Rafael Nadal Rocks Andy Murray, Reaches SFs; Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic Thursday Favorites
by Staff | November 18th, 2015, 6:45 pm
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Rafael Nadal scored one of his best wins of the season dismantling World No. 2 Andy Murray 6-4, 6-1 in round robin play at the ATP Finals Wednesday.

Because Stan Warwinka later won a set in his comeback 7-5, 6-2 win over David Ferrer, Nadal qualifies for a spot in the semifinals.

“I have had a big day against a great player on a tough surface,” said Nadal. “I’m just happy the way that I played today, happy the way I was working. Just another step for me be able to play at that level, against such a great player, is good news. Happy for that. Just want to try to keep working the same way to keep confirming that I am in the completely right direction.”

Murray came out sharp early, but quickly faded and fell apart in front of his home fans.

“He was able to dictate most of the points and he was hitting the ball harder than he was at the beginning of the match,” said Murray. “I was starting to drop the ball shorter. Obviously when he’s inside the court, he’s extremely, extremely good. He can move his forehand around very well. He can use all of the angles on the court and make you do a lot of moving.

“He’s clearly playing better tennis now than a few months ago. Also I didn’t help myself out there today. I served extremely low percentage, maybe lowest percentage I served the whole year in any match. It was like the low 40s and in the second set like 35 per cent. That’s not good enough against someone as good as Rafa.”

Murray drops to 6-16 against Nadal, and now might have to beat Wawrinka on Friday to qualify for weekend play.

Wawrinka kept his hopes alive coming back from 5-3 down in the first to cruise past David Ferrer 7-5, 6-2.

“My game start to feel better out there,” said Wawrinka. “I didn’t start well. I starting to play a little bit better the middle of the first set. I’m a little bit lucky he gave me back the game to come back. I’m quite happy with the win, especially to turn around the first set and finish that way.”

On tap Thursday, Roger Federer meets Kei Nishikori with an eye toward winning the Stan Smith group getting a seed to play the Nastase #2.

Novak Djokovic will be hoping for Federer to win when the Serb faces Tomas Berdych. If Roger wins, Djokovic will need only a set against Berdych to advance. Otherwise, the Serb will have to beat Tomas to stay alive.


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232 Comments for Rafael Nadal Rocks Andy Murray, Reaches SFs; Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic Thursday Favorites

Dantheman Says:

The top 4 is shifting yet again. Nadal looks like he might be playing top 4 level again. If Murray can’t beat Wawrinka next match, I would argue his level of play is no better than 5th at the moment.


Wog Boy Says:

“Novak Djokovic will be hoping for Federer to win against Tomas Berdych..”

Really staff, I thought he already has beaten Berdych..


Humble Rafa Says:

Novak Djokovic will be hoping for Federer to win against Tomas Berdych

The staff here lives in the past just like the posters. Remember, the Arrogant One recently won Wimbledon…yea, recently.


Humble Rafa Says:

In non-tennis news, Humble Highness played so well that a Scotsman (no longer British since he lost the match) gave himself a haircut on the tennis court.


Michael Says:

I was pretty impressed with the way Rafa was playing and it seemed that he has rediscovered his mojo and the easy win that he managed to extract against Andy is a real morale booster and the most gratifying thing for him is that this is happening in his least favoured surface. A possible semi final marquee clash with Novak will give an reflection as to where his game actually stands.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Michael nice post,and a breath of fresh air,Roger beat Novak and it was all how fantastic he played,Rafa beats Stan and Andy and it was all tank talk,so its nice to hear when posters actually give Rafa credit for playing well,rather than crucify his opponents for playing poorly,hes made the semis which is a bonus,and should he beat Ferrer he will top the group,personally i have/had no expectations before it started and still dont,the thing i didnt want was for him to get whitewashed,so its all a bonus for me now,as regards Novak if he faces him i dont expect a win,but maybe Novaks physically and emotionally spent after such an amazing year,and this could be Rafas next chance,all assuming Novak beats Berdych most likely????….


Gypsy Gal Says:

^Sorry best chance^….


Daniel Says:

GG he alreadh topped the group regardless of Ferrer match. Beating Ferrer will be a bonus for a 3-0 and more 200 ranking points.

Didn’t saw the Murray match but by what many said he played great. Agaisnt Wawa though he was broken to love first game and have had chances 2 times more even with 30+ UE. Maybe he is gearing himself and will play better each round. Will see. But all matches so far had one player great and the other not so. Apart frok Berdyc x Kei and first set Fed x Djoko.


nits Says:

Going into semifinal is good for nadal.Now he has moved one round up comparing his earlier results like AO quarter & FO quarter.He is having better results indoors this year. A surprise for me. May be during Indian wells we may actually see him winning a master after a long time.Till that it’s all hard work for now.


FedExpress Says:

nishi had his chances in the games


FedExpress Says:

fed has a cold it seems


FedExpress Says:

every tennis player is a human but how they cope with headaches and colds on match days


FedExpress Says:

from 3-1 to 3-3 15-40


FedExpress Says:

broken

from 3-1 up to 3-4 down

federer ladies and gentleman

reminds me of miami


FedExpress Says:

fed cant serve to save his life


FedExpress Says:

serve is back

some juicy 2nd serves. going big.


FedExpress Says:

Jeez. that backhand was lightning fast


FedExpress Says:

best rally


FedExpress Says:

first set 7-5 federer

fed raised his game towards the end

was 3-1 up then 3-4 break down and broke back


jatin Says:

Nice comeback by roger to end the set, I don’t recall the last time fed was up 3-1 and lost back to back serves.
Raised him game at the right time. Nishikori is playing some good tennis


FedExpress Says:

hahahahahah scherzinger and dimitrov are dating. dimitrov doing everything to waste his tennis talent. mug.


Daniel Says:

Looks like Fed is taling control now. Not seeing the match, just following scores.

Makes things easier for Djoko, he’ll only need a set versus Berdych. But if Djoko loses in straights to Berdych Djoko is out and Berdych in.

Anyway, best for Djoko is to win (as it’s almost 100% assured because Berdych seems can’t beat Djoko anymore).


FedExpress Says:

feds FH and BH are firing now espec his BH has been very solid


FedExpress Says:

hahahahahha koenig


FedExpress Says:

hmmm fed losing the plt


FedExpress Says:

broken lol
4-3


calmdownplease Says:

`Rafa beats Stan and Andy and it was all tank talk,so its nice to hear when posters actually give Rafa credit for playing well,rather than crucify his opponents for playing poorly’

Oh so WHAT GG?
Are we to post just to make you feel good, is that our role here?
I call it how I see it, and frankly, I couldn’t care less about a bunch of Nadal’s fans feelings.
And never have!
As per Novak/Fed well that was a different match entirely but I think it was Novak himself going on about his ‘bad day at the office’ etc.
No one else was required.


FedExpress Says:

kei fought fire

fed starting to miss after his dominant patch.


calmdownplease Says:

It’s quite a good match this
One of the better ones really


FedExpress Says:

feds serving disappeared. only making appearances in patches


FedExpress Says:

wtf was that federer


FedExpress Says:

from 1-4 to 5-4

wtf


calmdownplease Says:

er what was THAT?!


calmdownplease Says:

SO if Nishi wins here
Novak is out?


FedExpress Says:

nope

wtf chokerer


Dave Says:

5 games in a row for Kei


jatin Says:

Don’t worry, he will regroup. Nishikori is a great counter puncher and playing well.


Felipe Says:

Nop, if Nishikori wins and Novak wins there would be a triple tie. Federer with the set already secured the first place (5-2 SETS), and Novak winning even in 3 sets will secure the second place (4-3 sets), while Nishi will end up 4-4 in sets


jatin Says:

Positive start. 1-0


calmdownplease Says:

alright thanks
Of course Berdych could beat him and then Novak is out!

bwahahahaha!
Sorry, it was funny to type that one.


Daniel Says:

Topsy turvy match. Almost wanting Kei to win just to add more pressure to Djoko and maybe have a Fedal semis😜


FedExpress Says:

fed is done


calmdownplease Says:

There should be a fedal semi of this team anyway
fed is first now and Nadal probably will be regardless


jeez Says:

3 BP saved!!


FedExpress Says:

good that fed has two days off to regroup

and nishi cant convert triple break points

just like he did last year vs nole


jeez Says:

3 BP saved!!

2-1


Daniel Says:

At least Fed has a day rest before semis, no need for a three setter now.


calmdownplease Says:

would pleased for Nishi showing some samurai grit for those back home
but it would make a worrying prospect for a fedal semi for feds fans
Nadal might be blessed 3 or 4 tankers in a row!
anyway great recovery so maybe not!


FedExpress Says:

nishi has good 3 set record but how good is it vs the top 4


calmdownplease Says:

Oh sorry I got that wrong
Rafa will finish first in his group and play probably Novak who should be second
Forgot about that Daniel
Hopefully fed plays Wawrinka if I’m honest


FedExpress Says:

wp nishi


jatin Says:

Oh my goodness,…. what a shot by nishikori…. jaw dropping


calmdownplease Says:

Great shot!
I love Nishis game.
It’s a pity he’s rather under-powered and Injury prone.


FedExpress Says:

break federer again

now serve it home


jatin Says:

That was some SHOUT by fed… loved it…. 3-1


FedExpress Says:

at 3-1 fed was walking towards the bench to sit down

he is tired

and nishi wasted his chances


FedExpress Says:

fed cant serve but coneverts 100 % his BP

strange


jatin Says:

WOW… I am loving this match… Nishi has pushed fed to his limits, he is even grunting now. And I love this hidden fighter in fed which seem to awaken when he looks tired.
4-1


jeez Says:

Should break here


FedExpress Says:

any1 sensing a break now at 4-2


jatin Says:

SABBRRRR… yeah


jatin Says:

Fed express
Don’t worry, he will hold this time


FedExpress Says:

hold federer

a loss of this kind wouldnt be good in the Semis

led with a break in every set


RZ Says:

Just checked in on the score. How did Fed lost that 2nd set? Wasn’t he up 4-1?


FedExpress Says:

he choked


jeez Says:

BP Nishikori


FedExpress Says:

BP.Saved.


FedExpress Says:

Df for another BP


jeez Says:

DOUBLE FAULT

2nd BP


jeez Says:

here we go again!!!


FedExpress Says:

broken

wtf is this mug doing


Dave Says:

Fed looks a bit tired


jatin Says:

I cannot believe how well kie is playing right now.. Breaks back…
Very few first serves from fed..


jatin Says:

RZ
Just like this set. He was up 4-1 and now its 4-3.. Nishi is not giving him an inch


jatin Says:

What was THAT drop volley by kie….


FedExpress Says:

i have no words really

3-1 4-1 4-1


jeez Says:

4-4

This is it


jatin Says:

Please fed… need some first serves now


jeez Says:

SERVE IS BACK


jatin Says:

Did you see that.. nishi almost got that shot as well..
First serves fed


jeez Says:

Where was it @

4-1

Hmmmm…??


FedExpress Says:

why serve now? why not in the 2nd and 3rd when u led 4-1

i think this long match will have an effect on saturday. possibly cost him the tournament


jatin Says:

4/4 first serves and fed won all the points. Still leads 5-4


FedExpress Says:

and why not tank and save energy


madmax Says:

Great match, but come on Fed.


jeez Says:

Should break here for the

LAST TIME…


madmax Says:

Fedexpress, you seem on a downer, for quite some time now – Fed is allowed an off day, same as Novak. It happens to the best of them.

Not surprised he could be feeling tired. Mental energy. Must be exhausting.


jatin Says:

Amazing rally


jatin Says:

What a backhand pass by fed… Chance now


jeez Says:

BH

2 more points!!


madmax Says:

I said, COME ONE! ALLEZ!


madmax Says:

COME ON!

pLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASEEEE


jatin Says:

Nishi is too consistent


madmax Says:

Nowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!!


FedExpress Says:

deuce

come on two good points in a row needed


RZ Says:

@jatin – thanks. I have a hard time with “choking” and “tanking” explanations because I feel like recently on Tennis-X every match with a top player losing has been chalked up to tanking or choking, so it’s helpful to hear that Kei isn’t giving Fed much room to win.


FedExpress Says:

MP fed

5/5 so far


jeez Says:

MATCH POINT

6 BP


jatin Says:

match point fed


jeez Says:

YESSSSSS!!!!


madmax Says:

Yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Come on!

Fist pump!


jatin Says:

PERFECT ROGER..

Impressive regrouping by roger.. Kei played such a high level of tennis. I really loved his game.
What a match.

Kudos fed, undefeated so far :)


jeez Says:

Only comforting thing in this match is

BP Conversion 6/6 !!!


Daniel Says:

And he breaks one more time and seal the deal. 3 wins, top his group and now rest 1 day and see if there will be a rematch of last year epic semis with Stan or Murray will want to fight back and avenge the (quoting sienna: 0-1) from last year and maybe beating Fed again? Hard to see if Andy wants to fight back for 3 more tuff matches: beating Wawa, than Fed and most likelly Djoko in finals pre DC.


jeez Says:

WTAish Match this…


jatin Says:

RZ
I don’t think fed choked at all. Yeah, his first serve was down unfortunately but kei was really pushing him hard, actually he pushed him in every set. Came back a break down in the first set to lead 4-3 with a break, then again came back from 4-1 in the second, followed the same pattern in the third.

Fed really had to put all of his efforts to win today even with such low first serves. He even looked little angry with himself and frustrated. But in the end, he kept his calm and played a perfect last game to break nishi.


FedExpress Says:

PeRFect

but much more energy wasted than needed and it could cost him on saturday. i hope he plays in the afternoon


courbon Says:

Congratulations to Fed fans-very intertaining match.


madmax Says:

Roger looks shattered. Well done Federer! If you have a cold, get some ginger and honey inside you and quick!

Stay well!

Great effort from Kei.


madmax Says:

“It was extremely difficult. More breaks than we are used to but Kei did an amazing job and when he had second serves he punished them. It was a thrilling match and I enjoyed it. Congratulations to him on a good game and great season.
“Kei was doing a really good job of staying aggressive and going for his shots and it was hard. It was close but enough at the end.”

Great response from Roger!


Gypsy Gal Says:

Daniel thanks what i shouldve said and meant was beats Ferrer and will be unbeaten in the group….


RZ Says:

I hope this performance means that Kei will have a good (and injury-free) 2016.


Gypsy Gal Says:

CDP WOW need for the tone,your not very good at living up to your monikor,my post wasnt even directed at you anyway….


FedExpress Says:

and fed said in the skypad interview he doesnt have a cold. his kids have though.


Margot Says:

Best match so far.


calmdownplease Says:

Well, I’m the one that has being saying they were both cr*p (esp Andy), so I don’t see how it could not have been about me.
And I am ALWAYS calm-
ish


Gypsy Gal Says:

Agree with Margot,best match so far,Roger couldve lost that match,but was clutch on the big points,Kei played fantastic,but fell short on some of the big points,wish him well for the next year,and hope he remains injury free….


FedExpress Says:

hmm

think nadal will get the afternoon match on saturday and fed the evening match (i hate that) cause murray and wawrinka playing in the evening on friday

shiiittt. last years evening SF gave us no final


Daniel Says:

FedExpress, actually prefer him to olay first match because ig that semis went 3 sets as well he will gave less tine to recover for finals. So hope he plays first and is a 2 set win. Last thing we need is another withdraw as last year final


jatin Says:

By the way, I really liked roger’s beard. Looks amazing and it gives him some kind of devilish look, kind of like “A hungry champion”. He should keep it for some time :)


Margot Says:

The only way Rog wouldn’t get the evening slot is if Andy gets to the semis. Which, at this moment in time looks about as likely as the proverbial flying pig.
I suppose the sponsors dream would be Fed v Andy.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jatin lol i like the beard,quite sexy really,i like men who you look a bit rough around the edges,he usually looks so clean cut, so maybe hes rebelling a bit….


Dave Says:

I have been noticing something about Andy recently. When he is not peaking and is forced to play aggressive tennis to beat Nole, Nadal and Federer, he doesn’t feel comfortable doing it and makes to many errors. He can play his regular game against anyone else and get away with it and get the win. But against Nole, Nadal and Federer, he can’t sit back and play defense. He has to learn to be more comfortable playing aggressive tennis on a more consistant basis so that he doesn’t need to be at top form to push the top guys. At least he tried to play aggressive tennis even though he wasn’t feeling it against them. He knew he had no chance any other way. Just an observation I have noticed.


Giles Says:

Sounds like Rafa has the afternoon slot for the semis.


calmdownplease Says:

`He has to learn to be more comfortable playing aggressive tennis on a more consistant basis so that he doesn’t need to be at top form to push the top guys.’

We know this, as does Andy.
It has been done before too very successfully when Lendl was around
Anyway, when he is ‘on’ controlled aggression looks easy from him, Lendl’s lessons weren’t forgotten I don’t think.
I just think the UEs on this occasion are from him trying to walk and chew gum simultaneously i.e training for the DC AND this WTF tournament
WTF!
such a fitting name really….


SG1 Says:

Does Fed’s growth mean Stan will shave his?


jatin Says:

Gypsy gal
Haha, actually he parted ways with Gillete. Does it has something to do with it ?
Maybe ‘)


Gypsy Gal Says:

SG1 LOL….

Jatin LOL right….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Rafas the only player not to have lost a match or a set getting to the semis,who saw that one coming,you really couldnt make this stuff up??….


Gypsy Gal Says:

And on his worst surface who knew??….


James Says:

At this age, Fed is good for two tough sets. That’s why best of 5 against Djoke is nearly impossible for him to win, unless Djoke is having a bad day.

Djoke Nadal semi could be close this time. Nadal is playing better, Djoke is not at the very top of his game, and the surface is slow. Lets see. I think the winner of this semi wins the title.


FedExpress Says:

nope james.


Felipe Says:

Djoker will beat Nadal in the semis…the guy has won at least 5 tournaments this year when his play during the week was so-so, just good enough to win, but once the weekend arrives, he changes gears and put clinic performances almost all the time


Gypsy Gal Says:

All ifs still,but should Nadal go 3-0 in the group and lose to Novak,and Federer wins all his matches beating Stan or Andy in the semis,then i will pull for him in the final,i make no secret that i dont care for this format,and the idea that a player can lose a match and still make the final and win doesnt seem right to me….


RZ Says:

Murray-Peers had 3 match points but are now 9-9 in the super tiebreak against the Bryans.


jeez Says:

Goooooo

BIRDMAN…!!!

He he

:-)


RZ Says:

Bummer for Murray-Peers after having 4 match points, but at least Jamie can now start practicing on the clay with Dom.


J-Kath Says:

Great match Nishikori v Federer – Loved it. Interesting that Fed. can curse with the best of them – must have something to do with the new roguish beard!


jeez Says:

Broken already

Birdman

0-2


FedExpress Says:

game over

nole vs nadal fix i suppose


jeez Says:

BP for Birdman!!


jeez Says:

BP for Birdman!!

And he

BREAKS !!!

1-2


jeez Says:

WHAAAAAT??

3 more BP for Nole


jeez Says:

CLUTCH SERVING

3 BP saved(2 ace)

& BASELINE ralley

ACE

2-2


Rafael Nadal: This Win Over Andy Murray Is Just The Beginning Says:

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jeez Says:

VOLLEY

3-3


courbon Says:

berdy is playing well


jeez Says:

Winners-Unforced

2-7 Djokovic

10-11 Berdych

4-3


jeez Says:

Or

DJOKOVIC is

PLAYING CRAP!!!!

Or

BOTH???


jeez Says:

Birdman broken again

Novak serving for the set

5-3


FedExpress Says:

nole into the semis

birdy got robbed in that game by the line judge and umpire


FedExpress Says:

hahahaha

reverse face of the racquet from nole


FedExpress Says:

nole nadal

can he level the H2H vs nadal?


jeez Says:

With this SET1(6-3), Novak is assured of semifinal berth…

Now he can HAND(Tank) all he want ….!!!

He he..

:-)


courbon Says:

Novak will not level with Nadal if he plays like this…


FedExpress Says:

1 winner from nole lol


FedExpress Says:

berdych playing for points, money and pride


jeez Says:

Birdy

Serve well only @

0-40

He he…


Gypsy Gal Says:

Courbon dont worry he can play crap and still win,Rafa doesnt have that sort of luxury against Nole though….


courbon Says:

GG, I would not be that sure-Rafa got his confidence back and looks very fresh ( comparing to all other years in the fall of the season ).Well, we will see soon,a ? And we can have mini war here ( but friendly ) (-:


Wog Boy Says:

Let me see, how many of you here were cheering Berdych, though most of you don’t even like the bloke? I would say 80%.
BTW, Nole is too casual tonight for my liking.


Travis Bickle Says:

WB,
Nobody here cheer for Berdych. The fact is they all cheer against Novak, no matter who he plays against.
That is the norm these days outside China (and probably Serbia) since Novak is shattering the preordained narative about Fedal and to some extent Murray.

That is why this domination by Nole is even sweeter for me – knowing how many ulcers he “activated” over last few years…


Gypsy Gal Says:

Wogboy im cheering Nole,because for me if Rafa is to win this i want him to do it the hard way by playing and beating the very best,as unlikely as that may seem ATM,still dont like this format though….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Courbon lol a friendly war as always lol,i like the Nole fan base here,well most of them,only one or two bad apples ;)….


FedExpress Says:

wtf happened to nole after the nishkori match

he wont stand a chance if he plays like this

why didnt he play like this at the last two GS finals. choosing everytime the wrong moment


courbon Says:

Gg, there is also rotten plum called Wog Boy…


FedExpress Says:

lahyanis “40 love-eeee” is just legendary


courbon Says:

Novak looks tired, unmotivated,passive…


J-Kath Says:

Oh no – Wog Boy ain’t a rotten plum.


FedExpress Says:

if he cant motivate himself for a nadal clash then there is something wrong


Wog Boy Says:

TB, that’ll be right with one exception, Nole has a fair share of fans in Melbourne, not more than other two but more than in other three GS cities.


FedExpress Says:

berdych is gone

btw why is the final not on 8 pm? why 6 pm?

considering the last sf final is played on 8 pm


Wog Boy Says:

JK,
Don’t listen to Frenchie.


J-Kath Says:

Nole is through irrespective of whether Berdych wins the match or not – explains his somewhat laid back game…..this match is now meaningless – except for Berdych’s pride.

Good night.


Travis Bickle Says:

WB,
I may be generalizing, but I do find Aussies much more genuine and fair than Brits and us Americans. So yes, AO crowd is probably the fairest of all slams.


Travis Bickle Says:

This is Novak’s 40% level and he still straight-sets a No. 5. player in the world. Scary!

He does look lethargic out there, I hope he is peaking for the weekend as he did in Paris. Otherwise, it would be hard to explain.

Perhaps after gauging his form in the first match where he demolished Nishikori (who gave stiff resistance to Fed and Berd), Djoker decided to take it easy and go all out in SF and Final.
However, I may be wrong, but that is what internet forums are for :-)


FedExpress Says:

it is confirmed

nole vs nadal in the afternoon

federer vs murray/wawrinka in the evening

i dont get it why they put murray and wawrinka in the evening?


Gypsy Gal Says:

Courbon/Wogboy congrats to your favorite on making the semis,his average tennis is good enough to beat most players,he will be super motivated against Rafa,and then most probably Federer in the final,definetly the favorite to win the tournament now….


Travis Bickle Says:

“i dont get it why they put murray and wawrinka in the evening?”

So that Nadal can have a fair amount of rest before his semi. Nadal’s semi in the afternoon with 24 hour rest and Murray/Stan winner’s semi in the evening with 24-hr rest too.

It’s fair.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Tennis players have the most beautiful wives and girlfriends,Xisca,Jelena,Mirka,Kim,Esther etc all stunning,pregnancy really suits Kim whos glowing….


courbon Says:

J kath-Good night

GG: Thanx.I’m not that optimistic, but one can hope? Good night


courbon Says:

Mirka? Hmmm…


Gypsy Gal Says:

I wont see either match because of work :(….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Courbon Xiscas your favorite right?….


Wog Boy Says:

@courbon

:))


Wog Boy Says:

GG,
Thanks, it’ll be great match, looking forward to it.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Wogboy i hope so,no expectations anyway,Rafa has the matter of playing a dead rubber against Ferrer first,even though id still like him to go all out for a win,as i hate these type of matches,it all seems rather hollow….


Wog Boy Says:

TB,

It is called “Little Aussie Battler” syndrome, Aussies love battlers and Nole is one of them.


Wog Boy Says:

“Why didnt he play like this at the last two GS finals. choosing everytime the wrong moment”

Actually Nole chose right moment as far as Nole fans are concerned.


Travis Bickle Says:

“Tennis players have the most beautiful wives and girlfriends,Xisca,Jelena,Mirka,Kim,Esther etc ”

I am not sure Xisca and Mirca belong in the ‘wives and girlfriends’ category. I read the rumours that both of them are placed in those roles by PR teams to maintain ‘an average straight guy’ look for Roger and Rafa.

Could be an internet rumour but that is why tennis forums are for I guess. I even read that having twins twice in a row implies high chance that a woman is artificially made pregnant…
I also read that straight tennis players (e.g. Novak, Murray, Berdych, Lopes, etc.) marry their long-term girlfriends and Rafa is hesitating for no obvious reason…

No one knows the truth but the players and their PR teams but since the topic of wives and girlfriends was initiated on this thread, I felt obliged to offer few interesting angles on it.


James Says:

When djoke plays Nadal – he is as dialed in as Nadal is when he plays Fed. So expect a cracker of a match saturday. Djoke will be well rested – Lets see if Ferrer makes Nadal work hard tomorrow.

I think Djoke beats Nadal this time too. regardless of the slow courts – its not as slow as clay, bounce is not that high, can’t slide into shots – really, this is not Nadal’s favored surface at all. Djoke is best on slow hard courts.


FedExpress Says:

wtf do you want to say TB, mirka loves the money mir than her husband?!?!?!


Wog Boy Says:

It is not uncommon thing that some wifes love their husbands money (status) more than husband himself, not saying that’s the case with Mirka..though she was a sort of cougar, she grabbed (seduced) Roger when he was 19.

I have to leave you now, I have job to do, my wife needs more money..


Ben Pronin Says:

Federer has been with Mirka since he was 19 years old. They met at the Olympics in 2000. I’m pretty sure Federer didn’t even know what PR was at the time.

I’ve heard the same rumors. And about Nadal. I don’t see why it would matter. It’s 2015, not 1975. If one or both of the greatest players in tennis history (and currently) came out, it would be a huge positive for the sport. And sports in general, not just tennis.

That said, I don’t think it’s true because it seems dumb to me. I could be wrong, but I just don’t see the logic.

Also back-to-back twins is the result of Federer just being the GOAT in having kids, too.


Ben Pronin Says:

LMAO, a cougar? She was 22, ffs! That’s like calling Sharapova a cougar for dating Dimitrov. I’m pretty sure, by definition, a cougar is at least 35, if not older, and dating someone significantly younger. Are you going to call a 55 year old woman a cougar if her husband is 52?


Wog Boy Says:

Boyat 19 is much more inexperienced and imature than girls 22, easy to be seduced, fact. Comparing man at 52 and woman at 55 with boy at 19 and woman at 22 is comparing oranges and apples.


Wog Boy Says:

^^
Besides, I said “sort of cougar” not quite “a cougar”.. and they lived happily ever after..


Chrisford1 Says:

Now, now Travis! Those long time running rumors are tawdry. (Though not being close to a perfect human being myself, I had to briefly snicker at the headline “Fed Isn’t Sure How Long He Will Keep His Beard”.

In the conversation on wives/GFs, it would be unfair to overlook Stan and his most recent lady, Donna Vekic. The 5’11″ gal is an accomplished athlete, of course, and as the playlist of photos shows, a stunning teen.

http://nesn.com/playlist/donna-vekic/2/

My playlist starts at the 2nd picture, for some reason…Baby’s got back, as they say.


Tennisfan Says:

Jeez when did this site become TMZ talking about players being secretly gay and having “PR” wives/girlfriends. Mirka and Xisca deserve more respect than that.


Okiegal Says:

@Tennis fan 7:19

I totally agree. I can’t believe some of the stuff the moderators let pass through the hallowed halls of Tennis X forums…….People, it’s going to the dogs!! The blue moon posters need to be shut down!! This forum is getting trashy….. :(


Travis Bickle Says:

But Okie,

Some trashy is good, no? Once a tennis player emerged on a scene with pirate shorts and sleeveless shirt and kept picking at his a$$. Trashy? 100%.
Yet. many middle aged women (and few men) loved it and kept having wet dreams about him until this day…
So little bit trashy is fine.
I am also positive many of those “wet dreamers” have certain trashy underwear adds on a constant loop at their screen savers and, again, nothing wrong with that.
Having fake wives and girlfriends? Nothing wrong with that.
Being straight/gay? Who cares!

What really is wrong that some “holier than thou” folks try to censor expression of opinion and cry for moderation of perfectly benign and non-malicious posts…


Okiegal Says:

I’m taking out the trash….bub-bye Travis!!


Tazman1 Says:

I didn’t get to watch the RF match but, i just read the match time comments and I am glad that RF won! And I also think that this format is crazy! You can lose a match and still win the Tourney! It doesn’t make sense to me! You weren’t good enough to win a match so we will give you another chance to win the tourney! Give me a break! That’s just not the way it should go, IMHO!


Gypsy Gal Says:

Tennis Fan @7.19pm November 19th,well said,i just cant believe Sean Randall and the staff let some of the stuff Travis Bickle posts actually get through the moderators and that hes never been warned,like Okie says its the sort of trashy talk that gets posted on Blue Moonball everyday,and wouldnt be out of place on an adult site,so much for the new tennis-x guidelines,ive complained a few times about this guy,yet it all falls on deaf ears, shame as i thought this site was better than that….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Chris Ford1 when you say now,now Travis it sounds like your post is more in a joking manner,and is mocking Rafa,Roger and Stan and their wives and girlfriends yourself….


J-Kath Says:

Okiegal’s “I’m taking out the trash” is hilarious.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Hope Murray beats Stan(sorry Emily),as it means he will finish the year ranked number 2….


J-Kath Says:

Ben

Dimitrov’s new girl-friend is 37 years old.

Twins – I thought propensity for twins came from the female line .?

GG: Thanks for your good wishes for Andy – to be honest I have mixed feelings on this (I wanted him to leave London much earlier…not sure he’ll beat Stan and will only jeopardise the DC). Sigh, sigh!


calmdownplease Says:

?!

Grigor Dimitrov is a tiresome attention whore
Like the worst of the WTA
Too bad for him his tennis will suffer then eh?


calmdownplease Says:

Actually, as much as I’m not a fan usually.
I’m with Travis Bickle on this one.


Gypsy Gal Says:

What is going on with this forum,come on people surely we are all better than this?….


Margot Says:

TB is our very own “agent provocateur.” Probably only UK fans will get my oh-so-clever reference…;)


calmdownplease Says:

Well, why do you think TB should be moderated GG?
What has he said that’s SO awful then?


Gypsy Gal Says:

CDP digs about Rogers marriage and sexuality,or a couple of days ago saying Rafa and another male player were an item and putting a smilie face on the end, jokes some months back on altar boys,and ladies of the evening,you and others here might find the guy quite funny,and power to you if you do,as they say each to their own,but its stuff that has no placing on an internet forum,and is just gutter talk nothing else….


calmdownplease Says:

`its stuff that has no placing on an internet forum,and is just gutter talk nothing else’

Oh so WHAT?
How is any of that so bad, he could be (gay) for all we know.
The wheeled in long-distance GF, and the pictures of him giggling with Monaco (usually on top of each other) on various beds kind of makes one think a little.
As for what should be on an internet forum.
Who are YOU to decide that eh?
You’re not one of the moderators here.
Why is it that some people (some women, in particular) think they can decide what should and shouldn’t be ‘acceptable’ on the net?
There’s the `dark web`, weird violent porn sites, places where you can buy peoples livers, make bombs FFS!
The internet is a big and scary place.
And you are worried about someone suggesting Nadal is….gay!
lol
Anyway, cheer up GG it should be water off a duck’s back by now, & gay or not it, looks like Rafa is making a bit of a comeback!
I hope he gives as good as he gets Today, he certainly looks in the mood for a fight.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Glad you got that all of your chest CDP,for the record im perfectly happy thanks,ill just remember im a woman in future and realise where i figure in the pecking order then?….


calmdownplease Says:

Your place in the ‘pecking order’ is not down to your sex.
Male or female, there are actual moderators & it’s up to them to decide what goes, not you.
You don’t like it?
TOO BAD


Gypsy Gal Says:

CDP Whatever,im going to work anyway you would be pleased to know,and ill stick to tennis in future,PEACE AND HAVE A NICE DAY ;)….


calmdownplease Says:

Peace right back at ya hon!

Honestly!


Margot Says:

Well…as a woman who, conforming to a bit of a stereotype here, wants ALL posts, except mine natch, to be moderated…. I think TBs posts should be CENSORED EVERY TIME. They are an offence to decency/the American way/kittens/Cammeron/Prince Charles/lollypops and roses/sweet Spring sunshine/snowdrops etc etc
…or not………
And don’t ever get me started on James!
Honestly GG, who should give a damn about any player’s sexuality? It is a completely private matter and should remain so.


Okiegal Says:

@calmdownplease 7:17

Am I surprised?? NOT!!!!

@J-Kath….After all I’ve been through the last two months, I still manage to have a sense of humor every now and then. I thought it was funny
myself….. :)


Okiegal Says:

@Margot….falls on deaf ears….


Margot Says:

Good to see you posting OKiegal, and, maintaining your sense of humour :)
Trash belongs in the trash can alrighty.


calmdownplease Says:

Are we all getting a bit upset here, about my apparent `misogyny’?

I said SOME women because, well, they tend to be the ones complaining about moderation here, and actually quite a few places I post.
This site/thread is an example of that.
I could have lied and said ‘some men’ and I doubt there would have been a problem (funny that).
But ANYWAY, I said SOME people because obviously censorship is not a gendered issue.
Both sexes are guilty of this.
In GENERAL!


Okiegal Says:

@Margot……Thanks! Glad we both agree on the trash issue.

On another note, I am as confused as Gypsy Gal on the round robin format….Nothing new however, I was just as confused last year!

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