Dolgopolov in Form

Discussion in 'Pro Match Results and Discussion' started by Love Game, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. Love Game

    Love Game Talk Tennis Guru

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Messages:
    27,293
    Location:
    People's Republik of Kalifornia
    Dolgo's form on the road to Roland Garros is, in a word, "scintillating."

    Yes, I know one match does not form make, and we've all seen Dolgo blow hot and cold since he first broke into the top 100 in January, 2010. One match he dazzles us, the next he disappoints us.

    If his first round Monte Carlo match vs. J.I. Chela (with 21 winners against Chela's one) is any indication of his current form, Alex Dolgo fans are gonna enjoy this clay season all the way to it's destination, Roland Garros! Next step on that road is Dolgo v Tomic in less than an hour.

    So what's your prediction?
    Will Alex stay on track and surpass his best French Open showing of third round? He's currently no. 21 on the ATP world tour rankings and no. 28 on today's Race to London, having improved two levels already this week with his first round victory ...

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    #1
  2. Love Game

    Love Game Talk Tennis Guru

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Messages:
    27,293
    Location:
    People's Republik of Kalifornia
    Dolgo consolidates the early break, 3-0

    hummin along that road so far! ;)

    btw, Bernie's dad is there, looking PO'd ATM
     
    #2
  3. ledwix

    ledwix Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2010
    Messages:
    3,114
    Dolgopolov must be Tomic's most frequent opponent on tour. He's played him 5 times and has only 65 career matches.
     
    #3
  4. Love Game

    Love Game Talk Tennis Guru

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Messages:
    27,293
    Location:
    People's Republik of Kalifornia
    really? I thought it was only four times. maybe one was in challengers? at any rate, of the four I know of, only one was finished in straights, so on paper that might happen again today.

    regardless, Dolgo takes the first set with a break, 6-2
    more errors than yesterday to start, but he's dialing it in. Lookin like Alex is gonna take this one in straights ...
     
    #4
  5. niff

    niff Legend

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2010
    Messages:
    5,390
    Location:
    Henman Hill
    Hope Bern can take this set.
     
    #5
  6. kimbahpnam

    kimbahpnam Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2007
    Messages:
    2,675
    wth....where's the racquet? Trippy.....
     
    #6
  7. Love Game

    Love Game Talk Tennis Guru

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Messages:
    27,293
    Location:
    People's Republik of Kalifornia
    it's there ... but this is just a screen cap, which can't capture fast motion very well at all, so that means the racket is moving very fast :D

    i know you know that already ... it's a good point to show that dolgo has a very fast service motion indeed ...

    =====

    woof! :shock:
    second set almost complete turn-around, atomic taking it 75
     
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2012
    #7
  8. Zildite

    Zildite Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2011
    Messages:
    1,904
    Classic hot and cold Alex.
    Win in the bank. Djokovic in the next round :oops:
     
    #8
  9. Love Game

    Love Game Talk Tennis Guru

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Messages:
    27,293
    Location:
    People's Republik of Kalifornia
    aaaaarrrrrrrgggggghhhhh!!! ooops looks like the monte carlo road w/b a short one after all :oops:

    Bernie did play a lot better in the second set, but Alex went cold in addition, donating 22 UEs that set! :shock:

    ah well, it's been fun, Alex ... see ya in madrid

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    #9
  10. Bobby Jr

    Bobby Jr Legend

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2010
    Messages:
    7,333
    Just watched this match. Man, if Dolgopolov could channel his efforts and not have the lulls he so often does he would be a permanent top 10 player. He's one guy who, with a little more consistency, would be the no-one would want to see in their section of the draw.

    On another note, he should try to coax Fabrice Santoro to play some doubles with him. I'm sure Santoro would still be pretty handy at doubles. They would make an amazingly entertaining combo.
     
    #10
  11. pennc94

    pennc94 Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2006
    Messages:
    753
    Location:
    Maryland
    I know what you mean, but I am not sure their "shenanigans" translate well to doubles.
     
    #11
  12. Love Game

    Love Game Talk Tennis Guru

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Messages:
    27,293
    Location:
    People's Republik of Kalifornia
    Top 10 ... that's what I was wondering about the other day. The highest Alex has been ranked was no. 13 in January of this year, but now he's no. 21

    His game is high risk, and I'm not sure, but sometimes I think he'd rather lose a match than play conservatively ........ seems he should rise in the rankings during the clay season, but there's a lot of competition for the top 10 spots, tho I'd like to see him make it by RG :)
     
    #12
  13. Bobby Jr

    Bobby Jr Legend

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2010
    Messages:
    7,333
    I agree... but, with only minor improvement in consistency, he would be a fundamentally better player than Fish, Isner, Tipsarevic or Almagro.
     
    #13
  14. Marius_Hancu

    Marius_Hancu G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2004
    Messages:
    17,790
    Location:
    Montreal, Canada
    good task to focus on tomorrow :)
     
    #14
  15. Love Game

    Love Game Talk Tennis Guru

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Messages:
    27,293
    Location:
    People's Republik of Kalifornia
    focus is the word. dolgo's as limber as djoko, but he's not as strong. he has maybe as good movement around the court, but he takes more chances ... here goes ...

    [​IMG]
     
    #15
  16. Love Game

    Love Game Talk Tennis Guru

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Messages:
    27,293
    Location:
    People's Republik of Kalifornia
    Oh my. Didnt see this coming. Dolgo takes first set from Djoko 6-2
     
    #16
  17. sillymonkey

    sillymonkey Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2007
    Messages:
    1,684
    Location:
    California
    What a lovely way to wake up...go dolgo
     
    #17
  18. The Bawss

    The Bawss Banned

    Joined:
    May 8, 2011
    Messages:
    2,829
    Location:
    Lyon, France.
    Dolgo owning the resident GOAT. I like it.
     
    #18
  19. JayChu

    JayChu Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2009
    Messages:
    4,380
    Location:
    Toronto, ON
    You do realize that the resident GOAT is suffering from a tragic loss as he found out that his grandfather passed away a few hours ago.
     
    #19
  20. Love Game

    Love Game Talk Tennis Guru

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Messages:
    27,293
    Location:
    People's Republik of Kalifornia
    omg that's terrible for him. no wonder he seems distracted. brave of him to play under the circumstances.

    fanTAStic BH by Alex there. He's putting the no. 1 thru his paces, and novak is up a break here in the second, soooo

    to tell the truth, it might be easier for novak if he doesnt have to play more matches at this tragic time.
     
    #20
  21. ZeroSkid

    ZeroSkid Banned

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2011
    Messages:
    1,441
    Location:
    Canada
    If only Nishikori managed managed to win against berdych he could of owned dogopolov like he did in shanghai, why nishikori, why!
     
    #21
  22. Connors Fan

    Connors Fan Rookie

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2010
    Messages:
    143
    I just love Dolgo, got to see him at Indian Wells. He was the only player I specifically wanted to watch play.

    Sadly, once he reached Nadal, he simply seemed overmatched, and his game didnt translate very well against him. Most fun player to watch right now for me.
     
    #22
  23. Marius_Hancu

    Marius_Hancu G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2004
    Messages:
    17,790
    Location:
    Montreal, Canada
    played well against Djoko, except at the end
    not enough mentally tough
     
    #23
  24. Mainad

    Mainad G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2011
    Messages:
    12,801
    Location:
    Manchester, UK.
    If he had beaten Berdych he would be facing Murray whom he has not taken a set off in their only 2 meetings and if he had beaten Murray he would be facing Djokovic or Haase. He would never have come across Dolgopolov!
     
    #24
  25. ZeroSkid

    ZeroSkid Banned

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2011
    Messages:
    1,441
    Location:
    Canada
    Oh I thought he would be facing the winner of Novak's match, having said that every time nishikori has faced murray he has had nothing left in the tank, like in shanghai when he beat tsonga, berdych and dolgpolov, and then had to face berdych and the he played all of his matches in 5 sets including the win over tsonga at the Australian open and then he had to face murray, I'm not saying he would beat murray but I do think he could have taken a set.
     
    #25
  26. Bobby Jr

    Bobby Jr Legend

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2010
    Messages:
    7,333
    Yep, and a matter of only a couple of inside-in forehands which clipped the tape earlier in the set.

    His temperament which swings between amazing game-craft and all-out winner hitting would make him almost unbeatable if he could just get better at picking his moments to do each. I hope his game matures as he ages - he is so interesting to watch when he's playing well.
     
    #26
  27. boramiNYC

    boramiNYC Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2011
    Messages:
    2,337
    I don't know about Dolgo. He seems to be going through the stylistic limit. Last year was his Cinderella moment but other players are figuring him out. And his loss in Casablanca was so revealing how couldn't save himself when hitting that limit. His confidence might erode slowly once he starts losing more to lower ranked players. Novelty of his game is wearing out and I don't know how he can make any real improvement in his game. :(
     
    #27
  28. Love Game

    Love Game Talk Tennis Guru

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Messages:
    27,293
    Location:
    People's Republik of Kalifornia
    Two Minutes to Match

    [​IMG]

    My prediction is Dolgo in 2 or 3, maybe 3 :)
     
    #28
  29. Love Game

    Love Game Talk Tennis Guru

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Messages:
    27,293
    Location:
    People's Republik of Kalifornia
    wow it's windy out there.
    their tennis togs are blowing around like flags.

    carlos bernardes mentioned something about the wind vis-a-vis court grooming
     
    #29
  30. Russeljones

    Russeljones G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2011
    Messages:
    11,632
    Their 1st meeting, interesting.
     
    #30
  31. Russeljones

    Russeljones G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2011
    Messages:
    11,632
    Verdasco's toss is funny
     
    #31
  32. Marius_Hancu

    Marius_Hancu G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2004
    Messages:
    17,790
    Location:
    Montreal, Canada
    what was this
    bagel, ret.???
    not too good for RG
     
    #32
  33. rainingaces

    rainingaces Legend

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2009
    Messages:
    6,385
    Location:
    UK
    My question to alex is why Douflopalotov?

    There was nothing much wrong why him no fight this one.
     
    #33
  34. Warmaster

    Warmaster Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2012
    Messages:
    3,716
    From what I could see of it, he appeared to have some stomach problems, but I'm not sure.
     
    #34
  35. rainingaces

    rainingaces Legend

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2009
    Messages:
    6,385
    Location:
    UK
    I think that bagel he ate gave him diarrhoea.
     
    Last edited: May 14, 2012
    #35
  36. SLD76

    SLD76 Legend

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2009
    Messages:
    9,781
    Location:
    Minneapolis, North of the Wall
    he is still reeling from the effects of blue clay.
     
    #36
  37. coloskier

    coloskier Legend

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2007
    Messages:
    5,487
    I guess no one told him that he was supposed to play on it, not snort it.
     
    #37
  38. Russeljones

    Russeljones G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2011
    Messages:
    11,632
    Dolgopolov seemed absolutely fine physically. He was struggling with the wind and just couldn't find any sort of form. I guess he simply gave up.
     
    #38
  39. Nostradamus

    Nostradamus G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2011
    Messages:
    12,882
    Location:
    In the future
    Nando's big muscles were just too intimidating.
     
    #39
  40. jakemcclain32

    jakemcclain32 Banned

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2010
    Messages:
    4,228
    Pansy ass thing to do if he did. Lots of players get a bagel and come back strong.

    If there was nothing wrong, and he quit, i've lost all respect for him.
     
    #40
  41. Russeljones

    Russeljones G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2011
    Messages:
    11,632
    Think about it, the guy has plenty of shots, it must be the stuff between his ears that's holding him back.
     
    #41
  42. Rob_C

    Rob_C Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2005
    Messages:
    2,666
    Do you guys have The TennisChannel?? Did you guys watch the match?? The commentators said he hadn't eaten in two days. If that's true I dont know what he was doing out there in the 1st place. Pull out and let a LL at least give a legitimate effort.
     
    #42
  43. Love Game

    Love Game Talk Tennis Guru

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Messages:
    27,293
    Location:
    People's Republik of Kalifornia
    hmmm ... interesting question ... what would be the reaction by spectators if they heard a player had withdrawn because he SAID he hadn't eaten for two days? I wonder whether witnesses would have to be called, given the fact that fans tend to be sceptical of anything they suspect is an "excuse."


    ========================

    anyway ... I'm looking forward VERY MUCH to seeing Alex's performance on one of the show courts (finally). He's playing Benoit Paire on Court 16. Their match is 3rd after McHale/Johansson and Falla/Mahut.

    go, Dolgo, gooooooooo!!!

    [​IMG]
     
    #43
  44. ruerooo

    ruerooo Legend

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2008
    Messages:
    6,495
    Location:
    Right behind you
    That and his blood disorder.

    He's ranked #21 in the world. I'm not sure I'd even be playing, with health problems like he's got.

    Makes it worse when people who don't know what he's struggling with criticize him for other things.

    :-?
     
    #44
  45. Stinkdyr

    Stinkdyr Professional

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2004
    Messages:
    1,246
    I haven't seen Dolgopolov play in a while. Is he still trying to look like Martina Hingis?
     
    #45
  46. rainingaces

    rainingaces Legend

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2009
    Messages:
    6,385
    Location:
    UK
    Real good form against paire. Dolgo is a mug and always will be.
     
    #46
  47. Love Game

    Love Game Talk Tennis Guru

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Messages:
    27,293
    Location:
    People's Republik of Kalifornia
    At every opportunity .....

    [​IMG]
     
    #47
  48. Love Game

    Love Game Talk Tennis Guru

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Messages:
    27,293
    Location:
    People's Republik of Kalifornia
    Hi, ruerooo! :)
    do you by any chance happen to remember the name of that syndrome? I've only heard it mentioned once and I looked it up on that day. Thought I'd never forget the name ... but, of course I have forgotten. all I remember is that, as you said, it's a blood disorder ... it's rare, it's genetic, and it requires intravenous infusion every so often.

    Must admit I was looking forward to the match today, but with all the buffering and fuzziness of the free stream, didnt see much, finally gave up. the part I did see was, I must admit, not Alex at his best. He actually did look tired, even looked disappointed with himself. Seemed listless, washed out, and Paire has been performing pretty well lately. In fact, Paire's grass court record this year is now 5-1.

    just checked the stats. for the year of 2012, dolgo has played 30 matches in toto and has won 16 of them. Contrastingly, paire has played 33 matches and won 18 of them. Not much of a difference, so the point about how alex is currently ranked 21 (while benoit is ranked 51 atm) is a valid one.
     
    #48
  49. Netspirit

    Netspirit Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2009
    Messages:
    4,227
    Location:
    Snoqualmie, WA
    LG, I like your new Wozzy avatar.
     
    #49
  50. Love Game

    Love Game Talk Tennis Guru

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Messages:
    27,293
    Location:
    People's Republik of Kalifornia
    Thx, Netspirit! :)

    just noticed the name of your city for the first time. never having been that far north, myself, I looked it up ... quite nice ... seems well planned, not too overgrown at all ... do you enjoy it?

    [​IMG]
     
    #50

Share This Page