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Posté le: 28.03.2012, 15:55:23 Sujet du message:
socks a écrit:
and to take 8 games off of him is a really big acheivement.
Meanwhile I watched partly the replay and it is not about taking 8 games from Nole, it is the way he took at least some of them, by courageous play, which was such a difference to his previous matches in Miami. He scraped through against Stebe and he won on endurance against Ramos, but yesterday his level of play was up to the task and that bodes well for the clay season.
Actually amurti, it was blazer that said that! But what a spirted performance from Richard, very proud of him! Also, I'm new to the forum, so hello everyone!
FIrst, welcome to forum, Socks!
And Blazer just beat me to the punch, I would have said the same thing. Richard played a GREAT first 5 or 6 games but just can not keep the intensity up-same old story. And once he lets his foot off the gas, a decent opponent will find a way to take advantage.
He can get away with a loss of intensity against lower ranked players but not against the big guys. Sure even the top players may have a SHORT dip in intensity/concentration but they recover quickly and come back firing. Richard lets that dip drag on and you can almost see his resignation and lack of belief once he dips against a top player. I actually started watching the Murray/Simon match after the first set because I knew excatly what was going to happen after he lost the first when up a break. BTW I switched back to Richie's match about midway through second set because the Murray Simon match was SOOOO BORING.
I was gald to see Richie playing MUCH more aggressively than his previous 2 Miami matches and with a lot better (for him) court position. Until of course the critical points in the first set when he went a little passive and the rest is history.
Richard was not selected for the next Davis Cup match, even though it is on clay and I think Richard may well be the BEST clay court French player- yes even better than MOnfils who really is good on clay not because he has the shots but because he can run everything down. I'd rather see rIchard getting ready for the clay court season on his own so for me no great loss to not be on DC but I think RIchard really likes it despite his somewhat "checkered history" with DC.
Can't wait for the magical RIchie to reappear on the clay.
Inscrit le: Oct 27, 2006 Messages: 905 Localisation: USA
Posté le: 28.03.2012, 23:16:24 Sujet du message:
Welcome to the forum socks and very nice to hear your take on Richie. I have been a fan for a long time and still waiting for that magical moment when I can say "yes, he made it and is no longer afraid of the boys ahead of him in the rankings" I hope that will come one day for me and all of you here.
Kohu, I agree wholeheartedly with your analysis on Richie - I could not have said it better. Richie just started off great against Djok and I was thinking "yes, here is the Richie I love - attacking and all fired up" but, as you said, we have seen it so many times, when he just takes his foot off the gas and I, also, know what is going to happen next. I hope the day comes when I see him not giving up so easily and finds that belief that he so lacks.
Anyway, I love Richie and want that day to come so much, so will keep watching my boy as I do love to watch when he is playing great tennis.
I'm already looking forward to the next tournament - again, hoping this will be it.
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