Discussion in 'Pro Match Results and Discussion' started by GRANITECHIEF, Feb 13, 2006.
Mac/Bjorkman up 3-1, up a break and serving in their doubles match in the first set.
Well, here's the good news of the night, for me at least - McEnroe/Bjorkman are off to a quick start, up 4-1. Levinsky/Lindstedt struggled to hold in the last service game, Mac and Bjork are cruising through their serve, just held at love.
4-2 Mac/Bjork, now serving, i start to wonder if Mac faced Roddick, he would have a shot:mrgreen:
5-2 Mac/Bjork, first set, lets go Mac!Put these clowns away!:mrgreen:
One thing must be said...These Double players that they are facing so far are strangely making groos Unforced errors..Shanking balls into the net hitting and hitting big swing volleys that go long..Very low quality matches...so far.
McEnroe and Hingis need to play Mixed Doubles sometime soon. The best volleyer in the women's game + the best volleyer of all time.
First set McEnroe wins 6-3, by the way.
Mac and co, down a break, 2-0 in the second set!Come on Mac!
Same old story, low % on first serves in, low % of points won on second serves.
He hits big forehands then moves backwards (?!!) Waits for 'short balls' to bounce, will not volley 'floaters', undecisive when approaching net, volleys 'sitters' directly back to Murray to hit. He insists on trying to hit 'low percentage' offensive forehand (down-the-line)while out of position. .... In the final, I'm not a fan of Hewitt, but can appreciate seeing his skill's (and mental focus) this week.
Mac/Bjork get the break back, 4-3 on serve, Mac and Bjork serving to tie it up at 4-4
They just lost the second set, 6-4, on to a 3rd and deciding set, come on
Roddick needs to play more risky. He's comfortable hitting with heavy spin from behind the baseline because he never misses those. He's not comfortable coming in because he's afraid of getting passed. He's not comfortable flattening out his forehands because they might go long. He's not comfortable hitting the backhand because his form makes it atrocious. I hope his brother can coach these things out of him. As it is now, I do agree that McEnroe could take a set off of him in singles. The image of Roddick 10 ft behind the baseline and McEnroe at net is a pretty one for Mac fans.
Match point for Mac/Bjorkman.
McEnroe and Bjorkman win it 6-3 4-6 [10-8]
Way to go Mac/Bjork!Now win that doubles title!
YAAAAY! I get to see McEnroe tomorrow.
I was on the SAP page looking at the live scores, and it was stuck and still is stuck at 9-8 in the tiebreak. I was staring at that for 5 minutes in utter nervousness before I came here.
Murray beats Roddick in straight sets????
What fabulous news to wake up to. And they're showing the match on Eurosport at lunch time.
There will be rejoicing in the streets of Ankara this morning
- well, the Turkish people don't seem to be deeply interested in tennis, as far as I can see after a month here, but I may well go outside and dance a little jig. One corner of this foreign field is occupied at the moment by a very, very happy Brit
wow wow wow
Back to Sam Querrey. He is definitely good. I got a chance to play againt him and his partner, Gary Sacks in doubles at Kalamazoo (A huge Junior Tournament; The USTA Nationals). http://cgi.ustaboys.com/results/draws.pl?tyear=2005&eventtype=4&drawtype=0&round=1&match=48
Here is the link to the draw. My partner are on line 118; I am Daniel K. Notice that they eventually played Donald Young and his partner.
Querrey hits a hard, clean ball and has an excellent serve. They have a radar gun where we played and he was consistently in the 120s.
That's the problem with the title of this thread! Wasn't it just supposed to be a discussion about Mac at the SAP Open? And suddenly it's become a discussion about just about everyone... Not that that's not interesting, but it demonstrates how important an accurate thread title is.
Is there a word for quite understandable fear of chickens?
Ah yes. I knew it. I should have gone all Han Solo with "I've got a bad feeling about this" regarding the Andy vs. Andy match.
Roddick has suffered the fastest top male pro meltdown since Stan Smith. He is likely through as a top ten player as he is probably not going to regain the lost serve and forehand speed (likely due to arm strain caused by flawed service motion.) With Smith it was serve speed and stick on the first volley and starting in Jan. 75 they decined fast and never came back for him. There's two dozen harder forehands than Roddick's now, as recently as July 2004 Roddick's was even faster than Fed's.
good point. apparently not.
but the following comments gave me pause for thought:
"Some phobias don't really seem worth the designation. For instance, is zemmiphobia, a fear of the great mole rat, really necessary? I suspect that the great mole rat is not dangerous, simply misunderstood.
COMBINATION PHOBIAS are the rage in today's complex world. If you run into someone who is annorex-arachnophobic, he's afraid of skinny spiders. Someone who is cyprido-claustrophobic has a fear of prostitutes in confined spaces.
Ailurophobia is the fear of cats. Androphobia is the fear of men. Those suffering from andro-ailurophobia fear men who appear in the musical "Cats."
There are people who fear chickens (alektorophobics) and people who fear bald people (peladophobics). So there must be people out there who fear bald chickens (pelado-alektorphobics).
Dendrophobics fear trees. But dento-dendrophobics fear dentists who work in trees. And if they also suffer from a fear of heights, they become acro-dento-dendrophobics, which, though a mouthful, isn't that unreasonable. Neither should one feel bad about being pupaphobic (afraid of puppets). Puppets are frightening, especially for people also afraid of string (linonophobics).
You should actually feel proud if you are a linono-pupa-nucleomituphobic, which simply means you are afraid of string puppets with nuclear weapons".
There will, of course, soon be a word for people with a quite understandable fear of meeting Andy Murray in an ATP tournament. My big hope this evening is that Lleyton Hewitt is about to become one of them.......
Mac spent that five minutes arguing a call over his first serve. Then discussing new strategy with Bjorkman. Second serve did the trick.
After the match in the interview Mac was asked what he and Bjorkman talked about in that long discussion at match point. Mac said they were figuring out where to go in San Jose to celebrate their win. He also said he was confident going into the final, as the other guys were from Stanford also, so he was hoping they read the script. And he mentioned he and Bjorkman had the advantage, since they were older, and so much better looking. All these years and he's still a good interview.
i hope hewitt crushes murray,to bring him back down again
why do you think he needs to be brought back down again?
that seems a trifle unkind.
here is a boy who has just reached his second ATP final, in his first nine months on the tour, by defeating one of the world's top 5.
Murray has been working his a*** off, and has now demonstrated beyond doubt that he is a world class player.
Beating Roddick against the odds was a famous victory,and he deserves to enjoy every minute of it. This is probably the best moment of his life so far - there will be many defeats ahead, let him enjoy his victory.
Hewitt may well beat Murray, but I think it's very unlikely that he will crush him - Roger Federer didn't in the final in Thailand, after all.
It was disconcerting to hear Murray say he wasn't expecting to beat Hewitt. He did come across much better in interview here than at the AO however. I still haven't seen enough to judge how good he really is. John Roddick's "plan" hasn't kicked in yet. Seriously, might learn more from the Hewitt match. But, just possibly Lleyton's got the Mojo ATM.
Maybe it's a jinx thing. On Friday he also said he didn't expect to beat Roddick.
I think it's a British thing - being self deprecating is a national characteristic .... ....you always downplay your chances
....and also the fact that he can still genuinely hardly believe he's up there playing against the really big boys.
Andy's come a long way very, very fast.
After he played Federer in the final in Thailand he went up to Roger and said that it had been a great honour to play on the same court as him.
I tell you, Andy's a well-brought up boy at heart
Thought I would share a good shot I got of Mcenroe last night...(during match play)
That is a great photo! McEnroe is shockingly fit for a 47-year-old.
FINAL...Hewitt 1-0 set 2 Murray 2-0 H serving 15-30 Go MURRAY
Murray 3-0 to serve...........Ach..ya scot....go..........
:mrgreen: WOOT! Andy takes the second set 6-1.
Way to go lad.
:roll: Pathetic! When did Murray upset your little world? The boy has huge potential. He may capitalise on it or not, but give him a chance.
At least I adored Hewitt and the A-Rod when they appeared on the scene. I thought they were going to dominate men's tennis for years to come.
Of course, that was before the genius aka Fed started to show what a legend he is.
But such negativity is unsportsmanlike. We Brits, generally, dont like that.
This Live Score is particularly woeful, compared to the Davis Cup one for example. Or am I missing something?
I had to complain. Now all I can get is this:
"Error on Page An error has occurred on the page you were trying to access."
yeah i'm gettin the same here...
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Murray is up 3-2 in the 3rd set. (they're still on serve)
Murray breaks! He's up 4-2 now.
Thanks. Live Score back. With no stats available hard to guess what's happening, except Hewitt lost focus in 2nd.
ahh...he just gave the break back to Hewitt...back on serve at 4-3 Murray.
good chance now, if his nerve holds.
Geez, I so want Andy to win, it would be such a breakthrough for him after all the hard work and pressure. Go Andy, go...
Hewitt just saved a M.P. All square at 5-5.
I hope Murray wins
ooh man...tiebreak to decide the championship. This is great.
A heartstopper. Want to see this match.
Tiebreak??? For a championship??? Let 'em play it out. Looks like the ticket holders are getting their money's worth.
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