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Re: Re: Western & Southern Open
« Reply #60 on: August 15, 2012, 08:11:13 AM »
A lot of great match-ups in 2nd round:

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Re: Western & Southern Open
« Reply #61 on: August 15, 2012, 11:26:02 AM »
Hasi vs DelPo coming up next  :)>>>>
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Re: Western & Southern Open
« Reply #62 on: August 15, 2012, 11:47:47 AM »
Hasi vs DelPo coming up next  :)>>>>

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Re: Western & Southern Open
« Reply #63 on: August 15, 2012, 11:51:53 AM »
First break goes to DelPo on a double fault by Haas.
Both look ready to rumble.  :cool:
 
 

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Re: Western & Southern Open
« Reply #64 on: August 15, 2012, 11:52:50 AM »
ahh DF to lose serve  :\
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Re: Western & Southern Open
« Reply #65 on: August 15, 2012, 12:05:33 PM »
breaks back and holds, ah that bh winner on AD DelpPo  :gleam:
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Re: Western & Southern Open
« Reply #66 on: August 15, 2012, 12:37:36 PM »
7-5 DelPo after very bad service game for Tommy, only 40% 1st serve in....
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Re: Western & Southern Open
« Reply #67 on: August 15, 2012, 12:50:42 PM »
I only went to two matches today. Will probably go back tonight principally for Gasquet - Raonic.
I like to watch the Gasquet backhand.

The Haas - Nalbandian match was, as said above, a great one.  Lugburz must be very happy  :)) . Both players were in top form. I had not seen Nalbandian play as well since the run he had to win in Washington DC in 2010. One had to admire the smooth flow of his movement both on court and in stroke execution. He did magnificent volley work including some great high backhand ones of the sort that I can never get right. Haas was not so strong in my eyes in this department but had an uncanny ability to fire an unreturnable serve when it was most needed. The first two sets were 6-7, 7-6. I did not stay for the third but I later learned that Tommy won it at 6-3 and that Nalbandian had one of his outbursts part way through the set which probably did him more harm than good.

I, of course, had to get over to Baker - Tomic. It too was a memorable game. Baker, to put it briefly, plays first class conventional tennis. I feared that Tomic was going to try all the smart shots that he tried on the unhappy Ryan Harrison the other night but no, he did not. He played the same sort of game as Baker but better. Only a couple of drop shots to my memory this time, one failure and one success. The serving was very good as one would expect from a 6ft 5 guy.
The crowd was mostly very pro-Baker but there was a small but vocal Tomic group. No shot spot on court 3.  The first set advanced more or less on serve but at about the 9th game one of Baker's shots went just out in Tomic's eyes. The line official didn't catch it and it was outside the field of view of the  chair umpire. Tomic protested and his supporters, who had a good view, loudly agreed. It didn't help, needless to say and I did feel for the poor linesman. Tomic thoroughly enjoyed all the support that he generated but it seemed to me that thereafter Baker was somewhat perturbed and the level of his game dropped just a little. Tomic went on to win at something like 6-4, 6-3.
Well, no doubt in my mind now that Tomic really does have the stuff and that there are interesting times in the years ahead for Australian tennis. However his immediate problem is another encounter with Federer. I hope Fed is in good form, Dallas!  :scared:

Thanks for another wonderful report from the scene, EUROKA1.    I too love the Gasquet backhand. Another of my favourite players who has such talent but, alas, couldn't take it to the highest level.  I like Raonic - he has such a mature demeanour & that serve of his can be inplayable.  But he hasn't got the "it" factor for me, and to see him get past a craftsman like RG seems a pity to me. 

Tomic gave Federer something to muse over when they met at the AO 2012, if I remember correctly.  I would add to your point about "his problem" that playing him could well also be a problem for Federer!   Hopefully, it will be a great match - assuming Federer gets past his first opponent tonight.   I know little of Baker & haven't watched him play. Given your comments, I'll try to see a video. 

So far, the Hass / Nalbandian  match has been my favourite one of the tournament.   And I'm just starting to watch the Haas / Del Potro match.  I note that Del Potro is up a set.

With Toronto being so flat, Cincinnati seems choc full of more exciting tennis. What a way to build up to the USO!  :)

Looking forward to hearing more from you. 
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Re: Western & Southern Open
« Reply #68 on: August 15, 2012, 12:59:22 PM »
7-5 DelPo after very bad service game for Tommy, only 40% 1st serve in....

Haas served superbly yesterday. A pity the percentage has dropped, and the result shows.    Del Potro has just broken him in the second set.

Djokovic took the first set 7-6 &  has just broken Seppi to go up 2-1.


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Re: Western & Southern Open
« Reply #69 on: August 15, 2012, 01:11:53 PM »
i want d pot to win this title.......let's go juan martin........
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Re: Western & Southern Open
« Reply #70 on: August 15, 2012, 01:15:15 PM »
Delpo wins 7-5 6-2, now very shiny match for DelPo but more than enough to beat Tommy today. Tommy's serve was just terrible while hitting 23 W and 21 UE's.
This time Hasi wasn't patient enough sadly.

Gratz to DelPo and swish ofc  ;-()
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Re: Western & Southern Open
« Reply #71 on: August 15, 2012, 01:19:56 PM »
i checked the draw and he might have to beat murray in the QF, djokovic in the SF and federer in the F to win this title.......he better lose to murray then and save himself for the us open........why ATP comes up with these joke draws one never understands........fed's half is a complete joke and all of murray, djokovic and del potro are in the other half........
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Re: Western & Southern Open
« Reply #72 on: August 15, 2012, 02:31:28 PM »
i checked the draw and he might have to beat murray in the QF, djokovic in the SF and federer in the F to win this title.......he better lose to murray then and save himself for the us open........why ATP comes up with these joke draws one never understands........fed's half is a complete joke and all of murray, djokovic and del potro are in the other half........

How about US Open 2010? Was that a joke draw too? :whistle:
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Re: Western & Southern Open
« Reply #73 on: August 15, 2012, 02:33:57 PM »
i checked the draw and he might have to beat murray in the QF, djokovic in the SF and federer in the F to win this title.......he better lose to murray then and save himself for the us open........why ATP comes up with these joke draws one never understands........fed's half is a complete joke and all of murray, djokovic and del potro are in the other half........
I don't know what to think any more. Roger's draw is a joke again and again. I don't blame him, it just feels so silly. it's been going on for a long time and it defines all odds  :\

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Re: Western & Southern Open
« Reply #74 on: August 15, 2012, 02:39:08 PM »
i checked the draw and he might have to beat murray in the QF, djokovic in the SF and federer in the F to win this title.......he better lose to murray then and save himself for the us open........why ATP comes up with these joke draws one never understands........fed's half is a complete joke and all of murray, djokovic and del potro are in the other half........
I don't know what to think any more. Roger's draw is a joke again and again. I don't blame him, it just feels so silly. it's been going on for a long time and it defines all odds  :\

Alex, I don't believe in "joke draws". Everyone said that Federer's Olympics draw was a joke draw, but then his QF and SF were difficult matches. Anything can happen in tennis.
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« Reply #75 on: August 15, 2012, 03:03:25 PM »
Look out W&S goers, Freebird and daughter will be in attendance tonight!  Euroka, I'll keep an eye out for you!
Good luck on the court is nice to have, but it's usually extraneous when playing against Baker.

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Re: Western & Southern Open
« Reply #76 on: August 15, 2012, 03:11:58 PM »
Look out W&S goers, Freebird and daughter will be in attendance tonight!  Euroka, I'll keep an eye out for you!

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Re: Western & Southern Open
« Reply #77 on: August 15, 2012, 03:14:43 PM »
Delpo wins 7-5 6-2, now very shiny match for DelPo but more than enough to beat Tommy today. Tommy's serve was just terrible while hitting 23 W and 21 UE's.
This time Hasi wasn't patient enough sadly.

Gratz to DelPo and swish ofc  ;-()

Thanks Lugburz, Tommy's serve didn't do him any favors but he looks like he can do some damage if he gets that under control.
 
 

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Re: Western & Southern Open
« Reply #78 on: August 15, 2012, 03:21:18 PM »
Look out W&S goers, Freebird and daughter will be in attendance tonight!  Euroka, I'll keep an eye out for you!

I'll be there  section 208, Gate 3, seat F5.  I'll be wearing a green Carnegie cap.

Hope we connect.

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Re: Western & Southern Open
« Reply #79 on: August 15, 2012, 04:07:07 PM »
.Looking at the O of P, I'll be spending most time on Court 3, which is quickly becoming my favorite one here, to see Hewitt - Troicki, Haas - Del P, and Baghdatis - Raonic. In the evening it will be the Federer and Ni La matches on Center Court.

I followed the above except that I only stayed for the first set of Baghdatis - Raonic.

Actually, I thought Tommy Haas did a pretty good job. The serve was not all that bad and they stayed on serve to something like 5-5 when Haas dropped it and lost the set after the next game. The real turning point was in the second set at about the 5th game when Tommy botched  a critical overhead, mainly, as far as I could see, because the sun was there too. But after that he lost confidence and the end came quickly. However I gave him much credit for being able to return the ferocious Del Potro forehand time and time again. You can never really appreciate what a weapon this is on TV. You have to see and hear it live.

No credit though to Lleyton Hewitt  :mad1: who lost to Troicki 2-6, 0-6. He really played terribly. 44% first serves in, for example, and boatloads of unforced errors. Nothing like Monday's show. I guess he is a night person. Today's effort was sad.  Troicki played pretty well but not especially.

The Baghdatis - Raonic set that I saw. Raonic's monster serve was countered by far better ground play from Baggy and very good, but not remarkable serving.  When I last looked, it seemed that Raonic had just won it on the third but it was much closer than I expected. I really like the spirit of the Baghdatis game.

Now for the night matches.

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