Nadal Gets Revenge, Faces Zverev Next At Indian Wells; Djokovic, Nishikori, Thiem Advance To Wed QFs
by Staff | March 15th, 2016, 11:48 pm
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Rafael Nadal picked up arguably his best win of 2016, avenging an Australian Open loss by beating countryman Fernando Verdasco 6-0, 7-6(9).

Nadal was actually down a break in the second and down 6-3 in the tiebreaker before rallying over the 65th-ranked Verdasco.

“I lost matches similar to this one in Australia, in Buenos Aires, in Rio de Janeiro, so it’s important winning matches like this for me. Like the other day in the third, today in the second,” said Nadal.

“I knew arriving to a tie-break against a player like Verdasco, normally he serves better than me. Normally in these kind of matches I have more to lose than him, so he’s able to play very aggressive. He has amazing shots. He gets in a tie-break and you know you’re in trouble.

“I feel lucky to win the tie-break, and at the same time I think at the end of the tie-break I played well with not many mistakes and going for the points. It is an important victory for me. Two tough wins here. That’s something that stays in my mind and helps.”

Nadal returns Wednesday in fourth round play to face the surging 18-year-old Alexander Zverev after the young German destroyed Gilles Simon 6-2, 6-2.

“I had a great day today,” Zverev said. “Someone like Gilles, if you don’t hit him off the court he’s going to be tough to beat. He’s going to be running and fighting all day. So, I knew what I had to do, and I think I did it pretty well.

“Rafa, he’s one of the greatest in the sport ever, winning 14 slams,” Zverev said. “He’s probably one of the greatest fighters ever, so it would be a big honour to play against someone like him.”

Kei Nishikori was down early against American Steve Johnson who served for the first at 5-3, but the Japenese rallied for a 7-6, 7-6 win. He moves on to take on towering John Isner who had no issues with Adrian Mannarino.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will seek his own revenge tomorrow against Feliciano Lopez. Lopez outlasted countryman Roberto Bautista Agut in a good 3-set tussle while Djokovic advanced over Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-5, 7-5.

And Dominic Thiem upended Jack Sock in three. He’ll face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who beat another American, Sam Querrey.

The bottom half also returns tomorrow in fourth round action with Tomas Berdych v Milos Raonic, Richard Gasquet v Marin Cilic, Stan Wawrinka v David Goffin and Federico Delbonis v Gael Monfils.


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118 Comments for Nadal Gets Revenge, Faces Zverev Next At Indian Wells; Djokovic, Nishikori, Thiem Advance To Wed QFs

AndyMira Says:

A nice and humble words from Alexander about Rafa..Tomic and Kyrgious should learn this attitude from him..


Dave Says:

I didn’t realize they were playing back to back days. Lopez just played a match that was 3 hours and 15 minutes or more of long rallies. I don’t see him being that fresh tomorrow against Nole. Nole came to fight tonight. It wasn’t his best performance, but was a lot more focused tonight. Nole will go after Lopez tomorrow right from the beginning.


chrisford1 Says:

Add Alexander Zverev to the list of a very promising New Generation in their teens or twentyish.
Thiem, Coric, Kyrgios, unfortunately Tomic, Fritz, Tiafoe, possibly KKKK.
Names that likely will pick up when the Big 4 slowly fade out. Djokovic should be around the longest.

I still predict the big Moose of the North, Raonic, will get a Slam. Great work ethic, constantly working to improve all aspects of his game. Would prefer seeing a Grand Slam in my lifetime in mens tennis…So I am rooting for Milos and Delpo to get Slams in 2017.

Thiem Tsonga
Nadal Zverev
Berdych Raonic
Djokovic-FLo
Those ought to be good. At least have the potential. And I hope Kei beats the servbot. Just don’t like matches Isner is playing in.


anki Says:

Nole not at his best, still better than his first match. That clowning at match point though, just lol. Tough match against Lopez, which can go either way since Nole is out of form.


Van Persie Says:

Have not seen Nole- Kohlmann match, but I am glad about the result.
Wow: Rafa-Sascha match today, is the most interesting for me today.
Congrats also to Dominic and Kei. Wish them good luck in the next round.


Tennisfan Says:

Wow Thiem is on fire! Can’t wait for him to break the top 10


danica Says:

Both Thiem and Zverev. Didn’t expect Sasha to beat Gilles with that result. His match with Rafa will be a must see.

Nole today (or rather, yesterday) – so, so. But neither was Kohl in great form. Few nice shots, alas, nothing to write home about.


Pauly Says:

Good win Nadal
Great fighting spirit which will only give him
More confidence to play his best on clay … 10th French open is all he wants


Pauly Says:

Wow
Just watched the highlights Nadal vs verdasco
When match was over big relief for Nadal
That meant ALOT to him
Big confidence boost


AndyMira Says:

@Pauly..aren’t you surprised to see rafa’s perfomance today?I know i was very surprised to see how different his body language today..we can see his confidence poured from every inch of his body,right?


Pauly Says:

AndyMira

Not really surprised that Nadal won
Nando is very erratic player
He’s never won anything major so not surprised Nadal won but he looked like he was hitting his forehand better which is big relief Coz without that shot he can’t do much damage
The big Russian / German kid will be hard to beat
Should he win hard match awaits … Either the puppet nishikori or big johnny ?
Hard matches coming for Nadal … If he should get through
Djokovic awaits which will be good test considering he’s not playing great at the moment
Time will tell … All I want is too see Nadal play aggressive tennis


Wog Boy Says:

If Raonic is Canadian, if Wozniacki iz Danish, if Pospisil is Canadian, if Kyrgios is Aussie, if Lisicki is German, if Petkovic is German … than Zverev is even more German, he is not Russian, his parents are. He is born and bred in Germany, both, him and his brother Misha represented Germany and not Russia.

On the side Maria Sharapova is Russian, though she lives in America.


Markus Says:

That was a good win by Nadal over Verdasco after being down several set points. However, that was Verdasco who, as Pauly said, is an erratic player (and more often bad rather than good). Zverev will be a better test but he is still quite young and inexperienced. If Nadal beats him, that will be good but still not a good measure of how much Nadal is getting back into his usual form. Get pass Zverev and then he’ll get really tested. I wish he’ll pass all his tests. But I still will pick Djokovic over him if he gets that far. But one step at a time is what he needs. No backward step anymore if he wants to take his 10th French. I think that’s what he is really tying to build up for. Hopefully, he will not get embroiled in any lawsuit until after the French. He cannot lose focus until that mission is accomplished.


AndyMira Says:

@Pauly and @Markus..i agree with you guys..if verdasco can produce his perfomance like last AO,rafa certainly will find his hand very full indeed..but rafa also showed that his mental is almost back to his former self otherwise i doubt he can claw back from verdasco 63 tie break..this and his new found confidence that make me very relief..hopefully he still capable of showing this when meet with zverev later..


Pauly Says:

Nadal can beat Djokovic only on Phillip chartrier Coz it’s made for Nadal … But he will need to hit the forehand deep plus DTL to hurt Djokovic
If Nadal Meets Djokovic IW semi … I think Nadal will trouble him Coz Djokovic isn’t in great form since the eye infection
Nadal knows how to beat Djokovic … Run like crazy but that’s the key legs aren’t the same as they used to be
Nadal can win IW if he can play his best but one step at a time
For now … Nadal’s focus is still clay season so whatever happens IW is just confidence boost
Good luck Rafa


Pauly Says:

I always said IW was key for Nadal
Build momentum for clay season
IW suits his game bouncy surface
Everyone just wants to watch good tennis not thrashing where one player is playing his A game the other his C game
Still hoping for miracles in Paris …


Dave Says:

Thiem is on fire. I think he is 17 and 1 in his last 18 matches, if you count the 2 davis cup wins for Austria. He is mentally so strong. And a very nice guy in person. One of the nicest if not the nicest guy on the tour. A very positive disposition. Very calm and friendly disposition on the court. Doesn’t seem to defeat himself.


Okiegal Says:

Glad my guy won. Keep it going Rafa……one match at a time. He will have to play his best today, the young kid is on fire!! Bring your A game, Mr. Nadal and take him to the wood shed!! LOL Your fans need a boost too……. Go Rafa, Go Rafa etc


Okiegal Says:

Dave, I did not mean to copy your post about Alexander being on fire! I haven’t read the comments on this thread yet. But we agree about his opponent on tap today. I sure hope Rafa shows up!!


Okiegal Says:

@Dave…..I have got to read more closely…..You were talking about Thiem…..sorry, got my wires crossed, again!! And you are right, he is playing awesome too!


Dave Says:

Zverev hit Simon off of the court. Not an easy thing to do. If he plays up to his potential, he is a match up nightmare for Nadal. He is super tall and moves well and has a 2 handed backhand. Can hit with power from both wings and hit players off the court who move well. He also has a good serve. The only thing stopping Zverev from beating Nadal in the form that he is in, is inexperience. If both players play up to the form that they are in it would be Zverev in straight sets. But it doesn’t always play out that way in the real match, only on paper.


Dave Says:

No one was a match up nightmare for Nadal in the past. It’s strange to speak this way. But this is not Nadal of 2013. Rafa is what Rafa is at the moment, simple as that. We can fool ourselves into thinking he is back. Verdasco played so inconsistent and should have won the second set. It reminded me of when Stan Wawrinka beat Nadal in a tie break when Nadal had like 5 set points in a row. Stan had no business winning that tie break. He won the match in straight sets. Same thing here. I’m not over the moon about Rafa’s performance. I still see nothing, especially with a serve like Nadal has at the moment, that could even come close to Djokovic at the moment. Nole would eat Nadal’s serve up, even in his current form. Even on Clay. Doesn’t matter. Clay would be easier to eat up that serve, more time to prepare for it. I won’t get to optimistic about Rafa until he pulls something crazy off again. Like takes a set off Djokovic. Take a set off of him, or even beats him. Rafa has to get to the Semi-Finals minimum in this tournament in my opinion. Anything less will be a disappointment, especially if he is trying to gain confidence for the clay season.


Green Lady Says:

Dave i only saw the second set which wasnt the best from either,and Dasco didnt take his chances,so im just wondering whats your take on the first set,the commies suggested that Rafa was flawless like the old Rafa serving the bagel,and that his level dropped in the second,or was it that Dasco was so woefull in the first set,rather than Rafa been that good,im curious to know your thoughts,as you seem to always post from such a neutral stance????….


Green Lady Says:

As regards to anything Rafa does from here on in,im quite happy to let it all unfold,with no expectations anymore….


AndyMira Says:

@Dave..i know what you’re saying..but i think there’s a small improvement,his ball is not so short anymore,he hit the ball a little bit harder,today his mental strength also improve,don’t know about tomorrow..although i’m not going to deluded myself by thinking that he will beat novak..no..his game is not aggressive enough to beat novak..maybe he can give a good fight..that’s all..whatever the outcome..i think he’s improve a little compared to the South American swing..


Green Lady Says:

Rafa aint even playing Novak,hes playing Zverev,cant we just enjoy that match for now,dear me anybody would think that he played Novak everyday?….


Dave Says:

The first set, Rafa was good. His groundstrokes were better AndyMira. You are correct. The serve is still not doing it for me. Verdasco was pretty bad in the first set though. Rafa wasn’t flawless. He was improved and determined for sure. I will give him that. He is showing flashes of brilliance with his forehand, like he was at the end of last year. I still want to see more though. He needs to get the serve going better. I know I sound like a broken record. After he wins these matches, he is getting so pumped up which isn’t a bad thing. But it almost seems like he is getting over the top pumped up out of desperation to his situation. It’s not like before when Rafa would get pumped up, and you were scared almost. Like the bull is back and hungry for more. It feels more desperate this time. Sorry if I am offending anyone with my view. It’s just how I see it at the moment.


Green Lady Says:

Dave well your certainly not offending me,i prefer people to tell it like it is rather than skirt around will BS….


Dave Says:

His groundstrokes overall are better and more consistent. He isn’t leaving the ball as short and the forehand is being hit with more power on a consistent basis. He is even going for it more on the backhand at times, which is good. I think the first set was a combination of Rafa playing well and Verdasco not playing well, which led to the bagel. I really don’t see it as being a masterclass though(from what I saw) I didn’t see the whole first set. I saw most of it though.


Dave Says:

I do think that Nadal will win based on experience against Zverev today. Zverev is not a good matchup for Nadal at the moment. But Nadal can’t rely on good matchups anymore. He needs to step up to all challenges and feel like he can beat anyone, on any day. Zverev doesn’t seem to be scared of the big guns though either. He seems to play well against top players lately. I’m still picking Nadal today to pull out the win. If Isner beats Nishikori, he will not beat Nadal. Nadal does better against big servers than Djokovic does, even now. For some reason Djokovic gets upset and just can’t stand playing big servers. I worry more about Djokovic against big servers than I do when Nadal plays big servers. Raonic can absolutely beat Djokovic if they are to meet in the finals. He looks unstoppable and has the big serve that Nole hates. The only reason why I don’t see Lopez giving Nole problems is because he played over 3 hours and 15 minutes in the hot sun. It was a physical match. He was pooring water on his head most of the match to cool off. There is no way he won’t show some fatigue today. And Nole will be testing his fitness right from the start, not question.


Van Persie Says:

^ agrree that Nadal shoul win today, he’s the experienced one. I do expect from Sascha to win a set. He has the weapons to challenge Rafa.
Good luck, Sascha


chrisford1 Says:

Whenever possible I root for a Nadal or Fed encounter with Nole. Classic rivalries, and the 1st two guys may be gone from tennis in a few years. So cheers to seeing more battles!
Yes, lots of interesting newcomers and Raonic poised for a breakout, Delpo on a quest to become a fearsome player again.
But in the end, I’d like to see Novak vs Rafa or Fed. Maybe del Potro because of the awesome battle of power vs. defense that has been the mark of encounters they have had..
For Raonic, yes he can beat Nole. Hasn’t happened yet, but he almost took Djoker out in Rome a couple years ago with Djokovic saying he played well, but Milos was so good in the 1st set Nole felt completely helpless, 1st time in years he felt that way in a match. The two practice together and know each other’s games well. Just a matter of time before Raonic gets him in a match , and whips him.


chrisford1 Says:

I thought some about Andy last night. I think he has regressed since Lendl left, and also he is not making any headway in getting more mental toughness. The only bright spot is he finally stopped sucking on clay in 2015.

Opinions??


Dave Says:

Murray can’t seem to let things go anymore. Lendl made him more disciplined with himself during matches. If a call doesn’t go Murray’s way or something isn’t going the way Andy want’s it to go , he lets it bother him the whole match. He needs to forget about it and move on. Andy is by far his own worst enemy. And the sad part about it is that Andy might have the most talent on the whole ATP tour. And he works just as hard as anyone when training. I find Andy is actually getting worse with age when it comes to letting things bother him. His seemingly limitless talent is what is carrying him through matches these days. You need more than talent to win the big tournaments though.


J-Kath Says:

@Chrisford 1

Opinions on Andy:

His grunts and groans and self-deprecating behaviour is when he feels a particular pressure and one way or another he can only get on with it if he releases it. He’s trying to pump himself up.
I personally don’t call it lack of personal toughness…he’s demonstrated that on many occasions …even though equally he demonstrates the negative aspects.

He’ll be OK…he won’t be no. 1 but he will get another Slam this year. He will stay in the top 4.

Do his fans want more for him. Yes, we keep hoping, but I for one want him to enjoy the balance of his years of competiveness rather than waste the best years of his life striving for what he won’t achieve which is No.1 for a substantial period of time.

He is what he is. One of the very best tennis players of his generation.

PS: Have no interest in defending my personal position but would like to see what others think without pressure to respond.
Cheers, K.


Daniel Says:

Nadal wasn’t flawless in first set. after he got the second vreak Verdasco had break point and didn’t convert. Next game he had game point and was broken. So 2 points and it couls have been 4-2 instead of 6-0. Verdasco made 5 DF to Nadal 1 and alsmot all DF’s were when he was 30-30 on serve.

He broke Nadal serve twice in second set and had a BP on 4-4 which he returned short second serve.

Tiberek ge was commanding until he had two serves, didn’t go for it just putting first serves on court and Nadal capitilize.

Agree with Dave, Nadal’s serve is still weak and he will have troubles in all matches. He broke Verdasco 5 straight times Verdasco served and even so was 1 point away from losing second set 4 times. And Verdadco body language was awful the whole match.

I think Nadal experience gets him pass Zverev, But Kei will attack his serve. The problem is Kei also doesn’t have THE serve so that match could go the distance with multiple breaks.

As for Djoko I bet he will be getting better and better. Specially now that Wawrinka is losing. No Federer, no Murray, no Wawa, piece of cake tourney for him at this point.


Daniel Says:

Me and my mouth, Wawa just broke when Goffin served for the match and is 1 point away from leveling second set, maybe a comeback?!


Wog Boy Says:

I like Stan’s outfit, like a tow truck driver.


Green Lady Says:

My late father used to say,you cant do anymore than win!….


Green Lady Says:

Stans outfit is horendous….


courbon Says:

Green Lady-horendous is too kind description for that outfit…
Off course, Wog Boy likes it-no suprise there!


Green Lady Says:

Hi Courbon nice to see you here,i havent been posting as much as ive such alot going on with work and planning my handfasting which takes place the last weekend in April,plus all the camps….

Anyway i too am an excentric dresser,but that outfit yuck….


Wog Boy Says:

Frenchie,
Of course I like it, it is perfect for the breakdown on motorway.


courbon Says:

What is handfasting and what camps?


Green Lady Says:

Courbon the pagan camps,and a handfasting is an outdoor type of pagan wedding/blessing,green man and i are renewing our wedding vows the pagan way….


Wog Boy Says:

I feel for Giffin, if he loses.


Green Lady Says:

Well Dasco mightve choked away that second set against Rafa yesterday,but it would seem Goffins choking this match away,one he shouldve won already….


Giles Says:

” Me and my mouth”. Lol. You said it.


FedExpress Says:

last year he choked vs nole

today a bigger choke job.

double break in the second set. serving for the match

hahahahah


courbon Says:

Green Lady-Ah, another pagan on this site!
( you know Hippy Chick is pagan, right? )
Ok, I got it..but one more question:Who is green Man? Your boyfrend/husband?/Why is he green?
and Goffin is gone…


FedExpress Says:

wtf did wawa did there? miss of the year


courbon Says:

Finally Goffin finished the job! Happy for him…Wawrinka streaky as usual.


Wog Boy Says:

Justice prevails


Green Lady Says:

Courbon lol yeah green man is my husband,and Hippy Chick,Gypsy Gal and i,are also the same person ;)….


jalep Says:

With so many monikers, you are never alone, GL. ☺

Completely relieved that David Goffin won the decider tie-break!


Green Lady Says:

Hi Jalep lol,ill always be honest about who i am i promise that,its just every now and then i get a bit bored,and fancy a change ;)….


Green Lady Says:

I do like Stan,but im pleased Goffin got the W,it wouldve been so painful for him to lose that match….


courbon Says:

Listen Hippy-you are confusing me!!!!!
So you are green now?
And you are Lady now??? ( hmmm…)
(-:
So, your man is next.


jalep Says:

I do the same thing with usernames, as you know, GL. Can’t have just one. But I have used them as experiments, maybe…a couple times over the years. ;)


Green Lady Says:

Courbon lol yeah thats right,the green man and the green lady are all to do with spirituality in the pagan world ;-)….


Green Lady Says:

Jalep yeah,and ive liked all of yours….


jalep Says:

You probably don’t know all of mine ;) Not sure I remember, GL! (kidding)


skeezer Says:

Nice win for Goffin.


J-Kath Says:

I am so surprised that Goffin beat Stan (in my humble view) the latter is so much the better player…Stan why not meet up with Andy and enjoy a jolly good chat and practice in Miami?


J-Kath Says:

Rafa – I’m off to bed now – I want to read that you won in the morning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


chrisford1 Says:

So far, Berdych-Raonic, Goffin-Stan lived up to their billing. And Rafa-Zverev has the early marks of being a thriller.
The Russian from Germany is looking to be on the list of young players along with Raonic – that will be contending on the big stage very soon for trophies. Along with Kyrgios, already taking bites out of the Big 4.


Wog Boy Says:

“Stan why not meet up with Andy and enjoy a jolly good chat and practice in Miami?”

And Tomic can give them a ride in his Ferrari joined by his good mate Kyrgios..


Wog Boy Says:

“The Russian from Germany ..”

Ok, I see..;)


Wog Boy Says:

If Rafa wins second this match is his, Sascha won’t have anything left in the tank for the third.


Dave Says:

Wog Boy,

Any thoughts on the Nole vs Lopez match? I’m still picking Raonic to get to the finals in the other half. He is on a mission. Nole has done nothing yet to suggest that he will make the finals. Raonic has.


Wog Boy Says:

Well, I was wrong, he doesn’t have anything left for the second, nevertheless for the third.

He is still puppy, still teething.


Wog Boy Says:

Dave,

Firstly, I watched movie, very powerful, I have to watch it again to get through it. But one thing is for sure ” You live the moment or for the moment, ” What’s the time” the answer is “now” and is the correct answer.

About Nole vs Lopez, Nole has to lift his game or..

I will be off the internet next two hours, C U after.


Dave Says:

Wow. Zverev misses the easy volley on match point. Nadal has been gifted another chance to win this match.


Daniel Says:

Wow, Zverev looks likehe is gonna cry. One of the most bizarre MP lost ever, that FH volley with open court.
Now Nadal will serve for the match


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Great Fighting Spirit vs Epic Choke

We know who wins that one.


Daniel Says:

Told he was gonna win on experience yesterday. But can’t see him winning this title.


skeezer Says:

Wow can Isner keep it uo?


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Love that look on Rafa’s face. Its wonderful to see that from him.

This was a real classic in the age-old war between Youth and Age. Suddenly, Rafa is in the role of aging warrior, hobbled by time, trying desperately to cling to that window of his world class athletic career; then, Zverev: rising as surely as Rafa is dropping.

In the end, Zverev cracked, and Age breathes a sigh of relief, and lives to fight one more day.


Dave Says:

That was one of the most epic chokes on match point I have ever seen in my life. Zverev looked like he was crying or on the verge of balling his eyes out. Rafa still hasn’t impressed me. He got pushed around the court as usual against a player that hits the ball hard and flat on his groundstrokes. Rafa’s forehand down the line was the only improvement. Other than that, same old same old from my perspective.


Dave Says:

That was one of the most epic chokes on match point I have ever seen in my life. Zverev looked like he was crying or on the verge of balling his eyes out. Rafa still hasn’t impressed me. He got pushed around the court as usual against a player that hits the ball hard and flat on his groundstrokes. Rafa’s forehand down the line was the only improvement. Other than that, same old same old from my perspective.


AndyMira Says:

I gave a BIGGGG applaud to Alexander for showing how talented he is..surely he’s one of the most talented young guns now and in the future..and got a nice attitude as well..love his hair so much..to VP..sorry for the loss..i surely didn’t mind whatsoever if rafa lost him..that’s how talented Alex is..


Dave Says:

Just walking out, Djokovic looks very serious, all business.


skeezer Says:

Much tighter set in the 2nd with Isner/Nishi


skeezer Says:

On serve now with Isner/Nishi in the 2nd


skeezer Says:

Wow, Nishi takes the 2nd in a TB!


AndyMira Says:

@Dave..totally agree with you at 8:27 pm,each and everytime he played,he’s the only one who’s scrambled left and right chasing the ball..i don’t know why he kept doing it..the only thing i like to see is that his mental strength still intact today..and that’s a very good news indeed..


Giles Says:

Well done Rafa.
Just ignore comments from the likes of Dave et al.


skeezer Says:

Isner Kei total awesome battle in the 3rd


Dave Says:

Nole played better today. He has slowly upped his level each round so far. It’s the usual from Nole again. He will keep getting better as the later rounds go on.


Van Persie Says:

Congrats for Nole, I have seen only the last points, so do not know how he played. I will trust Dave, that he improved today.

AM, hello,

just woke up, much, muvh earlier then I should, hehe. Wanna see Serena vs Simona.

Congrats for Rafa ;)
Have not see that match either, but I am glad Sascha won 1 set, I read here he had also MP…but he choked :(…well, sh.t happens once in a while. He will learn from this.


Van Persie Says:

WB,

Like your description on Sascha.;)
You’re right, he’s still a “puppy”.


skeezer Says:

Isner – Kei
Battle of the day!


Dave Says:

Nishikori won. What a win. He rarely shows that much emotion. That was a big time win for him. He won’t let Rafa off the hook so easy like Zverev did. Rafa will need to show something more. He will need to up his level at least 10 percent if not 20.


skeezer Says:

Yes, big win for Nishi and hard fought.
Waaay better than other supposed “marquee” matches of the day…lol… One was a overly usual long match with choke fest material the other was wahaaaa?
Where is the Fed style excitement when its needed?
Nit withthe top players that are left.
Yawwwn.
Hopefully these younger guys coming up can infuse some exciting tennis back into the black hole of tennis that is currently here.


AndyMira Says:

Hey VP..and good morning to you babe..VP..you’ve missed an amazing match between Sascha vs rafa..God..the tension and emotion was very high..feel very sorry for sascha though..rest assured VP..he’s gonna be one of the future star..


Van Persie Says:

AM,

Rafa was very nice jn the press conf. He called Sascha the future Nr. 1. Hope your guy is right ;)


Van Persie Says:

Skeezer,

Sorry for your loss. If tennis is boring for you these days, you can go to bed, sleep, wake up when Fed is on court again ;)


Dave Says:

Just saw Taylor Fritz and Thiem live and I don’t think it’s possible for either to play a boring match. Thiem is on fire lately and anything but boring.


AndyMira Says:

And he deserved it VP..i mean..he’s only 19?still very young but showed so much maturity..about a choked thing..it’ll go away with time..it’s not easy to play your 1st last 8 in a very big stadium,and on top of that there was rafael nadal on the other side,it’s easy to point out that he shouldn’t have choked on match point like that but if we’re in his position,can we do differently than him?


Van Persie Says:

Exactly AM,

Rafa is Rafa, 14 GS, former Nr. 1…is not a shame to choke, when you play Rafa


chrisford1 Says:

Srdjan Djokovic had some nice words to say for Rafa in his recent interview that were somehow cut out since too much media still operates on “It’s all about Fed and what others say about him”.

“Instead on Rafael Nadal Srdjan spent beautiful words. He hopes the Spaniard will comeback at a high level: ‘Rafael Nadal has been a legend of one era, but his game is very different from Novak and Federer. He spends a lot of energy on court. With this kind of style, it’s very hard to maintain a high level. But tennis still needs Nadal; he needs to come back. I hope he can play another two or three years at a high level.’


Okiegal Says:

The California crowd loves Rafa! The reaction was electrifying on match point! Way to make a comeback Rafa……winning the TB would have been the easier way out……he had his chances! Oh well, it worked out anyway!! One match at a time!!


skeezer Says:

VP,
Loss? Its your loss, I considered tonights Isner-Kei match a big win. This is not all about what you want, but what Tennis wants, and its needed with the current field here. And you try to post a lnk that excites fans? Booyah.
@Dave
Yes thanks for bringing the up also, so much better than the top ranked pkayers here.


Van Persie Says:

skeezer,

I like Isner very, very muvh as a person….have not seen that much. But you will not convince me, that his tennis is very spectacular.

Sweet dreams!


Van Persie Says:

very much


skeezer Says:

“…is not a shame to choke, when you play Rafa”
But what if you’re Rafa and you choke(like this past year)?
No shame either, of course, no?


Van Persie Says:

I like Rafa, Skeeze

Please show me one comment from me on this site, where I have called Rafa a choker….


AndyMira Says:

@Skeezer..shame or not,humiliation or not,sometimes it happened,roger also been through the same thing in the past..yet he keep coming back with vigour because he’s one of the greatest[if not the greatest and i root the latter for him atm]..


skeezer Says:

VP,
re: Rafa …Not the point, you whiffed on that.
Re; 11:13
It wasn’t all about Isner, but the play and contrast between the two. If you can’t appreciate someone that has more skills/talent than you, ….ok. But your trying to peg someone in a square into a round hole , as usual you missed it. Nighty night.


skeezer Says:

AM,
Totally agree. Every player, including Fed, has those moments. My point is so why blame a choke on your fav’s opponet? It comes down to experience, not a choke.


skeezer Says:

Unless of course you have a lot of experience,….then…its a choke.


Van Persie Says:

Skeezer,

It is morning in Europe.
…damn, it si soo boring to talk with hou about tennis.

Good night!

P.S. once again, sweet dreams with the tooth fairy


Dave Says:

I can’t even believe what I just saw. Bryan brothers were leading 9 to 2 in the tiebreak with 7 match points in a row and just lost the match. I was about to change to the Thiem match and thought, lets just see the match point. What a surprise. wow.


Dave Says:

7 match points in a row and you still lose, now that’s the choke of the day. Best doubles team at all time. Zverev doesn’t need to feel so bad now.


AndyMira Says:

@Dave..really dave?Yeah..agree with you..i hope sascha know about this and doesn’t feel so bad about his own loss..


J-Kath Says:

Wogboy

Stan and Andy need to get together to plot to unseat a rather scary tennis player.

Not sure why Tomic and Nick have to be there….peace-keepers maybe?

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