Archives for March 2013

Tennisreporters Insider, March 15, Tales of the Lesser 4

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Juan Martin has found big titles hard to come by since his comeback

FROM THE BNP PARIBAS OPEN AT INDIAN WELLS – Perhaps the only reason why the subject of how the

Tennisreporters Insider, March 14: Rafa rips through Roger again

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Rafa is now 19-10 vs Roger and running away with their rivalry

FROM THE BNP PARIBAS OPEN AT INDIAN WELLS – The rivalry between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer is without question the most popular one in tennis, but in front of a packed house at Indian Wells on a steamy Thursday, they contested one of their most mundane matches ever.

Nadal won the contest 6-4, 6-2 and was never seriously threatened as Federer

Tennis Insider March 13 Federer vs. Nadal No. 29 ahead

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The sore-backed Roger is 5-6 against the sore-kneed Nadal on hard courts.


FROM THE BNP PARIBAS OPEN AT INDIAN WELLS – Roger and Rafa will face off for the 29th time on Thursday, but on this occasion neither man will enter the match in tip top shape. But know this: every time they face off the contest is intense, and takes on his historical meaning.

Both the great Swiss and incredible Spaniard struggled in victories on Wednesday and both could have easily lost their matches.

Federer edged his friend Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3 6-7 7-5, while Nadal had to pull out all stops to put down the red hot Ernests Gulbis 4-6 6-4 7-5.

Federer could have really lost the contest as he was frequently outhit by Wawrinka from both wings, but he is smarter player who understands the big moments much more than his Davis Cup team mate does, which is why he has won 13 of their 14 contests.

Just like he did against Novak Djokovic at the Aussie Open, Wawrinka pleased the crowd with his high-flying one-handed backhand and rifling forehand, but despite playing with a sore back, Federer served well enough when he needed to, bludgeoned Wawrinka with his crisp forehand and stayed steady in the third set, even though he had blown the second set when he was broken at love to serving for the match at 5-4. Announces New Newsletter


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Two years gone: Azarenka and Wozniacki will finally clash again

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FROM THE BNP PARIBAS OPEN AT INDIAN WELLS – It was nearly two years to the day that Victoria Azarenka retired down 0-3 to then No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in the quarterfinal of Indian Wells after three games due to a hip problem.

That Azarenka was not the same player or woman that she is today. She was still seen as physically fragile, would go mentally in and out of matches, was nowhere near as steady and dismissed defense as readily as she does questions she doesn’t like.

On Thursday, she will face her old friend Wozniacki in the quarters, who isn Insider, March 13: The young and lack of progress

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Milos and the younger set need to start beating the Big 4 sooner than later



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Djokovic struggling to fire at Indian Wells

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Novak Djokovic admits he was not at his best as he overcame a slow start against Grigor Dimitrov to maintain his unbeaten record in 2013 and advance to the last 16 of the BNP Paribas Open.

The world number one went into the first ATP Masters 1000 event of the season at Indian Wells in stunning form and entirely dominant in the online tennis betting odds with Titan Bet. He began the year by winning a third successive Australian Open before lifting the 36th title of his career at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

Djokovic dropped a set in his victory over Italy’s Fabio Fognini in the second round and he carried that indifferent form into Tuesday’s tie with Dimitrov.

The Bulgarian stormed into a 4-1 lead and had the opportunity to serve for the opening set at 5-3. However, disaster struck for the 21-year-old as he threw the chance away with four double-faults.

Djokovic exploited the weakness shown by Dimitrov to take control of the match, eventually winning 7-6 (7-4) 6-1. The six-time Grand Slam champion was pleased to get through a scrappy match unscathed.

“It was not really a beautiful match to watch. There were a lot of unforced errors and we both looked quite sluggish on the court, very slow,” Djokovic said.

“In these kinds of matches, where both of us don’t feel so dynamic on the court, I knew that experience would kick in and can be decisive. That’s actually what happened.”

The victory over Dimitrov extended Djokovic’s unbeaten run to 20 matches. He has not tasted defeat since he was shocked by Sam Querrey in the second round of the Paris Masters in October.

The Serbian will be determined to set the record straight when he faces the American, who progressed with a three-set win over Marinko Matosevic, in the fourth round.

Tennisreporters Tennis Insider, March 11: (Overly?) confident Gulbis takes aim at Nadal

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Caroline Wozniacki is still very close with the Radwanska sisters (they are all of Polish origin and played juniors together) but she is not longer tight with No. 2 Victoria Azarenka, who apparently got a little too busy for her when she passed Wozniacki for No. 1 spot in 2011. The Dane told me that she still considers Azarenka to be a Insider, March 10 Sharapova Swings past Suarez

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Also featured: Fish’s return, Burdette’s progress, Murray on a shot clock, Bartoli & Novotna

FROM THE BNP PARIBAS OPEN AT INDIAN WELLS – Maria Sharapova is in a pretty happy place these days (and no it



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Ana is more explosive.

Hewitt upends Big John: Plus: Wozniacki, Ivanovic, Keys & Stephens fall

FROM THE BNP PARIBAS OPEN AT INDIAN WELLS – Something is seriously bothering John Isner and it