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@Unforced Error 'what we lack (as fans) in numbers, we more than make up in intellect, accomplishments and perspective'
A quick read through the comments here and I have to disagree. There are some very small minded, petty tennis fans with too much free time imo.
2 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/11/loving-cup/53322/
@MissuRafa *holds out a cup to collect MussuRafa's bitter tears.*
3 days, 8 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/11/gasquet-replaces-tsonga-in-davis-cup-final/53319/
@MidAge 'Monfils is head case.' Ah dude, come on you're killing me here. lol
3 days, 13 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/11/gasquet-replaces-tsonga-in-davis-cup-final/53319/
@Acolini I just got off the phone with Roger and I couldn't hear much he was saying, something about still having champagne if I wanted to come over and celebrate. He also said tell Acolini he's so so so sorry *burp*
@RogerRafaNole Nole is fun to watch. Not as much fun as Fed, but better entertainment than almost all the others. I'd rather watch Kei, (good) Gulbis, and Thiem has potential too, but Nole is fun to watch when he's got decent opposition. A one-sided Nole victory isn't as interesting as a Fed one imo coz Fed uses more variety. Once Nole has the upper hand, you know what's coming before it's coming and it doesn't change the outcome. Reminds me a bit of Lendl in that regard.
@MidAge Yes yes, your vapid bitter ramblings are correct. Fed would have been wise to play a Djokovic while freshly injured, lose there and and then have to pull out of DC days later. That was the right thing for him to do, so say the haters who have his best interests at heart. Such caring souls, bless them.
@Take That Ben Rothenberg is a blowhard hack. 2¢
@Acolini lol, keep trying. shame man. Such a petty existence.
@MissuRafa Fortunately, nobody cares what you think.
3 days, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/11/gasquet-replaces-tsonga-in-davis-cup-final/53319/
@Vasudha Seksaria You don't give Kei enough credit. He reached the top 8 and made the semis at WTF (losing to #1 Nole). Injury-prone or not his results and consistency have been treemendous this year.
3 days, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/11/bouchard-wtas-most-improved-still-adjusting-attention-scheduling/53312/
@IamAbraxas Sexism trumps all reason. A girl tried to rob me the other day, thank god I didn't call her a ____ otherwise I'd be the guilty party.
1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/11/nadal-calls-world-tour-finals-strangest-he-has-seen/53299/
Please put your predictive skills to good use.
1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/11/federer-back-injury-still-problem-no-hard-feelings-wawrinka/53298/
@ixvnyc PLease take your 'sure' predictions to a betting site and bet your net worth. Good luck.
@TennisMenace lol, taste the bitterness, savor it.
1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/11/andy-murray-roger-federer-atp-world-tour-finals/53272/
It's unfortunate that Rafa isn't here to compete, I mean, eat a bagel too. ;P
2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/11/novak-djokovic-stan-wawrinka-atp-world-tour-finals/53264/
@kanobi if only the gods consulted with you prior, all pain could have been avoided.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/11/stan-wawrinka-routs-tomas-berdych-at-atp-finals/53238/
@Take That @Will Graham lol. Cilic got the c---- beaten out of him. Welcome to sports.
@skmind @Doctor Ivo! @VRTROPOVIC excuses excuses...
@NoleMasha Berdychbeat Dimitrov when push came to shove in Paris.
@Mikey21 @Blackkat74 when was the last time Lisicki won a match?
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/11/petra-kvitova-angelique-kerber-fed-cup-czech-republic-germany/53240/
@MNTennisFan @Rafessi @Genetica97 @lefevreplus @tennisfanQC A lot of armchair champions like to poo poo Berdych, but they lack the self-awareness to see that he's a much more accomplished, hard-working, and strong-willed person than they probably are. He's been in the Top 10 in the world at his profession for many years running. No one here can claim that, not by a long shot.
This is tennis, sometimes you just lose, badly.
Berdych's ceiling is more obvious than a guy like Stan, who's got more to his game overall. Smaller, more agile guys like Nole and Fed are better built for the style of play that wins major titles. If Berdych can't hit through them, he's screwed.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/11/stan-wawrinka-routs-tomas-berdych-at-atp-finals/53238/
@Rafessi Your favorite's not here. Move along.
@CMOORE_RAFA FAN Great, and accept that even players like Koric, Klizan, Kyrgios, et al are a threat to Rafa on this surface.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/11/nishikori-downs-murray-at-atp-finals/53237/
@Vasudha Seksaria long.winded.
@OhYes @shetlandluckyboy Rafa has done nothing of note at the WTF, look at his record if you doubt it. He gets more credit in absentia than his record in the latter part of the year deserves. I think another absent player, Delpo, would be more dangerous at this tournament that Rafa. 2¢
It increasingly seems to me that Murray is a tennis stylist/ideologue. He wants to play a certain way and, unfortunately for him, it's not the 'best' way to play winning tennis. Similar things can be said of Federer, but his results and willingness to adapt to the circumstances prove he's more pragmatic than people give him credit for.
Lendl simplified Murray's game, made his forehand more of a weapon and his overall game more to the point. I sense a reversion to excessive cat and mouse tactics. A comparison to Nishikori is good coz he, a smaller less powerful player, actually attacks and serves better than Murray.
Sounds about right.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/11/father-plays-best/53195/
@tootsie Tell Rafa to come and play, he hasn't been around to take his lumps properly during this part of the year for years.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/11/djokovic-easily-retains-paris-masters-title/53188/
Respect. Caro has grown on me immensely this year. She's got some spirit that one.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/11/video-caroline-wozniacki-new-york-city-marathon-finish-line/53190/
@Overyourhead exactly. He should have done his talking on the court.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/dimitrov-not-interested-being-world-tour-finals-alternate/53172/
It's just arrogance and/or disappointment talking. If he gets a chance to play he'd be wise to do so. The experience can only be good for him. His statement seems based on the assumption that he'll qualify automatically in years to come. It remains to be seen if that will be the case. If it is, the experience of playing as an alternate will help him down the line, if it's not... well, at least he played as an alternate in 2014. I think he'll qualify at some point, but there's no guarantee. Injuries, loss of form, illness, anything can happen, just ask Soderling, Delpo, Gaudio, etc. Tennis can be a cruel sport sometimes, he might never make it.
@Letters From Canada yeah, ok, by your logic Monfils has evolved the sport of tennis, or maybe Bethanie Mattek Sands, no wait who's that funny guy who pulled his pants down?
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/djokovic-vies-to-hold-off-federer-for-no-1/53148/
@jl1234 @Pandy lol, way to state some facts for the blowhard, who's suddenly gone quiet.
Cara Black is from Zimbabwe.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/doubles-star-cara-black-may-retire/53144/
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/federer-beats-goffin-for-6th-swiss-indoors-title/53140/
@skmind @KomboChapfika Whatever makes you feel better. I just stated an objective fact 'Nadal lost to 17 yr old Coric' Excuses don't moot the fact, even if you are psychic.
@skmind lol, now he 'tanked' the match and 'had nothing to play for'. Please put the asterix jar away.
@jc18 Nadal lost to 17 yr old Coric. End of story.
@Gene Don't hate a man coz he moisturizes!
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/serena-williams-beats-wozniacki-to-reach-wta-final/53127/
Serena lost worse a few days ago and there were fewer excuses.
1 month 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?
@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 month 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 month 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.
1 month, 1 week 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.