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Stan on hard courts 2016 - Chennai 3-peat, King in Dubai!

January
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February
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March
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Good match today.

Coric stands in the way of a 3-peat
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Re: Stan on hard courts 2016 - Chennai 3-peat!

Great week for Stan. Garcia-Lopez, Paire, and Coric? Any one of those guys could've easily taken Stan out if he'd had a bad day. But he came through well, and took home another title. 12 now! When he only had 4 before 2014!

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Congrats to Stan for the three-peat! Probably one of his most effective weeks, where he managed to reign his game to be enough against these guys and did well under pressure. He didn't have to go all out, and it worked! I noticed some interesting differences in the tournament: his FH technique (it looked like he was controlling it a bit better with just a bit smaller pace) and he was defending quite well (there were some gets he usually doesn't do in other matches). Maybe hopefully he has found a better base level this year. Let's see what he does in AO, I'm kind of interested. I know Djokovic is hard to beat but as we know with us Stan supporters -- expect the unexpected!



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Now he has to face Sock, Nadal, Raonic, Murray and Djokovic/Federer in a row...
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Now he has to face Sock, Nadal, Raonic, Murray and Djokovic/Federer in a row...
Switch Raonic and Nadal.
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Re: Stan on hard courts 2016 - Chennai 3-peat!

Ugh, made a long thesis about my thoughts about Stan's draw, but then it disappeared, argh!

Anyway, let's see the draw (bold are those who I think have the best chance of meeting him):

R1: vs. Tursunov (H2H 1-1) - Back after injury I think he currently is the easiest first round among top seeds.

R2: vs. [Qualifier] - Not seen the qualies so I can't say who is a potential threat, but again he faces a non-Top 100 player I think.

R3: vs. Sock (H2H 0-0) or Rosol - Here is where it gets interesting -- we start the Draw of Doom with Stan facing an Auckland finalist (and potentially winner) but I think he is able to handle it. Rosol lost in Chennai against Paire. Both are dangerous if are in form but I feel Stan could be consistent against them. Hope for a good shotmaking contest!

R4: vs. Raonic (H2H 4-0) or Troicki (H2H 4-0) - Raonic won Brisbane against Fed so has the confidence I think to want to get back into the Top 10. Of course the question is if he's fully healthy as he had some injury issues last year and in off-season. Meanwhile Troicki is a Sydney finalist that pushed Stan close in Paris. Honorable mention to Robredo who may sneak in if Raonic (who he has a bad record against) may be upsetted.

QF: vs. Nadal (H2H 3-14) or vs. Anderson (H2H 4-4) - I know Nadal was dominated by Djokovic but the matchup still is a struggle for Stan at times and really needed to focus fully to get the wins. Nadal surely wants to avenge his AO 2014 Final loss but he seems to be struggling a bit in the early rounds of Doha. Stan has to be in tip top shape IMO and hopefully that is enough for a non-5 Setter win. Anderson meanwhile as we know troubles Wawrinka's game but is said to be injured so I wonder again if he's going to be healthy -- I actually think he has a chance to win against Nadal.

SF: vs. Murray (H2H 7-8) - Andy is so consistent that I think he's a great favorite for the SF. Stan had not lost a Set against Andy since 2013, but some are saying that external factors lead to his easy wins (e.g. back surgery, Davis Cup) so I hope he proves them wrong again. That being said I hope that whoever wins here won't exhaust themselves. Must be prepared against Djokovic!

F: vs. Djokovic or vs. Federer - As we know Djokovic is the man to beat, but of course we know Stan is capable of doing. He won in Doha, and did it in a dominant fashion (except one hiccup in the QF). He seems to be facing Fed earlier than usual but he has proven his resilience on Slams against him. I think Fed though has better chances of beating Djokovic in a semifinal than a final and I actually think Fed would be more of a bother against Stan than Djokovic will.



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staN beat murray fair and square..when murray s winning big titles there are no excuses, when he looses to stan his back suddently is a problem,people love to make excuses for certain players ...As for his AO 2016 campain..I think the first 2 matches will give us an ideea of where he s at .For me he was far from his best in Chennai but still good enough to win ..but if his base level in the first match at AO will be at the level from Chennai that s gonna be a good sign ,because he always raises his level every round in slams( with the exception of fed).

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Re: Stan on hard courts 2016 - Chennai 3-peat!

Sorry if I offend anyone but if Stan plays Fed in the final then I don't care who wins even if Stan's final record is breached. If Fed got to the final beating Djokovic, I know how much #18 means to him and I really would like to see him get it.

On topic, I doubt fed will go too far. I'm giving all my hope into Stan making a final, because Sock, Raonic, Nadal is awful. I honestly don't think anyone but the top 3 could have beaten Sock in yesterday's form, although Bo5 clearly suits Stam Jack has not good fitness. Raonic defeated Stan this year already, although exhibition. He is in deadly form, and Nadal is also in good form carried from late last year. I think it's safe to say Nadal is the worst 5-8 we could get (normalrinka dominates Berd Kei and Ferrer), Raonic is the worst 13-16 we could get (only one with big serve to trouble Stan (Isner is a little too one-dimensional) and in top form like a top 10 player. And Sock is the worst 25-32 we could have, besides maybe Kyrgios.

Shame it couldn't be like Seppi - Goffin - Berdych which would be a perfect draw.
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Sorry if I offend anyone but if Stan plays Fed in the final then I don't care who wins even if Stan's final record is breached. If Fed got to the final beating Djokovic, I know how much #18 means to him and I really would like to see him get it.

On topic, I doubt fed will go too far. I'm giving all my hope into Stan making a final, because Sock, Raonic, Nadal is awful. I honestly don't think anyone but the top 3 could have beaten Sock in yesterday's form, although Bo5 clearly suits Stam Jack has not good fitness. Raonic defeated Stan this year already, although exhibition. He is in deadly form, and Nadal is also in good form carried from late last year. I think it's safe to say Nadal is the worst 5-8 we could get (normalrinka dominates Berd Kei and Ferrer), Raonic is the worst 13-16 we could get (only one with big serve to trouble Stan (Isner is a little too one-dimensional) and in top form like a top 10 player. And Sock is the worst 25-32 we could have, besides maybe Kyrgios.

Shame it couldn't be like Seppi - Goffin - Berdych which would be a perfect draw.
I actually also don't care if Fed wins this Slam but you just feel this could be also Stan's last year opportunity for a Slam run, particularly this one. I REALLY feared for the worst that he would get Nadal at the QF -- and ugh, he did! I mean come on now, he faced Nadal in the QF on Shanghai (lost), Paris (won) and RR WTF (lost) and now this. What is the 4th seed for if you are going to face someone with a 14-3 record against you even if you are winning against him lately. That being said, I oddly feel he could beat ALL of the potential QF and beyond opponents but stars would have to align for that happen IMO. Realistically, I feel he could beat Nadal and Murray back-to-back. But just like what happened with Djokovic in RG with that combo I think it could be a longshot.



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Stan has a tough one today against Stepanek - stay focused!
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Well, Sock and Nadal (And Anderson, another awkward match for Stan) are gone

So now all the effort should go into reading the serve of Raonic. Raonic has looked better returning so I think Stan will need top serving performance to get through. Raonic dropped serve to Troicki in set 3 of his last match, which makes me think he's definitely breakable. The big servers Stan doesn't like are the ones who are imposing at net, especially on Stan's chip returns. Raonic has a lot more confidence in his ground game and certainly not the most convincing volleyer, this will play into to Stan's favour, but only if he can get his returns deep because Raonic is good at attacking short returns that land on the service line, particularly forehand.

I will be at the game live, hopefully it is more like the Berdych 2014 match I watched rather than the one I saw at Wimbledon last year...
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Time to bounce back... In Marseille?

Any news why Stan decided not to defend his Rotterdam title?
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Re: Stan on hard courts 2016 - Chennai 3-peat!

Been inactive for a while here. Best of luck for the rest of Dubai, Stan

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