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Re: Re: MEN -- Australian Open 2013
« Reply #720 on: January 23, 2013, 06:50:57 AM »
Tsonga - don't kill yourself. It was just a match!

Tsonga doesn't take loses hard. He looked as pleased with himself as Almagro did. I'm sure he's already at the discotheque.


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Re: MEN -- Australian Open 2013
« Reply #721 on: January 23, 2013, 08:27:55 AM »
No surprises for me in the first QF match.  I've watched it, and Chardy was simply there as a formality. Perhaps he thought getting to the QF was his glass ceiling.  As a result, Murray had the straightforward win that he wanted.  What a draw to get!   He'll be the freshest of the remaining four & that is a great position to be in.   Congratulations SID!  How do you assess his game at present?   

As a Federer fan, I'm pleased that he salvaged his poor performance in this match in the 5th set by playing some reasonable tennis & taking a more aggressive stance.  I couldn't see all of it live due to being at work, but have watched a link to the match just now.  Frankly, some of his errors & failed break point chances were cringeworthy.  Add to that the less than effective serve, and his woes seemed in favour of losing the match. He won the 2 TB's, but it was Tsonga who could convert break points in the 2 sets he won, playing the more aggressive tennis.  Seeing Federer hesitant is not something I enjoy. 
 
Yet, if getting through is the point, any win will do, and in that respect, Federer will be pleased to get through. I certainly am, as I'd like to see him get as far as he can go!   :)  But this match ought to have been finished off by him a lot sooner & he won't get past Murray by playing so poorly. 

Well done to Tsonga. He served superbly for the bulk of the match & sowed sufficient doubt in Federer's mind to make the latter hesitant, especially on the forehand, causing a raft of unforced errors.   I do however object to the on-court coaching from Richard Rasheed, his coach.  It isn't just the time rules that aren't being enforced here, but a lot more is going by the wayside.

Can Federer recover from this long match in time for another tough match?  We'll know soon enough. He'll need to. And his serve better be back too. Otherwise, he'll be on the plane home.

EDIT : SID - I hope the old ball & chain is okay? I just read you took her to hospital.  All the best to you both. 
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Re: MEN -- Australian Open 2013
« Reply #722 on: January 23, 2013, 12:03:24 PM »
Q. How much will the Wimbledon and Olympic finals matter coming into this game?
ROGER FEDERER: I think those two, but the World Tour Finals and Shanghai, so those last four matches, that's what I'll probably be looking at with my coaches and sort of go from there.
Obviously then the two Wimbledon matches are different. It's grass and you play different.
But, yeah, then the Olympics was playing much faster. So was Shanghai. This is a bit different here, but obviously I've played Andy now sometimes in the last sort of six months or a year since he's, you know, won the gold, won the US Open.
So I know what to expect; whereas it would be different if I hadn't played him. Because he has changed his game around a bit. He's playing more defensive. I'm looking forward to it. Obviously a great player, and I was very happy for him when he won his first Grand Slam and the gold.
So I'm expecting a tough match, of course.


Q. You had a lot of rivalries with a lot of players. What makes the matchup with Murray stand out for you?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I've always enjoyed playing against him. I had some tougher runs against him in a short period of time. I played him in a few weeks or maybe a month or two I played him three, four times, was on some sort of losing streak, so that was sort of hard.
But I always enjoyed the matchups with him because it gets to be very tactical. Wasn't a straightforward match. He would make you doubt and play very different to the rest of the guys. I kind of always enjoyed that, you know, when it's just not every point's the same. We used to mix it up against each other.
Now it's changed a bit because he's playing more offensive. The rallies aren't as long and grueling as they used to be. We both can do that.
There were times when we also played against each other in semifinals when Rafa and myself were 1 and 2. Same as Novak. We played a lot in the semis.
My rivalry goes more into the semifinals always with Andy than more in the finals, even tough now at Wimbledon and the Olympics we played in the finals. I think it was nice for us for a change to play in finals against each other.


Q. I know you would like to win in three sets, but you expressed this sort of gratitude, if that's not too strong a word, for being part of a match like this. Is that the sense you have?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, look, absolutely. All the straight set matches eventually become a bit of a blur, no doubt about it; whereas the five setters stand out more. I've had some great ones over the years here at the Australian Open. I love watching night session tennis. Whenever it goes deep into a match, I want to not miss it.
I'm sure there's other tennis fans out there who like to see me and Jo Willie battle it out. So I always feel it's a privilege to be playing so late at night, on a center court, the crowd getting into it.
We were really playing good tennis, so it was even more enjoyable in the process.


Q. You never lost to Andy in a Grand Slam match.
ROGER FEDERER: Now that you say it, I look back and, yeah, it's true. But I don't go into it with a mindset that I've never lost to him in slams. He's beaten me so many times. He's beaten me more times than I've beaten him.
But I'm happy you've given me the positive news (laughter). Good vibe. I'll try to remember that when I walk out, but it doesn't play a huge role for me.


Q. He made you cry at the last two Grand Slams.
ROGER FEDERER: Okay, so we haven't played so much the last few years now, but he's obviously a different player today.
I like the matches with him. I think a lot of them are very close. I very often have come up with some great playing against him in the slams when it mattered. But we'll see if I can produce it again.


Q. You say Murray has a more offensive style now. Does that, in fact, play to your advantage in a way, because in the past when he was more of a defensive counterattacking player, he was often very effective against you.
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, he was, exactly. It's a fine line of being overly offensive or overly passive. It's hard to explain, but it's in the details, I guess.
I think the same goes for Tomic really. For instance, you want to be able to know that you can play offensive when it sort of presents itself. I think he's proven his point, that he can do it time and time again.
That's what matters I think the most for him now. In the moment itself, how offensive can you play when the ball is coming flat and hard into the middle, whatever. You have to know also when to back off.
He's very clever at all these things. He knows how it works. But I think it's especially on the return that you see the biggest significant change in his game overall if you look back now.



Q. You said you haven't played a match like today's for some while. Is it an advantage that Andy Murray hasn't gone beyond three sets yet in this tournament?
ROGER FEDERER: No, not really. I would probably rather be in his shoes. Has he lost a set? I don't think he has. That's exactly how you want to approach a semifinal match, in my opinion.
But there's also some positives to take out of a five set match. I did play very well today, but I had moments as well where I could've done a bit better.
I toughed it out. That also gives you confidence when you have to go through those matches. The physical stamina was there, the focus with there till the very end. So it does give you a lot of confidence moving forward from here.
I didn't play any leading up tournaments, so that's exactly maybe what I needed for the semis. Then again, I may be totally wrong. Time will tell.


Q. We're talking about advantages. Do you think it's an advantage to have played four in a row at night, whereas Murray has played none?
ROGER FEDERER: No. Because really we had a day off in between. Doesn't play that different after all. It wasn't scorching heat and stuff. If every day would have been 35 degrees it would have been a different story, but it wasn't.
I think we know the reasons why that happens, because of my draw more than not. It's hard to juggle all these things. I don't think it's an advantage, to be quite honestly. I don't think it's a big deal

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Re: MEN -- Australian Open 2013
« Reply #723 on: January 23, 2013, 12:21:42 PM »
What's Roger thinking
1/He's playing more defensive.
2/he's playing more offensive.
Errrrrrr what one is it ..-)
 

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Re: MEN -- Australian Open 2013
« Reply #724 on: January 23, 2013, 01:06:30 PM »
First, Roger has immense respect for Andy's tennis skills - he has lost often enough in the past to not do so..
Second, Federer does not know if Murray is playing defensive or offensive tennis because his mind is still fried from the 5-setter with Tsonga!! :))

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Re: MEN -- Australian Open 2013
« Reply #725 on: January 23, 2013, 02:20:48 PM »
The thing is Federer has an unreal ability to win tiebreakers against anyone these days(including Nadal). So as long as he can continue getting there he will win this title.
Then we will fight in the shade.

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Re: MEN -- Australian Open 2013
« Reply #726 on: January 23, 2013, 02:31:41 PM »
My view is of the opposite - all the TBs Roger has won could come back to bite him - the law of averages mean, he will lose a few, which could just happen to be in the SF..

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MEN -- Australian Open 2013
« Reply #727 on: January 23, 2013, 02:34:13 PM »
I agree. It's tough taking something from a person's interview right after a tough match. Roger probably doesn't know what the heck he even said in that interview.

I know Murray is the favorite in the next match: he has a winning record against Roger; Murray has not lost a set in this tournament; he's younger and stronger than Roger;roger is coming off a sub-par match with Tsonga, etc. etc. etc.

I know all of this...but I still hope somehow Roger can pull off a win! Go Roger!!!!



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Re: MEN -- Australian Open 2013
« Reply #728 on: January 23, 2013, 03:23:42 PM »
Andy Murray
 
Tournament Statistics
Round 1R 2R 3R 4R QF SF F
Sets played  3  3  3  3  3     
Tie breaks played  0  0  0  0  0     
Total games  25  26  31  25  25     
Winners  25  28  24  32  32     
Unforced errors  20  22  27  26  20     
Service points won  49  57  69  44  48     
Return games won  8  5  6  8  8     
Total points  85  91  110  91  89     
1st serves in  54  45  77  39  51     
% 1st serves in  73  58  68  62  68     
Total aces  4  14  13  12  7     
Total double faults  1  0  0  0  1     
1st serve points won  39  36  55  30  41     
% 1st serve points won  72  80  71  77  80     
% 2nd Serve points won  50  66  38  58  29 
 
Roger Federer
 
Tournament Statistics
Round 1R 2R 3R 4R QF SF F
Sets played  3  3  3  3  5     
Tie breaks played  0  0  1  1  2     
Total games  25  29  30  31  54     
Winners  25  35  46  34  49     
Unforced errors  18  42  20  12  47     
Service points won  52  66  71  66  109     
Return games won  6  3  3  3  4     
Total points  95  111  120  101  169     
1st serves in  44  62  66  50  97     
% 1st serves in  64  68  69  64  61     
Total aces  3  9  11  14  6     
Total double faults  0  2  4  1  3     
1st serve points won  37  47  58  45  75     
% 1st serve points won  84  76  88  90  77     
% 2nd Serve points won  60  66  45  75  56 

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Re: MEN -- Australian Open 2013
« Reply #729 on: January 23, 2013, 05:16:59 PM »
Sid, I wish I had the where-with-all to do justice to the statistics you posted above. I'm just knackered after a somewhat eventful day!   What does it all mean?  Who is playing better than whom?
What does it say about their coming semifinal?

Anyway, the stats aside, how do you see the match turning out? 
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Re: MEN -- Australian Open 2013
« Reply #730 on: January 23, 2013, 07:10:23 PM »
Djokovic Ferrer tonight.  :)
 
Actually this match should be delayed and have both semi's on the same day, this would ensure that both finalists have the same number of days rest for the final.  :dunno:

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Re: MEN -- Australian Open 2013
« Reply #731 on: January 23, 2013, 08:18:06 PM »
You guys are never happy. Nadal gets screwed a round earlier at the USO but since it's Nadal, no one says diddly-poo.

Thank you very much... :D


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Re: MEN -- Australian Open 2013
« Reply #732 on: January 23, 2013, 08:33:01 PM »
I don't find anything wrong or right with that interview  :). As Dallas said, it was after a tough match.

Sid, don't put too much what Roger said (I think he was actually pretty objective). he knows that it will not be easy because Murray does look very strong atm. and all of that offense/defense thingy talk is getting old (journalists have to ask questions, they assume and speculate, just blah IMO). you do what you can (to win) with whatever skills you have. as simple as that.  :).

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Re: MEN -- Australian Open 2013
« Reply #733 on: January 23, 2013, 08:44:37 PM »
You guys are never happy. Nadal gets screwed a round earlier at the USO but since it's Nadal, no one says diddly-poo.

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The Fed and Murray winner gets the screws applied, this is an outrage!!!
 
Will it ever stop?
 
Who's behind it all?
 
Questions that must be answered.
 
 

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Re: MEN -- Australian Open 2013
« Reply #734 on: January 24, 2013, 02:17:18 AM »
You guys are never happy. Nadal gets screwed a round earlier at the USO but since it's Nadal, no one says diddly-poo.

Thank you very much... :D


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The Fed and Murray winner gets the screws applied, this is an outrage!!!
 
Will it ever stop?
 
Who's behind it all?
 
Questions that must be answered.

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Re: MEN -- Australian Open 2013
« Reply #735 on: January 24, 2013, 02:22:11 AM »
It's been a very hot day in Ozz so the courts should play quick in the night match.
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Re: MEN -- Australian Open 2013
« Reply #736 on: January 24, 2013, 02:44:44 AM »
Ferrer is going nowhere anymore but back home !!
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Re: MEN -- Australian Open 2013
« Reply #737 on: January 24, 2013, 03:28:40 AM »
Ferrer is just as happy as Chardy was yesterday!!
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Re: MEN -- Australian Open 2013
« Reply #738 on: January 24, 2013, 03:33:46 AM »
Djokovic is toying with Ferrer like a master and his dog.
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Re: MEN -- Australian Open 2013
« Reply #739 on: January 24, 2013, 03:53:46 AM »
Ferrer is now only hoping for a Djokovic meltdown which has a portability of 0.0000000000000000000001 chance of happening.
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