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Old 01-24-2013, 06:48 AM   #3481 (permalink)
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Not really struggled, showed brilliance at times Tsonga was on a hot streak that match.
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:49 AM   #3482 (permalink)
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Downside of a straight forward run to the Semis for Sharapova. Still thought she'd win though. Azarenka's to lose now.

Ferrer's always expected to come unstuck against the top 4. Best of the rest but can't challenge the elite.

I think it's Murray's Semi to lose too. Past record doesn't really mean shit because Murray's a new player now and he's had Federer's number recently. Was dominating Federer in the Wimbledon Final until the break, dominated him at the Olympics and beat him pretty comfortably in Shanghai. 02 performance was poor from Murray though but if he plays like he did at the Olympics and the US Open then it's a Djokovic/Murray final again. Sure it'll be a dull match indeed.

As for the Stephens/Robson question, I think they'll both be top 10 players and both be challenging each other for Slams in the next era. Robson's only just getting a strong run without injuries for the first time in her carear so her lack of success compared to Sloane so far is kinda misleading. I pay more attention to performances at the Slams and Robson's got plenty of big wins to her name already and it's taken big names to knock her out of the last 4 majors (counting Olympics). Schiavone, Sharapova, Stosur, Stephens. Oh shit her weaknesses is surnames beginning with S! Um.... yeah no shame in losing to them 4 at majors at only 18. Regardless of all that the potential is clearly there for both of them to big players in the coming years. The natural talent is there, the mentality seems to be in the right place for both of them and there's clear room for both of them to improve. These aren't 2 young players who are playing at the best which is the most exciting thing. Real shame that Robson wasn't at 100% for the Stephens match to give us a better idea of where they are relative to one another.
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:49 AM   #3483 (permalink)
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He was well below what his level has been so far this tournament.
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Expect Federer/Murray to go to 4 sets. Don't know who will win though, it is hard to predict.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:18 AM   #3485 (permalink)
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Lol since how Murray was DOMINATING Federer in that Wimbledon final?
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Unlike Murray, Tsonga can pressure Federer at the slams, and had history on his side (Wimbledon 2011 iirc). The hard court, the occassion, I still think Fed will have just enough to get through Murray in probably 4 sets, being very tight. If Fed's serve is on, he could do it with ease, but that's one area he's slowly starting to drop his quality in.

these Murray fans getting way ahead of themselves. He has a very good chance, but as Sharamoana showed today, all this form without a significant challenge can be a detrimental burden come crunchtime.
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Not really struggled, showed brilliance at times Tsonga was on a hot streak that match.
The Federer-Tsonga match was back and forth. They took turns in being the better player in that match. The difference was that Federer played the big points better

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I also feel that Murray-Federer will go at least 4. Hard to predict though. Murray hasn't faced a real test yet, whilst Federer has. We all saw what happened to Sharapova.
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Lol since how Murray was DOMINATING Federer in that Wimbledon final?
1st set and most of the 2nd set. Just look at the score up to about 3/4s of the way through the 2nd. Then the rain came, the roof went on and Federer really stepped up after the break. Murray was in the drivers seat at the start of the match.
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these Murray fans getting way ahead of themselves. He has a very good chance, but as Sharamoana showed today, all this form without a significant challenge can be a detrimental burden come crunchtime.
All anyone has said is he can beat Federer. How is that getting ahead of ourselves. He has won 2 of the last 3 matches against Federer and won the last 2 majors.
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Federer/Murray is always hard to call for me, especially on a hardcourt. Federer obviously oozes class and he has the history of saving his truly best performances for when the occasion calls for it, plus his hitting ability and general all round style on court makes him a far more dangerous opponent for Murray to contain and force a mistake out of. That being said, Federer is prone to a string of errors across a set when he gets annoyed and therefore always has that ability to lose a run of games on the trot before he starts to regain composure and make more winners than he does errors.

I think the biggest thing to consider though is how Murray has progressed. Forget him obliterating Federer at the Olympics in a near faultless performance, him winning the US Open and for the first time managing to claw back a match he looked to have thrown away when Djokovic won the 4th set will give him a new found confidence and something he can rely on when things get tough/tense tomorrow. Before that final, Murray could only draw on stellar performances in Best of 3 set games and promising displays for long periods in a grand slam, the minute he lost the 4th set in New York everyone had flashbacks to Wimbledon where he slowly lost the game as Federer dominated and seeing him look spent, making errors and looking incredibly outmatched by Djokovic at every turn felt like another Murray disappointment where long spells of astonishingly great play would be for nothing as his game dropped and his high levels of play proved impossible to sustain. Now that he's managed to come back from the brink, the question about his mentality will still remain..but he at least has evidence the potential is there for him to overcome even the most alarming of setbacks, whereas before the answer seemed to be he had to close a Grand Slam Final out early, or risk losing steam the longer the match went.

They match up very well in terms of style of play and how versatile both men are in terms of aggression, defence, using deft touches and slices to alter the play in a rally and Federer's experience and history of churning out great performance after great performance at this stage makes him impossible to count out. I'll go for Murray in 4 close sets, purely because I feel he has that little bit of freedom now that he's answered the critics who said he could never win a major, or be able to close a match out after losing momentum in the middle. Its a case now of how many he'll go on to win and I just think that might be enough for him to have more composure and not feel like the crushing weight of expectation is too much for him on the bigger points.

I won't be at all surprised though if Federer proves too much however.
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Novak Djokovic was in destructo mode today. Absolutely annihilated Ferrer, best performance of his so far. He'll be very tough to beat in the final whether it be against Murray or Federer.

I didn't expect Na Li to beat Sharapova at all, let alone so easily. Sharapova has been in great form through the tournament although hadn't faced a stern test at all, but still a bit of a shocker. Azarenka coming through was expected but she sure did make a meal of it. She just couldn't serve the match out to save her life. I would actually give the edge to Na Li in the final. I think the crowd have embraced her and it might get on Azarenka's nerves a little. She's also far more composed in pressure situations. So Na Li to win for me.

As for Murray/Federer. Yes, Federer has beaten Murray in their last three slams but Murray is a different player now. He's far more aggressive, far more composed and can play his best tennis when he needs to. Don't forget that Murray has a winning record against Federer, and it doesn't count for nothing. In the Wimbledon final, he was in the drivers seat before the break, in the Olympics it was pretty much destruction and he beat him again in Shanghai, Federer won at the O2 (indoor) where he plays best. On an outdoor hard-court, I would give the edge to Murray right now. But it wouldn't shock me if either player won.
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