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1  General Community / Tennis Talk / Re: Why is Nadal suited for AO? on: January 16, 2007, 12:19 pm
Even though they made the court a tad faster this year, the AO is basically the slowest hardcourt on the tour. It's very reactive to both slice, and topspin (which is why people think Nadal will do well).

Nadal's draw is OK, I wouldn't count on Blake making the QF (although I hope he does), and no offense to our Murray - but he'll be outrun.
2  General Community / Tennis Talk / Re: Rafael Nadal on: October 26, 2006, 10:31 am
i can't wait to see nadal in shanghai... thats gonna be fun to watch...

Federer: *serves*
Nadal: Where the f*** did that go?

(speaking of court speed)

i believe they've changed the surface to something similar to rebound ace this year. last year even federer complained about the speed...

should be a good tournament to show that rafa isn't going to stroll to the AO title... even though the surface is slow, more big hitters can move on a HC compared to clay lol.
3  General Community / Andy Talk / Re: Madrid Masters. on: October 15, 2006, 02:28 pm
Eeep! Ivan is always on awesome form this time of the season... Murray will need a very good serving day to have a chance.

Murray is in a terrible quarter Frown No Fed or Nadal, but tons of on-form finalists from this week Frown

4  General Community / Andy Talk / Re: ATP Tokyo on: October 01, 2006, 10:31 am
Murray has a great shot at reaching the semis Smile
5  General Community / Tennis Talk / Re: US Open final- Roddick V Federer on: September 11, 2006, 09:07 pm
I don't dispute that - just saying I think Murray is probably a better player on grass than Nadal is but sure Nadal at the moment is, overall, a better player than Murray because he has the consistency.

Right now I'd have to say, Nadal would out-run Murray - even on a fast surface like grass. In a year or so I definatley think Andy could be a brilliant grass-courter, like Federer, he has incredible anticipation while returning first serves which makes his game look so effortless. No disrespect to Rafa, but right now - returning fast serves seems to be a huge hole in his game.

Nadal is currently the better grass-courter of the 2, he's reached the final. Our Murray looked mentally fragile against Baggy and that's all a part of tennis... However, if one of them was to win Wimby in the future, my money would be more on Murray because he'd handle Ancic/Roddick-esque type players better.
6  General Community / Tennis Talk / Re: US Open final- Roddick V Federer on: September 11, 2006, 08:16 pm
I'm so glad Fed beat Roddick Very Happy GS Number 9  yay

This should hopefully end all the ridiculous 'Rafa is the real number 1' arguments I've seen on the net. Quite frankly, Rafa is a brilliant player - but he is just like Hewitt, if somebody comes out and plays a perfect attacking game, he's beat. Stepping up the court would pro-long his career and give him better results in the long run, he did it a bit at Wimbledon - but he's gunna have to try it a bit more I think. Right now anybody who has power off both wings seems to be able to punish him on the faster surfaces.

Also, you can't say his Wimbledon was 'easy'. He happened to get the majority of the clay courters as seeds in his half, but what do you expect him to do? Complain and ask for a more difficult draw? Luck will catch up with him, sooner or later his 'friends', Berdych & Blake etc, will all be in his half at a slam.
7  General Community / Tennis Talk / Re: US Open final- Roddick V Federer on: September 10, 2006, 03:41 pm
JHH lost, so that's a good sign for Fed. They're not allowed to win slams at the same time it seems Very Happy

Roddick better lose... cant stand the guy.
8  General Community / Tennis Talk / Re: The beauty of Roger Federer on: September 10, 2006, 10:21 am
I think fed would fare pretty well with a wooden raquet because his game is so based on technique and skill. Roddick on the other hand...

I'm pretty sure Scud did some exibition a few years back and served 139mph with a wooden raquet.... Still, with Roddick's woefull volleying, he'd be dead :P

Federer better beat the arrogant Roddick today! I just cant stand A-Rod, who the hell compliments themselves out loud in the middle of a match.. what an <insert curse here>

9  General Community / Tennis Talk / Re: Men's tennis faces shake-up. on: September 06, 2006, 09:13 pm
Sunday starts are a good idea.

Although they're just avoiding the real problem - the calender. They plan to change it soon, but right now it seriously sucks.

Round Robin events are perhaps the worst idea in agggges. I mean every tournament would be so predictable, for example - Our Andy's win over Federer would count for nothing. The big 2 (federer and nadal) aren't gunna lose twice, they'll be in all the finals. Thankfully, they plan to do it only on internation gold events to start off with (and only a few of them), hopefully they'll see how tanked matches and predictable finals sucks. I mean it works in the YEC when their are the top 8 players in the world, but would it work with 20+ players including tons of crappy journeymen? nope.

End of rant Very Happy
10  General Community / Andy Talk / Re: Murray vs Davydenko **[Official Topic]** on: September 05, 2006, 05:35 pm
I can't watch the rest of the match Frown

But Andy is playing pretty well so far. After the first set I thought it was Baghdatis all over again - tons of crappy errors and he looked bored out there. But he picked things right up in set 2 and played very well - since the first set was so short, I think Murray still has a shot even if it does go to 5.
11  General Community / Andy Talk / Re: Murray vs Davydenko **[Official Topic]** on: September 04, 2006, 08:30 am
I think Davydenko in 5  Crying or Very sad

I hope I'm wrong, if Andy serves well, and is still fit enough to go the distance - you never know.
12  General Community / Andy Talk / Re: Murray V Gonzalez **[Official Topic]** on: September 03, 2006, 10:59 pm
CMOOON!!!  w00t
13  General Community / Andy Talk / Re: Murray V Gonzalez **[Official Topic]** on: September 03, 2006, 10:34 pm
Gonzalez played Sets 2 and 3 amazingly - it was only a matter of time before he started missing some, and Andy is taking full advantage Very Happy

A double-break would be nice now :P
14  General Community / Andy Talk / Re: Murray V Gonzalez **[Official Topic]** on: September 03, 2006, 09:23 pm
 doh Gonzo is serving exceptionally this set, Murray isn't getting a look Frown

Hopefully Gonzo wont keep it up Smile
15  General Community / Andy Talk / Re: Murray V Gonzalez **[Official Topic]** on: September 02, 2006, 11:34 am
Providing Murray serves well I think he'll win. He can't afford to serve below 50% here.

When they played last year Gonzalez was having a good week. This year, he's added much more top spin to his shots so he's become much more consistant - this cuts out the bad weeks where his missing shots by 2 metres, but it also means he doesn't quite have the same power on his forehand. He seems to be getting to the net a lot more now too, but Andy is a brilliant passer so that won't cause too many problems. Anyway, as a result it's clear Andy has improved since their last meeting, and Gonzalez has become more consistant, but he's not going to have days where he whacks winners left right and centre anymore (like the week he played Andy).

I definatley think Andy can take this 4, maybe 3. Andy's slice should be used a lot, I remember seeing Federer v Gonzalez in Mote Carlo I think, Gonzo definatley gets impatient. I just hope Andy goes out there and plays his best tennis, he can definatley do this.
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