- The Defender

2nd Edition

Posted 10-27-2006 at 06:22 PM by GlennMirnyi
I know I promised a new edition earlier, but I have a life, so...

I've received good feedback and that's great. I realise not many people have journals here, so if you wanna read another great journal (I'm really humble, you can see), go for WillyCañas'. He's a good writer and a lot less biased than me.

I plan on elaborating about two things in this edition. The first is a review of Madrid and the second will be something about RR.

I hope I can get other people to write here too. Tine, my doubles partner in TT-first person I called when Berdych gave the "shhh" to the crowd-future great journalist was invited to write something here (that will be a lot better than my dabblings).

About Madrid: As expected, not a great tournament. The court is too slow and it's completely out of place when people are playing a lot of mid-fast tournaments like Beijing (Vienna is an exception, but it's not like a MS should agree with a IS, the other way around would be more acceptable, if not mandatory). Many players got sick, including Andy "crooked" Murray (a.k.a. "the new Federer" :lol: ) and Ivan Ljubicic, who played awfully. Blake did his common choke too but that's completely normal coming from him.
The Berdych-Nadal match was, of course, the one that got people stirred. Berdych was the guy that got closer to defeating Nadal on clay last year and had two victories on his belt against the Spaniard coming to that QF match. The game started as expected, Berdych commanding most points with powerful shots, making Nadal stay far behind the baseline. That is the last thing you should do against a player like Berdych. Even if Nadal retrieved all the balls, it came to a point where one of those returns would eventually fall short, making things easy for the Czech. After a first set of complete domination, the second set was the most important, of course, as Berdych usually loses his consistency after a dominating set (e.g. Toronto). The Valašské Meziříčí native showed some nerves of steel and saved a BP before the set went into a predictable tie-break (as both players were holding serve consistently). Berdych reached a 5-3 advantage only to lose it after two juvenile mistakes but eventually closed the TB when Nadal made another of his awkward approach shots only to get passed by a BH down the line.
The gesture of Berdych was completely natural, in my point of view. Not many people would pull off a win like that against the whole crowd (and a disgusting one, booing Ginepri too against Lopez). He felt the need of showing his dislike to the crowd's antics. Nothing very gentlemanly, but very pleasant to see, as both Nadal and the crowd are plain irritating.
A parenthesis to review Nadal's ridiculous behaviour:
1- Whenever he feels pressure, he takes a preposterous amount of time to serve. Nobody says anything. It's unsportsmanlike at best.
2- Whenever the opponent is about to serve in a major point, he tries to disrupt the server rhythm asking for more time to "prepare".
3- His jumps and yells are just plain provocation. When Hewitt was the person doing it, he was painted as the antichrist. Now, Nadal does that "for himself". What kind of double standard is this?
I hope I can shed more light on this issue later.

The final was a [I]tour de force[/I] by Federer, as expected. Gonzalez isn't a bad player (kinda overrated in my opinion) but he simply hasn't the weapons to hurt the Swiss, or the right mentality to do it.

ATP has announced that 13 tournaments will try RR next year. I feel enraged about it. Tennis has been played since its inception as a knock-out system and doesn't make sense in any other way. How will we measure a player's title if he wins it even losing a match (or more)?
After the preposterous slowing of the courts, this is the new trick ATP prepared to destroy our favorite sport. I don't know how someone that actually likes (and understands) tennis can support this. I don't know if this kind of people exist, too.
ATP is straying more and more from its original proposition. Now its purpose is only money and more money. I do realise the need of money in a modern capitalist society, but it's not like tennis is bankrupt, it's pretty much the opposite. Players swim in money, especiallly if you compare today's prizes with those of yester.
I will write more about it when I stop gettin' enraged by the thought of it only.

Top 5 of worst players in the top-20:
1- Nadal
2- Robredo
3- Stepanek
4- Murray
5- Nieminen
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Blue clay season starts - Madrid Masters

Posted 10-16-2006 at 05:46 PM by GlennMirnyi
Another year is coming to an end. Another chapter is being closed in a book that's not going to end so soon.

Too bad that chapter is not that good. The 8th MS of the year is happening right now, as I type, in Madrid.
Before I went to university, I watched Murray play Navarro Pastor and got to two conclusions, in fact three, but two categories:
1- Murray is just hype. That forehand is ridiculous and his second serve is just too bad. Britain is in a bad shape if they believe in this boy.
Navarro Pastor is a moonballer that, out of nowhere, thinks can play S&V. I admire a lot his courage and tenacity, as it's the most difficult style to execute, but he just isn't talented to make it work, and this court (my next conclusion will elaborate on that) is far from being a proper place to put this strategy effectively into play.
2- The ATP scheme to kill tennis and to make it a moonballing festival did well to its intentions when they exchanged Stuttgart for Madrid. Not only is Spain the land of the moonballers, they managed to put there a hard court that is painstakingly slow. Of course that they want to fix the tournament to Nadal again, it's no use thinking otherwise anymore. This time, though, Roddick is the last line the moonballer will reach. I'll develop more about this subject in following editions.

After university I come home to know that Moya lost to Chela. It's not like Moya is a good player (I doubt if he ever were), but losing to Chela is too much. I hope he realises that he's becoming the Bozo of ATP and retire.
Malisse choked badly, as usual. I'm getting inclined to put him up with Haas and Nalbandian as the biggest chokers on tour.

Every edition of this journal will have a full article and rankings, lists and up-downs. This first, though, will only sport a list of the defenders of real tennis this year.

This edition's mention of honour goes to:
Arnaud Clement
Mikhail Youzhny
Roger Federer
Tomas Berdych
Juan Carlos "The Mosquito" Ferrero
Semi-retired Joachim "pim-pim" Johansson
Lleyton Hewitt

Potential defenders of the week:
Roddick, Berdych and Ljubicic to defeat Nadal
Ancic and Federer to defeat Robredo.

Second edition tomorrow with an article, I hope.
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