Unbelievable!

BNP Paribas Masters, Paris [CR2] Roger Federer (SUI) vs. [CR10] Milos Raonic (CAN) Raonic did what he has not been able to do in their previous six encounters, beat Federer.  It was a highly competitive match, both players wanting the victory, but Raonic was more determined because he has always stated that he could perform better…

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Same outcome, different day

BNP Paribas Masters, Paris [CR5] Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs. [CR18] Kevin Anderson (RSA) Anderson hoped the outcome would be different this time after winning the first set; yet, he has previously won the first set only to lose the match, so his belief was not strong. Instead of gaining in confidence, winning the set made him so anxious…

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No answers

BNP Paribas Masters, Paris [CR8] Andy Murray (GBR) vs. [CR11] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) Murray is determined to play in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, and he kept his eyes narrowly focused on that objective today.  Dimitrov could not raise his game to another level and struggled throughout the match with the pace and placement…

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Overcoming his nerves and Stan

BNP Paribas Masters, Paris As important as it is for a player to know their strengths, it is probably more important to know their limitations.  [CR18] Kevin Anderson (RSA) does not move well, and he has to take that into account whenever he plays someone like [CR4] Stan Wawrinka (SUI), who moves better and hits…

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Indifference or fatigue?

BNP Paribas Masters, Paris [CR14] Feliciano Lopez (ESP) always appears lethargic on court; yet, today he was more so than usual, almost appearing asleep. Although he had occasional bursts of energy in the first set, the expenditure was too much to sustain and he lost the set 5-7. [CR5] Tomas Berdych (CZE) kept him in…

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Mental fog

BNP Paribas Masters, Paris [CR20] Fabio Fognini (ITA) continues to underwhelm his fans with his lack of mental clarity on court, losing matches that were seemingly in his control. Today was another example of how badly Fognini’s game has deteriorated in the latter part of this season as he lost to [CR176] Lucas Pouille (FRA), 6-7(5),…

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