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mozart

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The Stanimal prevails
January 21, 2014, 16:19:14

Another gem from Wawrinka and Djokovic. But this time Stan Wawrinka won in five. It's exciting to get a new face in the semis, which have been so dominated by Nadal, Fed, Murray and the Joker for 5 years.

 

This guy, appropriately dubbed the Stanimal, is as strong as an ox. Down break point he serves at 136 miles an hour up the 't". A bit of raw power doesn't go amiss when we have had the perfectly manicured professionalism of the big four time and again.

 

And as Darren Cahill says, there is no doubt who has the best one handed backhand in the game.....Stan can smash them near flat cross court and then apply just enough top to go up the line.

 

Now it's all about his head...can he come back fully committed in the semis. I hope so!


clevermike

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RE: The Stanimal prevails
January 21, 2014, 18:22:59

 Mozart


Indeed a surprise win by Wawrinka and opens the way for another surprise in the finals.  Wawrinka has beaten Berdych in the past and he may end up in the final.


The other semi-finalists could be Murray and Nadal.  I frankly cannot see Maria Sharapova's boy friend beating Nadal.   If I had her as a girl friend - I would be perpetually tired out - even at the age of 21.  :D:D:D


The fourth spot could surprisingly go to Federer - Murray seems to be a bit hot and cold at present.  Would be interesting to see which way the wind is blowing in this case.




mozart

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RE: The Stanimal prevails
January 21, 2014, 20:28:28
Murray/Fed will be all about Murray's back and Feds new racket. Having the back as an automatic excuse may just free up Murray, but I'm hoping for Fed. 


clevermike

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RE: The Stanimal prevails
January 21, 2014, 20:46:39

Mozart


Deep down I am with you on this one. 


clevermike

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RE: The Stanimal prevails
January 22, 2014, 09:05:53

 Mozart


Nadal made it through - but what a battle. I have always rated Dimitrov highly as a future top player and he proved it today - Nadal said as much after the match.


Federer is 5-2 up in the first set - hope he wins.


Adjustment  =   Federer leading by 2 sets to nill


clevermike

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RE: The Stanimal prevails
January 22, 2014, 14:19:57

Mozart


I think Murray's back is still problematic and I am happy about the Federer win.    However, despite the blisters on Nadal's racket hand - I still think he would beat Federer in the semi.  Nice to see a real comeback from Federer after a rather dismal 2013.


   


mozart

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RE: The Stanimal prevails
January 26, 2014, 14:43:58
Bizarre final, but the Stanimal deserved it. He outplayed Raffa through a break in the second set..after that it was really a non contest with Raffa's back. Till the injury it was hard to bet against resilient Spaniard, even when down.

What was established before the injury is that a great one handed backhand can live with the best two handed stroke from the baseline...if not on the return of serve. 

Stan has the power on the serve that Fed is missing, he is also a better volleyer. His ability to out slug Raffa suggests the next change for Fed..strength training. For me I'm content with watching the Stanimal...another great moz pick. 


sasuke uchiha

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RE: The Stanimal prevails
January 26, 2014, 14:54:06
@mozter,

saw some highlights on the news. what was the story with nadals injury break??? that stan dude was quite fired up but media didnt really explain what went down.

have to say i was a little disappointed with fed x who ive always liked, his media interview after his loss to nadal was quite crybabyish.


mozart

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RE: The Stanimal prevails
January 26, 2014, 15:02:33
Not surprised Fed did some whining....he is not quite in the Blade Runner's league, but not always a gracious or manly loser.

Nadal was fine until about the fourth game of the second set. The Stanimal had bludgeoned his way to a second set break, when die Nadal pulled up on a shot, grimacing! After that there were various trips to the physio, but he couldn't hit out on his serve or cover wide balls. Stunningly Stan was so thrown by the whole thing...he blew the third set against a struggling Nadal...but sanity prevailed in the fourth.

Stan apparently is the first Major winner to go through Nadal and Djokovic.


sasuke uchiha

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RE: The Stanimal prevails
January 26, 2014, 20:29:40
@mozter,

who is the blade runner???

pity that fed x is a bit of bitch, i never realised he was that kind of a player and his stock has dropped big time in my books.

thanks for explaining what happened to raffa, but why was stan so possed of at the officials???
would it also be fair to say that if raffa wasnt hurt, its unlikely that stan would have won???

nice win for stan though, not easy beating raffa or djokovic once, let alone both on the road to a slam.


Denny

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RE: The Stanimal prevails
January 27, 2014, 01:16:58
 

..." is that a great one handed backhand can live with the best two handed stroke from the baseline..."
 
 
He's one handed backhand is refreshing to watch considering the chain of double handed backhands out there. Backed by the skill of sending it straight down the line not only just cross court makes for a very special player.


mozart

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RE: The Stanimal prevails
January 27, 2014, 13:56:03
The Blade Runner is Oscar the Piss. This is an athlete we all admired. I saw him run in the Olympics, and it was unreal....stunning. But the first aberrant signal was in the Para games when he sourly went after the Brazilian kid who beat him in the 200. The rest is history.

I agree Denny, Wawrinka's down the line play is superb...even handling off pace balls where the ball has to be heavily topped in the up the line shot.


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