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that return winner, why not at other stages of the match?

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Lucky Istomin!

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that return winner, why not at other stages of the match?
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and another return winner!

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TB time!!!!!!
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WOW! NOW Richard take charge after what has to be a really pissed Istomin...
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Re: Richard In The Australian Summer 2012- Sydney

Tie break......
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Re: Richard In The Australian Summer 2012- Sydney

Richard!

Most of the match Richard was just too passive!

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Re: Richard In The Australian Summer 2012- Sydney

Good fight from Richard in second set, played more aggressive, but still not good enough to beat today's Istomin. Richard needs to realize he can't start the match by pushing and expect everyone will pull Verdasco of last week and miss every other shot.
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His first service game was already really telling
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Re: Richard In The Australian Summer 2012- Sydney

I think Hopman Cup was a mistake.....too passive in the first set.....
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I think Hopman Cup was a mistake.....too passive in the first set.....
Don't blame Hopman Cup. Blame him
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Re: Richard In The Australian Summer 2012- Sydney

The better player won. Richard was just a frustrated, agitated mess most of the match. He came up with some nice aggressive points but not often enough and Istomin took advantage of every short ball(and there were many of those).

When I saw the draw I was worried and when Isner lost i was REALLY worried - the more the draw opens up and gives Richard a chance, the worse Richard usually plays.

Well at least he won't be worn out for AO.
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Re: Richard In The Australian Summer 2012- Sydney

Onto Melbourne then, the draw will be on Friday that will be interesting!

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Re: Richard In The Australian Summer 2012- Sydney

A much better second set indeed but even with Istomin tight as a drum towards the closing stages, he couldn't pull out that set, although it was of a lot better quality.

Istomin certainly did play better than anyone Richard beat at Hopman Cup last week and yesterday's match with Fognini didn't exactly prepare him well for today either. Wish he'd employ a more aggressive strategy from the start of his matches, but I know it's hard for him to break out of his comfort zone.

Onwards to Melbourne, hopefully he leaves the negative attitude behind.

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