tsf podcast: miami wraps, the andys falter and players kick from their heart



TSF Podcast April 2011 | Nick McCarvel with David Thorpe | For a quick, easly download in iTunes, just click link

He said, He said: David and Nick’s take on Miami: TSF Podcast April 2011

With the quick passing of Indian Wells and Miami there will be no big-time hardcourt tennis in the U.S. until July. David and I discuss what went right (and wrong) in Key Biscayne this past week, as we predict what the downswing means for a pair of Andys and look to a clay season dusted in question marks for Novak Djokovic. Was soccer the right choice for the men’s Japan fundraiser? And will the women’s tour have a flourish of its top talent rising from the doldrums to compete in a Willliams-sister-less tour? Click on the link above to find out.

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trophy watch: two-time charmers in nole & vika



Miami rising: Victoria Azarenka and Novak Djokovic are four-of-five on the Miami front, winning their respective title matches over the weekend and capturing their second title, each. Nole took down Rafael Nadal in what many were calling the best match of the year so far, the Serb winning 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4). Vika had an easier time in the final, winning a shriek-fest against a resurgent Maria Sharapova, 6-1, 6-4.

TSF Vault: Nole kissing the cup in 2007

Four and one: Novak won this title way back in 2007, beating (remember this guy?!) Guillermo Canas. Djoko would lose in the ’08 final to Andy Murray. Oh, and BTW: Nole is now 24-0 on the year. As for Azarenka, the Belarussian scrapped together a title just in time, so it seems. After starting the year a precocious 9-5 she won six straight matches in Key Biscayne, including victories over Kim Clijsters and Vera Zvonareva in the run up to the title. Azarenka won this tournament in 2009, beating Serena Williams in an odd final. Comebined, Djokovic and she are 4-1 in Miami title matches.

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sunday survey: who wore it best?



It’s been a week (ten days) of fashion fun in Miami. This is always the part of the season where players try out a little something new on the court after their Aussie kits have been worn and they gear up for the clay and grass court swings. Color? Obvi! It’s Miami. There’s one thing that never changes in Key Biscayne: the overhang on the suite boxes. We love the sea green, evergreen and ligh pink/peach hue of the pattern that has been a part of this tourney as long as we can remember. It screams Miami.

Here’s a review of what we saw this week in Miami. Vote for your fave in the poll below.

Glam gals: Vika and Caro rock the Player Party with help from Oriflame.

Seriously Novak: Djoko and Tacchini have no more love for dragons or snakes.

Gold gets gutsy: From Maria to Dinara and Radek, players were sporting the gold (trim).

Is that a hole? Or are you… : Our self-styled “Peekaboo Street” was quite busy in Key Biscayne.

Fashion for a cause: Kim lends her hand(writing) to Japan.

Gnarly in neon: He’s a bright boy, that Rafa.

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fashion focus: novak and tacchini get serious



Serious business: Gone are the wings and the dragon motifs that started Novak Djokovic‘s partnership with Sergio Tacchini. They’re instead relying on a combination of piping, color blocking, and textures (with matching shoes) to create a more sophisticated look for the current world No. 2.

Buy: Tacchini Santese Polo, white/blue/red or black/orange/gray, $80. Shoes: adidas Barricade 6.0, $125; customizable version, $150, miadidas.com.

Miami: After defeating Mardy Fish 6-3, 6-1 in the semis of the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Nole awaits the winner of the match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. In head-to-head stats, Nole’s up 3-0 against Roger (with wins in Melbourne, Dubai, and Indian Wells) and 1-0 against Rafa (Indian Wells). As we’d said before, we’re banking on Djokovic remaining undefeated at least through the rest of this tournament. (SEO Draw: See how the event has unfolded.)

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ferrer's manic miami moment



Don’t cry for me: The pronunciation of David Ferrer‘s name is being butchered by newscasters across America as news stations run footage of him belting a ball up into the crowd on Wednesday out of frustration that a baby was crying. Well, that wasn’t the only reason, but Ferrer’s dismal, straight-set loss to Mardy Fish was just that: frustrating.