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Dani might upload it who knows. I don't think though Dimitrov would have won in the end. He's a big mental and Nadal is just terribly huge on clay and especially in Masters.

D'you mean the Nadal v Dimitrov match EJ?Because I've found links to it if you want me to post them here.
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D'you mean the Nadal v Dimitrov match EJ?Because I've found links to it if you want me to post them here.

Yes, please. yes
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Ok no prob,hang on a sec and I'll find them for you...
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The Nadal v Dimitrov match from today,for anyone interested Smile

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Part 2:

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Thanks Dani. Smile I missed the match but was following on livescores - Dimitrov really came so close! Apparently it's the closest scoreline Rafa's faced in Monte Carlo since 2003 - very impressive.
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Thanks Dani. Smile I missed the match but was following on livescores - Dimitrov really came so close! Apparently it's the closest scoreline Rafa's faced in Monte Carlo since 2003 - very impressive.

No problem at all Katie Smile Good on Grigor!

Though it has to be said,Rafa wasn't looking too sharp at times.What with Andy's exit,Rafa's slightly-fluctuating form (I say slightly because he's still better than most people on clay,even if not playing at his very best) and Nole's dodgy ankle,it's not been the best week for our top guys,has it?

I'm looking forward to seeing how Tsonga fares against Rafa tomorrow Smile
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I'm interested to see how long Djoko can keep going on his dodgy ankle -

Djokovic: Playing on sore ankle requires triple effort

Novak Djokovic, who has reached the semifinals of Monte Carlo despite contending with a sore ankle, says that playing with this type of injury is something he has never experienced before.

Sky Sports reported that after Djokovic injured his ankle during his Davis Cup win over Sam Querrey, doctors discovered he had a dislocated bone, which they were able to put in back in place.

“Obviously I'm not physically out there feeling my best. Somehow feels that I always miss that half a step,” Djokovic told reporters. “But I'm trying. I'm fighting...I'm experiencing something new this week. To be honest, I think I never been in this particular situation before where wherever I start a match, it's triple the effort that I usually put in energy-wise because there are many things that I'm thinking about. It's the pressure of playing the match, then the ankle, so forth. Obviously I'm physically not up to my maximum capacity. So a lot of things [are] in play."

http://bleacherreport.com/tb/dacpp?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=tennis
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I'm interested to see how long Djoko can keep going on his dodgy ankle -

Djokovic: Playing on sore ankle requires triple effort

Novak Djokovic, who has reached the semifinals of Monte Carlo despite contending with a sore ankle, says that playing with this type of injury is something he has never experienced before.

Sky Sports reported that after Djokovic injured his ankle during his Davis Cup win over Sam Querrey, doctors discovered he had a dislocated bone, which they were able to put in back in place.

“Obviously I'm not physically out there feeling my best. Somehow feels that I always miss that half a step,” Djokovic told reporters. “But I'm trying. I'm fighting...I'm experiencing something new this week. To be honest, I think I never been in this particular situation before where wherever I start a match, it's triple the effort that I usually put in energy-wise because there are many things that I'm thinking about. It's the pressure of playing the match, then the ankle, so forth. Obviously I'm physically not up to my maximum capacity. So a lot of things [are] in play."

http://bleacherreport.com/tb/dacpp?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=tennis

Am I the only one who thinks he may regret the decision to play here in the not to distant future.
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Dimitrov was brilliant once he got going against Nadal today. I thought for a while there that he really might do it. It was such a shame that his physical condition broke down towards the end.

Funnily enough Dimitrov beginning to cramp like that reminded me so much of Andy at Queen's in 2005, and now Andy is considered one of the fittest on tour. I really think that if Dimitrov can work on the physical side a bit more, and get mentally a bit stronger, not that his mind let him down at all today, he will be brilliant and have a bright future.

As for Djokovic, I sort of admire him keeping going, but what if it makes the injury worse? I can't help feeling he is almost asking for trouble. I know he probably feels obliged because he lives in MC (I'm tempted, but won't state the obvious about patriotism and not living in the country you are patriotic about) but honestly.
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Am I the only one who thinks he may regret the decision to play here in the not to distant future.
After reading that article I feel the same Tessie, especially as he ignored medical advice that the ankle would require complete rest for up to 30 days.  Admittedly his movement round the court doesn't seem to have been noticeably affected, and presumably he will be having physio as well as possibly taking anti-flammatory medication, but if he's having such a struggle to keep going then it's bound to take its toll on him physically as well as mentally.  Also I can't believe that he isn't in danger of seriously aggravating the injury - perhaps even dislocating the bone again - and that being the case then I can see a withdrawal from Madrid and Rome on the cards.


Dimitrov was brilliant once he got going against Nadal today. I thought for a while there that he really might do it. It was such a shame that his physical condition broke down towards the end.

Funnily enough Dimitrov beginning to cramp like that reminded me so much of Andy at Queen's in 2005, and now Andy is considered one of the fittest on tour. I really think that if Dimitrov can work on the physical side a bit more, and get mentally a bit stronger, not that his mind let him down at all today, he will be brilliant and have a bright future.

As for Djokovic, I sort of admire him keeping going, but what if it makes the injury worse? I can't help feeling he is almost asking for trouble. I know he probably feels obliged because he lives in MC (I'm tempted, but won't state the obvious about patriotism and not living in the country you are patriotic about) but honestly.
I really enjoy watching Dimitrov play and hope that he does go on to have a very successful future.  If he's ambitious and committed enough, as I believe he is, then there's no reason why he shouldn't go right to the top.

I really don't understand why, as a Serb, Djoko felt under such an obligation to play here, even if it is his home now.  Pretty short-sighted vision if you ask me.  Andy probably spends as much, if not more, time in Miami than he does in London, but I couldn't see him ever feeling under any obligation to play there if it meant possibly aggravating an injury and thereby jeopardising part of the season.  I know he did have a back problem last year which he continued to play through, but that was only after seeking specialist advice and being reassured that by playing he wasn't going to be in danger of making it worse.
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It's very windy in MC today too and although Tsonga made a brave  start against Nadal and nearly broke him in the early stages, Nadal seems to have the upper hand now. Let's hope Novak's ankle will hold out.
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Jo played so well first 4 games, but now is getting hammered. Frown Hope Djokovic-Fog is more competitive.
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Jo has made quite a comeback
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Tie-break.  CMON JW!


Darn - I thought that ball was going out.
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JW is certainly giving Rafa a run for his money at the moment - great tennis!
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