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Contrasting images of athletes

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First is Rafa,  who this year definitely looks like he is a big winner. But this image snapped on the Wimbledon Center Court after he defeated Andy Murray in straight sets looks more like “prostration in defeat”:

Rafa is ever the gentle man in a gentlemen’s sport. He suggested that Murray would go on to win a major tennis title because he was that good, even if Rafa had just beaten him in 3 straight sets in the Gentlemen’s semifinal match.

Then there is another image of a notorious cyclist with is partner preparing for the first day of the Tour de France 2010 in Rotterdam. I say notorious because both men are the objects of ongoing investigation of doping allegations. The image here shous the determination and muscle power of an aging athlete.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/07/02 at 17:14

Andy Roddick won his last tournament 4 years ago

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Andy Roddick on the opening day of the 2009 US...
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The amazing thing to my mind is that he seemed so low key in his verbal reaction and body language. This time he had to deal with a lesser opponent, Thomas Berdych and not Federer or Nadal.He beat Nadal in the semis, while Roger F was losing to another player.

It seems that his new coach has had a lot to do with the overall improvement of his game and court tactics. More power to them both.

But can Roddick come through in a grand slam event? That’ll be the big question this win begs.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/04/11 at 01:08

I like to watch tennis matches between top players

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But there are times while I am watching a match that I wonder why so much technology and expensive TV time is given over to a game. Some times the players don’t seem as focused as I like to think they should be. Those are the times when I wonder about the “meaning of pro tennis“. Do I watch to see which player will dominate to win? Do I watch because some famous rich players can be beaten and then I get some sort of psychic satisfaction, even if my life is not changed one iota by the results of a match in a major tennis event?

Murray beat Nadal last night quite soundly in Melbourne at the Australian Open. The article in the NY Times mentions that after that match “questions linger” about Nadal’s ability to win the “big ones” after recovering from a major knee injury. Do I watch because I want to see how this kind of sports drama plays out? How one player finds the energy and determination on a given day to beat the other? How even world class players can have good and bad days “on the job”, or find it such a challenge to regain their playing confidence after serious injury?

Maybe I like to watch the special drama of individuals playing at their best to see which one can find the way to beat the other and that’s entertaining!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/01/26 at 07:16

Who is ready for the US Open this year?

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Roger Federer (Switzerland)
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Based on performances in Cincinnati last week ending yesterday, it seems that Roger Federer is readier than ever, the Williams duo ain’t nor is Dinara Safina, or Maria, the screamer. Certainly there is reason to doubt that Rafy Nadal will do much better than the quarters again.

For me there are three weeks of engrossing pro tennis action, the Australian in Jan, Wimbledon in late July and the US Open in last Aug and early Sep. So I look forward to next Monday for the start of tennis action in NYC.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/08/24 at 04:35

Federer and Nadal get bounced from Rogers Cup ATP tourney in Montreal

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Tennis court / sport project
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I think that the Rogers Cup is living up to its rep of being a venue for up and coming tennis pros. The two top guys have been put down. I saw Nadal on TV the other night and he looked shaky, especially when he was getting ready to serve. And he didn’t seem so ready to chase down every ball. I guess the condition of his knees gives him a reason to throttle his power game.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/08/15 at 06:33

Nadal, Djokovic and Federer are back and in Montreal for the Rogers Cup

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It does seem peculiar that they should all choose this tournament to make their return to pro tennis. On the evidence of their two first games I would say that Roger Federer is ready to play but Nadal looks shaky. Rafy is the defending champion.

My own impression is that he will not repeat and his chances for the US Open don’t impress me!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/08/13 at 08:38

A year ago it was Raf and Roger. Now it’s Raf, Roger or Andy

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Andy Murray
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This quote from an NY Times article explains what has happened in Grand Slam Tennis matches:

Rafael Nadal is no longer the only hobgoblin in Roger Federer’s closet. Andy Murray has taken up residence after extending his winning streak over Federer, the former master of men’s tennis, to four consecutive matches.

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Federer sat atop the world rankings for a record 237 consecutive weeks until his inability to beat Nadal bumped him to No. 2 in August. Nadal is 13-6 against Federer. But Murray is now 6-2, including those four consecutive victories since October. The assumption that Nadal and Federer will play for the championship of any important tournament no longer seems inevitable.

But Julian Barnes has written “There is nothing to be frightened of“. So take heart Roger, you are human  and you can be beaten on any given day, after all.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/03/29 at 04:47