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Old 09-21-2012, 06:39 PM   #13
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New York Times:
Lendl did not think his latest defeat was an omen. Any time he loses, he said, people question whether he is slipping.

Still, he appeared to have more questions than answers. He has lost the touch on his ground strokes, he said, especially the backhand. Thus, he cannot generate any pace and is committing an unusual number of unforced errors. At the same time, however, he said that hitting with pace is just what Mecir feeds on.

Lendl also minimized his problems with his serve. He made only 43 percent of his first serves today, double-faulting seven times with just four aces. ''I don't think the serve is that important against Miloslav,'' Lendl said. Yet a big serve leads to easy points, which is never a detriment when playing someone who covers a court like Mecir, keeping the ball in play.

From the outset, it was apparent this would not be a repeat of the Open final. Mecir broke Lendl in the first game of the match as Lendl made three unforced errors and then double-faulted at break point.

He broke Mecir in the eighth game to make it, 4-4, but was broken again in the 11th, double faulting twice and hitting two backhands wide. By now, the tempo had been established, and Lendl was playing Mecir's game. The first set took an hour to play as they engaged in prolonged baseline rallies, trading slice backhands.

Mecir broke Lendl in the first game of the second set, too, changing his own strategy and catching Lendl napping with two volley winners. Mecir actually came to the net more than Lendl, winning 20 of 31 approaches. Lendl won only 10 of 24. It was another indication that Lendl did not feel on top of his game.
Chicago Tribune:
In five of Mecir's six service breaks, Lendl double-faulted at least once.
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