Ricky Dimon

  • Approach Shots: All hands on deck for Rome Masters

    2013-05-13 04:24:56

    “Approach Shots” is Ricky’s weekly look at what’s ahead on the ATP Tour.

    Rome is not simply a Masters 1000 event, but it is also the last before Roland Garros for most of the top players in the world. For some it is an opportunity to improve their seeding at the season’s second Grand Slam; for others it is a last chance to snag some much-needed momentum heading into Paris.


    As such, it should come as no surprise that Rome boasts the best field of the three clay-court Masters tournaments. With Juan Martin Del Potro returning from illness, every one of the top 27 players in the world are in the draw. Not until 28th-ranked Florian Mayer are there any absentees. Will Monte-Carlo champion Novak Djokovic add another title to his 2013 resume and establish himself as the top favorite to win the French Open? Will Madrid winner Rafael Nadal make it two triumphs in two weeks and steal the No. 4 seed from David Ferrer. Will an outsider make a surprise run at the expense of a serious Roland Garros already shifting his focus to bigger and better and things? These questions, and more, will soon be answered inside the Foro Italico.


    Internazionali BNL d’Italia


    Where: Rome, Italy
    Surface: Clay
    Prize money: 2,646,495 Euros
    : 1000


    Top seed: Novak Djokovic
    Defending champion: Rafael Nadal


    Draw analysis: Draws don’t get much more lopsided than this one; not with the undisputed two best clay-courters in the world on the same side of the bracket. Throw into the top half Ferrer, Tomas Berdych, and an on-fire Stanislas Wawrinka, and it is almost a joke.


    This also means a big opportunity is awaiting Federer, who has played just two matches since Indian Wells (he beat Radek Stepanek last week in Madrid before being upset by Kei Nishikori). Rome is traditionally Federer’s worst of the three clay-court Masters events and he is still in search of his first title in Italy’s capital city. Although the third-ranked Swiss was lucky to avoid Nadal in his half, he will not necessarily have any kind of cakewalk through the bracket. Potential third-round opponents include Tommy Haas and Gilles Simon, both of whom have enjoyed some success against Federer in the past. Possible quarterfinal adversary Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is playing consistent tennis in 2013 and he reached the last eight in both Monte-Carlo and Madrid.


    Similarly, Andy Murray has to be content with his situation in the bottom half. Murray would like to get additional clay-court matches under his belt prior to Roland Garros because he was blown out by Wawrinka in the Monte-Carlo third round before going down to Berdych in the Madrid quarterfinals. The second-ranked Scot will open with Marcel Granollers in Rome before a possible meeting with Madrid quarterfinalist Kei Nishikori in the last 16. On the other side of Murray’s quarter, either Del Potro or Nicolas Almagro could be in line for a big week. Should they face each other in the third round, the winner would have a very realistic shot at going all the way to Sunday’s final.


    Their Monte-Carlo result notwithstanding, Djokovic cannot be too pleased to see Nadal as a possible semifinal opponent. Still, the rest of his draw may not be quite as bad as it looks at first glance. Wawrinka is in rare form at the moment, but he has played a ton of tennis over the last month and he will not want to further exhaust himself before a more important tournament later in May. Berdych, the likely quarterfinal opponent for Djokovic, is dangerous on any surface but it’s hard to imagine him upsetting the top-ranked Serb on clay based on their respective 2013 results.


    Nadal’s trek through the Rome draw will likely garner the most headlines this week, unless he somehow loses early in the aftermath of a long but successful Madrid campaign. The fifth-ranked Spaniard will begin against an Italian—either Andreas Seppi or Fabio Fognini. Seppi benefited from absolutely insane crowd support on his way to last year’s quarterfinals. Ernests Gulbis, who qualified for the main draw and has tested Nadal in the past, could meet the fifth seed in round three. The battle for the French Open No. 4 seed could be decided in a Nadal-Ferrer quarterfinal showdown. Ferrer will get it if he beats Nadal or if Nadal fails to win the title under any circumstance. If Nadal beats Ferrer, he will be two matches away from stealing the four spot. Ferrer, though, will have a lot on his plate even before Friday’s potential all-Spanish showdown. The world No. 4 could kick off his campaign against Fernando Verdasco before a possible date with either Milos Raonic or Philipp Kohlschreiber.


    First-round upset alert: Philipp Kohlschreiber over (14) Milos Raonic. The only previous encounter between Raonic and Kohlschreiber came early this season in round three of the Australian Open, where the Canadian cruised 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-4. On clay, however, Kohlschreiber will have a better chance of handling his opponent’s power. Raonic has been decent but unspectacular on clay this season, and he just split from coach Galo Blanco so that won’t help matters. Kohlschreiber was a semifinalist in Barcelona and the runner-up in Munich, plus he will be well-rested after skipping Madrid last week.


    Also watch out for Carlos Berlocq against Wawrinka in addition to Youzhny against Haas. Wawrinka has played 10 matches in the last 11 days, so he has to be fatigued. Additionally, Berlocq is an outstanding clay-court player. Haas should get the job done against Youzhny, but the Russian advanced two rounds in Madrid (upsetting Almagro in the process) so his confidence is building.


    Hot: Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer, Rafael Nadal, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet, Tommy Haas, Stanislas Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori, Kevin Anderson, Fabio Fognini, Tommy Robredo


    Cold: Roger Federer, Juan Martin Del Potro, Janko Tipsarevic, Martin Klizan, Fernando Verdasco, Andrey Golubev, Jeremy Chardy, Julien Benneteau, Feliciano Lopez, Marcel Granollers, Radek Stepanek, Potito Starace


    Quarterfinal predictions: Novak Djokovic over Tomas Berdych, Rafael Nadal over David Ferrer, Nicolas Almagro over Kei Nishikori, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga over Tommy Haas


    Semifinals: Djokovic over Nadal and Almagro over Tsonga


    Final: Djokovic over Almagro


    Comments and your own predictions are appreciated!


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RickyDimon , 5/13/13 4:27 AM


The rest is just noise.

Conspirator , 5/13/13 4:48 AM

Ill wait till after the second round to make my prediction....tehe!!!!!

Monalysa , 5/13/13 4:53 AM

Any updates on Novak's ankle? Is he completely healed yet?

ts38 , 5/13/13 4:57 AM

Almagro has a hip injury, he cannot make the finals. Fed has an easy draw will make the final.

rafaisthebest , 5/13/13 7:00 AM

Almagro is the finals is a truly terrible pick.

Rafa (if he wants it) vs Murray

willmw101 , 5/13/13 10:06 AM

Most absurd picks by RD in a loooooonnnng time!

jaskarans , 5/13/13 11:14 AM

I would laugh if almagro actually did make it to the final. What would ricky be like in that case? :D

tj600 , 5/13/13 11:22 AM

Hey, Rickster who r u putting Andy out to then? Delpot? Not thinking Andy'll do well btw, just interested. I think he's got a good draw so could go deeper here.

deuce , 5/13/13 12:36 PM

Ricky: you're living dangerously listing Federer as 'cold'. Lukewarm would be a kinder description,

Fedfans will have your guts for garters for being so disrespectful. lol.

ed251137 , 5/13/13 1:01 PM

Ricky is trying to think outside the box because he did not see Wawa coming in the final.

nadline , 5/13/13 1:14 PM

As shocking as this may sound, there is another tennis analysis(nima naderi) who also predicted djokovic over almagro in his podcast. Big coincidence.

tj600 , 5/13/13 1:28 PM

In addition to his suspect hip, Almagro is in Delpo's quarter. They have never met on court, on any surface. If Delpo shakes off the rust and gets to the quarters together with Nico, I have a hard time seeing Nico beating Delpo.......

rafaisthebest , 5/13/13 1:38 PM

Ricky wishes h had predicted Nadal over Wawrinka in Madrid. Lol How clever he would have looked then.

nadline , 5/13/13 1:42 PM

Interesting insights from the world no. 11 and Swiss second... /


Conspirator , 5/13/13 1:52 PM

tj600, I wonder who is copying whom!!!

nadline , 5/13/13 1:58 PM

Djokovic for the win.

JamesDjokovicFan , 5/13/13 2:48 PM

Tipsarevic just announced he is not taking part in Rome. Illness.

As for the winner, I am picking Nole. Obviously, Rafa will be the toughest challenge, but Nole can prevail (if he wishes :) ). There is no player who cannot pull up the upset, but I feel that Wawa will be tired, Berdych will be tough but Nole will know what to do, and by the time he reaches the semis, he'll have enough play to bring up his best. In the finals, it doesn't really matter.

To be fair, I don't think Nole is in the "hot" category. He is so up and down this season. He was hot after MC, but is definitely cold after Madrid.

danica , 5/13/13 7:38 PM

Funny you should say Nole can prevail if he wishes, danica, because I am of the thought if anyone has an incentive to want to tank a match it would be Nole and here's why: Rafa is guaranteed #4 seeding at RG if he wins Rome. This is a state of affairs which should appeal to Nole as this means at the worst he gets to play Rafa in the semis at RG. Meeting Rafa in the quarters will not be appealing to Nole and the French will do all they can to keep Rafa and Fed separate in the draw so the chances of a quarter final meeting between Nole and Rafa are high indeed if Rafa is seeded #5. To reduce the probability of this happening, Nole will therefore want Rafa to win their semi final encounter in Rome, giving him the opportunity to win Rome and be seeded #4 at RG.

I am not saying this is what Nole will do or is thinking about, but it makes for interesting musings nevertheless.....

On the other hand, he may want to put a stop to Rafa's momentum going into RG and will fight tooth and nail to beat Rafa..........

rafaisthebest , 5/13/13 7:56 PM

The likelihood that Nole meets Rafa in Rome is high. Both I think will want badly to win as in either case the winner has a strong psychological momentum against the other going into RG, regardless of seeding.

This is the year Nole justifiable senses he is close to winning RG, what with his game last 2 years, his matchup with Rafa (some matches) and Rafa's as yet incomplete return to form.

I believe tey will meet in Rome, and in RG, and in both the fight will be very hard, from both ends.

chlorostoma , 5/13/13 8:09 PM

I just said it ("if he wishes") because Willmw said the same regarding Rafa. It was more of a picking on Willmw than anything else :). If both Rafa and Nole play the semis, it will be hard fought and nail biting. I gave a small chance to Nole to win. But, we'll see.

Kohlschreiber just won over Raonic.

danica , 5/13/13 8:32 PM

My reaction after reading this was: ROFL! Who the heck are Sports Pro Media? There can be only one explanation: they are affiliated to the British Conservative Party...... s-sloane-stephens-novak-djokovic/

rafaisthebest , 5/13/13 9:34 PM


I agree with your take on it. There is no way that Nole would even consider tanking that match to give Rafa the win. These top players aren't thinking about rankings when they meet. They are thinking about winning. Nole already has a win against Rafa in MC, breaking his record winning streak. He would like nothing better than to meet him in the semis and get another win to have the momentum and psychological advantage going into RG.

They will both fight tooth and nail to win should they meet.

Nativenewyorker , 5/13/13 9:40 PM

Murray plays his last match as a 25yr old tomorrow. On Wednesday he'll turn 26 and will be the same age as Rafa until the 3rd of June.

nadline , 5/13/13 9:54 PM

^^^So, he'll be over the hill then?

rafaisthebest , 5/13/13 10:00 PM

This is who the Romans have on their programme cover:

rafaisthebest , 5/13/13 10:46 PM

^^ ritb, what have you done? We were *not* supposed to be writing about class and classless!

chlorostoma , 5/14/13 1:19 AM

Sorry to be a wet blanket but clearly the pictures of Rafa and Sharapova are there because they are defending champions. It is of course a bonus that both are very marketable.

holdserve , 5/14/13 4:30 AM

@chlorostoma, my bad! Just can't shake off this disease: foot in mouth!

@holdserve, 100% correct! But hey, we can pretend in addition to being the defending champs, they are also champs in the marketability department!

rafaisthebest , 5/14/13 6:45 AM

holdserve, never let the facts get in the way of a good story.

nadline , 5/14/13 8:43 AM

nadline, you are right!

holdserve , 5/14/13 9:28 AM

Well, well, Tiggy's got Muzza in his first clay final! UZICK8pRCDc

rafaisthebest , 5/14/13 11:28 AM

I just fell off my chair and crashed to the floor at that piece of news......;) I love Tiggy, but obviously his specs need changing, or has Ivan been on his case.....:)

deuce , 5/14/13 11:57 AM

Whats so funny about Muzza reaching the final?
I mean he has reached the semis of a number of clay tourneys including RG. He could reach the finals for sure

atul1985 , 5/14/13 1:56 PM

atul1985 , 5/14/13 1:56 PM

It's not making fun of Muzz , it's more a case of: about time! Muzza is too good a player to be measured in terms of semis, c'mon, and the guy will bee 27 this week.......Sorry, I do not consider reaching semis successful for a guy of his calibre. We should not be talking about him POSSIBLY reaching clay finals now, we should be talking about him WINNING tournaments!

As you say, if he has reached the semis of RG, well, what's keeping him?.............even Sod has been in clay finals for goodness' sakes....

rafaisthebest , 5/14/13 2:51 PM

Hahaha, Hahaha! Nicolas Almagro, Ricky's finals pick, has been Benneteaued!!

What were you thinking Ricky? I've heard of thumb-suck predictions but that one took the cake................

rafaisthebest , 5/14/13 3:00 PM


Scrotracker , 5/14/13 3:02 PM

Haha! Almagro out in the first round! Where are you Mr. Ricky-inane pick maker-Dimon?

jaskarans , 5/14/13 3:24 PM

Haha! Almagro out in the first round! Where are you Mr. Ricky-inane pick maker-Dimon?

jaskarans , 5/14/13 3:26 PM

Final: Djokovic over Almagro

Sorry, Ricky, not going to happen..............Almagro has already bitten the dust.

nadline , 5/14/13 3:53 PM

Nooo, Andy is 26 this week. It's your Rafa who will be 27 verrry soon...;)
Lol, must be so difficult being an Amalgro fan, soooo much talent but... Am calling him "Cadbury" from now on.

deuce , 5/14/13 4:00 PM

My bad, deucy, yep, Muzza will be 26 this week.........

rafaisthebest , 5/14/13 4:04 PM

Andy will be 26 tomorrow then he will be the same age as Rafa for 3 weeks.

nadline , 5/14/13 4:16 PM

Can't imagine what made Ricky pick Almagro. Weird!

Andy will be over the hill tomorrow and Nole next week.

holdserve , 5/14/13 4:40 PM

Don't think we'll be hearing from Ricky soon. He's trying to get a refund on his crystal ball.

nadline , 5/14/13 5:11 PM

Ha ha ha

Nole over almagro , Almagro out in first round

Sure Nole will win this year Rome Title

anji123 , 5/14/13 6:22 PM

Ricky Dimon I only have one complain, Andy Murray should get an honourable mentioned in the list of cold players

tennis2011 , 5/14/13 8:48 PM

Almagro in the final was a great pick. Not my fault he played his way to an unforgivable loss.

RickyDimon , 5/14/13 8:50 PM


Do you want to make a revised pick in place of Almagro?

Nativenewyorker , 5/14/13 9:08 PM

no. defeat almost never happens to me, but I can admit it and accept it when it does.


RickyDimon , 5/14/13 9:40 PM

good to hear, ricky ;-)

chlorostoma , 5/14/13 9:51 PM

Ricky's picking Benneteau over Isner for the French.


Conspirator , 5/14/13 10:35 PM

^^^^^^^ ROFL

ed251137 , 5/14/13 11:50 PM

^^^^^^^ ROFL

ed251137 , 5/14/13 11:59 PM


That's funny! :)

Nativenewyorker , 5/15/13 12:21 AM

PseudoFed tweeted this link. Not bad impressions...


Conspirator , 5/15/13 1:01 AM

Another one of Ricky's picks is having his clock cleaned right now........semi final pick, Tsonga.

rafaisthebest , 5/15/13 12:59 PM

rafaisthebest , 5/15/13 1:21 PM

Tsonga bites the dust.....

Vamos Jerzy-boy!!

rafaisthebest , 5/15/13 1:38 PM

Ricky, what's going on? You've got no picks left in the bottom half of the draw.

nadline , 5/15/13 1:41 PM

Roger Federer's joke of a draw is no longer funny, plain ridiculous now............if cannot reach the finals on this he should hang up his racket....

rafaisthebest , 5/15/13 1:41 PM

He will dazzle his draw with his new hair.


Conspirator , 5/15/13 2:08 PM

How can the draws be so shamelessly rigged in favor of Fed? What is worse, this time the draw is so obviously rigged against Rafa. This is Fed's best chance to win Rome.
If this kind of rigging goes on I wouldn't be surprised if Fed wins RG as well as Wimbledon.
Why aren't the other players protesting? Rafa won't because uncle Toni wants him to play first, talk later. But really they should elect Roddick as the President so he can clean up the ATP act. He won't be intimidated by anyone.

holdserve , 5/15/13 2:23 PM

Does this mean Tsonga was also carrying an injury?

RT @roger_rasheed: "Proud of @tsonga for honoring the tournament & stepping on court today - Shows what a great character he has. Will be 100% & firing for RG ?"

And we are not even half way through the season yet............

rafaisthebest , 5/15/13 3:06 PM

Told you so, Fed will be in the final..............

rafaisthebest , 5/15/13 3:55 PM

There's still del potro in this half. He might be able to cause Federer some trouble in the semis if they both meet. But apart from that, fed should cruise through.

tj600 , 5/15/13 4:07 PM

I am now totally lost with all the upsets in the bottom half, so who exactly is left in the bottom half??

rafaisthebest , 5/15/13 4:30 PM

oh my god this is epic. my FOUR quarterfinalist picks in the bottom half combined to win ZERO matches in the entire week!


RickyDimon , 5/15/13 4:31 PM

Ah well, no Muzza in a clay final yet, Tiggy, the wait continues...........

rafaisthebest , 5/15/13 4:47 PM

Ricky, this is a record even by your own standards.

nadline , 5/15/13 4:51 PM

nadline, 5/15/13 4:51 PM


natashao , 5/15/13 5:33 PM

Don't tell me............another upset in the works? Verdasco up a set on Ferru.....

rafaisthebest , 5/15/13 6:44 PM


natashao , 5/15/13 6:45 PM

What is going on in this tournament? I wake up to upsets all over the place. Verdasco wins the first set against Ferrer? Tsonga is out, Murray is out.

Upset City!

Nativenewyorker , 5/15/13 7:08 PM

Nope, Ferrer is back in!!!

Delpo met the new Pope today, so good things might happen for him in this tourney!!......hehehe!!!

Monalysa , 5/15/13 8:47 PM

delpo is very religious player...he and Nole are most religious players on tour...

natashao , 5/15/13 9:13 PM

Delpo would normally be considered a challenging opponent for Fed, but if he's just coming back from another injury then we don't know how he will play. He was playing well before whatever happened. I don't know if he is going to be able to play his best.

Fed's draw wasn't hard to begin with, but it just got even easier.

Ferrer did manage to beat Verdasco in three sets.

Nativenewyorker , 5/15/13 9:33 PM

Let's look at it this way: if Ricky keeps picking Djokovic to win he's got to be right sooner or later...

Ramara , 5/16/13 12:53 AM

My prediction for the final: The Fed over The Novak


chlorostoma , 5/16/13 2:32 AM

Ramara, 5/16/13 12:53 AM,

That's funny! However, you never know! :)

Nativenewyorker , 5/16/13 3:09 AM

will become the worst if Nadal wins again.

rogervic , 5/16/13 7:55 AM

Go, Roger .

Go, Djoker.

rogervic , 5/16/13 8:04 AM

After Nadal returns, Djokovic and Nadal became the same for the first time?

What kind of joke.

They should become the same side also by RG.

rogervic , 5/16/13 8:07 AM

Nadal is not a draw of a cupcake for the first time?


rogervic , 5/16/13 8:36 AM

Djokovic and Nadal should play a long 4 hour by RG semi.

rogervic , 5/16/13 8:50 AM

rogervic, are you a tree with no brain???? the king of clay is the most deserved to win this... if you say the worst.... dummy dummy...

tettylds , 5/16/13 9:13 AM

Murray possibly out of Roland Garros


another slam where one of the top seeds will get a much easier half. Djokovic got Ferrer in both the USO and the AO. Any guesses for RG.
if@.Murray does withdraw.

rogervic , 5/16/13 9:35 AM

Lol. no brain tettylds. feeling as you that I am the same? Why.
win of Nadal's clay - boring.

rogervic , 5/16/13 10:26 AM

rogervic/tennisnba you might not cook food for your grandchildren for a week when you hear Andy Murray officially decided not to play RG this year, this means Rafa and Roger will be on the same half of the draw. Sorry if I made you feel sheviring with fear, check your spine. This is just a possibility but huge possibility though.

Raindrops , 5/16/13 12:23 PM

So much energy is wasted on speculation. It's impossible to see into the future so picking favourites is pointless. Wilander had pencilled in Nole and Murray for the RG title when Rafa was out with injury.............what was the point.

nadline , 5/16/13 12:55 PM

Lol nadline, Wilander loves Fed sooo much am v. surprised at that prediction. Must've been having an off day...;)

deuce , 5/16/13 2:32 PM

^^^No off day deuce. Fedfans don't expect much from him anymore so they are taking respite from Rafa by backing Nole and Murray.

nadline , 5/16/13 2:41 PM

Most of the Fed fans posting as Fed fans or reincarnated as a combination of Fed and Djok seem to be nuts. Why do they have multiple ids ? They obviously don't have stable selves and keep appearing under different names. Pathetic! Sorry for anyone that has such fans.

holdserve , 5/16/13 2:57 PM

If some of these fans had their way, Fed and Nole would play together as a doubles team and play a lone Rafa, all the better to ensure a defeat for Rafa...


rafaisthebest , 5/16/13 3:03 PM

Okay, @holdserve, at this point I am this close to being sold on your theory on Fed's evil machinations regarding the draw. Why are all the contenders dropping like flies in his half? Delpo is down a set to Benoit Paire for goodness' sake, Benoit "fruit-cake" Paire!

rafaisthebest , 5/16/13 3:15 PM

You have to feel sorry for Ricky and Cheryl at the moment. What a thankless task they have trying to 2nd guess the likely outcome of matches.

ed251137 , 5/16/13 3:38 PM

Shirt-ripping alert: Jerzy is a break up against Reeshad in the decider.....................

rafaisthebest , 5/16/13 9:12 PM

RITB, the laws of probabilty cannot be fooled. There is no doubt that the draws are rigged. But the doubt was whether it was at Fed's behest. But after the amazingly cupcake draws at W, Olympics, WTF and now Rome, I have no doubt.
Of course Fed doesn't talk directly to the draw makers. I am sure his sponsors, on whom most of ATP is dependent, tell the chief that their man who represents their brand should be there deep into the tournament.
In 2011, Rafa wanted a player as CEO who would look after players' interests. But Fed pushed for a CEO who would be a savvy businessman as well. That would make the CEO listen when sponsors (who represent money) talk. And Fed prevailed.
Look for brazenly rigged draws at W again unless a sense of patriotism ( because of Andy) prevails in the riggers.

holdserve , 5/17/13 4:32 AM

@holdserve, you make me laugh about your theory of rigged draws. if that were so, how did Fed meet nadal at IW? C'mon, do you really believe what you're saying.?

scoretracker , 5/17/13 5:19 AM

Berdych will defeat Nole, Rafa will beat Berdych and then Roger for the title.
Seems obvious, no?

grafight , 5/17/13 7:50 AM


Where on earth have you been? I haven't seen you posting here in a long time! Nice to see you back! As far as your predictions, we will just have to see. Berdy can be kind of unpredictable at times, although he seems to showing more mental toughness in his matches.

Needless to say, I would love it if things play out that way! :)

Nativenewyorker , 5/17/13 8:55 AM

If Rafa, after beating an on fire Gulbis, beats Ferru, followed by Novak and then Fed this Rome.....he will win RG before even stepping on Court Phillipe Chatrier, i.e. in the locker room!

rafaisthebest , 5/17/13 9:18 AM

scoretracker, it is simple. Rafa was coming from a 7 month lay off. IW is hardcourt. So Fed thought this was the ideal opportunity to improve his h2h. Also Fed's focus is on slams. If he gets Rafa in his Quarter immediately after 7 month lay off, any statistics expert won't find it suspicious if thereafter Rafa doesn't fall in his quarter. So RG and W could have Rafa in Djokovic or Muzza's quarter.
Fed is not aiming to win every Masters, every slam. Last year his focus was W and Olympics. He announced it at the beginning of the year. So those two were rigged.
Unfortunately at Olympics, Delpo played unexpectedly well so the so-called goat wasn't fresh for the finals.

holdserve , 5/17/13 10:27 AM

Berdych will defeat Nole, Rafa will beat Berdych and then Roger for the title.
Seems obvious, no?

grafight , 5/17/13 7:50 AM

Why do we need Ricky when there's YOU? Now please make the rest of your predictions take place...


rafaisthebest , 5/17/13 4:37 PM

God. Djokovic lost. Nadal is always lucky.

Boring again.

rogervic , 5/17/13 4:50 PM

SF of Nadal's Madrid was a player of the 300 place?

Loll . sooo funny.

rogervic , 5/17/13 5:14 PM

Toni Nadal: " I hope now Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will get injured."

Toni Nadal : ?it?s ATP?s fault if Rafael never won WTF?.

"Djokovic is lucky, give me two years without injury and": Nadal.

Nadal: 'The ATP worries too little about the players'.

What selfish excuse mug.

and, Roger and Novak get injured. what hell.

rogervic , 5/17/13 5:26 PM

Only one of Dimon's SF picks left.

RogerLoverF will not be happy.


Conspirator , 5/17/13 5:39 PM

Roger say in south america

"Its disbelief for them that they can meet me, and that is something that has happened a few times before"

"Here I must have had at least 20 people probably hugging me and kissing me and so happy, you know, just to get a chance to touch me, even. "

smug Arrogant fake player

hawkeye , 5/17/13 5:45 PM

Tributes have poured in from the tennis community following the death of ATP Executive Chairman & President, Brad Drewett, on Friday, 3rd May.

Roger Federer : We are deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of our dear friend and leader, Brad Drewett. He was a great player, a tremendous ATP CEO and most importantly and amazing friend to all of us. In his short time running the ATP, he achieved a lot and his dynamic personality and steadfast loyalty to the entire global tennis family was so evident. We loved this man and send our condolences to his wife, Jo and their 4 children. The sport of tennis has lost a great figure today, but we will ensure his legacy and contributions to our sport remain part of the ATP's fabric for years to come.

Rafael Nadal : Today is a very sad day for sport and tennis in particular. Our president Brad has passed away.
David Ferrer : Although I reached the semi-finals, today is a hard day following the death of our president, Brad. My heart felt sympathies to his family.
Kei Nishikori : Very sad day for tennis to hear about the passing of our CEO Brad Drewitt. RIP
Juan Martin del Potro : The death of Brad Drewett, president of the ATP, is a very sad day for sport and tennis. Rest in peace.
Milos Raonic : Sad day for tennis, losing Brad Drewett. Thank you for everything. May you rest in peace.
Juan Monaco : My support for the Brad Drewett's family, today the world of sports and especially tennis suffers a tough loss
Mardy Fish : Very sad to hear of the passing of our ATP CEO Brad Drewett. Prayers to his family. Very very sad day for our great sport. RIP Brad
John Isner : Thank you for all you have done for our sport. You will be deeply missed.
Feliciano Lopez : Very sad day for the world of tennis..
Nicolas Almagro : Sad day for the world of tennis, Brad Drewett ATP CEO passed away this morning.
Ivan Ljubicic : Brad. Thank you for everything you did for our sport. Thank you thank you thank you. This is just not fair. Nothing else to add. R.I.

rogervic , 5/17/13 5:58 PM

Toni " I hope how much Federer and Djokovic will get injured."

Nadal after lose Vina: ''I must learn to accept this condition and live with the pain''.

Arrogan t smug selfish mug

rogervic , 5/17/13 6:12 PM

punchbag always curse when not crying. nothing new...

it killing me
big baby

hawkeye , 5/17/13 6:26 PM

Wimbledon draw announced, Nadal gets an easy route.

ttp:// ounced-nadal-gets-an-easy-route/

Again As Nadal Enjoys Comfy Path.


Wimbledon: Nadal's Favorable Draw
ttp:// w-sets-up-sixth-straight-trip-to-wimbledon-finals

Nadal gets an easy draw.


Nadal gets easy draw for RG ttp:// 5-22.html

Nadal handed easy draw.

ttp:// face-djokovic-321414.html

Nadal gets easy draw.

ttp:// -one-Nadal-gets-easy-draw/

Kind draw boosts Nadal?s Wimbledon hopes.


Nadal has a comfortable draw


Nadal handed easy draw.

ttp:// dal-handed-easy-draw-in-paris.52802

more. lol

rogervic , 5/17/13 6:48 PM

punchbag classless. smash racket because lose point to better player

sore loser, smug arrogant, selfish

punchbag whine when his ball go out because del potro winning. Disrespect talk down at umpire

sore loser, arrogant, smug, baby, gamesmanship

punchbag complain how djokovic win against him at US Open

arrogant, smug, selfish, sore loser

hawkeye , 5/17/13 7:36 PM

And your new No. 1 in the ATP without playing a major this year,



Conspirator , 5/17/13 7:46 PM

Nadal: Rosol loss doesn?t compare to Soderling.

"It was very bad, and I was playing with the knee asleep,? he said. ?You always think you can do it, but it was not possible even though I did my best.?

Nadal added that his defeat to Rosol could not be compared to when Robin Soderling upset him at the 2009 French Open.

?There is no point of comparison,? he said. ?Both have in common that my knee was bad, but I could compete at Roland Garros. In Wimbledon, no. The 3defeat to Rosol as _was a death foretold for me.? -compare-soderling-shocker/45629/

always the huge drama queen.

sore loser, arrogant, smug, baby, gamesmanship. Selfish

rogervic , 5/18/13 1:00 AM

The custom of fake timeout

The utterance which looked down on the Sampras era

A annoying troublesome routine and a style

arrogant gamesmanship which collides purposely when it is likely to lose in Wimbledon

A push of selfish two-year ranking

It always complains about a schedule and always plans EX game.

And, resigns from a players' association suddenly.

it loses, an injury excuse will be carried out, and drop out. etc.

arrogant, smug, selfish, sore loser.

rogervic , 5/18/13 1:10 AM

Only one world is enough for u.. Rogershit cause ur brain full of shit..

Crybaby.. Ceater.. Jealous..

tettylds , 5/18/13 9:29 AM

Admins please remove rogervic's crap.

grafight , 5/18/13 9:42 AM


They already did. This person was posting under tennisnba and doing the same thing. Fake broken English, trashing of Rafa, hero worship of Fed.

You've been gone for a while, so maybe you didn't realize that this is just a reincarnation of the same babbling nonsense we heard under another screen name. Just when we thought that it was finally gone!

Nativenewyorker , 5/18/13 9:59 AM

GQ magazine and the Italian Tennis Federation has named Rafa as the 'most stylish' tennis player 2013.
May 17, 2013 - Editorial GQ Italy
For the second year our magazine next to the Italian Tennis Federation to assign the prestigious style. Here are the winning bidder for this edition ...
The tennis player Rafael Nadal is the most "stylish" award from GQ Italy during the 2013 edition of the International Tennis. Our monthly, this year alongside the Italian Tennis Federation International of Italy has in fact awarded the Spanish player with the prestigious award.
The world of tennis has been chosen by the magazine as a perfect synthesis of concentration, precision, physical beauty, power, speed and intelligence. In the last edition of GQ has launched an initiative aimed at rewarding with the trophy "The GQ Most Stylish Player" the player who, in the tournament, has best embody the idea of ??aesthetic style and elegance physics. In the definition of 'style' that aims to reward GQ does not fall so much the clothing care, but especially the tactical depth of the game, the pure energy field, and the non-formal correctness against opponents, referees and the public. Noble grass of Wimbledon to the ancient history of the central field of the Italian, from athletic clothing, tennis has always been synonymous with a strong personality, given the balance between special athletic power, physical resilience and pure instinct, then the stylized body, forged, single, who embodies. --- ali-tennis-roma-2013-gq-premia-the-most-stylish-player#?refresh_ce

Vamos Rafa!

Augustina08 , 5/18/13 12:14 PM

Thanks @Augustina08. Not surprised.

rafaisthebest , 5/18/13 12:26 PM

This is strange, there are two posters writing the same type of posts, one a nadal (hawkeye) and the other a fed fan, (rogervic) but some are calling for the posts from the fed fan to be removed. Glasses are needed.The following :

arrogant, smug, selfish, sore loser
hawkeye , 5/17/13 7:36 PM

arrogant, smug, selfish, sore loser.
rogervic , 5/18/13 1:10 AM

To be fair both posters comments should be removed, but is there any fairness?

I was called an "attention whore" by the HS D/O. Another poster picked up on that comment, and removal of his psts was requested, but the HS D/O posts were conveniently overlooked. How convenient, and Hypocrisy abounds!!!!!!!

scoretracker , 5/18/13 1:07 PM

Agree with scoretracker lol. Remove both. It mine point too.

hawkeye , 5/18/13 5:53 PM

Naderer alive and well.


Conspirator , 5/18/13 6:07 PM

Twice as many wins as losses. I like it. And the 24th Master's title to boot.

The sky's the limit.

ed251137 , 5/19/13 6:57 PM

Thanks to hawkeye for making the point that it was all about showing how absurd and pointless rogervic's posts really are.

Leave it to the humorless one to not understand the irony!

Wow! Twice as many wins as losses! Still holding the record with 24 Master's titles!


Nativenewyorker , 5/19/13 7:15 PM

This rogervic guy is crazy!

jaskarans , 5/21/13 12:14 PM


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