Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Cilic: Out & In

In the news (via SuperSport):
"Croatia have omitted top player Marin Cilic from the Davis Cup side to take on Britain next week, as they have not heard from him since reports he had failed a drug test...
"We have received nothing official on this (Cilic) case from the International Tennis Federation and as long as we have no information we cannot make any comment on it," said CTF spokesman Igor Rajkovic.
"We have had no contact with Cilic. In fact even for us he cannot be contacted." 
At the same time, it is also being reported that Cilic has signed-up for the Stockholm Open in October.

Well done, ITF/ATP!
 

32 comments:

  1. Seems very odd to me that he won't talk to his own Davis Cup team.........

    In other news, I was interested in the increasing age of competitors in the US open singles. I compared the ages of quarter finalists in the men's and women's singles in 2013 vs those a decade ago.

    Men
    2013 = 28.4(1.15) vs 2003 = 25.0(1.7)
    P=0.05.

    Women 2013 = 28.5(1,15) vs 2003 = 23.9(1.0)
    p=0.00045.

    Ergo, there has been a statistically significant increase in average age over the past 10 years. Something appears to be adding ~4 years to a pros career...... I doubt nutrition, technology, or sports medicine has changed that much in 10 years and suspect that something else the athletes are doing is responsible...............

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    1. Obviously, you haven't read: Serve to Win: The 14-Day Gluten-Free Plan for Physical and Mental Excellence. Djokovic explains that it only takes 14 days, not 10 years.

      Now, drink the gluten-free kool-aid.

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    2. Speaking of gluten-free Kool-Aid, another best-ager confirming Arcus' numbers, Ferrer, is about to eliminate the last one-handed bh standing right now in the UO, Gasquet, who dominated the first two sets to then be overrun by Ferrer, who picked up speed... all of a sudden. Up 4:2 in the 4th...

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    3. Nevermind what I wrote in the above post, of course Wawrinka together with Gasquet are now the last remaining one-handed bh in the draw.

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    4. ESPN focuses on the advancing age issue..

      http://espn.go.com/espnw/news-commentary/article/9635441/2013-us-open-women%E2%80%99s-tennis-elite-now-older-wiser

      Of course, they maintain it's all about nutrition, working hard and pacing....... and avoiding gluten, of course, according to Bethany Mattek-Sands :)

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  2. Ferrer is 19:9 in five-setters, winning two out of two this year, whereas Gasquet seemingly runs out of gas in 5-setters, having won a measly 6: 12 in his career. Just saying.

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  3. This is a disgrace. Watching it on Eurosport- the commentators are repeatedly saying what a great athlete Ferrer is, a fluent athlete who moves wonderfully. What has the world come to?

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    1. It's the same on the US open live stream. I can understand that commentators don't want to talk doping without evidence, but they should be talking about his unbelievable fitness, especially at his age. They all know about Tennis Val and it's connections. I used to hear commentators talk about Ferrer's exceptional fitness, but it seems it's discussed less and less for some reason.

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  4. http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/tennis/2013/09/02/us-open-2013-serena-williams-patrick-mouratoglou-partnership/2755659/


    "She is mutating," Mouratoglou says. "If you look at how she was playing when she was 20 and now, it's a completely different player."

    Serena is mutating, really? Tell us something new!


    Interesting also from Baghdatis:

    "Baghdatis said: "I tried to work with him, and it didn't work out. I don't like the way he worked. I don't really want to talk about it."



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    1. Baghdatis probably refused to dope.

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  5. Alas, justice is served, Gasquet won!



    Let's snort a line to that!


    Regarding Eurosport, the German commie is a total happy-g-lucky type, completely in denial. Knows any little shitty twitter gossip... very uncritical.

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    1. "Let's snort a line to that!"
      LOL

      Seriously though, after Federer, Gasquet is the player I enjoy the most watching. Wawrinka and Dimitrov are fun too.

      That's it, I'm calling a Gasquet-Wawrinka final. ;)

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    2. Love Wawrinka. His loss to Djokovic in the 4th round of the AO this year was one of the most tragic losses I've ever seen. His play was utterly sublime, but was finally overcome almost purely by relentless athleticism. Djokovic was subsequently proud enough of his achievement to rip his shirt off and stomp around afterwards while a dejected Wawrinka wondered what the fuck he could have done more. That image will be burned into my retina forever, and I have a 'gluten free diet' to thank for it.

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    4. LOL at the snort line.

      Wawrinka always seems to lose these gutwrenching matches against the top players. I think the only one he triumphed in was when he beat Murray at the 2010 U.S. Open.

      I'll be honest, I was shocked when Gasquet won in five. After the energizer doping bunny Ferrer won Sets 3 & 4, I thought Gasquet was finished. Maybe he took a pinch of coke on one of the changeovers in the fifth set to get his energy up.

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    5. Maybe he went off to a party on a changeover and kissed a girl to get said fix. Still, a very pleasing upset.

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    6. So, Ferrer wins five-setters = Ferrer is doping, other people beat Ferrer in five-setters = ...Ferrer is doping?

      What must Gasquet be doing to outlast him? It's hardly justice if all Gasquet's done is find better meds.

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    7. It's simply a common trend for someone like Ferrer to outlast others physically. It isn't the only factor in winning longer matches but it can definitely help, hence the trend. As team_kickass said earlier 'Ferrer is 19:9 in five-setters, winning two out of two this year, whereas Gasquet seemingly runs out of gas in 5-setters, having won a measly 6: 12 in his career. Just saying.'

      Watching the matches tells more of the story as Ferrer seems to charge about at maximum speed infinitely. Plus we need to consider the fact that he is 31 years of age with 788 matches under his legs while Gasquet is 27. Also, he is a Spanish top athlete, and while it may seem nationalist or racist, there is definitely a big black cloud over Spanish sports and doping and has been for a while given their government's actions on the subject and the scandals etc. There is, however, a chance that Gasquet has used in order to keep up; I didn't actually see the last parts of the match so I don't know if it was crafty shotmaking or otherwise that sealed the deal.

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    8. @JMDW

      I agree, Gasquet's win does not outrule the possibility that all are doping. SOmetimes I forget to mention that for I assume this is implicit, also I have spoken out about that numerous times before. I apologize for this contraction.

      What I meant is that we have more been talking about Ferrer's links to TennisVal/Del Moral (please google educate yourself or read more on this site) a lot and for that consider him a prime suspect. Add to that his late-career bloom and I think it is fair to assume that something is fishy.

      Also, like many posters here I am very partial to one-handed bh and serve-volley, I could co-sign Picasso's list above (would add Llodra, Stepanek and Goffin to that list) so I ironically called it "justice served" when Gasquet closed the match out and won. Something he never before achieved ag. Ferrer, or often other players as well, for his stamina seems to fail him oftentimes in b.o.5. While Ferrer on the other hand thrives in b.o.5.

      Also, yes, Gasquest is not innocent puppy here, he was caught with coke and brought us one of the most hairpulling stories about how the cocaine got into his system. That was such a audacious in your-face lie which imo deserved some credit for outstanding creativity, though, yes, technically he still cheated and deserved punishment.

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    9. I saw the last couple of games of the Gasquet-Ferrer match. It wasn't a huge display of physicality from Gasquet, more like some great winners. The guy is talented -nobody can deny it-, but it was usually his head that betrayed him previously: now he seems to be more mature, who knows? Unlike Ferrer's recent performances, it didn't look like Gasquet was running out of his mind or anything like that... Too bad he's up THE cheater next.

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    10. Oh yes, for some reason I didn't mention the TennisVal/Del Moral implications.

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    11. Oh yes, for some reason I didn't mention the TennisVal/Del Moral implications.

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    13. @ Once

      Thing with the winners, they come easier when you can still breathe in a 5th set.

      Against an opponent like Ferrer, who runs every shot down that you throw at him, it is of utter importance to keep games short. But quick winners are hard to obtain, too. It needs precision and strength to execute the shot. So sure, its a mix of being stable in the mental department to focus as well as having the necessary strength to produce those winners.

      Gasquest did not look overtly exhausted in the 5th, granted, though he kept panting and touching his ankles and was able to make the necessary shots that got him the win in the end. From his previous record of b.o.5 though, one could infer that that was not always the case. In fact, it is Ferrer's trademark to outlast opponnents.

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    14. I forgot to add that Gasquest had another 5setter under his belt - against Raonic the day before. He was also one point close to losing that one. So he was the one to be tired, luckily, he hung in there and came out the winner.

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    15. @Adam, team_ka

      I wasn't trying to imply I think Ferrer is clean + I'm aware of his links. And I also very much agree that Gasquet's game is very watchable :)

      Only that yday's match made me very suspicious on Gasquet's direction - using endurance to get thru 5setters is Ferrer's forte (however he does it), but traditionally an area where Gasquet is weak. So how is he suddenly overcome this hurdle? Against Raonic last round was one thing, but with Ferrer who, as you say, has trademark on outlasting opponents, while Gasquet has almost a trademark on winning two sets (or getting in other good position) then crumbling and losing the match, especially when Gasquet's own previous match was near five hours? I'd think he would be tired by fifth set, but then to win the fifth thru Ferrer's mental tiring and then mistakes (the double fault especially, which Ferrer usually serves very few of and not on big points) rather than thru any particularly stunning tennis to gain advantage (imho). It all made me doubt what I was seeing. It's great if it was genuinely a breakthrough for Gasquet, but coming against a player who has been correctly noted in this thread as being very suspicious, I'm not sure I believe it.

      So honestly I found it quite a discouraging result in that respect.

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    16. Valid points. I forgot the Raonic match... It would make a LOT of sense for someone like Gasquet to turn to the dark side after his immense level of underachievement in his career.

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  6. Pam Shriver pushed the >30 issue in her post match interview with Azerenka. At least one commentator is focusing on this issue.

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    1. I didn't see the match or the interview, what was the gist of the conversation?

      Was it more "Aren't these 30+ olds incredible!" or was it "Huh,isn't it weird with all these 30+ year olds playing lights out tennis"

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    2. She just said that Azerenka spoiled the all 30+ SF party... At least she was drawing attention to the situation

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  7. I honestly cannot believe the ferocity in Nadal's game. How is it possible to scamper around the hardcourts on gimpy knees? Wasn't he supposed to slow down with age & injuries?

    He's flaunting it in everyone's faces. I do believe he took the layoff to get juiced up for Cinci/USO and WTF - 2 of which he's never won (1 left to go!)

    Any bets that next year will be pretty mediocre by his standards?

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