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As Steve mentionned, Rafa has already made history, compare to Nole at the same age, facts cannot be denied. Nole becomes a better player with good work as Nadal does by improving all the time. Tomorrow won't be the end for both of them, but it will be interesting to see how long Djokovic can maitain his number 1 ranking. Federer and Nadal had been on top for 7 years, I doubt Dkokovic could do that for such a long period, that would mean untill he reaches 31 years old. And more players are starting to make their marks. He might as well enjoy it for the time being. Rafa made only 7 errors during his 4 sets match against Murray, something unheard according to Becker on BBC. He was in the zone. Anxious to see who will be in the zone tomorrow to lift the trophy.
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Steve, Here you go, my english may not be the best, French is my mothern language. Translation of Noah inteview: Noah: Borg’s game is very hard to block. He has long and deep shots. He gives a rythm and sustains an exchange as I had never encounter before. At one point, there was a rally of 50 shots hitting and running from right to left and it was endless. It was like a long dialogue so at one point I approached the net, he did a passing shot and a dove and hit a winning volley in exhauted despair. It was the first time I saw Borg breathless, the crowd stood up and applauded for 5 minutes. It is one of the rare points that I keep a vivid souvenir. I looked at Borg and he was showing no emotion, I wished he had smile to me as to accept the point I won, he just concentrated on the next point to come and ignored me totatlly. I felt idiot inside thinking I had made a huge impression and got no reaction. Borg: Why should I have smiled? loosing a point after a 50 shots rally... Noah: By losing the point, Borg had win over me because for him it was just another point, nothing special. Borg talks about how he was angry inside... Then the interviewer said to Noah: If you start feeling bad about the other player, you won’t win this way. Nolah said: yes I know. And how about making friends on tour? Borg goes on with friendship... Noah: It is hard on tour to have friends and I can’t live only thinking tennis, some may and do and I think Borg lived only for that as of Lendl. Which Borg replied that he is not a machine...he is human as everyone else.
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Well, Gulbis fought like hell today, saving 3mp in the last tie break and walked out victorious over Meltzer(13) 6-7(8) 6-3 7-6(5) and smashed 21 aces. So up to Murray tomorrow; at least, he is up to 3rd round and we could have a good match. Too bad, there were no streams for his first 2 matches. So a Steve's prediction almost concluded. Chapeau!
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"Nadal says things like this all the time, I don't believe half what he says" (Nina) Everytime Nadal gets on court, he accepts the fact that he could lose. Always. It could explain why he is not angry or acerb about it. It is a game; if you give your 100% you can't be angry at yourself, but you know why you failed and you hit the practice court with that in mind. Some reporters in Indian Wells I think, saw Rafa after winning a match and giving interviews, hit the court to practice the shots he missed, he said it is like a penalty he gives himself. Murray warmed up his HC season in LA, it helped him and also wanted desperately to hold his 4th place. Nadal will progress in Cincy I think. We had a great high quality match today and the best prevailed. Final will be a thrill to watch with Federer against Murray.
Toggle Commented Aug 15, 2010 on 'Nuff Respect at Concrete Elbow by Steve Tignor
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Gumy was a blessing for him and two weeks ago, a former ATP fitness trainer joined him on tour. Great need for every player. Nadal had a bigger team at 16, Gulbis will turn 22 soon. Not too late to bloom your inner talent into regular success when you find the ingredients for a good receipe. Doing what he needs to do, as he said, brought his ranking from 99 to 27 in 8 months. Many tennis players after 10 years on tour, never reached that level and won't probably, but they loved their "job". Gulbis passing the next 10 years at lower ranking is impossible to imagine as he would quit the job. Saying that tennis is not all in life, is quite realistic because that is so true. Hoping he gets further in the draw more often if luck is on his side in future tournament. On 2rd last USO, he met Murray, in Indian Wells: Davidenko, in Rome: Federer, we taught he would never pass the 2rd, but he prevailed,, in Toronto: Soderling... But it is a good thing at the same time, it raises his confidence when the fight is solid. Meanwhile he is giving it a try to progress, let’s enjoy that "renaissance" boyish look on court, as someone said, displaying his "russian roulette" volleys, his fluent services and astonishing strokes when he is in the zone. “Gulbis is a beautiful player, with a beautiful game. A rarity on ATP tour” (unknown source)
Toggle Commented Aug 12, 2010 on Whatever Happens at Concrete Elbow by Steve Tignor
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Nadal earned his 1st place. Amazing because he missed one GS, lost his olympic points last august and went out early on the other 2, and still he regains the top in ranking. He is the only one since January to have reached at least the semis or best in all the tournaments he played in...no other top player did that. It is regularity and lots of work. I read that yesterday, he watch the semi with Djoko-Berdych...he mad his homework. He will be ready and confident with his shots. He said that against Murray, he played one of his best match... Good luck to Berdych to break his barrier.
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Corrections: ... Nadal beat Soderling in Q...not in semi
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Connections: At RG, Soderling beat Federer in Q, then beat Berdych in semi and lost to Nadal in the final... At Wimby, Berdych beat Federer in Q, Nadal beat Soderling in semi so...Nadal should beat Berdych in the final...no?
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"And despite Fed's obvious disappointment.... he still waited for Berdych so they could walk off the court together" tina Yes, what Soderling did not do...he left the court very fast.
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2010 on Round-Trip Ticket at Peter Bodo's TennisWorld
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The Queen will leave after Murray's match, for all reasons 'mightywind' said. Neither Wozniacki or Nadal wil play in front of her. Nadal has his own queen clapping for him; she even went to RG this year.
Toggle Commented Jun 23, 2010 on Royal Audience at Concrete Elbow by Steve Tignor
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Here you have all the matches on line for tomorrow: all televised courts you chose the match you want and then click on one of the links offered . This is the site I use to look at maches around the world. They even gives links for challengers... http://www.livescorehunter.com/Livescores/Livescore-Tennis.html
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2010 on Slow Starter at Peter Bodo's TennisWorld
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Serving for the match, he sent his first forehand deep into the doubles alley http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xdk2g8_damn-fly_sport
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Gulbis made a choice last autumn hiring Gumy and from a hobby, he finally decided to approach tennis as his work. Gumy said that he had never saw a tennis player in such a bad physical form. He had then paletta problem...which is now corrected by a better muscular fitness. So sad he injured himself at the beginning of the 2nd set, he should have retired then but decided to go on with the match relying only on his strokes and not being able to produce big serve with a bad hamstring. The final score looks bad for those who have not witness the match and his consequences. He made huge progress in 6 months, many QF, SF, and a title...climbing from 99 to 27 in ranking. We will see him back and are very lucky to witness such beautiful game when he is on court. I miss him already and the tennis field as well.
Toggle Commented May 25, 2010 on A Gentler Marat at Concrete Elbow by Steve Tignor
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