Andy Murray v Milos Raonic Australian Open Semifinal, Who’s The Pick?
by Sean Randall | January 28th, 2016, 12:58 pm
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OK, so who really wants to play Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final Sunday? Anyone? Well, it’s down to either Andy Murray or Milos Raonic.

Murray, of course, has lost to Djokovic in the Australian final no fewer than three times. Raonic? Well, this is his first trip to the semifinals in Melbourne and it probably won’t be his last. The 25-year-old has really been playing well this year going undefeated thus far following a good title win a few weeks ago in Brisbane.

But Murray has been sharp as well, beating Bernard Tomic and then shaking off all the off-court interference to beat David Ferrer.

So…

Milos Raonic v Andy Murray
Milos Raonic is proving he’s going to be a force in tennis for the next decade or so. With that massive serve, a decent volley, improving groundstrokes and the smarts, he’s got just about everything going for him except for movement and his attire.

The attire, he can get away with and even correct in time for Friday night. The movement, against some like Andy Murray he cannot. And that’s my concern here.

Murray’s return is so good that the big Canadian is going to find himself in too many rallies. And he’ll lose a majority of them. Plus, Murray’s variety and experience should keep Raonic off balance enough to get through.

That said, I don’t think this will be that easy. Murray has a habit of making a mess of things and I expect more of that Friday night in Melbourne.

The two have split their six meetings with Raonic winning three of their first four; Murray the last two including last year on the Madrid clay.

“Because far from where we were 14 months ago, we’re both very different and I think improved players from then,” Raonic said. “So I have certain aspects that I would like to manipulate and use my game in, and I’m sure he’s going to try to do a lot of different things, too. I think it’s going to be a race to who can get in the comfort zone of themselves first.”

I do think Raonic is a better player now than 12 months ago as evidenced by his wins already this year over Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka, and his improved return game. And he’s healthy.

“He was unfortunate last year with some injuries,” Murray said. “Had a few physical issues. I played him in Madrid and he was struggling a little bit there. Then I think he had the surgery on his foot and missed the French and maybe Wimbledon as well. He’s obviously fit and healthy now and playing well.”

So I expect this classic contrast of power vs counter-punching to drag out maybe even to five sets. In the end, Murray will have to work and work hard he will. Raonic has the firepower, but I don’t think he has the experience yet to win a big match like this and not on a court that’s treated Murray so well.
The Pick: Murray in 5

ESPN2 will have live coverage again at 3:30am ET.


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123 Comments for Andy Murray v Milos Raonic Australian Open Semifinal, Who’s The Pick?

Margot Says:

It depends on:
How well Raonic is serving and how well Andy is returning, because once they get into a rally the advantage must go to Andy.
But Andy must be serving very well too because, if he loses his serve, that’s virtually set over. And playing Milos sets can be over very, very quickly.
As for Andy’s achilles heel -his second serve, and, although I can hear a lot sniggering over there, it really is a bit better, a wee bit ;)
So, going with Sean’s pick of Andy in 5 very tight sets. But I disagree with Sean, I don’t think Andy has been playing especially well. He’s not been “feeling” the ball like he usually does so a Milos win would not be surprising either.


Ben Pronin Says:

As with so many matches, first set is key here. If Murray wins the first set, he’ll relax and start breaking an anxious Raonic. If Raonic can get the first set, he can open up more, too, but Murray can still fight back.

Murray in 4.


chrisford1 Says:

It’s a struggle trying to figure Andy’s odds in a big match because more than the other members of the Big 4, Andy’s quality of play in those big matches varies more.
He is as talented as Nole, but not as complete a player and all too much he often fails to come back from adversity, downing in his personal negativity. It was back in the Ferrer match…the Murray clutches, yelling at himself and his team.

So I am going to go with Milos Raonic in an upset.
5 sets.


J-Kath Says:

Margot and Ben

I think Andy has been playing only a little less than his best. What I have liked to see is his anticipation and speed.

Yes, I’d like to see Andy win the first set, as long as he doesn’t relax too much and let it go in next set.

He is as intelligent as Raonic and more tennis-wise..unless he plays less than his B+ game he can win….may take 5. I think he wants it strongly, hence his determination may see him thru bad batches.

Finally, Raonic too confident in my opinion….as Federer was reported to be.


RZ Says:

As I have no plans to watch the match, Murray in 4. Go Andy go!!!


J-Kath Says:

Wogboy

You set me a task on another thread. Here are your answers (which I’m sure you yourself also know).

Father of Australia: was Lachlan Maquarrie (Gov. NSW 1810-1822) Born 31 Jan. 1762 at ULVA (in the Inner Hebrides).

…..and my next task?


Ben Pronin Says:

What is too confident?

In 3/4 semis that Murray has won in Australia, he’s dropped the first set and gone on to win in 4. The exception being his win over Federer where he won the first set and then won in 5. And his only loss in a semi was to Djokovic where he lost in 5 (after losing the first set).

So, to sort of contradict my initial assessment, the first set is really key for Raonic and that barely. I honestly expect the match to go the way of Murray’s previous 4 set wins. Drop a close first set, then bounce back and win.

Tennis is scripted.


Markus Says:

Just like the Djokovic-Federer match, analyzing to death as to who will win is a lot less reliable than simply picking who is seeded higher. So, Murray for the win.


calmdownplease Says:

ANDY IN 3…

Raonic is about to experience the heat of the David Bowie of Tennis!


Wog Boy Says:

JK,

Good job.
Next task, keep that brandy away from the people who don’t know how to respect good drop … for whrn I get to Scotland, and don’t you worry, I will get there:)


Wog Boy Says:

JK,

Yes, I know, that’s why asked you. I have to know since my work also involves commentary for tourists groups coming from English speaking countries, including Singapore, India and Malaysia. I am pretty good with Australian history, though it is not so hard to learn, goes back around 200 years, of course history of white man, there is no written history prior that, even Aborigines lived here for 40.000 years before white man came and took their land, without really asking them whether they agree or not.


AndyMira Says:

Doesn’t matter who will go the final..they both deserve it..but the big question whether they can stand the onslaught from the super novak for 2’3 or 4 hours..rafa dueled with him for 5 hours and still came out 2nd and that’s when his cell brain was still intact..andy..although he had much experience deuling with novak in final but still very much in love with his on court drama that will definitely distract him from the main goal..not to mention other issues..if milos drag him to 5 setter today,that’s also a disadvantage for him..as for milos..although his game is improve much but to face novak in the final for the 1st time is another story..like GG and others i very much want to see a new faces holding the trophy..but if novak win..it’s okay also coz clearly he deserve it..


nits Says:

i think this is Raonic’s time this time


FedExpress Says:

murray will fall apart to noles antics in the final just like last year.

it all started with the loss vs nole at shanghai 2012. only won two matches after that.

another runner up shield coming. what is the record of being runner up in a gs tournament? fed was 4 times runner up at RG, murray 4 times at the AO (5times tomorrow)


Margot Says:

Phew! Excellent news RZ :)
As I shall be behind the sofa I wont be watching either.


jane Says:

i think andy will win in 3 or 4 sets.
admittedly i haven’t seen a lot of raonic here, just some of his win over stan, which was impressive. and of course, he hasn’t lost since winning the title in brisbane. however, just look at andy’s record vs big servers. not to mention, as ben highlighted, his record in AO semis.


Travis Bickle Says:

My heart says Andy, but my head says Milos.
However, either will lose in the final.


Gypsy Gal Says:

I would be surprised,and it would be amazing if Milos were to beat 3 top 5 players back to back,Stan,Andy and Novak,there was Gael after Stan but people will know what i mean….


Gypsy Gal Says:

This thread is about the Murray/Milos semi,so can we leave Novak out of this for now?….


AndyMira Says:

If milos can perform like this for another 3 sets,he got a chance..


Van Persie Says:

I wish, that Raonic wins today….I do not wanna see Andy loosing a 5 final at the AO, it would be disapointing for him…
But, everything is possible, he hould have his chance in the finals..


J-Kath Says:

WogBoy …nipping in between the tennis balls….I think every country has been land-grabbing…won’t go further as I have recollection of this subject being discussed previously.

C’mon Andy….get your head back on


Travis Bickle Says:

Milos is better than Andy.
Possible Andu squeezes this on experience.
I think Novak prefers Andy. Raonic could be tricky, even for Novak.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Speaking of irritating commontators,it couldnt get much worse than Mats Wilander,jeez does that man ever STFU??….


AndyMira Says:

Milos cool as cucumber,totally opposite from andy..let’s see who came out unscathe in the end..


Gypsy Gal Says:

Andy will have his work cut out trying to break a serve as big as Raonic,very solid on serve….


AndyMira Says:

UE’s start creeping up for milos..hmm..that nerves alright..


Daniel Says:

Raonic was 15-30 4-4 2 points from a break but Murray saved the game and brokek at 6-5 to close the set. tuff thing from Murray. 1 set a peace and he’ll start serving third.


Daniel Says:

Murray saving a tense game from 0-30 at 4-4.

Let’s see how Raonic serves under pressure down 4-5. This set smells tirbreak.


FedExpress Says:

cant see murray challenging nole in the final


Daniel Says:

Another 0-30 game for Murray, second serve


J-Kath Says:

@ FedExpress

Can you see Raonic challenging Nole in the final?


AndyMira Says:

God..andy’s speed is amazing!


FedExpress Says:

yes but first slam final nerves will get better of him


FedExpress Says:

wow. 2 sets to 1


Gypsy Gal Says:

Looks like Andy will have to do this the hard way in 5 sets eek,come on Andy….


Daniel Says:

Raonic having the advantage of serving first. If Murray doesn’t break ealry end of the set will be tense


jatin Says:

Milos is playing such amazing tennis. He already had that incredible serve but now his ground game has become so solid as well. I just love his Inside out forehand. He is hitting that shot with such accuracy, its amazing.

Can Andy make a comeback ?
With the way Milos is serving, its difficult.
But, great match so far


FedExpress Says:

and an injured murray would have zero chances in the final.


FedExpress Says:

or is raonic injured


Van Persie Says:

Difference between GOD and Roger:

Roger thinks he’s GOD, but GOD does not think He’s Roger.


FedExpress Says:

stfu van persie u little child


FedExpress Says:

murrays 2nd serve improved a lot


Van Persie Says:

if I am a little child, please do not say STFU to me….you gonna make me cry :(


nits Says:

this match is heading raonic way


FedExpress Says:

murrays mug face the worst sight in tennis

break murray

fifth set coming


AndyMira Says:

Can milos reach 100 ue’s and still win the match?So far only the super novak can do that..


Gypsy Gal Says:

Raonic looks to be struggling with his back,Murray was doing all the running now hes making Milos run,i think thats where he will struggle against the very best when the match becomes more physical….


Gypsy Gal Says:

LOL Murray doing the Rafa style lawn mower fist pump,with a touch of Leyton Hewitt thrown in….


El_matador Says:

That’s very insightful comment indeed VP…thanks for enlighting us with your great wisdom..


jatin Says:

What a match…


Gypsy Gal Says:

I only wish Mats Wilander would STFU….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Hi Jatin yeah it is,nice to see you here,i think Milos is struggling now,as hes doing more running now ;))…


Vinod Says:

Raonic !!


Gypsy Gal Says:

Nice to see Murray strapping on a pair,what guts,what balls….


jatin Says:

Hey Gypsy, I was not in mood to watch this match but when I saw Milos won the first set, I switched in.
I am becoming quite a Fan of Milos game. Its been a lot of time since I saw such aggressive game and I am just loving it.
I hope milos could pull it off in the final set. I think we are supporting different players today.
But milos is struggling with leg injury now :(


AndyMira Says:

Hmmh..whoever win tonight will have no chance against fresh novak come sunday..what a shame..there goes my dream to see andy or milos kiss the trophy..well..


Vinod Says:

Sean’s prediction is about to come true :)


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jatin yeah Murrays my second favorite,so we are supporting different people today but all in good spirits though,but i would also be happy for Milos if he did get to the final, and his game has become very watchable now,whichever one wins this match i hope wins the title….


jatin Says:

Andy is in driver seat now


Vinod Says:

@Gypsy Gal but Serbinator stands opposite on sunday


Gypsy Gal Says:

Vinod you root for your favorite and ill root for mine….


jatin Says:

The match intensity has gone down now. Andy is dominating, playing some great tennis.
Yeah, Gypsy gal, I would love to see Andy winning his first Aus open title after losing in what 4 finals now.
But with the way Novak is playing, I highly doubt it.
Hope we will see a good final.


jatin Says:

Atleast Milos hold


jatin Says:

Robbie Koenig is my Favorite Tennis Commentator. Just love the way he raise the intensity of his voice whenever he see a great point :)


jatin Says:

Great fighting spirit by Milos.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jatin I like the posh speaking English one cant remember his name though,anyway cant see past Novak,but this will hopefully be Murrays 5th final so it would be amazing to see him lift the trophy,and assuming TENNISGUY doesnt have a problem with me pulling for a guy not named NOVAK DJOKOVIC (sigh)ROLLS EYES….


Gypsy Gal Says:

YAY Murray,come out now Margot and J-Kath he did it,hes in the final …. ;))….


jatin Says:

Gypsy gal,
Yeah hope to see a Great Final.
Its Novak vs Murray. Once again

Feeling sorry for Milos though, wish he didn’t got injured. But fitness is the most important thing for any player to be a GrandSlam champion. Hope he works in his fitness


van orten Says:

Ajde murrayovic!!!!! AJDE BRE!!! MURRAYOVIC


jatin Says:

3rd Grand Slam would be sweet for Andy. Lets see how it goes


jatin Says:

Both Murray brothers are in finals. Great moment for Scotland.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jatin yeah,im so looking forward to it,and yeah feel for Milos,great match aside from that fifth set which was an anti climax in the end,good news is im not working either so i can enjoy it without having to leave at any point….


Nikola Says:

Maybe they should put Roanic and Murray together against Novak just to see interesting match.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jatin i am part Scottish…. ;))….


Margot Says:

Well…the good news is Andy swatted away junior with a little help from junior’s groin TBH
and the bad news is he gets to meet the “destroyer” on Sunday.
Already behind the sofa.
Was very impressed with junior, he is much improved as folk on here have been saying and great never-say-die attitude. That ROS is a huge liability tho.
@kath
You can have a nice alcoholic “spirit” now. ;)
Still don’t think Andy is playing at 2013 level, so damn casual at times too. Tsk. Tsk.


Giles Says:

Well done Andy.. Now go and finish the job on Sunday.
BTW Robbie Koenig is a jerk!!


Michael Says:

Now a days, Sean is on the dot with his predictions and it exactly transpired what he prophesised with the match going the distance and Andy becoming the winner !!

Congrats to Andy and his fans for his record 5th finals at the Australian Open as well as his 18th grand slam semi final appearance. A phenomenal feat in the era of Novak/Roger/Rafa !!

Coming to the match, it was a match full of twists and turns with Raonic going all out taking his chances and becoming very aggressive on court. Some of his down the line forehand angle hits were outrageous and even a great retriever like Andy could just watch on. Raonic was also serving pretty well and in the crucial Third set tie breaker, it was his lethal serve which did the trick. But then in the beginning of the fourth set, he had a medical time out and from thereon the momentum turned against him and in Andy’s favour as he began to read Raonic serve quite well and countered it with excellent returns. Not sure, if Raonic injury had any thing to do with this, but still all credit to Andy who just fought his way into the match and just pulverised Raonic in the do or die fifth set to secure a deserving win.


Michael Says:

Now in his fifth final, the question is can Andy atleast conquer the demon and defeat Novak ? That is a million dollar question ?

It will be really tragic for him if he loses yet again to Novak at the same venue where he has already lost four times in the finals and the pressure would be right on him on the D day.

Well, at the moment, I can see no other player who can trouble Novak than Andy. But the problem is that he wilts after just two sets and hand over the match to Novak on a platter. Novak is too consistent, tenacious and has a great temperament and fighting spirit. It will be a herculean task to outlast him especially when he is playing with so much confidence.

So, although my heart says that Andy should win despite my favourite players being Novak and Roger, my mind says it will be Novak on Sunday yet again as it will be too much for Andy to cope up with all the pressure in his shoulders.

And still, he has a faint chance to win his 1st Australian Open title and I would say it is 75:25 in favour of Novak.


J-Kath Says:

Sweet of you Margot…..recently I don’t need much encouragement….but will wait for “Pointless”..no double entendre intended…but does make me think of Andy v Novak.

I think Andy is more keenly attentive which makes him half a second faster…I also think he has improved certain shots…he will face Nole with real intent…but will it be enuf.

Yes, Gypsy I have been hiding away…did use the crystals once…seeyah tomorrow..with somewhat lower expectations.


Margot Says:

Meant 2012 level, before someone jumps on me.
You take care Kath hon. Good news 1) Andy has defended his pointa and 2) as Ben would say, you gotta be in it to win it.


Kimberly Says:

Wow Sean got a prediction spot on! Haven’t been around much to see if the Sean jinx has been in effect. But predicting is usually pretty easy in this era of domination.


calmdownplease Says:

Andy obviously has to play at a far higher level on Sunday to have a chance.
As I have said before there is a more logical & progressive improvement in this tournament, he might be saving the best till last, he’ll surely have to.
A four hour match should be fine, he is very fit.
And he def started to play well towards the end.
We have seen in this tournament that if pressure is applied to Novak, he can give up points. So, as he said himself he must have an interesting game plan, less angles more dtl shots & get off that effing BL as much as possible and give Novak very little rhythm.
He has a chance then, no more.
He must make a statement too for the rest of the year.
So, if he loses, it has to be the hard way for Novak.
No more of these 4/5th set post surgery collapses, it’s ridiculous!
As for Milos, better tennis from him but he is frankly not fit enough yet to be a contender at a slam. It’s sport and on the day upsets do happen, lets hope the tennis Gods are with Andy this time.


calmdownplease Says:

Oh and lest we forget;

IGNORE ANY DISTRACTIONS


AndyMira Says:

CDP..”IGNORE ANY DISTRACTIONS”..you mean novak stumbeling and walking like a jelly fish?and then not long after that run like a demon possessed..trying to catch every ball?Like i said before..hopefully andy much more matured and wiser this year..


Emily Says:

Really enjoyable match as I watched early this morning, and more competitive then I thought. I did think andy would pull through, especially after Andy broke in the 4th. Didn’t see the 5th so not sure what happened, but I still think the final is a done deal. Congrats Andy fans for another final


Dave Says:

When Murray beat Nole in 2013 at Wimbledon, he was playing better. Nole is a much better player than 2013 and is playing better at the moment. Andy has been way to up and down and casual at times in many matches during this tournament. As good as Ferrer is, and he is one of my favorite players, he has no business or the fire power to take a set off of Andy, and that’s why he doesn’t take sets off of Nole. I will give Credit to Murray for the win today, but if Raonic doesn’t pull his groin or back, not sure what it was, I don’t see Andy walking out of this match with the win today. Before the injury, Raonic was the better player. But that’s how it goes sometimes. This really hasn’t been that good of a tournament from Andy. Granted he has a lot going on in his life at the moment, but from a purely tennis point of view, distractions aside, he hasn’t been even close to his best. When I say that, I am talking about conistently at his best, from beginning to end.


Dave Says:

Also, the second serve for Murray is still a major issue against Nole. Rolling in serves(saw a second serve today at 129km’s)that are that slow against Nole, isn’t going to work. He has shown at times that he can be more agressive with his second serve, but has to do it ALL THE TIME.


calmdownplease Says:

the 2nd serve is way up between the 90/100km mark now, clearly it has to stay around that!

@andymira

Well, quite

I know we are all bored by these Novak/Andy finals, particularly if one is a Muzz fan, but Andy has a small chance as he can still raise his level a lot more (and try something different too)
Raonic would have def been in straight sets, after what I witnessed Today with the Raonic er injury and his overall fitness.


calmdownplease Says:

‘but if Raonic doesn’t pull his groin or back, not sure what it was, I don’t see Andy walking out of this match with the win today. .’

I disagree, Muzz would have likely found a way.
Milos might have been the better player for the tournament but Andy is the better player, period.
It’s very frustrating playing servebots but Andy is pretty good at it and it was a pretty even match in my view until towards the end of the 4th.


Dave Says:

Raonic was holding serve comfortably before the injury in the 4th set. It looked like it could go to a tie break, where anything can happen, and Raonic could have won. It wouldn’t have surprised me if Raonic won this match. I think Raonic won 2 games after the injury time out. He lost 20 of the next 25 points. The whole match changed and Andy didn’t have to face one tense moment where the match was hanging in the balance from that point on. Credit to Andy for staying tough and finishing the match. But, Milos wasn’t even close to 100%, you could see it was effecting all parts of his game.


Dave Says:

Nobody really knows who would have won if Milos didn’t get injured, so there is no point in speculating. But to say Muzz would have LIKELY found a way? that doesn’t seem to be accurate in my opinion. Raonic was winning love service games at times before the injury. Andy wasn’t threatening the serve at all. 18 and 3 when up to sets to one for Raonic. 11 and 16 or 11 and 18 when down 2 set to 1 for Murray. I agree with many things you say CDP. On this one, I have to disagree.


AndyMira Says:

CDP..i just wish andy don’t have a meltdown after first 2 sets..and he has to tame his famous temper as well..he has to be aggressive and attack novak left and right..make him unbalance..use the shots down the line more..he rarely do that..try to shorten the points and less running since he’s already running for 4 hours today!With novak got the 2 days rest and it’s a little bit unfair for andy to get 1 day rest..i hope he use this golden opportunity that was given to him wisely..going for broke a la verdasco and fognini..


calmdownplease Says:

‘and he has to tame his famous temper as well..’

Not tame darling, that takes energy but rather redirect it, outward into his shots
Anger can be used for good!

I’m not sure it is unfair either, it’s best not to have to think too much and it’s more difficult for Novak to keep in a rythmn over 2 days break.
Anything might help a little.
And as he is not working over February he has no reason whatsoever than to leave it all out on the court on Sunday….


calmdownplease Says:

‘But to say Muzz would have LIKELY found a way? that doesn’t seem to be accurate in my opinion. ‘

Serve bots always win their games easily
But time and time and TIME again, Andy has managed to get through them
Even if it is 7-6 in the final set.
But you are correct it is pointless to speculate, regardless Andy must player better on Sunday
But here is the thing, he most definitely can, In fact he has more than one gear left to go up from that performance.


Nikola Says:

I don’t think that anyone of you who “think” that Murray have 1% chance to beat Novak in Sunday would risk 1$ of your real money on betting. So 11 GS is coming for Novak and more to follow. Absolutely zero chance for Andy.


Giles Says:

Lol. ” Absolutely zero chance for Andy”. Don’t be so sure madam, stranger things have happened at sea. 😎


AndyMira Says:

CDP..yeah..definitely not tame but rather redirect it..like novak did so many times before right?But i’m not so sure about novak will find difficult to find his rythmn after 2 days break..CDP..he rest for six weeks after he won WTF last year..and bam!look what he had done to rafa in final!


calmdownplease Says:

@AM
that’s true
Novak will definitely deliver
That cannot be doubted for a moment!

@Nikola
If there is zero chance my little Serbian friend, then there’s really no need for you to bother yourself about it, is there?

And I don’t ‘bet’ either, for the record.


Tom Says:

No1e v. Murray. Straight set or maybe 4 set victory for No1e. I’m sure the Djokovic bashers will cling to any hope that Andy will pull off a miracle but you’re deluding yourselves. I know Andy beat him in Montreal, but No1e has OWNED Andy “Down Under.” Number 11 on Sunday!


Nikola Says:

I am realistic. Don’t get this ppl even talk like Andy have a chance in Sunday.I don’t even like to watch their matches cos i find them boring. And BTW i am 6’4. And we are not friends also.The only thing where you was correct is my nationality.


calmdownplease Says:

Of course you are from Serbia.

But It’s not ‘realistic’ to say the world number 2 has NO CHANCE WHATSOEVER.

This is sport, there is always a chance.

I never bought it that Novak was unbeatable in the past and I still don’t now.

He will probably win this one but the year will not be the same old once we are out of the AO.

Also, I obviously have no desire whatsoever to be your friend dude
I’m being condescending.


Margot Says:

Lol are there no small men on the internet? ;)


Nikola Says:

And i was joking….


Nikola Says:

Margot i will send you my pic if i can somehow:)


Margot Says:

It’s OK Nikola, it was a kind of general observation anyway.
I’m sure there are some tall men on the internet….somewhere….


Nikola Says:

i am sure that you are right. Here 6’4 is not big deal actually.


calmdownplease Says:

‘Nikola’ is a girls name in the UK

;0)


Nikola Says:

CDP i like to joke a lot and i am proud that even girls in UK have so nice name as Nikola.


Margot Says:

Oh Lol. The jokes on me!
I like your style Nikola! I might even believe you are 6’4″
;)


Nikola Says:

Thx:). I am actually 193 cm and 6’4 is 193.04 centimeters so lied to you :)


jalep Says:

what a sweetheart. He looks like my dear Greek friend Georgie.

Agree with you Nikola. See – now you have every tom, dick and harry checking you out. lol…


Nikola Says:

I don’t care jalep and thank you.


Margot Says:

@Nikola
What? What? You lied!
Gutted…..;)


Margot Says:

Surely jalep that should be “every Tomasina, Dick and Harriet?”
Ahem….looking rather good in the challenge…if I do say so myself….


jalep Says:

Yes, you are Margot. But I knew you’d crush me as soon as Rafa lost to Nando. Plus, some of my other picks – amusing – but didn’t help. FO I will be ruthless and rule.
Well done to you!

Nikola, your welcome. :D


Nikola Says:

Only for 0.4 cm but lie is a lie :) RZ i am the only one who got all 4 semifinalist right on Racquet Bracket Aussie Open ATP. So i think i should win the whole thing. I will be third but since i am a Serbian i don’t care to be anything else but first.


Daniel Says:

Raonic had a bunch of 15-30 and 0-30 on Murray’s serve where Rapnoc misses returns without Murray forcing much serve, I am sure Djoko can do better. That’s the main issue for Murray. Djoko will break him, but Murray needs to break Djoko at the same rate or protect his serve as much as possible.

That is yet to be seen in last 3 years versus Djoko. Murray needs a imposing serving day and with the long rallies they will play for sure, hos serve power will decrease.

That’s why I don’t see Djoko loaing tomorrow. Give Murray a 20% chance.


jalep Says:

hahaha – join the Tennis-x pool Nikola for the French Open. If you got all 4 sf’s right you’ll be #1 in the TX pool!


Nikola Says:

I will. Thx for the info. In Serbia we all get 4 semifinalist right so its not big deal here :)


Margot Says:

So you did Nikola, but you can’t catch me….;)
Good shout re Milos tho.


Nikola Says:

Oh Margot but i am so fast. really.:)

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