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MEN -- Australian Open 2013
« Reply #660 on: January 22, 2013, 09:11:04 AM »
First - I don't know why you guys thought Berdych was going to do anything? The record between them was 11-1 in favor of Novak coming in. It's all about the natch up and Berdych doesn't match up with Novak's game at all...hence the really poor record. Once it gets over a 10 game winning record over someone, it becomes mental as well (ask Almagro! Lol). So I didn't think this match would be that hard tonight for Novak.

I am concerned about Tsonga because he's beaten Roger before - IN A GRAND SLAM, COMING BACK FROM TWO SETS DOWN on Rogers's best surface - so yes, he is worrying me!


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Re: MEN -- Australian Open 2013
« Reply #661 on: January 22, 2013, 10:19:28 AM »
What makes Tsonga special, IMHO, is the talent, power AND agility he possesses.. With the big servers, Roger likes to chip/block the return, lure the opponent to the court and pass him.. For most of the big fellas, the forecourt is their 'Achilles' heel'.. Tsonga is a big fella with a deft touch.. He can belt the forehand in the corner and follow up with a confident drop volley at the net..

Nevertheless, it will come down to how he feels on court tomorrow.. In a lot of ways, Tsonga is like the French rugby team, very volatile and unpredictable.. The odds are on a Federer victory, but if Tsonga comes out firing and believing and gets the crowd involved, we could very well have a match on our hands..

Importantly, Roger must look to play hard and smart, a la the previous round against Raonic.. Plan A has to click - his serve and forehand are crucial towards deciding the fate of the contest.. If he is forced to defend/dig deep, Tsonga will fancy his chances..

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Re: MEN -- Australian Open 2013
« Reply #662 on: January 22, 2013, 04:34:28 PM »
Poor  Almagro!  What an effort & what a loss! I called it a night after the second set & thought he could win this!  Unbelievable! 

As to the Djokovic match, I'm surprised Berdych took a set here. As expected, Djokovic wanted to keep it short & he took two of the sets by allowing his opponent just a game in each. Incredible stuff.
Could Ferrer have a "eureka!" moment!  Anything is possible but in this case, unlikely to happen. 
Djokovic has his eagle eye on the trophy. 

Federer played well in the Raonic match. But he'll need to go up a gear against Tsonga if he wants to avoid a long match. It is a fact that Tsonga has beaten Federer in a GS, but it is also a fact that Federer can outplay him & this match should produce some good tennis. 

I haven't changed my mind about Murray beating Chardy in straight sets.     
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Re: MEN -- Australian Open 2013
« Reply #663 on: January 22, 2013, 06:09:54 PM »
Poor  Almagro!  What an effort & what a loss! I called it a night after the second set & thought he could win this!  Unbelievable! 

As to the Djokovic match, I'm surprised Berdych took a set here. As expected, Djokovic wanted to keep it short & he took two of the sets by allowing his opponent just a game in each. Incredible stuff.
Could Ferrer have a "eureka!" moment!  Anything is possible but in this case, unlikely to happen. 
Djokovic has his eagle eye on the trophy. 

Federer played well in the Raonic match. But he'll need to go up a gear against Tsonga if he wants to avoid a long match. It is a fact that Tsonga has beaten Federer in a GS, but it is also a fact that Federer can outplay him & this match should produce some good tennis. 

I haven't changed my mind about Murray beating Chardy in straight sets.     

I have to agree with you on all accounts!
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Re: MEN -- Australian Open 2013
« Reply #664 on: January 22, 2013, 08:07:55 PM »
I still can't get over the fact that Nico chocked so badly, so many opportunities, ah blah .  Nole will take care of Ferrer. that's one thing I'm pretty sure of.

Fed/Tsonga should be very interesting but I think Fed will take it. Tsonga goes from cold to hot too much, just not consistent enough and Fed is playing very well atm. I'm really looking forward to this match.




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« Reply #665 on: January 22, 2013, 09:40:51 PM »
First - I don't know why you guys thought Berdych was going to do anything? The record between them was 11-1 in favor of Novak coming in. It's all about the natch up and Berdych doesn't match up with Novak's game at all...hence the really poor record. Once it gets over a 10 game winning record over someone, it becomes mental as well (ask Almagro! Lol). So I didn't think this match would be that hard tonight for Novak.

I am concerned about Tsonga because he's beaten Roger before - IN A GRAND SLAM, COMING BACK FROM TWO SETS DOWN on Rogers's best surface - so yes, he is worrying me!


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« Reply #666 on: January 22, 2013, 09:47:12 PM »
Berdych is very inconsistent. When people expect "something big" from him - he goes away. Lol

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Re: MEN -- Australian Open 2013
« Reply #667 on: January 22, 2013, 09:59:02 PM »
By the way, for those who turned off Almagro-Ferrer, the scoreline doesn't do it justice. I think medwatt said it best, Ferrer was awful. He got broken 4 times consecutively in the midst of Almagro's meltdown. He couldn't do more than prolong Nico's misery. Almagro cramped at the end of the 4th set so the 5th set was only a formality.

I still have 0 faith in Tsonga though I do understand why Federer's fans have to temper their excitement. After all, Dallas is afraid for Roger when he faces an unknown Q in 1R.




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Re: MEN -- Australian Open 2013
« Reply #668 on: January 22, 2013, 10:23:37 PM »
By the way, for those who turned off Almagro-Ferrer, the scoreline doesn't do it justice. I think medwatt said it best, Ferrer was awful. He got broken 4 times consecutively in the midst of Almagro's meltdown. He couldn't do more than prolong Nico's misery. Almagro cramped at the end of the 4th set so the 5th set was only a formality.

I still have 0 faith in Tsonga though I do understand why Federer's fans have to temper their excitement. After all, Dallas is afraid for Roger when he faces an unknown Q in 1R.
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Re: MEN -- Australian Open 2013
« Reply #669 on: January 22, 2013, 10:28:15 PM »
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Re: MEN -- Australian Open 2013
« Reply #670 on: January 22, 2013, 10:51:52 PM »
I hope this match is not to long or i might miss some,i'm taking my wife later to hospital.

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« Reply #671 on: January 22, 2013, 10:51:54 PM »
Very funny guys....

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Re: MEN -- Australian Open 2013
« Reply #672 on: January 22, 2013, 11:03:18 PM »
Murray has played nobodies so far and even now . . . . talking about casting aspersions on Nadal !!! Nobody seems to be taking notice of this !!
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« Reply #673 on: January 22, 2013, 11:10:20 PM »
Murray has played nobodies so far and even now . . . . talking about casting aspersions on Nadal !!! Nobody seems to be taking notice of this !!

Your a nasty person arnt you the way you talk. :mad1:

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Re: MEN -- Australian Open 2013
« Reply #674 on: January 22, 2013, 11:53:39 PM »
good job Andy that's the first set in the bag. :)

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« Reply #675 on: January 23, 2013, 12:19:43 AM »
I didn't really see Murray having any problems with this match. Chart has done all he will do in tournament and he's "done" now. I saw Murray in 3 sets and it looks like I will be right.


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Re: MEN -- Australian Open 2013
« Reply #676 on: January 23, 2013, 12:21:26 AM »
Breadstick to take the second set  :))  well done Andy :)

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« Reply #677 on: January 23, 2013, 12:23:04 AM »
Nothing against Murray because he's delivering a clinic but it's a shame to she these white washes on the men's tour. And to think, this is the QFs...  :thumb-down:

It's just ridiculous how much better the Big 4 are than the rest of the tour. And this just in, Tsonga isn't a member of the Big 4.
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Re: MEN -- Australian Open 2013
« Reply #678 on: January 23, 2013, 12:43:42 AM »
Nothing against Murray because he's delivering a clinic but it's a shame to she these white washes on the men's tour. And to think, this is the QFs...  :thumb-down:

It's just ridiculous how much better the Big 4 are than the rest of the tour. And this just in, Tsonga isn't a member of the Big 4.

Hi Bab's,Murray will be nice & fresh for the SF whoever get's there.I think this shows how well Murray's playing when we look @ the Potty/Chardy match.Ho it's nice to see you say big 4 :rofl_2:

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Re: MEN -- Australian Open 2013
« Reply #679 on: January 23, 2013, 12:49:01 AM »
Nothing against Murray because he's delivering a clinic but it's a shame to she these white washes on the men's tour. And to think, this is the QFs...  :thumb-down:

It's just ridiculous how much better the Big 4 are than the rest of the tour. And this just in, Tsonga isn't a member of the Big 4.

Hi Bab's,Murray will be nice & fresh for the SF whoever get's there.I think this shows how well Murray's playing when we look @ the Potty/Chardy match.Ho it's nice to see you say big 4 :rofl_2:

You caught that!!!!  :rofl_2:

I called Roger the GOAT after he won Wimbledon and now Murray a member of the Big 4. Honestly, I'm not sure where Murray belongs among the 4. I think we'll get an answer to that by the end of the year, and I'm not counting out #1. I can see him winning 2 slams if he gets this one.
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