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Re: Andy in Rome 2012 « Reply #90 on: May 14, 2012, 04:32 PM »
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Not the easiest first match that Andy could have had! But he does seem to have handled Nalby quite well in their last few meetings. Just hope a super-motivated version of Nalby doesn't show up tomorrow...
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Re: Andy in Rome 2012 « Reply #91 on: May 14, 2012, 04:34 PM »
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^ Yeah... let's see a super-motivated and fully-fit Andy turn up please.
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Re: Andy in Rome 2012 « Reply #92 on: May 14, 2012, 04:54 PM »
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Not the easiest first match that Andy could have had! But he does seem to have handled Nalby quite well in their last few meetings. Just hope a super-motivated version of Nalby doesn't show up tomorrow...
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Re: Andy in Rome 2012 « Reply #93 on: May 14, 2012, 04:55 PM »
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Andy v Nalby tomorrow, 3rd after 12.00 start (11am  UK time)
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Re: Andy in Rome 2012 « Reply #94 on: May 14, 2012, 05:20 PM »
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People always say Ferrer is a clay court specialist but I think this is a bit of a myth. His record a Rolland Garros is fairly awful. He got knocked out 2nd round in Monte Carlo and he got well and truly horsed by Fed a couple of days ago. I would actually fancy Andy versus Ferrer. At least he won't get blown off the court like he would versus Berdych.

Nope. Not entirely a myth. He's a clay specialist out and out just like Nadal. Of 14 titles, 8 of them were on clay and that's almost 60% of his total titles. The other six titles are on hard/grass granted, but that’s curtsy of slow courts. Send him back to the 90s and he leaves with only clay titles and perhaps not as many either.

It's worth mentioning that he's made 15 finals so far and 11 of them were on clay - a whopping 79% of total finals. That makes him a true clay specialist. The fact that he hasn’t done much at RG means nothing – because his 8 titles and 11 finals on clay say it all. 
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Re: Andy in Rome 2012 « Reply #95 on: May 14, 2012, 05:33 PM »
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Yes, Ferrer's a clay maestro. Here's some of his best work.



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Re: Andy in Rome 2012 « Reply #96 on: May 14, 2012, 05:40 PM »
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If you think Andy is not match fit, then this sounds nothing but a set of excuses ready in case of an early loss. Mind you, Andy has lost plenty of first round match losses already and he was plenty match fit in those matches as well. Federer, for example, had Raonic in this first round match after a six vacation and yet that didn't stop him. It should not take Andy more than 20 minutes to get into the match. He's a professional player after all.

Nalby is only a shadow of himself. In fact, he’s been always that way. Only occasionally he turns things around but consistency was never his friend. Andy should really not have any problems if he wants to do any justice to his ranking. But if he loses, I don’t think that would be the end of the world either.  

Andy’s goal is not be consistent throughout the year but to win a Slam. And there will be mini shuffles in the rankings in the meantime, so what happens at year end or how it pans out in the end is far more important than these few losses here and there, or a few changes here and there. I am not at all ready to give my final verdict at all when at least 70% of the tournaments including 3 Slams are yet to be played and Andy tends to do a lot better as the year progresses. As to Lendl, well Rome wasn’t exactly built in a day.
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Re: Andy in Rome 2012 « Reply #97 on: May 14, 2012, 05:41 PM »
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Yes, Ferrer's a clay maestro. Here's some of his best work.



The one to the left looks exactly like Nadal! lol
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Re: Andy in Rome 2012 « Reply #98 on: May 14, 2012, 05:48 PM »
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Always hated the clay court season...even Roddick in his prime tended to miss out on the red stuff as indeed most of his American colleagues.
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Re: Andy in Rome 2012 « Reply #99 on: May 14, 2012, 06:05 PM »
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I hate clay to no end but if Andy starts to play a bit better and picks up an RG title by any chance, I'll start liking it. For now, I just welcome it for its variety.

The 90s were flooded with clay courters and there were still just as many clay events or perhaps more and I'd just wait for the whole **** to be over lol, so that we’d roll over to grass, hard and then carpet.

Pete hated clay though he’d never admit it and Andy, though loves this surface, still not good enough to be a firm contender.
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Re: Andy in Rome 2012 « Reply #100 on: May 14, 2012, 06:19 PM »
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I am fed up with everyone wishing Andy to win a Salem, i do not think it will be for awhile. Masters have to be won first,he has won a lot but again not consistent.

At the moment who knows, everything is in the air.I do not think he is playing his best at present, and I wonder why? We all have to be patient. I am beginning to think lendl may not be the right choice he is not a coach a great guy hard but Andy is not the same as he is. W3e will all have to wait and see. I support Andy through thick and thin.
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Re: Andy in Rome 2012 « Reply #101 on: May 14, 2012, 07:02 PM »
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The weather looks very chilly in Rome.Everyone bundled up in hoodies and jackets   Stepanek also had horrible problems with his contacts cos" of the wind.
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Re: Andy in Rome 2012 « Reply #102 on: May 14, 2012, 07:15 PM »
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^ More like the contacts that have the problem with Stepanek
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Re: Andy in Rome 2012 « Reply #103 on: May 14, 2012, 09:49 PM »
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Hope sun shines on Andy 4 his birthday as chilly clay not his thing.
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Re: Andy in Rome 2012 « Reply #104 on: May 14, 2012, 10:27 PM »
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I am fed up with everyone wishing Andy to win a Salem, i do not think it will be for awhile. Masters have to be won first,he has won a lot but again not consistent.

At the moment who knows, everything is in the air.I do not think he is playing his best at present, and I wonder why? We all have to be patient. I am beginning to think lendl may not be the right choice he is not a coach a great guy hard but Andy is not the same as he is. W3e will all have to wait and see. I support Andy through thick and thin.

Juan Martin Del Potro kind of disproves this theory just a little bit.

One Grand Slam, no Masters.
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