Murray Wins Dubai Opener, Wawrinka Out; Federer Returns Wednesday
by Staff | March 1st, 2017, 9:20 am
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Andy Murray cruised in his Dubai opener Tuesday dominating Tunisian Malek Jaziri 6-4, 6-1.

“Obviously the second set was obviously a bit easier. First set, especially the beginning, was tough,” Murray said. “I have never hit with him or played against him before. It took a little bit of time to get used to his game. But I played better as the match went on.

“The only thing I didn’t do well was the first serve. I didn’t hit my first serve that well. I’m not sure exactly why. Maybe, you know, first match under the lights, haven’t practiced in those conditions since I have been here. The second serve was very good. The rest went well.”

Murray moves on to face Guillermo Garcia-Lopez later today. He’s beaten the Spaniard in two of three meetings falling at Indian Wells in 2012 in their most recent meeting.

“I don’t know exactly how many times we have played. I just remember I lost to him once in Indian Wells, you know, when I was feeling great, from what I remember,” he said. ”

“I think it was like 3 and 2, or I remember it being a pretty easy match for him,” he added. “I will need to be ready for that one, and I hope I play a good one.”

Defending champion Stan Wawrinka was bounced by Damir Dzumhur 7-6, 6-3.

“Not that good. Not good enough,” Wawrinka said of his play. “I think I start well, but it was tough match a little bit between missing a little bit something to push a little bit more to be a little bit more active. I think after coming back one month out, I had to recover from the injury.

“I think I was missing a little bit something. Physically I was a little bit slow sometimes, so I couldn’t hit that hard from the baseline to push him back. I think I was a little bit too early in defense.”

Tomas Berdych, Lucas Pouille and Fernando Verdasco were also winners.

Today, 7-time champion Roger Federer returns to take on Evgeny Donskoy. Gael Monfils is also on court against Dan Evans.


WEDNESDAY DUBAI SCHEDULE

CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
[6] [WC] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) vs F. Verdasco (ESP)
D. Evans (GBR) vs [4] G. Monfils (FRA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[1] A. Murray (GBR) vs G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
[3] R. Federer (SUI) vs [Q] E. Donskoy (RUS)


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81 Comments for Murray Wins Dubai Opener, Wawrinka Out; Federer Returns Wednesday

FedExpress Says:

Fed is so stubborn sometimes. Its hard to watch.

Why hitting to the FH? Why?


FedExpress Says:

3rd set. Fed wasted 3 MPs in the TB. two on his serve.


jatin Says:

You there, fedexpress :)
He should have won the tie breaker. And now we are in the 3rd set.


FedExpress Says:

jatin, we have the 18th GS. So no worries.


FedExpress Says:

he is stubborn though. why on earth go to dons FH all the time?


FedExpress Says:

reminds me of the Dubai semis vs Berdych in 2013.


jatin Says:

Yeah, but he had 3 match points.
Donskoy is an amazing hard hitter.


jatin Says:

Hope he change his tactics


jatin Says:

Yeah, he lost 3 match points in that match as well. Hope he turn it around somehow


FedExpress Says:

hahahah. now he goes to the BH and it works wonders. Fed, why dont do it before?


jatin Says:

Don is holding serve with ease


jatin Says:

Some nice shots in that game by fed


FedExpress Says:

break federer


jatin Says:

It was bound to happen… Fed breaks :)
Now hold


FedExpress Says:

oh man


FedExpress Says:

broken back

wtf


jatin Says:

WHAT


jatin Says:

Seems like fed wants to gift this match to don


skeezer Says:

Fd already is losing his mojo. He is playing not to lose, rather than playing to win. Like in all sports, you play like that, most times you lose.


FedExpress Says:

wtf has happened?


jatin Says:

I feel pretend like this match never happened . WOW


jatin Says:

I have no idea whether to laugh or not


jatin Says:

What is going on here ??


jatin Says:

Out of nowhere, fed is now 4-1 up in the tie breaker …


jatin Says:

Was it a filler ??? A dream ?? what sort of play was that from fed ???
Being up 5-1… 2 mini break up, still serving to his forehand….


FedExpress Says:

one of the best chokes of feds career.

he messed it up. simple.


jatin Says:

Never thought I would say fed choked… But he did and that was an EPIC choke… WOW


Giles Says:

#116 beats the fed, a qualifier no less.
Well, shite happens!!


FedExpress Says:

dont care jatin, better here than in AO.


sinha71 Says:

Back to typical medium-fast hardcourt (as opposed to fastest slam hard court of all time in Australia).

A 35-year old Fed loses to a qualifier LOL.

Some tournament organizer didn’t get the memo and normalcy is restored.


FedExpress Says:

A loss is sometimes good, sinha.


Jesta Says:

Sinha 71: Dubai court is faster than AO open.


jatin Says:

Yeah, reality check, even fed needs it sometimes :)
He will be much more focused in Indian Wells for sure. See you later fed express.


Van orten Says:

He will lose in the next round . Simple as that


Van Persie Says:

Fed choked better than Zverev against Rafa last year :)


steve-o Says:

Poor play from Federer. Seemed he wasn’t sure exactly what shots he wanted to play, he just didn’t take his chances when he had them.

Oh well, on to Indian Wells. At least he’s not losing any rankings points.


sinha71 Says:

Yes a loss is sometimes a reality check for the tournament organizers to speed up the courts like AO did.

“If you build it, they will come.”


FedExpress Says:

nothing with court. Fed lost it in the end fair and square. He had his chances. More than one time. Couldnt handle the pressure for some unknown reason.

He started practice a week ago. He will move on. Dont think he will lose sleep over this that much.


sinha71 Says:

Everything to do with court. Smell the coffee my friend. This court is more typical of modern day ITF/ATP hard court conditions.

Australia was an anomaly for hard court slams by design. It paid off.


FedExpress Says:

as i said after the AO victory, he can lose every match from now on. He made my year with his AO victory and nothing can take this away from us fed fans.


sinha71 Says:

Yes but it’s not about you.

It’s about cause and effect.

Don’t get me wrong, Federer is one of a kind to continually put himself in position year after year in his mid-30′s. I don’t see anyone else able to do this at the same stage in their career. Incredible.


FedExpress Says:

feels like 2010 though. after the great AO campaign he was ill and then lost matches with match points thrice that year.


Wog Boy Says:

“Sinha 71: Dubai court is faster than AO open”

No it is not, the only faster court on ATP tour than RLA is Shanghai, proven fact using hawk eye. What is fishy is that AO sped up RLA but not so MCA and Hinsene Arena (check the link I gave on the other thread) why would they do that?
I feel bad for fedfanatics, they’ve been writing article like for master degrees, about his win at AO, it was best match and best final ever and then reality check hit them. AO was fair and square win, but nothing spectacular, everything fell in to place for Federer including strangely sped up RLA, only RLA, not others and of course Andy and Nole miserable performance and failure helped him the most.
Very hard to tranlate, but the gipsies have a saying in Serbia:

“Rodi me majko srećna pa me baci u govna.”

That’s what happened to Roger, he was born under the lucky star. We’ll see in the next couple of tournaments how he reacts.


skeezer Says:

Fed haters think Fed is lucky. What a crock. How can you be lucky winning 18 Slams? You can’t.
Still whining and spewing sour grapes since he won 18. Or is it because your favorite couldn’t handle a fast court?


Wog Boy Says:

Forgot to add, I was there watching the matches, watching Nole struggling against Istomin not realizing he has to change something and be aggressive or he’ll lose the match by waiting for Istomin to make mistakes since RLA was made for clean, flat hitters and if they have their day you are in big trouble, Istomin had his day hitting lines and corners and Nole couldn’t even defend the way he usually does and reach the ball, he was rushed through all five sets, same as Rafa in the final. Then I was watching matches on Hinsense arena, the bounce was higher, court slower, Raonic couldn’t hit through Simon, literally so, MCA was even slower, again question, why orginizer decided to speed up the most only RLA, aren’t they suppose to even surfaces on the same tournament, are they going to do the same next year?


sinha71 Says:

Exactly WB.

Just like Murray couldn’t defend against Zverev on this mutant court, normalcy was restored on traditional med-fast Dubai court and Nadal had no problem passing him. Routine. Normalcy restored.

More random facts. When Donskoy lost to Hewitt at 3R US Open-2013, Marat Safin asked him: “How could you even lose to Hewitt”? LOL.


Jesta Says:

Still doesn’t make any sense.Federer won Dubai,Cincinnati & halle 7 times and they are all ranked as medium courts. These ratings of the courts are all messed up. It’s not only about the surface, balls & the humidity factor adds up aswell. In 2008 there was a video ‘why Federer lost in 2008 wimb final? (It’s still on YouTube).It was because serve was not skidding of the surface as much as it was in 2003 and the bounce was higher as well. This year Australian open was definitely quicker which helps Federer games but I still feel Dubai court is very quick bounce is lower and skids of the surface as said by Murray after his win against Garcia Lopez.


Wog Boy Says:

sinha71,

I still think and blame Nole and Andy, particularly their teams, for the way they played. They both walked out believing it is going to be routine match on RLA and before they knew they were out of AO, they had no business of losing to second tier players even if they play out of this world, Zverev was like a sitting duck so many times on the net and Andy who adores targets just wasn’t there, Istomin in all previous matches agains Nole won one set, enough said. Their teams should pick up that something changed (court) and apply their tactics accordingly, they didn’t, they failed them badly.
Rogoer was smarter, he obviously knew what RLA surface will look like and confused everyone but not going to Brisbane to defend final instead choosing Perth, but Perth court is closest to AO one and it paid off, most importantly he changed his tactics to suit RLA, Ljubicic earned his mone, but Lendl, Vajda and uncle Toni didn’t, they failed.


sinha71 Says:

But not at 35 Jesta. Those variables are factored in to the speed evaluations.

Fed won Wimbledon in 2003 because he was playing unseeded Philippoussis as opposed to the resultant new No. 1 in 2008 LOL.

No slam HC has ever played as fast as Rod Laver 2017. Not even close.


sinha71 Says:

Federer is very smart WB. No denying that. He puts himself in position time and time again for which he is to be commended.

As for Rafa, I didn’t even see him making the final so it is a very good sign for him. But fed beating him on a super fast hc is nothing new from Fed. This was not some new bravado or change in strategy. It is how he always plays Rafa on a fast court and Rafa loses the advantage of his heavy topspin.

Nole’s been out of it for sometime and while Murray should have won, in a single match like that with agressive S&V in those conditions, well as they say, any given Sunday.


Wog Boy Says:

Agree, but not completely, yes, Zverev can beat Andy, but not in the best of five, in the best of three, yes. Nole’s mind wasn’t there for the wuite some time, that’s true, but after Doha I believed he is getting his mojo back just to be proven otherwise, and now I don’t see him bouncing back, no until he makes changes, changes in his life choices not tennis and he won’t do that.


Jesta Says:

That was not my point. Nadal won that final cuz he played great not because of court speed and the shabang’.
In 2015 Federer played Murray and djokovic back to back and won the tournament Cincinnati labeled as medium court (at that he was already 34 years old)(and that court is fast) he won Dubai and Halle that year aswell. My point is your analogy of Federer losing because this Dubai court is slower than AO is wrong! This is one of his fav surface cuz it is quick that’s why he has won here slot.


skeezer Says:

@Jesta,
Don’t pay any mind to the self supposed authority on court speed. They are claiming this and that with no knowledge of how and why.

As for others, no need to whine about Fed winning AO, he played on the same surface everyone else had to. Accept it and move on.


sinha71 Says:

Yeah what does Jim Courier and quantifiable data have to do with anything when we have fanboy rhetoric LOL.

Faster than Wimbledon 2017 and muuuch faster than Rod Laver Arena just three years ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftS5DL36aY4

So much for Skeezer’s Alternate Facts like doubles doesn’t help singles play and that Roger pulled a
“Rafa” (although Milos did pull a Roger by defaulting a final).


Wog Boy Says:

The funny thing is that fanatics are talking about his win and his “changed and advanced” game and good Lord knows what else, they are real essays, but they don’t mention he played excatly same way against Nole last time at AO, picking up ball very early and stepping into the court and yet was embarrassed, really embarrassed by Nole…why so?


skeezer Says:

Courier refers to serve only. Also, this youtube video posted by “Yoeri Tennis”, whoever that is, claims “THE Reason why Federer won 2017 AO ● Courts Faster Than Wimbledon”. That’s his claim, not Couriers. You are creating alternate facts to your own liking and……it fails.

No one I have seen here is disputing that AO was not fast. It was faster than last year, even faster than Wimpy.( However, not 2001 windy and earlier ).

Try more youtube searching, and google search. Maybe play some tennis on fast and slow courts, and bring heavy balls, light balls, some humidity, some dry air, wind, no wind, indoors, outdoors, and get some experience playing the game. Just some friendly advice.


skeezer Says:

Windy=Wimbledon


skeezer Says:

“but they don’t mention he played excatly same way against Nole last time at AO, picking up ball very early and stepping into the court and yet was embarrassed, really embarrassed by Nole…why so?”
Nole would have been embarrassed if he met Fed during this AO, but he lost to someone called Istomin very early instead. Shame, no?


Wog Boy Says:

Would’ve could’ve ….not good enough, the H2H at AO speaks for itself, that’s not would’ve could’ve.


Wog Boy Says:

H2H at GS speaks for itself, overall H2H speaks for itself.


Wog Boy Says:

Best of Nole beats best of Roger anywhere anytime, proven, not could’ve would’ve.


skeezer Says:

“Best of Nole beats best of Roger anywhere anytime, proven, not could’ve would’ve.”
Not if he can’t get to the final to play him. If he loses on the way, he is not worthy to play him to have that chance.


Wog Boy Says:

Check finals H2H, Nole and Roget one, embarrassing for the so called “GOAT”, you failed again or you just can’t handle the truth..


skeezer Says:

I could care less about H2H with anyone, it only makes good fodder talk for those who have to use it to justify a player. The game is playing against a field of players. It’s how you navigate through a draw and win a tournament. It’s called winning a tournament. It’s not boxing. Read a ATP rule book. Be enlightened. 18.


sinha71 Says:

😔 no wrong again. Courier used it as an indication of court speed. Some can’t see the forest for the trees LOL.

Didn’t say it was faster than grass anytime but then again fed wasn’t winning on that faster 2001 grass. He won on the slower stuff.

Fastest HARD court slam of all time.

Nole has best h2h winning percentage vs Big four on hard court.

Rafa has best h2h winning percentage vs Big 4 on clay.

Oh yeah, and Rafa has best winning percentage vs Big 4 on grass.


skeezer Says:

singha71,
Read 8:12pm post. Rinse, repeat.


Wog Boy Says:

You obviously took a time to check their head to head in the finals, embarrassing for the “GOAT”, isn’t it;)

You are wrong again, we are talking abou two particular players and how they fear against each other and not overall results, if best of player A beats best of player B, what’s is better way to figure that out than results in the finals they played against each other since, presumably, they are on top of their game if they made finals. So, we have quite a few finals, enough to take conclusion if best of player A beats best of player B …and the winner is …..don’t worry I won’t pull wrong envelope, this is not Oscar…the winner is …. Novak Djokovic, with wuite a margin;)

I’ll leave with this, you need time to digest it, step by step, I had to go….o yes, this one is for you, better than schnitzel, mouthwatering:

https://youtu.be/fRCVtGsreGw


Wog Boy Says:

Sorry wrong one, this one is better:

https://youtu.be/svXp_bkD86E

Have to go, Americans don like to wait, you can get away with Canadians but not Americans:)


sinha71 Says:

Wig Boy is right. The protector of St. Roger is trying to have it both ways. 😂 Alternate facts.


skeezer Says:

“You are wrong again, we are talking abou two particular players and how they fear against each other and not overall results”
No YOU are talking about that. I was talking about Fed winning 18.

“You obviously took a time to check their head to head in the finals”

No, I did not. I could care less about the H2H in finals, in ping pong, in bocce ball, etc. All I and the record books care about is WINNING titles. I repeat one last time for the ones in denial, its about winning tournaments, not about H2H matchups. Sometimes Novak is there and sometimes he isn’t. What matters is titles, Slam titles. If Novak was sooo much better than Fed he’d have more Slams. He doesn’t. He needs to chase Rafa atm, go after his fans, then come see Fed fans when you get past that hurdle.

WB; Question: Is singha71 the new TravisBickle? Just sayin…..


sinha71 Says:

“Not if he can’t get to the final to play him”

Getting to a final and STILL not playing is more simply known as a jolly good “Rogering”.

Unless you are actually injured.


skeezer Says:

^18. Whatever way you want to slice it. Deal with it.


kjb Says:

“Best of Nole beats best of Roger anywhere anytime, proven, not could’ve would’ve”

Prime age Djokovic versus old Grandpa Fed? Anywhere anytime? Slow clap………..

18 and Counting!!!


kjb Says:

Nice first set by Delpo. Bashing that forehand.


Amit Says:

“Wog Boy Says:
Best of Nole beats best of Roger anywhere anytime, proven, not could’ve would’ve.”

Honestly, Federer’s prime ended in 2007, as he crossed 26. His peak was 2004-07, age 22-26,seriously. While I appreciate Novak, it’s not right to claim superiority looking at a player’s performance against your favourite, after he crossed 30. Fed was pretty much better than djokovic even until 2012. Only after 2012, when he crossed 30, then Fed started losing, but then it’s not Novak only to whom Fed lost at slams, he lost to Tsonga, Berdych, Cilic, Stakhovsky etc too in grand slams, so it’s not hard to see what was the change in Federer, once he crossed a certain age, and it well explains his losses to Djokovic and others. And sorry, not anything personal against you, but I don’t see much solidity in your above statement. Just because Fed is good enough to play slam finals at 34-35 years ad LOSES to a prime and 6 years younger Djokovic, doesnt mean Djokovic becomes greater than Fed… Federer and Sampras at their primes were truly best of the modern era.


Madmax Says:

Weird how so called real novak fans disappear when novak plays those crucial points then you never hear from them when he loses the match except to reappear and say that he is better than roger – never understood this mentality – roger is an icon in the game what achievements to return and win first grand slam of the season to really win in gladiatorial style – when real fans would marvel at the audacity and skill of the majesty and sheer heroics of the man. They then disappear at the next loss of novak but come alive when roger rules in a slam might be worth considering the techniques of novakS game and earlier struggles with the loss of Boris rather than slate others achievements


Madmax Says:

Amit, I would ignore wogboy. A true cry baby and elusive Pimpernel when novak loses. Have you noticed? Comes back with a 3 year old shot in a playground of babies. Not much analysis to novaks game but knows so much about Rogers. Me thinks he is a closet fan. :-)


Wog Boy Says:

Ohh, hello my dear madmax, did I hit a nerve? How is your love life, did you score something as of lately, doesn’t look like you did:(
Pity I live so far away, I know you have crash on me, but I can’t help you sorry, desperate ones are big turn off for me, not my cup of tea, but keep trying, you never know, you might score one day. Hope dies last;)


Wog Boy Says:

Just remind you my dear on good old days in Broken Hill, your hometown mad max, is it that you on 0:42? You didn’t change much my dear:

https://youtu.be/ClazFctmy4A


Wog Boy Says:

^^sorry, I meant on 0:06, my bad:)

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