Indian Wells Draw – Federer Gets Wawrinka in Quarter

(1)Nadal
Bye
Istomin
Stepanek
Smyckek
Sock
Bye
(27)Dolgopolov
(24)Monfils
Bye
Stakhovsky
Kubot
Golubev
Harrison
Bye
(13)Fognini

(10)Raonic
Bye
Becker
Roger-Vasselin
Falla
Delbonis
Bye
(18)Janowicz
(32)Andujar
Bye
Vesely
Sijsling
Qualifier
Rosol
Bye
(5)Murray

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(3)Wawrinka
Bye
Karlovic
Bogomolov
Qualifier
Querrey
Bye
(30)Seppi
(17)Anderson
Bye
Hewitt
Ebden
Russell
Young
Bye
(14)Youzhny

(11)Haas
Bye
Chardy
Williams
Gimeno-Traver
Giraldo
Bye
(19)Nishikori
(28)Tursunov
Bye
Monaco
Qualifier
Qualifier
Qualifier
Bye
(7)Federer

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(8)Gasquet
Bye
Mahut
Gabashvili
Zeballos
Ram
Bye
(21)Kohlschriber
(29)Verdasco
Bye
Kamke
Lu
Przysiezny
Davydenko
Bye
(12)Isner

(15)Dimitrov
Bye
Haase
Qualifier
Nedovyesov
Sousa
Bye
(20)Gulbis
(26)Mayer
Bye
Brands
Nieminen
Bautista Agut
Johnson
Bye
(4)Berdych

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(6)Del Potro
Bye
Lopez
Sela
Kukushkin
Qualifier
Bye
(25)Pospisil
(23)Simon
Bye
Qualifier
Qualifier
Benneteau
(9)Tsonga

(16)Robredo
Bye
Klahn
Matosevic
Carreno Busta
Qualifier
Bye
(22)Cilic
(31)Dodig
Bye
Gonzalez
Mannarino
Hanescu
Qualifier
Bye
(2)Djokovic

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Still celebrating Fed’s Dubai title? I’m definitely in a better place since then. Literally and figuratively. One thing I neglected to mention in my last post was the fact that Roger passed Mcenroe in total titles won with his Dubai title, putting him on 78 overall titles. That is particularly sweet, given all the smack Mcenroe have talked in the past. His comments smack of Nadal fanboyism and dislike for Roger. The two most ridiculous comments he has made that I am aware of is that Nadal has better volleys than Roger and that Nadal is already the greatest of all time. I will let you draw your own conclusions. As for the Indian Wells draw it’s not the easiest for Roger but not the hardest either. It’s pretty good until the quarters with qualifier, Tursunov, and Haas/Nishikori. In his current form he will probably not have many problems in making the quarters.

Then of course he could face Stan, who plays his first tournament back since his Melbourne triumph. He could well face Karlovic in the second round who would be a tricky first match for him. If he gets past that he will probably make quarters. So there is a good chance of an all Swiss quarter final in that section of the draw, which would be very interesting. Stan will still be very confident from his first slam title while Roger is playing some exceptional tennis himself. Of course historically Roger has owned Stan so it is difficult to say what will happen. I’d like Roger’s chances anyway. If Roger makes semis he could face Nadal again. But Nadal making semis is not as certain as a while back. I think he is still vulnerable after the loss in Melbourne and hopefully Murray makes the quarters so he could really test Nadal.

Edberg is back…

Murray and Nadal haven’t played each other for 29 months! Hopefully they finally meet again in Indian Wells. Murray has struggled to get back to his best after his back surgery, losing to in form players. Should he get as far as the quarters I’m sure he would want to beat Nadal to show people he is back. But if it’s a Fedal semi I would like Roger’s chances anyway. I was impressed with his mental strength in Dubai, and should a Fedal semi materialize I think he could well get a win over Nadal this time. Last year he lost to Nadal in Indian Wells and in 2012 he beat him there. So it’s his turn to get the win. He is the one that is currently on the rise while Nadal is looking vulnerable again, and he is overdue for a win against Nadal. Anyway there is a long way to go and I don’t really have expectations.

I am just happy about what happened in Dubai and want to enjoy every match Roger plays in Indian Wells. With the form he showed in Dubai he can no doubt win a 5th Indian Wells title, but we don’t know if he can keep that up and expectation creates disappointment so personally I have none. As far as the bottom half goes it will be interesting to see what Dimitrov does. He is in Gulbis’ bracket again and these two are 1-1 this year and both have been playing well. The top section in the bottom half is the weakest section in the draw. I see Del Potro is playing as well which is slightly surprising after he got a wrist problem again in Acapulco. Probably Djokovic is the favorite to make it to the final again. Hopefully Roger can make it in the top half and we can have a repeat of what happened in Dubai!

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44 Comments

  1. Hi Ruan.,
    Hope ur health is better now. As far as John is concern he’s always harsh & jealous on Roger! Dubai title puts Roger standalone from john tats gud. Indian well is little quick compared to Miami so i think it will favour Roger and draw is quiet testing but considering Roger’s Title run in Dubai he can repeat another gud run, i would like Roger to make deep run possible play Nadal in semi and win Nadal which will indeed increase Roger’s confidence much. No expectation for now but Roger fighting ability and mental strength in Dubai was awesome.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Inbakumar. Roger seems to be on an upward spiral right now and if that’s the case the next step would be to beat Nadal and win this event. There is no expectation from me but that would just be the next logical step if he keeps improving. Nadal is his biggest challenge, and the second biggest is Djokovic. Having overcome Djokovic in Dubai the next step is to overcome Nadal and win a Masters Series event. One can dream.

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  2. Hey Ru-an, great article. I wanted Roger to get a title SO bad, just to surpass Mac Enroe, who is so obviously jealous.
    Roger will play Stan and win, because he has beaten Stan a lot, BUT this is GS-Stan…. very different than NO GS-Stan….

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    Ru-an Reply:

    ‘Roger will play Stan and win’.

    We don’t know this Katyani. You always make statements like these and they are not necessary. Just watch the tennis and enjoy.

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    rahan Reply:

    Correction:
    ‘Roger will play WITH Stan and win’.

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  3. hi ru an….Hows u doing?
    Nice article..
    This is the year of revenge….. Looking forward to see Fed 4.0 in full flow..

    Fedberg is back

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  4. Ru-an,

    I am happy that you are feeling better. I think that Roger should certainly make QFS and maybe even the Semis since it would be very interestig how he’ll match up with Stan. I think that Roger’s net play could help him overcome Wawrinka. In terms of Nadal, I am not so confident but I can see in the cards.

    Maybe he has discovered something that was missing in Melbourne even though he was playing lights out over there as well.

    I like how efficient Roger has been with his schedule. The start to the year reminds of 2012 and that’s a great feeling.

    I think that Roger is great position to climb into the top 4 in a month or two if the stars align. He is also being confident because he and Stan are the favourites to win the Davis Cup so it’s a great feeling.

    If Roger is smart with his scheduling and stays injury-free, he could certainly attack Wimbledon and maybe the US Open. The French Open could also be interesting but his chances historically have not been the best. But what I am most happy about is basically that he has been beating basically everyone except Nadal:

    He has recent victories over Djokovic, Murray, Del Potro, Berdych and Tsonga and I think he should be able to handle Wawrinka as well. I think that that victory over DelPo at the Masters Cup was very important for his psyche.

    Now with the new racquet, improved fitness, etc. he can do very well. He is coming in also a bit fresher in comparison to 2012 where he did play both Rotterdam and that Exho in New York. This year he should do well in both Indian Wells and Miami. Even if he manages semis in both, I’ll be pretty happy.

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  5. Isn’t it such a lovely surprise Roger gave us in Dubai?! Just when we thought all is lost! To get through Djokovic was a miracle by itself. But to beat Birdy as well! It is so wonderful being a Fedfan, isn’t it?!!! The excitement (and heartbreaks!) never end!! What was most impressive was he played best when he was down and when he had opportunities, he got back to the match! Feels like 2012 all over again! Like someone said here, I only hope but have no expectations for IW. I prefer to be surprised than heart broken! Ha! Roger is getting used to the racket, is playing into form and is healthy once again. Going forward and making this year count again, I’m actually not too worried about whether he continues to play well/improve. I’m more worried about his back. No one, including Roger himself knows when it might flare up again. Assuming that his back remains 100%, I can easily see Roger winning a slam this year. Another thing is his stamina; both emotional and physical. He is not in his peak anymore. I can see Dubai took a lot out of him emotionally as well. Added to these are his social/media commitments and with the new baby coming, family commitments as well. These are the factors that would play a major role in whether he can win his 18th. The quarters with Wawrinka could go either way. Wawrinka could be playing with new found confidence or he could still be suffering AO hangover. It’s worthwhile to note that Wawrinka has played closer to Roger in last couple years and only lost because of his customary chokes against Roger. So, for me, it’s a hard draw from quarters onwards. With the gradual rebuilding of his own confidence coupled with Stan’s inspirational win against Nadal, I think Roger would come out more courageously against Nadal this time if they meet. But then it’s hard to bet against mental and bad match up ownings. But should Roger meet Djokovic in final, I think Djokovic wins it as I believe Djokovic would be all out for revenge and Wawrinka/Murray/Nadal would have run Roger ragged already! I always say Roger’s all court game is what wins him matches and this was precisely what he did in Dubai. As long as he uses his full arsenal and he executes well, he beats everyone. His BHDTL is becoming a weapon once again (wow! those BH passes against Djokovic), he is varying his ROS and eventhough he didn’t have a high first serve percentage, he could still win against the top guys! Impressive! This really shows he is playing well and not relying too heavily on his serve. He also played the important points well; far cry from 2013. The scary part is the racket is still a work in progress! Imagine what can happen when he masters it, like his old faithful?!! He’s also coming in more confidently and selectively; not like many times in the past where he simply comes in thoughtlessly and stupidly! He’s playing wisely, using tactics, has a game plan, willing to change when something is not working. His winners/ue ratio and bp conversion have vastly improved. In fact he’s doing everything so well it is hard to critique much about his game right now. Btw am I the only one to think Djokovic was nervous facing Roger?! He always seem more tense when he plays Roger whereas Roger often plays him with disdain! I do feel for Djokovic as Roger can be so brusque with him sometimes. Ru-an, must say your last few posts were wonderful stuff. Really enjoyed them. Pity I didn’t have time to comment. Did you get food poisoning from unhygienic conditions or from the fiery spices?! Must say the Thais go on lemongrass overload in their dishes. I love lemongrass but not when in Thailand! Btw, a very warm welcome to some lovely and very enthusiastic new commentators, Rahan, Joe, Tom, Inbakumar, Elizabeth, etc etc. Shout out to my brother in India! You are one loyal brother, Jiten!! How can I get away from this blog when you keeping such a close eye on me?!! Hehehe!! I’m missing Chris, Sue, etc. Sue, I NEED you to summarise my comments for me!! Haha!! Where are you guys?!!!

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    rahan Reply:

    Veronica , thanks a lot !

    If I am enthusiastic fan is not my fault: you should “blame” Roger and the good vibes from Ru-an’s wonderful blog, including all the great posts from all the commentators.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I got food poisoning from eating something I didn’t know Veronica. It was in a restaurant so not from unhygienic practice. I don’t eat on the street because I am kind of fussy when it comes to hygiene anyway. And I’m never eating anything again unless I know what it is. That was a terrible experience that I hope to never repeat.

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    veronica Reply:

    Yah, food poisoning is no joke. I only had it once in my life, thank God but it was the most horrible feeling – I thought I was dying! And yes, you cannot be too careful about hygiene/food in foreign countries. I was on a tour of China few years ago and they served us this delicious herbal soup. Later in the bus, our tour guide told us it was field rat soup!!! And in Thailand, my brother was eating fried crickets and coackroaches from the street hawkers!! Truth!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I think I have had food poisoning once or twice before as well. It feels like you are dying like you said. Funny story about the rat soup! Those crazy Chinese lol. As for the insects I have seen that quite a bit here in the streets but no way I’m eating it. In fact I very rarely eat any street food. It is too unhygienic for me.

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    Jiten Reply:

    Thanks a lot for commenting back Sis! We really missed you after that pivotal win by Fed. I am really looking forward to IW; looks like we are due for something special from Fed. COME ON ROGER!

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    veronica Reply:

    Yeah, bro, I have good feelings for IW but I don’t want to get my hopes up. I feel Roger is out to prove to himself and to everyone that he still has it. I would dearly love a win against Nadal though. Praying for it!! Please God, LET it happen!!!

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    Joe Reply:

    I don’t think anyone would be happier than I would be, Veronica, if Roger could get another win again Nadal. But playing singles and doubles at IW seems to make that a tall order.

    Could it be that he’s trying to get in shape for the upcoming best-of-five tournaments? I know what some people will say if Nadal beats Roger (which he might not be able to do if Roger can keep up this incredible intensity), but could Roger be putting a longer-term plan in place?

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    Veronica Reply:

    Joe, good thinking. Im with you. I think he is
    Thinking long term. He always thinks long term ( sometimes I think too much as he doesn’t seem to realise that his clock is ticking everyday and some decisions may have to be more urgent and dynamic instead of long term all the time) and maybe he’s trying to squeeze in any doublets he could as he is serious about Davis cup. like you, I think it’s a very tall order if he goes deep in both singles and doubles. Don’t think he should even play Miami if that’s the case. I don’t mind coz I hate the courts at Miami but he could gain free points if he plays. Oh well we just need to trust his decisions!

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    Joe Reply:

    Thanks Veronica. I suppose Roger knows what he’s doing! :-)

    That’s a great point about Miami too.

    Best,
    Joe

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  6. U think that RF still has the best supporters around the world .

    Please take a look at the following Poll, from http://www.tennis-x.com:

    Who Will Win Indian Wells: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer?

    Rafael Nadal 29.16% (508 votes)
    Novak Djokovic 11.31% (197 votes)
    Stanislas Wawrinka 2.24% (39 votes)
    Tomas Berdych 0.23% (4 votes)
    Andy Murray 0.69% (12 votes)
    Juan Martin del Potro 0.17% (3 votes)
    Roger Federer 53.39% (930 votes)

    Q.E.D

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    veronica Reply:

    Nah, Rahan, I wouldn’t read too much into that poll. Although Roger is definitely the most popular player, his fiercely loyal fans are extremely vigilant where polls are concerned. Roger fans vote anywhere and everywhere. They specialise in winning polls/votes for Roger!! I don’t think another player will ever win “Fans Favourite” as long as Roger’s fans have a stranglehold over the votes!! Haha!

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    Dolores Reply:

    Correct, Veronica, agree with your statement. Dolores, i.e., Kindly, D.

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  7. Btw, folks, how enjoyable was the tennis in Dubai, huh?!! – attacking tennis where players take initiative instead of waiting for mistakes! FedNole rallies – THE best!!! Sorry you have to tolerate another long “essay” Ru-an! Maybe you need to make rules limiting number of words per comment!!! (If you do, I will be the FIRST one to break that rule – Hehehe!!)

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    Harinarayanan Mani Reply:

    Glad to see u comment veronica. U were missed here by all of us :-)
    Yes. Really glad to see Roger Federer play this way now. I just want him to beat nadal atleast once this year and win Wimbledon or US open

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Right tell her not to go away again. I’m tired of answering people wanting to know where Veronica is!

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    Veronica Reply:

    I second that hariyanarayan!! Beat Nadal and I will be happy forever!!! We know he’s got the game and can do it despite the bad match up. I’m just waiting for him to get over the mental hump. Will he ever? As long as he is still playing, I hope he will not give up solving his nemesis. If he can finally overcome, not all the time but at least few times and be able to play Nadal more freely, he is the greatest of all time. Period.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Good idea. No more than 200 words per poster per blog post from now on ;-)

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    Dolores Reply:

    Like your rule-suggestion, 200 words per poster per blog, Ru-an. It is said, A man a word, a woman a dictionary!
    Glad you are feeling better, Ru-an. Food poisining is a nightmare to overcome.
    Best,
    Dolores
    PS. Delighted about Roger/Stan playing Doubles, suppose this is good practice for upcoming Davis Cup?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Haha good one Dolores. You should tell Veronica that and see what she says. I’d like to see her comment shorter but more often. But that’s just me. I’m watching the Fedrinka doubles now. Looking good at 6-2.

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    Dolores Reply:

    Hi Ru-an, sorry I missed a good tennis doubles match, evidently it was an exciting match. Reading about it also tells me that a huge crowd was watching, it was “standingroom only”….
    Bet you enjoyed it much.
    Best,
    Dolores

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yes there was a huge crowd for a doubles match Dolores. Shows the star power of Roger, and Stan for that matter.

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    veronica Reply:

    Haha! So I am now a dictionary and Ru-an is just ….. a word! Love it, Dolores!

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    Dolores Reply:

    Hi Veronica! Did not mean to label you “dictionary”, so hope you take this in humor. However, do think there is some truth to this quote that I have known forever. You are “bubbly” when you comment and I love your enthusiasm, also Katyani’s. Well, anyway, Ru-an brought us together with all other Fedfans that come to his blog.
    Roger will be playing shortly against the Frenchman. Looking forward to some good tennis.
    Another good quote is “…have sunshine in your heart”, laugh, laugh often is good for your health.
    Roger has much sunshine in his heart that is why he is loved so much the world over.
    Signing off, looking forward to Ru-an’s next blog,
    Kindly,
    Dolores

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    Veronica Reply:

    No worries, Dolores! I love the phrase. I don’t take life too seriously. I love humour and I can’t live a day without laughing. So, keep the witty stuff coming, Dolores! How can anyone ever be angry with you, Dolores!! You are my favourite grandma thru and thru. NOTHING you can say will stop me adoring you!! Hehehehe!!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Haha should we call her Veronicanary from now on? Chirping all day like a canary? Hahaha you know we are just messing with you Veronica. You are very much loved by everyone here. I tend to be very straight forward. I might even seem harsh at times. So your social skills and kindness is definitely helping to balance things around here.

    I like the ‘sunshine in your heart’ Dolores. I do love a good laugh because it relieves stress and makes you feel good.

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    veronica Reply:

    Do you know what STINGY means, Ru-an?!!!

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    veronica Reply:

    Never mind, Ru-an, I’ll give you the meaning of STINGY now (afterall I’m a dictionary! Ha!) STINGY means 200 words!!

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    Veronica Reply:

    Hey! Ru-an! how are you today? Are you in a less stingy mood now and allow me a few more hundred words?!!! Haha! You know what? You might have just turned me into a new leaf. Short and sweet comments from Mirka from now on! Resolution 2014! Hehe!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I’m fine thanks Veronica how are you? You know I was joking about the word count right? You can write as much as you want but the longer it gets the less likely I am to read it. With you it’s a bit of an exception because I always try to read your whole comment, but it does make it easier for me to read if it’s shorter. But like I said, it’s totally up to you. Whatever suits you the best.

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  8. Hey Ronnie, what’s up?? What’s up??? :-)
    I am waiting for Roger and Stan’s doubles.
    Wow, two GS winners on one side of the net……

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  9. Hey Dutch Dynamite! What’s up?! I’m a dictionary now! Hehe!! Roger is really serious about winning Davis Cup; playing doubles with Stan! I hope he has enough in his tank till the end of tourny!

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Veronica, how are you? Yes, Roger is very serious about DC. This is their year, after that….. one of the next goals….. Rio Gold !!!
    I somehow don’t think Novak will win IW. He has been the favourite for AO and Dubai, but did not win it. I don’t think he will do it now. Rafa will certainly not defend his title. I think Roger has a big big chance. Otherwise Andy or even Dimi. I think Dimi will make the final against our Roger :-)

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    Veronica Reply:

    Katyani, how are you SO sure about who wins what tournament and roger winning 20 slams??!! Where do you get your confidence from? You are amazing!!!!

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  10. Hi Ru-an have just seen an interview of Mcenroe talking about doubles. Now I know you will be surprised to know that someone said something that got under his skin! Worth a look interview after doubles match at ehibition in NY I think in MSG. Never was a nice young man and hasn’t improved with age! As for Roger and Stan just great, wonderful that such a small country can produce two Grand slam
    winners.

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    Veronica Reply:

    “Mac the mouth!” Was it you who gave the great McEnroe this name, Elizabeth? Haha! So funny! Seriously I don’t know why he is so respected. His tennis knowledge is out of date and superficial. There is little depth in his commentary and the poor guy thinks his opinion is the gospel truth! Haha! Often when he makes a silly comment, I’m so tempted to say to him, ” you cannot be serious!!” Haha!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    That’s good Elizabeth, Mcenroe certainly seems to try and get under my skin with his comments.

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