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@RichSimmons DC atmosphere is different.  With Rog and the team supporting him, he can find inspiration.  Let's see how he performs at WTF before we can say that he's lost his form.  After all, he did contribute to the Swiss team getting to the finals.

1 day, 10 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/berdych-reaches-quarterfinals-at-paris-masters/53165/

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I hope Andy has enough left in his tank to give another strong performance against Novak.  Gotta give Novak the edge on this one.  But of course Andy can upset.

So the top 8 players made to the QFs.  Well, except for, of course, Wawrinka.  At least, he won't be like potentially for Federer burned out for DC.

The QF matchups are rather quite appropirate.  Grinder vs. grinder (Murray/Djokovic, Ferrer/Nishikori) .  Hard hitter vs. hard hitter (Berdych/Anderson, Federer/Raonic).

Man! Rog, like Novak, has potentially tough two rounds before the finals.

1 day, 11 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/autumn-death-march/53170/

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Atta way to do it.  Qualifying by winning, and not by others losing.

1 day, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/murray-gaining-confidence-after-five-consecutive-weeks-play/53169/

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@suebforever @Tennis He's been too busy playing.  They have a week off next week.  He'll visit his barber then.  If not, then I'd worry what his flat might be like.

1 day, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/murray-gaining-confidence-after-five-consecutive-weeks-play/53169/

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@CarlyJoni @IdleTime @froghollow2 DC is definitely not a gimme for the Swiss. ALL of the potential French participants have beaten Rog one time or another.  And Stan is a wild card.  In a way, it's good that they're not playing at home, putting the pressure off of Stan a little bit.

2 days, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/wawrinka-raonic-advance-at-paris-masters/53162/

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@tamaskee @IdleTime @froghollow2 Rog and Chardy are 1-1, both were played this year.  Both matches went the distance and Chardy beat Rog in the 2 tiebreaks they played and the last match.  Given how hard fought for Rog even when he won, I say that Chardy's win wasn't a fluke.  I say that was a tough match up for Rog, especially for an opening match, when Rog is still trying to find his form on a new surface.  I was worried for Rog *before* the match started.  An upset was very likely.  I wouldn't worry as much if this were a second match for Rog.  Novak is 5-1 lifetime against Kohlschreiber.  He is the perfect beginning match for Novak to warm up and get the groove to meet Monfils/Isner in the second match.

And Novak is 10-0 against Monfils.  Potential QF match against Murray is anti-climatic b/c Murray will probably be gassed and Dimitrov is still no match for the big guns.

2 days, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/wawrinka-raonic-advance-at-paris-masters/53162/

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@tamaskee @IdleTime @froghollow2 Tough draws are individualistic, match-ups, not by marquee names.  Kohlschreiber is an easy opponent for Novak as Novak has owned him.  When I said it was a tough draw for Rog, I meant it was a tough draw for *him*, not comparing it against any other players on the other side.  And I was saying that it was a tough initial match to draw.  I wasn't necessarily saying from here on out.  Rog could have been easily eliminated today.  His next opponent should be easy (a young new player).  But I don't think Raonic is easy for Rog in a 2/3 set match, similar to Karlovic.  And if Berdych survives to the semis, he is a very tough opponent for Rog.

2 days, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/wawrinka-raonic-advance-at-paris-masters/53162/

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@Jonjoe1959 No one is demonizing D. King, whoever he is.  I have witnessed poor behavior on court plenty of time, but never a racquet bouncing on linespeople.  So, to me, it was pretty unnerving to watch.  And I honestly wouldn't care so much had he shown a little concern.  And ppl here wouldn't label the woman as an actress.  Silly heartless people who apparently can detect good/bad acting.

2 days, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/photos-video/2014/10/video-player-defaulted-after-thrown-racquet-hits-line-judge/53160/

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@froghollow2 The two previous matches they played went the distance.  And Chardy beat Rog on one of them (on clay).  Chardy has a huge game that apparently unnerves Roger's.  Also, the court at Bercy is terribly slow.  It's like they were playing on rubber and in slow-motion.  It took a while for Roger to find his rhythm and game on the surface, whereas Chardy had already played a match on it 2 days ago.  So glad Roger squeezed by.  It's a tough draw for Rog to meet Chardy right off the bat.

2 days, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/wawrinka-raonic-advance-at-paris-masters/53162/

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@ixvnyc @IdleTime @cscharap @TedTennis You have knowledge of a lawsuit being filed?  And that she's the type of person who can fake react so instantaneously?  A racquet bounces on my back.  Quick!  Fall down!  Score!  Lawsuit!

2 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/photos-video/2014/10/video-player-defaulted-after-thrown-racquet-hits-line-judge/53160/

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@Cindy1 @IdleTime He looked at her for a few moments, hands on hip, then walked away before she got up?  People gathered around her and he wasn't one of them.  If it were me, I'd stay with her to make sure that she got up and everything is fine.  He spent that time justifying himself to the umpire.

2 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/photos-video/2014/10/video-player-defaulted-after-thrown-racquet-hits-line-judge/53160/

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@Jonjoe1959  It could be nothing at the end of the day. But I take issue on the demonizing of someone who could be genuinely hurt or shocked.

2 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/photos-video/2014/10/video-player-defaulted-after-thrown-racquet-hits-line-judge/53160/

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@SandyDeMarco @IdleTime I'm not saying that it's not big news and occasion for his family.  But for everyone else, it's little consequence.  His first match as a father, his first win as a father, his first cup of coffee as a father...  It would have been a real deal if he were the mother who had to carry the child and had to take time off from the tour.  Not sure what him having a baby got to do with his tennis.  And I'm not saying that it shouldn't have been reported.  I'm just hoping that it would stop from here on out.

2 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/verdasco-beats-simon-to-reach-3rd-round-in-paris/53155/

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@cscharap @IdleTime @TedTennis I didn't say "no one" was convinced.  I said *you* weren't convinced yet you awarded her the Oscar.

You don't know the impact on her back.  The whole thing was slo-mo down for us to see so it might not seem to everyone that it could be painful.  I just don't see the reason why she would act that way.  It wasn't like she was playing against him and found a way to earn herself an extra point.  She could be very hurt, or she was just shocked and stayed down to collect herself together, or on her way collapsing on the floor her knee knocked the concrete.  

The point of the article is a warning for player to not act violently on court slamming racquet near linespeople.  And you're turning this into an acting award show.

2 days, 20 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/photos-video/2014/10/video-player-defaulted-after-thrown-racquet-hits-line-judge/53160/

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@cscharap @TedTennis @IdleTime From my observation, when the frame struck her back, it looked like it would hurt.  I honestly don't see any reason why she would overreact.  Does she have a personal vendetta against King?

And I don't know why you would award her an Oscar.  Obviously, to you she didn't act that convincingly.

2 days, 21 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/photos-video/2014/10/video-player-defaulted-after-thrown-racquet-hits-line-judge/53160/

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@skmind Why are ppl over-reading and projecting on simple quotes?

2 days, 22 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/world-tour-finals-update-six-playing-paris-four-spots/53156/

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One match at a time.  Jeremy Chardy is not an easy customer for anyone.  And he and Rog are 1-1 this year.  And in the match Rog won, it went the distance.  Rog lost both tiebreaks he has played against Chardy.

It is not necessarily an easy draw for Rog, just b/c it doesn't have marquee names in it.

2 days, 22 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/bercy-breakdown/53149/

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The racquet didn't just land on her back.  The frame struck her first back first, which could hurt significantly.

And King wasn't too concern about her at all.  He was more concerned about losing the point and was annoyed that the match was delayed.  Another typical bratty athlete.

2 days, 22 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/photos-video/2014/10/video-player-defaulted-after-thrown-racquet-hits-line-judge/53160/

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Let this be the last time articles and interviewer and Novak talk about Novak being the new father.  This little news is playing out a bit too ad nauseum.  Let's focus on his play and his fight to stay number 1.

"I'm playing for my boy..."  Ugh.  Please.  Just.  Stop.

2 days, 22 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/verdasco-beats-simon-to-reach-3rd-round-in-paris/53155/

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@Sal No.  If Novak and Rog meet in the finals of both tournaments and Rog beat Novak both times, Rog can indeed be #1 of the year.  If Novak loses early in either or both tournaments, Rog doesn't have to win the tournaments to be #1.  "All" Rog has to do net over 490 points over Novak in these two tournaments.  Even if he nets just over 350 points, Rog can still have a chance of being #1 the following week, provided he wins his two DC matches.

4 days, 13 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/djokovic-vies-to-hold-off-federer-for-no-1/53148/

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It's good for tennis at this late stage of the year to have a #1 ranking at stakes with two players playing extremely well contending for it.  Can't ask for more.

4 days, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/djokovic-vies-to-hold-off-federer-for-no-1/53148/

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She looks older because she *is* older.  Duh people.  I find it hilarious when ppl compare pics of her old self to her current self, they use pics that was from like 10-20 years ago.  Who would fare well in that scenario?  Also, I think genetically she has a kind of face/skin that doesn't age well.  I actually think she looks better than compared to like 5 years ago?

4 days, 14 hours ago on Renee Zellweger issues statement about new face: ‘I’m glad folks think I look different’

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Well, it's good to see Andy play with a purpose.  Trying to qualify for WTF has made him a warrior in these past weeks.  Well done.

With Nadal being out, Andy has pretty much sewn up his place there, even if it's not mathematically official yet.

He's currently in the top of the 4 remaining spots.  The boy can relax a little now.

4 days, 22 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/murray-rallies-past-robredo-to-win-valencia-open/53142/

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@skmind @IdleTime @Unforced Error We've discussed this.  Paris is a cushion tournament which he has contemplated of skipping this year depending on how he progresses and feels.  Basel is not an option for him to skip (unless he's injured).  Like it or not, Basel is more important to him than Paris.

I don't disagree with your assessment of him might be overplaying.  But only he and his team truly know how his body is holding up.  I am certain if he wakes up the next few days not feeling totally together, he would withdraw Paris.

Just because his plan and tournament preference doesn't coincide with your method doesn't mean that he is inflicted with some sort of "disease".  Have a little respect and confidence in his choices.  He is a 33 y.o. tennis player who's threatening to return to #1.  That doesn't come about by him being reckless and stupid.

5 days, 11 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/federer-beats-goffin-for-6th-swiss-indoors-title/53140/

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Got to say that Simona was pretty stupid for not tanking her last RR match against Ana.  Not because she should be afraid of a Serena rematch, but that she wore herself out for playing a meaningless barn burning match.  Why couldn't her team teach her tournament strategy?

5 days, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/williams-beats-halep-to-win-wta-finals-title/53138/

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@jl1234 While he didn't win a slam, his best of 5 matches record this year is second to none, if you are judging his slam and DC W-L records this year.

5 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/federer-beats-goffin-for-6th-swiss-indoors-title/53140/

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@Ryguy "Predicting"?  I'd call it "wishful thinking."

5 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/federer-beats-goffin-for-6th-swiss-indoors-title/53140/

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@Genetica97 @IdleTime I'd say that he's in the "race" for #1.  "Fight" connotes that he's wrestling it with Novak, which I don't think is on his mind, what I can gather from him in recent interviews.

5 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/federer-beats-goffin-for-6th-swiss-indoors-title/53140/

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@skmind @IdleTime @Unforced Error You said that the "Sampras disease" struck him, implying that he played Basel to be #1.  My point is that he would never skip Basel for whatever reason, except if he's unhealthy/hurt, which only happened I think once.  You have also stated that he would tank his match against Dimitrov.  I called that nonsense given his persistent participation and great success in Basel.  The ensuing result, as well as history, proved me right.  And you're still singing the same tune it seems.  

He wouldn't risk his healthy for #1.  He is the big picture kind of guy.

5 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/federer-beats-goffin-for-6th-swiss-indoors-title/53140/

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Not always easy, this Basel title was pretty much in the bag for Rog.  I knew that Nadal wouldn't be competitive enough to make it to the finals to meet Rog.

Basel's schedule was never convenient for Rog (too crammed in with the other masters).  But he loves playing it because it's his hometown.  While I never liked the fact that he feels he has to play it here every year for sentimental reasons, it's good to see him win and that he plays for the love of his fans and country.  It's good to see him happy.  When you have achieved everything in the book, love takes over as a prime motivator.

5 days, 19 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/federer-beats-goffin-for-6th-swiss-indoors-title/53140/

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@Genetica97 I honestly don't think Rog is "fighting" for #1.  He plays if he's healthy, competitive and enjoying it.  And if winning aids him to #1, he'll take it.  Why not?

5 days, 19 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/federer-beats-goffin-for-6th-swiss-indoors-title/53140/

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@skmind @Unforced Error He would never skip Basel.  We've been through this.  #1 ranking got nothing to do with it.

5 days, 19 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/federer-beats-goffin-for-6th-swiss-indoors-title/53140/

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Ivo is a big boy.  He can handle a boisterous crowd against him.  He's a professional.  His game is also very boring to watch.  Ace after ace after ace.  So a 2nd serve might bring some rally into the game is probably some was cheering for.

6 days, 6 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/federer-defeats-karlovic-to-reach-hometown-final/53131/

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I think it's ironic and hilarious that with a serve like Karlovic's and he was in the zone today with like a gazillion serves clocked in that he got broken by Rog in the 3rd set at love.  Tennis is really a mental game and that's how Federer is always the superior player to many opponents with whatever formidable weapons being thrown against him.

The key to winning against a big server like Ivo is to stay with him as long as possible, dragging the match out as long as possible.  That's why I was relieved and more secure that Rog would come through in the end when he won the first set.  That meant that if Ivo were to win, he'd have to continue to serve like he has into the 3rd set.  And as most often with any player who's mentally and physically spent, the serves are the first to suffer.

Rog pretty much has this title in the bag.


6 days, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/federer-defeats-karlovic-to-reach-hometown-final/53131/

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Good article!  For the reason that it mixes both WTA and ATP dramas.

6 days, 22 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/serving-honor/53126/

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@skmind I hope Fed tanks more often.  He wins when he tanks.  :)

1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/rafael-nadal-pulls-out-of-paris-masters/53118/

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@skmind @IdleTime @TedTennis I saw the match. I didn't get the feeling he was "disinterested".  I agree that he seemed annoyed at times, but that would be antithesis to being "disinterested".  I think he was annoyed that he couldn't play better and win the match more easily.  If one of his missions is to be #1, then his focus would be to win every single match he's scheduled to play.

I'm not crazy about the idea myself mostly because the Basel schedule always seems so inconvenient, but make no mistake it is one of Rog's most favorite tournaments.  He has been in the finals there more than any other tournament he's ever played, if that's proof of anything.

Yes, he's serious about DC, but that is a long way away and it doesn't/shouldn't affect Basel.  Furthermore, Basel is an opportunity for him to net 500 points on Novak.

Contemplating on skipping Paris was about how many matches he might potentially end up playing prior to that tournament.  If he exited early in Shanghai, he would decide to play Paris for sure.  So winning Shanghai and then potentially Basel would give him pause to participate in that event, as he doesn't want to wear out his body.  He will assess his health at the end of Basel.

I agree that DC is more important to him than #1.  That's why Paris is a cushion tournament for him.  He would never participate in an elective tournament and then tank a match.

1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/raonic-beats-young-to-reach-swiss-indoors-quarters/53112/

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@froghollow2 I don't think he played "poorly".  I don't even think he started out slowly.  He held comfortably until that sixth game when he got broken in a tough service game.   Denis played well, but unfortunately for him, you can't win a match in one set.  Interestingly, last year they met in the same round with Istomin winning the first set as well.  And the following QF match, Roger met, as in this year, Dimitrov.  He defeated in Dimitrov in straights.  Deja vu this year?

1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/raonic-beats-young-to-reach-swiss-indoors-quarters/53112/

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@skmind @IdleTime @TedTennis I see what you're saying.  He would have to play 5 matches in a row.  He would then start Paris 3 days later and play 5 matches in a row (if he wins every round).

Even so, he's not going to tank in his hometown tournament.  Like it or not, bad strategy or good strategy, the this hometown tournament is important to him.  He wants to win every single match there.  Remember, he had said in Shanghai that there's a possibility that he might skip one of the tournaments leading up to WTF, depending on how he performs.  Historically, he has skipped Paris and never Basel.  So you can see which tournament means more to him, sentimentally.

1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/raonic-beats-young-to-reach-swiss-indoors-quarters/53112/

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@tamaskee @Pvessel Well, Rog was surprised at the big response in France from his clay picture tweet.  And then he realized that DC is important in France and he said so, meaning he shouldn't have been so surprised.  What's the big deal at what he said?!  Geez Luise!

1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/federer-shrugs-simons-comments-davis-cup-sparring-begins/53116/

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@skmind @TedTennis Istomin is a dangerous player.  He's given Rafa tough matches even if the scores aren't close.  He gave Rog a hard time last year as well (winning the first set).  I don't think it had anything to do with it being a back-to-back match for Rog.  He was on court for 47 minutes yesterday; nothing more than a practice session.  He played back-to-back matches in Shanghai and defeated Djokovic.  If he loses to Dimitrov tomorrow, it will have little to do with him being tired.  I don't expect Roger losing though.  Dimitrov's game is not much like Istomin's.  Rog beat in straights last year at the same tournament.

1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/raonic-beats-young-to-reach-swiss-indoors-quarters/53112/

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@DjordjeLezajic @IdleTime Roger doesn't necessarily have to win all three tournaments to be #1.  If he wins Basel, then all he has to do is advance further than Novak in Paris and London.  Remember, Roger can also then earn an additional 140 points at Davis Cup.  Also, the pressure is on Nole.  He wants the #1 YE more than Roger.

1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/djokovic-becomes-father-baby-boy-stefan-will-play-paris-masters/53097/

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Funny.  After seeing a few clips of him playing recently, I thought he looks a like homeless dude playing in the ATP.  The unruly hair reminds of the young McEnroe.

1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/when-andy-attacks/53088/

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Good timing on baby arrival, nearly a week before his next tournament.  I don't want to hear any excuses if he loses early.


Roger returns to #1 when he had his first twins, and this year he's playing his best for a long time after giving birth to another pair of twins.

1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/djokovic-becomes-father-baby-boy-stefan-will-play-paris-masters/53097/

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@Take That  Nadal is being perceptive here.  That's what I said in the other thread.  Fed vs. Novak's matches are almost always so well played.  They match up very well.  In recent years, it's almost 50-50 every time they play as to predicting who's going to win.  That unpredictability makes a good rivalry.

Theirs don't get as much attention as when they pair w/ Nadal because most often they are not the #1 and #2 players in the world when they play each other.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/forward-thinking/53019/

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@Rafessi @IdleTime @Lone Wolf What doesn't make sense?  That a Nadal fan can praise Federer?

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/10/forward-thinking/53019/

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