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    Re: ATP M1000/WTA PM BNP Paribas Opn 3/7-3/18/2012

    RESULTS
    Men's Singles - Final



    [3] R Federer (SUI) d [11] J Isner (USA), 7-6(7), 6-3



    Women's Singles - Final


    [1] V Azarenka (BLR) d [2] M Sharapova (RUS), 6-2, 6-3



    Men's Doubles - Final



    M Lopez (ESP) / R Nadal (ESP) d J Isner (USA) / S Querrey (USA), 6-2, 7-6(3)



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    2012 BNP PARIBAS OPEN SETS ATTENDANCE RECORDS

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    It is good to see that Rafa will be able to keep himself busy during the non-clay season playing doubles.
    (Almost a year now without a title. Not. That. Good.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ponchi101 View Post
    It is good to see that Rafa will be able to keep himself busy during the non-clay season playing doubles.
    (Almost a year now without a title. Not. That. Good.)
    He was in a ton of finals lost to Djokovic, though. Including all of the GS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by James7 View Post
    He was in a ton of finals lost to Djokovic, though. Including all of the GS.
    Certainly, but his last title was at RG. Never mind Djokovic, other people have won multiple titles since. Roger Feder has 6, Murray 6, Tsonga 3, Ferrer 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ponchi101 View Post
    It is good to see that Rafa will be able to keep himself busy during the non-clay season playing doubles.
    (Almost a year now without a title. Not. That. Good.)
    He has been known to have these longish delays between titles before. Have to bear in mind that if it wasn't for Novak then he would likely have won most of the big titles in the last year (not that I'm suggesting you are unaware!). So. Not. That. Bad. Either. And Monte Carlo is on the horizon*

    * I reserve the right to completely change my tone on this if he doesn't win on the clay

    EDIT - note to self, check for other responses before typing own response

    I think one of the other reasons why he sometimes has these extended gaps (compared to the other top guys) is because he tends not to achieve so much in the post US Open period - either through burn out/injuries, lack of motivation, because the indoor events suit some other guys more than it does him etc.
    Last edited by Edmond Dantès; 03-19-2012 at 02:24 PM.

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    Haven't you heard that Djokovic is playing Monte Carlo this year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by suliso View Post
    Haven't you heard that Djokovic is playing Monte Carlo this year?
    He's has 2 semi final defeats in a row. Terrible compared to last year. It's a crisis

    Look forward to seeing what happens. Heading into it, it seems like the most open clay season for a long long time.

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    It was kinda tongue in cheek, specially in view that he IS a rather good doubles player.
    But:
    He is nowhere near his 2010 form. The backhand has reverted to being a liability, after it had become a weapon in 2008. His serve has dropped. And as somebody pointed out, the rest of the lot have won multiple tournaments.
    Right now, I don't think he is #2. Roger can claim that. Rafa is at #3, and if he does not anchor the backhand he is vulnerable to every single top 10 guy except Fish (who may be a fish, but currently a guppy).
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    Quote Originally Posted by ponchi101 View Post
    Right now, I don't think he is #2. Roger can claim that. Rafa is at #3, and if he does not anchor the backhand he is vulnerable to every single top 10 guy except Fish (who may be a fish, but currently a guppy).
    Then the really bad news is that after next week, Fish is most likely out of the Rop 10.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ponchi101 View Post
    It was kinda tongue in cheek, specially in view that he IS a rather good doubles player.
    But:
    He is nowhere near his 2010 form. The backhand has reverted to being a liability, after it had become a weapon in 2008. His serve has dropped. And as somebody pointed out, the rest of the lot have won multiple tournaments.
    Right now, I don't think he is #2. Roger can claim that. Rafa is at #3, and if he does not anchor the backhand he is vulnerable to every single top 10 guy except Fish (who may be a fish, but currently a guppy).
    I think he definitely lost something on serve compared to the 2010 US Open. But as time goes on, that kind of looks like a freak occurrence that he is never getting back to. Suddenly he was getting extra speed on it. Then suddenly he wasn't.

    Backhand. You might well be right on this. When it comes to his matches against Djokovic it's definitely one of the areas that is costing him.

    Rankings. I see the case for what you are saying. But in the biggest tournament of the year so far Rafa outperformed Roger. And compared to Roger he has hardly played this year.

    Matches against the top 10. Again, I understand your caveat. However, I don't really see that Rafa is going to be losing many matches to people outside the top 4 in the coming months.

    These types of discussion are very subjective. No doubt that he is a fantastic doubles player though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ponchi101 View Post
    It was kinda tongue in cheek, specially in view that he IS a rather good doubles player.
    But:
    He is nowhere near his 2010 form. The backhand has reverted to being a liability, after it had become a weapon in 2008. His serve has dropped. And as somebody pointed out, the rest of the lot have won multiple tournaments.
    Right now, I don't think he is #2. Roger can claim that. Rafa is at #3, and if he does not anchor the backhand he is vulnerable to every single top 10 guy except Fish (who may be a fish, but currently a guppy).
    You that watching his matches at Indian Wells I got a sense his backhand was doing some damage again. I'm not that pessimistic about that shot in particular.

    His serve can be explained because he reverted to his previous technique. Don't remember where I saw a video of Rafa practicing what would be his USO '10 serve with a new coach. In that same vid, they marked that he had stopped using the changes introduced by said coach.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose View Post
    Then the really bad news is that after next week, Fish is most likely out of the Rop 10.
    After you take way 2011 Miami points, #8 Tipsaveric 2640 #9 Isner 2585, #10 Del Potro 2570, #11 Fish 2550. So it will be a battle

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    Re: ATP M1000/WTA PM BNP Paribas Opn 3/7-3/18/2012

    I still can't follow the logic of someone who is still riding 4 consecutive GS finals "in trouble". It's the same problem I have with calling Roger washed up. He's only really losing consistently to the current world number one and I would think that there would only be that one person would would not trade last year's results with him.
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    Re: ATP M1000/WTA PM BNP Paribas Opn 3/7-3/18/2012

    Quote Originally Posted by James7 View Post
    I still can't follow the logic of someone who is still riding 4 consecutive GS finals "in trouble". It's the same problem I have with calling Roger washed up. He's only really losing consistently to the current world number one and I would think that there would only be that one person would would not trade last year's results with him.
    I'm positive Rafa wouldn't trade last year's results with Roger, either
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