Murray Bagels Berdych, Real Final Tomorrow in Melbourne

It didn’t take long for Birdshit to come crashing back to earth after his hyped up win over Nadal, did it? He tried staring down Murray in the first set, but after that it was one-way traffic as he got bageled 6-7(6), 6-0, 6-3, 7-5. So much for the win over Nadal meaning anything. And I for one couldn’t be happier that this one-dimensional ball basher won’t be ruining another slam final like he did in 2010 at Wimbledon. On that occasion, he handed his hero a free slam title so as far as I’m concerned he doesn’t deserve one. He is just too much of a mental weakling. Today he stared Murray down in the first set and after having won it you would expect him to keep the pressure on, but he got bageled in the next set. That just goes to show how little fear Murray has for Birdshit. He was probably laughing inside when Birdshit stared him down. I certainly would.

I’m happy for Murray for making his first slam final since wining Wimbledon in 2013 and going through a slump thanks to an injury. I’m not much of a fan, but you gotta at least respect the way he fought back last year. This win also means he is back in the top four where he probably belongs as he replaces Stan. So the big four still occupies the top four spots after all this time. Tomorrow is, of course, the second semi-final between Djokovic and Stan which for me is the real final. I caught what I could of their respective quarter-final matches and they were both in immense form. Stan was especially impressive in his 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(6) win over Nishikori while Djokovic also straight-setted Raonic 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-2. It was just unbelievable ball striking by Stan. Nishikori was playing as well as he could aside from the drop shot he hit at 6-6 in the third set tie-break. But it doesn’t matter because Stan was by far the best player and deserved to win in straight sets.

Birdscat tried staring Murray down

Something I have said since the beginning about Nishikori is that he is too small and lacks power. Since then he has surprised me with how good he became, and I’m sure he will win a slam or slams. But when he faces a massive ball striker like Stan he is vulnerable. Stan overpowered him and there wasn’t much he could do about it. Stan would overpower most players playing like that like he already showed last year when he won the title. But he won’t be able to overpower Djokovic for instance. The difference between Djokovic and Nishikori is that Djokovic has a bigger serve, better returns, and he moves better. So I am looking very much forward to tomorrow’s match which I have already said will be the real final. The way both of them played in their respective quarter-final matches was just on another level than anything Murray can produce, and I expect neither of them to back down tomorrow.

We know about Djokovic’s credentials in these situations, and Stan has been very consistent since the World Tour Finals last year. So there is no reason to believe he won’t continue in that vein. And when he is in this form he is as good as anyone. There should be no doubt that he can defeat Djokovic, but will he? Djokovic is a monster himself so we will just have to see. This is what makes this encounter so exciting for me because I can’t call a clear favorite. We have already seen what classic matches these two can produce. In the last two years, they have already produced three absolute classics, one of them 12-10 in the fifth, the other 6-4 in the fifth, and the last one 9-7 in the fifth. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if we get another one like that tomorrow, although you can’t really predict a classic encounter. Whoever wins may have a slight disadvantage in the final if it goes to five sets again because they have less time to recover than Murray.

And Murray proceeded to rub a bagel right into his silly face(tennis needs more of this)

But both Djokovic and Stan have had grueling five-set encounters against each other in Melbourne before and went on to win the title. I think whoever wins here will win the title unless tiredness is a factor. And personally I don’t care who wins. I like both players. I’m sure most Fedfans want Stan to win because he is Swiss and because they don’t want Djokovic to have more Australian Open titles than Roger. I don’t care about that. If Djokovic wins five titles in Melbourne then he deserves it. If he doesn’t do it this year he will probably do it at some other point anyway. Moreover, Roger had a chance to win it himself this year after a run of great form but lost in a very strange match to someone he owned 10-0. Maybe for the final’s sake it would be better if Stan wins because Djokoray matches are pretty boring. I wouldn’t mind seeing Stan defending his title either after struggling so much in the last year.

Should be a cracker!

 

I became an instant Kim Sears fan after this: 

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/andy-murray-vs-tomas-berdych-kim-sears-and-ester-satorova-rated-by-value-of-their-engagement-rings-in-espn-australian-open-coverage-10010738.html

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25 Comments

  1. Hi Ru-an, hi all! Haven’t been able to follow the tennis very closely, due to being busy.

    This medium-paced hard court is perfect for Wawrinka, it gives him time to wind up for his powerful groundstrokes, especially his tremendous backhand with which he can really penetrate the court.

    Djokovic’s defense is equally monstrous on this surface, it’s best-suited to his brand of hard-court sliding and it gives him the time to retrieve balls that would be out of reach for him on grass, clay, or even a faster hard court.

    It’ll be a match of brute power, an irresistible force trying to batter down an immovable object.

    I think this semi may be a bit anticlimactic, they can’t play a 5 set classic every time and it could be a very straightforward match depending on day form. Picking a winner is hard. I will say that last year Djokovic was under enormous pressure to pull off the unprecedented four-peat, this year he won’t have that pressure and can play more freely, while Wawrinka has the pressure of trying to defend his first major title.

    If Djokovic makes the final, I can’t see Murray winning, even though the latter is playing the best tennis he’s played since Wimbledon ’13. Federer is the only player with the variety to beat a top-form Djokovic on this court. If Nadal can’t grind Djokovic down on this court after six hours of baseline blasting, no one can. Certainly not Murray (who had his shot in ’12, remember, and fell just short after something like four or five hours).

    I’m hoping for a Wawrinka victory, but it’s very difficult to defend a maiden Slam and among active players, only Federer and Nadal have done it. Hopp Suisse!

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    jason Reply:

    Always a pleasure to read…by the one and only Steve. Thanks!

    PS: Perhaps Ru-an & you can arrange an occasional fan post. It’ll be awesome.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I think Steve would do great if he hosted his own fan blog and I’m sure most my readers would rather read his blog than mine. This however is a tennis blog, not a fan blog.

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    Joe Reply:

    Hey Ru-an,

    I am loving your hilarious article about Murray and Berdych! It’s great that you can focus on the objective facts about the match, and still bring out so much humor.

    Hey, did you hear that Berdych was even asking the umpire to check the tennis balls (http://espn.go.com/tennis/aus15/story/_/id/12246656/2015-australian-open-men-semifinals)?

    Maybe even such a poor sportsman as Berdych deserves at least two fans. But what are the odds that they’d both be visitors at your site, which btw is the best?

    P.S. I’d always thought Steve came here from Steve G Tennis…

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Haha your comments always cheer me up Joe. That would be funny if Steve came from Steve G Tennis but I doubt it.

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    steve Reply:

    That’s very kind of you, Ru-an. But if I may say, I think you are underrating the quality of your blogging. You’ve attracted a lot of very passionate people for a long time and that’s not easy at all.

    For those who are curious, I don’t come from Steve G Tennis.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thank you Steve. I know the quality of my blogging. Others may not know it however.

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    Eric Reply:

    I sure do :-)
    You’re the best, dude.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Never doubted your appreciation or your ability to appreciate ;-)

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    Joe Reply:

    Hey Steve,

    j/k, no offense I hope. And I’ve really enjoyed your excellent posts.

    Best,
    Joe

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  2. Yeah, Stan has a good shot – I just hope the match tomorrow doesn’t disappoint.
    Very nice win for Murray, he deserves his place in the final! I noticed there was a lot of tension in the match, both in the Murray camp (with Kim apparently swearing at the Birdshit camp) and of course with Vallverdu and the rest of the Bird-brain camp. Clearly Andy seemed a bit hurt by Vallverdu’s departure. What do you guys think?

    Oh, and when is Maestro Roger playing next? Is it in Dubai?

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  3. Such a horrible match from Berdych, after me applauding him for winning against Nadal…just shows what I know about tennis! I never was a Murray fan but he is definitely a canny player. I was just thinking if Stan wins against Djokovic Murray’s girlfriend will have to watch out we don’t want Stan going off on one again like WTF. McEnroe will be hovering at the locker rooms just incase!!!!

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  4. As far as i am concerned, it is not only the fifth australian open title that bothers me but the possibility of the calender slam that may apply, at the moment, to djokovic is a real threat to goatness of Federer. In that sense wawrinka and murray are definitely not there.

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  5. I am a huge RF fan. HUGE. But I really don’t get how tennis fans can hope that no one else comes along that is even more awesome than Roger is. That would be so boring guys. I want to enjoy the rest of my tennis watching life, hopefully for many decades to come. And I want the tennis to get better and better. Seems like some of you guys would rather see mediocre tennis for the rest of your lives just so that Roger Federer would remain the undisputed GOAT? Why? Why would you hope for so little for yourselves? When I was in elementary school I was a huge Dr J fan, loved him, wore his jerseys, watched his games. So was I miserable that Michael Jordan came along when I was in high school?? Hell no! I was thrilled. And I even bet Dr J was happy that he could turn on the TV and watch MJ do shit that he couldn’t do, even if it meant that his own star was fading a bit. I bet that Roger will feel the same way. So don’t root for players to fail. Root for greatness and even more greatness to come.

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    Joe Reply:

    Very well said Eric!

    P.S. Djokovic is one of the all-time greats, maybe even one of the top two or three ever to play, but he isn’t a threat to Roger’s standing. Of course that’s a completely different topic…

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    Joe Reply:

    And when (not if) someone does come along who belongs in the GOAT conversation, I hope he’ll be a role model for young people and encourage them to dream big dreams, and give a lot back to the sport and to society. I hope he’ll be someone who adds value and makes the world a better place.

    Someone like, … well you know.
    :-)

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    eric Reply:

    Yes, Joe!! Me too.

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  6. So…. when Mirka “heckles” Stan, it is literally worldnews, but nobody mentions Kim swearing and using the F-word a couple of times?? Double standard or what??

    Sorry Ru-an, I have never liked Kim. She really is “perfect” for Andy. And that is not a compliment.

    I like Mirka, Berdych’s girlfriend Ester, Ferrer’s girlfriend. Even if I don’t like Novak, I do like Jelena. And believe it or not, I really like Ciska (Rafa’s girl). Ciska is the most “normal” girlfriend of all the players. If any girlfriend or wife wants to know how to act on court, they should all pay attention to Ciska. She is the perfect example.

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  7. Wow… you guys really don’t like my Berdy don’t you? :-) But… hey all, he DID stop Rafa from possibly winning AO. So atleast for that… give him a break :-) Yesterday he should have won, but he didn’t. No excuse for him. His bad. His mistake.

    By the way, everytime I think… oke…. now I like Muzza…. he does something to irratate me. What a character… I so hope he doesn’t win AO. And I also hope that Novak does not win it. Come on Stan. Show what you can. Hope you win and show everybody that you winning last year was not a fluke.

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  8. I agree with you, Katyani. Some people are are really passionate about dissing Berdych. Maybe Nadal should have won and then go on to win the title. I am sure they would have felt much better.

    Please. Thank the man! Quit those stupid “Birdshit” comments and move on. the guy beat Nadal in a best of five match. When was the last time that the “Greatest” Roger Federer was able to do that? All the way back in 2007. When was he alone able to even win 2 sets? All the way back in 2009.

    In any case, as much as I want to see Stan win today and even though he even got a break lead, he immediately gave it back, embarrassingly after going down 0:40. Talk about bending over to Djokovic. Same thing happened at the WTFs. Stan played a pathetic match against Novak there and then played the match of his life against Roger. Simply don’t get it!

    If Novak makes it, I am rooting big time for Murray. Screw Novak and his 5 AOs. Ain’t happening. I want him to struggle if Roger is to have any chance to win a Major this year…

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    Katyani Reply:

    “Please. Thank the man!”
    Roger that, Vily :-)

    Ps: love your whole comment :-)

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  9. Bagels were something that you didn’t see often we seem to be having a rash of them lately. Thought Stan had Novak, to me it didn’t even look as though Djokovic was playing lights out tennis in the fifth definitely a let off for him.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah been a disappointing AO. Early loss for Roger, Nadal in poor form, two disappointing semis, and a poor final match up. Very forgettable.

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