Age takes a toll

BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells Men’s Final: [CR1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. [CR2] Roger Federer (SUI) It was supposed to be captivating, the match of the tournament and instead it was very dull until Federer woke up.  Federer came out sluggish after a delayed start and struggled to get motivated.  Djokovic on the other hand was ready…

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Murray unable to stop Djokovic

BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells Men’s Semifinals: [CR1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. [CR4] Andy Murray (GBR) Murray was at a lost the entire match because Djokovic had an answer to everything he tried.  The disparity in skills between Djokovic and everyone else appears huge, especially when he so easily defeats them. Is he really that talented? …

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Berdych folds under the pressure

BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells [CR2] Roger Federer (SUI) vs. [CR9] Tomas Berdych (CZE) It is amazing how Federer can make some of his opponents look inept.  Berdych appeared confused as he stood around waiting for Federer to dictate play.  The result was a thrashing by Federer, losing 4-6, 0-6.  How does a top ten…

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Easy day at the office for Jankovic

BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells [CR21] Jelena Jankovic (SRB) vs. [CR85] Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) Hampered by the right ankle injury she suffered two nights ago during her match against [CR7] Eugenie Bouchard (CAN), Tsurenko’s movement was severely limited.  Unable to get into position, her rhythm was thrown off-balance and she could not compete effectively. It’s not…

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Nadal cramps Simon’s style

BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells [CR3] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. [CR14] Gilles Simon (FRA) It was almost an easy victory for Nadal against a player that can be dangerous. Simon proved that in the second set, down 2-5 with Nadal serving for the match. Nadal struggled to close out the match, in part because of  uncertainty,…

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Williams vs. Stephens

BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells [CR1] Serena Williams (USA) vs. [CR42] Sloane Stephens (USA) There seems to be drama surrounding Williams almost every time she steps on court.  Today’s match was no exception. Stephens beat Williams in the 2013 Australian Open.  What many may fail to remember is that Williams was struggling with back problems…

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