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Dubai 2012: Masters level competition - who will win?

masterclass
02-20-2012, 06:52 PM
The 2012 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships - a 500 level tournament - has a Masters level lineup.
8 of the top 10 players are scheduled to play. Only #2 ranked Rafael Nadal and his countryman, #5 David Ferrer, are not entered.

I'll leave the poll open till the tournament starts for people who like to see the draw, but we know that Mr. Djokovic and Mr. Federer will head their halves.

Who will win?

Respectfully,
masterclass

Clay Death
02-20-2012, 07:06 PM
good stuff masterclass.

i am liking fed`s chances if these courts are playing fast and the bounce is low.

Johnny Groove
02-20-2012, 07:08 PM
The pressure is all on Djokovic to continue to produce.

Also, Rafa is smart to skip.

Clay Death
02-20-2012, 07:11 PM
affirmative. and that pressure just went up some more:

now he says he wants RG and the gold. well now we will see if he can produce.

and he still has everything under the sun to defend.

Certinfy
02-20-2012, 07:12 PM
Hoping for a Berdych vs Federer QF here.

masterclass
02-20-2012, 07:24 PM
The pressure is all on Djokovic to continue to produce.

Also, Rafa is smart to skip.

Yes, definitely smart. But they can't skip the Masters events...so both Djokovic and Nadal still have a difficult road ahead.

And yes, Djokovic is defending here. It will be interesting if it is a Djokovic-Federer final.
Last year Djokovic's return game was just too good and Federer didn't do enough.

I also think it didn't help Federer to have an easy draw:
R32 Somdev Devvarman (IND) [79] W 6-3, 6-3
R16 Marcel Granollers (ESP) [53] W 6-3, 6-4
Q Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) [43] W 6-3, 6-4
S Richard Gasquet (FRA) [28] W 6-2, 7-5
F Novak Djokovic (SRB) 3 L 3-6, 3-6

Djokovic:

R32 Michael Llodra (FRA) [27] W 6-3, 6-3
R16 Feliciano Lopez (ESP) [41] W 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
Q Florian Mayer (GER) [38] W 7-5, 6-1
S Tomas Berdych (CZE) [7] W 6-7(5), 6-2, 4-2 RET
W Roger Federer (SUI) [2] W 6-3, 6-3

But with Murray and Tsonga added to the mix this year, anything can happen.

Respectfully,
masterclass

EddieNero
02-20-2012, 07:35 PM
Federer will pull out from this one probably. I know he's seeking the number one spot but playing here would be unreasonable, the field appears really strong this year and the probability of facing a tough opponent in QF is very high.

Roger should take a couple of days off and focus on the IW/Miami double, he can easily gain some points over there with a favourable draw.

JurajCrane
02-20-2012, 07:36 PM
Line-up of this tournament tells you which is the best ATP 500 tournament. Barcelona ? No thanks. :)

Clay Death
02-20-2012, 07:55 PM
fed should play. rotterdam was indoors and he got it done pretty easily there. russian pest pushed him just a bit but it was like a little workout session anyway.

he is also on a bit of roll again. so this is a good time to strike.

Alex999
02-20-2012, 08:02 PM
Federer will pull out from this one probably. I know he's seeking the number one spot but playing here would be unreasonable, the field appears really strong this year and the probability of facing a tough opponent in QF is very high.

Roger should take a couple of days off and focus on the IW/Miami double, he can easily gain some points over there with a favourable draw.
Rog is not getting to #1, as simple as that. It's not happening. also, all above comments about Novak defending his points are really silly. I ask this again, who's gonna stop him? as of now, he is holding W, USO and AO. he's been always very successful at IW and Miami even when he played utter sh!t tennis. Dubai simply is not that important tournament. I couldn't care less if Nole loses his first round match... and that's not gonna happen.

I simply think that too many people here speculate too much. also, too many guys have this obsessive love for their favorite players and they are not objective at all. again plain stupidity. Djokovic will probably kill Rog in the final. you may not like it but that's probably what's gonna happen.

SERBINATOR
02-20-2012, 08:12 PM
Novak to Win his 4th Dubai crown :angel:

Clay Death
02-20-2012, 08:28 PM
why do we even have to have this event?

why not just send nole the trophy right now and move on to the next event.

also send him the trophies for indian wells and miami masters. and we can just move on straight to rome masters. oh wait. he won there too so mail him the rome masters trophy also.

and won madrid too so surely he will kill them all again. send him the trophy for madrid asap.

he has now declared he wants RG and the olympic gold. i say they should just send him the hardware asap and be done with it.

why the hell are we even having tennis this year? he won wimbledon and the u.s. open too so send him his hardware pronto and be finished with it.

that is about the only way we can keep these nole fans happy here.

GOAT in progress
02-20-2012, 08:28 PM
Rog is not getting to #1, as simple as that. It's not happening. also, all above comments about Novak defending his points are really silly. I ask this again, who's gonna stop him? as of now, he is holding W, USO and AO. he's been always very successful at IW and Miami even when he played utter sh!t tennis. Dubai simply is not that important tournament. I couldn't care less if Nole loses his first round match... and that's not gonna happen.

I simply think that too many people here speculate too much. also, too many guys have this obsessive love for their favorite players and they are not objective at all. again plain stupidity. Djokovic will probably kill Rog in the final. you may not like it but that's probably what's gonna happen.

Federer & Naldal are simply too strong for the rest of the tour, and Djokovic was too strong for them. Short but effective :)

DemiCrayanhan
02-20-2012, 08:48 PM
really depends on the draw but i can easily see a murray/djokovic final. during nole's beast mode, andy won the most outdoor-hard titles among the rest of the field.

Time Violation
02-20-2012, 08:50 PM
why do we even have to have this event?

why not just send nole the trophy right now and move on to the next event.

also send him the trophies for indian wells and miami masters. and we can just move on straight to rome masters. oh wait. he won there too so mail him the rome masters trophy also.

and won madrid too so surely he will kill them all again. send him the trophy for madrid asap.

he has now declared he wants RG and the olympic gold. i say they should just send him the hardware asap and be done with it.

why the hell are we even having tennis this year? he won wimbledon and the u.s. open too so send him his hardware pronto and be finished with it.

that is about the only way we can keep these nole fans happy here.

Lol, you're not the one who should complain. You keep saying all the time Nadal is a lock to win RG and everything else on clay, so no one should bother playing RG, right? What goes around comes around :)

Alex999
02-20-2012, 08:51 PM
why do we even have to have this event?

why not just send nole the trophy right now and move on to the next event.

also send him the trophies for indian wells and miami masters. and we can just move on straight to rome masters. oh wait. he won there too so mail him the rome masters trophy also.

and won madrid too so surely he will kill them all again. send him the trophy for madrid asap.

he has now declared he wants RG and the olympic gold. i say they should just send him the hardware asap and be done with it.

why the hell are we even having tennis this year? he won wimbledon and the u.s. open too so send him his hardware pronto and be finished with it.

that is about the only way we can keep these nole fans happy here.
lol CD. you are a bit frustrated. of course he wants RG and Olympic gold. it's sport. he is simply doing his job. will he get there? we'll see :).

Clay Death
02-20-2012, 08:54 PM
of course i am not frustrated alex.

i am thinking about sending you a case of blended scotch so you can drown your sorrrow when all this doesnt happen.

Myrre
02-20-2012, 08:54 PM
why do we even have to have this event?

why not just send nole the trophy right now and move on to the next event.

also send him the trophies for indian wells and miami masters. and we can just move on straight to rome masters. oh wait. he won there too so mail him the rome masters trophy also.

and won madrid too so surely he will kill them all again. send him the trophy for madrid asap.

he has now declared he wants RG and the olympic gold. i say they should just send him the hardware asap and be done with it.

why the hell are we even having tennis this year? he won wimbledon and the u.s. open too so send him his hardware pronto and be finished with it.

that is about the only way we can keep these nole fans happy here.

:worship::worship::worship:

Clay Death
02-20-2012, 08:55 PM
Lol, you're not the one who should complain. You keep saying all the time Nadal is a lock to win RG and everything else on clay, so no one should bother playing RG, right? What goes around comes around :)

well done Taejin.


good post. i like it.

as for RG, he is the king of clay last time i checked. and will be until proven differently.

Clay Death
02-20-2012, 08:57 PM
:worship::worship::worship:

these nole fans are a strange breed.

they want the damn hardware without playing any of the events.

i am just thinking about sending them cases and cases of liquor. it will serve them well in times of great distress and frustration.

Clay Death
02-20-2012, 09:03 PM
i need to invent a nickname for these crazy nole fans. i detest this "tard" shit. i think it is stale.


maybe we can call them djokovites.

Ash86
02-20-2012, 09:05 PM
Hoping Murray & Djokovic fall on opposite sides of the draw and we get a Murray/Djokovic final. Going with Murray here - he seems motivated, has been training hard with Lendl whilst Djokovic has been skiing at -20C temperatures. The incentive for Murray to win this & go full out is more than there is for Djokovic...

Think it's unlikely Fed will win it. If Berdych plays like he can do then he could cause an upset but I doubt he can string consecutive good performances together.

As for this idea that no one can stop Novak at IW or Miami that's ridiculous based on what we saw in Australia. He hasn't been at Novak 2.0 level like at the start of 2011 -he's now Novak 1.7 - lost a set to Hewitt & went 5 and scraped past Nadal & Murray - still brilliant but not totally unplayable. Is it that impossible that players like Murray or Nadal could get 2 sets? Sure Novak is the favourite as the no.1 player but it's not a done deal.

viruzzz
02-20-2012, 09:10 PM
why do we even have to have this event?

why not just send nole the trophy right now and move on to the next event.

also send him the trophies for indian wells and miami masters. and we can just move on straight to rome masters. oh wait. he won there too so mail him the rome masters trophy also.

and won madrid too so surely he will kill them all again. send him the trophy for madrid asap.

he has now declared he wants RG and the olympic gold. i say they should just send him the hardware asap and be done with it.

why the hell are we even having tennis this year? he won wimbledon and the u.s. open too so send him his hardware pronto and be finished with it.

that is about the only way we can keep these nole fans happy here.

:confused:

I miss the old clay death.
I mean, we had issues, but I like your style and really respect you.
Relax, dude. Bring the old magic back.

Foxy
02-20-2012, 09:20 PM
I don't see anyone stopping Murray for Dubai title. Djoko probably won't recover soon from the 6h in AO. Federer does not match up well with Murray. Berdych & Tsonga are just Berdych & Tsonga. Enough said.

Alex999
02-20-2012, 09:21 PM
of course i am not frustrated alex.

i am thinking about sending you a case of blended scotch so you can drown your sorrrow when all this doesnt happen.
hey herc, I love freebies. I'll email you my address so you can send me some scotch, lol. no sorrow man. Nole has accomplished so much already. I'm perfectly happy even if he doesn't win a single match this year. you and I've known each other for a long, long time. I have supported Nole for a long time. you know it.

Clay Death
02-20-2012, 09:25 PM
:confused:

I miss the old clay death.
I mean, we had issues, but I like your style and really respect you.
Relax, dude. Bring the old magic back.



whad ya mean dude. i am the same clay death the destroyer.

alex is a friend of mine for years and years. i am just messing with him.


you have a great style of your own too mate.

Clay Death
02-20-2012, 09:25 PM
hey herc, I love freebies. I'll email you my address so you can send me some scotch, lol. no sorrow man. Nole has accomplished so much already. I'm perfectly happy even if he doesn't win a single match this year. you and I've known each other for a long, long time. I have supported Nole for a long time. you know it.

you got it alex.

i am sending you a bottle of scotch after the RG final.

LawrenceOfTennis
02-20-2012, 09:33 PM
Definetely Djokovic. Nadal cannot beat him and Federer will probably repeat last year's scoreline against him. Can see Murray losing early, being still under the impact of that semifinal.

BIGMARAT
02-20-2012, 09:39 PM
scotch wont be good enough for losing 7 times in a row.
As for Nole fans, yes, we have haters too!

TBkeeper
02-20-2012, 10:27 PM
Remember folks... Davydenko's in the mix !

ossie
02-20-2012, 10:30 PM
dont see delpo losing a set here to be honest, fed and the djoker will be exposed by the goat.

masterclass
02-20-2012, 10:36 PM
Remember folks... Davydenko's in the mix !

He certainly is! There are plenty of players here to cause trouble for the top guys.

Respectfully,
masterclass

Clay Death
02-20-2012, 10:39 PM
the little russian shrimp/pest is ranked #40 now and dropping like a rock. he is just about useless against these top guns these days.

Seingeist
02-20-2012, 10:39 PM
Hoping for a Berdych vs Federer QF here.

He really should have had his chance in Rotterdam.

I'm pretty miffed that he let Del Potro crush him like that. Sorta deflated my Berdych 2012 hopes a bit.

ossie
02-20-2012, 10:48 PM
the little russian shrimp/pest is ranked #40 now and dropping like a rock. he is just about useless against these top guns these days.did you even see his match against federer? had it been nadal on the other side he would have gotten destroyed by davydenko.

Clay Death
02-20-2012, 10:52 PM
did you even see his match against federer? had it been nadal on the other side he would have gotten destroyed by davydenko.



russian shrimp is as useless as they come now. he will soon be out of top 50. out of top 100 by the end of next year.

MIMIC
02-20-2012, 11:21 PM
This thread :confused: :shrug:

v-money
02-20-2012, 11:27 PM
Hey Foxy, where is Afraidal? Afraidovic and Afraiderer are here.

duong
02-20-2012, 11:57 PM
I think it would be better waiting a few days to be sure everyone of these will play,

especially Federer.

He probably has a plan but it's probably not playing Australia+Rotterdam+Dubai+all Masters 1000 tournaments as some people think. I can't believe this as the key and heavy period will be in summer between Roland-Garros and the US Open, not before.

He should play in Indian Wells as he has an exhibition planned with Roddick the week before.

But does he intend to skip Miami (he talked about that last year) then take a long break between Indian Wells and Roma or Madrid ?

Or will he skip Dubai ? I'm wondering.

Dubai was not in his initial schedule for 2012 (Rotterdam had been planned for half-a-year).

Anyway the favorite should be Djokovic, world number 1, winner of last two editions and who will come back there.

alfonsojose
02-21-2012, 12:10 AM
:eek: Roger :tape: Hopefully he won't play here . If he does, he definely wants to be Fedzniacki :lol:

BroTree123
02-21-2012, 12:42 AM
Rafa avoiding Nole...?

abraxas21
02-21-2012, 12:48 AM
fed should play. rotterdam was indoors and he got it done pretty easily there. russian pest pushed him just a bit but it was like a little workout session anyway.

he is also on a bit of roll again. so this is a good time to strike.

well, before rotterdam he had lost his last 3 matches (2 in singles and 1 in doubles) and in rotterdam davydenko almost beat him.

i wouldn't say he's on a roll but if hes feeling alright, i think he should play. plus, dubai will give him a fat check

abraxas21
02-21-2012, 12:49 AM
i need to invent a nickname for these crazy nole fans. i detest this "tard" shit. i think it is stale.


maybe we can call them djokovites.

and to think there was a time when djokotards and nadaltards used to be buddies

Clay Death
02-21-2012, 02:59 AM
and to think there was a time when djokotards and nadaltards used to be buddies

i got no beef with most djokovites general abraxquach.

in fact i quite appreciate their passion for their players. nothing wrong with it.

FedvsNole
02-21-2012, 03:29 AM
Federer is definetely playing for 2 reasons. He's already in dubai since he has a house there and left right after rotterdam to go there. He's going to get the largest appearance fee of the year by going to dubai. He's not injured and has until next Tuesday or Wednesday before his first round match which gives him a nice 8-10 day break plus he won't be traveling since he was going to dubai anyways to train.


Wouldn't he lose 300 points had he not played dubai and he seems like he wants to move up in the rankings?
What are the court conditions there like in dubai...? Medium fast, slow and high bouncing etc?? Im sure someone knows this.

Clay Death
02-21-2012, 03:32 AM
medium fast is my guess.

finishingmove
02-21-2012, 04:15 AM
federer is playing too much these days

what's up with his scheduling ?

FedvsNole
02-21-2012, 04:15 AM
medium fast is my guess.


Thanks man. I know you like nadal alot and I haven't necessarily been very kind about his chances vs nole in my posts. I hope I haven't offended you. I think he'll need a victory over nole before roland garros to give him some confidence rather than see nole at the finals of Roland garros 2012.

FedvsNole
02-21-2012, 04:20 AM
federer is playing too much these days

what's up with his scheduling ?

He really loves tennis. He doesn't bitch about the schedule in tennis and he's kinda walking the walk. I think he's played excellent from the us open 2011 through rotterdam haven't really seen shankerer in some time.

Plus it doesn't hurt that he has a house in dubai and he was headed there to train anyways. He'll have some days off and the tournament is very near where he lives.

MuzzahLovah
02-21-2012, 06:31 AM
I'm just really hoping that Murray keeps going strong, instead of having a dip after Australia like last year. Hopefully the rest will mean no injury issues.

rinnegan
02-21-2012, 06:59 AM
King Nole

iriraz
02-21-2012, 07:01 AM
The problems for Djokovic and Murray might be they haven`t played since the AO and it might take them a while to find their rhythm and if they get a tough guy like Davydenko for instance in R1 it won`t be easy.In these best of 3 set matches a slow start and suddenly u can be down a set and under pressure.

MatchFederer
02-21-2012, 07:20 AM
i need to invent a nickname for these crazy nole fans. i detest this "tard" shit. i think it is stale.


maybe we can call them djokovites.

They are very comfortably the most insane and annoying fan clan that I have ever witnessed.

masterclass
02-21-2012, 09:04 AM
federer is playing too much these days

what's up with his scheduling ?

He wants to be #1 again. He has reiterated this several times recently - for one, see here (http://www.welovetennis.fr/federer/44467-roger-federer-je-ne-suis-pas-loin-de-la-place-de-numero-un-mondial). Google translated:
"I'm not far at all from the world number one spot. Give me one or two big tournaments, and I could get it back. I look forward to the next few months. It's going to be a pretty amazing series of tournaments; it starts with the dirt and it will last until the US Open. It will be a decisive period for many players, some will hold (their points), others will let them go. But I hope to play my best tennis out there and then launch an attack on the number one spot. "

So to that effect, any non-mandatory tournament is important for Federer to schedule in appropriately.
Rotterdam was a win-win situation. How could he miss an opportunity playing indoor hard where he has not lost since 2010 Bercy (to Monfils)? He gained 500 points there.
Dubai is definitely more competitive, but it's among the fastest and low bouncing Outdoor hard courts of the year. He needs to defend 300 points there as well.

So if you look at his schedule, his scheduled non-mandatory tournaments are all on the faster surfaces.
His next non-mandatory event is Halle (250) on normal grass (not the all court Wimbledon stuff). Then Basel (500). That's it.

My guess is that he might try to get an invitation into one or two more tournaments depending on how he feels.
Perhaps the Newport grass between Wimbledon or the Olympics, or maybe some other indoor event like Bangkok in the early fall.
Another option would be the Hamburg 500 event. Even though he is a 4 time winner of that event, I rather doubt he would disrupt his grass plan - Halle, Wimbledon, Olympics - by playing on clay before the Olympics.

Most important for Federer is to take 1 or 2 majors this year. If he cannot do that he has little chance to get close to #1.
As he said, it will be a decisive period. Djokovic has the most to defend. He needs to defend at least 1 more major and defend a couple of masters to hold #1. Nadal needs to defend RG, take a couple of clay masters, and probably take another major to have a solid chance at #1.

Respectfully,
masterclass

masterclass
02-21-2012, 09:13 AM
The problems for Djokovic and Murray might be they haven`t played since the AO and it might take them a while to find their rhythm and if they get a tough guy like Davydenko for instance in R1 it won`t be easy.In these best of 3 set matches a slow start and suddenly u can be down a set and under pressure.

Good point. The quality and depth of competion at Dubai is sufficient for that scenario to occur.
Davydenko for one, has beaten both players (Murray more than Djokovic) and is in his best form in a long time.

By playing Rotterdam, Mr. Federer got in the require tough matches for him to be in form from the start in Dubai.
This is something he did not do last year, and he lost to Djokovic in the final with almost too easy a draw prior to playing him.

Respectfully,
masterclass

duong
02-21-2012, 09:25 AM
Most important for Federer is to take 1 or 2 majors this year. If he cannot do that he has little chance to get close to #1.
As he said, it will be a decisive period. Djokovic has the most to defend. He needs to defend at least 1 more major and defend a couple of masters to hold #1. Nadal needs to defend RG, take a couple of clay masters, and probably take another major to have a solid chance at #1.


If ever he wants to be number 1 back, it depends on the slams and in a lesser extent MS1000 tournaments, not on ATP500 tournaments or even worse ATP250 tournaments like Newport.

Anyway, his main priority is the slams and the olympics, from what I heard, and this will all be concentrated in a quite short period between the end of may and the beginning of september.

Of course he knows that and he's always been more focused on preparing a good fitness than on ranking points :shrug:

He will be 31 years old this year, it may well be his last chances to win a slam, of course he's concentrated on slams and the Olympics :shrug:

I trust his ability to prepare and schedule, we will see later but I'm sure he won't play everything, as some think.

Anyway, he's on-site in Dubai, and he may well lose early in that tournament.

duong
02-21-2012, 09:32 AM
What are the court conditions there like in dubai...? Medium fast, slow and high bouncing etc?? Im sure someone knows this.

medium fast, bounce is a little bit high, and in the desert, balls tend to "fly" as Fed often said.

I've seldom seen great tennis in Dubai.

masterclass
02-21-2012, 09:46 AM
If ever he wants to be number 1 back, it depends on the slams and in a lesser extent MS1000 tournaments, not on ATP500 tournaments or even worse ATP250 tournaments like Newport.

Anyway, his main priority is the slams and the olympics, from what I heard, and this will all be concentrated in a quite short period between the end of may and the beginning of september.

Of course he knows that and he's always been more focused on preparing a good fitness than on ranking points :shrug:

He will be 31 years old this year, it may well be his last chances to win a slam, of course he's concentrated on slams and the Olympics :shrug:

I trust his ability to prepare and schedule, we will see later but I'm sure he won't play everything, as some think.

Agreed. I see how my post could be misinterpreted. Obviously those smaller tournaments are less important as far as points go in reaching #1, but they can be strategically important in setting him up for bigger events. They add to his confidence, and they give him match play to maintain form. And he has chosen ones that are best suited to his play. Also, don't completely discount the smaller tournaments. If no one player is dominant, in a close battle for points, they can make a difference. 2 500's and 4 250's are equal to 1 slam. True, that's 6 tournaments for 1...but still...

That said, of course, as he said, he needs to win 1 or 2 majors to seriously have a chance, and a couple of MS-1000 would also help, but I think it will be tough for him to win a MS event prior to the fall unless Nadal or Djokovic get hurt.

Respectfully,
masterclass

ossie
02-21-2012, 10:04 AM
Rafa avoiding Nole...?can you blame him :o

coonster14
02-21-2012, 11:19 AM
Definitely looks like a great event on paper, I just hope the matches that are played live up to the expectations, 8 of the Top 10! :)

Going to go with Nole or Roger to win the title here, but I'm curious to see how Andy Murray plays, it will be his first event since Aus Open if I remember correctly. Also looking forward to seeing Delpo, Tsonga and Berdy too, time to start watching tennis again, it's been a while since the late night matches at Aus Open.

Matt01
02-21-2012, 02:42 PM
Nice tournament :yeah:

Want to see a nice Djoker-Delpo final :D


They are very comfortably the most insane and annoying fan clan that I have ever witnessed.


Your fanbase is even worse. :o

luie
02-21-2012, 05:16 PM
Nadull afraid of making it 8-0 against his
Serbian master.
You can run but you can't hide

Big_Juicy
02-21-2012, 05:17 PM
Can't believe this tournament and Memphis count for the same amount of points..

Voo de Mar
02-21-2012, 05:23 PM
It would be nice to see another Djokovic-Murray clash, no matter whether in semifinals of final. If it's supposed to be the final, Murray would meet Federer in the semis. I'm a bit bored of watching non-slam Djokovic-Federer matches.

Clay Death
02-21-2012, 05:35 PM
Nadull afraid of making it 8-0 against his
Serbian master.
You can run but you can't hide

you sig and your posts indicate one thing:

nadal is all you think about day and night, 24/7.

he has ruined your existence. are you driven to drink yet?

zlaja777
02-21-2012, 05:49 PM
why do we even have to have this event?

why not just send nole the trophy right now and move on to the next event.

also send him the trophies for indian wells and miami masters. and we can just move on straight to rome masters. oh wait. he won there too so mail him the rome masters trophy also.

and won madrid too so surely he will kill them all again. send him the trophy for madrid asap.

he has now declared he wants RG and the olympic gold. i say they should just send him the hardware asap and be done with it.

why the hell are we even having tennis this year? he won wimbledon and the u.s. open too so send him his hardware pronto and be finished with it.

that is about the only way we can keep these nole fans happy here.
Pathetic post, I must say.

zlaja777
02-21-2012, 05:55 PM
I don't think Djokovic will play his best in Dubai. He's the favourite of course but with a tough draw he can be eliminated even in QF's to an in-form Del Potro or even Tipsarevic.

luie
02-21-2012, 05:57 PM
you sig and your posts indicate one thing:

nadal is all you think about day and night, 24/7.

he has ruined your existence. are you driven to drink yet?

Nadull is simply a claycourter that too advantage
Of the slowing conditions of today's era.
Nadull is stamina based and sort of "went wild"
For a brief period before nature restored balance
With the rise of Novak who is even better suited
To today's. Courts.
No specimen is allowed to run free forever ,
Not fed , not nadull etc.thats my sig .
Only the strong survive right now it's Novak
He is the better physical specimen.

Clay Death
02-21-2012, 07:15 PM
relax luie. your rhetoric is useless to those who are in the know.

there must be a market for this bullshit somewhere else.

Alex999
02-21-2012, 08:09 PM
I don't think Djokovic will play his best in Dubai. He's the favourite of course but with a tough draw he can be eliminated even in QF's to an in-form Del Potro or even Tipsarevic.
I'm wondering how is your crystal ball working, lol. neither Tipsy nor DP will hurt Djoko, unless he is simply not interested. as much as I love tennis and looking forward to Dubai tournament, let's be honest here... it's not that important.

luie
02-21-2012, 08:21 PM
relax luie. your rhetoric is useless to those who are in the know.

there must be a market for this bullshit somewhere else.

Your boy nadull ,and fed before him had their
Time in the sun , now it's Novaks time to take
Full control of Nadulls future.
He decides what tourney nadull is allowed to
Play or not it's that simple.

Clay Death
02-21-2012, 08:25 PM
Your boy nadull ,and fed before him had their
Time in the sun , now it's Novaks time to take
Full control of Nadulls future.
He decides what tourney nadull is allowed to
Play or not it's that simple.



nobody is my boy but you are clearly into blind worship. who will you worship if nole declares an assault on fed`s 16 slams.


never mind. i know the answer. you will blindly worship nadal then.

right now you are dying 1000 deaths a day waiting for somebody to come along and beat nadal. you ought to be just enjoying the sport.

i dont rightly give a damn if nadal never ever wins another title again as long as he does what i know he can on natural surfaces. i have always felt that he was good for 8 french open titles and 4 wimbledon titles.

that is all that matters to me anyway. i dont care what happens to him after that. blind worship is not my thing.

Ash86
02-21-2012, 08:38 PM
I'm wondering how is your crystal ball working, lol. neither Tipsy nor DP will hurt Djoko, unless he is simply not interested. as much as I love tennis and looking forward to Dubai tournament, let's be honest here... it's not that important.

Just out of interest - do you think there's anyone on the tour who can beat Djokovic? It really sounds like no one has a shot - Djokovic will apparently get to the finals of the Olympics, will not be hurt by Del Potro (not a bad HC player by any stretch...) and can't be beaten at IW & Miami - at least that's the impression I get from your posts...

I personally think Fed can beat him (though not in Dubai), Murray can beat him, Nadal can beat him (that may be more hope ;)) and on their day, in a best of 3 sets, Berdych, Tsonga and a couple of others could do it too. In Dubai I think Murray and Berdych have the best shot, based on form, though Djokovic is the safest bet obviously.

Mr. Oracle
02-21-2012, 10:05 PM
why do we even have to have this event?

why not just send nole the trophy right now and move on to the next event.

also send him the trophies for indian wells and miami masters. and we can just move on straight to rome masters. oh wait. he won there too so mail him the rome masters trophy also.

and won madrid too so surely he will kill them all again. send him the trophy for madrid asap.

he has now declared he wants RG and the olympic gold. i say they should just send him the hardware asap and be done with it.

why the hell are we even having tennis this year? he won wimbledon and the u.s. open too so send him his hardware pronto and be finished with it.

that is about the only way we can keep these nole fans happy here.

Now you know how YOU sound when you talk about the clay court season with those "nadal on clay" wankfest threads. Reread your comments just before the 2011 clay court season--it's a tuff read. Peace bro.

Chase Visa
02-21-2012, 10:17 PM
I still say Djoker beating Fed in the final

Vida
02-21-2012, 10:32 PM
Djoker bamboozling Fed in the final

he did it once, why not twice?

Corey Feldman
02-21-2012, 11:00 PM
the 16 time GS winner, would be even sweeter to beat the Yugoslav in the final

Sapeod
02-21-2012, 11:22 PM
I think we all know who 3 of the semi-finalists will be. As for the winner, any of the top 3 seeds could take it. I can see Djokovic and Murray taking it. Not sure which one. Murray likes 3 setters, so I give him a good chance. It's between them. Of course, I hope Murray destroys that disgusting joke of a #1.

Vida
02-21-2012, 11:24 PM
I think we all know who 3 of the semi-finalists will be. As for the winner, any of the top 3 seeds could take it. I can see Djokovic and Murray taking it. Not sure which one. Murray likes 3 setters, so I give him a good chance. It's between them. Of course, I hope Murray destroys that disgusting joke of a #1.

joke? what do you mean joke?

the guy earned it.

leng jai
02-21-2012, 11:26 PM
Yep Nole is a joke and Murray is the spiritual No 1.

Ajde.

Gullyfoyle
02-21-2012, 11:48 PM
I think we all know who 3 of the semi-finalists will be. As for the winner, any of the top 3 seeds could take it. I can see Djokovic and Murray taking it. Not sure which one. Murray likes 3 setters, so I give him a good chance. It's between them. Of course, I hope Murray destroys that disgusting joke of a #1.

I'm a biiiiiiiiig Andy fan, but this does you no favours, the guy came good, clicked and deserves his just rewards, just hope Andy picks up some of the action smartish..

Thunderfish8
02-22-2012, 12:56 AM
I don't know if anybody has mentioned it yet, but as far as I can remember, Monte-Carlo is the only OPTIONAL masters 1000 tournament. The surface in Dubai suits Federer's game much more, and he has 300 points to defend in Dubai compared to 180 to defend in Monte-Carlo. If he skips anything, I believe it will be that.

masterclass
02-22-2012, 01:47 AM
I don't know if anybody has mentioned it yet, but as far as I can remember, Monte-Carlo is the only OPTIONAL masters 1000 tournament. The surface in Dubai suits Federer's game much more, and he has 300 points to defend in Dubai compared to 180 to defend in Monte-Carlo. If he skips anything, I believe it will be that.

Correct. And Monte-Carlo is not on Mr. Federer's schedule. Only the mandatory clay courts are on his schedule (Madrid, Rome) and Roland Garros of course.

Respectfully,
masterclass

Clay Death
02-22-2012, 02:15 AM
i say the dubai title goes to fed or murray. just a wild guess.

Matt01
02-22-2012, 02:29 AM
I don't know if anybody has mentioned it yet, but as far as I can remember, Monte-Carlo is the only OPTIONAL masters 1000 tournament. The surface in Dubai suits Federer's game much more, and he has 300 points to defend in Dubai compared to 180 to defend in Monte-Carlo. If he skips anything, I believe it will be that.


Not a big fan but that guy schedules rather wisely.

Clevererer :worship:

GOAT in progress
02-22-2012, 10:14 AM
I think we all know who 3 of the semi-finalists will be. As for the winner, any of the top 3 seeds could take it. I can see Djokovic and Murray taking it. Not sure which one. Murray likes 3 setters, so I give him a good chance. It's between them. Of course, I hope Murray destroys that disgusting joke of a #1.

Xa xa xa xa xa xa xa xa man play best tennis in history. Has won 3 GS and 5 Masters 1000 and this comment, where is the brain man?????????

Start da Game
02-22-2012, 01:00 PM
murray

Start da Game
02-22-2012, 01:13 PM
Not a big fan but that guy schedules rather wisely.

Clevererer :worship:

vulturerer - feeds on dead tired players in indoor events.....

manadrainer
02-22-2012, 01:48 PM
vulturerer - feeds on dead tired players in indoor events.....

Yeah like in that Rotterdam final when Del Potro had played that tight 3-setter semifinal the evening before while Fed had played a quick match in the afternoon... oh wait!

Fed_Ds
02-22-2012, 07:19 PM
Yeah like in that Rotterdam final when Del Potro had played that tight 3-setter semifinal the evening before while Fed had played a quick match in the afternoon... oh wait!
:worship: manadrainer

Clay Death
02-22-2012, 08:09 PM
Fed will snatch the title. you heard it here first.

he has the hot hand right now.

Myrre
02-22-2012, 08:09 PM
vulturerer - feeds on dead tired players in indoor events.....

Please explain why Rafa was dead tired at WTF after 6 weeks rest? He never gets tired at Slams even when playing back to back 4-5 hour matches. Funny that...or maybe not...

Clay Death
02-22-2012, 08:21 PM
well fed is just a monster on indoor hard courts. period. how many masters cup titles he has now for instance.

nadal`s problems is that the actual mechanics of his strokes--off both wings--make it hard for him to return well on quick indoor courts. he doesnt return well anyway on hard courts. he doesnt have the time he needs.

reery
02-22-2012, 08:28 PM
Until proven otherwise, Nole is the best player on outdoors HC today.

His only losses on HC last year came when he was injured at Cincy and exhausted and tired after the USO.

DrJules
02-22-2012, 08:37 PM
Djokovic.

These hard courts suit him.

Allez
02-22-2012, 08:41 PM
Nole win win.

Jamoz
02-22-2012, 08:47 PM
Djokovic, but he might be a little rusty?

Allez
02-22-2012, 08:55 PM
A rusty Nole is still head and shoulders above the rest at this point..especially with Nadal pulling out (He's so close to re-figuring Nole out as we saw at the Aussie)...

Alex999
02-22-2012, 10:49 PM
Fed will snatch the title. you heard it here first.

he has the hot hand right now.
hm, maybe if Nole is half dead or something, lol. Did you see their match last year at Dubai? Djokovic literally destroyed Rog. He killed him. so what advantage does Fed have this year? yeah Fed will win the tournament if Novak decides to tank. this tournament is not that important for Novak anyway...

duong
02-22-2012, 11:03 PM
A rusty Nole is still head and shoulders above the rest at this point..especially with Nadal pulling out (He's so close to re-figuring Nole out as we saw at the Aussie)...

I've read that several times but Nadal has not played that tournament for years if I remember well, and I think the last time he played a tournament in february was Rotterdam 3 years ago.

hm, maybe if Nole is half dead or something, lol. Did you see their match last year at Dubai? Djokovic literally destroyed Rog. He killed him. so what advantage does Fed have this year? yeah Fed will win the tournament if Novak decides to tank. this tournament is not that important for Novak anyway...

sport is not that easy to guess, the form of the day can be different, it's not as if Fed had never given any problems to Djokovic in recent years then we know it can happen.
IS it likely ? No. Djokovic is the clear favorite, and Fed is not more favorite than Murray imo.

alfonsojose
02-22-2012, 11:29 PM
Federer is already in Dubai :eek: :smash:

Clay Death
02-22-2012, 11:37 PM
Nole win win.

nole has to the favorite on paper Allez.

i am just making a wild guess in order to get people talking. i know how to start shit.

Looner
02-23-2012, 01:01 AM
hm, maybe if Nole is half dead or something, lol. Did you see their match last year at Dubai? Djokovic literally destroyed Rog. He killed him. so what advantage does Fed have this year? yeah Fed will win the tournament if Novak decides to tank. this tournament is not that important for Novak anyway...

Yeah and I'm sure Federer was not missing at all and it was all due to Novak playing lights out tennis. Sometimes I wonder if Noletards should have their own facility together with Nadulltards.

Novak is definitely favourite especially when you consider the tail-end of the tournament is played during the night when conditions are slower.

Clay Death
02-23-2012, 01:40 AM
quite a poll. murray is being given roughly the same chance as fed.

Mr. Oracle
02-23-2012, 02:18 AM
Where is the Viktor Trotsky option? Offensive.

howyesno
02-23-2012, 03:29 AM
djokovic, no doubt about it

Alex999
02-23-2012, 04:08 AM
Yeah and I'm sure Federer was not missing at all and it was all due to Novak playing lights out tennis. Sometimes I wonder if Noletards should have their own facility together with Nadulltards.

Novak is definitely favourite especially when you consider the tail-end of the tournament is played during the night when conditions are slower.
ah the tard thing, what about Rogtards, lol. first of all I'm a Nole fan but also a tennis tard, all I'm saying is that they (Nole and Rog) played a good match last year but Nole was hitting winners from all over like a crazy possessed man. based on that I assume that if they meet again Nole will probably win. even if he doesn't it's not a big deal.

Yolita
02-23-2012, 05:06 AM
Novak will win, hopefully beating Federer in the final. :angel:

Clay Death
02-23-2012, 05:16 AM
NoDjok is winning this poll Yolita. so NoDjok it is then. now lets see if he can prove this poll to be right.

MatchFederer
02-23-2012, 07:23 AM
When is the draw? Hope to see Del Potro vs Djokovic and Federer vs Murray at some point during the tournament - a little bit of variety.

HKz
02-23-2012, 07:54 AM
why do we even have to have this event?

why not just send nole the trophy right now and move on to the next event.

also send him the trophies for indian wells and miami masters. and we can just move on straight to rome masters. oh wait. he won there too so mail him the rome masters trophy also.

and won madrid too so surely he will kill them all again. send him the trophy for madrid asap.

he has now declared he wants RG and the olympic gold. i say they should just send him the hardware asap and be done with it.

why the hell are we even having tennis this year? he won wimbledon and the u.s. open too so send him his hardware pronto and be finished with it.

that is about the only way we can keep these nole fans happy here.

Hypocrite.

manadrainer
02-23-2012, 09:00 AM
Fed will snatch the title. you heard it here first.

he has the hot hand right now.

If Roger can reach the final (big if, let's not forget this is outdoor) and faces Nole... he better show up for the final, last year Nole won too easily, Fed must give him a run for money, he might not win, but certainly he has to make it hard for him.

NJ88
02-23-2012, 11:55 AM
Last two years Murray has had a dip after the AO, however it was always after losing disapointing finals. He was a lot more positive this year so heres hoping he doesnt suffer the dip. If not he'll prove hard to beat. He's working hard with his new coach, eager to improve further and could potentially win this one.

Djokovic has to be the favorite just because...it's Djokovic and he's the best in the world, and you can't ever count Federer out either. So we could be in for a good tournament.

Raige
02-23-2012, 11:59 AM
Murray should win this, unless Lendl has ruined him beyond repair by calming him down on the court - he is the only one of the top 4 to show any true RAGE

this passion must be developed and honed until he is finally breaking racquets, not suppressed

Clay Death
02-23-2012, 12:14 PM
If Roger can reach the final (big if, let's not forget this is outdoor) and faces Nole... he better show up for the final, last year Nole won too easily, Fed must give him a run for money, he might not win, but certainly he has to make it hard for him.


i think fed has been playing more confidently since the last u.s. open. Oz was the only exception where he lost his sharpness against nadal in the last 3 sets.

this last title at rotterdam should give him some confidence.

NoDjok should have a decent fight on his hands should they meet in the final. djokeeeeeeesians are probably worried already.

Clay Death
02-23-2012, 12:15 PM
Murray should win this, unless Lendl has ruined him beyond repair by calming him down on the court - he is the only one of the top 4 to show any true RAGE

this passion must be developed and honed until he is finally breaking racquets, not suppressed

i like that thinking. murray must be passionate and animated out there.

Start da Game
02-23-2012, 01:15 PM
murray is going to win dubai......

Clay Death
02-23-2012, 01:55 PM
i am assigning higher probabilities for both murray and fed regardless of this poll here. it is just a wild guess so i am being subjective.

i think sooner or later NoDjok has to succumb to some pressure at least. there is way too much to defend. it just doesnt end.

zvezda_1991
02-23-2012, 05:30 PM
H2H become 11-14 after Dubai :-)

Mateya
02-23-2012, 06:24 PM
wow, this is a real "mini grand slam" here. What am amazing field! :eek:

Godovic: 70%
Fatherer: 20%
Lendlay: 8%
Others: 2%

Djoko wins this if he plays at least near his best. I don't see anyone except the big 4 winning this. Maybe we'll have a surprise finalist and that's it.
Perhaps Seppi if he sleeps and serves well.

Clay Death
02-23-2012, 06:35 PM
seppi? negative mateya.


he has as much chance as i have of getting hit by lightening right here in my living room overlooking the golf course here on the gulf coast.

Mateya
02-23-2012, 06:40 PM
seppi? negative mateya.


he has as much chance as i have of getting hit by lightening right here in my living room overlooking the golf course here on the gulf coast.

It was a joke :facepalm:
Nice living room you have.

I'm happy with Seppi winning a match or two. :banana: :dance:

Start da Game
02-23-2012, 06:46 PM
seppi once ousted nadal in a best of 3 sets insignificant match - a match of zero vitality.....

MIMIC
02-23-2012, 06:49 PM
Seppi will beat Federer and be a handful for Djoker in the final :rocker2:

asmazif
02-23-2012, 06:54 PM
Seppi will conquer the entire tennis world until they rename the association the ATSeppi World Tour

Clay Death
02-23-2012, 06:56 PM
go seppi. you have followers now. go make it happen.

Mateya
02-23-2012, 07:27 PM
:haha: :haha: :superlol:
Thanks for support and a great laugh guys.

Seppi could easily do what Djoker did last year, but he has better things to do.
:wavey:

Rafa is the GOAT
02-23-2012, 08:20 PM
Murray all the way

Rafa is the GOAT
02-23-2012, 08:21 PM
Murray all the way! A really great tournament

Matt01
02-23-2012, 10:51 PM
NoDjok should have a decent fight on his hands should they meet in the final. djokeeeeeeesians are probably worried already.


Yes, we are all already shaking in our boots.

SerialKillerToBe
02-24-2012, 03:41 AM
Djokovic to continue another epic streak.

Clay Death
02-24-2012, 12:54 PM
no cigar for NoDjok at dubai this year. there is an upper limit to how much one man can win.

prepare for one of the wheels of the bandwagon to fall off sooner or later. stay humble.

sooner or later players are able to figure you out to some extent. that is why murray kept him on the court for 5 hours and nadal kept him for nearly 6 hours at Oz.

but that is not the main problem. the problem is mental and physical reserves: they are not endless. and then there is all that pressure of defending all those events. and then there is RG and the gold.

it is not going to be as easy as the djokeeeeeeesians think.

masterclass
02-26-2012, 01:21 PM
Now that the draw is pretty much known (except for qualifiers), the people that have been holding back (like me) still have a bit of time to vote.

This is a top class event in terms of most of the participating players - almost equivalent to a masters - only missing Nadal and Ferrer out of the top 10, who aren't as suited to the speed of the court anyway and are busy preparing for the clay season.

The draw favors Novak Djokovic. It is clearly the weaker half with 3 qualifiers, a WC, and a handful of middle to lower 100 players and 1 top 10 player (his countryman, Tipsarevic) in his quarter. He has nobody tough till the semis. But the ease of his draw may work against him in the finals if he doesn't get at least a tough semifinalist. Do Djokovic and Murray have sufficient tough match play recently as compared to the others? No. So this is a slight negative against them.

If Andy Murray plays Djokovic, I think it comes down to who wants to win this event more. Djokovic outclasses Murray, so that gives him a strong edge. But perhaps the Murray/Lendl combination can pressure Djokovic enough that he doesn't feel like fighting enough to win and he'll be happy to take his semifinal share and appearance fee home and save his strength for the next up American slow hard court masters and clay season.

I think Mr. Tomas Berdych's recent failures are not contributing to his already shaky confidence. But you never know with him. He could come up with a solid tournament performance if the conditions are fast and his serve is on.

Nikolay Davydenko can upset the bunch if he is healthy and stays that way and is in his Rotterdam form, but he is clearly a dark horse.

In the other half, we have the most interesting 1st round match ups.
The first is with Juan Martin del Potro facing Alexandr Dolgopolov. Mr. del Potro doesn't love the spin game, but it's really variety that can hurt del Potro the most. I don't know if Dolgopolov can vary enough hard stuff in with the slow junk to give del Potro enough trouble. If he can, he has a chance, otherwise no.

Then we have Marcos Baghdatis vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Tsonga tuned up in Marseilles, losing to Mr. del Potro in the semis, so is fit enough. He has only played this tournament once in 2010, so it's a bit hard to gauge his liking for the conditions. Baghdatis was hurt last year, but in his previous two tournament performances he lost to Djokovic and Nadal, losing to each in a tough 3 sets. They have only faced each other once, on the clay, with Tsonga winning in 2. I give Tsonga the edge, but wouldn't be surprised with an upset here. If Tsonga makes it, then he is likely to face Mr. del Potro in the QF. This would be a tough match to call, even with del Potro's recent Marseille win. Then the winner would probably have the luxury of playing Roger Federer, against whom they've both lacked recent success.

Mardy Fish is just too inconsistent for me to like in this tough field. He might play well, or could lose to Andreas Beck.

Roger Federer is scheduled to play Michael Llodra in the first round. Llodra is facing del Potro in the Marseille final later today. In faster conditions, Llodra can give opponents a hard time, but I see Federer taking this in two. Then Federer would have to face the winner of Lopez vs. Mahut, and then see who comes out of the other part of his quarter, Fish, Beck, Youzhny, or Gasquet. Federer has a fair chance to face all French players up to the final, whilst there are no French players in the Djokovic half.

Roger Federer has the tougher draw here compared to Novak Djokovic, but if he makes it through his half, I think it will stand him in good stead in the final. So in a reversal of last year, where Federer had the easier draw (toughest was Gasquet[28]), I pick Mr. Federer to win the tournament.

Respectfully,
masterclass

Clay Death
02-26-2012, 01:29 PM
how about berdych as one of the dark horses general masterclass?

is that possible?

GSMnadal
02-26-2012, 01:36 PM
Has anyone made the obligatory 'Marko Djokovic will win' joke yet?

If not, here you go.

Alex999
02-26-2012, 01:40 PM
no cigar for NoDjok at dubai this year. there is an upper limit to how much one man can win.

prepare for one of the wheels of the bandwagon to fall off sooner or later. stay humble.

sooner or later players are able to figure you out to some extent. that is why murray kept him on the court for 5 hours and nadal kept him for nearly 6 hours at Oz.

but that is not the main problem. the problem is mental and physical reserves: they are not endless. and then there is all that pressure of defending all those events. and then there is RG and the gold.

it is not going to be as easy as the djokeeeeeeesians think.
CD, to be honest with you, as much as I'm looking forward to this tournament it's not a big deal if Nole wins or lose. I guess it depends how motivated he is. it's all about slams with big boys.

Clay Death
02-26-2012, 01:41 PM
anybody for d-pot? could he be one of the dark horses also?

Clay Death
02-26-2012, 01:44 PM
CD, to be honest with you, as much as I'm looking forward to this tournament it's not a big deal if Nole wins or lose. I guess it depends how motivated he is. it's all about slams with big boys.

are you developing your excuses in advance alex? better go buy you some liquor. it will help ease the sting of a loss.

i know he is not going to win this one because he knows that defending indian wells and miami are far more important. si expect him to come here, pocket his appearance fee, play 2-3 matches and then bolt to indian wells for some rest and relaxation.

that is exactly what i would do.

_Chaz
02-26-2012, 01:44 PM
anybody for d-pot? could he be one of the dark horses also?

No, because
he's playing Marseille final today which is indoors (+ he's already played Rotterdam), has to travel to Dubai and get used to outdoor conditions. He won't be a contender for the title, no way. He'll lose to Dolgopolov which I reckon could (or should) be a bad match-up for him anyway.

masterclass
02-26-2012, 01:51 PM
how about berdych as one of the dark horses general masterclass?

is that possible?

Yes, as I intimated in the above post, if he is switched on mentally, the conditions are fast and he serves well, he can blast anyone off the court. But it would mean he would have to beat either Murray or Davydenko, then Djokovic, and then whomever comes out of the Federer half, obviously including Mr. Federer himself. It's been a tough task for him to keep his mental stability intact against top opponents for that many matches. It's somewhat easier in a major where the top players are a lower percentage of the total draw.

If you are v-betting, and his odds are good enough, it might merit a safety wager. ;)

Respectfully,
masterclass

Alex999
02-26-2012, 02:10 PM
are you developing your excuses in advance alex? better go buy you some liquor. it will help ease the sting of a loss.

i know he is not going to win this one because he knows that defending indian wells and miami are far more important. si expect him to come here, pocket his appearance fee, play 2-3 matches and then bolt to indian wells for some rest and relaxation.

that is exactly what i would do.
I might, lol... I want to watch RG right now :).

Clay Death
02-26-2012, 02:15 PM
Yes, as I intimated in the above post, if he is switched on mentally, the conditions are fast and he serves well, he can blast anyone off the court. But it would mean he would have to beat either Murray or Davydenko, then Djokovic, and then whomever comes out of the Federer half, obviously including Mr. Federer himself. It's been a tough task for him to keep his mental stability intact against top opponents for that many matches. It's somewhat easier in a major where the top players are a lower percentage of the total draw.

If you are v-betting, and his odds are good enough, it might merit a safety wager. ;)

Respectfully,
masterclass

affirmative. he has shown he can play under fast conditions. his wins over Fed and NoDjok at wimbledon attest to that fact. grass is grass and it is still fast and the ball stays low. he has a win over Fed on hard courts as well.

at any rate, there is only an outside chance for him to make the final.

zcess81
02-26-2012, 02:18 PM
I have a feeling that we might see Fed-Murray final, with Murray winning. It's about time he makes his mark in 2012. He has to prove to Lendl that he has what it takes to beat top guys consistently. Also, when it comes to Murray-Nole matches, best of 3 set format favors Murray (as we have seen in AO 2012, sometimes it takes Nole 1 or 2 sets to get things going), so he has a good chance of beating Nole in Dubai semis.

SERBINATOR
02-26-2012, 02:25 PM
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mcavoyfan
02-26-2012, 02:37 PM
Most likely it will be Djokovic.

Clay Death
02-26-2012, 04:39 PM
I have a feeling that we might see Fed-Murray final, with Murray winning. It's about time he makes his mark in 2012. He has to prove to Lendl that he has what it takes to beat top guys consistently. Also, when it comes to Murray-Nole matches, best of 3 set format favors Murray (as we have seen in AO 2012, sometimes it takes Nole 1 or 2 sets to get things going), so he has a good chance of beating Nole in Dubai semis.



affirmative. i think you are right.

guga2120
02-26-2012, 11:36 PM
Andy Murray.

It was a little disappointing he was drawn with Nole. I would have been nice to see him routine Federer first. Andy/Nole is the best matchup in mens tennis though. So to see it again so soon, is good.

LawrenceOfTennis
02-26-2012, 11:36 PM
Hopefully Murray.

Clay Death
02-27-2012, 01:15 AM
fed or murray.

tommyg6
02-27-2012, 01:37 AM
how come Nadal doesn't play here anymore?

Clay Death
02-27-2012, 01:47 AM
he said he wanted to rest his sore shoulder.

Mr. Oracle
02-27-2012, 03:21 AM
he said he wanted to rest his sore shoulder.

Repetitive stress injury from "the lawnmower.";)

Clay Death
02-27-2012, 03:25 AM
oracle of delphi speaks.