Nishikori’s erratic loss to Murray reflects his French Open

first_imgGerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working So it was a bit of a guess which Nishikori would turn up Wednesday at a sunny but somewhat windy Court Philippe Chatrier.Murray got a taste of the Nishikori’s stylish shot-making in the first set, then saw Nishikori carelessly give points away in the second set, disintegrate completely after forcing a third-set tiebreaker and lose six straight games despite securing an early break in the fourth set.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“For sure I need more consistency. I should, you know, maintain the level like I did in the first set,” the eighth-seeded Japanese player said. “I think my serve got a little bit bad today, missing too many first serves.”Murray was happy to profit. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend The match was still evenly poised — it was only 1-1 — yet it seemed as if Nishikori knew he’d missed his chance.He was right.The next five games flew by in a blur of Murray’s winners and Nishikori’s unforced errors: One player commanding from the front foot, the other backing off toward defeat.When Murray broke him again and held for love, making it 4-1, Nishikori sat slumped forward with a towel draped over his head.He simply never looked capable of launching a comeback. Instead, he seemed listless, almost resigned to losing to Murray for the ninth time in their 11 career matches.Nishikori needs a rest before he goes to play on grass.“Well, I try to take couple days off, because I have some issues with my body right now,” the 27-year-old said. “Recover first and try to be ready for Wimbledon.” Wladimir Klitschko says he’ll decide future within 2 weeks  LATEST STORIES Japan’s Kei Nishikori gestures after missing a shot during his quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against Britain’s Andy Murray at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. APPARIS — Kei Nishikori’s French Open ended with an appropriately erratic performance against top-ranked Andy Murray in the quarterfinals.The 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (0), 6-1 score and the manner of the defeat fittingly reflected how inconsistently Nishikori had been playing. In his previous four matches at Roland Garros, he twice won a set 6-0 and twice lost a set 6-0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak “He played, you know, a very bad tiebreak and a bad game where I broke him in the fourth set, and also in the second (set),” said Murray, listing the errors. “Today (he) was maybe more erratic than usual, but I do think a little bit of that was to do with the conditions being difficult.”It was a far cry from Nishikori’s five-set win against Murray in the quarterfinals of last year’s U.S. Open, where he had trailed 2-1 in sets before turning the tables on Murray.When Wednesday’s humiliating tiebreaker ended, a dejected Nishikori took out his aggression on his racket by hurling it down.His body language spoke increasingly of a player heading for trouble.After he broke Murray at the start of the fourth set to raise his hopes of a comeback, Nishikori immediately lost his serve. He stood glumly at the far side of the court with his back to Murray, his arms stretched out against the backstop of the court, his head down between them.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Swing Out Sister back to PH this Aprillast_img read more

The Top 10 Things I Wish My iPhone Had Today

first_imgalex iskold 1 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting But that’s the least of my problems with the keyboard. Because the keys are too close to each other, more often thannot I type in a wrong letter. This is quite frustrating. As I press a letter, it enlarges – showingme what I just typed – but unfortunately it is always about a second late, since I already typed in the letter.If this was done earlier, perhaps I could have avoided the click. The auto complete that Apple built-inis helpful, but ultimately it does not solve the problem.Frankly I am out of ideas on how to improve the keyboard,but it definitely needs another pass to bring it up to par with the rest of the device.ConclusionWhile the iPhone has had me ravingn for the past couple of weeks, there are definitely things that need to be improved.This is not a surprise since this is just a first generation device. The really good news is that Apple is knownfor restless innovation and a drive to perfection (just compare the early iPods with the latest ones).And thesecond bit of good news is that a lot of the iPhone is software and software can be easily upgraded.When Apple improves the iPhone, it will roll out new versions of the software and all of us will seamlesslyget it. While this is not true for things like GPS and a speaker, it is true for most of the issues I’ve discussed.This is the greatest thing about having a phone (or anything else) as software – it can be easily upgraded.If you have an iPhone and have used it for the past few weeks, please share your experiences with us.What are your top missing features or things that you would like to see improved? Tags:#Analysis#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… To be frank, there are no deal breaker missing or broken features in the iPhone. It is a very wellthought-through device. In typical Apple style, the Occam’s Razor principle is followed – givingonly necessary functions and not adding bells and whistles. However, some applications on iPhone,email in particular, are still quite raw. As discussed in this poston TechCrunch, the email on iPhone is inferior to Blackberry in a number of ways. People also complain about the quality of the iPhone as an actual phone. However I can’t find much wrong with it as a phone – in fact, I like it better than the RAZR that it replaced.But here is my wish list for improvements and add-ons after using the iPhone for over two weeks.(It is possible that a feature I’ve noted is there and I simply missed it, but if that’s the caseplease point it out in the comments 🙂 )10. Bulk Select / Delete is missingThe lack of the ability to perform a bulk operation is always annoying.On iPhone, there is no way to select and therefore delete a bunch of emails or photos at once. I configuredthe iPhone to get my GMail messages via pop interface. As a result, my iPhone Inbox is flooded with emails.A few times a day I have to manually delete emails one at a time – this is very time consuming.Also bad is that due to the nature of pop protocol, all of my GMail emails (even older ones)are forwarded. So as soon as I delete some, more show up and I just don’t think I can delete all of them one by one!9. Camera does not have zoomThe iPhone has a nice built-in camera, but unfortunately it does not have a way to zoom.Even a basic 2x or 3x zoom would be great, as it is not always possible to get closer to things.8. There is no cache for YouTube videos, browser pages or mapsHaving YouTube on the iPhone is fantastic. Unfortunately there is no way to download videos toplay when you are offline (e.g. on a plane). An offline mode should be a natural for iPhone, particularly for videos,since it comes with a 6GB hard drive (at least mine does) – but it is practically empty. A setting to save the last 5 or 10 clipsthat I viewed would go a long way. The same applies to browser pages.7. Calculator is way too basicThis one is seemingly minor, but why couldn’t Apple put in a decent calculator withadvanced math functions. Sometimes it is handy to take a square root of 1324 [Ed: when? 🙂 ] and the iPhone calculator does not do it.Perhaps Apple was concerned that a lot of people would be confused by a sophisticated calculator, but I would bet that iPhone early adoptersare advanced enough for it.6. The speaker is not loud enoughThis is one is my biggest disappointments in the iPhone as a phone – when I place a call on speaker,it is not loud enough. Particularly when you dial someone and the phone is ringing, you can barely hear the rings.Since this is a hardware issue, unfortunately there is no hope to get this fixed with this version.5. Web pages take a long time to load in SafariIt is likely that this is more of a Cingular issue than an Apple one, but people aresure to perceive this as iPhone’s issue. This is obviously a really hard problem – loading internetpages over a phone network, but Apple jumped into this and so they need to do whatever it takesto make it faster. To be fair, it is not unusabl – it is just slow. Yet, it seems like thereare opportunities to create the impression of better performance, via caching and optimization.It’s likely the Apple team is already hard at work on this.4. Editing support is primitiveThe iPhone features a very light document editor called Notes. It is more cute then useful,with its stylish font and glamorous page flips. Instead, it would be good to have Copy/Paste supportas well as more rich editing features. A better editor is probably in the works, but for now notesare only good for quick shopping lists.3. There is no wireless syncAnother surprise is that the iPhone syncs only when it is connected to the computer using a physical cable.Perhaps Apple did this as a trick to get us to charge the phone more often (it seems to take a while to charge it fully, by the way).It would be cool to just put the iPhone next to my laptop and have them auto sync, but for now that’s not available.2. There is no built-in GPSThis is really a shame, since iPhone could have been a perfect navigation device. It alreadyhas maps built-in, so it is only natural that it would be able to guide you the destination.Seems like Apple could have taken a big bite out of this market; and it is not clear why they did not. Perhapsbecause of the cost, or design difficulty?1. Keyboard needs to be improvedAfter using the iPhone for some time, unfortunately I have to report that its biggest problem is the keyboard. Firstly, I am surprised that it is not better optimized for Safari.Most of the time I am trying to enter my email or user id into text boxes and an auto complete would be great.It seems odd that Apple missed this sort of thing in a few places, when there is a special button for .com.center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Earlier this week I wrote about my favorite iPhone features.Most of you agreed that the iPhone is a unique, breakthrough device that is years ahead of other smart phones.A few of you said that there is nothing special about it, but one reader said that we shouldcover both the good and bad things about it. This reader gets his wish in this post, in which we take a lookat things that are missing or need improvement in the iPhone.last_img read more

Groovebug Aims to be Flipboard For Music – It’s a Start…

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts Tags:#music#Product Reviews#web 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout I really like the concept of Groovebug, as explained in the company’s press release:“There is incredible access to artists now through all of these yet lack the cohesive experience of the past (sitting with album art and packaging and reading liner note, looking at photos, reading their thank you lists, seeing where it was recorded and how, etc). Groovebug offers a unique flip through of all things related to an artist in simple swipes of the iPad eliminating the need to go search several sites or possibly missing information by skipping a crucial site.”Indeed, there is a great opportunity for someone to create a cohesive album-like Internet experience. Musicians such as Arcade Fire and more recently Bjork have come up with artist-focused creative solutions. But there’s room for a media app like Groovebug to offer a solution that’s based around the user’s needs – rather than the artist. That’s what Groovebug aims to do. “Personalization is one of our guiding principals,” according to Groovebug co-founder and CEO Jeremiah Seraphine. Groovebug hasn’t quite nailed it yet, but I’ll be keeping an eye on this one. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App richard macmanus A new iPad app called Groovebug just launched. It uses your iTunes music collection to create “an iPad magazine tailored to your musical tastes.” The familiarities to Flipboard seem a little forced. You do use the swiping motion to go from one page to another but, outside of that, it doesn’t feel much like a magazine experience. Also, Flipboard is more sophisticated about how it embeds external content. Although I did like how Groovebug embeds YouTube videos.That’s not to say that Groovebug doesn’t have a lot of potential. I think they’re onto something in regards to bringing the Flipboard experience to music. The personalized (through your iTunes) aggregation is a good start, but I’d like Groovebug to help me discover more music and media content about music too.Groovebug is powered by The Echo Nest, YouTube, and a custom aggregation engine. The Echo Nest is an increasingly popular music intelligence platform – Spotify and Rdio have both launched Echo Nest-powered features this year.last_img read more

Netherlands beat Japan 1-0, reach second round

first_imgWesley Sneijder’s 53rd minute goal saw Netherlands through to the second round of the FIFA World Cup 2010. Netherlands defeated Japan by a solitary goal in the Group E match played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Full coverage: World Cup 2010Japan could hardly match the pace of the Dutch but a solid defence prevented Netherlands from scoring any goals in the first-half of the game. Watch match picsThe Dutch came back strongly in the second round and went all out against the tired Japanese. Sneijder’s shot at the goal from just outside the penalty area had so much pace in it that Japan’s custodian E Kawashima could not stop it. Kawashima got a touch at the ball but could only deflect it to far side of the goal post.Japan vs CameroonNetherlands vs DenmarkSneijder was also named the man of the match.With this win, Netherlands have two wins from two matches and are sitting pretty at the top of Group E with six points followed by Japan with three points.Denmark and Cameroon are the other two teams in the group.The loss means that Japan will have to beat Denmark in their next match and silently hope that Netherlands beat Cameroon if Cameroon is able to pull off a win against Denmark when they meet later tonight.last_img read more