Andy after Paris= runner-up 8470

Federer runner-up in London =8340. Federer winning London = 8840. Federer would have to win WTF and Andy lose to Nole tomorrow/ and Andy not win 2 RR matches in London for Federer to pass Andy at this point for year end #2. Year end #2 would be very hard for Federer to accomplish. Could be close, though.

See, I told you pessimists. Yay, Nole!
Andole final. Nole ole ole


Wog Boy Says:

GG,
His name is Marko, there is no Markus in Serbian language.


FedExpress Says:

nole fed nadal

two of the 3 will be in one group.possiblity of all 3 also


FedExpress Says:

most top 10 wins dont say much. if u play all the time vs murray and berdych u r bound to happen to get few. and nadal was even near his best in all the meetings this year.


J-Kath Says:

Yes Daniel – I was winging it a bit.


Gypsy Gal Says:

OH Right sorry Wogboy,didnt know that….


courbon Says:

Gypsy, sorry for making you hungry…I’m watching tennis and making Tiramisu while my wife does cupcakes for my guests tomorrow…hmmmm…oups! I did it again!


Ben Pronin Says:

Novak’s played Berdych like twice this year.


Ngentot Says:

@Wog Boy,

Everybody seemed to be confusing Marco with Markus…:-)

But when a few people here say that Novak’s brother is handsome, they’re actually talking about Djordje. He’s the one in Novak’s box.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Courbon ill be round yours tomorrow then,i have a very sweet tooth,ill be piling on more pounds,on my ever expanding waistline over the festive season,then diet in the new year,perhaps ill buy Novaks recipe book,or get hubby to get it for me as a Yule present,as we dont celebrate the big C in our world….


Gypsy Gal Says:

^Oh god tiramisu,stop it lol^….


Wog Boy Says:

FE,
How stupid I am, I forgot tha top 10 players 2004-2007 were far better than top 10 in 2011-2015, that is why Roger never managed to have more than 19 top 10 wins in one season, my apology, here is the list of recotd number of top 10 wins:

1. Djokovic, 26, 2015 current
2. Djokovic, 24, 2012
2. Djokovic, 24, 2013
2. Nadal, 24, 2013
5. Djokovic, 21, 2011
6. Federer, 19, 2006
6. Djokovic, 19, 2014
8. Federer, 18, 2004


Ben Pronin Says:

WB, where do you find the list?


Gypsy Gal Says:

Anyway the Djokovic brothers are all handsome,it seems to run in the family….


Wog Boy Says:

@Ngentot,

Thanks for information, I haven’t seen who was in the box so I didn’t know who are they talking about, I woke up 4:30 am just in time for the third set, lucky me:)


jalep Says:

Well, you need to re-calculate Wog Boy. There’s an automatic reduction in degree of difficulty for even having a schmuck like Federer in the top ten in 2011-2015.


Wog Boy Says:

Ben Pronin,

Where else but on Nole forum:)


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jalep @1.40pm lol….


J-Kath Says:

Thanks @ Jalep

U fought it through. Many thanks. Liked all your last comments apart from “Andole final! Nole ole ole”.

Here is a prediction: Andy has played so oddly throughout that he will put it together for Sunday.

Hee ho – Did I say he would win?


Wog Boy Says:

@jalep,

I almost spit out my morning coffee reading your post:))


Gypsy Gal Says:

J-Kath ive got my crystals ready ;)….


FedExpress Says:

He played ferrer, nadal, cilic and berdych 3 times each. And beat 5 times murray this season.

there u have 17 of the 26 wins


courbon Says:

Wog Boy-Coffee in the morning??Let me give you advice-my grandmother who lived up to age of 99 had glass of Rakija every morning since she was 30…69 years of morning rakijas!You figure it out what is better for you

Gypsy_Did I say Tiramisu?? My mistake-I’m actually making Sticky Toffe Pudding with extra caramel…

J-Kath- I also think Muray wins tomorrow..Good thing is, that I’m often wrong in my predictions…


jalep Says:

A thousand pardons, Kath. There’s a distinct possibility that, wait for it…EVEN Andy can!:D

Andy could do a Montreal here. Plus that…I forgot to add in Andy points for GBR Davis Cup final win. Can’t see Belgium winning any which way. Their major weapon is Goffin.
My money remains on Andy to make year end #2.


Wog Boy Says:

jane (or Daniel)
If you are around, can you please confirm how many wins Nole has against Stan, when I check different sites they list between 19-21. I know challenger doesn’t count so it should be 20 but not sure about that either since they had one DC match long time ago (2006).


Gypsy Gal Says:

Courbon yum one of my favorite,im drooling over my computer laptop now,anyway i have spagetti bolognese with garlic bread and cheese,so im looking forward to that,microwaves were a good invention when it goes ping its ready….


Wog Boy Says:

FE,

You missed that schmuck Federer, he beat him too few times this year, no?


Chrisford1 Says:

Wog Boy – Call him Mark.
As a few of the gals said, good looking. Guy also is bright and has a ripped bod. Can’t play tennis at the pro level, but few can.

Anyhow, I had to run out and do some unavoidable errand and when I came back, the Stan-Nole match was over. And WTF?? Did Stan go flat, Nole just went into Serbinator mode….or both.

Djokovic has had a long season. Because he always went deep, he played more matches than anyone, and faced more top competitors than anyone else – but he seems to be stoked to close this season out in grand style, and seems to have lots of energy left.


courbon Says:

Yes Fedex, and with 4 times defeating Roger this year, we have 21 wins…
Fernando Gonzales, Jarko N., James Blake, Nabaldian are Rogers wins in 2007…all giants of tennis…


jalep Says:

Stan doesn’t count before 2014 AO. He had an excellent pro journeyman legacy going prior Magnus Norman.


Wog Boy Says:

Frenchie,
We had similar grandmathers, my one stoped smoking in her 50s, gave up coffee in her 60s, but never stoped having a brandy to kick start the day and glas of red wine after the lunch. She worked in the house until her very last day, cooking and cleaning, and she died on her own terms, after nice lunch she asked my sister (I was already in Australia) to give her a glass of red wine, took a sip, my sister was washing the dishes and when she turned around our grandmother was sitting in her favorite chair with a smile on her face, she moved to next life, she was 88.


jalep Says:

Gosh, you anti-feds are all the same, courbon.
You can’t diminish Federer’s legacy without also including him as a deduction of legacy for your favorites.


Wog Boy Says:

^^^and her name was Hristina (Kristina), we called her Tina or “Nana”.


Chrisford1 Says:

Wog Boy-Coffee in the morning??Let me give you advice-my grandmother who lived up to age of 99 had glass of Rakija every morning since she was 30…69 years of morning rakijas!You figure it out what is better for you
======================
Courbon – I believe Golda Meir (former PM of Israel) attributed her longevity to waking up early, and consuming 6 cups of full strength coffee and finishing her 1 pack of cigarettes by 9AM. And another 6 cups of coffee and another pack of cigarettes before 5PM. That;s when it was OK to start drinking grappa and vodka.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Wogboy lovely post @ 2.12pm,really made me smile,indeed i believe we dont actually die,but we just go on to the next vibrational leve….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Level….


Ben Pronin Says:

Well said, Jalep.

James Blake is a giant of tennis, btw.


madmax Says:

This should be a great match, I fully expect Novak to win, but want to wish Andy all the best too playing the greatest player this year on tour.

He really will be very hard to beat.


Margot Says:

Wog Boy @ 2.12
Brilliant! What a way to go!


courbon Says:

Jalep,me anti-fed???? You must be joking!
I think Fed is best player ever!
But when anti-nole crew starts trolling I like to give them back bit of there own medicine..(-:

Wog boy-Your granny was super cool.
Mine was bit of a which, but we still liked her…

Chrisford-I’m so happy about what I read in your post about that lady!
I’m bit like that-6,7 coffes a day, pack of fags..I thought I’ll die by the age of 50, but now I can see that I might live very long indeed…


mat4 Says:

WB:

The H2H is 20-4. There first match was at Aachen, and it was a challenger. And it counts in the H2H. Why shouldn’t it?

Check here:

http://www.tennisabstract.com/cgi-bin/player.cgi?p=NovakDjokovic&f=ACareerqq&q=StanislasWawrinka


J-Kath Says:

Gypsy Gal – Great, great – between us we’ll change the face of tennis (or buy masks) — PS: seriously,
the crystals rarely change the outcome but close your eyes and the reddish/pinkish light is prominent…you can see the ball this equals a gain at that moment for the person your routing for …..don’t care if nobody believes me……


Chrisford1 Says:

I hope Andy does not exhaust or injure himself between now and Davis Cup. That would be a pity. I want a good match and don’t want Murray to bail without much of a fight on the championships he earned with his #2 ranking, the right to contend for. But DC is huge for Andy and GBR tennis.

2015 adds to Djokovic’s career numbers that he has been absolute murder on the present Top 10 players. Especially in the last 5 years…

Djokovic vs. the rest, H2H

Nole vs. Federer 21:21

Nole vs. Murray 20:9

nole vs. Nadal 22:23

Nole vs. Wawrinka 20:4

Nole vs. Berdych 20:3

Nole vs. Nishikori 4:2

Nole vs. Ferrer 16-5

Nole vs. Gasquet 13-1

Nole vs. Tsonga 14-6

He should pull ahead of Fed and Rafa in the next six months.
And just as Nadal had Davydenko as the outlier, Andy Roddick has Nole in H2H 5-4. Roddick, who is on much friendlier terms with Novak these days, jokes that he decided to quit playing to preserve that record. “Got out just in time!”


J-Kath Says:

Got U Courbon

I think your sticky toffee pudding got stuck in your false teeth – Watch and Suck ….PS: Luv you
nonetheless.

Jalep: You can’t do anything wrong chez-moi. Latest phrase is “AndycanEvenIt”

and
Chrisford1 – Love your grandmother (+ Golda Meir) – these days it is the Water of Life ie Scotch – no question about it.


Margot Says:

#andycancancan


jane Says:

jalep, I think fedex brings on those reactions by putting down Novak regularly … courbon is generally very fair and fun loving on here…

wog boy nice story about your grandmother. I am not sure how many wins Novak has vs Stan.

didn’t get to see matches today but noleandy it shall be – their 4th final this year I think, with AO, Miami, Canada and now Paris!


Wog Boy Says:

Thanks mat4, in that case, as CF1 pointed out, Stan is a fifth top 10 player that has 20 or more defeats against Nole.


jalep Says:

Ben, I’d rather be enjoying Nole’s win. He’s a glorious #1 – magnificent in his dominance. Not an ounce of stress about who was going to win today — and that reminds me of how I felt watching Federer 2004-2007. It’s a tad bit ironic to be on the interwebs reading comments — was watching just as much in Federer’s hey day but not posting.

Federer appears to me like tennis troll bait at this point. He’s dissed for his domination in his day but bigged-up to the point of lies when it’s convenient.

And people will look back at Rafa post 2014 depending on what he does in 2016, 2017, ect…will he be considered tough competition for Nole 2015? Rafa has his clay legacy free from criticism, or, is it?

Best to not boast until all is said and done because all top tens in their day can appear better in the moment than in hindsight. Verdasco, Tipsarevic, Simon, even Ferrer, Berdych, ect…in the top ten? Think about all the possible fillers and remnants – Nishikori? Raonic? How will these guys look 10-15 years from now?


jane Says:

Stan hit his stride beginning in 2013. He nearly beat Novak at both AO and USO that yr and had some other strong results


Wog Boy Says:

I think jalep was half serious.


Wog Boy Says:

I retract that, she was very serious talking to courbon.


Gypsy Gal Says:

J-Kath i get alot of energy from crystals so i do believe you….


Wog Boy Says:

I am just about to watch first two sets, I’ve seen the third ona of Nole/Stan.


courbon Says:

Wog Boy-this is so unfair! You are attacking Fed legacy all the time and nothing! I do it once and get a slap! So unfair….
…and Gypsy is still talking about some crystals- again!I think I’ll go to bed now…


Wog Boy Says:

And Ngentot was right and all of you wrong, in Nole’s box is his youngest brother, Djordje (George) and not Marko (Marcus, Mark, Marc..)


courbon Says:

Gypsy, try Red Bull-that will give you energy also
( and maybe wings! )


Wog Boy Says:

courbon,
Life wasn’t meant to be fair..


mat4 Says:

@jalep:

And Stan was already top 10 in 2008, when he played his first MS 1000 final, in Rome.

He always was a very good player and had a great potential. But he always was a slow mover, and it was the key thing he improved lately. It allows him to hit more freely.

You seem to be half right about the recent comments on Federer. One of the things that create confusion is the fact that his results and his game peaked at different times — his results in 2004-6, when he was at his physical best, and his game in 2014-5, when his age hampered his results.

But the fact that he managed to improve and to evolve with a changing technology just adds to his legacy IMHO.


mat4 Says:

WB:

Markus is Marcus Buckland, from Fox Sport.


jalep Says:

Wog Boy, tennis is not serious.

What’s happening in this state / country is serious.

Like I said – I love Nole. However, the hype at Federer’s expense gets old. But I can’t hate Federer because he’s arrogant, a sore lose, or idiotic fans cheer his opponents errors.

There came a point when I stopped wanting Federer to win – not sure how much the “fedtards” had to do with it but that GOAT hype got to me. I understand both sides. Also understand how tiresome fans could be getting about Nole’s dominance. I think I have maybe 2.5 – 3 years left in me cheering for Nole before I begin cheering against him. In 3 years time, Nole will have broken Fedal’s records, except on clay, I reckon.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Courbon i love Red Bull,but its never given me wings though,but i sleep with crystals under my pillow,and it does aid restful sleep believe it or not….


Wog Boy Says:

mat4,
I don’t know him, was he in Nole’s box too?


Wog Boy Says:

mat4,
But I can see that nice blonde girl in Stan’s box, what was her name again..I have to ask Kyrgios again..


Gypsy Gal Says:

These players are all special legends in their own unique way,with their own areas in greatness,why belittle any one in favour of the other?….


courbon Says:

Wog Boy-Tell me about it!Specially today-
First my 9 year daughter called me hypocrite ( eating chocolate before lunch while I strictly forbid them ), wife called me arrogant and cocky ( still not talking to her this evening ) and my youngest just told me 15min ago to be quiet because she watches Disney movie…and then Jalep now…man,I’ll go to chicken shed to sleep with my chicken tonight,at least maybe they will appreciate me.


Wog Boy Says:

Frenchie,
Join the club, that what happens when you live with girls (same here)…and don’t go to chicken shed, they’ll shit on you, buy the dog.


mat4 Says:

Courbon:

T’en as, de la chance ! Moi, quand je ne parle pas avec ma femme, je suis le plus heureux des hommes…

Le truc c’est un bon forfait pour le téléphone… Depuis que j’ai une ligne gratuite, je passe mes soirées dans un calme inébranlable… Et ma femme parle autant qu’elle le veut.

You`re a happy man.


courbon Says:

Wog Boy, chicken shitting on me will be possible nicest thing happened to me today…( did I say that my wife smashed the cat today? And when I say-”not surprised, you can not drive”-she calls me arrogant…)
PS-I’ll get dog next year.Jack Rusell or Beagel?What you think?


mat4 Says:

Come on, boys! You don’t know how lucky your are.. There’s no such blessing like the one when your wife doesn’t talk to you.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Mat4 watch it,your walking a very fine line my friend….


mat4 Says:

@jalep:

It’s official: Andy will be seeded no 2 at the WTF.


courbon Says:

mat 4:
C’est vrai!Je dois apprendre la méditation transcendantale donc je peux bloquer mieux (-:
P;S;Exsuse me for my poor French ( and English by the way. I just got private proffesor this month, to learn properly French )


Wog Boy Says:

courbon,
I had a beagle who died four years ago, I loved and even gave him proper wake when I buried him (he use to drink bear with me in my back yard), thry are beautiful, smart, but they much like us (Serbs), they have mind of their own and are very stubborn, bit you can’t resist when they look at you with their guilty eyes knowing they just ripped the washing from the line or destroyed my wife favorite flowers, and I enjoyed it..I know it is not nice but I couldn’t help it.


Wog Boy Says:

To finsh, get a beagle but you have to establish from the beginning who is the boss, but having the young kids it will be perfect for a beagle.


jalep Says:

But will Andy be seeded #2 for AO? That is the question, mat4…I think he’ll need to try hard not to be.


J-Kath Says:

Mat4/Jalep

Goodness gracious me. Justice is not only done but seen to be done – ATP – time to reduce your bonuses.


courbon Says:

So its beagel then.And he will be boss most likely…


mat4 Says:

@jalep:

He needs just one win at the WTF to finish this year at the second place. If he wins Paris, he will finish no 2.


courbon Says:

mat4, next time Wog Boy fly’s to Serbia we should meet in kafana in Belgrade or Temisvar and have good drink and winge about our spouses…


Wog Boy Says:

courbon,
You won’t regret it.


J-Kath Says:

Margot

Considering your “Can-Can” for Andy…if he does it tomorrow, you are ON big time.

Cheers


Gypsy Gal Says:

I miss my dog it was a mongrel,broke my heart when she passed away,for exactly the reasons you said Wogboy :(….


Wog Boy Says:

^^ beagle, not winging about wifes..


Wog Boy Says:

^^ that was for my last post


jalep Says:

Beagles are cute but not all that smart, in my experience.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jalep mongrels are the best,from personal experience….


courbon Says:

It’s Ok then , I do not want my dog to be smarter then me


Wog Boy Says:

Well, he was too smart for me..true, it doesn’t mean much since I am not the sharpest knife in the draw.


J-Kath Says:

Courbon – Thought you were French?`This is evidently news to your family otherwise after ruining your family’s teeth with sticky toffee pudding you are sent off to the ChickenCoop.

Have a good night – enjoy your fresh eggs.


Wog Boy Says:

JK,
courbon is part time English, part time French and full time Serbian.


courbon Says:

and I got some Polish blood…
J-Kath: well, better Sticky Toffe Puding then stylish and most popular Scotish food-Fried Mars Bars… ( and for non British on this blog-this is not a joke! )(-;


Dave Says:

At this point I don’t see how Andy Murray won’t be number 2 for the Australian Open. We will also get points for every Davis Cup win as well as WTF. The most points a player can gain before the Australian Open is 250 and Federer has 250 to defend so he won’t be adding any and Murray doesn’t have 250 points to defend. I don’t even think he has any because the matches he played didn’t seem to be official matches if I recall.


Wog Boy Says:

Roger is also losing DC points.


Dave Says:

Oh ya. That’s right. Good point.


Dave Says:

I was just looking at the schedule for 2016 and I like how there is always a 1 week break between all the big tournaments in the summer. Rogers Cup, 1 week off. Olympics, 1 week off. Cincinnati, 1 week off. U.S. Open. It’s nice that none of them are back to back. Usually Cincinnati and Rogers Cup are back to back weeks. I think all the players can stay fresh this way.


Ben Pronin Says:

Isn’t the Olympics screwing up the schedule next year anyway?


Dave Says:

I don’t feel that it is. I actually like it more in some ways. That’s just my opinion though. Others have been annoyed with it though.


Ben Pronin Says:

Madrid and Rome are back to back. And Olympics and Cincy are back to back. That’s gonna be tough. Everything else is the same, though.


Dave Says:

Oh ya that’s right. I misread it. Madrid and Rome were back to back this year. So that is the same. And Cincinnati and Toronto are usually back to back. So there aren’t any actual extra back to backs in the schedule.


Wog Boy Says:

I am not worried about Madrid, Nole doesn’t play, but I am not sure if he will be able (legally) to skip Cinci, since Olympic games are #1 on his priority list for 2016.


Dave Says:

Oh I see. He wants Cinci though. I am actually happy that he lost the second set today. It was the first time all week where I saw that fire back in him again. The threat of the possibility of losing brought it out of him. I feel like he has learned from the French Open loss as well where it seemed like he waited for Stan’s level to drop until the 4th set where he showed more urgency and had his chances. He went to the net more today and forced the issue more, not depending on Stan’s level dropping to get the win. The fire seems like it is burning within him fully again after that 6 to 0 set. I’m much more confident with Nole winning tomorrow after what I saw today.


Wog Boy Says:

Well, he had his chances in the second to break back, but becouse os some reason he dropped hie level and was too pasive in the second set, but regaind his composure and was aggressive in the third. I am not so sure about beating Andy, Andy is yet to drop a set, I wouldn’t mind if he can drop two in the final;)


Dave Says:

Gasquet won a set off of him and challenged him pretty good. Andy has a mental block against Nole and can’t seem to control his emotions. Maybe tomorrow will be different, but he has lost 10 of the past 11 to Nole I think.


Wog Boy Says:

Yes, I forgot Gasquet, Andy has a game to trouble Nole, we’ll see.


Chrisford1 Says:

Moving onto the newer thread for the Final, but it is important to note that the Scots stole the fried Mars bars from the American South, where everything is deemed just better fried.
Some of it is just good honest food to accompany traditional American Southern food feasts and picnics – like deep fried green tomatoes and pickle spears (sweet or dill” awesome with fries. As is true with okra,deep-fried with batter corn on the cob or sweet corn fritters…and so on. And corndogs and funnel cakes go back a century.

But being who they are, believing life is short Southerners go for some decadent indulgences now and then – SEmi-sweet chocolate fried in sugar-laced pecan nut batter, served with whipped cream. The best.
Snickers bars are the kings.
The ultimate in unhealthy food has to be the Twinkie dinner. 6 deep fried Twinkies served with dark beer. Nothing else.
Mars bars, sure.
Deep fried pitted prunes and apricots.
The one that amazed us was the tempura fried creamsickle. So good.

The Scot tourists that went home with the Mars bars thing and made it into a new national dish missed the good stuff.


Wog Boy Says:

Who invented bbq’d marchmallow, I saw them first time when I did outback farm stay with American students years ago?


jalep Says:

Most ludicrous post ever, CF1. lol…

In need of disgusting food intervention.


Pauly Says:

Nadal did it again … He turned out Wawrinka so bad that poor stan had nothing left to fight Djokovic with !
It’s called energy 😂
Novak will win final in straight sets murray is no match for him & looks like he will also clean up the end of year tournament in London again … Can’t see anyone challenging only Federer can give him a decent match !

Nadal isn’t in prime form yet but he’s definitely playing better so hopefully the clay season in 2016 will bring him some decent results & perhaps 10th Roland garros crown ?
Time will tell ????


AndyMira Says:

To Pauly,i can’t agree more about rafa..but murray..we all know his mental block against novak,but if he keep his head down and stay focus he maybe win it..didn’t he defeat him in montreal this summer?so the chance is there..anyone but novak please!He won enough already..

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