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14
Nov
08

Federer comes up short against Murray.

federer-2In an epic struggle to secure a place in the semi final of the Masters Cup, Roger Federer failed to qualify after saving 7 match points against Andy Murray. Serving at 4-5 in the final set to stay alive in a game that lasted more than 16 minutes and had 12 deuces, Roger saved 7 match points to tie the match at 5-5. But Murray took the next 2 games to win the match 6-7, 6-4, 7-6. The win sends Federer home and opens the door for Giles Simon to join Murray, Davydenko and Djokovic as the 4 semi finalists.

The Federer/Murray match will go down in history as one of the gutsiest performances we have ever witnessed from Roger Federer. He played through a sore back problem, and a bout of food poisoning to fight for every point in a match that could have gone either way. Federer has won in Shanghai 4 times and is a crowd favourite, but even with the crowd behind him he failed to find a way to beat the vastly improved Brit. Murray is showing signs of being the best player on tour, and if he wins in China, he will be favoured to win his first Grand Slam event in 2009 at the Australian Open. He will play Davydenko in one semi final, while Djokovic takes on Simon in the other.

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13
Nov
08

Andy Roddick out of Shanghai Masters.

federer-1Forced to withdraw from his match against Roger Federer, Andy Roddick was replaced by Czech alteranate player Radek Stepanik. After a close first set that ended in a tie breaker in favour of Federer 7-6, Stepanik just didn’t have enough game to take the second set from the 4 time champion. In a post game interview Federer expressed his concern for his poor play, and said he hoped after a days rest he would feel better and be ready for his next match against the unbeaten Andy Murray. It’s a must win situation for Federer who was beaten by Giles Simon in his first match. A loss to Murray, who has already guaranteed himself a berth in the semi finals, and he is on his way home. Even if Federer squeaks out a win against Murray he has to hope that Stepanik can somehow beat Simon to give him a chance of making the next round.

In the Gold group today’s match between Nickolay Davydenko and Juan Martin del Potro will decide who joins Novak Djokovic in the other semi final. The Argentinian fans must have mixed feelings about their player, they would like to see him win in Shanghai but they want him rested and fresh for the Davis Cup final. Davydenko the number 5 player played well enough to win against Djovic, but just failed to do so and might be too much for the young South American player to handle. Del Potro did beat Davydenko earlier this year in a critical Davis Cup match that put Argentine into the final.

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11
Nov
08

Shanghai Masters brings out the Best.

shanghaiThe final event of 2008 began in China amid speculation that a new face might be on the front pages of the world’s tennis newspapers when this event reaches its last day. Eight players divided into two groups of four will play a round robin, the two winners will move on to the semi finals, and those winners will play for $1.34 million in the final. The gold group is comprised of Novak Jovanovich, Nicolay Davydenko, Juan Martin del Potro and Joe-Wilfred Tsonga. The red group is comprised of Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Andy Roddick and Giles Simon. In the round robin section a player will play all three of his opponents within his group, 3 matches in total. A loss to any of the others forces a player into a position where he has to win both of his remaining matches, if two players are tied in wins then the one who has the best win/loss record in sets will move on. It is possible, though highly unlikely for all players to have a 2-1 win/loss record. The venue in Shanghai is the futuristic Qi Zhong stadium, a hard surface indoor court facility that is quite acceptable to the players. The first couple of days have produced some surprising results. With Rafael unable to play because of his knee problems, there really was no pre-tournament favourite. Federer as the highest seeded player headed up the red group and Djokovic the gold, but it is Andy Murray who is the better’s choice. He won two Masters Series titles in Madrid and Paris, and is playing his best tennis of his life. Day one saw the two rookies in the Gold group, del Potro and Tsonga, go down to defeat to the two veterans Djokovic and Davydenko who are scheduled to play today. Earlier today del Potro defeated Tsonga which almost certainly eliminates the likable Frenchman from the tournament. Giles Simon defeated Federer in the first match played in the red group, while in the battle of the Andy’s, Murray defeated Roddick. Murray will play Federer tomorrow in an early must win situation for Roger Federer, a second loss would virtually eliminate him from the competition. In the other match Roddick will take on Simon, and a loss by Roddick would almost certainly be the end of his sojourn in Shanghai. These eight players who have emerged as the game’s best have much in common in the way they play. Interestingly, the only player to play a serve and volley type of game is Andy Roddick, not in the style of John McEnroe or Stefan Edberg, but he continually rushed to the net as he tried to disrupt Murray’s game. Baseline shot making, court coverage, low risk tennis seems to be the order of the day for all the successful players. Short returns provide easy winners for the opposition, and these professionals miss few opportunities to put the ball out of reach. Full coverage of this event is being shown on TV. In the above picture, Andy Roddick is conspicuous by his absence, I guess he was busy somewhere else, or maybe he doesn’t own a gray suit.

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