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@Carol35 @IdleTime 90% of the time, players instinctively and reflexively hit the ball when it lands on their side of the court; when they realized it was out they raise their hand.  That's a challenge, even though they already hit the ball.  

Not only that, Rafa, after raising his hand, turned away from the court.  He essentially stopped play.  It was so obvious only a viewer watching tennis through Nadal Rose-Colored glasses can deny.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/playing-last-point/52686/

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So the odds for Roger's victory today got even higher with Novak's dismissal.  I don't know of a slam where the top 2 seeds get eliminated on the same day in the semis.  Has there?

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/us-open-mens-semifinals-previews/52687/

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So if Rog beats Cilic then Nishikori, he would have won the USO w/o meeting a top 10 player.  11th ranked Nishikori would be the highest ranked player he meets.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/us-open-mens-semifinals-previews/52687/

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The heat was never Novak's friend.  And I guess he could no longer disguise his poor summer's form when meeting an inspired player.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/us-open-mens-semifinals-previews/52687/

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@Rafessi @IdleTime @ShaNath Watch the point again, Monfils did have to stretch.  Yes, it was center of the court, but it was a strong FH volley, and Monfils hit it out rather long.  Yes, Rog said he was lucky, but not in reference to the point in question.  He said he did go for it and not giving the MPs away.  Rog is often gracious after winning a close match, calling himself lucky to come through.  But that doesn't necessarily bare reality to those MPs.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/monfils-federer-adjusted-game-quarterfinal-victory/52695/

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@ShaNath That was a forced error.  Rog hit a strong FH volley.  If Monfils' reply were in, Monfils would have been the one who's lucky.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/monfils-federer-adjusted-game-quarterfinal-victory/52695/

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@Carol35 Rafa also raised his hand up after he hit the ball.  That's a sign of a challenge.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/playing-last-point/52686/

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@tennispompom @IdleTime Trust me, I did not watch the whole match.  Pretty much gave up after 2 sets.  I'm a tennis fan, so my instinct is always to watch a match between 2 marquee names, despite my better judgment sometimes.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/us-open-djokovic-d-murray/52672/

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@mrn10sdave You are correct.  Rog meant that he should *not* gift Gael the point.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/playing-last-point/52686/

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@jl1234 @IdleTime @kiam I'm not  "touchy".  I call it as I see it.  Most tennis players these days are physical and play with a power game.  All top players have to run fast and hit hard.  Monfils is not any more physical or powerful than Federer.

Another example, last night both players painted corners and lines in equal measures with equal strength.  But the NYT writer describes Rog's shots as "precise" and Gaels "raw power". I get that they tend to use the word "precision" for Rog b/c he's Swiss and Switzerland makes watches.  But why "raw" for Gael?  Is it because he's... uh... French?

These writers and commentators need to stop resorting knee-jerk stereotypes, not only b/c it's problematic but also cliched and tired.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/playing-last-point/52686/

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@Northernboy @IdleTime @Master Ace Fed didn't face a MP against Haas did he?  Let alone a double one.  So in terms of pure tennis drama, this was a bigger come back.

As for Falla, it wasn't in the much earlier round, and Falla was no Monfils who came through the draw in style, so it truly felt he was going to beat Federer last night.

As far as the "ifs".  It's simply annoying.  If this happens, and if that happens, then this would happen bla bla bla.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/playing-last-point/52686/

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@SeanSmith 6-2 in the decider is not a "razor thin win".

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/playing-last-point/52686/

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@Rafessi @IdleTime ... If you are a fan of competitive and dramatic tennis.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/us-open-womens-semifinal-previews/52683/

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I can't wait for the Ivanisevic v Edberg and Chang v Becker semifinals on September 6, 2014!

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/playing-last-point/52686/

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A Wozniacki and Serena final is the only finals worth watching and competitive.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/us-open-womens-semifinal-previews/52683/

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@MNTennisFan @IdleTime What I meant is that they had work hard for their spots.  That doesn't happen to all tournaments. It's rare to find all 4 semifinalists having to battle through 3 1/2 hours plus matches to get there. 

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/us-open-federer-d-monfils/52685/

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@kiam It's true that whenever commentators/journalists describe a black player's game, it's always leaning toward "how incredibly athletic they are" and rarely about the intelligence of their game. Gael's game is very agile and varied.  But they only focus on his physical prowess.  Even a good writer like Pagliano would resort to making an analogy of Monfils as fast as a "bike messenger."

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/playing-last-point/52686/

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@Master Ace There are 2 too many ifs in your claim.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/playing-last-point/52686/

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As we all know, a tennis match is often about momentum and flow.  If you're up, you play freely.  If you're down, you play tight and nervous.  And a wrong decision here or there can make a big difference.

Roger won the first 6 points of the match and had several BPs on Gael's first service game, so it wasn't like Gael came out firing.  Had Rog converted one of those BPs and held his next service game, he'd be 3-0 up, and the complexion of the match could have been quite different.

Being 2 sets up to love doesn't automatically give you the match.  Rog's strategy was to make the finish line for Gael as far away as possible. He accomplished that by breaking Gael right away in the beginning of 3rd. Rog was a break up in the 4th and he blew that, but the idea is the same, make Gael doubt his game. Yes, Monfils had MPs, but they both were on Rog's serves.  Those points are not meant to be won by the receiver.

To stay competitive with Rog for 4 sets is a mentally exhausting endeavor for anyone, let alone one who constantly runs on fumes like Gael, and in the 5th, Rog like a true seasoned champion ran away with the momentum.

Rog won this match every bit as much as Gael lost it.  A mark of a great classic.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/us-open-federer-d-monfils/52685/

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Each of the seminalists enter the round of 4 with 3 hour plus matches.  Even though this was a 5 setter, it was shorter than the Novak-Andy match.  Cilic went the distance with Simon and we all know about marathon man Nishikori.  All 4 really earned their spots.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/us-open-federer-d-monfils/52685/

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@Take That Oh brother!  Give it a rest.  "The game" means competition, means intensity and charged emotions.  All champions live for that.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/us-open-federer-d-monfils/52685/

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Holy Moly!  I turned off the TV when it was Rog was 2 MPs down.  I came back 10 minutes later and was thrilled that he was serving for the set.

As for LaMonf's "meltdown".  Well, one has to say that it takes a lot to stay competitive with Rog for 4 full sets, so by the 5th Gael was spent.  Credits have to be given to Rog for that, no?

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/federer-saves-match-points-comes-two-sets-down-beat-monfils/52684/

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I'm very happy that Cilic broke through.  He played well today, most impressively was his serves.  It was at Sampras, Ivanisevic and Federer level.  But that was pretty much it today.  He was not tested in other areas from Berdych who was really mostly absent from the match.  Having always been in the lead in the whole match allowed Marin to stay calm and execute his serves and a few excellent groundstrokes.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/us-open-cilic-d-berdych/52679/

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These two make each other look very mortal.  Novak vs. Murray and Novak vs. Rafa are borefest, wearing each out in numbing rallies.  Fed's game brings excitement to these matchups.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/us-open-djokovic-d-murray/52672/

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Now.  I love Gael.  So very much.  And so happy he beat Dimitrov.  But you can't praise how good he was against Dimitrov while denigrating Dimitrov to the ground.  If Dimitrov was so bad and awful, then Gael's win was nothing special, no?  Maybe Gael, as he admitted, was just lucky.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/monfils-unplugged/52654/

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Tignor (and journalists in general) should just stop writing before the predicting part.  It's so unnecessary.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/first-ball-94-midnight-runaround/52674/

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No surprise here, the Makarova win.  Azarenka has done well getting to the QF after all the injury woes she has gone through recently.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/us-open-quarterfinal-preview-djokovic-vs-murray/52638/

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@RichSimmons @IdleTime Maybe not in the USO, but that summer he was in stellar form, winning Wimbledon and Cincinnati (bageling Novak in the process).  If something suddenly came up and derailed his form at the USO, well, then similar things can still happen here.  Hope not of course.  I think Berdych is a dangerous opponent for Rog.  He has beaten him in big event, Wimbledon, USO and Olympics.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/us-open-federer-d-bautista-agut/52657/

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Andy has a chance.  Novak has played well, but he also has gotten inexplicably annoyed at times, and has been quite anxious to get off the court.  The New York elements this year hasn't been agreeable with him.  Novak hasn't been tested thus far, and all of a sudden he has to play a recent grandslam champion in Murray, he might not adjust so readily, whereas Murray has passed a very tough test in Tsonga with flying colors.

Yes, Murray has a very poor year by his standards, but he had a better HC summer than Novak did.

If this were a SF or finals, Novak would definitely have the edge.  But meeting each other the earliest possible, an upset is more of a possibility.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/us-open-quarterfinal-preview-djokovic-vs-murray/52638/

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Errani never held serves in the whole match.  That doesn't happen often in tennis.

The scoreline made it look like more of a blow-out than it actually was.  There were competitive games that went to deuces many times.

And it was Caroline with the extra gears and weapons to edge Errani in the end.

The Shuai Peng match should be competitive, but that was what they said about this match beforehand too. Caroline should make it and be very competitive in the finals.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/wozniacki-easily-beats-errani-to-reach-us-open-sf/52658/

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Rog doesn't have an easy draw, as things have panned out. 

In the last 2 years, Rog is 1-1 vs. Monfils, and Monfils has played the most solid tennis here than he has ever been at any majors in his career (zero sets dropped).  While on paper, it would be more glamorous had Rog met Dimitrov in the QF, I think Monfils is a tougher customer.

Rog's potential SF match is going to be Berdych who is 2-1 against Rog in the past 2 years, including a 4 set win right here at the USO 2 years ago when Rog was in excellent form coming off from his Wimbledon win.

So you anti-Feds can still lick your chops for an upset.  It's a win-win for y'all.  If Rog loses to either of these players, you can say that it's time for him to retire.  And if he beat them both, you can still sing the "Easy Draw" song.

Here's hoping Cillic upsetting Berdych just so these ignorants can even sing that song louder.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/us-open-federer-d-bautista-agut/52657/

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In recent slams past,, the pattern with Rog has been that he would demolish the early rounds' opponents and then get somewhat unglued in the latter stages of the tournament.

It looks like so far that he seems to work his tennis into form.  He hasn't exerted full effort in every step.  Staying focused in every game and set is mentally exhausting.  He's reserving energy in his tank.  His constant rushing the net is like watching a new player.  It's fascinating.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/us-open-federer-d-bautista-agut/52657/

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@Sebastian Swede The party might be over for La Monf on the next round, but Roger is not going to take him for granted and underestimate him.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/monfils-unplugged/52654/

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“Well, sometimes I just feel like I want a Coke, you know? And I drink a Coke.”


Haha.  Words of wisdom.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/09/monfils-unplugged/52654/

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She's so quirky.  I love the fact that Gael is her "best friend."  That's just sweet.

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I have zero worry about Rog losing the first set.  Had the next 3 sets been close, maybe.  But he breadsticked Marcel mercilessly.  It should have been 76 61 61.  But on a suddenly stormy and humid day, even the flustered Dimitrov got bageled in the first set before turning it around.  Energy wise, even though it went to 4 sets, it was Rog's shortest match of the tournament. I'd consider the 19 minute playtime before the rain delay was a practice session for Rog to then mow his opponent down in about 90 minutes thereafter.

Agut might be a tougher test simply because they haven't played before and usually it takes Rog a few minutes to read their game.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/us-open-federer-d-granollers/52621/

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@FuzzyLogic @IdleTime That was a handsome, poised and charismatic young man sitting next to MJ. I wouldn't cast him in a role of a "shoe shine boy", even in a crude comedy.  MJ promotes athletic shoes.  Why would they need to be shined?  Sorry.  Still not funny.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/royal-box-his-airness-now-a-member-of-club-fed/52548/

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@tamaskee @IdleTime @Duke Tennis Except that the video has gone viral and most of everyone is enjoying the humorous moment.  It was simply humorous because somehow the ball hit Marinko's butt, that it was unintentional.  Sometimes a moment is funny, regardless of anyone's expenses.  Marinko is not a baby whose feelings need protection from you.  For everyone who instinctively laughed at that moment, I guess they should feel ashamed of themselves?  Typical of Anti-Fedders to make a mountain out of a mole, yet again.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/photos-video/2014/08/video-federers-post-point-tweener-hits-matosevic-roger-jordan-laugh/52552/

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@skmind Federer on several occasions in his career has stated that one of his sports idol is Michael Jordan.  Now he's grown up and a sports legend himself and able to meet his sports idol, why the hell not?  Even if it transpired through a business opportunity.  I don't think it's all that feigned.  

Image is the least of Federer's problems.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/royal-box-his-airness-now-a-member-of-club-fed/52548/

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Any top players could thwart Diego Dwarfman playing 50%.  There's actually a modern day male tennis player who is 5'7" tall?

I thought in the 3rd set Djokovic was quite irritable as if the his surroundings were  a nuisance for him and just didn't want to be out there.

4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/us-open-djokovic-d-schwartzman/52530/

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@nicky1 @IdleTime I don't think you understand the meaning of "face value" then.

4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/fans-longing-nadal-says-federer-not-players/52513/

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@Take That I wouldn't say *all* of his matches.  He can afford to have a 4 setter or two.  And of course it takes mental energy to play like Rog does.  But the other issue is the physical.  If he can shorten his time on court, it wouldn't hurt his chance.  But then again he has to strike that balance against not having any challenging matches before heading into the battle finals.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/federers-confidence-soaring-before-us-open/52516/

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Roger is simply being matter-of-fact.  As he often does even when talking about his achievements.  But don't read too much into it, like he "fears" Nadal or something.  Quit projecting and putting your thoughts into his words.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/fans-longing-nadal-says-federer-not-players/52513/

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#1 seed vs. #2 seed finals and #1 seed prevails?  The  stats don't support it.

In the past 30 USOs, there have been only eight 1 vs 2 finals.  That's 1 out of 4 times.

And in the 8 times that occurred, #2 has the winning edge of 5-3 against #1.

There have been 10 champions that were seeded as #1, and an equal amount of champions that were seeded #2. #1 made it to the finals 16 times, #2 14 times.

Therefore, while it's slightly more challenging for #2 to make it to the finals than #1, #2 has a better record in the finals.  10-4 vs. 10-6.

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