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 Post subject: Re: ATP World Tour 2012 Season
PostPosted: 8. July 2012 21:31 
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A very good match and Federer played his best tennis when he needed to to win his seventh Wimbledon. Murray was the better player in the first two sets, but he didn't take his chances in the second and Federer played a couple of great points to break for the set and level the match. His level went up after that while Murray wasn't as good. The pivotal moment in the match was the 3-2 game in the third set when they both had loads of GPs before Federer eventually broke and that was the match right there. Murray kept battling but his spirit was broken while Federer was playing too well and kept the momentum through the match.

Federer's going to have the record for most weeks at no.1 and he's the oldest no.1 and slam winner since Agassi in 2003.

Was it really necessary to have Murray do an interview after the match? He was obviously distraught and while his speech was very gracious and dignified, I don't think he should have had to do one. He should win a slam and when/if he wins one he'll go on to win a few more. Murray's unlucky he has to compete against Federer, Djokovic and Nadal who've had an unprecedented dominance in recent years. Murray's a much better player than some of the slam winners in the late 90s and early 00s.



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 Post subject: Re: ATP World Tour 2012 Season
PostPosted: 31. July 2012 18:50 
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Tsonga just beat Raonic 25-23 in the third set to go through in the Olympics. The match lasted almost 4 hours, the longest Olympic match ever.



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 Post subject: Re: ATP World Tour 2012 Season
PostPosted: 5. August 2012 23:25 
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Murray gave Federer a bit of a doing in the Olympic final. The decisive moment was the third game of the second set when Federer had about 6 BPs but couldn't break. If Federer had won that game, then it would have reversed Murray's momentum but Murray held and he was in control throughout the match. Murray played really well and he saved all the BPs he faced, while he did a great job of breaking Federer.



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 Post subject: Re: ATP World Tour 2012 Season
PostPosted: 15. August 2012 22:02 
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Injury forces Nadal out of 2012 US Open


By Erin Bruehl
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Rafael Nadal, the 2010 US Open men’s singles champion, has withdrawn from the 2012 US Open due to injury.

In a statement, Nadal expressed his disappointment at not being able to compete in New York this year.

"I am very sad to announce that I am still not ready to play and have to withdraw from this year's US Open in NYC. I am sorry since I always found great crowds and great support, but I have to continue with my recuperation and preparation to be ready to play in the right conditions. I want to say hi and thanks to all the fans in particular to the New Yorkers. I'll miss you all this year at the Open!"

US Open Tournament Director David Brewer issued this statement regarding Nadal’s withdrawal:

"Rafa has informed us that he will not be ready to compete at the US Open this year and has withdrawn from the tournament. We hope to see him back on the court soon and look forward to his return to New York next year.”

Nadal, the world No. 3, has not competed since losing in the second round of Wimbledon in June due to a knee injury that caused him to miss the 2012 London Olympics as well as the Rogers Cup in Toronto and the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

The 26-year-old Spaniard won his seventh Roland Garros title earlier this year for his 11th career Grand Slam singles title and his victory at the 2010 US Open completed a career Grand Slam. Last year, he was the US Open men’s singles runner-up, falling to Novak Djokovic in a four-set final.

This is the first US Open that Nadal will miss since he made his tournament debut back in 2003.



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 Post subject: Re: ATP World Tour 2012 Season
PostPosted: 31. August 2012 00:51 
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Roddick to retire after 2012 US Open

By Erin Bruehl
Thursday, August 30, 2012
After 13 years, 32 singles titles, including one Grand Slam, and a world No. 1 ranking, Andy Roddick announced on his 30th birthday Thursday that he is retiring from professional tennis after the 2012 US Open.

One of the most celebrated American male players, “A-Rod” was always known for his lightning-fast serve and powerful forehand. He held the record for fastest serve ever recorded on the ATP Tour at 155 mph, set on a hard court during the Davis Cup semifinals in Charleston, S.C., in September 2004. The record was broken in March 2011, when Ivo Karlovic hit a serve at 156 mph.

He remains the last U.S. man to win a Grand Slam title, which he recorded at the 2003 US Open, the same year he ascended to No. 1 in the world for the first time.

Roddick, currently ranked No. 22, has won two singles titles in 2012 at Atlanta and Eastbourne. He has struggled with injuries in recent years, including tearing a tendon in his hamstring earlier this year, which forced him to retire from his second-round match at the Australian Open, and an ankle injury shortly thereafter in San Jose. In 2011, he suffered injuries to both his oblique muscle and his shoulder, which forced him out of the French Open, among other tournaments. He finished the year ranked outside the top 10 for the first time since 2001.

Roddick, originally from Omaha, Neb., lived in Austin, Texas, his current residence, for much of his childhood before moving to Boca Raton, Fla., where he played high school basketball with fellow American and close friend Mardy Fish. The two lived and trained together in 1999.

He has been heralded since he was a junior player, ascending to the world No. 1 boys' ranking and winning both the US Open and Australian Open boys’ singles titles in 2000. He played his first professional match, a Futures tournament, in 1999 and turned pro in 2000, earning his first ATP Tour win in Miami that year by beating then-world No. 41 Fernando Vicente of Spain.

Besides bringing the power on every shot, Roddick was known for his passion for the game and occasionally for his temper and various outbursts on the court. Off the court, he is known for his philanthropy through the Andy Roddick Foundation, as well as his good looks, having been featured as one of People Magazine’s ‘Sexiest Men Alive’ in 2006. Roddick, who became just the second tennis player to host Saturday Night Live in 2003, married Sports Illustrated swimsuit model and actress Brooklyn Decker in April 2009.

Always eager to represent his country, Roddick retires as one of the greatest players in U.S. Davis Cup history. For years, he was the “closer” -- the one looked upon to lead the team and come through whenever it ended a victory. He led the team to its last Davis Cup title in 2007, going undefeated in five Davis Cup matches throughout the year. Roddick now leaves the game with 33 Davis Cup singles victories, second all-time in U.S. Davis Cup team history to John McEnroe, dating from 2001-10.

Roddick always referred to the US Open as one of his favorite tournaments, speaking of the event as a combination of both sports and entertainment and saying he felt privileged to be able to spend his birthday at the tournament each year. Besides his 2003 win, he also was the runner-up to Roger Federer in 2006, one of four other Grand Slam finals he played during his career, losing to Federer each time at Wimbledon in 2004, 2005 and 2009. The most memorable Grand Slam final was at 2009 Wimbledon, an extremely well-played match and serve-fest between him and his longtime rival. Federer clinched with his only break of Roddick in the match and then a hold to win 5–7, 7–6, 7–6, 3–6, 16–14.

Roddick seemed to be saying goodbye to the crowd he loved at the All England Club, where he always had dreamed of winning the title, when he lost to world No. 5 David Ferrer in the third round, waving and blowing kisses as he left the court and bringing speculation that perhaps it was his last time there.

And it turned out it was, at least as a competitor. Roddick will say goodbye to the crowd in Flushing Meadows sometime in the next week and a half, as well, and next faces Bernard Tomic in the second round Friday night in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Whether he ends on a win or a loss, he will never be forgotten.



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 Post subject: Re: ATP World Tour 2012 Season
PostPosted: 11. September 2012 02:32 
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Andy F'N Murray,ladies and gentleman! :beer:

Ivan Lendl really has done a superb job.


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 Post subject: Re: ATP World Tour 2012 Season
PostPosted: 11. September 2012 16:30 
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Murray wins US Open

Yesh.



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