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Really enjoyed that match (although nervewracking for me!) Very pleased that Ferru's into another Master's final. Smile He started so nervously, serving really poorly and making countless UEs. But just like with the Melzer match, it seems that when he goes down 2 breaks he relaxes and starts to play better. Haas played wonderful tennis in the first set but just couldn't sustain it - his serve broke down, which combined with Ferrer's improved returning wasn't a winning formula. But still a great tournament for Haas - hope he can keep playing this sort of tennis and make a push towards the top 10 again.


Always find when you get a top player with a single-handed backhand against another top player with a double-hander, the two hands will win almost every time. (Sampras-Agassi excepted.) No matter how flash the single hander (Gasquet, Haas), it will usually break down under pressure. A single-hander is good for shotmaking but, for sheer consistency, you need two hands.
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Let's hope that's the case tonight.
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Let's hope that's the case tonight.

It will be. Gasquet battles hard for about six games against Andy then, when things start to drift, he loses heart and starts thinking about going clubbing.
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It will be. Gasquet battles hard for about six games against Andy then, when things start to drift, he loses heart and starts thinking about going clubbing.
Or about Charlie....  Whistle  Sorry - that's mean...
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Or about Charlie....  Whistle  Sorry - that's mean...
Charlie who? is he gay.
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Charlie who? is he gay.
Aye - a bit like you...  Very Happy
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I am too invested in Andy so everywhere I look I see no one but Andy. He's my absolute favourite.

I enjoy all others with the exception of only a few but I don't have any particular favourite. I am a one man woman. And I shall always be.
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Aye - a bit like you...  Very Happy
You swore...
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Or about Charlie....  Whistle  Sorry - that's mean...

That was funny. When the drug test showed up traces of coke, Agassi advised Reeechard to claim a girl coke-user had kissed him in a nightclub. Unbelievably, the testers believed him.
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Always find when you get a top player with a single-handed backhand against another top player with a double-hander, the two hands will win almost every time. (Sampras-Agassi excepted.) No matter how flash the single hander (Gasquet, Haas), it will usually break down under pressure. A single-hander is good for shotmaking but, for sheer consistency, you need two hands.

That's an interesting point. Rafa relentlessly targets Federer's backhand for this reason and always gets errors off it. The shotmaking power of the single handers is great to watch though - I love Gasquet and Wawrinka's backhands in particular.
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That was funny. When the drug test showed up traces of coke, Agassi advised Reeechard to claim a girl coke-user had kissed him in a nightclub. Unbelievably, the testers believed him.
Test couldn't have been that convincing then, surely?
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That's an interesting point. Rafa relentlessly targets Federer's backhand for this reason and always gets errors off it. The shotmaking power of the single handers is great to watch though - I love Gasquet and Wawrinka's backhands in particular.

Yes, Fed-Rafa is the ultimate example. The single-hander WILL break down under pressure. It's not built to be robust.
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I am too invested in Andy so everywhere I look I see no one but Andy. He's my absolute favourite.

I enjoy all others with the exception of only a few but I don't have any particular favourite. I am a one man woman. And I shall always be.
I'm the same. Apart from the woman bit. I think.

I like Tsonga, Nishikori and Dimitrov among others, but if them winning was of detriment to Andy's progress I'd rather them lose. It's nice to see them do well but I can't say I'm that bothered when they lose.
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That was funny. When the drug test showed up traces of coke, Agassi advised Reeechard to claim a girl coke-user had kissed him in a nightclub. Unbelievably, the testers believed him.

I didn't know the advice came from Agassi.    At the time I thought only a Frenchman would think of that.
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Test couldn't have been that convincing then, surely?

Well, Agassi himself got caught out when he was doing crystal meth, but managed to claim his assistant ('Spike'!) had slipped some into his drink. They're obviously gullible, these testers.
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