2013 Dubai general discussion - ATP

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2013 Dubai champ:

  1. Federer

    25 vote(s)
    36.8%
  2. Djokovic

    36 vote(s)
    52.9%
  3. Berdych

    1 vote(s)
    1.5%
  4. Tsonga

    1 vote(s)
    1.5%
  5. Del Potro

    3 vote(s)
    4.4%
  6. Tipsarevic

    1 vote(s)
    1.5%
  7. Other

    1 vote(s)
    1.5%
  1. kalyan4fedever

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    classy fed is classy, any match is not easy
     
  2. zagor

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    It's more the consequence of mileage than actual age but yes.
     
  3. merwy

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    You are right. He played absolutely terrible in the first set. Jaziri hit a nice shot here and there but he did really look like a #128 out there. Federer just somehow managed to play even below that level.

    It's strange.. Since the #1 ranking is kinda out of reach (and I don't think Federer is really going for it either), I don't really care what he does in the smaller events anymore. When the Grand Slams start, I'm 100,0% behind Federer, because I know he really wants to win them. But .. the 500 tournaments only really matter for the points (and prize money), I personally don't care how many 500 titles he wins, it just makes his total "Titles won" count look a little better.
     
  4. NoZak Djokovic

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    Come on NOLE, novak to win this with only dropping 2 sets
     
  5. Relinquis

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    Potentially cool matches tomorrow:
    • Del Potro Vs. Baghdatis: I expect DelPo to win, but think it will be competitive.
    • Tsonga Vs. Llodra: All courter Vs. Serve and Volley-er on a fast(ish) court. Both French. Will have the shot of the day for sure. I want Llodra to take it, but if Tsonga does we could see a rematch between him and Berdych after he beat Tomas in the final in Marseille.

    Djokovic is also playing Triocki i think. Don't expect much from that match to be honest.
     
  6. Gonzo_style

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    Who is Triocki?
     
  7. Relinquis

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    Troicki... typo.

    chillax
     
  8. Sorana fan

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    Nole will cruise
     
  9. ultradr

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    Tomic, then Tsonga/Berdych, then Djokovic. It will be like winning a slam for Federer. :)
     
  10. sportsfan1

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    Watching the Fed vs Jazz match almost made me think for a minute that I may be able to take a set off Fed as well ;-), jk.
    I have to really doubt whether Fed is able to get himself motivated at all in most of the tournaments at this point. He's been there, done all of that. On the other hand, if I remember correctly, Djoko has dropped a set in earlier rounds as well to virtual unknowns. Where exactly does Fed's form stand :?
     
  11. Towser83

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    Dubai usually has a good field, easily the best 500 on tour.

    be careful Gonzo - agreeing with a clarky prediction is low percentage ;)
     
  12. Emet74

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    If you read his interviews he says he's intending to put in a solid 4-5 weeks practice after IW which is more than he's done in ages.

    Agree he's phoning it in at the moment, but he does have a plan. Whether it helps or not (or how much) is a different question.
     
  13. abmk

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    he might be aiming to peak from rome ( last CC masters ) to USO ( & then maybe the YEC ) .... we'll see ....

    I don't think he had a poor showing at melbourne .. he had a decent tournament there .... played well in the first 4 matches, did well to fend off a zoning tsonga in the QF... and then after that 5-set battle, fought and stretched a zoning murray to 5 ( though his actual play in the SF could've been a lot better )
     
  14. Duncan Bell

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    I'd wait until Wimbledon before ringing the death knell; like others have said, he has some kind of plan which I believe will be geared towards strong performance at the Slams. I think he's really hungry for another French, more than anything else.
     
  15. ST_spitzertelescope

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    So, great schedule today!

    Tips vs davy
    Del potro vs bagatis
    Djoko vs troicki
    Tsonga vs llodra
     
  16. Duncan Bell

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    Kamke
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    Davy
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    Tursanov
    T-Berd
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    Jo

    My winners
     
  17. Flash O'Groove

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    Davydenko lead Tipsarevic 5-0 at the moment. Does someone watch this match and could tell us something about it. I would love to see Davydenko coming back.
     
  18. Duncan Bell

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    Tipsy is having a dreadful year, so probably a combination of that and Davy on a mini-comeback.

    I see Tomic retired to Hanescu after just 5 games. Anyone know anything?
     
  19. stringertom

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    Yeah, aTomic goes subaTomic with a retirement @2-3, on serve???

    As to Fed, I'll quote Twain...the reports of my demise are greatly exaggerated...he dropped sets last year all over the place in route to a couple of 500 & a MS1000 titles. When are all of you "experts" gonna realize the guy is human and can be off for an hour without it meaning anything more than that??? When the jets get going, the only thing you can post is he's finished??? A win is all he's looking for and sometimes it's better to struggle early so you get a few more balls to play. A 5-7, 6-0, 6-2 line isn't too tragic!
     
  20. Relinquis

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    just tuned into the Davydenko vs. Tipsarevic match... Nikolay up a set but down a break 6-0, 3-4...
     
  21. Big_Dangerous

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    I agree with this, but the Fed of 2006 would have never dropped a set to Malek Jaziri on any surface.
     
  22. Relinquis

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    Yes!

    Nikolay breaks back... 5-5 in the 2nd, having bageled Janko in the first.
     
  23. Relinquis

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    Davydenko Victorious over the 9th in the world!

    6-0, 7-5.
     
  24. Duncan Bell

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    He's 9th in the world on ranking, but not current form; not by a long way.
     
  25. Gonzo_style

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    she thinks that Djokovic will not lose a set until the end of his career :)
     
  26. Gonzo_style

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    I'm not surprised


    What happened with Tomic? Injury or something else?
     
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  27. Relinquis

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    no idea what happened tomic... trying to find details. doesn't seem injury related, but I wasn't watching that match. i was looking forward to seeing him getting out-played by Davydenko.

    Delpo and Baghdatis warming up now.. Should be fun.
     
  28. Relinquis

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    a black cat just ran across the court...
     
  29. Relinquis

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    Marcos Baghdatis takes the first set 6-4... Well done.

    Delpo making a lot more service mistakes than last week. He needs to adjust to playing outdoors.
     
  30. mariecon

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    How can not playing help in that endeavour? He's going to bomb out in the 2nd round from lack of match play.
     
  31. mariecon

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    Yeah Delpo will probably lose since he was the only real threat to Djoko before the final. :roll:
     
  32. rainingaces

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    Would you think serve and volley could work well on these fast courts? I was wondering if Llodra had a chance against Tsonga later?
     
  33. Relinquis

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    I have a feeling Llodra Vs. Tsonga is going to be a fabulous display of all court tennis.

     
  34. jaggy

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    Set all with baggy and Delp
     
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    ...and loads of aces.

    Delpotro seems to be getting on top now.
     
  36. Gonzo_style

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    possible, but Llodra has a bad H2H with JWT
     
  37. Gonzo_style

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    easy tiger
     
  38. Relinquis

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    Marcooooooos with double break points... Only needed one.
     
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    Wow... Delpo must be worried... he was on pushing mode the past rally (longest of the match?).

    I think he needs to move in more, hit angles and maybe try to finish at the net. Trying to hit the corners from behind the baseline will result in too many errors and pushing won't work, he can't out-grind Baghy...

    Match running way from him now...
     
  40. Relinquis

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    Juan-Martin breaks back... He's mixing it up nicely from the baseline now, not pushing or going for broke... variety of spin, pace and angles.
     
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    The delpotro slice backhand is probably the worst shot in the top 10, llol
     
  42. Duncan Bell

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    That is very misleading phraseology...
     
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    0-30 Baghdatis - 2 points away...

    Edit: 15-40, 2 match points!!
     
  44. Relinquis

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    i agree... was too ambiguous. too points to go up a break (he did, delpo eventually broke back*).



    * No relation to the mountain...
     
  45. Relinquis

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    Two match points (break points) for Baghdatis!
     
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    one remaining... can delpo hold serve and stay in the match?!
     
  47. Relinquis

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    Duece!

    Delpo is strong mentally... has been for the past few weeks.
     
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    Long rally gives a match point for Marcos!
     
  49. Duncan Bell

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    Saves 3 MPs. Balls of steel, Juan.
     
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    Deuce again... Marcos hits it into the net... Delpo serves and holds...

    Juan Martin did well to stay in the match. Impressive.
     

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