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Post by noleisthebest on Sat Aug 08, 2015 10:22 am

After the glory of European clay&grass spring/summer we are now back on hard courts of America: loud music in the changeovers, kiss-cam, shirtless people in the crowd, late nights and early mornings...but, hey, we all love it!



http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2015/421/mds.pdf
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Re: ATP Masters 1000: Montreal

Post by Tenez on Sat Aug 08, 2015 9:55 pm

Wow..Draw very one sided in Djoko's favour.....but that is down to luck I guess.

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Post by noleisthebest on Sun Aug 09, 2015 10:10 am

Tenez wrote:Wow..Draw very one sided in Djoko's favour.....but that is down to luck I guess.

This is Nole dancing to "Get lucky" in Rogers cup last year.


It worked Winking


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Re: ATP Masters 1000: Montreal

Post by luvsports! on Sun Aug 09, 2015 11:06 am

Thiem is playing in Montreal as well! 
Give that guy a break!

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Post by noleisthebest on Mon Aug 10, 2015 3:15 pm

I'm glad he's playing:
21, SBH, brave heart, robust inside out, enjoying good form...he can't stop now, can he?

I don't even dare split any hairs over his style...he is endangered species.

I am trying to imagine him at 31 and it's not easy.

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Post by luvsports! on Mon Aug 10, 2015 3:42 pm

He's up to 18 in the rankings now!

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Post by noleisthebest on Mon Aug 10, 2015 4:11 pm

Yes...yet so little/no hype about him.

Remember all the attention Dimi got...

But it's probably better for him to fly under the radar. He's improved so much in the last year.

I just wish he took the ball earlier.
Maybe it'll come with years, smoother timing etc...

He is not a grinder like GG Lopez or weaponless like Youzhny or Kholi, but I still can't distinguish what if any weapons he actually has.

He is very aggressive, yet his shots so physical...must be the "modern" way...not easy being a SBH at all these days.

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Post by noleisthebest on Mon Aug 10, 2015 4:23 pm

Did anyone watch Nishi-Cilic the other day?

Both had excellent patches of play, but Cilic being his introvert self got schooled by Nishi's quick hands in the end.
Nishi had an MTO; his leg clearly not built for endurance and too much pressure, shame...

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Post by noleisthebest on Mon Aug 10, 2015 4:36 pm

He does potentially, but blunts his FH by spinning it, he would be sooooo much better if he took it early.

His ball-striking is very sweaty and he can't afford to waste energy in current conditions.

He lost to Verdasco in Wimbledon because of that, despite being a break up in the 5th. Simply ran out of steam and started pulling the trigger too early.

Sorting out his FH will be the key to his big trophy winning.


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Post by luvsports! on Mon Aug 10, 2015 6:33 pm

Seen that vid many times. Lke the crazy happy Austrian commentator.

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Re: ATP Masters 1000: Montreal

Post by Tenez on Mon Aug 10, 2015 10:25 pm

luvsports! wrote:Watch this. Thiem has a lot of weapons.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKbZCH9Lh2I&list=LL46N5o2dk_bxPxHc0XNTA5A&index=9
What's striking in this clip is how quick the ball slows down once past the net and even more so after the bounce. Looks like Wii tennis.

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Post by noleisthebest on Tue Aug 11, 2015 12:42 am

Monfils-Fognini...what a pair and what a treat!

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Post by noleisthebest on Tue Aug 11, 2015 9:53 am

Fantastic order of play today. These 1000 tournaments are better value for money than slams!


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Post by Tenez on Tue Aug 11, 2015 9:08 pm

yes a good one.....too tired to watch anything but will look at the scores tomorrow am.

Was reading that lots of doping is being revealed right now....in athleticism....

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Re: ATP Masters 1000: Montreal

Post by raiders_of_the_lost_ark on Thu Aug 13, 2015 11:18 am

Stan retired in his match.. This match was being telecast in India. Anyone has any info what happened?

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Post by Tenez on Thu Aug 13, 2015 12:15 pm

Ugly gamesmanship. Worse than doping to me. He not only looks like an idiot, he is one.

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Post by gallery play on Thu Aug 13, 2015 1:21 pm

What's so painful for Stan is that Kyrgios didn't even do it out of gamemanship. He said it at the back of the court where no one could hear it, except the microphones..which he must have known. That's really nasty. Stan is not the guy who would back off in a confrontation, but he couldn't defend here..

And then Kyrgios' reaction:
"He was getting a bit lippy with me. Kind of in the heat of the moment, I don't know, I just said it."

Roughly translated that would be something like "can someone please slap me in the face?"

Kyrgios thinks he's a real tough guy, probably proudly texting over it to his mates. But sooner or later he'll pay the price. His bahaviour will cause serious damage to his tennis career and probably his life thereafter, no doubt.

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Re: ATP Masters 1000: Montreal

Post by Tenez on Thu Aug 13, 2015 2:13 pm

gallery play wrote:..Kyrgios thinks he's a real tough guy, probably proudly texting over it to his mates. But sooner or later he'll pay the price. His bahaviour will cause serious damage to his tennis career and probably his life thereafter, no doubt.

I agree. That's usually what happens when an ego takes complete control of the soul.

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Re: ATP Masters 1000: Montreal

Post by noleisthebest on Thu Aug 13, 2015 3:05 pm


Badly brought up young man with no self-restraint; reminds us again that ...sport does not build character, only reveals it.

Kyrgios is a product of modern "reality" culture.
Let's hang it all out, "honesty" above all...well, here it was last night in full "glory"...


Was Mirka's :"Crybaby!" in O2 last year much better?


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Post by noleisthebest on Thu Aug 13, 2015 3:46 pm

I saw that...I like how he threw his racquet on the ground and lifted his arms in the air...tennis joy at its best!

The anti racquet-smash.

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Re: ATP Masters 1000: Montreal

Post by DECIMA on Thu Aug 13, 2015 6:23 pm

noleisthebest wrote:
Was Mirka's :"Crybaby!" in O2 last year much better?
Yes, this is definitely worse than calling someone a crybaby lol. The only other difference is that it seems Stan didn't hear this.

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Re: ATP Masters 1000: Montreal

Post by noleisthebest on Fri Aug 14, 2015 9:13 am

Look forward to Nishi-Nadal today.

Nishi is in great form, but still has underlying problems with his leg/back, I think.

Nadal's biceps look bigger than ever. And that's WITH sleeves on.

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Post by luvsports! on Sat Aug 15, 2015 12:27 am

Gulbis breaks back! 4-3.

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Post by DECIMA on Sat Aug 15, 2015 1:06 am

Is it just me or is Djokovic hitting his forehand down the line like Nadal does with the follow through over the same shoulder ? Weird to see Djokovic hit that so much.

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Post by DECIMA on Sat Aug 15, 2015 1:10 am

And now he is copying Nadal by double faulting on break point, if this continues pretty sure Nadal can file a copyright lawsuit.

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Post by DECIMA on Sat Aug 15, 2015 4:28 am

Nadal's ground game wasn't too bad there... but his serve was awful.
Against a great returner like Nishikori, if you're hitting tonnes of second serves and also many double faults; you'll always be in trouble.
Nishi played very well, he's 25 now so I'd expect performances like that very frequently from him, no reason why he can't considering his ability.

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Post by noleisthebest on Sat Aug 15, 2015 9:57 am

Kim Jong-Un wrote:Is it just me or is Djokovic hitting his forehand down the line like Nadal does with the follow through over the same shoulder ? Weird to see Djokovic hit that so much.
I didn't notice anything...fell asleep on the sofa...

Kept being woken up on and off by the crowd cheering but could not keep my eyes open. Blush

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Post by DECIMA on Sat Aug 15, 2015 11:01 am

You not a Djokovic fan anymore I take it NITB ? Or are you a Djokovic fan, but just not as much as in the past ?

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Post by luvsports! on Sat Aug 15, 2015 11:36 am

Murray will overtake feds at 2 if he wins tonight. Sad

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Post by DECIMA on Sat Aug 15, 2015 11:53 am

luvsports! wrote:Murray will overtake feds at 2 if he wins tonight. Sad
This isn't the Fedal era anymore luvsports erm Sad

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Post by luvsports! on Sat Aug 15, 2015 12:00 pm

I know that but I still cling to no18 and higher seedings help!

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Post by noleisthebest on Sat Aug 15, 2015 1:08 pm

Kim Jong-Un wrote:You not a Djokovic fan anymore I take it NITB ? Or are you a Djokovic fan, but just not as much as in the past ?

No, not a fan in the classic meaning of the word.
Cheered for Federer in Wimbledon final.

I'm still fond of him, just don't know how much.
Never been crazy about his tennis, but liked the fire with which he fought, especially knowing his background and trying personal circumstances.

Nole is like a family member to all Serbs.

There is more on it here:
http://ourtennisforum.forumotion.co.uk/t942-noleisthebest-nitb-says-goodbye-and-hello

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Post by Tenez on Sat Aug 15, 2015 11:42 pm

Murray doesn;'t deserve the number 2 spot after what happened in Wimbedon. Hope Nishi can come and trouble the top 3.

Annoyed at the very poor semi schedule in Canada!

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Post by noleisthebest on Sun Aug 16, 2015 11:30 am

I am disappointed with Nishi's lack of stomach for the fight last night.

He just caved in and capitulated.

I understand he may have been a bit spent after his match with Nadal (which puts Nole's RG wins over Nadal and Murray in the best of 5 ON CLAY into perspective), but still  poor showing.
I don't know if he was injured, he was late on some shots, his returning was very average, as well.

It's a different physical league for him, but he has those quick hands and takes the ball early...should have won.

Murray played nothing special - just kept drilling a CCFH into the corner with all his muscled might...the rest was all safe and spinny.

Much better match between Nole and Chardy.
Was pleasantly surprised to see Jeremy play with confidence...what a difference!

Gorgeous FH, but difficult for him against someone as athletic and agile as Nole.
A really nice guy, too.

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Post by noleisthebest on Sun Aug 16, 2015 1:59 pm

Looks like Dustin Brown was in the crowd last night Winking



What's next? Yikes

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Post by noleisthebest on Sun Aug 16, 2015 2:01 pm

Anyway, willy-nilly we have another slugfest on the cards tonight...no wonder fans are getting high... Laugh

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Post by Tenez on Sun Aug 16, 2015 2:12 pm

noleisthebest wrote:I am disappointed with Nishi's lack of stomach for the fight last night.

He just caved in and capitulated.

I understand he may have been a bit spent after his match with Nadal (which puts Nole's RG wins over Nadal and Murray in the best of 5 ON CLAY into perspective), but still  poor showing.
I don't know if he was injured, he was late on some shots, his returning was very average, as well.

It's a different physical league for him, but he has those quick hands and takes the ball early...should have won.

Murray played nothing special - just kept drilling a CCFH into the corner with all his muscled might...the rest was all safe and spinny.

Much better match between Nole and Chardy.
Was pleasantly surprised to see Jeremy play with confidence...what a difference!

Gorgeous FH, but difficult for him against someone as athletic and agile as Nole.
A really nice guy, too.

Well I guess Nishi was spent. Can't believe Murray is number 2 after the thrashing at Wimbledon.

I like Chardy....and his game is maturing....but Djoko's legs are hard to get past.

Tonight I can see a tight match if Djoko has a sore elbow. Of he is ok.....a straight win for Djoko.

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Post by gallery play on Sun Aug 16, 2015 8:52 pm

Murray a break up. Bit disappointing so far.

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Post by gallery play on Sun Aug 16, 2015 8:56 pm

I would be nice if Djoko and his golf carbon copy (Jordan Spieth) both won't win tonight

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Post by noleisthebest on Sun Aug 16, 2015 8:58 pm

gallery play wrote:Murray a break up. Bit disappointing so far.

That's an understatement...I have only seen a few games so far, but not a single decent FH.
Strange to see two weaponless players at the top now.

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Post by gallery play on Sun Aug 16, 2015 8:59 pm

noleisthebest wrote:
gallery play wrote:Murray a break up. Bit disappointing so far.

That's an understatement...I have only seen a few games so far, but not a single decent FH.
Strange to see two weaponless players at the top now.
it's indeed getting worse by the minute

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Post by gallery play on Sun Aug 16, 2015 9:02 pm

Djoko breaks back. He keeps on Nadalizing his opponants.
Back to golf.

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Post by noleisthebest on Sun Aug 16, 2015 10:11 pm

Against Murray, Nole doesn't have to play his best tennis, just needs to be patient.

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Post by noleisthebest on Sun Aug 16, 2015 10:15 pm

gallery play wrote:Djoko breaks back. He keeps on Nadalizing his opponants.
Back to golf.

Seriously GP!
I can understand getting into golf once you get reeeealy old and can't play any other sport, or maybe as a chore for business networking...but where is the fun in watching?

One shot every half an hour...zzzzzzz  sleepy  
Total opposite from tennis diva

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Post by noleisthebest on Sun Aug 16, 2015 10:28 pm

Nole and Murray are basically playing women's tennis here...

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Post by luvsports! on Sun Aug 16, 2015 10:56 pm

Got to hadn it to Murray. He's holding on.

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Post by Tenez on Sun Aug 16, 2015 11:02 pm

gallery play wrote:I would be nice if Djoko and his golf carbon copy (Jordan Spieth) both won't win tonight

The thing is as much as I dislike Djoko's game, I dislike Murray's game even more. If the 3 could lose that woudl be even better. Winking

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