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|Jan-31-15|| ||achieve: <optimal play> <[Madison Keys] explains herself:>|
Brilliant answer by Madison, color blind, the right way. And thanks for looking that up; I couldn't find the answer from wiki.
Djokovic imo ought to have quite an edge on AM's second serve, but Mats Wilander said today that Novak had three times postponed his practice, and isn't that fresh, possibly. Murray will have had an extra 24 hours and several extra meals, and hours of sleep and recuperation... Murray might grab his chance, if Djokovic indeed is struggling a bit with getting back to optimal condition, relative to the circumstances, of course.
|Jan-31-15|| ||MissScarlett: In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.|
|Jan-31-15|| ||HeMateMe: Serena is one of the few "oldsters" in tennis who is winning/contending for grand slams singles titles. She's sort of a throw back to the old guard, when players could do it at or near their mid-30s. ken Rosewall, Billie Jean King, evert, Connors, Navratilova, Agassi-- all won slams or made the semis in slams singles in their mid-30s.|
|Feb-01-15|| ||HeMateMe: Martina Hingis back in Oz, wins mix dubs with a 40 year old guy from India. Good for Martina.|
Joker really crushed Murray. Andy doesn't seem to have the kind of body that Jjokevic has. He's like a giant pogo stick out there, really covers the court fast. Maybe not as accurate as Federer is/was, but he's younger and this is his time.
|Feb-01-15|| ||achieve: Leander Paes is 42 or 43 already!
Btw, a rather strange final, Murray collapsing after 2-0 up a break in the 3rd set.
Plus he was freaking out from tension at the start of the 2nd set as well; very weird; I thought these periods were by now firmly in his past....
|Feb-01-15|| ||Jim Bartle: I only saw the 1st and 4th sets. Djokovic was brilliant in the first, I thought he was a sure winner. Then I woke up for the fourth as Murray really collapsed.|
|Feb-01-15|| ||achieve: Yes, it was a Sunday after all for you guys ;) - and I didn't watch the on court reactions, just got home, so let's see if some interviews and pressconferences have been done, and uploaded...|
|Feb-01-15|| ||Jim Bartle: Overall I think the quality of both the top men's and women's matches is just off the chart, unreal.|
In my broadcast there was a replay camera from the side oourt, which was fantastic. Showed how hard the ball was hit, and how much ground the players had to cover.
At about 4-4 the pace was so punishing I wondered how the players could get through the match if it went to a fifth. Maybe Murray ran out first.
|Feb-01-15|| ||achieve: <Jim> The 8th and quarter finals were on the chart, I watched them all, but parts of those semis and finals were like slow motion, Djokovic struggling with his movement, Andy struggling with himself, mostly. Not gripping or on the edge at all. Djokovic at some point just lobbing the ball over the baseline, seemingly out of steam and sugar...|
Wawrinka played some amazing stuff, forcing Djoko to dig inhumanly deep, which he did, and the backlash was there for all to see and hear as by Waw's admission: I was dead mentally at a certain point.
Murray admitted candidly before the final that the match with Dimitrov was by far his best showing, so POSSIBLY there, you may look for off the chart rallies, and there were plenty, but not in the final. Sorry. A few, in patches, but not remotely near to what we saw last year in the semis from Djoko.
But it does appear as though he was far from 100% according to Wilander.
|Feb-01-15|| ||achieve: just to avoid misunderstanding I do feel like many that Serena's composure and serving were OFF THE CHART, best serving under pressure I have seen for a decade, Men, or Women.|
|Feb-01-15|| ||Jim Bartle: I was just watching one of those courtesy car interviews, where they interview someone with questions on a screen for the person to answer. The best are at the French, but the Australian are OK, too.|
So Jim Courier is riding and talking. Question pops up, "Are you the greatest ginger player ever?"
Courier: "Three words. Rod. Laver. Arena."
|Feb-01-15|| ||optimal play: Oh well...
Bad luck Maria.
Bad luck Andy.
At least it was nice to see Martina Hingis win the mixed doubles.
And Andy Murray's fiancee certainly has a sense of humour...
|Feb-01-15|| ||alexmagnus: Ages of the winners:
Bolelli 29/Fognini 27
Mattek-Sands 29/Safarova 27
Hingis 34/Paes 41
At 30 you are done?!?!?!
|Feb-01-15|| ||Jim Bartle: Hingis and Paes still have those reflexes: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2FGhr...|
|Feb-02-15|| ||achieve: Brilliant! - Paes' behind the back shot is indeed a piece of reflex-magic, and the ease with which Hingis handled that smash is also underlining her incredible talent, great hands.|
<Jim> - Having not seen most of the first set, but having watched the play-back just now, the first set of Djo-Mur was spectacular, especially the first 5 games, Djoko out of the blocks like a racehorse, at 12 winners over 0 UEs, Murray also playing at a high level... Probably the best tennis I saw this fortnight.
But two moments changed the match: Novak's weird stumble and fall earlier on his thumb, and Andy turning negative twice, second time it continued until the end of the match, unfortunately, but Andy did it himself, tirading, awful sarcasm at times, leading to self-destruction and collapse.
<Pat Cash and John Lloyd> from the BBC did not mince words:
"He needs a good, hard look in the mirror and to get his head together," Australian Cash told BBC Radio 5 live.
"He has not put up a great fight. He hasn't. Don't put a rose tint on this."
"He melted down, he absolutely collapsed," Cash said. "He will feel he let everyone down, but he has to look at it and say 'I can't do this again'.
"Things started snowballing for him once he lost concentration and in the fourth set everything went against him.
"I feel sorry for him and he is a seriously good player, but if he is to become a great player he has to fix this. He's got to focus on why he had the meltdown. If he works on that I can see him holding the Wimbledon trophy again."
"Andy Murray attitude inexcusable" - John Lloyd
Murray won his Wimbledon, US Open and Olympic titles with Ivan Lendl as his coach, and this was his first Grand Slam final while working with Amelie Mauresmo.
However, BBC commentator John Lloyd, who was a beaten finalist at the Australian Open in 1977, <felt Murray's decline was similar to those the Scot suffered in the early stages of his career.>
<"He unfortunately went back to his old, pre-Lendl days>, where things weren't going right and he'd blame his group and get negative," Lloyd said.
"Sometimes you can blow up in a match and immediately get back on track. But when Murray used to do it he would go into these periods where it would affect him for games on end and that's what happened again.
"But to give the match away because of those lapses is inexcusable from a person that has won two Grand Slams. It again showed his weakness and he has to correct that."
Fully agreed, Murray's attitude robbed us of a potential Classic, but more importantly, he does such injustice to himself and his enormous potential.
I could hardly bear watching the super slow motions of his expressions.
And it for inexplicable reasons happened only a handful of games following winning the 2nd set tiebreak, which normally gives any player a boost, opportunity to stay very positive and ride the wave, also some relief and relaxation at the change-over, knowing that you have just equalised to go one set all....
Mind-boggling, what happened there last night.
|Feb-03-15|| ||Jim Bartle: Sorry, missed this earlier.
I really like Pat Cash. Good guy on his CNN show, and willing to be frank. Has a lot of respect for the women players. When he's paired with Wilander it's just great.
I don't think the coach matters so much, except for the attitude of the player. I read a story a few years ago that Sharapova and her ex-coach Michael Joyce were waiting in line at Disneyland and talking about her game, which wasn't doing so well at the moment. She talked about this coach or this person, and Joyce cut her off and said, "There can be twenty people around you to help, but what it comes down to is you, whether you want it and whether you can produce on the court." I don't know who told the story, though.
I missed the beginning of the third set of the final, which I read is where the match turned. Djokovic was moaning and complaining after losing his serve, and then Murray just didn't pick up from there, gave it right back. That's what I read.
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.
|Feb-03-15|| ||tamar: Murray looked worse for wear even though he won the second set. Djokovic
exhausts his opponents like Karpov used to.
Murray was absolutely dominating some long rallies, but after 20 seconds recovery, Murray looked like a drowned rat, and Djokovic was back to breathing normally.
|Feb-03-15|| ||Jim Bartle: Look at photos of Djokovic playing. He is in fantastic shape, both strong and with tremendous stamina.|
|Feb-09-15|| ||achieve: <I missed the beginning of the third set of the final, which I read is where the match turned.> I expect it to be uploaded to Youtube by now. I recorded it on harddisc, and just last night watched that final for the 3rd time. Djokovic in the beginning of the 2nd and 3rd set launching himself to the ground almost, as if he tripped, which he did not. Slow motion replay verifies that beyond doubt.... Very weird. But a staggering stat is that Djokovic appears to have won more points, percentage wise, on his second serve than his first.|
Also, Mats Wilander was the first player to lift the trophy at the Rod Laver Arena, and Matsie, working for Eurosport, had a superb short interview with Boris Becker, now coach of Djokovic. Very insightful.
|Feb-24-15|| ||achieve: ATP Ranking as per this week; and note the huge gap Djoko has opened up to Nadal as well as Murray. Federer at respectable distance as well, almost 4000 points.|
1 Djokovic, Novak (SRB) 13,045 0 18
2 Federer, Roger (SUI) 9,205 0 19
3 Murray, Andy (GBR) 5,460 1 21
4 Nadal, Rafael (ESP) 5,425 -1 19
5 Nishikori, Kei (JPN) 5,205 0 20
6 Raonic, Milos (CAN) 4,980 0 24
7 Wawrinka, Stan (SUI) 4,595 0 21
8 Berdych, Tomas (CZE) 4,460 0 24
9 Ferrer, David (ESP) 4,185 0 24
10 Dimitrov, Grigor (BUL) 3,465 1 21
11 Cilic, Marin (CRO) 3,450 -1 20
12 Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried (FRA) 2,345 0 18
|Feb-24-15|| ||Jim Bartle: Caroline Wozniacki was playing "Trivia Track" and got the question "What is the only sport where you try to get the least number of points?"|
She tweeted, "I KNEW having dated a golfer would come in handy at some point."
|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!|
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