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Anyone like Tennis?

 
 
panzade
 
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Reply Mon 26 Jan, 2015 02:12 pm
@engineer,
Thanks for the preview.
My new DVR is set up to record all the action.
engineer
 
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Reply Tue 27 Jan, 2015 07:08 am
@panzade,
Today's matches are pretty lame so far.

Nadal is gone but Murray is through easily. Sharapova dispatched her up and coming successor and Halep turns in a terrible performance to get beat opening up the way for Sharapova to the finals.
panzade
 
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Reply Tue 27 Jan, 2015 09:39 am
@engineer,
Berdych broke an 0-17 losing streak against Nadal
Tomas was good but I don't see him going all the way.

There was something wrong with Nadal.
Maybe a hamstring problem.

He didn't have the famous range on the court.
engineer
 
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Reply Tue 27 Jan, 2015 04:54 pm
@panzade,
I read another article that said that Berdych actually had a really good game plan developed by his new coach and did the same thing a lot of people had been trying recently - going right into the teeth of Nadal's forehand. Apparently the strategy is to cut out Nadal running around his backhand to hit insane inside out forehands or super heavy spinning backhands.

Changing topics, really good win for Sharapova. I don't know anyone who has been consistently playing strong tennis over the last year like she has been.
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margo
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jan, 2015 05:08 am
Andy Murray is giving Tomas Berdych a bit of a workover right now. Could soon be 2 sets to 1.

At least Berdych is decorative. No-one could say that about Murray.
engineer
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jan, 2015 06:18 am
@margo,
Berdych goes down. I've never given thought to his decorative value before. Maybe the announcer will ask him to "give a little twirl". Sharapova will try to break her Serena jinx on the women's side. If Serena had lost and Sharapova had won it all, she would have overtaking Serena as number one but with both in the finals they will continue to be one and two regardless of the result.
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northpass523
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jan, 2015 03:26 pm
I've been feeling Nadal's shorts. Hhis style game is moving up.
panzade
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jan, 2015 04:54 pm
@northpass523,
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/06/21/article-1028254-01AF47CF00000578-985_468x538.jpg
So has she Very Happy
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snood
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jan, 2015 06:33 pm
Serena said something I thought was very true and telling in a recent interview. She was talking about how badly she wants this Championship, and she said something like "there's a lot of pressure on me - after all, it's only news if I lose, not if I win".

About Nadal's shorts - am I the only one who notices he has a ritual he does incessantly where he has to pull his shorts out of the crack of his butt, then touch the hair at both temples - before almost every serve or receipt of serve?
Watch him as he waits for a serve - it's so OCD it's really funny.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jan, 2015 07:30 pm
@snood,
I haven't seen it (no tv for eons) but have read about it from time to time. He's Mr. Ritual.

True re Serena and what is news with her name. Fed is a bit like that too, but she's in a way better zone these days than he is.

I haven't been following - what happened re Dimitrov? Ah, I see, Murray happened.
engineer
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jan, 2015 09:05 pm
@ossobuco,
Dimitrov was serving 5-3 in the fourth and collapsed. He had the best racket smash ever though. He put every once of his weight in slamming that racket into the court. When he picked it up, there was nothing but little pieces of ceramic tied with string.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jan, 2015 09:08 pm
@engineer,
He's on my staff.
engineer
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jan, 2015 09:20 pm
@ossobuco,
I caught one of his game balls at the US Open, so I have to follow him. After the match, the winner signs the balls and hits them into the stands and I got lucky.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jan, 2015 10:45 pm
@engineer,
And I read he lived or lives in Manhattan Beach with whatsername. Not my town, but I met a favorite man there a long time ago, your basic funny story, one of us with a full leg cast, meeting in a beach bar. She was the one who played football, lived across from one of the beachboy places. Thing is, she walked well with that cast on the sand.

Past that, Dimitrov has caused my attention when I do read up.
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Kolyo
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jan, 2015 10:51 pm
@ossobuco,
ossobuco wrote:

True re Serena and what is news with her name.


As she gets closer to passing Steffi Graf for most major singles titles,
people will start to take more notice.

EDIT -- In the "open era", I mean.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jan, 2015 10:58 pm
@Kolyo,
I'm no judge, I like both of them. Very different women.
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Wilso
 
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Reply Fri 30 Jan, 2015 06:06 am
Djokovic is going to win but Wawrinka really made him work for it.
engineer
 
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Reply Fri 30 Jan, 2015 06:09 am
@Wilso,
Murray has to be loving it that Djokovic is out there playing five sets.
engineer
 
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Reply Sat 31 Jan, 2015 06:31 am
@engineer,
Serena locks down number nineteen. Pretty high quality stuff here but Sharapova just doesn't match up well against Serena.

From si.com
Quote:
In a thoroughly enthralling match, Serena won on every dimension outserving, outslugging, outrunning and outfighting Sharapova 6-3, 7-6 (5). A player beats you this ritually and it becomes deeply mental. But what is Sharapova to do? She can't move to Serena side-to-side. She won’t outserve her. She can’t really pin her deep to the baseline either, not with Serena dictating play.
And then there is the matter of clutch play. As Sharapova, admirably, found her game and dialed in her shots, Williams went one better. Serena sent 18 aces hissing across the net and won 84 percent of her first serves. In a tiebreaker, Serena, predictably, summoned her best work. Serving at match point, Serena hit ace, only to get a dubious let call. She smiled, inhaled and hit the exact same serve for another ace.
panzade
 
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Reply Sat 31 Jan, 2015 09:41 am
@engineer,
Drat! I missed it.
DVR's not smart enough to switch channels Mad
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