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Galactus 03-19-2006 02:54 AM

Indian Wells: Federer v Blake (spoiler)
 
Started this one early!

Although this matchup may be a big disappointment to those (me included) who wanted to see the continuation of this new rivalry of Federer - Nadal, you can turn it and put a positive spin on it: Blake getting into the Top10 and reaching such an important ATP final is a big boost for American tennis.

Blake, by all ccounts is a nice guy, has done amazingly well after his horrific accident, has a monster forehand, much improved serve, brilliant athleticism and speed over the court - now if he can hold it together mentally today, he my cause problems. Last night's win over Nadal will make him really believe he can topple 'The Boss' later today.

They hve only played each other twice and the last time, it was close: 7-6 7-5 to Federer.

I'm going for a 3-set thriller, but Federer's superior tennis will prevail and peak today:
Federer 4-6 6-3 7-5 Blake

frida 03-19-2006 05:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Galactus
I'm going for a 3-set thriller, but Federer's superior tennis will prevail and peak today:
Federer 4-6 6-3 7-5 Blake

It's a best-of-five sets match so i'm going to alter your prediction a little bit. 4-6 6-3 7-5 6-1 to Roger ;)

Galactus 03-19-2006 05:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by frida
It's a best-of-five sets match so I'm going to alter your prediction a little bit. 4-6 6-3 7-5 6-1 to Roger ;)

Doh, Galactus! :mrgreen:
Okay...Federer in straight sets. I don't fancy Blake at all over 5: even though he has superior fitness and speed, I can't see his mental-strength holding up. (remember US Open last year?)

A 5-setter featuring Federer and Nadal might've been interesting, but not Blake.

Revised prediction: Federer 6-3 6-2 7-5 Blake

prince 03-19-2006 07:53 AM

what time will it be shown? espn2?

Tchocky 03-19-2006 08:45 AM

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Originally Posted by prince
what time will it be shown? espn2?

ESPN2 has this match scheduled from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. PST.

ACE of Hearts 03-19-2006 10:03 AM

Match will start shortly.

jamauss 03-19-2006 10:04 AM

They cut from tennis early to show other events - how come they can't cut away from NCAA Womens basketball to show the FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP match of a mens ATP tournament?

WEAK!

tennissavy 03-19-2006 10:07 AM

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Originally Posted by jamauss
They cut from tennis early to show other events - how come they can't cut away from NCAA Womens basketball to show the FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP match of a mens ATP tournament?

WEAK!

It was the same story yesterday when we missed 2 games of the Sharapova final. ESPN consistently provides poor coverage of tennis.

rilokiley 03-19-2006 10:15 AM

They are warming up at the moment.
Blake won the toss and chose to receive. (he likes to receive, hehe)

ACE of Hearts 03-19-2006 10:17 AM

1-0 Roger, on serve.

ACE of Hearts 03-19-2006 10:20 AM

1-1 on serve.

alienhamster 03-19-2006 10:21 AM

SO rooting for Blake here. His groundstrokes look great so far. Fed not *quite* on his game yet.

BiGGieStuFF 03-19-2006 10:23 AM

I'd only complain if the coverage before the tennis match wasn't live. Otherwise I think it's justified for them to run coverage over the tennis until it's over. They do it for doubleheaders for nba basketball and they do it for tennis too quite frequently. It sucks but I'd hate for my live tennis match to stop coverage just because it was time for the next show to come on. ESPN's coverage at time is questionable but in this case I can understand when the show before it is live.

ACE of Hearts 03-19-2006 10:24 AM

Blake breaks Roger, this title wont be handled to Roger.2-1 Blake, up a break.

alienhamster 03-19-2006 10:24 AM

Wow--Blake breaks.

His returns have been kick-@ss this week.

ACE of Hearts 03-19-2006 10:24 AM

Roger looks uneasy.

alienhamster 03-19-2006 10:25 AM

BTW, I love that whale trophy. One of the coolest on tour.

alienhamster 03-19-2006 10:27 AM

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Originally Posted by ACE of Hearts
Roger looks uneasy.

He does have trouble with guys that can run down his shots AND play offense.

ACE of Hearts 03-19-2006 10:28 AM

3-1 Blake.

gonzalocatalino 03-19-2006 10:31 AM

OMG
Blake is kicking fed`s ***!!!!!


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