Never gives up

Shanghai Rolex Masters, China [CR5] David Ferrer (ESP) never concedes defeat without a fight.  [CR11] Andy Murray (GBR) knew that despite leading their head-to-head, success today was not guaranteed. Murray has been gradually getting back to form after being sidelined by back surgery in 2013 and his confidence is not high.  Ferrer  has been struggling all season and some unexplained losses has shaken his confidence. They…

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Against the ropes

Shanghai Rolex Masters, China [CR25] Leonardo Mayer (ARG), like most lower ranked players, could not deliver the knock out punch to [CR3] Roger Federer (SUI).  He served for the first set, but got broken and lost the set, 5-7. You cannot let a player of Federer’s caliber off the hook.  When you have the opportunity to win…

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Waiting

Shanghai Rolex Masters, China Rafa’s intense desire to win makes him a Champion; however, in the end it may cause him harm. It is said, there are race horses whose in-bred desire to win will cause them to run themselves to death, if they are not held back. I waited today for [CR2] Rafael Nadal (ESP) to retire or…

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Playing injured

Shanghai Rolex Masters, China [CR6] Kei Nishikori (JPN) was in discomfort from the very beginning of the match, so much so that his mobility was severely compromised.  Although he would lose the match to [CR60] Jack Sock (USA), it was not an easy victory for Sock. Nishikori is a gifted player, his reaction time is…

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Hard loss to swallow

Shanghai Rolex Masters, China Every player struggles with doubts at some point in a match, and when they take over, your game deteriorates.  It is a vicious cycle, because with every mistake you make, the more your confidence drops, which leads to further errors. Doubts got the better of [CR55] Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) in the first set against [CR11]…

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Great escape

Shanghai Rolex Masters, China [CR44] Vasek Pospisil (CAN) plays high risk tennis and when he is on and his shots go in, it’s exciting.  The down side to this approach is the high ratio of errors and the lack of rhythm that his opponent contends with.  When his confidence is shaky and his timing is off, an astute…

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