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Re: Murray ground down by Djokovic « Reply #30 on: January 27, 2013, 03:06 PM »
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I reckon they need to look at the whole staggering the semis idea. In five out of the last six years, the guy playing the first semi, with a 24-hour recovery advantage, has won the final.
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Re: Murray ground down by Djokovic « Reply #31 on: January 27, 2013, 03:09 PM »
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I reckon they need to look at the whole staggering the semis idea. In five out of the last six years, the guy playing the first semi, with a 24-hour recovery advantage, has won the final.

Of course you are as ever correct, Nigel. But do you think the organisers will take up your thoughts. Probably not.
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Re: Murray ground down by Djokovic « Reply #32 on: January 27, 2013, 03:16 PM »
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Much talk about feet.... problems afoot lol ?
Feet, are tennis players tools and assets.

I haven't seen Andy naked feet before, but they dont look as bad as Nadals. His toes are twisted, like claws and his nails are infested with fungi. Look very unhealthy indeed.

These guys have the best of trainers and physios but I never heard talk of a podiatrist on tour, so I dont know who attends to their foot-care?  It needs to be a professional.

One of the women (Azarenka?) had to pull out of Brisbane- ATP 250 because of an infected big toe, which had occurred after (bad) podiatry treatment.
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Re: Murray ground down by Djokovic « Reply #33 on: January 27, 2013, 03:16 PM »
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Already commented my thoughts in the match thread, so not going to hear. Just want to credit Phil on a fantastic article. Tbh I think this is one of the best I've read from him.
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Re: Murray ground down by Djokovic « Reply #34 on: January 27, 2013, 03:19 PM »
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I reckon they need to look at the whole staggering the semis idea. In five out of the last six years, the guy playing the first semi, with a 24-hour recovery advantage, has won the final.
No doubt in my mind that its not a level playing field when there's 24 hrs more restitution for one player and not the other.
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Re: Murray ground down by Djokovic « Reply #35 on: January 27, 2013, 03:27 PM »
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Why is no-one talking about Harman's article doing some finger-pointing?
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Re: Murray ground down by Djokovic « Reply #36 on: January 27, 2013, 03:28 PM »
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Thanks Phil for the report very fair much like your one after Wimbledon. Had to go out before the first set was over was getting text updates from a friend and my mum but they don't tell the full story.

In fact match reports are all I've seen of the Aus Open this year (apart from the first set today) so many thanks to all the team here.
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Re: Murray ground down by Djokovic « Reply #37 on: January 27, 2013, 03:33 PM »
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Andy really gaining popularity.

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/fancentre/social/index.html
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Re: Murray ground down by Djokovic « Reply #38 on: January 27, 2013, 03:34 PM »
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Why is no-one talking about Harman's article doing some finger-pointing?

What article?
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Re: Murray ground down by Djokovic « Reply #39 on: January 27, 2013, 03:35 PM »
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And Fed in 4th.. behind Serena. Very Happy
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Re: Murray ground down by Djokovic « Reply #40 on: January 27, 2013, 03:37 PM »
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Andy had such an easy run through until the semi-finals when he played magnificently in a high-intensity needle match against the old pretender.  Such is the history and baggage between them (not Andy's fault) that it was only natural that such a fantastic victory would take its toll, physically, mentally and emotionally...  After all, Andy has to take on the entire tennis establishment and, it seems, most of the world's tennis-loving fans every time he dares to beat the old Swiss cheese.

Thanks to Andy disposing of the world No 2 we were spared the necessity of the vomit bucket for the gut-wrenchingly
sycophantic commentaries we've endured throughout the fortnight.  Thank god he didn't get through to the final.  Enough is enough.
Novak, by contrast, had a walk in the park with David and was then able to put his feet up for an extra day.  At the very close level these two guys are at it was obvious (ask the bookies) who came into the final showdown at a distinct advantage.

Andy's footwork throughout this campaign has been outstanding, even by his already high standard, and it's ironic that those blisters bubbled up and effectively destroyed his chances - his movement is everything and, as brave as Andy was, Novak was just too determined to get his revenge for New York.

Andy will have plenty more opportunities - he and Novak are pulling away from the others right now but the No 1 seed definitely benefited from playing the No 4 a day earlier than Andy's huge showdown with the less-than-jolly-Roger.  This is the real benefit of getting to the number one rank and staying there, and Novak knows it.  Andy is getting stronger and better and closer, the tougher it gets, the more he fights.  So proud of him, such a lovely guy. wub
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Re: Murray ground down by Djokovic « Reply #41 on: January 27, 2013, 03:37 PM »
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What article?

Lax drug-testing casts undue shadow over centre court

by: Neil Harman
From: The Times
January 26, 201312:00AM

CONSIDER this hypothetical sketch. After a four-hour match at the Australian Open, in the searing heat of the day, the winner returns to his hotel room and is infused with blood, boosting his red-cell count.

He then takes human growth hormone to repair micro-tears in his muscles and returns to the court 48 hours later in a fitter state than he was at the start of the previous round, runs around and wins again. What could tennis do about it? As things stand, the answer is nothing.

At present, there is no proviso for blood-testing winners and a loser's sample will not be specifically tested for blood-doping unless the authorities request it -- which they do not. They will not say how many tests they do for HGH, which may mean none. Any doper is home and dry. The problem with tennis is not whether it has a cheating culture, but that if it does, unless there is a dramatic shift in approach, we will never know about it.

The sport has moved into realms of dynamism, physicality and athleticism that could never have been imagined 10 years ago and yet the anti-doping program, the responsibility of the ITF in the manner approved by the World Anti-Doping Agency, has not kept up with the times. When world No 1 Novak Djokovic said in Melbourne that he had had one blood test in seven months and in the next breath felt the doping regime was sound, it was a shocking mixed message.

Djokovic was quite astonishing on Thursday night, defeating David Ferrer, the world No 4, 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 in the first semi-final and saying that he is playing the best tennis of his career. "Tonight I just played an incredible match. I don't expect this," he said. Only four days ago, he was taken to the brink in 5hr 2min by Stanislas Wawrinka, of Switzerland, and won 12-10 in the fifth set. In the next two matches, played in the space of 48 hours, he defeated Tomas Berdych, the world No 5, for the loss of 12 games, and the No 4, dropping five.

He is playing like a super-human and knows that people are questioning how he delivers time after time. He deserves the right for the sport to declare him -- and everyone -- unequivocally clean.

Djokovic would be right to be concerned with the laxity of the anti-doping procedures -- he should have had 10 tests in the seven months in which they stuck a needle into his arm once -- and he should also be pointing to the leaders in the sport and asking why more is not done, not simply to be satisfied that they always know where he is.

The Lance Armstrong scandal has every sport rattled and none more so than this one. The new in-word is recovery. There is almost as much discussion about what a player does when no one sees them as what they are achieving when the cameras are on them.

Today, a sense that tennis players simply do not dope pervades the sport's thinking. That is entirely wrongheaded. "The implication that greatness is compromised just because it's great is the biggest disservice you can do," said Justin Gimelstob, a player representative on the ATP board. "You could not do anything more damaging than imply that someone's hard work and talent is artificially enhanced." But only if tennis can be sure that there is no reason for anyone to imply anything will the implications cease.

It is time that Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray took a decisive lead and demanded action. They need to tell the ITF it is its duty to put in place the finest system that money can buy and do the tests that will catch offenders. The anti-doping budget last year was $US1.8 million ($1.7m) and yet there was a $US300,000 underspend. How can that happen? That would pay for 500 decent blood-doping tests and then the sport would really know where it stood.

And how about freezing the blood and urine samples taken from this moment on and keeping them for a decade? If players know that the present quality of testing will not catch them because they are using something undetectable, they would be spooked by the thought of having their samples kept and retrospectively tested at any time in 10 years.

An anti-doping expert told The Times this week: "The storing of samples and publicly pronouncing that you are storing them is one of the biggest deterrents to doping in sport. The next test could be beaten, but it would be hard to beat a decade's advances in technology. It's in a laboratory somewhere -- a ticking time bomb."

Tennis has a global prize-money fund of $US500m, its popularity more profound than it has ever been. Imagine the crushing blow to the sport's prestige should one of the best in the sport be found to have been enhancing their performance.

Any increase in funding should be seen as an insurance policy to protect that astonishing level of investment. It is not about how much is spent: the UCI, cycling's governing body, spent $US5m a year and look what it got -- the Armstrong travesty. It is about how you execute the program with the money at your disposal. And the core of anti-doping is about protecting the reputation of clean athletes as much as it is catching the cheats.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/lax-drug-testing-casts-undue-shadow-over-centre-court/story-fnb64oi6-1226562186044
 
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Re: Murray ground down by Djokovic « Reply #42 on: January 27, 2013, 03:41 PM »
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Hm, now there's an article that's open to interpretation. Naughty Mr Harman...  Think
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Re: Murray ground down by Djokovic « Reply #43 on: January 27, 2013, 03:54 PM »
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Watch you don't choke.



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Re: Murray ground down by Djokovic « Reply #44 on: January 27, 2013, 04:12 PM »
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We cannot expect Andy to win everything, even if Nole showed us that it is possible, which does not make him human to me. I simply cannot stand sportsmen dominating their sports over years. Therefore it was good to see four different champions in the past season. Neither would I wish to see only Nole-Andy finals in the future, as I was already fed up with Fed-Nadal finals. I know these finals might represent the ranking and so the best players are supposed to reach them. And I know that sports often lives off great duels.
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