Thursday, January 26, 2012

Doping Control: 2009 US Open (Qualifying and Main Draws)

For some reason, the site is experiencing a huge surge in traffic currently. Did something happen? Anyways, here is the US Open testing from the 2009 statistics. Needless to say, the tradition continues...






Data Sources

Players tested and test dates: ITF's 2009 Anti-Doping Programme Statistics

Win/loss and Round Info #1: Wikipedia

Win/loss and Round Info #2: Tennis Explorer

22 comments:

  1. Federer walking off was obviously feeling heartbroken about losing the semi. He could hardly hit a shot that Nadal could not run down. Some points you would think "ah what a great volley by Federer" - but only for a split second, as you can just see Nadal starting to run after it, and you know he will chase it down and hit his "highlights reel" forehands AND backhands passing Federer from an almost unbelievable court position...

    He didn't get every one back in, but he would at least get to the ball in time. Surprisingly, from memory, Nadal's drop shot retrieval was probably only about 50% - but even when he missed, he'd usually get there only to net it.

    Still, as I said about 2 threads ago, Federer will choke and Nadal will win in 4 or 5. Fed might beat Nadal in the (increasingly meaningless) WTF finals on fast indoor, but when it reaslly matters, Fed chokes v Nadal. He never should have lost that last game. He had I think 3 break points (at least 2, but I think 3) and could've taken it to a tie break. In fact that last game was about the only time in the last 2 sets he DIDN'T choke too much. He played some great tennis, but went for too much, and usually landed the wrong side of the lines. And that point on break point when Nadal hit the tape, Fed whacked it to Nadal's backhand, and Nadal threw up a lob in desperation which landed on the line, was just plain unlucky for Fed. But then again, should Federer really be missing that next shot, in that circumstance? Even I could've got that in. Then again, I am not playing for a spot in the Australian Open final - Fed did choke a bit on that one, going for too much. Because he knows everything will be retrieved.

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  2. About the traffic surge to this site... is it bcoz of Djokivic's breathing problem in the match against Ferrer? That's why I came here- to check if you guys had written anything about it....

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    1. Traffic started to build has Nadal and gimpy knee ran down everything in sight this morning. On Djokovic, don't have anything to add to the volumes we've already written about him.

      However, what about this bizarre story about Bernard Tomic and the police? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/9040714/Australian-tennis-player-Bernard-Tomic-in-police-stand-off-over-traffic-dispute-claim-reports.html

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    2. What about this bizarre story? Well, here's one possible look at it: it actually fits the Hollywoodization (phew, my spelling-check programme screams red and suggests "Orthogonalization" instead!) of tennis, taking place before our very eyes for quite some time now (with Serena as the chief pioneer). And a reckless lifestyle peppered with "scandals" is inherent to it, isn't it. Perhaps Tomic (ahem, talking of spelling: it should really be "Tomick", since the boy - of Croatian origin, with a surname originally spelled Tomić - himself declared that to be the *right* pronunciation) is the James Dean of tennis - though his total lack of facial-and-body-language-control, as seen in the match against Federer in which he resembled a spoiled ninety-nine year old girl whose favourite doll was cruelly being taken away from her, may suggest otherwise. Anyhow, there's no business like show business - and it means a casual naughty confrontation with law-and-order as well as regular ones with budding, screaming cheerleaders. In short: whatever other murky reasons for the incident, the boy is simply a huge, huge tennis star already, albeit not many of us outside his own backyard realise the fact, and behaves accordingly.

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  4. Looks like Dopovic has run Murray into the ground. Another brutal match, coming up on four hours, and he can still sprint like Usain Bolt.

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  5. Did you guys saw that? Djokovic put his towel in front of his face and took a pill.

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  6. LOL I guess the pill has some intresting side effects:
    a) he's moving faster and hitting the ball harder.
    b) he has problems with his eyes.

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  7. I think the eye thing was his contact lens. Often has problems there.

    No way someone would be stupid enough to take a pill on court, they'd take a bathroom break.

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    1. Could be a salt tablet, which is legit.

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    2. It's not just the blinking. His eyes at times seem to pop up out of his head.
      Also in the 4 th game after he lost a long rally he was looking as if he was suffering a panik attack.

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  8. Still fresh as a daisy, sprinting like a beast, retrieving everything. Murray has been dead on his feet for two sets now, and he's one of the fittest on tour.

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  9. I don't know how people are able to watch matches like this over and over the last few years and still believe tennis is a clean sport. Djokovic looks like he could go another 5 hours no problem. I guarantee he will show no fatigue against Nadal.

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  10. Nice little 30 shot rally there, end of the 5th :-)

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  11. Some commentators saying that Nadal will have the advantage because Djokovic will be tired from this match. Do they actually believe this? Anyone who watched last season knows better. I'm calling Djokovic in 4.

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    1. Exactly. All you have to do is look at the Rome semi and the U.S. Open semis from last year to know that Djokovic will quickly "recover" from this semi.

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  12. Haha, I'm enjoying every minute of it. It's just a show, really. Of course, Djokovic is fresh as a daisy after 4 hours, just like Nadal ran Berdych and Federer into the ground, two months after he was time and again unable to handle three-set matches. It's just a show. And Djokovic is a good showman. And seeing this simian look on Nadal's face, when he realizes he's being beaten at his own game for the 7the game in a row, is definitely priceless.

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  13. Has anyone else seen this?

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=411038

    Maybe a video will show up.

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  14. Murray off for a drugs test now.

    Of course, as we know from Sen's good work, Djoko won't be.

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    1. Little extra detail: it's a blood test, rather than urine. Or perhaps both?

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  15. Yeah Nole is the underdog cause he played a 5 setter.

    Just like Nadal was the huge underdog against Federer after a long 5 set semi 3 years ago.

    Just like Djokovic was the underdog against Nadal at the US Open after the 5 setter at last year's US Open.

    And they actually believe this stuff?

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  16. Hillarious, how Rafa fans b*tching about Djoker doping, what about their guy - the eternally 'injured' one? He could run down every ball for 6+hours. What goes around comes around. Peace!

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