Verdasco Upsets Nadal, Thiem Advances in Miami

Well it was another interesting day in Miami with second seed Nadal getting upset 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 by Verdasco who he owned 13-1 in the head-to-head before the match. It was also Verdasco’s second consecutive victory over Nadal who he beat in Madrid in 2012 on blue clay. I thought Nadal would go deep in Miami given the slowness of the surface but it has to be remembered that this is one of the few Masters he has never won. And it looks very unlikely that he now ever will. I think this was another telling loss. After Nadal won Buenos Aires he got some confidence and played well in Indian Wells, only to lose to a very good Raonic. But this loss tells me that he is still badly struggling with confidence which is to be expected really.

He is now in a similar situation Roger was in in 2013 when Roger had a confidence crises. How things have changed since then! Nadal said after the match that he was feeling very anxious on the court and that he couldn’t control his nerves. That is exactly what a confidence crises entails. But again I think it would be a big mistake to write Nadal off. The clay season is next which will be the true test. If Nadal fails to win the French Open then he has a problem. He also said after the match that he is confident that he can turn things around again and that he is going to work hard at it. He has come back from adversity too many times in his career to write him off. Look how many people wrote Roger off in 2013 and how he proved them wrong.

If Roger can do it then surely Nadal can too. Take for instance 2011 where he lost in seven consecutive finals to Djokovic. You would have thought that would finally break his spirit. But he came back to win three slams after that, defeating Djokovic in three of them, and winning six of the next seven matches with Djokovic to turn the rivalry around again. He has also beaten Djokovic the last four times in slam meetings, although admittedly three of them were at the French Open. No Nadal, we are not overlooking the fact that you desperately need clay to rack up slams and dominate your rivalries. So once he takes the fall in Paris you just know it’s going to affect him big time. And hopefully Djokovic is the one who gets it done.

He is the one that deserves it, but I wouldn’t bet on him doing it. They have met a staggering six times at the French and Nadal triumphed each time, including in 2013 when Djokovic had him by the balls. And that can have a big psychological effect. Anyway my point is Nadal is dangerous to write off and I will only reassess the situation after the French Open. I have gone off the topic a bit. I was happy for Verdasco who got another win over Nadal after all the chokes. I will say again that Verdasco is one of the most talented players on tour and when his forehand is on it is better than both Roger’s and Nadal’s. It is simply a devastating shot but unfortunately he is mentally too unstable to have made better use of it, together with his other gifts.

Against Nadal he hit some forehand missiles and it was a beautiful sight. And even though Verdasco was playing well he still needed help from Nadal to get over the finish line. In the second set when Nadal tightened the screws Verdasco quickly imploded again mentally. But it was nice to see Nadal lose again. I don’t get the kick I used to out of his losses because it happens so often lately, but it is still fun. And if Verdasco was mentally stronger this would have been the outcome of most their meetings. Well onto someone else named Thiem who I am quite a fan of an who comfortably defeated Sock 6-4, 6-3 to advance to the fourth round. It was a high quality match and Thiem once again reminded us why he is a player for the future.

Yesterday I was also made aware of the fact that he was forced to do military service by his country Austria which caused him to miss six weeks of training in the off season. So it is no wonder he started the year slow but it looks like he is finally gaining momentum again. He has already had some good wins in Miami and has a great chance to make quarters because he now plays Mannarino who defeated Stan. That is another big disappointment for Stan because Mannarino is the type of player he should hit off the court. But I’m not complaining. I’d like Thiem to make quarters and take a shot at Murray, although Murray now plays Anderson who is capable of taking big scalps and have already schooled Murray once in Montreal.

Either way the bottom half is now quite open and should have been even more open, but Tomic choked big time against Berdych after serving for the match in the second set. Murray is probably still the favorite to make the final in the bottom half and that would give us another poor Djokoray match up in the final. But rather that than Birdshit in the final. That would be the worst possible. Today Djokovic is in action again against Darcis which should be an easy win for Djokovic. The only other match I have some interest in is Dimitrov vs Isner. Other than that today doesn’t look like a very interesting day and I will probably only make a post again in two days after Thiem and Murray has played. Until then!

 

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  1. So Nadal loses, and this time there’s no injury to use as an excuse. But how interesting is it that he comes right out and says that he is having mental confidence issues? It’s almost like because he says it outright, people don’t come out with their own speculations. You’d almost think other people should talk about their own weaknesses the way Nadal does. It seems to do his public relations a world of good. I think the big lesson here, like Ruan says, is that a crisis of confidence can happen to any player. We saw this with Roger in 2013, and to some extent in 2008, and now we’re seeing it with Rafa a little bit.

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    eric Reply:

    I actually think it’s quite admirable that he came out and said what he did. And I believe him. It’s not the tennis it’s his confidence. And I hope it continues and gets worse. I think if he has a shitty clay season he will pull a Borg and retire to not have to face the losses. Yes this is the ultimate tennis blog and I dig that, but I am still a big time FedFan and it would give me immense pleasure if Rafa would retire before Fed, especially if it wasn’t for a direct physical issue. What Roger is doing at 33 is simply GOAT unparalleled level stuff. If Rafa remains a mess, Fed is a real threat in London as well as New York. I appreciate lots of players but long live the king!!

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    veronica Reply:

    I thought that was so admirable of Nadal too, Eric. I know he likes to play himself down but this was heart touching honest and humble.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah it must be tough for Nadal. Especially since he is usually so clutch.

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  2. Roger made a lot of changes in his game and coaching to come back to the level he is at right now. Not sure that’s possible in Nadal’s case. It would be a good time for Uncle Toni to let go, but I don’t see that happening. You’re right though. Clay will tell. If he doesn’t do well during clay I think he will be out of the top ten. He could be ranked sixth after this week.

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    eric Reply:

    He has come back from a serious run of Djokovic ass whoopings so he can certainly do it again, certainly, but I think he is a weird guy with all sorts of psychological oddities and if he cracks, it will be over.

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    veronica Reply:

    Well said Jim! Nadal’s game is limiting, – basically an antithesis of RF created by Uncle Toni. It’s perfectly fitted for exclusive bashing of shbh’s mindlessly and endlessly! But it ain’t over for Nadal until FO is over as we all agree. Meanwhile Roger and Djoker have clearly separated themselves from the pack. I’m conflicted about Nadal fading because if he does, it will create a gap for a Djoker domination era! God help us if that happens!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Lol. Well you can’t have it both ways Ronster. I’d be more than happy with Nadal fading and Djokovic dominating. In fact I want Djokovic to catch up with Nadal, maybe even surpass him. Don’t you think that would be sweet?

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    Veronica Reply:

    Nooooo! Ru-an!! NOT sweet, NOT!!!! But you have jinxed Djoker, well done, Ru-an! hahaha!

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    Eric Reply:

    Sweet indeed! Nadal 14, Djoker 15, Fed 19!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Right. Although Fed on 17, Djoker on 15, and Nadal on 14 would be fine with me too.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Eric, Ru-an, Djoker at 14/15 AND calendar slam equals GOAT?!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Lol, there you go again with the calendar slam nonsense. It’s not happening!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well probably Nadal is gonna win the FO this year again in which case it will be virtually impossible for Djokovic to catch him anyway. But personally I want him to catch Nadal because he is more complete and versatile. Nadal relies too much on one surface.

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  3. Isner just thrashed Dimitrov. Realistically right now we just have two guys outside of the big 4 who have any shot at winning big titles, Raonic and Nishikori. And these two always seem get drawn in the same quarter !! I don’t think for the next two years there is going to be much movement in the top 4. Sure Nadal might go out for a few weeks here and there but till the end of 2016, I think there is not gonna be much change. And after that it probably gets interesting. Nadal will be 30, Roger 35. And Novak and Andy around 29.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah another very disappointing performance from Dimitrov. Played a lame breaker and then hardly put up a fight in the second set. He seems content with banging Sharapova and being Fed’s clone. Raonic and Nishikori are better but Raonic lacks some variation and Nishikori is small. They have slam winning potential but hardly multiple slam winning potential. So yeah the big four can stick around for even longer. But then the younger generation of Kyrgios, Coric, Thiem, and Kokkinakis will seriously start coming through.

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    eric Reply:

    Yeah, Dimitrov is officially no long “my boy”. I wish I enjoyed watching Raonic more. He’s got the right attitude. Sure had a close one today with Chardy though.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Haha that didn’t last long. Good decision.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Yeah, I never bought into the Baby Fed thing. I think the younger generation Kyrgios, Coric, Thiem and Kokkinakis have better potential and more ideally built than the current ones like Nishi (too small) and Raonic (too limited). But don’t you think players like Raonic and Ferrer put to shame all these other perfectly built/talented players like Dimi,Verdasco,Monfils,Tsonga,etc who are just wasting away?!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Of course. It is always mostly mental in tennis, and the players you mentioned are mentally weak. Ferrer is mentally decent but he is like Nishikori, lacks a serious weapon. I think Kei is more talented and can win a slam, but like I said probably not multiple. Although who knows he has proved me wrong before. Raonic have surprised me too, but like I said just lacks that extra variation to be truly great.

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  4. Ru-an, You dropped a bit of a bombshell with your new titled blog! Is another bomb coming?! Haha! It’s been a long time coming for you to be finally “free” from the expectations and burdens of writing as a Federer fan while being an even bigger tennis fan. Your readers have all been very supportive and by the way things have been going since the name change, I must say, it is doing rather well indeed! I am happy as long as you are happy, hehe! However, “Ru-an’s Federer Blog” will always have a soft spot in my heart! Btw, our bro from India is such a strategist, isn’t he? Hardly a regular player but boom! One perfectly timed shot and he wins the First point on your new blog! Advantage Jiten!! Ru-an, you made a comment about Djoker winning/deserving FO this year. Be careful what you wish for, Ru-an! If Djoker gets the FO, the calendar slam looks imminent!! Historically, the calendar slam is an impossibility and Djoker has had opportunities but failed miserably. But I do believe that he is primed for it now and it looks really achievable with the current ATP climate, would you think so, Ru-an? I would like to hear your thoughts on this. Maybe even do a post where we can just discuss, maybe even make some predictions of a possible (or rather imminent!) Djoker calendar slam. I know we shouldn’t be overly protective of Roger’s records; afterall Roger himself said records are made to be broken (seriously, who is he kidding?!)but can you imagine what could happen if Djoker achieves the calendar slam?!! GOATHOOD!!! He already has many outstanding records. He is in his prime and has declared his desire to rack up as many slams as possible. There is a gap before the next generation is ready to seriously challenge him. Everything seems to be pointing in his favour. Even the tennis Gods seem to be on his side (eg giving him cupcake after cupcake draws; which he doesn’t even need) No, Roger or someone else must win it. Roger has a real shot and he just might be seriously thinking about it committing 4 clay tourneys which is unprecedented in his career (or maybe he wants to gain points). About the new direction for your blog, you are right, unlike you, most of your readers are first Federer fans, then tennis fans. This doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate other players but that they have a more sustained interest in Roger than anyone else just because Roger introduced them to or rekindled their love for tennis. Any posts with RF in it would receive more readership/comments than non RF!! And this may continue to be the trend even if you broaden your writing, Ru-an! And that you will continue to receive fanatical comments; even from your loyal readers; whether you like it or not! That is just what/who Roger is and the powerful effects he has on his fans. Just look how many years it took for you to get out of the “Roger web” Ru-an! Ha! But to move in the direction you are taking is doing tennis a great service. Tennis should be proud to have fans like you to help grow and maintain interest in the game. Good write up on Miami, Ru-an. I like the exciting young players; Kokinakis, Kyrgios….

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well as usual your comment is quite long with many things to respond to and I don’t always have the time. But yeah I am very happy with the start Ultimate Tennis has had. Surprised even. It is great to see the interest and I may even reward everyone by making a post about what you asked for. You are right that many Fedfans are in tennis only for Roger, but I think Roger has also brought many people to tennis who will stay on after his departure. And those are the kind of people this blog is for. I want to help tennis keep some of those fans that Roger brought to the game by showing them there are other exciting players to follow. So I took a long term outlook with this name change. And I think it is going to be very successful. Already many people are loving it.
    About more readers and comments when I make posts about RF that isn’t necessarily true. Already the last three days blogging about Miami my traffic has been high. Remember there are more tennis fans than Fedfans, and many true tennis fans don’t like this player worship thing. But even if what you say is true then comments and readers are not the first priority to me. They are nice to have but being true to myself is more important. I am definitely not gonna write exclusively about Roger just because that gives me more readers and comments. And yes Jiten have cemented his place on Ultimate Tennis as the first commenter. You were asleep! Lol.
    Finally about Djokovic I wouldn’t worry about the calender slam. Winning the FO is by no means a certainty. Why worry about that so early? You can worry when he wins the FO and Wimby, and that is extremely unlikely. The calender slam have never been won for a reason. I agree that Fed couldn’t win it because of Nadal and that they are not such a big threat these days, but really there is no reason to start thinking about that now.

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    Veronica Reply:

    You expressed yourself well, Ru-an, am totally with you that you want to be true to yourself (just like I’m also trying to be true to myself by committing this year to totally pursue my passions; that’s why I’m sleeping a bit on you last few months!! Hehe! Forgive me?!)and I already said in my last sentences that fans like you are doing tennis a great service by growing and keeping interest in the game especially after Roger retires. You have definitely outgrown your fanboy days; you will never feel fulfilled if you aren’t true to your values, aspirations and passions. If you say you are receiving good traffic in Miami tourney, then you are blessed indeed coz there is consensus between what you aspire to write and what readers expect from you. As for Djoker slam, why shouldn’t there be a reason to think about it, Ru-an?! Common if we are honest, it’s on everyone’s mind! I believe in being in the present; to a certain extent; certainly not in a legalistic way. Predictions, speculations, hopes, pre-game analysis and discussions,etc, they are all part of sports. It would be so boring without those elements. It’s like wearing black and white everyday. A splash of colour (gossip, speculation) would add so much intrigue, excitement and fun into it! I should know! I’m a colour and style consultant, hehe!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I’m mostly just pulling your leg about your absence Veronica. I think it’s great that you are not holding back and following your passions. But you are missed here. About Djokovic I already explained. Feel free to speculate if you find it enjoyable, but of you are worried about it then I say there is no reason for it at this point.

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    Veronica Reply:

    I’m not worried, just don’t like it if he achieved it. I guess I still want Roger to be GOAT and because there hasn’t been anyone with a realistic chance since Roger’s prime days until Djoker now. The calendar slam is so out of reach. It would be mind blowing achievement and would settle the GOAT debate, given that Djoker has a more complete resume (of course he has to win FO too)

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    Veronica Reply:

    Oic! So it was the leg! I thought you were pulling my halo!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Now why would I pull that? Your halo is what keeps me out of trouble! ;-)

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    Joe Reply:

    “I am an analyst, not a fan boy.” – Ru-an (How Will Federer’s Australian Open Loss Affect the Rest of His Season?)

    :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yes that is the way I like to view myself Joe. A clinical and cold analyst. But I do get very emotional too. I think you need a mix of both. It would certainly be boring without some emotion involved. Good find ;-)

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    Joe Reply:

    Hey Ru-an!

    I like your objectivity but I like your passion too, maybe even more. It’s not just passion about tennis but passion for the truth (am I right?). And it comes out sometimes as a very low tolerance for BS! :-)

    It’s all good, and I know Veronica was just joking with you, so I hope it’s clear I was just pulling her leg too.

    Best,
    Joe

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Don’t worry so much! Haha. Ronnie’s leg needs as much pulling as it can stand as far as I’m concerned. And you are absolutely right when you say I have a passion for the truth. More than for tennis even. I hate lies and BS and I have very low tolerance for it as you noted. For instance I’d rather be truthful than have many followers. The way I see it popularity and conformity is for the weak. To be somebody you have to be willing to be unpopular.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Hey Joe! I don’t have too many legs to pull. Ru-an’s got one already and I’m hanging on to my last one!! What’s with men and legs, huh?!!! Hahahahaha!! Yeah, The Analyst is a rare breed. His authenticity touches me but can annoy me too. Like when he says he is the best blogger…..Now who can say those things straight to your face like a cold hard fact and without shyness/apology?!! I can only think of one other person who can do that…….Federer!! Haha! Never change, Ru-an, never change!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Lol. You got me there with the legs. Of course I’m the best blogger! How can there be any doubt about this? Lol.

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    Jiten Reply:

    Thanks Sis. You know this is the “sneak out of bed” season for me as the first half of the North American hard court season is on. Likewise I simply sneaked through to be a part of history while other readers were sleeping, as Ru-an has rightly pointed out. Lucky me! By the way, Veronica, my welcome back message to you in Ru-an’s Federerblog got lost in the crowd. So, welcome back again. Did you say advantage Jiten? No, that was just a cracker, not a bomb! How can I drop bombs? Ru-an has got the sole right! He is dropping bomb after bomb almost every week since 2008. Thank God his bombs are not killing us, instead they have the rejuvenating effect. Though I am not commenting frequently of late, I am following each and every word of this blog (I am teaching a class of 644 students this semester!). On to Miami, is anybody noticing a few momentary lapses in Djoker’s game? I guess father time is catching up with him as well and in one of the next matches, somebody may catch him off guard and that may be Dolgopolov! About Roger’s unusual clay court schedule, I have a strong hunch that he is taking French open very seriously this year as Dull has been shaky all through this year and he probably sees a flicker of hope inside. Who knows? A repeat of 2009 may be in the offing!

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    Eric Reply:

    Wow, that is a lot of students. What topic do you teach? I am fascinated with the diversity in every way of the people who come to Ru-an’s blog. yes, Djoko seems to either be playing at near perfection with lapses that are pretty bad. I too would like to believe that Roger has a shot, though FO likely will come down to a BATTLE between Rafa and Djoko.

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    Jiten Reply:

    I teach Math to the top 1% of the aspiring engineers in India. I am teaching Differential Equations in the current semester. 7 more classes to go before the end sem. Well, I am not sure FO will be battle between Rafa and Djoker. Rafa may perish earlier this year if somebody could do an Almagro (Barcelona) or Nishikori (Madrid) of 2014 this year. Rafa’s movement has been Rafalike only in patches. Many a time he is looking perplexed and seen to be stranded in the court even against lesser opponents. Against all odds, it may even be somebody outside the Big 3.

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    Eric Reply:

    Well you are clearly someone not to debate odds with – haha. Very impressive indeed!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    You must be a smart guy Jiten. But judging from your comments that is hardly a surprise. I love math btw. And I agree that Nadal could lose to someone outside the outside the big 3 at the FO.

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    eric Reply:

    Wanna know how smart I am Ru-an???? I had to google differential equations just to understand what Jiten was teaching – haha.

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    Jiten Reply:

    I can volunteer to teach you Differential Equations Eric! You have to reciprocate by teaching me how to prepare salad. :-) Anyway, you have a free licence to prepare salad now till our hero takes the court. :-)

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    eric Reply:

    Sounds like a deal. I am known for my amazing salads by the way! But never again while Fed plays. I promise!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Haha. Don’t worry. Judging from bad people are with math in general I’m sure only about 0.000000001 % of the population knows what it is. I myself have forgotten what it entails, although I remember doing it in high school.

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    Jiten Reply:

    Your love for Mathematics shows in your writing. Mathematicians are expected to be precise and precision is the hallmark of your observation about tennis!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Exactly! When I thought about why I like math yesterday that was the exact conclusion I came to. I like math because it is an exact science. It is either right or wrong. There is no in between.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    That’s amazing that you follow each and every word of my blog while teaching a class of 644 students Jiten. Teaching a class of 644 students is amazing enough! But it means a lot to me when I hear people follow every word of my blog, never mind while teaching a class off 644 students. As for Ronnie she needs to wake up, doesn’t she?

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    Jiten Reply:

    I hope Ronnie wakes up and ready to be taught Differential Equation by me. Lol!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I wouldn’t bet on it. She is too busy going on holiday with her millions like Katyani says LOL.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Shhhh!! Ru-an! Do you have to tell the whole world??!! All right, all right, I AM a millionaire…..IN.YOUR.DREAMS.RU-AN!!!! Hehehe!!

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    Veronica Reply:

    Hey! Bro! Wow! A maths genius, eh?!! And what a humble guy you are, I would never have guessed! And what’s with Indians and their affinity to Engineers, Lawyers, Doctors and IT?! All my Indian friends are in those professions!! The top students in my school have always been Indians! Yeah, I could need some help; IF I’m awake, hehe! I always struggled with algebra and geometry in school but I’m a wizard at mental arithmetic!! You could also teach me some strategic play too! I seem to have fallen out of the Big Four! Lots of work to be done. Maybe see a sports psychologist to get back the mental edge (and the good books of The Boss here) against you Nadalesque guys!! Hehe!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Lol. Bad Ronnie. It’s ok you will always be one of the big four here, even though you may fall out of the big four in the rankings ;-)

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  5. Ru-an, I hope you are following this Thiem guy. So far he has really been impressive in Miami. I watched his whole match yesterday against Mennarino. Despite being broken at the beginning of the third set, Thiem kept his cool, didn’t show his frustration and eventually won the third set 7-5. And some of the shots that he produced was just like “wow”: you normally get to see them coming only from our hero’s racquet. HE was producing serves at the speed of 130 m/h and some of his backhand shots were more powerful than Wawrinka’s. I strongly believe this guy is going to overtake all the over-hyped phenomena very soon: the likes of baby Fed, Tomic, Gulbis et al. I am happy that Thiem is silently and slowly making his mark. Hopefully he won’t be distracted by Shrapovas and the undue media attention showered on his predecessor prodigies.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I sure am following Thiem Jiten, as my previous post suggests and I watched the whole match. Will make a post soon.

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    Veronica Reply:

    I fell asleep on Miami but Thiem woke me up! I echo you, bro! Wow! Wow! Wow! .Never really watched him play before. He is ferocious! Love his attitude, demeanor, am a fan already! Him and Kyrgios, champions in the making. Problem with Kyrgios is a bit high strung and over enthusiastic and oft gets injured. Not a good sign. He must get a good coach. Anyone impressed with Big John? The guy always gives his best despite the obvious limitations . Great humble attitude too. Anyone watched the Djoker/Dolgopolov match? Awesome from The Dog, another player I love, so quirky and unorthodox. Djoker was outplayed for over a set! People are talking about cracks in Djokers game. I think he’s just bored. He’s sleep walking through his draws. Scary thing is he can be sleeping away, the next thing you know, he has won the match! GOAT of winning matches.

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    elizabeth Reply:

    Hi totally agree looks like Djo will take a lot of beating although he seems to get annoyed with himself easily at the moment, don’t know if he’s tired mentally or if he expects himself to win every point. Dolgopolov’s feet looked sore so not entirely surprised with the result…but he sure can light up the court!

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    Veronica Reply:

    Yah, what a pity, Dog couldn’t keep it up. He deserves to win some big matches. Just not consistent enough. I think Djoker wants to win every point, a bit of a perfectionist. Also this thing about always being in the shadow of Fedal has made him always wanting to prove himself. Thats one of the main reason, I beleive why he is so damn good. The flip side of course is he puts too much unnecessary pressure on himself. I won’t be surprised if FO slips away from him again coz of this very reason.

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  6. Hi Ru-an, Am going to another subject of tennis. Watched the first set of Raonic/Isner match last night. Raonic won the first, I then had to leave watching the match. Found out this morning that Isner won in 3 tiebreaks, it surprised me. Isner has improved his game or is it just good luck? Was never to excited about Isner, found his tennis boring…did you watch the match? Anyway, just wondering what your thoughts are on Isner.
    Kindly,
    Dolores

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Hello Dolores it was too late for me, and besides it would have been a boring serve fest. Isner is coming around again after a very dry spell for him. So I guess that is nice to see. It was a big win for him over Raonic.

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    Veronica Reply:

    Hi grandma! I think, As Ru-an said, he is coming around again after a tough spell. He felt really bad and was so humble about letting his team down in DC recently. I suppose that failure spurred him on to play his best again. I find his game so boring too, all servebots are like that, I can never sit through it, but he is such a nice, likeable and unassuming guy, great attitude, not the stereo typical glamorous and egotistic American sports star!

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