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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by ... on Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:18 pm

Interesting to compare Fed at this kind of tournament at this kind of stage against Bellucci kind of player compared to,say, similar scenario 7 years ago.

It used to be first serve in and a max 2 more shots from him. He's really become a base-liner these days.

As a result, he is utilising his backhand a lot more, which I don't mind sighing over in the least, still....I miss the all-court Fed.

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by laverfan on Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:22 pm

Can Dimitrov beat Benne? TB it is in Federer-Bellucci.

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by laverfan on Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:30 pm

Bellucci throws away 4 SPs. Sad

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by luvsports! on Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:32 pm

1 set shoot out Sad

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by ... on Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:36 pm

3rd set. Don't mind at all.
This Bellucci guy really whacks the ball hard. And safe.

S&V from Fed at 30-love...better late then never !

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by laverfan on Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:36 pm

Federer needs to clean up those BH errors. Winking

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by ... on Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:40 pm

laverfan wrote:Federer needs to clean up those BH errors.
the glorious backhand, been overworked tonight

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by laverfan on Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:09 pm

TB in the third set would be pretty iffy? Sad

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by ... on Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:13 pm

laverfan wrote:TB in the third set would be pretty iffy?

Doubt it would come to TB

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by ... on Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:17 pm

He,he got that one right!

Fed sounds almost weird in Scwitzer Dootch....

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by ... on Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:21 pm

Chiudinelli Gasquet next.

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by laverfan on Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:31 pm

Good to see Federer pull through. Cool

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by laverfan on Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:59 pm

Dimitrov takes out Benne. Big Grin

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by ... on Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:02 pm

Shame almost everyone's left after Fed's match....no wonder Chiudineli nearly bagelled....

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by laverfan on Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:11 pm

Gasquet's BH is killing Chiudinelli. Winking SHBH is alive.

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Post by ... on Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:12 pm

laverfan wrote:Gasquet's BH is killing Chiudinelli. SHBH is alive.
to SBH

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by ... on Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:31 pm

Tomorrow in Basel starting at 1PM UK time:

Paire - Kubot Youzhny - Ebden
Davydenko - PH Mathieu
Del Potro - Baker
Matosevic - Anderson

In Valencia starting at 12 PM UK time:

Dolgopolov - Muller
Granolers - Simon
Ferrer - Ramos
Querrey - Almagro
Melzer - Malisse

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by ... on Thu Oct 25, 2012 5:00 pm

Back at home and delighted that Paire has won. Now that he'll play Fed I hope to finally see his match on tennistv tomorrow !!!
What a treat that is going to be

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by raiders_of_the_lost_ark on Thu Oct 25, 2012 7:25 pm

Bellucci is a really good player but has jittery nerves. How many matches has he dropped just because of those nerves. This Sunday he twice for the championship but just couldn't hold on and give those away with self destructing errors. He was serving brilliant against Fed, but just lost it in important points.

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by raiders_of_the_lost_ark on Thu Oct 25, 2012 7:26 pm

Delpo won. Baker couldn't handle the bullets Delpo was firing. He is looking fit and strong. Good signs.

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by gallery play on Thu Oct 25, 2012 7:57 pm

Matosevic is ranked 51, pro since 2003 yet i've never seen this guy before..

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by ... on Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:05 pm

gallery play wrote:Matosevic is ranked 51, pro since 2003 yet i've never seen this guy before..


what's he like, I haven't had the chance to see him play yet?

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by gallery play on Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:06 pm

The seats are empty..for a reason. This is quite boring. Looks like tomorrow we'll be having better pairings

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by gallery play on Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:09 pm

noleisthebest wrote:
gallery play wrote:Matosevic is ranked 51, pro since 2003 yet i've never seen this guy before..


what's he like, I haven't had the chance to see him play yet?

You can keep it that way. You can pick any Bond movie over this garbage. Winking
i'm off

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by ... on Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:21 pm

gallery play wrote:
noleisthebest wrote:
gallery play wrote:Matosevic is ranked 51, pro since 2003 yet i've never seen this guy before..


what's he like, I haven't had the chance to see him play yet?

You can keep it that way. You can pick any Bond movie over this garbage.
i'm off

thanks for the tip

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by ... on Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:03 pm

Due to a million and one things I had to do today, I could not see any tennis today, so not going to go anywhere tomorrow
And what a sumptuous day lies ahead!

In Basel starting at 1PM UK time:
Youzhny - Gasquet (really look forward to this one, two mighty, attacking SBHs, can't wait!)
Anderson - Del Potro (two giraffes at it again!)
PH Mathieu - Dimitrov and last but not the least :
7 PM
Federer -Paire


In Valencia:
Goffin - Melzer
Dolgopolov - Granollers (could it have been any more opposite in terms of anything tennis!?)
Ferrer - Almagro
Dodig - Cilic

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by laverfan on Fri Oct 26, 2012 9:25 am

gallery play wrote:Matosevic is ranked 51, pro since 2003 yet i've never seen this guy before..

Had some good scalps at Delray Beach being a qualifier and lost the final to Anderson. Almost took out Cilic @USO. Did not play too badly against Anderson till the third set.

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by ... on Fri Oct 26, 2012 1:42 pm

Gasquet Youzhny, anyone?
Gasquet up a break in the first set.

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by Tenez on Fri Oct 26, 2012 1:46 pm

I just glanced at it and WHAT A SHOT FROM GASQUET.....BH top spin volley on the move. Never seen that before!

Those guys shoudl get additional points for that.

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by ... on Fri Oct 26, 2012 1:52 pm

Yes, that was very, very nice.Unbelievable control.

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by ... on Fri Oct 26, 2012 2:49 pm

Really enjoying the match & tennis Dr Misha and Gasquet are playing.
An absolute SBH feast

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by ... on Fri Oct 26, 2012 2:58 pm

And dr Misha goes down in the second set tie-break
Super match, it would be great to see Gasquet in London.
next: The Battle of Giraffes !

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by ... on Fri Oct 26, 2012 5:36 pm

Delpo beats Anderson 6:1 in the 3rd set, coming back from a set down and winning the secong set in a tie-break. Fine line...and always surprising but not surprising when a player collapses after losing a TB, having been on a verge of winning the match.

Over in Valencia, there is justice: Dolgo thrashes Granollers, anything else would've been a crime against tennis.
Ferrer grinds Almagro in straights and Melzer narrowly edges Goffin.

Mathieu Dimitrov next in Basel.

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by Tenez on Fri Oct 26, 2012 5:43 pm

Is Gasquet back in the top 10 on Monday? Looks like it. With Monaco losing 300pt or so, Gasquet gaining 180 minimum? He should jump 3 places up.

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Post by Tenez on Fri Oct 26, 2012 6:07 pm

Those empty seats in Basel are a good reminder on how important are the big names in sport and why TDs are ready to go a great length and bend the rules to retain them.

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by ... on Fri Oct 26, 2012 6:13 pm

Tenez wrote:Is Gasquet back in the top 10 on Monday? Looks like it. With Monaco losing 300pt or so, Gasquet gaining 180 minimum? He should jump 3 places up.

who can unravel the mysteries of ATP rankings these days....commentators were talking about the imporantce of him having a good run in Bercy in order to qualify for London.
That should mean top 10.

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by ... on Fri Oct 26, 2012 6:32 pm

Dimi doing well against Mathieu. A SF in Basel would be good for his confidence.
HP may have some other ideas, though...

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Post by ... on Fri Oct 26, 2012 6:41 pm

Dimitrov's footwork needs a bit of work, he's moving like a much taller guy....and letting HP back into the match, plus he really hits that BH with very little confidence a lot of times.

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by ... on Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:28 pm

HP schooling Dimi in some nice, confident all-court tennis...from 2:5 in the first set to 5:2 up in the second !

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by ... on Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:02 pm

Brilliant play from HPM, and what a gutsy last point to win the match &;6 7:6, plus the NOle-style chest beating celebration

And now......Federer vs Benoit Paire

COME ON BEN!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by ... on Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:12 pm

Fed doing a Nadal, fiddling with bottles in his chair letting the lovely Paire wait at the net

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by ... on Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:22 pm

Yes Robbie , Paire is the best looking guy on the tour atm BY FAR

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by ... on Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:46 pm

Basel crowd pathetic: dead quiet on all Paire's won points, don't they know how heart-breaking it is for a player of his make-up

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by Tenez on Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:53 pm

Paire built like a 1990s player. Good to see there are still some around.

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by ... on Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:58 pm

I feel like I'm cheering for Nole: desert island scenario ....

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by ... on Fri Oct 26, 2012 9:15 pm

And a big sigh goes out to Paire ...hist first match against Federer, I htought he did well, played his game, didn't sell himself for bludgeoning rubbish percentage tennis, walked off the court disappointed but with head high

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by laverfan on Fri Oct 26, 2012 9:19 pm

Paire never showed up, IMVHO. Disappointing. Could have played better.

PS: PHM may put up a better match compared to Paire.


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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by ... on Fri Oct 26, 2012 9:27 pm

LF, what's your verdict on Robbie's question?

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by laverfan on Fri Oct 26, 2012 9:31 pm

noleisthebest wrote:LF, what's your verdict on Robbie's question?

I usually turn off sound. What was Koenig's question?

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Re: ATP 500: Basel & Valencia

Post by ... on Fri Oct 26, 2012 9:32 pm

laverfan wrote:
noleisthebest wrote:LF, what's your verdict on Robbie's question?

I usually turn off sound. What was Koenig's question?

Is Paire the most handsome guy on the tour atm?

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