Djokovic Merciless in Doha Final, Rocks Nadal for 1st 2016 Title
by Staff | January 9th, 2016, 2:35 pm
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You thought Rafael Nadal was back in the conversation with Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray in 2016?


Think again. Or maybe just not in the same stratosphere as the Serb.

The world No. 1 Djokovic rocked Nadal 6-1, 6-2 for the season-opening Qatar ExxonMobil Open title in Doha on Saturday, winning his sixth consecutive ATP title.

Nadal after the final said essentially ‘No worries, the year is young.’

“Today, he’s better than me,” said the Spaniard. “We will see in two weeks or we will see in five months. The only thing that you can do is wait that the opponent is not playing like this all the time. That is difficult to play like this all the time. It’s obvious. I am going to wait for my moment.”

With the win Djokovic tied Andre Agassi with 60 career titles, joining the elite 10 players to win 60 or more.

Nadal looked to be challenging from the start, earning a break point in the first game, but Djokovic erased the challenge then went about erasing the Spaniards chances, in the next game going up 40-love on Nadal’s serve before eventually breaking. Later a second break put Djokovic up 5-1, and the gap between the players became clearer.

In the second set Djokovic broke Nadal’s serve right out of the gates for a 1-0 lead before winning five of the next seven games to secure victory.

“It did feel as close to perfection as it can get,” Djokovic said. “Obviously from the first to the last point I managed to impose my own tactical approach and strategy and what I have kind of prepared myself for, and the conditions were played to my favor. I just came out on the court with the right intention, with the right intensity, and with a great deal of confidence, as well, that I carried from the last season playing against him in the last couple of matches as well winning in straight sets.”

The Serb furthered his status by taking the lead for the first time ever in their head-to-head, going up on Nadal 24-23, and winning his 11th consecutive set off the Spaniard. Djokovic had now won nine of their last 10 meetings. Piling on the stats, it was also the 16th consecutive final Djokovic has appeared in.

“I played against a player who did everything perfect,” Nadal said. “I don’t know anybody who played tennis like this ever. Since I know this sport I never saw somebody playing at this level. So I just congratulate him and that’s it. I know I can do a few things better, but the real thing is, with these conditions playing during the night and with the feeling of the ball here, it’s so difficult to have chances against him playing like this.”

Nadal fell to 67-32 in career finals.


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106 Comments for Djokovic Merciless in Doha Final, Rocks Nadal for 1st 2016 Title

Gbati Says:

Djokovic… Wow


Chrisford1 Says:

“I played against a player who did everything perfect,” Nadal said. “I don’t know anybody who played tennis like this ever. Since I know this sport I never saw somebody playing at this level.”

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Wow. Just wow!


Giles Says:

Ok Rafa, over to you …..


Travis Bickle Says:

Had they played strip-poker today, Rafa would have finished in his underwear only…
At least that way, Giles would have had something positive to cling to. This way, nothing for poor Giles, big bowl of sour grapes in his momma’s basement :-)

On a serious note, you got to feel for Rafa, his face at the chair after the match told the story – he is REALLY disappointed and sees no exit from the situation he is in.


Gypsy Gal Says:

True to form and classy as ever,crude smutty talk that supposedly passes for humour,there seems to be only one poster with an obsession of Rafa in his underwear,whats next eh?talk of Rogers fake marriage to Mirka,or Rafa and Juan Monaco,i guess some fellow Novak fans think this is funny,each to his/her own i suppose?….


Travis Bickle Says:

Oh, good old Alison a.k.a. Gypsy Gal, moral police on this site….
Except when it comes to Giles – she never criticizes his comments!

You put “dysfunctional” in Dysfunctional Tennis Blog, honey!
Love you Alison!
BTW, when is the next name change? Gypsy Gal is getting old…


Gypsy Gal Says:

Err have actually many times,and defended Novak and Roger many times FYI,long before you were even here,and fortunatly others here know me better than you, anyway hes insulted me many times as im not biased enough,so he and i basically ignore one another,is that good enough for you?….

And about my monikor i will change it when im good and ready,its in keeping with my pagan roots,as for yours a wannabee film character says it all really….

BTW You dont intimidate me so dont even bother to try….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Anyway big congrats to all the nice sensible Novak fans,Michael,Wogboy,Mat4,Courbon,Jane,Patson,Jalep,head and shoulders the best player on tour by a country mile….


Dave Says:

I agree with Brad Gilbert saying that it’s a match up problem for Nadal. I still feel that Nadal will be number 2 in the world this year based on the fact that he doesn’t have these issues against anyone else. The only way Federer is winning Australia is if Stan is on Novak’s half and somehow takes him out and Rafa isn’t on Federer’s half because Federer hasn’t beaten Nadal at Australia ever, and hasn’t beaten him in a best of 5 set match in a long time. That is honestly the best I have ever seen Nole play in my life. He seems more focuesed this year than even last year if that’s possible. Stan is the only one that can seem to really trouble Nole in a best of 5 set match. He almost always takes Nole to 5 sets. I can’t even remember the last time Nole beat Stan in less than 5 sets at a major.


Wog Boy Says:

Dave, it could be both, partly bad match up, but also that Nole developed into better player over the years and as scary at it mightsounds still developing. Nadal just hit the wall due to his game style and even regressed, i mean Nadal was way ahead in their head to head until 2011 and then Nole got serious with his tennis:)
The real bad match up is Rafa against Roger, even this Rafa pushed Roger to three sets on Roger’s favorite Basel, low bouncing fast court.


Dave Says:

Wog Boy. I agree with you that Nole is getting better and better and that is also part of the reason. I agree with you on most things. But I don’t agree with you on the young guys shifting things within a year. Do you honestly think Coric is going to beat Nole in a best of 5 set match at a major within a year. No way. Kyrgios is not as mentally stong as Nole and can’t stay with him at the baseline. I just don’t see that. Plus, mens tennis has changed. It takes more time to develop an all court game to the level of Nole or Federer as well as all of the fitness that goes into it. So it’s one of the few times I disagree with you. Nole is actually better this year than last year.


Dave Says:

Theim is a very powerful player for sure. But that one handed backhand will get broken down all day by Nole just like Federer just did to Theim yesterday. Coric has the mental strength and consistent ground strokes of Nole. But his biggest weakness is the fact that he just doesn’t have that pinpoint accuracy with his groundstrokes or serve. That took Nole a long time to develop and figure out. Again it will take Coric more than a year to figure that out.


Dave Says:

Nishikori and Dimitrov have actually been able to push Nole the most at the majors from their age group. Dimitrov was within a point of taking that wimbledon semi-final in 2014 to a 5th set and probably should have. Nishikori stayed tough mentally and beat Nole in 4 at the U.S. Open in 2014. Nole is at least 10 or 15 percent better than that now.


Wog Boy Says:

Dave, I think they are stepping in and charging towards top10, it is true, you are right and I said that too that Nole is getting better but the other from top10 are not getting better nor they are getting younger and that is why I ser few of those youngsters getting there (I even put Tomic and Kyrgios in my top10) by the end of this year and the other few will follow next year. That is the reason why I said this year will finish differently than previous years and the change of guard will happen.
Talking about Nole getting better I think that is result of timely change of head coach who brought new approach and new ideas. I can see Nole finishing his career with Boris as a head coach and Vajda at the back seat, that would be fitting.

Also talking about h2h, it can be deceiving, Nole and Roger gave every opportunity to Rafa to beat them on clay, but Rafa didn’t return the favour, how many HC season and tournaments Tafa missed, but never CC?!


Wog Boy Says:

That Nishikori defeat at USO, I won’t go into detalis, but Nole just wanted to finish the match and get out of the court, no, I don’t take that defeat as others against Roger, Rafa, Stan, Andy..
I will tell you only this, Nole was and is hard done by scheduling at USO, on purpose, like no other top player and no other GS tournament ever did that to Nole, they showed much more respect to Nole than USO orginizers and crowd, fact.


Dave Says:

I agree with you on that for sure. I just don’t see them taking number 1 away from Nole in the next year or 2. I also think that Dimitrov is way to athletically gifted and talented not to eventually win a major. Everyone said that about Murray. He was just to good not to eventually win a major. I believe that’s the same with Dimitrov.


Wog Boy Says:

^^ should say “..no, I don’t take that defeat SAME as others..”


Pauly Says:

Will Nadal stop praising Djokovic & just focus on improving his own declining game


Kimberly Says:

Ok all I didn’t see the match, was djokovic just that good or nasal just that bad?


Dave Says:

He has had some terrible circumstances at the U.S. Open for sure. I agree. I do have to blame Nole for not winning the 2012 U.S. Open final against Murray. He was letting the windy conditions get to him instead of just accepting and surrendering to them. By the time he finally settled down, he was down 2 sets to 0. That final really got to me. Also, when Rafa beat him at the U.S. Open final in 2013, he really let the pivitol third set get away from him and really didn’t show the mental strength to fight back in the 4th set. Big time missed opportunities. Djokovic was distracted for sure just before the birth of his son and just getting married for sure and just wasn’t his usual self. I still have to give Nishikori credit for the true mental strength he showed in that match though.


Kimberly Says:

Nadal


Dave Says:

Kimberly, that was the best I have ever seen Nole play in my life. Nadal wasn’t at his best, but there really wasn’t anything he could have done today.


Wog Boy Says:

Ohh yes, #1 is in the safe hands:)

I like Dimitrov to but he is more interesting in bedding famous women than beating Roger, btw his manager.
He had Roger on the ropes the other night, played great aggressive tennis from mid second set, his FH was sublime, great TB, then Roger had toilet brake and MTO away from the court, came back hardly moving, sucked Dimitrov into believing that he is done, and killed intensity of the match, Dimitrov game collapsed and Roger outfoxed him, he is not mentally ready for the big results, just look how many time he chocked agains big four, including Nole. I wish I am wrong but I dont see him winning GS, but he will definitely “win” few more famous women:)


Dave Says:

I have seen Dimitrov show bigtime potental at the majors though. The 2 matches that stick out to me are the 2014 match against Nadal where he missed a set point to take it to a 5th set by literally a few millimeters if I recall. The other one is the wimbledon semi-final against djokovic where he was very close to taking it to a 5th set. You can’t look at 2015 as a mark for what he has showed in the past. He had way to many changes happen last year, which he talked about in depth.


Dave Says:

Nadal got to the finals of the Australian Open that year and was playing really good tennis.


mat4 Says:

OK, a few data that could hep understand what has happen in the few last years, and that makes the results so one sided today:

at 2-2, we had the avg speed of the FH:

– Novak: 127 kmh (78 mph),

– Rafa: 118 kmh (73 mph).

If you want to know if something changed, I’ve found here:

http://blog.tennisspeed.com/2011/01/forehand-speed-and-spin-rates-of-atp.html

the data for 2009/10 for Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray and Roddick.

Of course, we don’t know the methodology used to obtain those results: was it in matches, in training, did they take in account all FHs, or only the one struck cleanly, from an attacking position, etc. (since Rafa and AR results seems unreal).

As for the results given by Hawk Eye, it’s not the first time I’ve seen similar data. Unfortunately, I don’t have any consistent data to compare (from 2011, 12, 13… in H2H, etc.).

Then, at 3-0, 40-30, you had the following stat:

avg groundstroke speed:

Novak today: 122 kmh (75 mph),
Novak in previous rounds: 114 kmh (70 mph).

You can see what has changed from the previous rounds. You can’t see what caused that change, on the other side.

Food for thought.


Wog Boy Says:

I remember that Nadal match, that was the year Rafa introduced new pattern, toilet brakes after losing set (I think Nishikori was also playing good against Nadal that year, and toilet brake came;).
As I said I really love Dimtrov (as a player) and I hope and wish he proves me wrong.


Wog Boy Says:

Hi mat4,
Have you seen the match?


Dave Says:

Yes, Nishikori did push Nadal as well. I remember that too. I don’t remember the toilet breaks. Nole did the same thing in 2014 after dumping the 4th set against Roger at Wimbledon. Sometimes guys just gotta regroup and get themselves together again. Nole is my favorite player, but I am not going to be biased.


Wog Boy Says:

Of course, everything is within the rules, no problem with that.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Wow. I didn’t see the match but that comment from Rafa is incredible. I’ve never seen a comment quite like that.

this has become a match up problem for Rafa. It became a match-up problem when Novak made his great leap in 2011, but Rafa still had a fighter’s chance and he even bounced back for a time. But now Rafa has lost a step, and his second serve has regressed. In the context of his match-up with Novak, these are killers.

I believe Rafa will have a great year, that he’ll beat Roger, Andy and Stan at least once this year, and I would give him similar odds to those three at grabbing a Slanm, but I don’t believe he can beat Novak. Roger and Stan have a puncher’s chance, and Andy seems to trouble Novak. I’d like to see Rafa make this a real rivalry this year, and it might seem that way to casual fans with Rafa making finals or ‘stealing’ tourneys if Novak gets knocked out, but I don’t think the H2H will be kind to Rafa this year.


mat4 Says:

WB: Just the first set, on YT.

Waiting for set two to appear.


Dave Says:

Honestly, Rafa was my least favorite player for a long time, but Rafa has really won my respect. He is very honest and humble. I actually go for him in some matches now. I never used to do that. I think anyone that knows Rafa, knows where they stand with him. He is brutally honest at times and I respect that a lot.


mat4 Says:

@Dave:

To be Frank (in Chicago), etc., the more Rafa loses, the more I respect him… ;-)


Ben Pronin Says:

TV, agree with everything you said.

I watched the second set today and, besides the serve, I didn’t think Nadal “played” bad. He hit the ball well. He didn’t make a ton of errors. In fact, both guys had 9 UEs in the entire match. But Novak had 30 winners to Nadal’s 13 and that was the big difference. Nadal couldn’t hit through Novak at all. I don’t think I saw any winners from him in that second set. Novak was just right on top of the baseline running Nadal around on a string and points ended in either Novak winners or Novak errors. Unfortunately for Rafa today, Novak was hitting mostly winners.

But Nadal’s serve, jeez. Djokovic just ate it up, both first and second serves. It was like Nadal was just feeding him the ball. I’m not sure what he can really. I don’t think he’s purposely not trying to improve his serve, it’s just not an easy task.


Dave Says:

I agree Tennis Vegabond. Murray does seem to trouble Nole in best of 5 set matches especially. He can stand toe to toe with Nole for hours and hours. I have actually noticed that Rafa has lost a step for sure. I still think he is going to be number 2 in the world. He is mentally stronger against Stan, Roger and Andy. Stan’s age is not a factor yet. He will be 31 in March I believe, but hasn’t lost anything physically. He hasn’t really played a lot of matches in his career compared to Andy, Nole and Nadal who are all younger than him.


Wog Boy Says:

mat4,
I know you are not talking to me but do you mind posting your opinion about Nole’s game.
I am away on holiday and can watch only commercial chanels, which wasn’t bad since I watched Brisbane and Hopman cup, Roger didn’t give any hope to Thiem, just destroyed him, no sign of fever or injury just 16 hours after he hardly could walk agains Grigor, Azarenka is really good and I think that the Serbian dude, Sasha, that Serena lended him to Vika is doing great job with Vika, whichever way you look at it, and finally very nice match Kyrgios/Dolgopolov in which Kyrgios won in two. But I haven’t seen any Doha match:(


Wog Boy Says:

” I don’t think he’s purposely not trying to improve his serve, it’s just not an easy task.”

In that case mistery stays unsolved, how on the earth Rafa served so well (those bombs) in 2010 USO against Nole?


Dave Says:

Wog Boy. Here is the first part of the match already posted on youtube. I will try to find the second half for you. Get ready for a treat.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yanHz1TYGg4


Dave Says:

Here is the full match in one link Wog Boy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDnBwX-rdZY


mat4 Says:

@Dave:

Thanks for the link.

@WB:

Although I am not talking to you… (it’s the second time you write it. Are you kidding?) In the first set, Novak’s game was outstanding. He made about 5 UE, a lot of winners, his gameplan was crystal clear. I gave other stats in my previous post, so you can get a picture.


Wog Boy Says:

Thanks Dave,

I’ll have to watch it when I get back to Sydney tomorrow, signal is so bad here that I am not able to watch youtube, hardly can use mobile phone and I don’t have internet where I am staying.


Wog Boy Says:

mat4,
Of course I am kidding, forgot to put smiley face or dots:)


mat4 Says:

@WB:

If you want to know how Novak played, go here:

https://twitter.com/Eurosport_FR/status/685861125964083204?ref_src=twsrc^tfw


mat4 Says:

Then the serve.

I wrote about it extensively. In 2009, Rafa worked with another Spanish coach to change his motion. The best thing is to watch this clip:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyNEC3gXHL8

Then IW 2011 happened, the final against Novak. In the third set, Rafa couldn’t hit a first serve. He reverted to his old toss after that. He never managed to find again his new motion.


mat4 Says:

Another interesting stat, given at 2-0, 15-30 in the second set:

Novak avg return speed:

previous rounds: 1. 96 kmh srv , 2. 111 kmh srv

final: 1. 107 kmh srv , 2. 125 kmh srv


Kimberly Says:

Just saw the highlights. Insane


Wog Boy Says:

Is it possible that Nole is just adjusting his game to the level of oponents he plays and just plays enough to win until major matches come? It is becoming pattern in his matche that he just plays enough to make It to the later stages of tournament, could it be Boris influence (strategy)?


mat4 Says:

@Kimberly:

I just saw the whole match. Trust me, the HL are a pale copy of it. It was indeed insane. E.g., you don’t see three FH winners Novak’s made in the last game of the match.

I hope he can play at this level more often.


Pauly Says:

The new serving motion in 2010 US OPEN hurt Nadal’s shoulder so he went back to his original service motion


jane Says:

indeed wog boy

hey kimberly, nice to “see” you


mat4 Says:

No, Pauly, it didn’t hurt his shoulder. He didn’t revert to his old service motion neither.


Michael Says:

Alison @ 4.35 pm,

Sorry, I was not able to respond to you for which you posted on the other thread.

My commiserations to the way Rafa lost and I was just aghast as a viewer as you are. It is certainly not a nice feeling to see a Champion like Rafa being mauled in such a helpless fashion.

That said, I am happy to note that you have such high regard for me. I try to be as fair as possible to all the players but sometimes the way you post by not being explicit leads others to draw their own inferences and become a little upset. So, that is nothing wrong and you always have the liberty to criticize and question me and I am bound to answer you as a friend and well wisher.

Thank you once again Alison !!


Gypsy Gal Says:

Michael thanks for getting back to me,its been bugging me for days now how i spoke to you,ive not felt well for a few weeks now,and im still feeling grumpy and out of sorts,anyway about the game not much to say other than Novak was fantastic,and Rafa the least said the better,im just glad theres some fellow Rafa fans here….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Mat4 hi thought it did?….


Michael Says:

Alison @ 2.26 am,

No problem and you need not feel so itchy at all explaining that to me. It is a forum afterall and we have all the right in the World to question and criticize others only that it must be within a decent limit not to get too provocative. And you are one of those posters who always has a tight leash of yourself and verily control your emotions when you post your opinion here which is always well guarded, unbiased and unprejudiced.

Yeah, yesterday was not Rafa’s day and it was sad to see him on Court in such a helpless fashion. I have never seen him being mauled so badly and this compares even unfavourably to the match against Tsonga at the 2008 Australian Open which was a one sided match. Novak just pulverised him on court and he had Rafa on the teetering edge.


mat4 Says:

GG:

No he didn’t revert to his old motion. I gave a link here, go check it then watch a replay of the way he served yesterday.

Oscar Borras didn’t waste Rafa’s time.

GG, you should really persevere with Wagner. It’s about important things. Life and death. Regrets.


Colin Says:

Mat4, I have to dive in when I see a reference to classical music, though I don’t know what posting of GG’s you were replying to.

Anyway, do you know the famous comment by Rossini?
“Wagner has beautiful moments, and awful quarter-hours”


mat4 Says:

@Colin:

It was just a joke, a reference to inspector Morse, the sequel of conversations we had long time ago. Go here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcYuXkwyM5w

But I indeed like Wagner.


mat4 Says:

And I certainly prefer him to Rossini…


Colin Says:

Ah, Inspector Morse. There’s something a little sad, don’t you think, about the way a love of any kind of real culture, is presented in popular TV dramas as a sign of eccentricity or even an actual flaw of character. There’s distinguished precedent though, as the great Sherlock was fond of the classics, though dear old Conan Doyle, in his usual slapdash fashion, makes a few factual mistakes, as he never took the Holmes stories seriously.

Of course Wagner is greater than Rossini, but he does what he does as well as it could be done. The overtures alone are delicious.

I’m not an opera buff, but many years ago I went to a semi-professional performance of an opera I bet you guys don’t know:”La Boheme” – but it’s not by Puccini!


mat4 Says:

@Colin:

It’s not only a love of culture — it’s also education overall. Reading is not “in”, learning is not “cool”, ignorance becomes an “opinion”.

But knowledge needs time.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Mat4 thanks for the links especially the Inspector Morse one,as i cant actually watch that scene without crying,not sure what it has to do with any other conversations weve had though,you need to elaborate im confused,although maybe its this bug ive caught?….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Nice to see Kimberly finally back posting again,hope she sticks around….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Mat4 my late father was a huge fan of classical music….


Margot Says:

@ mat4 and Colin
Only in UK would the phrase “being too clever by half” be used an insult.


jane Says:

cute video at doha gala. looks like players are treated very well there. the video is mostly about fashion, haha. rafa looks handsome, seems to be growing his hair longer again? you can see xisca (at the start) arrive with him. meanwhile daveed looks cute in his short haircut, and berd is sporting the miami vice look. ;) novak clearly feels underdressed and has to explain why. anyhow, it’s sweet to see them all having fun.

http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/video/stars-on-the-spot-in-doha


Gypsy Gal Says:

Thanks for that Jane very nice,i much prefer Tomas Berdychs off court persona ;)….


jane Says:

you’re welcome gypsy. it’s nice to remember the players are just human once and a while.


skeezer Says:

“head-to-head, going up on Nadal 24-23, and winning his 11th consecutive set off the Spaniard. Djokovic had now won nine of their last 10 meetings.”

H2H, The great rafafanatic rule of rules is now in the dumpster, flaming.

More telling of the great Novak is this:

“…it was also the 16th consecutive final Djokovic has appeared in.”

Awesome. No matter who he was playing he got there 16 consecutive times.


Giles Says:

Hey skeezer. If I were you ( thank goodness I’m not) I’d be keeping tabs on your ole man, not Rafa


Okiegal Says:

Regarding Novak and his career……All I can say is “WOW”…….he is almost thirty! Fed i’m not surprised about because we all can agree he has to have the best athletic genes ever. But with Novak he had some health issues early in his career. Got those taken care of and boom baby, rarely can he be stopped. I realize he has been beaten a few times, a very few times. Just pondering the thought if he hadn’t had the respiratory issues what would his career have been like???? Goatness, I am sure! The peak of his career at this age…….kudos to him!


mat4 Says:

@Colin:

Could you be Colin Dexter, par hasard?


Gypsy Gal Says:

Okie maybe without Novaks health issues,and Rafa without his knee issues,or Seles without the stabbing????history couldve looked so very different????….


Okiegal Says:

@GG……we will never ever know……


Wog Boy Says:

Since ther is no WTA thread I’ll post it here, just watching Halep interview here in Sydney. Probably the first time I could see and here here as relaxed and real life person, she is so honest and natural that I even like her more. Last answer on Darren Cahill as her coach was sweet “I know him (Cahill) for a long time, I am glad he is now only mine and I don’t have to share him with anyone”…Daren Cahill committed himself to be Halep’s permament coach. I really wish she cracks GS this year.


Sarah Says:

Halep plays now against Caroline Garcia. Garcia can be dangerous. Unfortunately I cannot see the match, beeing at work :(


Wog Boy Says:

Yes, match just started, Garcia is very very talented girl, I watched her matches in Perth. I am watching it for you. I don’t know who these windy conditions suits better.


Sarah Says:

Ok, thank you very much, WB…and if you are nice, please make a shurt resume afterwards, I am quite curios how Simona is plaing. Ok, it is her first match of the year, it is her warm up for AO, but it counts .

Thank you in advance for taking your time for this :)


Wog Boy Says:

So far it is 2:2, very tight match, Garcia has powerful ground strokes, broad shoulders, strong girl, reminds on Mauresmo just not so muscular…and Halep brakes for 3:2, didn’t see that coming, I think she is starting to read Garcia’s game..hopefully:)


Sarah Says:

I see it is now 5-4 for Halep…Hopefully she will serev good now


Sarah Says:

In the past Halep was not very good at reading the game of the oponents, she was more carefull with her game…hopefully this will change..


Wog Boy Says:

First set to Halep, she is obviously rusty, but by sayng that Garcia really powers her shots, had more BP, was in almost every Halep’s serve, just couldn’t brake. Interesting listening Cahill’s on court coaching,


Sarah Says:

I like Cahill’s coaching style, he’s calm, logical…this style suits Halep


Sarah Says:

I think she will choke, like shes doing it so often…


Wog Boy Says:

Garcia breaks fir 4:2 and plays better tennis in the second set.


Sarah Says:

hope she will not nail Halep in the 3 set :)


Sarah Says:

Wilander called Halep “Djokovuc of WTA” last year…..I think he exagerated a bit. lol


Wog Boy Says:

Garcia converts break and has upper hands, she dictates the match, she is aggressor..and second break fir 6:2.


Sarah Says:

Edit: Djokovic @3:37


Wog Boy Says:

MTO for Halep, same injury from Brisbane, achilles.


Sarah Says:

Interruped???…I guess Halep asked for the doctor…


Sarah Says:

She can then forget about AO this year…


Sarah Says:

If she does the Quarters in AO, I will be pleased, given those circumstances…


Wog Boy Says:

It doesn’t look good, whichever way you look, game wise or injury wise.


Sarah Says:

Have to go in a meeting :(….hopefuly she will do better…
Wish you a nice evening or good night ,WB :)


Wog Boy Says:

Halep fights back and breaks.


Wog Boy Says:

No probs Sarah.


Wog Boy Says:

Second break, whatever pills they gave Halep, it works, she is painting the lines and for for a change keep moving Garcia left and right. Not over yet though. I’ll your link now.


Sarah Says:

WB, Back from the meeting :)
I am glad that Simona made it finaly, I wonder how…

P.S. I have send you that somg, because I love the sound and the voice and just listening to it before the meeting and wanted to share it.

Good night


Gypsy Gal Says:

Great field of players on the WTA tournies this week….


Sarah Says:

Hi GG, You did not bother me at all yesterday, it was a discussion between us, that’s all :)

Have to work now, talk to you another time;)


Gypsy Gal Says:

Hi Sarah off to Tai Chi class and then work so see you later ;)….


danica Says:

GG,
It seems like you are feeling better?


Gypsy Gal Says:

Danica hi,yeah thankfully,still coughing although not so much now cheers….

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