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|Feb-24-15|| ||HeMateMe: Si mentioned this new female player has HUGE hitting power. Madison Keys from Rock Island Illinois (very close to where Jimmy Connors grew up) is 19. She serves at 120 mph. At last year's French open the organizers put sensors on the balls. Her average ground strokes were hit at 80 mph, highest in the event, male OR female. Second best? Djokevic, at 77 mph.|
Maybe the second coming of Graf, if she is accurate and moves well. Another killer forehand striker.
|Feb-28-15|| ||achieve: Meanwhile ex McIlroy fails to make the cut at the Honda Classic. Rarity to see the world's best Golf player miss the cut just a few weeks prior to the Masters.|
And the modern tennis players with their superior modern raquets and strings at their disposal manage to hit 55 unforced errors in two lousy sets, Chardy and Murray.
Verdasco tanked, another player gave up when he lost the first set, so that is modern tennis for you in Dubai.
The Federer-Djoko final may wash some of the bad taste away, but only the smallest of amounts.
|Feb-28-15|| ||alexmagnus: <"What is the only sport where you try to get the least number of points?">|
Golf is not the only one. What about (equestrian) show jumping?
|Feb-28-15|| ||achieve: Hehe - obviously Wozniacky hasn't dated an equestrian. Yet!|
|Mar-01-15|| ||Baron Harkonnen: And Djokovic can't catch Federer in their H2H. Not bad for a (almost) 34y.older|
|Mar-01-15|| ||Jim Bartle: But Federer had a 13-6 advantage at the end of 2010, When he was only 29.|
|Mar-04-15|| ||strifeknot: Bartoli may return to the court:
I hope she does and can perform at a high level. She was a pleasure to watch.
|Mar-04-15|| ||achieve: Remember that the hard courts in Dubai are among the fastest on tour. Fed has the serious edge there, if he remains calm and just plays his natural game. Although here the edge was mostly Fed's ability to serve himself out of trouble.|
Djokovic no doubt will make up the deficit in the years to come, on mostly slower surfaces. Speculation to an extent of course, but Dubai is taylor-made for Old King FED. He still moves superbe.
|Mar-09-15|| ||HeMateMe: Monica Seles back in action:
I always liked Monica, a bright light of the sport.
|Mar-11-15|| ||Baron Harkonnen: <hmm> Sabatini aged better. Cool game.|
|Mar-11-15|| ||perfidious: <Jim....The mental side of these toplevel matches is so tough. You play Djokovic and you've got to stay mentally strong for hours, one lapse can be fatal.>|
From experience, I can tell you that playing with greats in poker is the same sort of thing: any slight sign of weakness in your voice or actions and you're history.
|Mar-11-15|| ||kellmano: <Jim Bartle> Are they points in golf? Lowest possible score perhaps.|
I don't think it even has to be at the top level that attitude is very important in sporting contests. There's a guy I play chess with who just keeps looking calm/confident and playing moves in blitz chess even though he's blundered a piece or something. He's very difficult to beat for this reason. If you don't checkmate him, you just have to keep finding good moves. When he's laying other people he often has a poor looking position, but just keeps playing sensibly as the opponent gets flustered.
Tennis, at any level, is pretty much a mind game as well IMO. I love the game, but if your head is not on right one day, and you start cursing yourself for bad shots, you can lose against anyone.
|Mar-12-15|| ||Baron Harkonnen: Fedex trolling a bit Murray
|Mar-12-15|| ||Jim Bartle: <When he's laying other people he often has a poor looking position,>|
Too much information!
|Mar-12-15|| ||perfidious: That quote is straight bust-a-gut stuff.|
|Mar-14-15|| ||Baron Harkonnen: Any takes on Indian wells?
I dont like much Federer bracket He can have a QF against Wawrinka and semis with Nadal. Djoko can have an early fight against Ferrer. Murray and Nishi also up there. Have no idea how Nadal will fare. Weird year so far from him
|Mar-17-15|| ||Baron Harkonnen: Dimitrov in trouble against Robredo , nice game so far|
|Mar-18-15|| ||Baron Harkonnen: Semia ATP Paribas is heading to
Djokovic - Murray/Lopes
Federer/Berdich = Nadal/Raonic
But before Djoko must take the big server Isner..
Who wants another Nadal-Federer?
|Mar-20-15|| ||Baron Harkonnen: And Fed crushed Berdich in a nice fashion. Nadal - Fed clash ahead (finally!)|
|Mar-22-15|| ||strifeknot: A very shaky service game today by Federer. Djokovic unsurprisingly punished it.|
|Mar-23-15|| ||HeMateMe: Aussie Hewitt convicted on rape rap:
|Mar-23-15|| ||Jim Bartle: A real SOB on the court. South African, though born in Australia.|
|Mar-23-15|| ||HeMateMe: That's right, I thought he was a SA. I vaguely remember seeing him play, in the 70s. I think he was a doubles player. Is he also the guy who was ranked exactly No. 100 at one point, and people at the time suggested that Martina Navratilova, then extremely dominant, play the men's no. 100?|
MN had said "I feel that I might have a chance, against the right no. 100, on the right surface." Evert said that was nonsense, and that Martina probably could not even beat the men's NCAA college champion of the moment, which was probably correct.
|Mar-23-15|| ||Jim Bartle: Hewitt and Frew McMillan were one of the great doubles teams of all time, though McMillan was the real star. Hewitt was also a good singles player, but with a really bad temper.|
Of course the NCAA champion would have beaten Navratilova easily. Though many were not big on the tour later, all were first-rate players.
|Mar-24-15|| ||Baron Harkonnen: <trifeknot: A very shaky service game today by Federer. Djokovic unsurprisingly punished it.> |
I felt the opposite.. Djoko almost gave in a platter the game to Fed, allowing him to came back in the second set with 3(!?) double faults on tie break. Technically a not so great game imo, both players played below their level with lots of unforced errors.
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