Djokovic Denies Dimitrov, Murray Dominates Pouille In Paris; Tsonga v Raonic Friday
by Staff | November 3rd, 2016, 11:31 pm
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Novak Djokovic found himself a set down before coming back on the hot-handed Grigor Dimitrov 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 at the Paris Indoors. The 3-time defending has now won 17 straight matches at the event and he sets up a quarterfinal meeting Friday with Marin Cilic.

“I’m very grateful to have such a crowd and perform in front of them. I think they appreciated the battle between Grigor and I today,” said Djokovic. “I think we both gave what we could. I think it was a really, really nice match to be a part of.”

Djokovic needed treatment on a knee injury in the second set but bounced back nicely.

Cilic eased past David Goffin 6-3, 7-6(9) and in doing so secured a second berth in the ATP Finals which begins in London in about 10 days. On the other side, Goffin was eliminated from London.

“He loves these kinds of very quick courts. He won Cincinnati in very similar, even faster conditions,” said Djokovic of Cilic. “I know what I need to do, and hopefully I’ll be able to execute it well tomorrow.”

If Djokovic reaches the final, he’ll maintain the No. 1 ranking.

Tomas Berdych kept his London hopes alive cruising past home favorite Gilles Simon 6-4, 6-3. Simon was one of three Frenchmen to lose on the day after Jack Sock upset Richard Gasquet in three sets and Andy Murray mashed Lucas Pouille 6-3, 6-0.

“I thought I returned well today. I had chances in almost all of his service games during the match,” said Murray. “Obviously that’s good when the surface is a bit quicker. I was getting a good hit on them and rushing him immediately.”

Murray, who is locked in a No. 1 battle this week with Djokovic, has now won his last 17 matches. Next will be Berdych.

John Isner advanced in three over qualifier Struff, he now takes on countryman Sock and in the final quarterfinal Friday it’s home favorite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga against Milos Raonic.

Tsonga had to save two match points to oust Kei Nishikori 0-6, 6-3, 7-6(3) and keep his slim London hopes alive.

“We are here to give our best, so that first set didn’t go well for me. I made double faults, things like that, but it was because I want to do well,” said Tsonga who was booed after the first set bagel. “But little by little, I was able to get settled. My confidence came back and I was able to play better.”

Nishikori held two match points in his 5-3 service game but was unable to close it out.

Meanwhile, Raonic coasted past Pablo Cuevas in straight sets.

FRIDAY PARIS SCHEDULE
COURT CENTRAL start 14:00
J. Isner (USA) vs J. Sock (USA)
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [9] M. Cilic (CRO)

Not Before 19:30
[7] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)

Not Before 20:30
[11] J. Tsonga (FRA) vs [4] M. Raonic (CAN)


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171 Comments for Djokovic Denies Dimitrov, Murray Dominates Pouille In Paris; Tsonga v Raonic Friday

Danica Says:

Idemo Noleee!!!
:)


Margot Says:

Andeeeeeeee!


Danica Says:

Ok, Noleee and Andeee :) (just not Cilic)


Margot Says:

We can agree on Danica, at least. I saw the Goffin match and wasn’t too impressed TBH. Cilic played the most awful tie break and only won because Goffin played worse!


Willow Says:

True Margot, he wont get away with playing like that against Novak ….


Willow Says:

Watching Isner v Sock, which seems to be a battle of whos playing the worst tennis at the moment, not much great shot making ….


Margot Says:

Oh Willow it’s dreadful! Sock had so many chances and blew them all.
And why has Sock got an old man’s beard? “Old man’s beard” is a wild clematis. Is Sock’s beard an homage? Perhaps HR can enlighten us?


J-Kath Says:

Well at least we know who isn’t going to win the tournament.


Margot Says:

Isnistn’t for sure. Please someone make him go away!


Willow Says:

Margot / J-Kath youve both given me a good laugh today cheers ladies ;-)) ….


Margot Says:

Jeepers, Isnisn’t playing sooooo badly that even OMB felt obliged to break back. Good grief.
My pleasure Willow, laughter is the best medicine, as they say.


Margot Says:

Useless from OMB. Overcome by winning second set, gives away 3rd.


J-Kath Says:

Lord have mercy on the semi-finals – they’ll be too pooped to pop –they could maybe try playing it as doubles – nobody would notice….


jalep Says:

Who is OMB …oh my belly?


Farah Diba Says:

I guessed Oh My Bu@#!


Margot Says:

He’s one of those too jalep, he’s obviously practising how to be an old man. Could be a really good contender, needs some fire in that belly.
A lot of the time looks half a***d


Margot Says:

Gals, see me @10 12.


jalep Says:

Margot, I won’t give you any updates on Konta 😄

But I think she’s improved her serve and she’s a fearless competitor…that’s why I like her (and she’s British lol)


jalep Says:

Poor Pieman.


Danica Says:

Wow, whatever happened to the Bryans?!? Who are those guys that beat them??


Farah Diba Says:

Oh!He he he..damn my mirror mirror on the wall!


Margot Says:

Danica: Johnny Peers used to Jamie Murray’s partner. They split up this year.
With Jamie has beaten the Bryans before.
Mirror, mirror on the wall who is the beardiest of us all?
Hope its not you Farah my lovely…;) Even Mo Farah is hairless….


jalep Says:

Om peace, Nole. But if you can’t win that way, fight, scream, rip a shirt!


RZ Says:

@Danica – to add to Margot’s post, Henri Kontinen won the Wimbledon mixed doubles this year with Heather Watson. So Kontinen and Peers both have pretty good doubles credentials (Peers had reached 2 GS finals last year when partnered with Jamie Murray). Plus the Bryans are slowing waning though they do not go gentle!


Farah Diba Says:

You’re lucky M..My mirror mirror on the wall said The Wolverine aka Hugh Jackman..


RZ Says:

If all the top players grew out an OMB, who do you think would look the best? Worst?
I think Jo could totally rock an OMB.


FedExpress Says:

another mentally disturbed player in person of cilic. breaks nole then giftes the break back.

ffs dont shiit in your pants all the time


Van Persie Says:

Cilic is afraid to risk, when he plays Djoko.


Margot Says:

Cilic looks awfully ordinary these days.
RZ: love JW’s bandit look. Have to think about who’d look the best with an OMB. Tipsy possibly, looks a bit devilish anyway.


FedExpress Says:

he should learn from wawrinka. all or nothing tennis. he wont win the long exchanges. he has to blow nole off the court.


jalep Says:

In general, I don’t like beards. But have seen a couple maybe…if they are well groomed and not out of control with leftovers from lunch and dinner in there.


RZ Says:

@Jalep – me neither, though they do look good on a few fellows. I actually thought that Federer looked pretty good when he grew out a beard for that one tournament.


jalep Says:

FedExpress, Cilic isn’t the Cilic of 2014. But even then they played three times and all times Nole won. A couple of those matches scared me though.

Not saying I’m overconfident about Nole atm. I’m not sure about the Guru.


Van Persie Says:

Fedex,

That’s not possible. It his not his style to play like Wawa.
Nole idemoo!


jalep Says:

Yes. Federer did, RZ.


Margot Says:

jalep, always mistrust a man with floppy hair and a floppy white shirt…
Meanwhile Boris attends “Strictly Come Dancing” and Poker sessions in London. What do Nole fans think?


Van Persie Says:

Have the feeling, that Djoko does this thing with “the guru” more for his brother. Djoko is not much into this.


Van Persie Says:

Margot,

Pepe and Boris do not match in the same picture. It’s all I will say.


jalep Says:

Edit. Looked it up. Nole/Cilic played 4 times in 2014. 3 matches were competitive. At WTF it was Nole 61 61.

Indian Wells, FO, and Wimbledon I remembered without looking it up.

I’m a little nervous today.


Margot Says:

Very enigmatic VP :) Can’t imagine them together in Nole’s box TBH
Jalep: Nole will have to play c**p to lose this and he’s not looking thus at the mo. In fact is playing length and corners very accurately.


Van Persie Says:

Margot,

Do not know if I have to laugh or to cry, when I look at Pepe….


jalep Says:

Dang it!


Margot Says:

Having said that…first set mighty mouse. Chin up VP, way to go…..
Lol re Pepe and I agree.


Giles Says:

Guru magic not working? Lol


jalep Says:

Well…


Van Persie Says:

My chin is up, Margot. I am more amused then tertified :)


Van Persie Says:

Terrified. Correction


Farah Diba Says:

Cilic start to get fired up..guess a few comments here must be sent to him telepathically.


Margot Says:

Such POWER we have Farah. Didn’t like being dissed did he? ;)
Good for you VP! No hiding behind my handy sofa for you :)


Daniel Says:

Novak in trouble again, at esst he saved this BP’s early this second set.

Next is Isner which I think he wins easily so of he passes the test here, #1 safe till London. Of course, Murray can still lose, but him losing today first time to Cilic will make Murray life easier, he will need just 2 more matches: Berdych (who he loves beating) and than Raonic or Tsonga.
Mit could be a repeta of Cincy, losing to cilic innfonal again, if Cilic indeed wins today. But as s consolaruon prize, finally being #1.


FedExpress Says:

those 2 missed BP chances will cost cilic eventually


jalep Says:

Farah Diba…Nole is not channeling me – he’s be yelling at his box if he was!


jalep Says:

Oh that’s right. I forget that Nole losing could mean Andy is #1 in the end.


Margot Says:

Interesting Cilic is playing miles better than against Goffin. Has really stepped up.


jalep Says:

Didn’t see that match, Margot.


Farah Diba Says:

Jalep..You should start sent Nole a message telepathically immediately..Give him your energy.It’s crucial now.


J-Kath Says:

VP: Rather liked “tertified”.


FedExpress Says:

better to break nole when he is serving to stay in the match

dont trust cilic to serve it out if the opp. arises


Margot Says:

Jalep: TennisTV does replays. Excellent service and Nick Lester is my favourite commentator in the whole wide world!
“must be lerve, lerve sweet lerve…”
Yep Farah, guess Cilic is serving bombs, Nole having difficulty returning and ROS usually one of his strengths.


jalep Says:

Every transmission is blocked, it’s too late, Farah Diba. I’ll have to be satisfied with Cilic winning, or not. Om, peace and love – that Guru has me in his power. lol…


FedExpress Says:

0-30

cilic choke


jalep Says:

Tennistv – I got it for the month because of Zhuhai, Margot. But no time to watch, unfortunately.


FedExpress Says:

3 bps nole


FedExpress Says:

break nole

dumbness from cilic


Farah Diba Says:

M..The commentator said Nole having trouble with his arms tonight.They’re pretty sure about it.

J..You’re wrong!The transmission is not blocked..Nole can hear you.Well done my friend..


jalep Says:

Are you serious, Margot? I thought you didn’t like Robbie and Nick.


Margot Says:

And hearing Jalep’s cries…back comes Nole. ;)


Margot Says:

? jalep, no can’t stand Gob and Knowitall, it’s NICK LESTER I love!


Daniel Says:

Cilic breaks Novak when Djoko was serving for second set. Not looking good right now😳


jalep Says:

hahahaha, got it, Margot.


Margot Says:

OOHH no, waves blocked again….exciting match, gotta say.


Van Persie Says:

Djoko has problems with right ellbow.


FedExpress Says:

choking of the highest order


Van Persie Says:

yep Margot, some great points there


Van Persie Says:

Cilic can close the game on Mole’s serve, whivh was bad today


Van Persie Says:

Nole’s serve…


jalep Says:

Telepathy, prayer, and sacrifice to tennis Gods — not my specialty.

I’m just repeating the words, Andy will be #1, Andy will be number #1.. All is well, om peace, om peace and love… I am unattached to any terrestrial outcomes. Tralala


FedExpress Says:

2 MPs for cilic


jalep Says:

Tennis elbow, maybe, om peace…


FedExpress Says:

choking from cilic

the 2 MP was his


Van Persie Says:

saved


Van Persie Says:

Hug the pain Djoko and faith!


Farah Diba Says:

I’m pretty sure if Nole don’t have this elbow problem,he’ll blew Cilic in just 2 sets..but yeah..this is life..sometimes you’re healthy,sometimes not.I’m speechless by his fighting spirit already..Such a great champ!


FedExpress Says:

wimbledon all over again

2nd serves on MPs


jalep Says:

Heroic, Nole. OM PEACE AND Love at work. Guru power.


FedExpress Says:

just retire ffs


FedExpress Says:

no need to play a 3rd set


FedExpress Says:

4-1 cilic in the TB

will he choke again


jalep Says:

win or lose, it doesn’t matter, om love.


FedExpress Says:

5-2 cilic

2 serves to serve it out


FedExpress Says:

6-2 cilic


FedExpress Says:

cilic wins to my surprise

why was noe pointing to cilics heart when he embraced cilic at the net


Van Persie Says:

Nr. 1 now in Andy’s racket.


Van Persie Says:

Obvious for me that Djoko has physical issues. No high expectations for YEC.


FedExpress Says:

so mission 17 a long distance dream for nole now?


jalep Says:

Cilic brackets are happy. Must go congratulate Marin pickers over on Tennisgrand.

Go Andy!


Giles Says:

This is a fake guru no doubt about it. ROFL


Margot Says:

Well that was a complete surprise.
Commies VP, Danica and other Nole fans. Sorry, but hugging floppy haired bloke isn’t working.


Farah Diba Says:

J..I know you don’t want to hear this but i’m going to say it anyway..Sorry for your loss okay?


Daniel Says:

Damm, Cilic made it, first win over Novak and with huge implications.

Another tourney and no title for Novak, mini slump. He can still turn it around in London.

Now Murray just needs to reach finals to be New number one come Monday. And if he wins the title he will opne a 405 lead over Novak before London.

Wow, what a turn of events. This can change a lot. Novaw was on the verge of tying Federer’s 5 Year End #1, being only 1 shy from Pete’s record. Also this can jeoperdise his streak of weeks as number 1, which dates back to July 5th 2014, more than 120 weeks straight.

Let’s see how this will affect Murray. Pressure on him now.

Hope Djoko recover from this, part of me is starting to get a feeling he can be entering his decline phase. Same agenit happened to Federer and Nadal. He stull holds 2 Slams and is #1, but for his own standar in this part of the season this is worrisome. 😱😱


FedExpress Says:

had he double faulted vs fed at the us open final in 2015 on the BPs nole


Daniel Says:

The only positive is there is only one torney left and he cannrecover for 45 days to fully rest and heal his body for 2017. Number 1 or not.

Just recover, because when he is fully helathy everything falls in place again and he can play his awesome tennis and win many more title.


Giles Says:

His name is peepee not Pepe . Bogus guru


Van Persie Says:

Daniel, he needs a break. I am not yet thinking about the decline phase, but he will never dominate anymore like in the last 2 years. He has physical issues and it was hard for him to accept this after the FO.


Giles Says:

Hello Daniel. Still counting joker’s grand slams and Masters titles??? Lol


jalep Says:

Thanks, Farah Diba. Seriously :)
The bright side will be Andy at #1. Peace out ✌ sister! Cheers…


Van Persie Says:

Thanks, Margot

He needs to hug Becker, but when he is healthy :)


Daniel Says:

Agree VP, as kuch as he is the most flexible and seems the fittest player on tour he is 29 and a half and it may all start to linger more now.


Giles Says:

Lol. When joker loses he’s injured and needs rest. What a load of codswallop!!


FedExpress Says:

before wimbledon nole had a lead of 8000 points. how tf did he mess this one up?


Farah Diba Says:

J..You’re one of the Nole’s nicest fan,beside Dani,Dave,Jane and many other’s.Respect you so much J!

PS..Where’s Dave anyway..Missed to read his nice post on TX.Come back here Dave.You take a vacation long enough.


steve-o Says:

In the last week Cilic has beaten two other players against whom he had poor H2H records, so it’s not a coincidence he won today.

He’s playing aggressive, smart tennis and serving great. Changed his game plan, used more slice and was careful not to give Djokovic the kind of pace he likes in the rallies. He’s also playing the percentages more instead of trying to go for broke on every shot.

Used to be he’d have beaten himself after his opponent saved MPs, but he stayed positive in the TB and kept going for his shots. He was the more consistently aggressive player in both sets so he earned it.

You can say Djokovic wasn’t at his best, but last year he won a lot of matches when he wasn’t at his best. His problem is between the ears, not with his body. Plus as the three-time defending champ he was feeling the pressure. Not as motivated to hang on to world #1 as he was a year ago.


chrisford1 Says:

Nole’s going to need some long hugs.

FedExpress – the joke is all on you and your “Slamcount”. Just as #of NFL Superbowl rings won was scrapped as the ultimate measure of a QB, season and career, in favor of a multi-source algorithm QB rating system – How many “Slams” will be looked at in conjunction with Championships, Olympic medals, the level of competition, H2H, winning %s, and Masters 1000s and even how many semis and RUPs were achieved. Measures of dominance, like Rafa’s over all on clay until Novak became a worthy challenger, Pete on Grass. Longevity might count. How much they grew and expanded the sport’s following.

In 10-20 years we will be talking about how close the player ratings are. Suppose Novak has a 95.3 and Fed a 95.1 when all things are factored it. Rafa a 94.9 and Muzz a 93.2 derived from what they did as active players. All pretty close and maybe the same arguments go on. Fed got 17 of one sort of trophy but Rafa owned him after 2007. Novak has a positive H2H, best record against Top 10 players, most Masters, highest average of ranking points for his career…but was outplayed by Andy, say, 2016 2nd half until his guru got fired in 2018.


J-Kath Says:

Sad for Nole’s fans – never fear, he’ll be back – and don’t forget the O2 arena is Nole’s second home – he will do well there – as I said wryly earlier: Andy has a good chance to go into O2 as No.1 but he will come out as No.2.

Apologies to Margot, RZ and other Andy supporters.


Van Persie Says:

Steve-O,

Cilic played very good today, agree. But Novak could not rely on his serve. Fo not forget, yhat he managed to break Marin 2 or 3 times today.


Van Persie Says:

Do not forget…


chrisford1 Says:

And Djokovic looks frail and shrunken with his all-vegan diet. There is literature that claims vegetarian athletes get injured easier, take longer to recover from injury, can lose strength and stamina.
Jelena – time to start force-feeding your guy gluten-free cheeseburgers and have him eat raw horses hearts as chanting savage Serbs yell to eat the whole damn bloody thing. (While being hugged, of course)


RZ Says:

@J-Kath, nothing to apologize for. Andy may or may not get the #1 ranking but regardless Djokovic won’t be in a lull forever.

To be honest I’m not that surprised about Djokovic’s mini-slump. It must have taken an incredible amount of emotional energy to finally win the French Open, and he’s played and won so many matches in the past couple of years. He’s got to be exhausted. My armchair diagnosis is that once he gets the proper vacation that he needs, he’ll come back motivated again and be back at the top of his game.


Temple Says:

Very Nadalesque type of loss, brilliance for a game or two, a point or two (look at the two match points saved tonight), but holding the important serves feels like climbing Everest without oxygen.

One has to really worry, there are only so many times an athlete can make a comeback.


skeezer Says:

ROFL – the weak era balker now is claiming Super Bowl rings and QB ratings matters most, not Slam count. Tennis has its own record keeping standards. The widely agreed standard of the most important achievements in Tennis is Slams. Not Superbowls. Keep dreaming.


skeezer Says:

Novak better get his act together, and soon or when Fedal comes back he”ll get more humiliated. I mean, seriously, how cannot a top 4 player in this era not take advantage of a weaker field?


kjb Says:

@cf1

Your player rating is fun to talk about but means nothing unless you take the rating at same age for all players. Feds “player rating”, 10 ten win %, etc etc. Was way better then Djokovics when he was his age. Just because he has went on to play for 8 years past his prime his rating has went down. Some players retire on top like Borg and some continue long past their best like Fed. Trophys and time at #1 will always be the standard in tennis. This isn’t a team sport and there is really no use in comparing it to a quarterback which is obviously a team sport and the ratings were made to somewhat separate the QBs worth from the team as a whole.


RZ Says:

Please don’t tell me that Berdych is going to knock Andy out of contention for #1 AND qualify for London in the same match.


Margot Says:

Just had a vision of the final and it’s between Cilic and Berd.
ROFL….not!
Berd playing really well, Andy really subdued.
Oh well, that’s tennis :(


Farah Diba Says:

M,RZ..What did i tell yer..KEEP BELIEVIN’..


Farah Diba Says:

I gave you song and u didn’t listen!


RZ Says:

Thanks for keeping our spirits up Farah!


jalep Says:

Prepare to be surprised.

#choketastic

poor Berdych.


steve-o Says:

Berdych up 6-1 in the tiebreak and Murray wins it 11-9. You knew Berdych would crack the longer it went on.


Margot Says:

Jeez! How did Andy do that?
My nerves are shattered and I am in the shed peeping through a crack in the wood. Very noisy it is too with all the fireworks going off so fortunately I can’t hear a thing from the court….


jalep Says:

Om peace, Tomas. let it go. It was a masterpiece until it wasn’t.


Farah Diba Says:

RZ…No prob sis..You guys think Andy would let this golden opportunity go without give his tooth and nail?


RZ Says:

Of course not. But Andy also has a tendency to make things difficult on himself…and his fans!


steve-o Says:

How did Andy do that?

Well, he had a lot of help from Berdych. The guy still has a juniors’ mentality sometimes, instead of being patient and waiting for his shot he just goes for it recklessly at the first half-chance. He did that about three times, and then double-faulted to give the decisive mini break to Murray.

Credit to Murray for toughing it out, though. He didn’t give an inch and kept believing he could win it.

I see he’s now broken Berdych. Pretty sure the second set will be over quickly.


J-Kath Says:

Margot: How the hell did he do that!!! I gave up and went to shove on some food and prepared myself when I came back – and hey presto – the sky is lit with catherine wheels and they spell out Andy, andy.


Margot Says:

steve-o….oh please!


Margot Says:

LOl Kath, I really did leave the room at 6-1 and came back to something like 7-7! Eeek, as I would say!


jalep Says:

Your man Nick already added up Andy’s QF points, Margot. (That) made me uncomfortable, considering what happened to Nole.


Farah Diba Says:

RZ sis..Calm down..This is NEW ANDY we’re talking about,not the OLD ANDY before he won Wimby and historics Olympic a while ago.This new Andy got determination and passion that we’ve never seen before.Who would have thought that he’s the one that got the title The Most Fittest Player On Tour this season..and this is part of the reason why he is in superb perfomance this 2nd half of the season..Keep on believe in him sis..He’s worth it.


jalep Says:

This is as good a performance from Tomas Berdych as I’ve seen against Andy in a long time. He’s not giving it away. But one break of serve is all Andy needs, hopefully. Come on Andy!


jalep Says:

Paris-Bercy channeling Ricky Martin. Ole! I love it.


jalep Says:

Oh NO.


RZ Says:

@Farah – I have faith in Andy’s fitness. What I don’t have faith in is the tennis deities. I think I’ve done something to upset them. I’ve lost my last 5 league doubles matches, 4 of them in super tiebreaks.


jalep Says:

This is actually a good tennis match right now. Good to see Tomas Berdych fighting for a place in London, even though history shows he never does much once he gets there.

Andy with break points…Got IT.


FedExpress Says:

is there a bigger mental midget than berdych? how on f* earth do you lose a TB from 6-1 up.


Farah Diba Says:

RZ..See?Andy’s got through.All you have to do is relax,okay?


FedExpress Says:

with the the help of berdychs massive choke? how the hell


jalep Says:

http://live-tennis.eu/en/atp-race
So close but too far for Big Bird this year.
Andy is now at 10545.

Allez Jo!!


Margot Says:

Jeepers have been through shredder! Fortunately nice murder series on TV to help me relax……..;)
G’night my faithful virtual Andy friends….We have to do it all again tomorrow remember. One more to go!


Farah Diba Says:

I won’t deny that after this,there’s gonna be be up and down in his game,plenty of breaks..No 1 is huge RZ..anyone will get nervous over it.Remember Rio?That’s also huge for him and what happened?he got problem to closed it out right?Honestly,at that time..he has a chance to finished off Delpo earlier but yeah..NERVOUS..And i predict tomorrow and sunday he will also be super nervous..But i think he want no 1 so bad,he’ll get through.


RZ Says:

Thanks Farah. I still think the tennis deities don’t like me, though.


jalep Says:

http://live-tennis.eu/en/atp-race oops, this is updated.

A SF win puts Andy 5 points ahead of Novak.


J-Kath Says:

Farah please – It was never a “given”. – Andy really had to work and Tomas played his best tennis for a long time.


J-Kath Says:

Margot – so delighted, makes me so happy – congrats to all of us who have stuck by him for years. Would be nice if he does get to the final – (Strange we both acted almost identically at the tiebreaker).


steve-o Says:

Oh please yourself, Margot.

Unlike you, I actually watched the tiebreak we’re talking about–and unlike you, I’m not a Murray partisan so I could watch it with some detachment and objectivity instead of freaking out.

Berdych choked two or three points that had nothing to do with Murray’s great play. He really did throw it away. Murray played great on a couple of other points–on one set point he ran around the ball on Berdych’s return and nailed a Nadal-style DTL forehand, which landed smack on the line.

But we all knew Berdych is a mental midget, except when Federer is across the net. Then he would die before letting a 6-1 lead slip in a tiebreak.

Anyway, your man won so you should be happy. I’m rooting for him to topple Djokovic from #1. I’m also rooting for Cilic to win this title. Fortunately, I can have my cake and eat it too, thanks to Cilic’s victory today.


Danica Says:

Not really surprised Nole lost. I mean, it was bound to happen against Cilic at some point. Better now than in a bigger match, say, at the O2 Arena.

Congrats to Andy and his loyal fans for a well deserved #1. Amazing season.

Cheers!


Farah Diba Says:

RZ..Listen to the song i gave while you count the sheep,it will help.

J-Kath..Yeah,it was never a given.Andy is the most hardworking player on tour this season,that’s why he’s got 7 titles already..Agreed about Tomas.That was one he@# of a perfomance from him..But sorry to say,i already knew that his mental strength can’t match Andy.


jalep Says:

Slow-ish start from JWT. Tempting fate again. Allez, allez wake up Jo!

Cilic has a 6-0 h2h over Isner, in case anyone else was curious.
Marin is fired up — he should make the final now.


J-Kath Says:

Don’t agree Farah.


RZ Says:

Looks like Thiem will be headed to London after all. Hopefully he’ll have a better showing there than he had in recent weeks.


J-Kath Says:

Thanks Danica:

I agree with your hopes at O2 – Nole will do pretty well there as he always does – Andy – despite his new determination will not – a combination of this being one of his less successful tournaments plus he has to be feeling a lot less than fresh and it is pretty much “in-your-face” contest.


J-Kath Says:

Jalep – I also think Cilic will make the final and is about 50-50 to win it irrespective of who his opponent is.


Willow Says:

Cilic can only improve on his last appearance at the O2 when he was whitewashed ….


Willow Says:

He has always had the game to trouble the very best when he plays well, almost took Federer out at SW19, couldnt convert any of those MPs he had ….


J-Kath Says:

Steve-O

“Berdych choked two or three points that had nothing to do with Murray’s great play. He really did throw it away”.

I note what you said Steve-O – but tennis is more than one dimensional – could it possibly be that because Berdych was having to find his A game – which is never that easy when needed, plus he was playing Murray (who beat him 5 times recently) plus Murray’s current form – all of which collectively caused Berdych to choke?.

For me – that tiebreak had to be a combination of all the elements of the match?

Anyway, thank you for your interest.


Daniel Says:

Missed night matches, seems Andy x Berdy was tense.

1 match away from number 1. Nobody won’t be able to ever say about him again: “the greatest player who never reach #1.


Margot Says:

@steve-o
You misunderstood me. It was not, “Oh please never criticise Andy’s wins ever.” It was, “Oh please be right and let this set be over quickly.” That’s the trouble with the net, it leads to so much misunderstanding.
As far as choking goes, did you see the Cilic v Goffin tie break? Both players seemed intent on choking that one away, but fortunately for Cilic, Goffin choked more.
All players choke, or as I’d rather put it, experience high pressure or tension at key moments and its how you deal with that, that separates the winners from the losers.
But margins are small and some punters are far too harsh. So easy to shout “choke” from the comfort of your armchair.


Van Persie Says:

Danica,

Agree with you with one exception: Raonic has a word to say tonight.

If Andy will be Nr 1. after today, it will be well earned. Ok, Nole had better results at slams and master events, but Andy was more constant during 2016.

Regardind YEC: I will enjoy Nole’s matches. Realised this week, how much I missed him from the tour but no great expectations from me.


steve-o Says:

My apologies for the misunderstanding, Margot.


Margot Says:

Accepted :)
So easy to do online.


Willow Says:

Margot oh isnt it just, found that out this week :) ….

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