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Re: Tennis News « Reply #3285 on: October 10, 2012, 08:56 AM »
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/feedarticle/10476042

Rafa Nadal has no timeline for his return to competitive tennis but on Tuesday the world number four did not completely rule out the possibility of returning from injury in time for next month's Davis Cup and ATP World Tour finals.
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Re: Tennis News « Reply #3286 on: October 10, 2012, 10:11 AM »
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Andy doesn't make the merchandise, yet again, at the AO Rolling Eyes


And they have been copying your ideas Hazel - a tennis ball bracelet

http://www.australianopenshop.com


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Re: Tennis News « Reply #3287 on: October 10, 2012, 04:56 PM »
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Great article EJ. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks, Philip. As soon as I read it, I wanted to sit down with Andy and have a talk with him. lol. Learning to lose, learning to win, attitude adjustment, mental toughness were all very well captured and there's so much one can learn from the past champions be it Lendl or Sampras or McEnroe etc. 
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Re: Tennis News « Reply #3288 on: October 10, 2012, 07:01 PM »
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Well Andy now has Lendl infinite wisdom lol

I am very hopeful for next year. I see GSs trophies and titles galore lol
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Re: Tennis News « Reply #3289 on: October 15, 2012, 10:43 AM »
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http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/a-disgraced-doctor-had-links-to-past-and-present-players/story-e6frg6n6-1226495707956

Doping and tennis, hope this isnt true....
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Re: Tennis News « Reply #3290 on: October 15, 2012, 12:51 PM »
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Well Andy now has Lendl infinite wisdom lol

I am very hopeful for next year. I see GSs trophies and titles galore lol


 yay yay yay Seconded, thirded and everything elsed

 trophy trophy trophy trophy trophy

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Re: Tennis News « Reply #3291 on: October 15, 2012, 01:22 PM »
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 yay yay yay Seconded, thirded and everything elsed

 trophy trophy trophy trophy trophy


Me too.
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Re: Tennis News « Reply #3292 on: October 15, 2012, 02:11 PM »
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Unfortunately it is true, but I think amongst the lower-ranked players.  I suspect the reason is that they want to enhance their chances of winning so's they can earn more money, something the top players don't need to do.  As for the doctors involved, well there are rotten apples in every barrel, and tennis is no exception.  That said, tennis does have the reputation of having far fewer dope cheats than in any other sport because their testing programme is so rigorous - but as was mentioned in the article, they can't possibly check every player.  That though isn't true of the ones in the top echelons of the sport.  Both Nadal and Murray have complained about being tested even when they haven't been competing (and that at often awkward hours, like 4 am) and for constantly having to state where they're going to be at a certain time - something which is a bit difficult in a sport where there is no predictability as to how long matches will last or how long a player will stay in a particular tournament.
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Re: Tennis News « Reply #3293 on: October 15, 2012, 02:20 PM »
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Andy doesn't make the merchandise, yet again, at the AO Rolling Eyes


And they have been copying your ideas Hazel - a tennis ball bracelet

http://www.australianopenshop.com


This is bull****...it is so not fair not to include Andy..
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Re: Tennis News « Reply #3294 on: October 15, 2012, 05:28 PM »
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This is bullsh*t...it is so not fair not to include Andy..
To be fair the five on the tshirt are all AO champions.
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Re: Tennis News « Reply #3295 on: October 15, 2012, 05:33 PM »
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To be fair the five on the tshirt are all AO champions.

Well, in that case I hope Andy makes it fair by winning the AO open next year...
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Re: Tennis News « Reply #3296 on: October 16, 2012, 03:59 AM »
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I'm posting this on the Murray News Articles thread as well -

Stand by for the changing of the guard in tennis hierarchy  [The Herald, 15 Oct]
by Hugh Macdonald, Chief Sports Writer

Much of the post-match comment on Andy Murray's three-set defeat by Novak Djokovic will linger on the Scot's failure to take any one of the five match points offered to him in the second set. However, the match has a more substantial significance for the world of tennis than any stumble on behalf of the world No.3.
 
The ATP site yesterday stated the importance of Djokovic's victory in sustaining the race between the Serb and Roger Federer for the year-end world No.1 spot, but the events in Shanghai point to a growing realisation that the numbers game has become drastically altered. As recently as June, it was possible to state without inviting any loud protest that the Big Three of Federer, Djokovic and Rafael Nadal had moved clear of Murray. A reiteration of this belief four months on would bring howls of derision.

The spectacular match yesterday instead raises the question: is this the rivalry that will sustain tennis in 2013 and beyond?

The Murray-Djokovic dynamic has erupted on the tennis world with a dramatic suddenness. They first played each other at 11 years of age and have been constantly compared by commentators ever since. Yet, now 25, they have only played each other 16 times in top-class tennis. The major reason for this is their perennial roles as the backend of the four-legged ATP horse. The Nadal-Federer axis dominated at grand slams and Murray and Djokovic played to what were their rankings of No.3 and No.4.

As Murray and Djokovic now vie for favouritism for the next grand slam in Australia, it is perhaps instructive to see why their mano a mano tussles at the business ends of tournaments have been limited. Federer has a 16-12 advantage over Djokovic in head-to-heads and Nadal leads Murray 13-5 in that match-up.

However, that superiority is fading and may be a matter of historical record rather than a portent of the future. Any projections about the propensity of the Spaniard to return to the top of the game must be made with an industrial dose of caution. As Federer has justifiably been lauded as the greatest player of all time, Nadal has been curiously under-valued. The truth is that his record against the Swiss player is overwhelming in his favour with an 18-10 winning record bolstered by an 8-2 advantage in grand slam tournaments. Incidentally, Nadal leads Djokovic 19-14.

But the Spaniard, at just 26, is confronting a serious threat to his career. Tendinitis in his knees has kept him away from competitive tennis since Wimbledon and he is unlikely to play again in 2012. This would mean he would arrive in Melbourne after a long absence from competition and with his rivals progressing, becoming stronger in the interim.

There is also a doubt, though a less substantial one, hanging over Federer. At 31, he continues to make the right noises about his focus and desire and is still No.1 in the world despite losing in the Shanghai semi-finals to Murray. This means the Scot has taken five straight sets from the Swiss player after he defeated him in the Olympic Games. Federer cannot be dismissed, but Murray, who leads the 17-time grand slam winner 10-8 in their match-up, has never feared him and Djokovic has escaped the chains that used to restrict him when facing the "greatest of all time".

The prospect of Djokovic and Murray reprising such battles as the Olympic semi-final match, the US Open final and yesterday's Shanghai final now increases.

It is an intriguing, fascinating scenario. The Scot will rue missed chances in Shanghai, particularly as another victory over his friend would have added strength to claims that he was gaining a superiority over the Serb. However, this ignores the reality that Djokovic is a multiple grand slam winner and has reacted to the US Open defeat with 11 straight victories, in Beijing and now Shanghai.

The only slight surprise of a tight match was Murray's inability to win a tie-break. ATP figures show he is the second best on tour at winning shoot-outs. Curiously, Steve Darcis of Belgium is the best. But enough of figures. The Murray-Djokovic drama is about action and it has been of a high quality at Wimbledon, Flushing Meadows and Shanghai.

Both players now seem free of the nervousness that once constrained them. Djokovic's contribution to Serbia's 2010 Davis Cup victory gave him the belief to embark on the greatest year in tennis history. Murray's Olympic gold gave him the faith to prevail in New York.

The depth of the tennis tour ensures that both can be beaten on a given day by anyone inside the top 20, but grand slam tournaments demand seven victories in 14 days. Increasingly, Djokovic and Murray look the strongest players in terms of endurance, belief and strokes. Their matches are often referred to in boxing terms because of their relentless aggression and their punishing physicality. Their last eight sets have taken roughly eight hours. In boxing terms, neither has the other's number. But, again in the parlance of the ring, they show that styles make fights. They are scheduled to be the main event of 2013.
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Re: Tennis News « Reply #3297 on: October 16, 2012, 09:15 AM »
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Stand by for the changing of the guard in tennis hierarchy  [The Herald, 15 Oct]

Thanks for posting that. I think it sums up the situation perfectly, and fairly. Shainghai was yet another brutal final between the two of them. I suspect that there are going to be many more. The last two (infinitely more important ones Murray took), this one ND took. Murray is now at the very top of the game, he is not going to win every match against the top 4, or even the top 20. He is going to lose sometimes, and all of us on here need to recognise that, and not descend into childish, abusive rants every time. Instead we should all recognise just what he has achieved and will continue to achieve by competing at the level he is at. Murray's legs went in that 3rd set, partly I imagine due to the effects of the virus, in New York ND's legs went in that 5th set, folks didn't crucify him for that, so why do it to Murray. We all ought to hold in our heads the victory ceremony in New York, when Murray was wincing all the way through it, and could hardly walk. That is what these victories sometimes cost him. He is prepared to pay the price. We should be as well.
I have said before that I still don't think that he has fully processed what has happened to him this year. He needs time to retrench, retreat and rearm, and just get his head round just what the hell he has done since June.  He will go into 2013 as the World No 3, Olympic Champion, and US Open winner. None of us know what 2013 will bring, including him, but it is going to be great fun not too mention very stressful.

All of us on here and who follow British Sport should be glorying in how Murray has slain his demons, and conquered the tennis world this year, not demanding the impossible from the poor sod. He is not omnipotent, and never will be. Personally I wouldn't want him to be. How many of us would actually watch, if we knew that Murray was going to win every single match without a fight?  I thought the GS's got really boring for a while you could predict that the finalists were going to be Nadal or ND the majority of the time.

Throw in the excitement of the Robson, Watson rivalry, and British Tennis has got some hope at the moment. We just need some more decent males, with some prospect of picking up the mantle, post Murray.

My person favourite matches this year, were the Olympic Final, teaching Raonic a lesson in humility at the US Open and the Shainghai semi. What about other folks?
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Re: Tennis News « Reply #3298 on: October 16, 2012, 09:55 AM »
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I have just read that Nadal does not expect to return before the AO.
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Re: Tennis News « Reply #3299 on: October 16, 2012, 03:29 PM »
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I have just read that Nadal does not expect to return before the AO.

Awwww, that is bad. I miss him.
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