Simon could have won

Shanghai Rolex Masters, China Men’s Final: [CR3] Roger Federer (SUI) vs. [CR29] Gilles Simon (FRA) Belief and execution are the keys to beating a higher ranked player.  Simon did not quite believe and was unable to properly execute his game against Federer.  He served for the first set and was broken.  He had set points…

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Stopped by Federer!

Shanghai Rolex Masters, China Men’s Semifinal: [CR1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. [CR3] Roger Federer (SUI) Federer was able to produce consistent stellar play, despite being tested, to defeat Djokovic.  Federer still has the game although his confidence is somewhat precarious.  That was apparent in his tentative approach shots and his hesitant mid-court game; however, although Federer is stubborn, he is an intelligent…

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Tougher opponent

Shanghai Rolex Masters, China Men’s Semifinal: [CR21] Feliciano Lopez (ESP) vs. [CR29] Gilles Simon (FRA) Lopez could not mount enough resistance to gain another victory against  Simon. Simon has been regaining his confidence after his form had deteriorated due to injuries.  Simon is a consistent player, he is patient, and rarely beats himself. His success on…

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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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