10 Responses

  1. Greekster
    Greekster February 12, 2013 at 5:15 pm |

    ok so I will respond to this article in a serious way even though I get you guys are just having fun with it and point out that

    a) he took his beating like a man to the end and didnt quit via injury, illness, etc etc
    b) he may have an injury or illness that we are not aware of and played through

    Having said all that,seeing some of the reaction on twitter, I am surprised nobody has suggested match fixing at this point.

  2. Arya Tabrizi
    Arya Tabrizi February 12, 2013 at 5:51 pm |

    I think if it was match fixing they would surely be subtler…

    I couldn’t believe it.

    Has anyone ever double bagled a member of the top four in a tour match?

    I know Fed hasn’t been…

    1. Greekster
      Greekster February 12, 2013 at 5:55 pm |

      lol Arya, but thats the brilliance of it. It was a such a demolition that nobody would believe it if it were fixed that way.

  3. Arya Tabrizi
    Arya Tabrizi February 12, 2013 at 6:10 pm |

    LOL touchè!

  4. coolede
    coolede February 12, 2013 at 10:29 pm |

    Goffin is a good player. And Nieminen is… Nieminen.

    This really doesnt have any explanation other than David is incredibly tired or injured.

  5. Andrew Burton
    Andrew Burton February 13, 2013 at 12:07 am |

    This is a genuinely odd scoreline. They played 12 games: Goffin won a total of 38 points, or more than 3 points per game, on average – enough to get to deuce in each game (I’m not suggesting he actually did get to deuce in each game),

    A 6-0 6-0 score would normally suggest something nearer a 70/30 split (see, for example, Federer/Gaudio WTF Shanghai SF(!) 2004, won 55/25 by Federer).

    Since Nieminen won 65 points, he and Goffin must have been at deuce multiple times in the match. We know Goffin had 3 BPs: likely had 5 or 6 GPs on his own serve, and failed to convert any.

    Like I said, rum.

  6. keke
    keke February 14, 2013 at 1:38 am |

    I watched the match and it did seem like Goffin wasn’t really in it. He struggled with his own serves and made unforced errors especially in deciding points. I couldn’t help of thinking that he lost in purpose.

    Still, out of curiosity, I would really like to know what does “Goffin is a good player. And Nieminen is… Nieminen” mean? After, all, Nieminen is former top 20 player, and Goffin is… well… who?

  7. TJ
    TJ February 14, 2013 at 3:25 am |

    I’m curious…

    Do some of you guys actually get off disrespecting players like Jarkko Nieminen even if you’re miles (actually light years) away from holding a candle to him?

    Looking at his stats, he’s been in the top 100 for 12 years in a row (not many current players can say the same), been as high as #13. Was a match win away from being in the top 10 in his prime, and was then riddled with some tough injuries. Came back and was never the same. I still wouldn’t rate him as a journey man though.

    This year he’s won Haas(#21), Benneteau (#35) and Davydenko (#37), and took Gasquet (#10) to three sets last week, so it’s not like the man can’t play.

    About the match itself – saw part of it: Goffin probably had a bad day at the office (as James Wood suggested), was making unforced errors in plays where a pro should just put the ball away even in his sleep. Sure Nieminen is notorious for his 2nd serve, but he managed to mix things up and Goffin just didn’t have the answers on that given day. Nieminen just played the important points better.

    And speculating with Goffin’s possible injury or illness etc. is just belittling undeservedly Nieminen’s performance.

  8. ThankYou TJ
    ThankYou TJ March 7, 2013 at 8:10 am |

    Thank you TJ for your kind words.
    I couldn’t believe my eyes when I found this site via Twitter.
    Seems to me that the guy(s) really do get their kicks this way. Shame on them.

  9. Don't wake up the bear...
    Don't wake up the bear... March 10, 2013 at 4:47 am |

    Yeah,

    Verdasco survived the scare (of his life?) of having almost joined the notorious “Double bagled by Nieminen” -club. Imagine what kind of crap he would’ve gotten on this site had he done so.

    You guys were barking at the wrong tree.

    Go Jarkko!

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