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10-11-2012 06:28 AM
rargeyy
Re: Grigor in Asia

Sorry I disappeared some days, but I cant fetch my computer to Shanghai, so, I bring you guys some pics of what I took in Shanghai, some of them are never photoed by anyone else
10-11-2012 12:45 AM
RandyE
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Had a chance to view the match and took the following from it: 1. He didn't have a good serving day - against Novak you might as well forget winning, because you're not going to win too many points on second serve. 2. He missed too many returns of serve (in my opinion this part of his game has the most opportunity to improve). Novak also served lights out! 3. I really liked how he was able to hang with Novak when he stayed inside the baseline and took the ball early - I'm hoping that he will continue to do that. Overally the injury seemed to bother him for sure - I think he could have kept one of the sets a lot closer had he been full strength. Overall I don't think it was a bad performance considering his first round win. Most players struggle in their second full season on tour, and my assumption is that he's learning quite a bit right now.
10-10-2012 07:47 PM
Hypnotize
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Originally Posted by kr1s71an View Post
I was expecting that. He asked for a medical timeout during his match with Monaco in Tokyo and looks like he have some pain under his right shoulder. He was clearly having that pain again today in the match with Djokovic and I think that is a good decision. Hopefully he will be OK for Basel and Paris and there he will have a chance to get some points, because now he will lose 45 for the QF in Stockholm last year.
At least the injury explains why he didn't serve many aces today. Part of me wants him to take the rest of the season off and really work on his fitness so he starts 2013 in great shape. It's a gamble and he will drop a bit in the rankings but it would probably really help his game.
10-10-2012 06:15 PM
kr1s71an
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Originally Posted by iniesta896 View Post
Thank you! Grigor's next tournament will be in Basel, right?
If he is OK by then, then that should be his next tournament
10-10-2012 05:54 PM
iniesta896
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Thank you! Grigor's next tournament will be in Basel, right?
10-10-2012 05:33 PM
Hypnotize
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He's had a number of niggling injuries lately so he's doing the right thing withdrawing to get fit agian.

Welcome to the forum iniesta896.
10-10-2012 04:32 PM
kr1s71an
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Thomas Johansson @TompaSthlmOpen
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Grigor Dimitrov has withdrawn from If Stockholm Open due to injury. #IfSthlmOpen
I was expecting that. He asked for a medical timeout during his match with Monaco in Tokyo and looks like he have some pain under his right shoulder. He was clearly having that pain again today in the match with Djokovic and I think that is a good decision. Hopefully he will be OK for Basel and Paris and there he will have a chance to get some points, because now he will lose 45 for the QF in Stockholm last year.
10-10-2012 04:25 PM
iniesta896
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Very bad news! I hope he will recover soon from the injury.
10-10-2012 03:57 PM
BlueLighthouse
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Thomas Johansson @TompaSthlmOpen
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Grigor Dimitrov has withdrawn from If Stockholm Open due to injury. #IfSthlmOpen
10-10-2012 12:43 PM
BlueLighthouse
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Grigor was clearly still bothered by his underarm injury. It didn't seem to bother him during the match with Pablo. So it's probably just mental. (I mean the injury is real but it was aggravated by the situation in his mind.)

Anyway, he couldn't trouble Djokovic at all. The match was less closer than it seemed on the scoreboard. This is the worst top 10 match-up for him but well, he's not at his best and Djokovic is the best top 10 he has played. So... Nothing much to learn from this match except that his level is still far from the top guys.
10-10-2012 11:05 AM
Hypnotize
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He lost 6-3 6-2. I didn't see the match but looking at the stats, he didn't win enough points on Novak's serve or on his own 2nd serve. He could have done with serving more aces which might have put less pressure on his serve and allowed him to get into the match. His biggest problem was dropping serve to love at the start of both sets.

It's one of those matches that he has to learn from and figure out what he needs to improve. My main concern is that his serve is so inconsistent at the moment. He served amazingly well against Gasquet but only managed one ace today. Novak may be the best returner in the game but he should have done better than that. He needs to really work on his serve to get more consistency.
10-10-2012 08:13 AM
Hypnotize
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3-5. He needs to start winning points on Novak's serve now.
10-10-2012 08:07 AM
Hypnotize
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2-4. Hopefully he has started to settle and play better.
10-10-2012 08:05 AM
Hypnotize
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I wish I could see this match but I'm following on LS. Not a good start but at least he came back from 0-30 to win his 2nd service game. Novak seems to be serving well today and has only missed one 1st serve.
10-09-2012 08:30 PM
Hypnotize
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On paper this is a bad match-up for Grigor because Novak is the best defender in the men's game and will make Grigor play a lot of balls so he really needs to focus and take any opportunities that he gets. Novak will try to break down his backhand but Grigor has an excellent slice which Novak hates so he can use that to his advantage. Novak is obviously the favourite and he was in awesome form last week but if Grigor can serve big, play aggressively and keep his head then anything can happen. One thing is for certain, Novak knows how to win matches and he will capitalise on any sign of weakness from Grigor.
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