Yesterday was an interesting day in the BNP Paribas Open. Both the reigning champions i.e. Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal were knocked out of the tournament by the lower ranked players which left the fans hugely shocked.

While Sharapova suffered defeat against a qualifier, Nadal got beaten by a slightly more known Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Nadal had looked off colour in his previous match as well, but, he had pulled it off because of his grit.

He couldn’t quite do that against Dolgopolov though. Barring the second set in which he played some good shots; his performance was pretty mediocre as compared to that of the Ukrainian player. The Spaniard admitted that in the press conference after the match.

Talking to the reporters, Nadal said, “I performed poorly, that’s the bottom line and it obviously feels bad, but, days like these come every now and again and as a professional player, you just need to take it in your stride and move on.”

“I trained hard and tried to get myself in perfect shape for this tournament, but, somehow, I just couldn’t find my rhythm. I had been pushed to the limits in the first match. The same happened again today and in such situations, it can go either way. Unfortunately, it went against me.”

As far as Sharapova is concerned, her story was also similar to Nadal. She was rusty at the start and then pulled things back to push the match into the third set where she eventually lost it.

This defeat would prove to be costly for Sharapova in terms of her rankings. She would surely drift outside top 5, probably at 7 or 8. She would not have expected that while starting her campaign in this competition

This was Sharapova’s first appearance in the professional circuit in the last 5 weeks or so.

07 26 09 Mardy Fish practice with Jessie Levine 002

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Mirror Tennis – Lefty Andy Roddick vs Lefty Mardy Fish

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Mardy Fish Full Interview at the 2011 ATP World Tour Finals Day 5

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Mardy Fish’ countryman John Isner leaves his fans terribly frustrated sometimes. That’s because he promises so much and looks capable enough to beat any player on the planet, but, he somehow finds a way of losing games and getting knocked out of the tournaments.

It’s not that Isner doesn’t win against big players. He does that. During the 2013 season, quite a few of his wins had come against the top 10 players in the world, but, his main problem is that he loses too many matches against the players who are ranked lower than him in the world rankings. The no. of defeats that he suffered against the lower ranked players in the last season is 11; that’s way too many.

The strongest point of Isner’s game is his serve. He just gets his opponents blown away with his aces, but, to become a great player, one needs to be strong in various areas not just one and Isner needs to understand that. His game lacks versatility. If his serve doesn’t go well on a certain day, he just doesn’t seem to have anything else to unsettle his opponent. Yes, his forehand is alright, but, still, that isn’t his strength.

Isner is currently ranked 14th in the world. It’s not the highest position that he has reached in the world rankings so far. He has been in top 10 in the past. At one point of time in the 2012 season, he was the 9th ranked player in the world. He would like to get there again in the upcoming season, but, for that, he will have to make sure that he doesn’t get knocked out from the earlier stages of the tournaments. He needs to make full use of the potential that he has got.

2010 French Open Interview – Mardy Fish

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