Curious

Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, Monaco PREVIEW Men’s Semifinals: [CR1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. [CR5] Rafael Nadal (ESP) Every tennis fan, commentator and casual observer of the game will be watching this semifinal match.  Everyone, closely and loosely connected to the sport, is curious and will want to see how Nadal performs against Djokovic.  No one has been able to…

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Can Nadal win this tournament?

BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells [CR3] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. [CR47] Donald Young (USA) Who was more nervous?  One would expect that Young, despite being ranked lower, would be more confident given the promising start he has made to the season; however, that was not the case. This was a match where both players struggled…

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Not the result Fish wanted

BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells [CR protected] Mardy Fish (USA) vs. [CR110] Ryan Harrison (USA) Harrison took the first set, something he has never done in their previous encounters. Maybe this was a forewarning of a different outcome; however, Fish had plans of extending his stay. Harrison eager to oblige, played tentatively and Fish took…

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In a hurry

BNP Paribas Masters, Paris [CR25] Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR), seemingly in a hurry to get off the court, was distracted the entire match. He played with the same impatience and lack of focus, rushing his serves and groundstrokes and making too many errors to have had a realistic chance of winning. [CR37] Dominic Thiem (AUT) won the…

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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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