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Novak Djokovic separated himself from Andy Murray by bageling his rival in the third set, to capture the Miami Open/Indian Wells sweep.

The way Djokovic distanced himself from Murray today reminded one of Usain Bolt pulling away from the world’s best sprinters at the Olympics. Or Muhammad Ali outclassing and dominating Jerry Quarry or Ernie Terrell.

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Serena Williams blasted 28 winners en route to a dominating 62 60 blowout of Carla Suarez Navarro, which is her eighth Miami Open title and 62nd title overall.

Suarez Navarro looked as helpless as a Mike Tyson knockout victim, watching winner after winner fly by her, too fast and too far out of her reach to even run after.

It’s the fifth time Serena has bested the 26 year old Spaniard who only won ten games in the previous four meetings.

After the match Carla said to Serena at the award ceremony: “To me you’re the best, number one right now.”

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Apr/15

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Carla Suarez Navarro Targets Queen Serena’s Throne…and Top Ranking

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I have to admit, before this week I didn’t know anything about Carla Suarez Navarro, never saw or read one of her interviews, just saw her play her unique and crafty game on TV a few times.

Let’s get to know the young lady from Canary Islands in Spain who will challenge defending Miami Open champion Serena Williams on Saturday afternoon.

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Apr/15

2

I Apologize to Justin Gimelstob

10422074_934634776548692_9028433410728218268_nOnce in a while I have to apologize on Tennis-Prose.com for some of the things I say in previous blogs. Today is one of those days. I apologize for saying Vince Spadea was as good as Michael Chang and I apologize for ridiculing Izzie, John Isner, for choosing Gimel, Justin Gimelstob, as his coach. Even when I saw recently a picture of Gimel, dressed in his Tennis Channel announcing garb, conducting a practice with Izzie, I was obviously wrong in criticizing the New Jersey flash for being a faux coach.

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The Bryan Brothers defeated Anderson/Chardy by winning six straight points in the super tiebreaker from 4-6 down. It won’t get any easier tomorrow in the semis when the Bryans will face John Isner and Sam Querrey who upset Rojer and Tecau in straight sets.

Bob Bryan shared his thoughts on the tough task of facing Quizner. He said it’s a light-hearted friendly battle, until the first point…

“I keep telling him, You’re gonna get us some time. Maybe it will be tomorrow. In the locker room we laugh about it (playing each other). We’re laughing until basically the first point, and then it’s not so… after we see the first ace go by us.”

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Apr/15

1

Serena Works Overtime at Miami Open

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World number one Serena Williams was extended to three sets by Sabine Lisicki today at the Miami Open. Today’s quarterfinal win was also the 700th match win in Serena’s near two decade career.

The WTA and Miami Open presented Serena with a nice chocolate cake after the match (which I watched in the press box with Harry Cicma, above photo, and Peter Bodo). But Serena wasn’t in much of a mood to celebrate. Right after Serena defeated Sabine, I went to play some singles with my photographer friend Tony.

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Apr/15

1

The Hidden Gem: Su-Wei Hsieh

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Su-Wei Hsieh practiced on Monday for over two hours on a practice court at the Miami Open. It was her off day after before a third round doubles match. After the practice with an older male American hitting partner, she walked back to the locker room by herself. Not a single fan recognized or approached her despite the Yonex bag on her shoulder and her fit tennis figure, she made the three minute trek without signing one autograph or taking one fan photo.

Last year Hsieh, now 29, was the number one player in the world in doubles, she won Wimbledon and French Open titles with Peng Shuai. She’s also won two WTA singles titles, both in 2012 in Malaysia (vs. Petra Martic) and Guangzhou (in a three set marathon vs. Laura Robson, 6-4 in the third).

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Mar/15

31

Halepmania Inspiring Simona at Miami Open

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Simona Halep is becoming a sensation. I spoke with a Romanian journalist, Gabriel Morariu, the only one here covering her and he shared some interesting facts about the WTA World No. 3 ranked player.

Halep has admitted that the only way she can become number one in the world is when Serena retires. Her primary goal is not to be number one in the world but to win her first major.

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Mar/15

30

Sock Pospisil Shoot Down Fognelli at Miami Open

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Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil manhandled the Australian Open doubles champs Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli, or Fognelli, 62 63.

I arrived at the match at 2-1 for the Italians with Pospisil serving down 0-30. He dug out and held with two brilliant plays – a forehand touch cross court volley that made Sock mouth, “Wooowww.” And a service winner on deciding point that evoked from Sock, “Nice serve Vasek.”

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Mar/15

29

Miami Open Sunday Report

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Down goes Rafa, for the second time in a row to his former pigeon Verdasco. If this is not a sign of a decline in Rafa, I don’t know what is.

There is a minute decline. Rafa dominated Verdasco over ten times in a row and now has lost two in a row to the Madrid lefty. But Rafa was very honest and elaborate in his post match press conference. He admitted he was tight and that he is missing confidence. Also that he’s won so much and doesn’t need to win anymore but he still WANTS to win more.

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