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  1. illkhiboy

    Can anyone help me select a racquet that's similar to Head's iPrestige?

    I have been playing with two Head iPrestige racquets since 2006, one of which met its demise a few weeks back. I am afraid the second one's about to retire as well, and so am looking to buy replacements. Unfortunately, these racquets are no longer in production, and so I need advise on what...
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    Is Nadal the new Edberg at Wimbledon?

    I am sure at least some of the older fans have noticed that Nadal and Edberg have very similar records at Wimbledon. Both of them put in stellar performances for 5-6 years while winning twice before making a habit of succumbing to lower ranked opponents in the early rounds. I think the...
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    Is it fair to call a foot-fault without prior warning?

    I had a match last night where my opponent was flagrantly foot-faulting. To my discredit, I didn't call him out on it until 4-4, Ad-In (we were playing a pro-set). The serve was not hit very hard, and I casually blocked the ball on the other side of the court and called a foot-fault. While I...
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    A Nadal-less Open is very very disappointing

    I've been mulling about Nadal's absence at the US Open and how disappointing it is to lose him. There are several reasons for that, including: - No chance to see Federer vs. Nadal at the Open. Will we ever see it now? - There is lack of depth in men's tennis today outside of the Big four...
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    A glimpse into the Agassi-Sampras rivalry

    I think most people would agree that the current Federer and Nadal rivalry is greater than the Agassi-Sampras one. For one, the former two have retained their dominance over the tour for a far longer period and meet each other a lot more often than Sampras and Agassi did. While Sampras and...
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    Federer's chances of winning Wimbledon - close to zero

    From Tignor's blog: Before the event, he talked about a hip injury that had constrained him during the clay season. http://blogs.tennis.com/thewrap/2012/06/not-going-gently.html It makes sense - he had a fantastic record from last October until this April and then he suddenly started...
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    Toughest & easiest possible draws for the Big 4

    Based on the seedings, what could be the easiest and toughest possible draws for each of the big four? Here are my thoughts: Murray R16) Any of the seeds from 13-16 can be tough (Monaco, Monfils, Verdasco [who's beaten him in a Slam before], Almagro). QF) Berdych - Berdych beat him at...
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    The Fedal Story: A look at the real (objective) numbers

    Even though the H2H stands at 17-9, we can discard some of those victories as not "legit." For instance, when Nadal played 4 hours the day before against Djokovic in Madrid. He was clearly out of gas. 1) Miami 2004: Sorry Nadal fans, Federer was sick and not at 100%. You can't beat a sick...
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    Is Nalbandian playing in the Davis Cup final?

    Is he playing? I think that's the only way Argentina have a chance. Does anyone know what's his situation?
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    The *******s called it then - Nadal confirms it

    I always believed Nadal pulled out of Wimbledon '09 because of his knees. He looked fine against Soderling at RG, but then I gave Nadal the benefit of the doubt. But there were plenty of *******s/Nadal-haters here who said he couldn't accept the fact that he lost at RG and that the knees were an...
  11. illkhiboy

    That was almost Navotna-like

    I don't like to use the word 'choke' much - but this was a pretty good example of one. What the hell was he thinking? It was clear Nadal wasn't doing much with the ball once he let his tiebreak lead slip. All Verdasco had to do was keep the ball in play, and work the point. Amazingly, he managed...
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    Nadal has been virtually unbeatable since 2007

    Nadal has virtually been unbeatable in Grand Slams since 2007. 2007 Australian - Was injured against Gonzalez Q. Fernando was in awesome form out there. What was it like on the other side of the court? Could you do much against him? RAFAEL NADAL: Well, he's playing very good level, that's for...
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    Agassi & Sampras: Second to None

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/553201-pete-sampras-and-andre-agassi-a-glimpse-into-the-great-rivalry I think most people would agree that the current Federer and Nadal rivalry is greater than the Agassi-Sampras one. For one, the former two have retained their dominance over the tour...
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    Any other Fed fans content with Djokovic's win at the US Open?

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/539496-roger-federer-down-appreciating-his-failures-in-2010-pt-2 The US Open final was arguably the better match. The first two and a half sets of the Djokovic-Nadal encounter were high quality, before Djokovic ran out of gas and the result was never in doubt...
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    Federer's loss to Soderling

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/537729-roger-federer-down-appreciating-his-failures-in-2010-pt-1 Soderling vs. Federer, Roland Garros Quarterfinal I wanted a Federer versus Nadal final as much as anyone else, especially since the dynamics this time would be slightly different – it would...
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    Federer could end the Fedal debate by winning in Melbourne?

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/533811-federer-could-nip-the-fedal-debates-in-the-bud-at-the-2011-australian-open Lately, after Nadal’s summer surge at the Slams, pundits and fans alike have been openly discussing his standing as the best player of this era. Authorities no less than...
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    Summing up the Round Robin Pt. 2: Thoughts on the other four

    The Big Four & The Small Fish With all due respect to Soderling’s ranking, the final weekend will boil down to the Big Four. It seemed as if the Tennis Gods chose this week to restore order as Federer and Nadal dominated their groups with Murray and Djokovic making authoritative statements...
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    ATP World Tour Finals: Summing up the Round Robin Pt. 1

    The round robin matches at the ATP World Tour Finals just came to an end a couple hours back, and I have a few thoughts to share on gift and the curse of the format, the favorites, the future and more. 1)The Curse: Peter Bodo in his blog on Tennis.com has been harshly critical of the World...
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    Vanity Fair Interviews Nadal

    I think this might be the most boring interview ever - I suppose the questions aren't terribly exciting but Nadal comes off really dull. I like the fact that he is a simple guy who likes his hometown and his parents and family - that's not what bores me. It's just...there is nothing remotely...
  20. illkhiboy

    Who will play first on Saturday?

    I hope it's Federer against Djokovic for a couple reasons: 1) It's likely to be a tough match, and playing second would be a big disadvantage to either. Plus Federer is almost 30. He needs the rest. 2) Youzhny could do well with a couple added hours of rest. Plus Nadal is a physical...
  21. illkhiboy

    Is it just me or is the misleading usage of "never" really annoying?

    For instance, when people say something like, "Murray has NEVER beaten Nalbandian on grass" it's kind of ridiculous right? Not that this particular phrase has been said, but similar statements are posted every day. It's ******** because, they have only played once on grass. And it was a long...
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    New Rules - Bill Maher style!

    Anybody watch the show? I used to watch it a lot...and the New Rules segment always cracked me up. I was just wondering what Bill would say if he was a TW poster... here's one, 1) Low life good-for-nothing 4.0 hacks will stop calling elite Professional Players "clowns." Verdasco will beat...
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    US Open 2010 R128: [31] Nalbandian vs. De Voest

    Anyone watching this? Nalbandian's up a break in the first.
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    US Open 2010: A Roddick (9) vs. J Tipsarevic

    This should be a good match, or maybe I should say this could be a good match. Tipsarevic seems to have fallen off the radar, but he's the sort of guy who shows up at random occasions every now and then - usually at a Slam - to play out of his mind. Off the top of my head, here's a list of...
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    US Open 2010: Why Murray is a bad match-up for Nadal

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/445306-us-open-2010-why-murray-is-a-bad-match-up-for-nadal People often talk about who is their favorite player to watch on the tennis court. While I have certain favorite players I prefer watching over others, I’m more interested in match ups. My three...
  26. illkhiboy

    ATP 1000 - Cincinatti - R32 - Isner vs. Nalbandian

    This should be a good match! Isner's been playing some good tennis of late and Nalbandian's comeback has been solid. John is probably the best server on tour right now, and Nalbandian appears to have returned with a stronger return game than ever. Against Ljubicic he won about 95% of 2nd serve...
  27. illkhiboy

    The Federer Statement

    Thoughts on Federer's defeat against Berdych ========================================== There's scarcely a thing you can do when your opponent is painting lines with his serve and hitting deep into the corners flat and hard. You have to serve well, and wait for a little lapse in your...
  28. illkhiboy

    Anyone else surprised that Nadal admitted to illegal coaching in the past?

    I think people seem to be unfairly criticizing Nadal for his medical time-outs and the alleged illegal coaching he received against Phillip Petzchner. I didn't see the match myself but none of the mainstream media outlets made a big deal about Nadal's time-outs or the umpire's warning. It only...
  29. illkhiboy

    Why do people root for Federer?

    I read an article recently about why sports fans tend to root for the underdog, and the various scientific and psychological explanations for this human trait. However, quite surprisingly, most tennis fans both die-hard and casual appear to root for Federer. And I wonder why is that. I'd say...
  30. illkhiboy

    Why havent Youzhny and Mathieu played yet?

    So apparently Youzhny & Mahut have had their match postponed to Friday, presumably because the Isner match lasted too long and the winner plays the winner of Isner-De Bakker's 2nd round match. But I don't understand why they have to make Youzhny and Mathieu wait to play on Friday. The winner...
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