Archive for March 2012

Mar/12

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Final Observations at The Sony Ericsson


Watching some of the three set physical battles of Nadal, Tsonga, Ferrer, Djokovic this week, the idea sparked: Maybe the ATP should consider to drop slams from best of five to best of three during the first week of action or first four rounds. Maybe even entirely. It’s scary how much physicality is required by the players to win matches now, the points are marathons in themselves sometimes.

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Mar/12

30

Radek Stepanek Biofile

Inspirations: “My tennis inspiration – I’m taking all my inspiration from somewhere else because I see a lot of great athletes playing well in a higher number of ages. And this is what is inspiring me to do the same in my sport.”

First Famous Tennis Player You Met: “Hmm, good question…Thomas Muster. He was playing an exhibition against Slava Dosedel in Czech Republic, in a town where I lived for a few years. And I think I was 12 or 13, I just had to warm him up for the exhibition. And I was badly nervous [smiles].”

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Mar/12

29

Paes and Stepanek Just Crushed The Bryans

A masterclass performance by Paes and Step. They moved the match to court one because Maria and Caro went long. I get there at 3-2 Paes/Step and they are up a break already. The court is packed, I mean jam packed.

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Mar/12

29

What Happened To Fish?


Scoop, help me out here. Did you see the match? Fish loses 1 and 3 to Monaco??!! How did that happen? What did they force-feed Fish a pizza before the match? Monaco is one of those players who looks great beating up on the lesser-ranks of the tour, but when he faces a top player, he usually is worse than Almagro in coming up with a big win. Geez, what a terrible event for the American men in Miami.

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Mar/12

28

Random Tennis Player Biofile: Naomi Yamaguchi

Occupation: Freelancer for Tennis Japan magazine. Spotted At: Media Center at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, FL. First Tennis Memory: Wimbledon, Steffi Graf winning in 1987, I saw it on TV. She’s the same age as me. When I was playing she was my idol. I also remember the Becker final at Wimbledon.” […]

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We all remember how Rafael Nadal claimed before this year’s Australian Open that shortly before the tournament began he was suffering “the worst knee pain I ever felt in my life.”

Of course, Nadal reached the finals and played and lost the epic five set marathon with Novak Djokovic on that supposedly weakened knee, despite not showing any signs of pain or even a limp during the fortnight.

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Mar/12

27

Why Guga Loves Playing Tennis

The newly elected International Hall of Famer Gustavo Kuerten was here at the Sony Ericsson Open this past weekend and at his press conference I asked him the simple question, Why do you love playing tennis?

“Why do I love playing tennis,” Guga asked himself again, for a slight pause to contemplate the unexpected query and then he began his response. “Because the relation, I think love – you have maintaining. It’s not you just love and it is like this…every day you have like a flower…

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Mar/12

27

Watching Paes and Stepanek


Paes and Stepanek are on Court one for a doubles match vs. the Brits Fleming and Hutchins on Monday night at the Sony Ericsson. From the first point, it’s a tight battle and a terrific match to watch. Paes and Stepanek survive break points in their early service games and win the deuce-deciders to keep it level, though the Brits are holding serve comfortably.

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Mardy Fish is now working with Mark Knowles as his primary coach. Says Fish: “We have been friends for a long time. He’s one of the best guys around that you’ll come across here. We have been working for – this is the second week. Yeah it will (be ongoing). Certainly on the road. I still work with David Nainkin at home. I have a great relationship with the USTA, at least from my end. Hopefully from their’s too…Knowles is the coach now. I made a change.

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Mar/12

26

Down Goes Isner!

I did not see the match last night. It started really late, but I was shocked to see Isner get beat in straight sets by Florian Mayer. Now I like Mayer’s funky game. He’s like the guy you see playing on the court next to you who’s chopping and slicing and you say to yourself, “I’d kill that guy.” But then when you face him, you realize he’s no pushover.

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