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  • Djokovic takes on Berlocq in Beijing second round

    10/2/12 6:54 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Djokovic takes on Berlocq in Beijing second round Novak Djokovic will continue his Beijing campaign on Wednesday against Carlos Berlocq. The winner will advance to the quarterfinals for a date with either Alexandr Dolgopolov or Jurgen Melzer.

    Novak Djokovic and Carlos Berlocq will be going head-to-head for the second time in their careers when they collide in round two of the China Open on Wednesday. Djokovic absolutely dominated their only previous encounter, rolling 6-0, 6-0, 6-2 at the 2011 U.S. Open.

    The top-seeded Serb got off to a relatively shaky start at this event on Tuesday as he held of Michael Berrer 6-1, 6-7(3), 6-2. Still, Djokovic was never in serious danger of losing and he improved his record for the season to 61-11. The world No. 2 remains on course to reach his fourth consecutive title match (winner in Toronto, runner-up in Cincinnati and at the U.S. Open).

    Berlocq does by far his best work on clay courts, so it is no surprise that he has been in horrendous form ever since the end of the clay-court swing. The 50th-ranked Argentine had not won a match since the Cincinnati first round before scoring a nice 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Marinko Matosevic on Monday. Berlocq has won only two of his last 10 matches, but his overall record for the year is still a decent 22-26 at the ATP level.

    Djokovic was nowhere near in top form against Berrer, but he should wake up and deliver better tennis as he heads into the quarterfinals. Berlocq would be capable of making this interesting on the slow stuff, but not on a hard court. Djokovic in easy straight sets is the pick.

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Oh Ricky, what's going on with you? :))) Here it's Berrer instead of Berloq, in Approach Shots it's Tokyo instead of Beijing... :)

danica , 10/2/12 11:19 PM


oops, that's what happens when you have to deal with mugs like Berrer and Berlocq in the first TWO rounds of 500-point events

RickyDimon , 10/3/12 2:08 AM


These top guys know they'll get easy draws and enters the tourneys rusty hoping to play themselves into form. I think it's unfair to the paying fans who deserve to see good tennis, not a shaky performance from a top player.

scoretracker , 10/3/12 2:17 AM


I don't see any problem with the top guys getting lower ranked players or so-called easy draws. There are times when a lower ranked player can knock out a top player because these are best two out of three set matches. If you come into a tournament rusty or take anything for granted, you can be out before you know it.

So it cuts both ways.

Nativenewyorker , 10/3/12 4:42 AM


hilarious last 5 games of the match

RickyDimon , 10/3/12 3:04 PM


Do tell Ricky. What happened?

ed251137 , 10/3/12 3:21 PM


Berlocq trailed 6-1, 4-0.

He led 40-0 in that game and ended up getting broken for 5-0. Instead of finishing the job, Djokovic lost three games in a row, getting broken twice, at 5-0 and 5-2. Djokovic had at least one match point in all three games he lost. Then at 3-5, Berlocq had a game point for 4-5 only to eventually double-fault down match point.

RickyDimon , 10/3/12 4:15 PM


Thanks. I see what you meant at 3.04pm

ed251137 , 10/3/12 4:57 PM


i meant broken for 5-0, of course. Not 4-1.

RickyDimon , 10/3/12 5:40 PM


Nole better become serious and leave exhibition antics where they belong. No need spending extra time on court. That's not the way to becoming number 1 again.

danica , 10/3/12 7:13 PM


This is what I'm talking about that some top players play themselves into the tournament coz they come in rusty knowing fully well that their opponents are very low-ranked. More times than not, the top guys advance, but on some occasions the lower ranked player surprises them and then we hear about the big upset. I think the lower ranked players should not be taken for granted.

scoretracker , 10/3/12 11:55 PM


They are professional athletes to be sure but they are all human and can only do so much. Each player has to manage their own schedule based on their own strengths and weaknesses. The proof is in the results.

Djokovic finished 2011 as No. 1 and leads 2012 in points with less than eight weeks in the season so I don't think there is much room to criticize his approach.

#Ajde

Conspirator , 10/4/12 12:37 AM


scoretracker, 10/3/12 11:55 PM,

Why don't you write your own thoughts instead of copying mine! I would say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but in your case I'm going to pass!

Nativenewyorker , 10/4/12 1:32 AM


NNY, you nuts, or just plain outright bellicose? Who is the one ankle-biting here? I commented first on this thread FYI, and as per usual you suddenly became interested only to ankle-bite. Par for the course. FYI, I wouldn't look to you for tennis inpt, or copy anything you say, coz you know zilch.You know Rafa luv. Have fun making an idiot of yourself as usual.

scoretracker , 10/4/12 2:49 AM



"I don't see any problem with the top guys getting lower ranked players or so-called easy draws. There are times when a lower ranked player can knock out a top player because these are best two out of three set matches. If you come into a tournament rusty or take anything for granted, you can be out before you know it.

So it cuts both ways."

Nativenewyorker, 10/3/12 4:42 AM



"This is what I'm talking about that some top players play themselves into the tournament coz they come in rusty knowing fully well that their opponents are very low-ranked. More times than not, the top guys advance, but on some occasions the lower ranked player surprises them and then we hear about the big upset. I think the lower ranked players should not be taken for granted."

scoretracker, 10/3/12 11:55 PM

Now everyone can come to their own conclusions! See? No insults required! Just facts!

Nativenewyorker , 10/4/12 3:43 AM


Isn't it amazing the lengths you'll go to prove a point, coz your ego's so fragile. You're the queen of insults and it's too late to stop. Your reputation precedes you.

Oh, why didn't you copy and paste my first post? How very convenient to leave it out. Give the whole picture. You can fool others but I know what you do. you only become interested in these match threads whenever I post. then you come on to put me down. enjoy your games, but I'm not fooled, neither do i need to prove to anyone what you're doing. If people can't figure out what you're doing too bad for them. you'll likely get the support of your friends and turn this into another girly laugh fest. so enjoy.

scoretracker , 10/4/12 3:56 AM


My initial post was at 2:17 am.

scoretracker , 10/4/12 3:57 AM


I have no problem posting the comments in chronological order.


"These top guys know they'll get easy draws and enters the tourneys rusty hoping to play themselves into form. I think it's unfair to the paying fans who deserve to see good tennis, not a shaky performance from a top player."

scoretracker, 10/3/12 2:17 AM


"I don't see any problem with the top guys getting lower ranked players or so-called easy draws. There are times when a lower ranked player can knock out a top player because these are best two out of three set matches. If you come into a tournament rusty or take anything for granted, you can be out before you know it.

So it cuts both ways."

Nativenewyorker, 10/3/12 4:42 AM

"This is what I'm talking about that some top players play themselves into the tournament coz they come in rusty knowing fully well that their opponents are very low-ranked. More times than not, the top guys advance, but on some occasions the lower ranked player surprises them and then we hear about the big upset. I think the lower ranked players should not be taken for granted."

scoretracker, 10/3/12 11:55 PM

There's no need for hysteria and personal attacks. This is the sequence of the posts as written. People can judge for themselves.

Nativenewyorker , 10/4/12 4:17 AM


Well said NNY. The first post is irrelevant regarding your claim. Well done refraining from insults. I'm trying to do the same.

Conspirator , 10/4/12 4:26 AM


Game, set and match............Nativenewyorker.

rafaisthebest , 10/4/12 4:35 AM


Yeah, anyone can see you didn't understand squat what I said about them coming in rusty and paying fans. My other post was just to reaffirm that they come in rusty hoping to find an easy target. too bad for me I added the words should not be taken for granted, that's how much I pay attention to the nonsense you write.

enjoy yourself, and anyone reading or paying attention to what you do can see that you only comment when I do to elaborate and/or show me to be in the wrong.

Hey conspirator, where's the automated warning? LOL. so much for pseudo automation.

scoretracker , 10/4/12 4:37 AM


It's pretty obvious you people have zero interest in the matches being played. your focus is to target a Fed fan and gang up on them whenever we write a comment. isn't bad enough you've chased away so many with your juvenile behavior and tuned every thread into a war zone? Geez

scoretracker , 10/4/12 4:40 AM


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scoretracker, 10/4/12 4:37 AM
scoretracker, 10/4/12 4:40 AM

#Humble

Conspirator , 10/4/12 4:53 AM


I hope the moderators take note of the above spamming on every thread by the Conspirator.

scoretracker , 10/4/12 5:08 AM


Conspirator: You're doing a grand job mate. Cheryl and Ricky have you to thank for containing the wars.

#TakeNoteEverybody
#ScoretrackerTalkingToHimself
#AttentionSeeki ng

ed251137 , 10/4/12 8:43 AM


ed,

Well said! I am grateful for Conspirator for doing a great job. Not an easy one at all considering this situation.

I wonder if we do ignore this person, will they end up posting and then answering themselves? Now that would be something to see!

#Whatawaste
#Tryingtoplaythevictim

Nativenewyorker , 10/4/12 9:13 AM


He already is.................

ed251137 , 10/4/12 11:11 AM


#ThreeCheersForConspirator
#HumbleFan

deuce , 10/4/12 1:48 PM



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