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Serena lost worse a few days ago and there were fewer excuses.
1 day, 2 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/goffin-beats-raonic-to-reach-swiss-indoors-semis/53122/
@tennissunshine Don't worry, the H2Hs are intact ;)
@Fernando so to clarify: some kads are bemoaning Rafa's errors yet others say indoor tennis doesn't require consistency. Please put down the koolaid before you OD
@skmind call those wins 'luck' if you want, I'll call it a fact.
@Northernboy Some Rafa acolytes are deluding themselves with this 'anyone could have beaten him' mantra. Much like the Bouchard bunch claiming Petra was unplayable at Wimbledon. Accept defeat with grace and respect and move on. Nothing is permanent.
@CarlyJoni Has Rafa ever been to a final at WTF?
1 day, 8 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/goffin-beats-raonic-to-reach-swiss-indoors-semis/53122/
@deloresbb21 I stopped reading right after you wrote 'hater'. At least articulate your criticism rather than reaching for an ad hominem attack popularized by P Diddy back when he was Puffy.
1 day, 23 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/serena-bounces-back-to-best-at-wta-finals/53111/
@IGotYouNow Yes, I too will lose ALL RESPECT for her. How can a competitor do something that's in their own best interest, how crass and unforgivable. It's not like most people don't do that in their banal office jobs every day.
@ivo @vikki good Good on Petra for reciprocating the noise. I don't like playing overly loud opponents, it seems like a way to dominate the space and rhythm of play. There are valid reasons (exhale through contact, etc), but beyond a certain point it's just annoying noise, extra incentive to ratchet up the intensity in opposition to all that howling.
1 day, 23 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/wta-finals-kvitova-d-sharapova/53114/
@Carol35 He's fine to play otherwise he wouldn't. He won his last match 6-2 6-2. Please.
4 days, 10 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/week-preview-gentlemen-restart-your-engines/53077/
@Northernboy It's believable, I had a mild bout of appendicitis last year, saw the doc, tweaked my diet and was fine (no surgery) a week later.
4 days, 23 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/week-preview-gentlemen-restart-your-engines/53077/
@SandyDeMarco Rafa has a three year contract with Basel (contracts are about dough, plain and simple). Steve didn't express any disdain for capitalims he simply pointed it out, which upset you. Why exactly? It seems you'd rather we all pretend it doesn't exist, as if that's somehow better. 2¢
@IamAbraxas @Interceptor stop paying them and we'll see if they play.
5 days, 9 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/week-preview-gentlemen-restart-your-engines/53077/
@faradubii Genie already lost, making 30 ufies. Aga... her game is limited and gets exposed aghainst the top tier, and occasionally against the lower tiers.
5 days, 9 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/serena-beats-ivanovic-in-wta-finals-opener/53076/
Well played Berdych
5 days, 23 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/berdych-beats-dimitrov-to-win-stockholm-open-title/53074/
The quickly appalled internet martyrs grow tiresome.
6 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/tarpischev-criticizes-absurd-reaction-williams-sisters-remark/53067/
@Carol35 @KomboChapfika @quietplease @SandyDeMarco maybe Perhaps, watch other sports to see how significant pacing and recuperation can be, physically and mentally. Most sports have rules against delays of play, stalling tactics, unsportsmanlike attempts to disrupt an opponent's momentum, etc. In a sport of such small margins the marginal stuff actually matters. It's also not random that players who like to play grueling points tend to slow things down between points when under pressure, that's how they compete.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/david-ferrer-beats-murray-at-shanghai-masters/52968/
@Carol35 @quietplease @SandyDeMarco rules are there for a reason. why not let a liitle bit out be in.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/david-ferrer-beats-murray-at-shanghai-masters/52968/
@noleisthebest he was not considered an all time great after winning his first GS.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/andy-murray-questions-atp-tour-final-rules-grand-slam-champions/52972/
@Carol35 "And anyway you never will know who would have won"
but we do know Rafa lost to Martin Klizan.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/berdych-djokovic-stunned-one-sided-beijing-final/52939/
Belgium has done a lot worse. They're still syphoning resources out of Africa shamelessly.
3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/they-said-what-stakhovsky-stakes-claim/52930/
@Blackkat74 We should have a poll...
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/tweets-week-azarenka-kyrgios-flirt-davis-cup-jokes/52798/
Where's the tabloid porn!
@moes knows "I was actually very moved when they banned foreign flags in the stands on the anniversary date of 9/11"
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/open-suggestion/52748/
@Girl friday that's pretty passive-aggressive tweeting hints at personal. She's a grown woman and should know better.
Bodo is a just broken record when it comes to Monfils.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/14-thoughts-2014-us-open/52747/
I hope Nishikori wins.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/final-preview-marin-cilic-vs-kei-nishikori/52719/
@CK She wouldn't fare well.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/born/52693/
@Rafessi "him not caring that much in his sub consciousness ultimately led to his downfall" - That's very presumptuous of you, and you're not psychic. It says more about you than Monfils. 2¢
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/playing-last-point/52686/
@ivo 'Beefing up' is not the answer. Our bodies are not machines, we have our natural builds and often adding on muscle just lowers agility and makes players more injury prone as it puts more strain on their joints.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/us-open-nishikori-d-wawrinka/52668/
@Sammy @KennethWee confirmation bias mixed with fandom is hilarious.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/nishikori-beats-raonic-in-5-sets-at-us-open/52641/
Bobo wuz herre
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/belinda-bencic-jelena-jankovic-2014-us-open/52627/
@Northernboy I like her face. Very lucid.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/azarenka-tops-qualifier-krunic-to-reach-us-open-qf/52637/
@toody @Groundstroke @Taurus49 Problem with Makarova is she does tense up at times and dumps forehands into the net. We'll see.
@Addison H If the fans wanna talk smack so can the players.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/wawrinka-gets-into-tiff-with-fan-in-us-open-win/52569/
@WhoDatGoddess (TEAM WILLIAMS) She's unwatchable, the 'tude is just too much.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/us-open-peng-d-radwanska/52557/
@Darrengh @chris ford think harder
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/expert-picks-2014-us-open/52497/
@Roxitova "Being a lightening rod myself, I have a tendency to defend other LRs, and those unfairly accused."
Yes, you are a 'lightening rod' of the comments section. Congratulations.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/canadian-magazine-confuses-sharapova-bouchard/52436/
@RonnyforRafa @saloabad Sachin Tendulkar is arguably the best cricket player ever.
Bouchard also lost. The site seems almost embarrassed to mention it. Perhaps someone can start a snarky 'Bouchatd lost' meme.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/murray-cruises-in-cincinnati-opener/52431/
@splashwog "so stop getting all defensive and perhaps re read your initial post."
... but the post is soooo long I doubt she/he has the time to read it all again. Shame.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/venus-serena-williams-bodo/52394/
@onika "well, that braid thing sounds a bit.. you know the R- word right?"
... Please sit down, you're embarrassing yourself.
"It was comparable to a rank journeyman beating Andy Murray in his first match at Wimbledon, or a qualifier taking down Roger Federer in his opener in Basel."
LMFAO, actually it's nowhere near comparable. Andy Murray has won grand slams and Fed has won a few himself. Genie has won... I dunno, one small tournament I think. She's done well in th Grand slams, but she's yet to win even one and is not in the same league as the players you're trying to group her with.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/they-said-what-rogers/52370/
@RichSimmons @SophiaBlue40 Rhetorical exaggeration aside, a gift is given by choice, Murray didn't choose to lose that game.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/tsonga-upsets-murray-to-reach-toronto-semifinal/52390/
@Richard @WWTOFC just scroll past caps.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/sharapova-upset-by-suarez-navarro-in-montreal/52382/
I just remembered how quick some ppl were to describe Petra's play in the Wimby final as 'unplayable', 'no one could have beaten her that day' in a thinly disguised attempt to draw attention away from how badly Genie adjusted during the match to a bigger hitting opponent. I don't see so much of that now, now the culprit is 'home crowd pressure.' Fair enough, but there's a pattern emerging already, with regards how her fans deal with adversity moreso than the player herself.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/vwilliams-advances-in-three-set-win-at-montreal/52356/
@yazzzycosmo @KomboChapfika I hear you, but the fact is she's lost 3 of her last 5 sets 6-0. She'll likely stop the slide, but still, the fact remains. And there is a precedent for a an inexorable slide like this... beware the ghost of Gaudio...
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/first-ball-86-lights-out/52359/
@MashasFan Defensive much?
@Paul Goldberg Bouchard is better compared to Raonic or Dimitrov. She's not on the same tier as Fed, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray on the ATP, or SW, VW, Maria, Vika on the WTA. The hype machine has been so eager to anoint her onto to their level when she simply is not there yet and there's no guarantee she ever will be.
The WTA and the media don't choose the champions, that's a distinction earned on the court by winning grand slams.
@Richard You're not really talking about tennis yourself. What's the record for most consecutive WTA matches conceding a bagel set?