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      Rafa La Bamba
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      Feb 01, 2008 01:38:10 pm
      Who likes Tennis here? I'm not the biggest fan but now with the new stars shining it's getting better to watch.
      I admire the way Rafael Nadal & Novak Djokovic play. I think Nadal is a bit stuck up his own arse at times but Djokovic is just funny - watch this video

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=http://youtube.com/watch?v=QATdoMW8Jso
      « Last Edit: Feb 01, 2008 01:43:33 pm by Ra Ra Rafa »
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      Reply #1: Feb 01, 2008 04:03:00 pm
      I like to watch and play Tennis, only in the spring/summer though.....I prefer playing badminton, then tennis and then squash...

      Loved the impression of Roddick and Nadal ;D :lmao:
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      Reply #2: Feb 01, 2008 05:17:53 pm
      I watch only big matches of tennis though I can watch every match if it's interesting.
      I like Roger Federer though he lost to Djokovic in 1/2. He is very gifted player.

      I also love badminton. I remember when I was a child I spent whole summer days in the yard playing badminton. It was badminton fever those days: every child played badmiton. Those who had rackets were the starsThere were queues to play. Good memories.

      Table tennis is loved by me too.
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      Reply #3: Feb 01, 2008 06:32:24 pm
      I used to play a bit not to much nowadays the only tournament ill watch is Wimbledon.
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      Reply #4: Feb 01, 2008 08:13:49 pm
      I love tennis; I like watching it although I'm not very good at playing.
      I also love badminton, I don't really watch it but I love playing it, I would say I'm quite good a player.

      I love the impressions!
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      Reply #5: Apr 23, 2008 08:28:29 am
      Been keeping an eye on Andy Murray this week in the Monte Carlo Masters Tournament on clay.

      Here is the BBC commentary from his first two matches, I like Tom Fordyce for these as he has a great wit and allows the reader to feel as if they were there.  Murray is now through to the third round and will face Novak Djokovic, update to follow.
       
      Murray v Lopez as it happened
      Monte Carlo Masters

      First round result:

       A MURRAY (GB) 14 bt F Lopez (Spa)

      7-6 6-4

      Murray 6-4 Lopez
      Of course he won't. F-Lo saves one match point with a last-chance saloon blast on his forehand, but he nets with another and it's all over. Solid from the British number one on his clay court bow, and it'll be Italy's Filippo Volandri up next.

      Murray 5-4 Lopez
      Bottoms shift towards the edge of seats as F-Lo finally discovers his pluck and holds to love. Murray looks a touch edgy. Surely he won't...?

      Murray 5-3 Lopez
      Or are we? Lopez finds some fizzle at the bottom of the bottle and stuns Murray to break for the first time. No panic stations yet, but eyebrows are raised.

      Murray 5-2 Lopez
      Murray's best game of the match. With F-Lo looking to build on that tiny chance in the previous one, Murray unleashes two absolute rippers on his backhand - the second a devastating lob-pass. We're on the brink.

      Murray 4-2 Lopez
      Skinny surprise chance for F-Lo as a thoughtless Murray backhand goes long to set up a break point, but Murray lands two thumpers on first serve to clean up the mess.

      Murray 3-2 Lopez
      No second break, but Lopez has the confused look of a man trying to taste music. He calls for water at the changeover and slumps in his chair with a deep sigh.

      Murray 3-1 Lopez
      Lopez's forehand is as reliable as Pete Doherty. He gets to 30-30 but flops a limp one long, and Murray is cruising.

      Murray 2-1 Lopez
      Murray gets as over-ambitious as Oasis on Be Here Now as he tries a top-spin lob which flies straight out. F-Lo still doesn't look happy, though - he's all grimaces and heavy sighs out there.

      Murray 2-0 Lopez
      It's all happening for the leggy Scot - he holds in the blink of a hummingbird's eye, and F-Lo is wobbling like a pensioner on a windy pier.

      Murray 1-0 Lopez
      The sun slips behind a grey cloud as the two men stride back onto court. Who said Monte Carlo was perfect? Murray has clearly been drinking confidence juice at the changeover, however, as he comes out like a peak-era Mats Wilander and breaks immediately with a super forehand push-pass.

      FIRST SET

      Murray 7-6 Lopez
      Woeful mis-hit drop-shot from Murray puts him a mini-break down, but a lucky skip off the tape draws him level off F-Lo's first service point. Feliciano then goes long twice as a battle of backhand slices drives him insane, belts a forehand wide and looks to be out on his feet. He clings on to two service points but clouts a backhand out and Murray has his nose in front.

      Murray 6-6 Lopez
      Murray comes close to punching himself in the face with exasperation as he sets up a set point, only to blow it with a tepid forehand flap. A sensational lob takes him to deuce, but he throws away another chance and Lopez drives in three sizzling forehands to take us into the tie-break.

      Murray 6-5 Lopez
      Anything you can do, grumbles Murray, and holds to love in steely-eyed fashion. Bright sunshine as Lopez goes to his chair and buries his face in a bouncy towel.

      Murray 5-5 Lopez
      A sniff for Scotland's battler as he conjures up a miraculous stretchy backhand pass to go 0-30, only for Feliciano to streak through the next four points like a downhill rocket.

      Murray 5-4 Lopez
      Chance now for Murray as F-Lo goes to the changeover staring down the wrong end of a must-hold scenario. Small moment of drama as the umpire overules on a wide Lopez backhand and then leaps from his perch to show the Spaniard the smudge on the clay.

      From placey1 on 606: "I expect Murray to win this game and progress in the tournament, maybe beating a big name on the way, just to the point where I think he'll win the whole thing and so place a bet on him. He'll then feebly lose the next match."

      Murray 4-4 Lopez
      Murray getting very little joy on the F-Lo serve so far, and we couldn't be more level - both players have won 23 points apiece.

      Murray 4-3 Lopez
      Rapid-fire hold to love for Murray as the cushioned seats around Court Central are gradually sat upon by privileged rear-ends.

      Murray 3-3 Lopez
      First yell of self-disgust from Murray as a running pass is pushed wide. He recovers with a splendid run-down of an airy F-Lo drop-shot, but then runs round his forehand to punt a woeful backhand way long. Level pegs once again.

      Murray 3-2 Lopez
      You can't move for drop-shots here - Murray forces Lopez deeper and deeper and then slices a devious devil just over the tape. Lopez battles back to break point by stepping up the aggression and coming in to the net to punch away a volley, but Murray finds a howitzer of a first serve and then leaves the Spaniard thrashing feebly at an out-of-reach lobber.

      Murray 2-2 Lopez
      Murray starts to mix it up, raking a whsitling backhand cross-court for a winner and then throwing in another disguised dropper. F-Lo comes up with a creamy drop-shot of his own and then seals the game when Murray misjudges another.

      Murray 2-1 Lopez
      Mama Judy scratches her nose up in the stands as her son holds again despite going long with an easy forehand. Low-key atmosphere so far - clearly a lot going on in the principality on Monday mornings.

      Murray 1-1 Lopez
      Super overhead backhand smash from leftie F-Lo, and he moves Murray around nicely to hold with ease. Murray's left ankle is strapped up with a black support, but he's moving smoothly at the mo.

      Murray 1-0 Lopez
      Solid start from Murray, a cunning backhand slice leaving Lopez stranded beyond the baseline, and he wins his opening service game to 15. Rivals in football as well as tennis, these two - Murray rooting for Barcelona, Lopez for Real Madrid. Spicy.

      1131: Only one previous meeting between these two - a 7-5 6-2 cruise for Murray in Washington in 2006.

      1128: The players are out on court. Murray's in a light grey t-shirt with navy piping, baggy white shorts and a white Fred Perry cap with a long, curved peak. Feliciano has a tight-fitting white t-shirt, long blue shorts and a navy headband.

      1125 - from Alex DeLarge on 606: "Muzza should clinch it."

      1120: I shouldn't complain, really - at least I've been to Monte Carlo, albeit for about 45 minutes in a listing van with a man called Ben Dirs.

      Round Monaco in a campervan
      1115: Idyllic scenes in Monte Carlo, where a soft spring sunshine is gently warming the faces of the millionaires who can be bothered getting out of bed to watch the tennis.

      The bright orange of the cliff-top clay court stands out against the deep blue of the sparkling Mediterranean, and as a blossom-scented breeze ruffles tops of the pine trees, a brace of giggling ball-girls skip gaily down the tram-lines.

      Meanwhile in Shepherd's Bush, where I am watching this match on a large TV screen, a cold drizzle falls from a joyless grey sky. To my right stands a rubbish bin overflowing with the stinking detritus of the weekend shift, while on my left, a small Welshman slowly chews his way through a cold piece of margarined toast.



      Murray v Volandri as it happened 
      Monte Carlo Masters

      Second-round result:

      A MURRAY (GB) bt F Volandri (Ita)

      6-4 6-1

       
      SECOND SET

      Murray 6-4 6-1 Volandri
      There's still life in Volandri yet, as a smart volley which sets up two break-points shows. He sets up three more breaking opportunities before Murray finally comes up with some big serving to close out the match. Good win for Murray in the end, although he will need to step up a notch or two against third seed and friend Novak Djokovic on Thursday.

      Murray 6-4 5-1 Volandri
      After applauding him for his resilience earlier, I have to say Volandri has been inept in this second set, particularly on the backhand. And after Murray brilliantly scampers around, the Italian's forehand goes missing, a smash embarrassingly thudding into the net to hand Murray three more break-points. The first is taken and Murray is on the brink of securing a meeting with Djokovic.

      Murray 6-4 4-1 Volandri
      The words Jekyll and Hyde spring to mind. Murray serves up several more unforced errors to present Volandri a break-point only for the world number 42 to return in kind with some woeful efforts off the backhand.

      Murray 6-4 3-1 Volandri
      Rafael Nadal is an interested spectator. Or is he? He looks bored. He shouldn't be - Murray shows how to craft out a winning point with some patient play from the back of the court before he moves in to put away a volley. He finally realises what has looked obvious all along - if he stays in the point long enough Volandri will blunder. The Italian is broken to love and this shouldn't last much longer... should it?

      Murray 6-4 2-1 Volandri
      Murray continues to be maddeningly erratic. His radar is off for the first two points but then comes a classy backhand under pressure, only for him to float a drop-shot into the net. Break-point for Volandri but the 14th seed does enough to win the game.

      Murray 6-4 1-1 Volandri
      Anaemic serving and all-round play from Volandri gifts Murray two break-points. He saves the first with a near-miraculous drop-shot after a breathless rally and a pummelling backhand rescues the second. Murray is long and wide with a couple of shots to reprieve his beleaguered opponent.

      Murray 6-4 1-0 Volandri
      It's quite clear Volandri has no real attacking strategy here and just chipping the ball back hands Murray enough opportunities to ease through the opening game.

      FIRST SET

      Murray 6-4 Volandri
      This is Groundhog Day stuff. Murray mixes blistering winners with rushed errors again. However, a brilliant forehand pass and two mistakes from Volandri secure the set for Murray. Inconsistent he may have been but the British number one will be reasonably content.

      Murray 5-4 Volandri
      Terrific volleying from Murray has Volandri stumbling around desperately. He clearly has more weapons in his armoury but wily old Volandri is an object lesson for the young Scot in how to bide your time in points.

      "Murray is infuriating when it comes to wasting break points....Still all is looking decent so far from Andy."
      TABCCS on 606

      Murray 4-4 Volandri
      Murray mutters away, clearly unhappy with that last game. Both players are making more mistakes now and Corretja looks far from impressed. But Murray raises the bar with a fantastic backhand drop-shot to force another break-point, only to go long. Volandri hangs in there to see out the game but it's untidy stuff.

      Murray 4-3 Volandri
      Volandri hits back immediately with a tremendous backhand volley and cross-court forehand which forces a Murray error to give the Italian break-point. Murray nets his forehand and we're back on serve.

      Murray 4-2 Volandri
      Murray piles on the pressure with some fierce forehands and Volandri cracks, yielding three break-points and firing wide with a backhand on the first.

      Murray 3-2 Volandri
      No real drama so far but Murray does look a tad impatient at times, trying to finish points in a hurry - precisely what his clay-court guru Alex Corretja is trying to iron out.

      Murray 2-2 Volandri
      Quality play as Murray produces a clever lob only for Volandri to somehow come up with a backhand volley on the stretch. He won't be a pushover.

      "Paresh Soni = I snap horse. Fascinating, huh? Prediction, Paresh? Murray in straight sets for me."
      James Manning on 606

      Not much to say on your first observation James but Murray's looking good so far. I agree with your prediction.

      Murray 2-1 Volandri
      Murray's again in control at the net and from the back of the court as he holds with no bother. Early days though.

      Murray 1-1 Volandri
      Murray clearly doesn't fancy the idea of long rallies here and unleashes some real aggression in his groundstrokes. A mistake from Volandri hands him a break-point but the Italian responds with a booming forehand of his own to save it.

      Murray 1-0 Volandri
      Good start for Murray. The first serve functions well and there are several deft volleys and drop-shots to secure the first game.

      1440: The winner takes on third seed Novak Djokovic, who had few problems seeing off Ivan Ljubicic 6-3 6-3 in the previous match on court.

      1433: Murray lost to Volandri in Rome two years ago and had an even more painful encounter with him at the Hamburg Masters last year. Leading 5-1 in the first set, he hurt his right wrist and was forced to miss the French Open and Wimbledon. He insists there are no scars left over from that day.

      1429: Volandri's been around for more than a decade and has stacks of experience on clay. To be frank, it's the only surface he's happy on and had any success on, winning two ATP tour titles in St Poelten (2004) and Palermo (2006). His Andy Warhol moment came at the Rome Masters last year when he beat a chap called Roger Federer in straight sets in the last 16 and then, quite rightly, went on a lap of honour, doing high-fives with spectators.

      1423: Hello and welcome to Andy Murray goes to Monte Carlo Part II. It was a fairly straightforward win for the British number one over Feliciano Lopez on Monday. This time he's up against 26-year-old Italian Filippo Volandri, who's ranked 42 in the world.


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      Re: Tennis
      Reply #6: Apr 23, 2008 05:26:35 pm
      Djokovic is so funny. I like Nadal but that impression is hilarious. See if you can find his Federer and Sharapova ones too, they're too funny.

      After Murray, Nadal is probably my favourite, I always root for him when him and Fed face off. The contrast between those two at Wimbledon last year was funny, with Federer in his custom made white suit and Nadal in his pirate shorts and tank top.
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      Reply #7: May 03, 2008 02:39:17 pm
      I used to play at the Sydney International Tennis Centre and trained with the likes of Wally Masuer ( Aussie legend ). Reason for my fitness levels. Quit because they take any passion you have for the game out. Dont follow it quite as much anymore although i have always been a fan of Nadal being a lefty myself and Djokovic because any man who beats Federer instantly shoots up the ranks in my books ;D
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      Reply #8: Jun 24, 2008 07:27:50 pm
      Anyone been watching Wimbledon? It has actually helped me get through the lack of football. This Murray game has been a good one and it's not over yet. Murray's two sets up though.
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      Reply #9: Jun 24, 2008 07:41:33 pm
      Did anyone watch the nadal match today? if so did you see him flick the tennis ball up with his feet?...it was quality

      with skills like that maybe we should sign him :D
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      Reply #10: Jun 25, 2008 09:28:23 am
      Nadal is one of my favourite tennis players. I want either him or Djockovic to win.

      Djockovic also does great impressions of other players.  :D
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      Reply #11: Jun 25, 2008 09:38:31 am
      I used to play quite often, havnt now for a while because i have other things to do.

      Whether you like tennis or not, be sure to catch Sharapova's matches ;)

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      Reply #12: Jun 25, 2008 12:09:33 pm
      Always been a djokavic fan, hope he wins wimbildon this year :D
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      Reply #13: Jun 25, 2008 04:59:54 pm
      Always been a djokavic fan, hope he wins wimbildon this year :D

      He's not going to this year...........He's been knocked out in straight sets by Marat Safin.  :o
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      Reply #14: Jun 25, 2008 05:06:21 pm
       :f_wah: novac why why!

      hmmm im goin to have to go for hewitt then (and dont tell me he's out aswell  :f_doh:)
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      Reply #15: Jun 25, 2008 05:43:05 pm
      I think Nadal will win it to be honest, have you seen those muscles in his arms  ;D
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      Reply #16: Jun 25, 2008 06:14:24 pm
      I think Nadal will win it to be honest, have you seen those muscles in his arms  ;D

      Do you like any sports where you can't see any flesh on the men young lady?  :D

      I reckon Federer will win it again. He's out for revenge against Nadal from a few weeks ago.
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      Reply #17: Jun 25, 2008 06:43:21 pm
      Do you like any sports where you can't see any flesh on the men young lady?  :D

      I reckon Federer will win it again. He's out for revenge against Nadal from a few weeks ago.

       :lmao: Ha ha Kenny........my favourite sport is sumo wrestling  :lmao: :laugh:


      Federer is the master, fantastic Tennis player, could it be him and Nadal in the final? Yeah Kenny I saw that game, Rafa whooped his arse didn't he  ;)
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      Reply #18: Jun 25, 2008 06:48:50 pm
      my favourite sport is sumo wrestling  :lmao: :laugh:

      Each to their own :D
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      Reply #19: Jun 25, 2008 06:53:20 pm

      I was joking 7- King Kenny  ;)
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      Reply #20: Jun 25, 2008 07:32:34 pm
      I think Nadal will win the mens and Sharapova for the ladies.My two favourite tennis players are Nadal for his sheer strenght,determination and sublime skill and Sharapova well........ for obvious reasons ;)
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      Reply #21: Jun 25, 2008 10:15:06 pm
      I don't like Sharapova, she's a very good tennis player,  but boy does she know it .... I can't stand the way she 'grunts' around the court, I always turn the sound down when I'm watching her  I think she's a bit of a spoilt brat, and she's got an evil look.
      I admire her as a tennis player though.

      I hope Ana Ivanovic wins , she's the number one seed, although she struggled to beat Nathalie Dechy today.
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      Reply #22: Jun 25, 2008 11:35:27 pm
      I can't stand the way she 'grunts' around the court, I always turn the sound down when I'm watching her.

      Sounds like she should be in bed rather than on a tennis court ;)


      I put my money on Nadal and Serena winning
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      Reply #23: Jun 25, 2008 11:40:15 pm
      Sounds like she should be in bed rather than on a tennis court ;)





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      Reply #24: Jun 26, 2008 05:56:44 pm
      Nadal had to battle for victory.

      Sharapova should be ashamed of her self, she had a shocker and got beaten but someone outide the top 100 :lmao:

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