Sunday, October 26, 2008

Is Berdych copying Federer?!

It looks like Federer has gained a new fan. This time it's a fellow player on the ATP. I may just be imagining things but it looks like Tomas Berdych is deliberately copying Federer. Tomas, now wears a polo shirt along with Fed's 9" Nike shorts. Not only that, he's even managed to copy Federer's return of serve racquet twirl. Here check out this video of Berdych at the Czech Open this year and you'll see what I mean.

By the way protennis is an awesome website. It has tons of videos many of them are close-ups of the pros during small tournaments. I find it helpful for improving my game.

I'm a little surprised that Tomas has had to resort to such drastic measures to improve his own game but I guess that's what happens when you develop a losing streak against the former #1 (Berdych is now 1-7 against Fed.) Who knows. Maybe Roddick, Davydenko, and Youzhney will start wearing the Nike bandana in an effort to change their games. At least Roger, isn't a bad role model.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Andy Murray wins Madrid title

Well, I was almost right on the semi-finals. Murray did play Federer and Nadal made it as well but who would have predicted Simon to be the fourth semi-finalist? I have to admit I've been impressed with Giles Simon this year, his game is far from overpowering and yet he's been able to beat the power hitters like Blake and big servers like Karlovic, not only that, he was able to win a match against Federer. It was during the summer hard court season when Federer was routinely bombing out in the first or second round but it's still an impressive victory. It's more than Davydenko or Youzhny can say, they are a combined 0-22 against the former #1.
Those guys must have nightmares the night before they have to play Federer.

Anyway, both of the semi-final matches were pretty close. Murray beat Federer 7-5 in the third set and Simon got a surprise victory over Nadal winning the third set tie break 8-6.

In the final, Murray, won the first set pretty easily 6-4. Simon, stretched him to a tie-break in the second set and almost won it but Murray played better during the important points. This is Murray's fourth title this year and most likely we will be seeing much more of him next year.

Andy, is becoming a very consistent semi-finalist or better and if his consistency remains the same then it's only a matter of time until he over takes Djokovic and moves up to 3 in the world.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Can Federer or Nadal win their second Madrid title?

Nadal and Federer have both survived their first two matches and are into the quarter-finals in Madrid. Nadal had a tough first round match against Ernest Gulbis but he was able to beat the Latvian in a very close three set match. Federer on the other hand has been cruising through his early round opponents. Fed, downed Stepanek without any problems and completely destroyed Tsonga 6-4, 6-1 in the second round. With Federer playing in top form it looks like he's on course for meeting Nadal in the finals again but Djokovic, Murray, and potentially Del Potro could prevent that from happening.

Del Potro, has been continuing his ascent towards the very top of the Men's game over the past few weeks. Del Potro, is ranked 8th right now and it's only a matter of time until he breaks into the top 5 and he took out the defending champion and his Davis cup buddy David Nalbandian on his way to the quarter-finals. Del Potro, will play Federer in the quarters along with Nadal vs Wawrinka, Djokovic vs Simon, and Murray vs Roddick/Monfils. So I'm going to infer that it will be a Murray vs Federer and Nadal vs Djokovic semi-finals.

We'll see if I'm right and please let me know what you think.