Nishikori Too Good for Tired Federer in Miami

It doesn’t take much for Fedfans to get their expectations up, does it? People were already talking about a meeting with Nadal on my last post, while neither player were even in the semis yet. I can understand when they think Nadal would make the final, but not Roger. He has not passed the semis in Miami since 2006. That is a long time. And what is more is that he has lost twice to Roddick in Miami since then, someone he owned 21-3. That alone is enough to tell you that Miami is probably Roger’s worst tournament. The air is humid and the conditions are slow. Even in in 2007 when Roger was in his prime he lost to Canas in Miami, so losing to to Nishikori should be no surprise when Roger is well past his prime. Roger played well enough to begin with, winning the first set 6-3. The early signs that he was not quite at his best were there though.

Roger’s first serve percentage was 38%, which is almost shockingly low compared to his recent first serve percentage. Still he played well and I thought this would be a straight set win. But Nishikori was playing well too and began working his way into the match. This match reminded of the 2013 Roger where he starts of well, lets his opponent back in, and then loses control of the match. You can just feel how things are slipping away. There is an inevitability about it. That said, Roger did fight valiantly in the third set when he was down 15-30 on his serve at 3-4. He hit a backhand down the line winner which was probably right on the line, hit an ace, and then hit a winning forehand to hold serve. That was quite clutch and I thought he still had a chance after that, but then he dropped serve when serving to stay in the match.

But the key was really the second set. Roger was a break up twice, at 2-1 and 4-3, but on neither occasion did he consolidate. As if once was not enough doing it a second time is murder. So it wasn’t much of surprise when Roger got broken when serving to stay in the set at 5-6. Roger was the better player in the first set and probably in the second set too, but failed to go in for the kill. But even in the first set his first serve percentage was poor which showed early signs of a drop in form. In the end I think it just comes down to tiredness and the conditions in Miami. Roger was not even sure if he would play Miami, which is already a sign that he was feeling the strain. Also Miami just hasn’t been very kind to Roger, and the slightest drop in form against a player who is on his game on the day will cost him the match. It really should be no surprise that Roger lost here. So in the end for me the loss comes down to a slight drop in form from Roger due to tiredness coupled with Nishikori who played very well.

No it has nothing to do with having to play Djokovic or Nadal. He wasn’t even sure to face Nadal in the final and I’m sure he wanted another shot at Djokovic after Indian Wells. And should he have faced Nadal in the final he would have been up for that challenge as well. I am pleased overall with Roger’s performance in North-America. He actually won more matches than he did in 2012 and then there were the doubles in Indian Wells as well. Yes he did not pick up a title but I think his form was satisfactory. He said at the beginning of the season that he would only be back to top from again in April anyway. I think he is very close now but that physically he was not quite there yet in North-America. I sensed tiredness both in the Indian Wells final and against Nishikori. But having played all these matches would have already helped with that. Remember he did not play much in 2013 and it takes a while to get used to that week in and week out grind of tournament play again.

I think 2014 has gone very well so far. Better than we expected. I am actually delighted with Roger’s form and excited about the Davis Cup and clay court season. I think his form is right there and after a bit of a break he will be physically ready too. I was also very disappointed today to learn that Nishikori withdrew from his semi-final with Djokovic. I was looking forward to his match with Djokovic and he was physically just fine against Roger. When did he get injured? When getting out of bed? Anyway that means Djokovic is into the final and will play the winner of Nadal and Berdych who plays soon. A slightly vulnerable looking Nadal needed three sets to defeat Raonic while Berdych looked very good in his straight set win over Dolgopolov. I would love for Berdych to upset Nadal, even though he passes Roger in the rankings if he wins the event.

I actually think he has a chance to beat Nadal all be it a very small one, but that he won’t be able to beat Djokovic if he does so. I hope Nishikori’s withdrawal does not affect Djokovic negatively, because he must be on his game to beat Nadal if Nadal beats Berdych. I don’t want Nadal to win all the Masters and I don’t want him to find form again all of a sudden. I’d like to believe that Djokovic will have the better of him this season. And just as I am wrapping up my post I learn that Berdych has withdrawn as well. Quite incredible, but I guess from Berdych at least you’d expect that kind of thing. Probably tired of getting owned by Nadal and threw in the towel. So no tennis for me today and I will probably miss the final too as I’m going away this weekend. Oh well, at least Roger is now officially back to #4.

Gotta look on the bright side!

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  1. Great post as always Ruan. Roger indeed did well and is getting back to playing great tennis. Personally I don’t expect any success in clay season but do hope he will do great things in Wimby.

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  2. Great post Ru-an. Loved every word you wrote. To the point and true. I know I said that Roger would win Miami (I am so good at predicting :-) , but even I knew deep down that he basically only came for gaining points and to see how far he would get. He had played so great in his 3 first matches, if he had beaten Kei, then I did think he had a chance to beat Novak in the SF.
    BUT… Ru-an, that hope just flew away when I saw Novak beating Andy. My God, he was murderess. Roger would not get passes him. If you can find it look up the last 2 or 3 games Novak played against Andy. I think one of the last points even had me saying “this is playing tennis from another planet”. He just blew Andy away with that point. To “this Novak” even Rafa could not have won, let alone Roger.
    Even if Roger had somehow beaten Novak, he would in the final not get passed Rafa. Because even Rafa was playing great. He would not get destroyed by Rafa, but unfortunately he would lose at Slowami to Rafa.
    Anyhow, while younger players withdraw left and right, Roger never does. What does that say about what kind of a player he is :-)
    Ofcourse there is nothing wrong with Berdych. He was playing so great. Just didn’t want to face Rafa. And the bad news is, he actually had a decent chance to beat Rafa….

    Like I said Ru-an, if you are disappointed for Roger, than that is normal. But if you are MORE than disappointed by Roger… than those “fans” are gloryhunters….. Be disappointed, but also VERY PROUD of Roger. He played a great tour. He should have beaten Kei in straights. Didn’t. Kudos and congrats to Kei for that. But my God, Roger tried to correct his mistake didn’t he??? He fought TILL THE VERY LAST POINT in the third set… What more can we want from him? He did not win this time, he will next time.
    Me, I am so so so proud of Roger. Up to DC :-)

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  3. By the way Ru-an, you ABSOLUTELY read my mind….

    Rafa should definitely NOT win Miami… Can you believe it? For 2 or 3 years Novak only needs Cincy to be the first to have all 9 ATP 1000 titles, now suddenly if Rafa wins Miami HE will only need 1 more, while Roger has been close a couple of times to be the first to get them all???

    That is why for me Novak should win (even with 2 withdrawals) and NOT Rafa….
    If Rafa wins Miami, the Great Uncle Toni will do anything so that Rafa can win Shanghai…
    And Rafa does NOT deserve to be the first to win all 9, Roger does and after him Novak does…..

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  4. Glimpses of Roger 2013, “starts well, lets opponent back in, loses control of match..” Well said, Ru-an. That’s it in a nutshell. But as all of us agree, nothing to be too worried about. I wasn’t keen for him playing Miami as he has struggled in those courts and I could only see him being butchered there. He surprised me though to have done so well; so I’m completely satisfied it ended at quarters. Going further will only make my predicted butchering happen! Ha! Now he leaves Miami with extra points in his pocket! Yay! And Roger even joked he would be available to play Djoko since Kei withdrew!! Moving on, we can expect him to keep improving and hopefully the Nishikori match was a one off and he improves his consistency through the season. Onto the withdrawals, what is this?! BOTH semifinals! Seriously, Roger Federer should wear a warning label, “Highly dangerous. Beat me at your own risk!!!!” How many players have there been already who beat Roger and lose their next match?! Maybe Rahan, our Records Manager and Statiscian can give us some stats on this phenomena?!! And how many tournaments had Djoko had walkovers?!!! He must surely be the GOAT now for having the most walkovers!! As for Birdy, I think its genuine. Doctor diagnosed he caught a virus and he’s deathly pale and sick. Serves him right though to bird poop on Roger!! Haha! (see Roger’s twitter. I look forward to the two machines beating each other up. I’m putting my money on Djoko! Common Nole!!

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    rahan Reply:

    Hi Veronica !

    Please find below some stats.

    The conclusion is clear:

    if Roger loses in a GS then the winner will go home next round.

    In the other tournamants, if Roger loses, then the winner goes home next round (with the exception of Nadal and Djokovich- they will winn eventually the tournament)

    2014 Australian Open GS* — Rafael Nadal loses F to Stan Wawrinka

    2013 ATP finals London – Rafael Nadal loses F to Novak Djokovic

    2013 Paris – Exception, but Novak Djokovic wins the tournament

    2013 Shanghai – Gael Monfils loses Q to Novak Djokovic L 7-6(4), 2-6, 4-6

    2013 U.S. Open GS* — Tommy Robredo loses QF to Rafael Nadal

    2013 Cincinatti – Exception, but Raphael Nadal wins the tournament

    2013 Gstaadt – Daniel Brands loses Q to Victor Hanescu 3-6, 4-6

    2013 Hamburg – Federico Delbonis loses F to Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-7(8), 2-6

    2013 Wimbledon GS* — Sergiy Stakhovsky loses 3R to Jurgen Melzer

    2013 French Open GS* — Jo-Wilfried Tsonga loses SF to David Ferrer

    2013 Madrid – Kei Nishikori loses Q to Pablo Andujar (no. 113 !) L 3-6, 5-7

    2013 Indian Wells – Exception, but Raphael Nadal wins the tournament

    2013 Dubai – Tomas Berdych loses to F Novak Djokovic 5-7, 3-6

    2013 Rotterdam – EXCEPTION: Julien Benneteau wins SF vs. Gilles Simon 6-4, 7-6(2)

    2013 Australian Open GS* — Andy Murray loses F to Novak Djokovic

    2012 Shanghai – Andy Murray loses to Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-7(11), 3-6

    P.S.
    There is also an exception that confirms the above “rule” JB

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    Veronica Reply:

    WOW!! Rahan!! Thanks!

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    rahan Reply:

    You are welcome Veronica !
    It was my pleasure…

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I have no doubt that Birdshit’s shitting problem was genuine Veronica(lol). But scared people tend to be more vulnerable to viruses if you know what I mean ;-)

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    veronica Reply:

    HAHAHA! That was hilarious, Ru-an!!!

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    Dolores Reply:

    Hi Veronica, well, your wish was granted, Djoko defeated Nadal, am smiling with you! Just watched bits of the match, have a difficult time watching Nadal, his mannerism in play of the Gentleman’s game of tennis is a bit of an embarrassment, imho, anyway. ‘Nough said!
    A very belated “Thank You” for your very kind words on the previous Ru-an’s blog you have expressed. Do much appreciate your thougths, Veronica. You and I would get along beautifully, Veronica. We both love a bit of humor and I think you are a delight in your famly. Do we belong to the Mutual Admiration Society?
    Really enjoyed reading of your travels in Switzerland, Austria and Italy, gave me some good chuckles. Do you keep diaries when travelling? Hope so, I did and find them valuable looking back as one forgets in growing older.
    Hope Ru-an will forgive my taking time on his valuable blog. Keep up your well versed comments on Roger’s tennis, et al. So much admire Roger, not only his beautiful tennis he plays but his family, also.
    Kindly,
    Dolores

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    veronica Reply:

    Hi Nan! That was sweet, wasn’t it?! Djoko jerking Nadal around! I just keep some basic notes on my travels (too lazy to write, haha!) but I take lots and lots of pictures!! (Nearly 5,000 pictures of 16 cities in Europe!!)

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  5. Yeah, at the stage Roger is at in his career, the odd early loss such as this one is not only acceptable but completely expected every once in a while. Look back to 2012, losing to Haas in the Halle final before Wimbledon didn’t exactly stop him winning No.17 did it? Just look at the other players as well, they have all suffered a few surprise losses as well in the last year or two: Nadal Wimbledon 2012 and 2013 to Rosol and Darcis, Djokovic Madrid 2013 and AO 2014 to Dimitrov and Wawrinka and Murray has several too. Throw in the fact that the three guys now ranked above Roger are all several years younger than him, and he’s doing very well. Nothing to be concerned about here.

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  6. Djokovic defeats Nadal again!!! Hahaha

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    Katyani Reply:

    Yep he did :-) Now… waiting for Roger and Stan (Federinka) to play and win DC :-)

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    Dippy Reply:

    Nice work by Djoker, at least now Nadal has someone he hates to meet across from the net.

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  7. Nishikori beat Federer twice in a row…tricky opponent like Simon, solid serve, hits flat and deep, great counterpuncher who uses the court very intelligently. Federer needs to play exactly right to get past him. He seems to struggle on the Miami courts these days–even Roddick, whom he beat nearly all the time, has a 2-1 record over him there.

    A little frustrating because he was twice a break up in the second set but couldn’t bring it home because he served so poorly. He served much better in the third but lost anyway because he couldn’t make any inroads on Nishikori’s serve (due greatly to Nishikori’s playing better). Put the serving performance of the third together with the returning of the second and he’d have won in straights. Ended up the only set he won he served under 40%!

    On the bright side, perhaps he needs the break to be able to go back and train and recuperate for clay season. These days he can’t be in the final of every tournament. At least he got the Dubai title so that should give him a bit of confidence. His best tennis is not that far away. Madrid suits him well, I think, even though they redid the courts after the blue clay experiment to make them play even slower (apparently in previous years, the courts were laid right before the tournament and they didn’t have time to settle, now they are laid in advance and used constantly).

    I’m optimistic about clay season. Federer hasn’t given up on clay; if he finds his best game he can win even there. Physically, it’s a bit less demanding than slow hard court because he can slide and the surface is softer, even though the points are longer. Even if playing Nadal on clay is like water torture, he can still find the way forward.

    The semis in Miami were an utter washout and there must be hordes of angry fans demanding their money back. At least Nishikori has some extremely flimsy justification for pulling out after two very tough victories against Ferrer and Federer, but Berdych? Pfft. The thought of yet another ass-whooping from Nadal must have made him quake in his boots and he took the easy way out. At least Raonic put up a fight, Berdych just took the check and bailed. The very epitome of an un-professional.

    The final was a fitting anticlimax, Djokovic dished out the expected straight-sets drubbing. Nadal is now 0-4 in Miami finals, even playing his best tennis and getting a walkover into the final he still can’t get over the finish line there. He has now lost four of his last five hard-court finals, including one YEC, one Grand Slam, and one Masters. That’s not the record of a dominant HC player. Of course, the clay season is much kinder to him, but he’s defending so many points that he’ll be hard-pressed to keep his lead. Djokovic can only gain, on the other hand. The same is true of Federer.

    Djokovic OTOH must be oozing confidence after doing the IW-Miami double again. Clearly he responded well to losing AO (and he didn’t need Becker for either win!). It remains to be seen if he can keep up this kind of pace during the clay season.

    On to Davis Cup! Go Roger!

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  8. Great comment as always, Steve!! You always come up with the goods, don’t you?! I wish Roger’s tennis is as consistent as your great comments! Ha! The Nishikori match is a little unusual. In the first set, Roger’s groundies were so good, he won it under 40% first serves! Then when his serve picked up in 2nd and 3rd sets, his play let him down; many errors and bh breaking down. Usually when his serve picks up, his game does as well. But not in this case. Must be a combination of Nishikori being solid and taking the game to him and maybe some fatigue and frustration with himself. Anyway, about today’s final. Nadal had NO answers. Djoko kept him pinned to the baseline with so much depth, it was just incredible how strong Djoko was, how well he returns and how Nadal couldn’t work out which direction Djoko was gonna hit everytime! Plus Djoko’s service was clicking so well, Nadal couldn’t even get a whiff! It was breathtaking tennis from Djoko. He had a clear game plan and executed it perfectly. I thought Nadal wasn’t thinking clearly when he stubbornly kept on playing to Djoko’s strength, the bh. He didn’t use his fhdtl much which would have changed some of the dynamics of the rally. It does look like Djoko has finally hit form and he should be all ready now to take on the Clay King in the Clay court season and especially FO. I agree about Roger being a great clay player. Hope he can make some noise on the red dirt; at least win Rome or Madrid again. Common Roger!

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    Harinarayan Mani Reply:

    Hi Veronica nice to see you back again with so many lively comments..
    Was sad to see Roger lose but I knew Miami was the worst tournament in HC for him from the past 3 years so wasn’t too disappointed.
    Djokovic absolutely destroyed Nadal in the final. The baseline rallies were just out of this world from Djoker. The match point will have left a permanent scar in Nadal’s mind. That point was too good. And the point where he broke Nadal for the 1st time in the 2nd set was also really clutch. Djokovic looked unstoppable and the only player who challenges him well is our Roger Federer :D

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  9. Hey Sunshine, you are in a commentating spree off late, aren’t you? But you know what? I like every word of you; you are a breath of fresh air in this blog. Really enjoyed Dull forced by the Djoker to run like a headless chicken in the baseline. It does not get better than this! And surprisingly, he was having more trouble returning slower second serves than the flatter faster first serves. Even the commentators, including Robbie Koenig, who is a great Rafa fan and never gives up hope on Rafa, had to say that an upset is on the cards in Roland Garros this year. (Otherwise I like his commentary very much!) About the Nishikori match, as I mentioned earlier, Fed went for too many backhand down the line shots from off-balance positions in the second and third set. I don’t remember correctly in which set, Fed had a break point against Nishi, at 30-40 he tried an atrocious backhand down the line with very little angle to work with, still went for that and eventually Nishi held on to his serve. To me Fed also did not look fully physically fit; the way he stood while receiving serves in some of the games, I felt like he had a stiff back, which of course could only be speculation. But overall, he somehow didn’t look completely comfortable physically out there. Looking forward to Geneva now! COME ON ROGER!

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    Jiten Reply:

    Well that was a reply to Veronica. Somehow it didn’t come inside the reply to her comments!

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    veronica Reply:

    Thanks, bros Jiten and Harinarayan!! Sunshine is making quick hay here; before the rain comes and Sunshine disappears! Haha! I’m trying my best to be “obedient” to The Teacher here. “Short and regular” is better, he said! Haha!!!! although, darn,I’m not commenting any shorter…, still sort of Nadal-like, moon balling every time! Give me a bit more time. I’ll get the fh/bh, service, ROS just right. I’ll even go off gluten and maybe charm Edberg to be at my corner. Then I may just be like Roger – Clinical!! All right, DC, here we come!!!

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    Veronica Reply:

    Btw, Jiten, “headless chicken” – hahaha! Seriously, some of the descriptive words Ru-an and you guys use here are so hilarious, it is like therapy after a busy day as I laugh my head off!

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    Jiten Reply:

    By the way, chicken is losing hair pretty fast. “???….” effect? You may be able to replace “head” with “hair” soon.

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  10. Hahaha! Katyani! Very funny!!! Thank God I’m not Mirka and I’m not pregnant!! hahahahaha!!!! Are you April Fooling me??!!!!!!

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    Katyani Reply:

    Yep :-)

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  11. Ruan,

    You’ve been a little bit quiet lately. Is everything ok with you?

    Don’t forget we’re all pulling for you!

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Joe, hope like maybe the rest of us Ru-an is also watching DC….
    Stan just lost to a player I had never heard of. But both played great, his opponent played really great.
    Right now I am watching Roger play on my laptop and Andy play on my tv :-)
    Ps: Hope all is well Ru-an…

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    Veronica Reply:

    Hi Katyani! I’m not watching but if I remember correctly, golubev is quite a good player. I think he played quite close to Roger but I don’t remember when and what tournament it was. In fact when I saw the draw, I was actually a little nervous about Golubev; especially if the Swiss are over confident and think they already have it in the bag. Also I think Stan is feeling the weight of expectations and playing at home is never easy although you get a lot of support. I hope Roger revenges the loss tomorrow against Golubev and I hope Fedrinka smokes up the stadium! One thing they must remember, never under estimate. The khazakhs have nothing to lose and will go all out!

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    Dolores Reply:

    Good points, Veronica….hope Stan calms down will regain his confidence for tomorrow’s doubles. It will be an important match. Go Swiss!
    Best,
    Dolores
    PS. Also, hope Ru-an is okay, miss him.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Hi Dolores! I’m okay thanks. I miss you guys too. I’m doing an English teaching summer camp now so I have been very busy. Finally it is weekend so I can at least leave you guys a comment. I was of course surprised about Stan’s loss and hope the Swiss can take care of the doubles so there is not a lot of pressure for the singles. Nice to see Roger win easily though!

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    Dolores Reply:

    Hi Ru-an, so happy to hear from you, most of all that you are okay just very busy with work.
    Looking forward to tomorrow’s Doubles….Go Swiss!
    Kindly,
    Dolores

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I appreciate the concern Dolores. I miss you guys and will try to make a post tomorrow.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Mirka! I’ve missed you! How’s the pregnancy going? Haha. Thanks for keeping the family together here in my absence! ;-)

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    veronica Reply:

    Missed me, have you?!!! I dragged my heavy body to IW only to see you melt down to a piece of sushi. Then you go frolicking to some teaching camp leaving people April Fooling me on my birthday! If you don’t start working (posting) soon, I’m gonna take Sunshine, Angelica and Ronnie away from you and go on our annual Wimby break!!! Hahaha! You got me on this one, Ru-an! Really ORIGINAL and VERY funny! Hope all’s well with you! P/S I’m SO sad about DC. I really hope they can pull it off tonight.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I’m good thanks Katyani :D

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Hello Joe. I have just been very busy but I’m ok thanks. And I appreciate that you are pulling for me. You guys are the best readers a blogger can have!

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  12. Thanks Katanyi,

    Sorry to hear about Stan’s loss. Would you care to send a DC link?

    Thanks,
    Joe

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    Katyani Reply:

    Oh Joe, you are SO asking the wrong person to do that…. I don’t know how to send a link, but I watch through Streamhunter or Stopstream. Hope you can find the link there. Sorry…

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    Joe Reply:

    Hey, no problem Katanyi! :-)

    I hope Roger is playing a great match!

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    Dolores Reply:

    He did, Joe, played a great match, won in three sets. Now 1:1. Fingers crossed for doubles.
    Best,
    Dolores

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    Joe Reply:

    Sweet!

    Thanks Delores!
    :-)

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  13. Hi folks, I too was watching Roger on my laptop and watching Murray on my tv. Good to know there are like minded individuals out there !!! Too bad about Stan, thought he looked nervous. Are you out there Ru-an shaking your head at all these people glued to the various screens…..

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I wasn’t before Elizabeth, but I am now :D

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Elizabeth and Ru-an, I am doing the same thing right now. Watching Andy on tv and later will be watching Stan on my laptop :-) D-day today. Hope Stan can get his act together. Yesterday during the after match interview Roger looked very hopefull and Stan looked lost….

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  14. No worries…. nothing is lost yet. This only means the two of you HAVE to win tomorrow.
    No worries. We will make it :-)

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    rahan Reply:

    No worries, Katyani ?

    It’s now or never.

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    Katyani Reply:

    I know Rahan, but did you see Roger play today and did you see him “kind of upset” with Stan?? Roger wants DC this year SO SO bad. They were almost there you know. If they hadn’t been broken in the second set, they would not have been down 2 sets and they would have won. They even almost made it to a fifth set. . But kudos to Kazachstan. They played great and without fear.
    Tomorrow I really think, no matter what is going on with Stan !!!, he will beat Kukushkin. Then it is all up to Roger. He has got to beat DANGERMAN. My God, that Golubev. Plays great, dangerous and most important without fear. He beat Stan. And altough he has 2 GS winners on the other side, he still beat them. So Roger will have his hands full. What was going on with Stan? Looked like Roger was “a little bit fighting” for the both of them.
    I don’t know if you saw the doubles of GB today, but there was, in my opinion, kind of the same situation. Bolelli was playing for both Fognini and him, and I don’t know what the hell was wrong with Fognini. He was even worse than Stan. Atleast Stan tried, fought like hell and did not want to give up. But Fognini??? They almost won the fourth set. Would be 2 sets each. But then….
    So hope Roger and Stan go through. They SO deserve it.
    Ps: Dear Veronica, this comment was also for you.
    Please write something hopefull for the 2 matches to come :-) I love your hopefull comments Ronnie :-)
    Oh one more thing, if anyone saw it… when Roger and Stan came back to the court when they were down 2 sets, anyone else think he kind of yelled to Stan??? He looked mad and Stan looked like a schoolboy….

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    Veronica Reply:

    OMG, checked the score last night, couldn’t sleep the whole night!! What went wrong?! Was Roger mad at Stan? I hope not. The bromance was growing nicely……..how sad! Roger does get a bit snarky with Stan sometimes though I hope to God he didn’t. Stan so needs encouragement and kind words now. He is shy and tend to get down on himself a lot. I hope the whole team will stand behind him and lift him up. I feel really sad about these results, almost as bad as Roger losing in a slam; because Roger and Stan were so pumped up about it and this was such a great opportunity for the Swiss. But now who would believe that it maybe KhaZarkhstan that stopped them instead of bigger tennis nations like France, Spain or Serbia! Maybe a case of 2010 lingering in the Swiss’ minds where the Khazarkhs beat them 5-0 and a case of over confidence after they thrashed the Serbians in the earlier tie. Also, DC comes with its own unique pressure and some players don’t adapt well to it. Gosh, Katyani! I don’t know if Im able to stay positive! But this just teaches us that nothing in tennis is for sure. So since nothing is for sure, there is hope for the Swiss yet!!! Stan can only get better. He’s not injured and his nerves would have settled. And Roger will just have to do his job. Even if it looks dire now, but hey! We are talking about 2 slam winners against ordinary players! There is only so much upset the ordinary can do but the elite always find a way to win! The best players often have a bad match or two and look shaky initially, but when it really matters, they deliver! Let’s pray and hope Roger and Stan show us what they are made of tonight. It will be the test among all tests. CommonSwitzerland!!

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  15. It’s crazy to think that Stan although has seemed to be the one keener to play Davis Cup just hasn’t been able to find his best game. And if he does today then it’s all on Roger to win his match, and if by chance Fed doesn’t do it then everyone will remember
    that. Golubev has been great and will be hard to beat. Although when you see the Kaz coach you can understand why they don’t want to let him down…he looks very unforgiving! Myself I don’t like Davis cup because I think the pressure on players is immense.

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    veronica Reply:

    Yeah, Elizabeth, the pressure is immense and in a way, I don’t think it’s fair for tennis players to face this kind of pressure as they are professionals. Playing for your country and all that patriotism is nice to see and noble to play for but I think it doesn’t work for tennis. It is too individual a game. I don’t think Roger likes the pressure although he loves to hang out with his team mates and Stan doesn’t handle DC pressure well. This makes me really respect Berdych and Stepanek. Those two are unshakeable as far as DC is concerned. I’m hitting the sack now but I’ll be so scared to check the scores tomorrow! Oh God! Please help Stan play well and let Roger finish it off, pleeeeeease!!!

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    Dolores Reply:

    Hi Veronica, Agree with your comment, pressure and emotions is too much for the players. Your wish was granted, Stan won, but now Roger is under tremendous pressure…pleeeeease, Roger, keep strong and win it.
    Best,
    Dolores

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    Dolores Reply:

    Agree with your comment, Elizabeth, your point is well taken.
    Well, match Roger/Golubev is under way, Roger won 1st set, pray he can win the match. Go Roger!
    Best,
    Dolores

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  16. Hey guys, I am watching Muzza vs Fognini. Before it began I thought 3 times 6-2 or 6-3 for Andy, but my God, Fabio is GOOD !!! Always thought he was quite overreated, but wow, he is playing some good tennis. I don’t think he can win. But if he plays like this, maybe, just maybe….

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    Katyani Reply:

    That’s it… I am officially Fabio’s fan :-) Damn, he just beat Andy. But seriously, the first 2 or 3 games Andy was unplayable. After that, it was the “Fabio show”. He was SOOOOO good. Man, how did I ever underestimate him??? No matter if Italy goes through, but Fabio, wow… If you can play like that… So a fan of Fabio (but… not when he ever has to play Roger, of course) :-)

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    rahan Reply:

    It seems that we will see Italy vs Kazahstan. But I still hope for a surprise …

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  17. Stan loses a fifth TB .

    I can hardly believe what I am writing.

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Rahan, do you have a good link for Stan’s match?? Mine keeps getting interrupted every second

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    rahan Reply:

    I use streamhunter tennis but the quality of the stream is not always very good.

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  18. Hi all, crazy Davis Cup play!

    Stan appeared to be struggling with the pressure of being a Grand Slam champ during the first singles and the doubles, finally he overcame his demons and produced a heroic effort to finish off Kukushkin. lt’s up to Federer, playing his third match in as many days, to stop Golubev who is brimming with confidence and highly motivated to pull off the double upset and give Kazakhstan the win.

    Davis Cup is totally different from a normal tournament. Any player can play like a champ for a weekend–even if they can’t keep that level up in the long term–and if Federer has a bad day, the upset might be possible. Golubev is playing for his country, not himself, and that will give him extra motivation. Federer will have to use the crowd to his advantage and play great tennis to subdue Golubev. Fortunately he’s used to handling the pressure in these situations so hopefully he can get it done. C’mon Roger!

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  19. That’s the way I like it: a first TB for Roger. Two more sets and

    RogerSTAN will win vs. KazahSTAN !!!

    Allez Roger :-)

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    rahan Reply:

    Roger wins also the second set with only 57% 1st serve. Well done !

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  20. Some unbelievable defence from Roger and some unbelieveble mistakes from Golubev and Roger gets the break in the third set !

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    rahan Reply:

    and now it is 3-2 instead of 4-1 :-(

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    rahan Reply:

    and now at 5-2 for Roger it’s time for plan B for Kazahstan coach. At times he looks so determined to win tie rubber.

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    rahan Reply:

    Plan B failed and RogerSTAN vs. KazahSTAN 3-2. Let the clay season begin !

    Roger ALLEZ !

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  21. Wow, France and Suisse were both 1-2 behind yesterday and both won their matches today !!!
    I was so worried for Roger. Golubev played great two days, even today. Roger had to work hard for it, but he won :-) Kudos to Stan and Roger. Also to Stan. Had he not won, then they would have been out. But… their not :-) Two best matches of today were Andy vs Fognini and ofcourse Roger’s match.
    Bring on the SF. And like Rahan says the clay-season, but what will we do in a whole Rogerless month????

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    steve Reply:

    Great win for Switzerland! Finally Wawrinka found some form and was able to use the pressure to spur himself on to playing well.

    Federer was unquestionably the crucial figure for the Swiss. He delivered straight-sets victories in decisive moments–first to avoid going down to an 0-2 deficit, and then to clinch the tie. He faced the surging Golubev, and played very tough to get it done in straights. None of the sets was easy; Golubev had chances to go up a break but Federer denied him, and every time Golubev broke back, Federer answered.

    At all times he was totally professional and positive, and eventually his optimism was borne out.

    But this is a watershed for Wawrinka: he was able to overcome the pressure of being a Grand Slam champ and heavily favored to win, and the additional pressure of having to play a must-win match. After the loss of the first set, he could have gone off the boil in the second and handed Kukushkin a nigh-impregnable two-set lead (just as he did against Golubev), but he stayed focused and played three tough sets of tennis to close it out.

    I think this is a huge relief for him and will allow him to refocus himself after drifting for a bit in the wake of his big win in Australia.

    As for Federer, this is a big win for him too, not just because it puts the Swiss into the Davis Cup semis, but it helps wipe away the tough loss in Miami and gives him confidence and a reason to celebrate as he takes time off to rest and train for clay season.

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  22. Yay! My heart was beating so fast this morning when I opened my computer!! Well done Roger, Stan!! Didn’t I say Katyani that ordinary players can only do so much but the elite always deliver and that nothing is for sure in tennis!!! Yay! I’m so so so happy!! I was thinking last night if they win it would be even sweeter and it certainly is SO much sweeter – like a fine old wine! It just gets better and better!! So the bromance carries on! I’m so relieved! You guys are so lucky to watch the whole thing though to be honest even if I had the chance, I don’t think I would have had the courage to watch!!! Thanks so much Katyani, Dolores, Joe, Steve, Rahan, Elizabeth, etc for keeping us updated!! This win will surely bode well for Roger and Stan moving forward in the normal season as well as for DC. They have passed the test among all tests!!! Bravo bravo bravo!! Shout out to Becker who tweeted to BELIEVE that Roger and Stan will pull the upset! And it’s so nice that the GOAT put The danger man back to where he belongs in straight sets!! Talking about sweet revenge! Haha! Couldn’t get any better. Dolores, I hope your heart was ok watching!! You must have been so stressed out!! Ru-an, surely this back from death victory warrants a post!!! Common GOAT blogger! Pulling for you now! Hehehe!! Don’t know about you guys but I’m over the moon today. Feels just like Roger won a slam!!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Of course it warrants a post my Angel(lol!). The problem is I could hardly see a thing with my stream. I will try my best to make a post today but I can’t promise anything!

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    Jiten Reply:

    Ru-an, could we let you go like that? Here is the full match in youtube:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMrI7FuRIkg

    Now, the ball is in your court. Could this be what 2010 Davis Cup win did for Djoker?

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    veronica Reply:

    Bro! Thank you, thank you, thank you, you techno genius!!! Hugs!!!! Hehehehe! Now, just leave me alone everybody while I this match!!! Congrats everyone!! Let’s drink to Roger’s and Stan’s health for the rest of 2014 and beyond!!! Cheers!!

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    Dolores Reply:

    ….and the celebrations have begun, Veronica, thanks two great Swiss champs, Roger and Stan. Bravo! Was delghted that Stan won this soooo important match today, Roger thanked him to give him a chance to play for the victory. This was an exciting time in Davis Cup tennis, no doubt.
    Roger’s performance was a sheer delight, loved his enthusiasm shown with his Dad, and did not Mirka look ever so lovely?
    Now waiting for Ru-an’s blog with anticipation.
    Kindly,
    Dolores

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