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Re: Mission Possible: Getting Back to the Top 100

Argh, as much as I love him he's so infuriating to watch. He should be beating this guy.
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why i the fuck cant he win the matches he should?

this loss just pisses me off
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Of course, I'm not upset with the loss. Sad, but not upset. On paper, he should have won but Johnson is playing well. I'm still proud of him for that first round battle against Haas and I'm happy he is starting to get some wins under his belt. He has shown improvement these last few weeks, especially since that lack luster performance against Lu in Cincinnati. Rest up, enjoy the city and I'll be seeing you very soon Ernests!

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I should just go into his matches expecting a loss, it'd make my life easier.
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Johnson served well but Ernie had too many chances with Johnson's UE's if only he could have held his own serve/concentration. *Sigh*

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"This is how close we are to the action, I just got told to shut up by Gulbis! Quiet he said!"- Commentator
hahahaha

oh crap
Again don't use opportunity to go further in tournament...he had nice chance, good draw...But ok, he defended points from last season...i suppose he is not satisfied with second round defeat
On paper Ernie was favorite, but today every player are dangerous, and everyone could beat everyone (except Novak and Federer)
good luck on next tournament
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It does suck to think how many break chances Ernests had in that match, but Johnson remained strong. He produced a lot of nice shots. I was told before the match that Johnson was strong and would take Gulbis out. I had hoped they were wrong but it's me who has to eat their words.

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Re: Mission Possible: Getting Back to the Top 100

It could have been worse...he could have lost in the first round

Pleased I managed to watch him live again and happy he won a tiebreak.

I have never seen Johnson play, I was impressed. Ernests had some good chances to turn the match around in his favour but he couldn't take them.

Shame, but I'm sure we can all agree that there is marked improvement in his game recently.

Good luck for his next match.
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My heart is crying over this loss. This is not how it was supposed to be. Ernie was every bit the better player. Even though they are both big servers, Ernie's serve was better: speedier, sharper angles, more variety. And in the rallies, Ernie outdid Johnson. The longer the rallies went, the more Johnson was prone to commit errors and so he had to come up with winners and finish them quickly. That was his strategy as far as I could see. Serve well and finish the point quickly. Ernie held forth and held him at bay until that 2nd set tie break when it was 3-3. Frankly, I think that Ernie was a bit "loosey goosey" in playing that tie break. The unforced errors he made after 3-3 ultimately cost him the match. Once he let Johnson in the match, i.e., win that 2nd set, the crowd started to rally around Johnson and the guy started to play like he had nothing to lose. He swung more freely, his serves connected, he played with more conviction, and hit more winners. The guy was pumped up. From that point on, Ernie was on the defensive and it didn't help that the crowd at times cheered when he lost a point because it meant a point to Johnson. And the louder the crowd cheered for Johnson, the tighter Ernie became, I think. During the 4th set, I noticed that Ernie was hitting the ball harder, out of desperation perhaps (you could hear the great exertion in his breathing) but sadly his balls went out. He was too tight and perhaps nervous as well. (Sigh) If he could only have had the same group of loud supporters as he had the other day, I think that that would have boosted his morale a bit. That sort of thing really does help. I think Ernie did put up a good fight- for some of you maybe not hard enough- but Johnson is one scrappy, gutsy American player who played with a big heart today. If there is one thing I can fault Ernie with, it is that he did not seem to be "hungry" enough. Much less talented players like Johnson can eke a win out of him because they are hungrier for it. I also think that Ernie plays better or is more pumped up when his opponent is an equally talented player, like Haas, for example. Of course, I base my opinions on the last two matches, so there is very little for them to stand on.

The last time I saw Ernie play was Cincy 2011 and I have seen a marked improvement in his overall game. 1. He is more emotionally self-contained, even when he is losing, and this is by far the biggest improvement. 2. He plays a cleaner game; fewer UE's. 3. He is more patient during rallies and his shot selection is much better. 4. His shots on both sides are as good if not better than ever. 5. His serve is, as ever, out of this world. From what I have seen, he is playing more like a top ten player now. I think that he just needs to work on the intangibles of the game. Today was a derailment. Hopefully he will learn much from it. I can't wait for next year's USO.

Not much else to report that you haven't seen on tv, except for three things: 1. Late in the 3rd set, Ernie muttered loudly enough for us to hear: "line, line, line, line, line, line..." Did he mean aim for the lines? or the line calls were shitty? I have no idea. 2. When the match was over, Ernie left the court and walked among the crowd all alone all the way to Ashe stadium. He had the saddest face and people paid him no attention. I felt really bad for him. In two days, he went from a big win to a bad loss (yes, this IS a bad loss). I followed him until he entered the stadium and was wondering where was team Gulbis? 3. Lastly, he had 4 shirt changes, 3 sock changes, and 2 shoe changes. lol:
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I pretty much agree with you, Truedaisy.

But I think Johnson did play extremely well during crucial moments. He earned those break points by making brave and terrific winners, while most of the break points Ernests got were due to Johnson's unforced errors. So I would give the credits to Johnson.

Ernests indeed didn't look hungry today. He was kinda laid back during several key points and hit too many unsuccessful drop shops when he can actually hammered the balls when coming to the net, allowing Johnson to come up with several amazing passing shots.

Also, I think Ernests didn't return well today in comparison to Johnson. There were many times that Ernests hit 130+ miles serves and Johnson simply sliced them back to the court without any issues.

I was sad and felt sorry for him after watching this match live. I did notice that left the court alone after the match and walked to Arther Ash. Anyway, hopefully he will train harder and get more good results in the near future.
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. You're so annoying Ernests. Why can't you play well for more than one match?

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I overheard some people sitting near me at the U.S. Open talking about Ernests' forehand because it's apparently different from last year and they were saying it looks kind of weird. Anyone know why and when he changes his forehand?
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Yeah fans and commentators a like have been discussing his forehand and how it's changed, not for the better!

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Is this really Ernests? Maybe he should watch this video and play again like that http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x33...edo-high_sport Nice good old forehand style!
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Apparently he's dropping his elbow? Either way, noone seems to know why he was trying to change it in the first place.



Might have been injury prone or something? idk
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