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Old 11-18-2004, 09:41 PM   #1
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Talking Duckie def Hippo (again!) 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (7-4)

Andy beats Marat again! Three times in a row now. Sorry Andy-haters, there will be no feather-plucking today. There is no question that Andy is a brilliant, talented player. He is the TB king.

Thank god it only went two sets, my VCR was due to shut off at 5:30. Perfect timing as usual, Andy.

Me so haaappeeee. Hug a Hippo today!

Judging from their dead-even stats and the scoreline from their last few matches, it would appear that the real rivalry is between Andy and Marat.
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Old 11-18-2004, 09:46 PM   #2
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Great win- yes, his game is perhaps not as fluid and aesthetic to watch as Marat's is, but when it counted the most it was Andy today who showed the greater mental grit. Being three set points down on his serve at 5-6 in that 2nd set and to just send down three howitzers to save the lot- it was almost Sampras reincarnated.

Not only that, but in set #1 after he blew the break lead he had he hung in there- had 6-3 in the 1st set tie-break was pegged back to 6-6 - he still hung in there.

Even though Marat has his oafing moments he still gave Roddick a good run for his money- it was a nail-biter to the last point...
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Well done Andy
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Not such a bad result for Safin. He will have to beat Federer to win this title but will have a better chance in the 3 set semi than the final. Also if he plays Roddick again he will think he can surely beat him after losing today largely by failing to take the break point opportunities.
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Thanks for the thread, Tangerine!
"Duck def. Hippo" ... it was the first thing I saw when I signed on here after coming home

OMG OMG Andy, really awesome how he does it in these tie-breaks!

INCREDIBLE!

I didn't see the match, but to the result I say: VERY WELL DONE, Andy!!!
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Well done for him, but we all know he wont be able to avoid Federer forever.
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Somewhere in a recent thread I posted about how much I was looking forward to 2005, and the great matches that we would see if all the guys were healthy and well- rested. We've seen a good indication of that this week including this match (even Gaudio has been fun to watch). Roger and Andy may develop into a rivalry next year, but Andy and Marat are interesting to watch because of their contrasts (similar to Agassi-Sampras). Its also good to see Henman playing so well. Throw a healthy Nalbandian into the mix and tennis could become very popular next year in spite of ESPN's mediocre coverage.
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He is the TB king.
He is not, Roger is...
35/11 for Duck (76,1%)
20/5 for God (80%)

Roddick could only be tiebreak king by winning some when it really counts (that is to say against Roger) and it will never happen

Andy can breath one more day, but the Duck is just ducking the Federer issue

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Who'd bet against Andy finally beating Federer again? I don't think I would with Andy playing the big points SO WELL. I wouldn't be surprised if Andy emerges the winner here. You heard it first here!
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Who'd bet against Andy finally beating Federer again? I don't think I would with Andy playing the big points SO WELL. I wouldn't be surprised if Andy emerges the winner here. You heard it first here!
He will have to play far far better then he did today. (Didnt you also predict Hewitt to beat Federer?) Roddick played no where near as well as he did against Henman and Safin was no where near his indoor form.

I expected more from this match but it is very hard to separate these 2 players, Andy seems to be more solid mentally and that may be enough to maintain a edge over Safin.

By the way I have a feeling Henman will beat Safin and it will be a Henman v Federer semi.
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He is not, Roger is...
35/11 for Duck (76,1%)
20/5 for God (80%)
I know, I know ... percentage-wise it's Roger and therefore your calculation is correct, but Andy's 76.1% are really really very strong and unbelievably significant, especially taking into consideration that he has played 21 more tie-breaks than Roger.
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He will have to play far far better then he did today. (Didnt you also predict Hewitt to beat Federer?) Roddick played no where near as well as he did against Henman and Safin was no where near his indoor form.

By the way I have a feeling Henman will beat Safin and it will be a Henman v Federer semi.
maybe cuz andy is intimidated with the H2H record..
and that takes away his confidence..


Henman v Federer... mmm i dont think so.. im not convinced
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