• Murray, Ferrer face off for Sony Open title

    3/30/13 10:51 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Murray, Ferrer face off for Sony Open title Despite all the absences and surprises in Miami, two of the top three seeds and two of the top five players in the world will contest the final on Sunday. Either Andy Murray or David Ferrer will take home the title.

    Andy Murray and David Ferrer will be meeting for the 12th time in their careers when they clash in the Sony Open final on Sunday afternoon.

    Murray leads the head-to-head series 6-5, including 5-1 on hard courts. After losing their first five hard-court encounters, Ferrer finally prevailed 6-4, 7-5 at the 2011 World Tour Finals. They faced each other twice last season, with Ferrer scoring a 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-2 French Open win before Murray got revenge with a 6-7(5), 7-6(6), 6-4, 7-6(4) victory at Wimbledon.

    Neither man is playing the best tennis of his career right now, but both have quietly put together solid 2013 campaigns amidst the relative dominance of Novak Djokovic and the return of Rafael Nadal. Murray captured the Brisbane title and finished runner-up at the Australian Open before falling in the quarterfinals in Indian Wells. The third-ranked Scot is one win away from a second Miami triumph following defeats of Bernard Tomic, Grigor Dimitrov, Andreas Seppi, Marin Cilic, and Richard Gasquet.

    Ferrer lifted trophies in Auckland and Buenos Aires only to get clobbered by Nadal in the Acapulco final and lose his Indian Wells opener to Kevin Anderson. The fifth-ranked Spaniard, however, is back on track in Miami thanks to victories over Fabio Fognini, Kei Nishikori, Jurgen Melzer, and Tommy Haas (he also got a walkover past Dmitry Tursunov). Ferrer is now 25-4 for the season.

    "Ferrer has a great attitude on the court," Murray said of his frequent practice partner. "He fights for every single point. He's not struggling to play well in the big events. So that's why he's there, and it will be a very tough match."

    As slow as the Miami surface is, it is still not clay--and that is the only way Ferrer would have an edge (he is 4-0 against Murray on the slow stuff). The No. 3 seed was rock solid against Haas, but that level will not be good enough against an opponent who can stay out there as long as possible and trade groundstroke for groundstroke without making errors.

    Murray's superior firepower should see him through to another victory at his home away from home, but count on it going three sets.

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Come on Andy! Let's Go!
No 2 slot is beckoning :)

deuce , 3/31/13 4:09 PM

Where's Muzza? Oh, still in the locker room, I see.........

rafaisthebest , 3/31/13 6:06 PM

Andy is like giving us a horror show of Muzzamic

He is leaking UE by the dozen

And Ferrer is not missing a thing, super aggressive

Cmon Andy u have to get to No 2

sanju , 3/31/13 6:06 PM

Murray preferred bread stick to croissant for brunch :-)

sanju , 3/31/13 6:10 PM

Murray has run out of challenges.

nadline , 3/31/13 6:15 PM

Oh well, respectable score-line even if Ferru ends up losing................

rafaisthebest , 3/31/13 6:16 PM

Murray has not been playing well since IW but I thought he'd turned the corner in the last 2 sets against Gasquet in the SF.

nadline , 3/31/13 6:18 PM

Even his challenging is off.....

rafaisthebest , 3/31/13 6:25 PM

Murray wants to help Federer by not having Fed face both him and Djoko :-) He is being kind to Feds age

sanju , 3/31/13 6:29 PM

Some good hitting in 2nd set from both..Both getting good depth

sanju , 3/31/13 6:33 PM

sanju, how does Murray being #2 help Fed not face him [before the final] I think you mean?

nadline , 3/31/13 6:35 PM

Muzza break

I still am banking on Murray to win this inspite of that horror show in 1st set . He HAS to get to No 2. I dont want a situation ever that Nole, Muzza, Rafa all in same half, simply No

sanju , 3/31/13 6:35 PM

nadline if Djoko and Murray are 1 n 2, Fed will have to play both of them to win any title..ofcourse if all go that far :-)

I am not bringing Rafa into he equation here as hes No 5 and no one knows whose quarter he will fall in, am only talking of certain scenarios by seeding 1-4

sanju , 3/31/13 6:38 PM

if Djoko and Murray are 1 n 2, Fed will have to play both of them to win any title..ofcourse if all go that far :-)

mandatorily play I mean..If Fed is 2, he may still have to play if Muzza gets placed in his half but if Fed is No 3, its certain hell have to play both

sanju , 3/31/13 6:40 PM

Has there been a time when joko, Fed, Murray all playin badly together and not in good form? Guess its the 1st time it has happened. I think happened in 2010 too clay season for 3-4 months

sanju , 3/31/13 6:45 PM

Soooooo, they've swapped play books..........Ferru now raking up UFEs and challenging wildly just like what Muzza was doing in the 1st set.

rafaisthebest , 3/31/13 6:50 PM

Cant forgive Murray fr not being able to put 2 overheads away..Ridiculous

sanju , 3/31/13 6:54 PM

rt @nidssserz: "Murray complaining to umpire thinking Ferrer should get time violation. Umpire saying he is using his judgement for both..."

Not cool, Muzza, not cool............

rafaisthebest , 3/31/13 6:59 PM

What is going on with Murray? Hes plain ridiculous..I think he doesnt want to win

sanju , 3/31/13 7:02 PM

RT @NeilHarmanTimes: "Nonsense time violations are going to be the death knell. We've let curse of 2 slow (who accept they are slow) players warp our judgment."

Thank God for you Neil, someone with a brain................

rafaisthebest , 3/31/13 7:07 PM

I can't get over these commies who campaigned tirelessly for the enforcement of the 25 secs because they thought it would only affect Rafa but are now back-tracking because it's affecting everyone but Federer.

All the points they are making now were made before.

nadline , 3/31/13 7:08 PM

^^^Just saw a tweet from Tignor saying the enforcement of the 25s rule is working: ATP has confirmed that matches are now 9 minutes shorter on average.

And I am thinking: all this drama for 9 minutes? And you're right, nadline, it's the commies, journos and assorted armchair critics who campaigned tirelessly for the rule, as if they can run

rafaisthebest , 3/31/13 7:13 PM

nadline if Djoko and Murray are 1 n 2, Fed will have to play both of them to win any title..ofcourse if all go that far :-)
sanju, 3/31/13 6:38 PM

No, the #3 player will only have to play only one of #s 1 & 2.

nadline , 3/31/13 7:13 PM

RT Mike_Dickson_DM: "Murray breaks for 26 64 1-0. Match showing what a physical war men's tennis has become."

This is why listening to Federer about enforcement of the 25s rule was nonsensical, tennis is not a ballet show anymore, it's physical.

rafaisthebest , 3/31/13 7:20 PM

No, the #3 player will only have to play only one of #s 1 & 2.

cmon nadline..he has to play both..wat are u saying?

anyways this match is so incredibly physical..its tiring to watch..its that brutual

sanju , 3/31/13 7:28 PM

Is it documented anywer that Fed enforced the 25 sec rule? Ofcourse all fingers point to him but is it like sure it was he who made it happen?

sanju , 3/31/13 7:30 PM

I am late getting to watch this match. It started early my time. It appears that we have quite the battle on our hands. I hope to see a replay later on. I am just trying to read the comments to get a sense of how the match has gone.

Nativenewyorker , 3/31/13 7:32 PM


1. Fed was quite vocal about it at IW 2012
2. Fed is the President of the Player's Council. The players say they never voted for it. So, who voted for the enforcement on behalf of the players on the ATP council? You do the maths.

rafaisthebest , 3/31/13 7:34 PM


I think ritb has hit the nail on the head! Well said!

Nativenewyorker , 3/31/13 7:35 PM

Breaks galore, WTA...........

rafaisthebest , 3/31/13 7:37 PM

Matt Cronin ?@TennisReporters 38s 1 break after another: Murray vs Ferrer is starting to remind me of a vintage Aga vs Caro clash


sanju , 3/31/13 7:39 PM

sanju, #1 is placed at the top of the draw and #2 at the bottom, then #s 3 & 4 are drawn - one of them is put at the top of the draw and the other at the bottom. So there is no way either 3 or 4 could play both #s 1 & 2, ever; even if they get to the final.

nadline , 3/31/13 7:40 PM

I till dont get you nadline..#3 will ahve to play 1 or 2 in semi 9based on which half he is drawn in) and the other in final if they reach

Well RITB..heard of karma? Its a b1tch. If Fed enforced this to hurt his top 3 rivals who play a physical game, u think hell get away with it? No way, it will come back and bite him very hard. Bad intentions will never ever be allowed to go unpaid :-), I firmly believe in that

sanju , 3/31/13 7:44 PM

Six breaks in a row? Are you kidding me? Neither believes they can win.


Conspirator , 3/31/13 7:48 PM

Worst final I've seen in a long long time.

Emiliano55 , 3/31/13 7:49 PM

@sanju, I share your sentiments about karma...........

rafaisthebest , 3/31/13 7:49 PM

76 UE in this maatch and only 29 winners..haha

sanju , 3/31/13 7:50 PM

How is Andy not able to handle this though? Doent he stay here and train here?

sanju , 3/31/13 7:52 PM

Emiliano..he Miami final last year which Djoko won 6-1, 7-6 I guess was has 70 plus UE for just 2 sets played, it was the worst quality

sanju , 3/31/13 7:54 PM

Play improving.

Sanju is right.

Conspirator , 3/31/13 7:56 PM

Yes in the final, but it's 'could' not will.

nadline , 3/31/13 7:58 PM

Muzza's going to win now but not impressed with his play. Ferru has run him close and Muzza's the better HC player? Definitely rate Ferru ahead of Muzza during the upcoming clay season...............

rafaisthebest , 3/31/13 7:59 PM

Neither of them deserves to be champion.

nadline , 3/31/13 8:01 PM

5-5... haha. No sanju, this is by worst, by far.

Emiliano55 , 3/31/13 8:04 PM

Murray is out of steam. What happened to all that training?

How will he last 7 rounds of best of 5 on clay?

nadline , 3/31/13 8:06 PM

I cannot believe what I am seeing here! Andy looks gassed. Ferrer is the fitter player, but this is just ugly stuff right now.

Nativenewyorker , 3/31/13 8:06 PM

I don't understand that either, nadline.

He suffered the same in the AO final this year. He runs out of gas too fast. I thought he was already fit for these kind of matches. C'mon... Ferrer has 31 and he seems he can play 3 more hours.

Emiliano55 , 3/31/13 8:07 PM

I mean so so disappointed with Murray.I thought winning a slam should have done him some good but it seems to ahve made him worse

Atleast he used to win Masters earlier, how can he be so passve when erving for the match

Both are just keepng the ball in play waiting for the other to miss..thats the story of this match

sanju , 3/31/13 8:08 PM

Cannot believe what I am seeing from Muzza either. He is complaining incessantly about Ferru getting massaged, he is ambling about like he has zero energy..............

Not encouraging at all.............

rafaisthebest , 3/31/13 8:08 PM

Murray was complaining to the umpire about Ferrer again getting treatment for cramping.

Nativenewyorker , 3/31/13 8:09 PM

Muzz game has definitely involuted from AO.. i don't know what the hell happened to him.

Emiliano55 , 3/31/13 8:10 PM


Sorry, I posted my comment but didn't see yours up yet. We both said the same thing.

Nativenewyorker , 3/31/13 8:11 PM

He should be focussing on his play, not what's happening to Ferru.........

rafaisthebest , 3/31/13 8:11 PM

This may well be decided by a tiebreak in 3rd just like Nole Rafa 2011 was decided..wat a match that was

sanju , 3/31/13 8:11 PM

@nny; drama, no?

rafaisthebest , 3/31/13 8:13 PM

Nole did himself a favour by losing early..imagine if he was getting boiled in this heat, it would sap him totally too

sanju , 3/31/13 8:14 PM


Yes! I can't believe that the CBS Sports channel cut off coverage for some other sporting event! But they gave it to the tennis channel! Thank goodness I have it and can watch the end of this match.

So it's going to be decided by a tb!

Nativenewyorker , 3/31/13 8:19 PM

4-1 Andy in the TB.

I guess he will take it, but c'mon, he will have to regroup, work on his physical A LOT and start playing agressive again. He's going nowhere by playing like he has been playing.

Emiliano55 , 3/31/13 8:21 PM

Ferrer cramping badly

sanju , 3/31/13 8:22 PM

Ferru's over.

rafaisthebest , 3/31/13 8:22 PM

No idea what tennis match you guys are all watching but ferrer was outplaying Murray. Murray wasn't at his best but definitely not playing bad, think the heat has really affected him.

Murray dominating this teibreak and ferrer's body is finished.

willmw101 , 3/31/13 8:24 PM who as per you out of Djoko, Rafa, Fed, Murray is playing better now, is better poised to go as an advantage from MC till Wimby? Eager to know your opinion

sanju , 3/31/13 8:24 PM

Murray is unfit and lucky to win the match.

nadline , 3/31/13 8:26 PM

37 winners and 95 UE..geez

sanju , 3/31/13 8:26 PM

Jesus you guys have no idea what its like to play this level of tennis in that kind've heat. Only Ferrer and Muzza know how difficult the court and temp was playing today.

willmw101 , 3/31/13 8:27 PM

@willmw101, agree, Ferru acquitted himself well. In fact I said in an earlier post I rate him higher than Muzza in the clay season.

@sanju, Hold off Wimby, let;s do the clay first. Rafa is the best right now imho.

rafaisthebest , 3/31/13 8:28 PM who as per you out of Djoko, Rafa, Fed, Murray is playing better now, is better poised to go as an advantage from MC till Wimby? Eager to know your opinion
sanju, 3/31/13 8:24 PM

Delpotro, definitely. In fact, to me he is one of the favs to win RG.

Emiliano55 , 3/31/13 8:28 PM

Delpotro, definitely. In fact, to me he is one of the favs to win RG.
Emiliano55, 3/31/13 8:28 PM


willmw101 , 3/31/13 8:29 PM

Emi..DElpo was not in options unless you told his name on purpose to duck the 4 options..Bad Bad :-)

sanju , 3/31/13 8:31 PM

Can't believe Ferrer made such amateurish error at championship point! If he didn't make the challenge, who knows, he may be the one lifting the trophy now! Why's he so eager to challenge?

Both were very tired and Ferrer was cramping. Not a good quality match with so many UEs, Murray was winning ugly here, still a win is a win so congrats. Poor Ferrer, I wonder whether he'll have another chance at a Masters title, having come so close with a championship point!

luckystar , 3/31/13 8:33 PM

andyroddick ?@andyroddick 35s Conditions too slow...Guys dying playing 3 sets. So slow. Makes it impossible to hit winners which results in messed up winners/errors ratio

I am not sure what ppl are talking slow slow. Isnt IW slower than Miami? . Yes the heat is an issue here.Wasnt a good quality final with lot of good shot making and winners get played in the IW final there?

sanju , 3/31/13 8:34 PM

Both Murray and Nole are suffering a drop in form.

nadline , 3/31/13 8:34 PM

I know the weather was atrocious but still think Muzza could have/should have handled it better...................doesn't bode well for the clay season.

rafaisthebest , 3/31/13 8:34 PM

Sanju, sorry, I thought you were asking who had better chances OUT of the top4.

From the top 4, Rafa is defeinitely the safe option. I don't know about Madrid, but for the others, if I had to bet money, Rafa would be my pick, defintely.

Emiliano55 , 3/31/13 8:35 PM

Thanks Emi. Hope you bet your money, you make money and Rafa wins :-)

WIN WIN for you and Rafa:-)

sanju , 3/31/13 8:36 PM

Thank God this is over is all I can say. Roll on Monte Carlo..............phew.

rafaisthebest , 3/31/13 8:40 PM

Miami looks slower than IW. I don't remember seeing so many long rallies at IW. Also the air is humid here at Miami, so the balls may be heavier due to the moisture in the air, so making the courts look slower here.

luckystar , 3/31/13 8:41 PM

Considering Murray only played one 3 sets match before today, he is very unfit.

nadline , 3/31/13 8:41 PM

Nativenewyorker , 3/31/13 8:19 PM

The CBS it any wonder we don't see many Americans players high up in the rankings any more? The sport is not taken seriously there any more!

rafaisthebest , 3/31/13 8:44 PM

^^^^ most of these posts are naive bullsh*t.

willmw101 , 3/31/13 8:45 PM

^^^so why are reading then, you must like bullshit, no?

rafaisthebest , 3/31/13 8:47 PM

congrats to murray...i hope he wins wimby and US open

chenna21 , 3/31/13 8:51 PM

Don't know how Andy won that but I'll take it.
Come on guys, conditions were "brutal" according to commentators! Andy R is right as usual.
No 2! Yay!

deuce , 3/31/13 8:53 PM

Rafa could have beaten both of them on his own.

nadline , 3/31/13 8:54 PM


I agree! Any time the networks broadcast a tennis match, it's a joke!

As far as the match, when you have a combined total of 95 UE's, that's not good tennis. I was thinking back to the 2011 final with Rafa and Nole. I will never forget that picture of Rafa trying to catch his breath on the sidelines after the match. He and Nole went at it in a brutal, physical three set match. However, I think the quality of the tennis was far better than this one.

As far as the comment about how tough it is to play in the humid heat of Miami, well I guess that's why Murray trains there. To get used to the conditions. Of course it's tough to play a physical match in that kind of heat, but these are the best conditioned players in the world. I don't think it was the humid heat that did them in, I think it was the sheer physical nature of the match.

Ferrer seemed to take this loss hard. I think he realizes that challenging on match point was not a good thing! If the match is on the line, you don't take any chances and just play it out.

This was winning ugly, but yes a win is a win.

As for the idea that Delpo will win RG, that's just not going to happen.

Nativenewyorker , 3/31/13 8:55 PM

@deuce, he toughed it out, that's what. Wasn't pretty, congrats to Muzza for attaining #2 and congrats to his fans. I don't see anyone dislodging him this year, in fact he is best placed to challenge Novak for top spot........

rafaisthebest , 3/31/13 8:56 PM

Not just humid, but very windy. For a lot of the match A was struggling to find his length.
Do agree though, not a good match.
nadline @ 8.54 pure supposition cos we'll never know.

deuce , 3/31/13 8:59 PM

lucky..can you please tell how many points Federer , Murray, Ferrer have to defend from now till Rome before RG. I think Fed has 1360, Rafa 2590, Nole 1290 right? Wha about Murray, Ferrer?

sanju , 3/31/13 9:02 PM

RT @AmyFetherolf: "@juanjo_sports @MindTheRacket My point was that I've seen players play matches in worse conditions and not have a bazillion unforced errors.'

Quite agree.

rafaisthebest , 3/31/13 9:05 PM

Nole has 1380 before RG; Murray has 360 (MC 180 + Barcelona 90 + Rome 90, didn't play Madrid in 2012). Ferrer has 850, including 10 points from MC. Do note that his MC points was not included in his ranking points calculation as they took in his 370 pts from DC, of which 80 pts would drop off after the DC QF tie, ie 290 remaining.

luckystar , 3/31/13 9:08 PM

RT @RafaelNadalFC: "When was last time neither Roger #Federer or Rafael #Nadal was in top two of ATP rankings? November 10, 2003! #Fedal"

Congratulations to Novak and Muzza for breaking the "hegemony"!

rafaisthebest , 3/31/13 9:09 PM

THen looks like its virtually imposs Fed gets No 2 back unless he wins both Madrid and Rome and also looks like Rafa wont get to No 4 either

sanju , 3/31/13 9:11 PM

Ferrer now has 7050 pts, after DC pts drops off, he'll have 6970. Unless he does better than SF at MC, he won't be adding any points. So technically, Rafa can still get back to no.4 before RG, if he wins all four clay events before RG, and Ferrer not doing better than last year on clay.

luckystar , 3/31/13 9:16 PM

They went OTT with the baby oil, no? to/1

rafaisthebest , 3/31/13 9:27 PM

How many points does Rafa have after the points from last year have been deducted? I just want to know how close he is to Ferrer now.

Nativenewyorker , 3/31/13 9:39 PM

NNY, don't worry about Ferrer overtaking Rafa, Rafa has plenty of time to get ahead in the rankings. Rafa will lose 360 points so that takes him down to 6385. Ferrer will be on 7050 points, 665 ahead of Rafa. I don't think that's worth losing sleep over. It's the race that counts.

nadline , 3/31/13 10:10 PM


Thanks so much for that info. I think you make a good point about Rafa having enough time to get ahead in the rankings. As long as he wins, I will be happy! But thanks for the reassurance and putting it in perspective!

Nativenewyorker , 3/31/13 10:32 PM

Let's just hope that Rafa stays healthy; that's the only thing that will stop him.

nadline , 3/31/13 10:53 PM

The 2011 Miami final between Rafa and Nole was also under such atrocious conditions; I remember Rafa said he suffered heat stroke and at the end had nothing left. However, that match was of a better quality than this one.

I think the best quality match was the one in 2010 between Roddick/Berdych if I remember correctly, if we're going way back to 2008. Rafa was playing in an out of sorts manner (like Murray did in set one) in that 2008 final vs Davy and lost meekly in 6-2, 6-3. I still remember the commentators were so puzzled by Rafa's performance that day. I do remember that most of the Miami finals were on hot days and I don't understand why they start the match at noon. The 2009 final between Nole and Murray also wasn't of good quality, Nole suffered in the heat and I believe he lost in straight sets; last year's final between the two also wasn't great, a straight set victory by Nole. Maybe if we dig further, that 2005 final between Rafa and Fed may be considered a 'classic' .

luckystar , 4/1/13 3:27 AM

Congrats to Andy for this big win and climbing to spot #2!!! And congrats to all his fans.
I didn't get the chance to see the match but it seems the heat was the problem. Really, putting such a match midday is crazy. I hope the organizers get to their senses and in future, schedule the finals later in the day.

For once, I agree with Nadline :) (post @ 3/31/13 10:10 PM)

danica , 4/1/13 4:25 AM

Yes, it's a shame that the heat has to be the spoiler of a match many times here on the final day. Matches before the finals sometimes were of better qualities, especially some night matches. Why don't they play the final in the late evening or even at night?

luckystar , 4/1/13 4:59 AM

Its very simple, its all about broadcasters and when they want the match to be played to telecast it.

Sad but that is the truth.

sanju , 4/1/13 5:46 AM


Sanju is correct. I was reading about how CBS wanted the match to start at such an early hour because of its commitment to the NCAA basketball championship here in the states. It's unfortunate that the players have to be at the whim of the networks who pay for the broadcast rights.

CBS decided to stick with the match past the 2:00 pm starting time for the basketball. Apparently that set off the basketball fans who lit up twitter. But then when the tennis match went to a tb, they decided to break away. That set off the tennis fans! Some don't get the tennis channel.

I read online that CBS pays far less for the tennis broadcasting rights than it does for the NCAA basketball championship rights. CBS pays 25 million for the tennis broadcasting rights, but it pays a whopping 771 million for the NCAA basketball broadcasting rights.

It's all about the money!

Nativenewyorker , 4/1/13 6:20 AM

I hope Rafa keeps skipping Miami, maybe tries to win it once and forget about it. Likewise for Cincy, both tournaments are played under hot and humid conditions, they're torture for the Europeans.

luckystar , 4/1/13 7:12 AM

I don't live in America so this whole kerffufle with CBS does not affect me but this whole thing seems so.................last century and I feel for the viewers affected. Why is American tennis wedded to the CBS's of this world, haven't they heard of cable?

rafaisthebest , 4/1/13 7:38 AM


There has been a lot of discussion about this problem with the networks dictating time of play and also cutting off broadcasts due to more lucrative sports commitments.

Some people on twitter said that it's time for all cable providers to include the tennis channel. In the past when ESPN had to cut away, it has given the broadcasts to the tennis channel. Some on twitter called for tennis matches to only be broadcast on cable.

I thought the networks were getting out of tennis, but that may just be the grand slams. I had quite the time trying to even find out where the final was scheduled for broadcast. I went through all the ESPN channels and then stumbled on the CBS HD Sports channel.

I don't know when these agreements were made with the networks. I know that ESPN has been broadcasting more tennis matches. There seems to be a good relationship between ESPN and the tennis channel.

All I can say is that this would never happen on the tennis channel. They will stick with a match no matter what. ESPN should do the same, but has also switched to baseball, football or basketball. Sometimes ESPN uses different channels to try and avoid any conflict with another sporting event.

I remember chatting with Conspirator about a match that wasn't even broadcast in the states. I can't remember which one it was right now. He said that it was broadcast in Canada. Unfortunately, it seems as though tennis fans in the states are treated like stepchildren.

Nativenewyorker , 4/1/13 8:03 AM

I just wanted to say a final word about moving up the start time of the match. That was only because CBS had a commitment at a certain time to the NCAA basketball match. Having the players start at 11:00 AM and have to play through the hottest part of the day, was really inexcusable.

I should know about Florida weather conditions, because my mother lives in West Palm Beach. I visited her in January for two weeks and when I arrived at 9:00 PM and finally walked out into the night air, I knew that I was in Florida! The temperature gauge in the car revealed that it was a balmy 75 degrees! It doesn't get cooler at night in Florida. However, the humidity is the worst!

I have to be fair to the players and admit that the less than stellar quality of the match was due to the conditions. You never see Ferrer start cramping in a match. It was like survival of the fittest. Murray got the win and is now #2, so congratulations are in order for his fans.

However, I really hope that the networks just get out of the business of televising tennis matches in the U.S. because they make a mockery out of it!

Nativenewyorker , 4/1/13 9:59 AM

Nativenewyorker , 4/1/13 9:59 AM

Please make sure you have the TV Channels and schedules sorted out in time for the clay season, Rafa needs the support of ALL his fans, in real-time!

rafaisthebest , 4/1/13 11:23 AM


Believe me, I will! However, the biggest challenge will be staying up late just to see the matches. I will have my trusty dvr at the ready if for some reason I can't make it!

I know that the networks don't usually televise the Masters tournaments. Here in the U.S. it's usually either ESPN or the tennis channel. I think that the tennis channel may be the only one to televise Barcelona. They will carry smaller tournaments, which ESPN usually doesn't televise.

Don't worry! I will be there watching and cheering Rafa on with all my heart! I can't wait for MC!

Nativenewyorker , 4/1/13 8:25 PM

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