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Offline Orange Wombat

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ATP 500 Barcelona
« on: April 22, 2013, 04:51:15 PM »
Well, no one opened this yet and it is a fairly big tournament. Nadal is playing this time, so no vulturing Ferrer  ;-()

http://www.flashscore.com/draw/GxpH1zDJ/n5OP92aa/#draw
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Re: ATP 500 Barcelona
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2013, 05:47:55 PM »
Thanks for starting this tournament thread, Orangewombat.  I'm looking forward to some good tennis, and hope we'll get to see some. The Davydenko / Berdych match looks promising.

Schedule for Tuesday, 23 April 2013

PISTA CENTRAL Start 11:00 am
Carlos Berlocq (ARG) v Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP)
Not Before 1:30 PM
[Q] Ernests Gulbis (LAT) v [12] Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) v [3] Tomas Berdych (CZE)
[6] Kei Nishikori (JPN) v [Q] Guillermo Olaso (ESP)
[WC] Pablo Carreno-Busta (ESP) v [16] Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)
PISTA 1 Start 11:00 am
Bernard Tomic (AUS) v [Q] Kenny De Schepper (FRA)
Tommy Robredo (ESP) v [Q] Marc Lopez (ESP)
Albert Ramos (ESP) v [LL] Jan-Lennard Struff (GER)
[3] Robert Lindstedt (SWE) / Daniel Nestor (CAN) v Nicolas Almagro (ESP)/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)
[WC] Gerard Granollers (ESP)/ Albert Montanes (ESP) v [2] Marcel Granollers (ESP)/Marc Lopez (ESP)
PISTA 2 Start 11:00 am
Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) v [Q] Jan Hajek (CZE)
Alejandro Falla (COL) v Blaz Kavcic (SLO)
Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) v [8] Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)
[10] Jeremy Chardy (FRA) v Paolo Lorenzi (ITA)
PISTA 3 Start 11:00 am
Mariusz Fyrstenberg (POL)/Marcin Matkowski (POL) v Treat Huey (PHI)/Jerzy Janowicz (POL)
Colin Fleming (GBR)/Jonathan Marray (GBR) v [4] Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK)/Jean-Julien Rojer (NED)
Ivan Dodig (CRO)/Marcelo Melo (BRA) v Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)/Radek Stepanek (CZE)
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Re: ATP 500 Barcelona
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2013, 05:58:27 PM »
Well, no one opened this yet and it is a fairly big tournament. Nadal is playing this time, so no vulturing Ferrer  ;-()

http://www.flashscore.com/draw/GxpH1zDJ/n5OP92aa/#draw
Main draw


Ferrer played a very good final, but lost both sets in the final games. IIRC he was leading at least the 1st set with a break. If only he'd have more mental strenght, he could definitely beat current Rafa by playing his best tennis.

This year he seems to have quite an easy draw to semis, and Almagro is a potential SF opponent. Hopefully Almagro doesn't at least lose it after serving for the match like at AO.

Rafa has some potentially tricky matches. It's gonna be interesting to see Nishikori's clay form, he'd face Rafa in QF. And Dimitrov is Rafa's potential SF opponent but he's in the same section with dangerous Gulbis and Berdych. And of course, the biggest challenge is already on R2, the almighty Warlocq.

So, there are some players who could outplay current Rafa, and Rafa seems mantally fragile right now. But still, only Djokovic and Zeballos have had the mental capacity to beat Rafa this year.

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Re: ATP 500 Barcelona
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2013, 07:51:44 PM »
rafa needs matches right now and lots of them. and he needs long practice sessions on clay. he can either do the work or watch everything get taken away from him.
 
he has wasted too much time not getting fit and also not training enough on the red clay.
 
all those 7 months off could have been used to do some more intense work on the fitness front and also daily practice sessions on the soft red clay.
 
now he is paying the price for that.
 
 
don't tell me he had a bloody inflamed kneed. you don't even need legs to have world class fitness, let alone an inflamed knee. that is right. there are people running around with zero legs who have achieved world class fitness.
 
he can go make his sorry ass excuses and I am sure some fool will buy them. we know better at tennis4you.
 
 
 
I agree with general august. Barcelona is not going to be as easy for him this year as it has been in the past. but this is a tournament he has to win now so he can get the right number of matches under his belt on the red clay.

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Re: ATP 500 Barcelona
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2013, 09:42:09 PM »
Even after such great results in 2013, it's just shocking to see Gulbis has to qualify for Barca.
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Re: ATP 500 Barcelona
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2013, 12:00:22 AM »
Even after such great results in 2013, it's just shocking to see Gulbis has to qualify for Barca.

The rankings used are from awhile back, not sure when but Gulbis just recently made some strides so wasn't high enough.
They could have given a WC however.
 
There are advantages since he made it through qualifying.
He's rested so that is there.
He got to play two matches on the surface  in qualifying so he'll be aclimated that way.
He got a few extra points for qualifying, so it's really an advantage to go through qualifying.
 
 
 
 
« Last Edit: April 23, 2013, 12:01:25 AM by swish »

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Re: ATP 500 Barcelona
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2013, 12:22:04 AM »
great work captain ow.
 
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Re: ATP 500 Barcelona
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2013, 12:47:32 AM »
Surprised that Davydenko's HTH against Berdych is 9-2. But then again, Berdych has won two of their last 3 matches.
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Re: ATP 500 Barcelona
« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2013, 12:49:20 AM »
berdych is good but he is not consistent.
 
 
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Re: ATP 500 Barcelona
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2013, 11:37:14 AM »
Surprised that Davydenko's HTH against Berdych is 9-2. But then again, Berdych has won two of their last 3 matches.
Davydenko lost. Pity, as he had the first set advantage. Too many ufe's.   Looks like the current H2H is tilting in Berdych's favour.  Nice to see you again, Oracle & hope you're keeping well.    :)
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Re: ATP 500 Barcelona
« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2013, 11:55:10 AM »
Surprised that Davydenko's HTH against Berdych is 9-2. But then again, Berdych has won two of their last 3 matches.
Davydenko lost. Pity, as he had the first set advantage. Too many ufe's.   Looks like the current H2H is tilting in Berdych's favour.  Nice to see you again, Oracle & hope you're keeping well.    :)

Not only 1st set advantage, he had match point in the 2nd. I too wanted him to win, but to no avail.

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Re: ATP 500 Barcelona
« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2013, 01:31:27 PM »
Yeah, I've not been here for the last few weeks - been busy with some assignments and tests.

But I hope to be here more often from now on.  ;-()

Berlocq vs Nadal tomorrow should be a good match, I think.
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Re: ATP 500 Barcelona
« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2013, 06:20:07 PM »
There are indeed some potentially good matches tomorrow:

Schedule for Wednesday, 24 April 2013

PISTA CENTRAL Start 11:00
[14] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) v Tommy Robredo (ESP)
Not Before 13:30
[1] David Ferrer (ESP) v [Q] Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)
Carlos Berlocq (ARG) v [2] Rafael Nadal (ESP)
[4] Nicolas Almagro (ESP) v Ivan Dodig (CRO)
Albert Ramos (ESP) v [9] Jerzy Janowicz (POL)
PISTA 1 Start 11:00
[5] Milos Raonic (CAN) v Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
[11] Martin Klizan (SVK) v [WC] Albert Montanes (ESP)
Bernard Tomic (AUS) v [7] Juan Monaco (ARG)
Blaz Kavcic (SLO) v [15] Marcel Granollers (ESP)
[13] Benoit Paire (FRA) v Pablo Andujar (ESP)
PISTA 2 Start 12:00
[Alt] Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)/Denis Istomin (UZB) v David Marrero (ESP)/Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
Alexander Peya (AUT)/Bruno Soares (BRA) v Colin Fleming (GBR)/Jonathan Marray (GBR)
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Re: ATP 500 Barcelona
« Reply #13 on: April 23, 2013, 06:27:41 PM »
There are indeed some potentially good matches tomorrow:

Schedule for Wednesday, 24 April 2013

PISTA CENTRAL Start 11:00
[14] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) v Tommy Robredo (ESP)
Not Before 13:30
[1] David Ferrer (ESP) v [Q] Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)
Carlos Berlocq (ARG) v [2] Rafael Nadal (ESP)
[4] Nicolas Almagro (ESP) v Ivan Dodig (CRO)
Albert Ramos (ESP) v [9] Jerzy Janowicz (POL)
PISTA 1 Start 11:00
[5] Milos Raonic (CAN) v Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
[11] Martin Klizan (SVK) v [WC] Albert Montanes (ESP)
Bernard Tomic (AUS) v [7] Juan Monaco (ARG)
Blaz Kavcic (SLO) v [15] Marcel Granollers (ESP)
[13] Benoit Paire (FRA) v Pablo Andujar (ESP)
PISTA 2 Start 12:00
[Alt] Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)/Denis Istomin (UZB) v David Marrero (ESP)/Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
Alexander Peya (AUT)/Bruno Soares (BRA) v Colin Fleming (GBR)/Jonathan Marray (GBR)

Thanks for posting, this tournament is heating up.  :cool:

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Re: ATP 500 Barcelona
« Reply #14 on: April 24, 2013, 08:46:07 AM »
WTF, Tursunov beat Ferrer 75 36 61.

Last year's David could've beaten current Rafa even on clay. But he hasn't been as good as last year, the only match this year where he's seemed good was against Berdych at Abu Dhabi exho. (And wasn't that still December '12?)

Of course, maybe he wasn't fully fit as he had to skip MC last week.

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Re: ATP 500 Barcelona
« Reply #15 on: April 24, 2013, 10:06:58 AM »
let me make it simple here. Rafa will win this, nobody can challenge him. I still think he is being silly playing Barcelona but whatever.

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Re: ATP 500 Barcelona
« Reply #16 on: April 24, 2013, 10:13:23 AM »
and The Goat of The Universe Tomic loses to Monaco 6:0 6:2  :rofl_2:. oh boy, it's amazing that this 'big mouth' who claimed he was going to be 'the best ever' couldn't get more than 2 games. I'm laughing right now.

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Re: ATP 500 Barcelona
« Reply #17 on: April 24, 2013, 10:25:00 AM »
 :rofl_2: :rofl_2: :rofl_2: :rofl_2: :rofl_2: :rofl_2: :rofl_2: :rofl_2: :rofl_2: :rofl_2: :rofl_2: :rofl_2: :rofl_2: I LOVE it when Tomic loses!!!!!!!

And Ferrer seems determined to do his part in getting Nadal back to 4 before the French  :rofl_2:

And Berlocq just about scared a ball girl to death :rofl_2:

So many good moments already in this tournament :)

Rafa is the FIRST to qualify for WTF this year! :D

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Re: ATP 500 Barcelona
« Reply #18 on: April 24, 2013, 10:35:20 AM »
Good to see Nadal winning a generally comfortable straight sets match. Granted, it took him 7 match points. He obviously still needs to work on that mental strength.

Rafa is the FIRST to qualify for WTF this year! :D

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Re: ATP 500 Barcelona
« Reply #19 on: April 24, 2013, 10:44:57 AM »
OMG, 'baby Fed' Dimitrov (another future number 1 who I actually like) lost to gran gran pa Robredo. lovely  :whistle:

Ferrer lost to Tursonov. like really give me a break.  ..-)