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Final Thoughts on Miami & Community News

First off, community news! The main thing is that I've made a new layout for the community, so check it out and let me know what you think when you can! I may continue to make a few minor changes but for the most part I think it's pretty nice the way it is. :D Also, I've linked to a keyword search index on the community's main page so that you can search old entries by specific tournaments and topics! Hope you like it. :D

And now, final thoughts on the Miami Masters tournament:

Tommy made it to the quarterfinals after a three-hour battle against Radek Stepanek (CZE) in the previous round, but he unfortunately fell to an in-form, resurgent Guillermo Cañas (ARG), who has been playing extremely well as of late and had just beaten Federer two times in as many weeks! The score against Cañas was 7-6(5) 6-1.

Although Tommy fought hard in the first set and kept the scoreline close at 7-6(5), he was actually the player whose serve was under constant pressure. Cañas actually managed to get eight break points on Tommy's serve in that first set, while Tommy couldn't get any from Cañas. It's to Tommy's credit that he managed to save every single one of those break points with some fantastic play. Tommy's backhand was fine as always, but he has also developed his inside-out forehand into a great shot, and his netplay throughout the match was so solid that it made one wonder why he rarely ventured to the net. All in all the first set was fantastic.

It was a shame then that Tommy lost the first set on a close tiebreak. Unfortunately for Tommy he seemed to settle into a deep mental nadir after losing that set, and the second set as a result was nowhere near as close as the first. Tommy started to make rather uncharacteristic errors and was just not mentally present the way he had been in the first set - he even neglected to challenge an incorrect call that would have given him a rare break point against Cañas. The second set was lost by a score of 6-1.

While it was disappointing to see Tommy, who's usually tough as nails, fold mentally in the second set, most of that had to do with Cañas's solid, relentless defense where he used his speed and athleticism to chase down ball after ball from Tommy and force him into errors by making him hit extra shot after extra shot. And in the end, there are plenty of positives to take from this tournament: Not only has Tommy achieved a career-best result at Miami by reaching the quarterfinals, he also emphatically stopped a small losing streak where he lost to Djokovic (SRB) in Rotterdam, to Santoro (FRA) in Dubai, and then Simon (FRA) in Indian Wells before coming to Miami.

Next up for Tommy: Davis Cup in Winston-Salem, North Carolina against the US boys, and then back to Europe for tournaments on the sexy red clay! Great effort in Miami!


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Apr. 3rd, 2007 05:30 pm (UTC)
Really love the layout, well done. *claps*

And I also enjoyed reading your Miami report, really well written. Thanks!
Apr. 4th, 2007 02:02 am (UTC)
No problem, and thanks for the compliments! I had to stop myself from constantly tweaking the layout - once yoou get the hang of it it gets to be too much fun to play with! *L* Nice icon by the way!
Apr. 8th, 2007 03:40 am (UTC)
I like the layout :D

Yayyy :D

You rock :D
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