A bit dead around here without Fed and Rafa in Miami.

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  1. Fastpace Ace

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    Such a pity. No?
     
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  2. Mike Sams

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    That tells us everything we need to know about the sport. Most people are fans of players, not of the sport.
    Not that there's anything wrong with it. Most people were fans of Tyson, not of boxing.
     
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  3. romeo8880

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    I think all the retirements and walkovers may have something to do with it.
     
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  4. Mike Sams

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    Djokovic's got this! 14th Masters title coming up...
     
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  5. Fastpace Ace

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    True that my man!
     
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  6. forzamilan90

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    No it's just some of us are a but busy pulling off pranks tonight instead of watching
     
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  7. schenkelini

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    Yeah I am glad I had tickets for IW and not Miami.
     
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  8. sportsfan1

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    Saw some of the Isner match today on ESPN3, but in general watching replays/highlights of previous Fed and Rafa matches (not necessarily versus each other). Fedal withdrew and now JMDP out as well, don't know who's going to draw the crowds. I would probably watch Haas, Almagro matches.
     
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  9. I think fans of the game are more occupied going out and playing. Even in the 80s and 90s the guys that were worth watching were few IMO. Tennis is just not that fun to watch unless you have an extreme talent. I mean I love tennis and after a day at Indian Wells I have completely had my fill of watching pro tennis.

    I could play 4-5 times a week though.
     
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  10. Mike Sams

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    The sport needs epic matches and epic rivalries. Some of the best rivalries involved Nadal (his wars with Federer, Djokovic, Murray). He plays such a different and dynamic game that people have no choice but to pay attention. He's like Mike Tyson. Like him or hate him, you can't help but to take notice.
     
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  11. tudwell

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    I usually love the early rounds of tournaments, but there really haven't been too many interesting match-ups so far. I watched Djokovic-Rosol, but that was a dud. There's lots of great players in the draw, but none of them have played each other yet.
     
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  12. Relinquis

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    wait until the next round... when the higher ranked player face one another...

    this round, dimitrov Vs. murray should be interesting.

    P.S. If they had given Gulbis a wild card it would have shaken things up quite a bit imo...
     
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  13. Cindysphinx

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    This seems to happen a lot. Most everyone is healthy enough to play UW, but injuries take a big toll on Miami.

    I'll take IW, thanks.
     
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  14. rafan

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    Well just by watching any of the professionals or non professionals you can still learn a lot
     
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    There's nothing really coming up in the new generation to excite. That's the problem. None of the younger guys looks like they have the potential. The only one who does to my eyes is Tomic but he hasn't got the work ethic.
     
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  16. West Coast Ace

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    On a related note, this shows the penalty that the tour faces with their uneven schedule. Having 2 1000's back to back is stupid. Only hard core fans have the endurance to follow it for 4 weeks.
     
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  17. Fiji

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    The new generation is awful. Worst tennis generation ever. Maybe the players born in the mid 90s/late 90s will be better.
     
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  18. grolson1993

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    i would have to disagree, there are a lot of good up and comers...not necessarily from US but there are some good players for sure...
     
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    From the desert to the topics is a harsh shift.
     
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  20. PhotoBlue

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    The atmosphere is anything but dead. There's so many South American fans there. Whenever a south American player is playing, the fans of that country go and watch and cheer very loudly and heckle the other player. You guys should have seen Belucci vs. Janowicz. That was like a Davis cup match in Brazil. And I was in the front row for that... Great match even though 95% of the crowd was for Belucci. It was kind of unfair. But you have to learn to tune it out, which Janowicz didn't do, and so he lost the match.
     
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  21. ruerooo

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    I think Ferru-Nishikori will be interesting. Ferru looks to be in much better form than the last couple of tournaments, and Kei will be looking for revenge from that AO loss.

    Is Tommy Haas playing Nico Almagro? Without doubt, I would watch that too.
     
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  22. Towser83

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    I belive haas is playing djokovic
     
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  23. monfed

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    You mean it's dead without Federer, yes I agree.
     
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  24. Sid_Vicious

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    Not really. Nadal probably gets just as much or possibly even more support than Federer does in Miami.
     
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  25. Steve0904

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    Yeah it is a bit dead there's no denying. I just don't have as much interest in Murray or Djokovic. If their matches are on when I turn tennis on my TV I'll watch, but I'm not setting my alarm clock to go off whenever a Djokovic or Murray match is supposed to come on. That's how I feel.
     
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  26. Fastpace Ace

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    I thought I was a hard core fan. :oops:
     
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    How come?b
     
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    There's a large Latin American population in Miami that is very partisan towards South American/Spanish players, and Nadal is by far the most famous and successful Spanish speaking tennis star.
     
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  29. FedExpress17

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    Im glad Fed is getting some rest. :) Wouldnt be much use on slow hardcourtsnow anyway given his recent form coupled with his back. :( Would have liked to see Nadal in Miami though...... Could have had interesting matches with Murray and or Djokovic which would have provided a slight indicator for the upcoming clay season......
     
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    i dont know what pros tennis greatness-curves are....i enjoy watching the younger atp pros...dimitriov, tomics, raonics, etc. all around 21 or 22 and plenty of hours to perfect and enhance their games in various directions. j janowicz has had moments of tennis genius as well. im enjoying the miami tournament.
     
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    I fear for how the clay season will turn out. It's an absolute must that he's 100% fit or the 31 year old won't be able to do much on the physically demanding clay courts against his younger opponents.

    He is still #2 now but that can change real quick, as I don't think he will defend his Madrid title. On the other hand, I'm thinking now: Who HAS got something to gain in the clay season. Nadal won everything except Madrid. So even he wins everything he won't take the #2 ranking. Djokovic is already #1 but yeah he can collect some points if he can beat Nadal here and there. Murray can also get points but.. Murray on clay, we'll have to wait and see.

    Anyway Federer really needs to lift up his game.. he's only #7 in the ATP race and his 4 week break has just begun.
     
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    You mean ... you *didn't* get up at 4:30am (if you live in ET) to watch Rafa-Verdasco and the 2009 Federer-Nadal AO final?

    :shock:

    :)
     
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    Well ... I've seen the Monte Carlo roster, and he's not competing there.

    I haven't seen his full clay schedule, though. Where is he competing before Madrid ... just Halle?
     
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  34. Fastpace Ace

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    Well I have had my times. I remember when I didn't want to pay for cable for a full year, so, I would go rent a motel room just to watch Grand Slam matches.
    :)
     
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    What President said, but also because I have a friend who went to the tournament in 2009 and said that the Nadal-love was off the charts. I'm sure his big win at the AO also contributed to that.
     
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  36. cucio

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    You mean bit dead around TW or around Miami?

    As for TW, I have to say... fook yeah! The tardism is reduced to much more manageable levels, with some exceptions like the moronic 'Djokovic doesn't like to lose thread' and so. Discussion here is way smaller, but noticeably more focused on tennis than on personality traits.

    I love watching R&R play tennis (when they are not mugging it up), but TW definitely will win when they are retired.
     
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