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Old 01-25-19, 12:17 PM
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I'll probably watch, hoping for a repeat of the epic 2012, 6 hour final. I was leaning Rafa's way but Novak was flawless against Pouille (24 winners and... 5 UE's). When both seem in top form, I have to pick Novak.
Agreed. They both look spectacular so far this tournament from what I have seen. Hopefully an injury doesn't decide the match. I do genuinely look forward to watching the highlights.
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Old 01-25-19, 01:37 PM
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Can't wait for this final. Lots of enticing subplots to discuss. Hoping for a Djoker win only to see The Big Three rightfully be the big three when it comes to slam count.
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I'm pulling for Rafa. Would be cool to be the first Open Era men's player (and only 3rd all-time) to be a multiple time champ of each Slam.
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If Nadal is going to beat Djokovic on a hard court Slam final, now is the time. Nadal is serving big by his own standards and looks to have favorably altered his tactics for the hard courts. It's always so hard gauging Djokovic's level of play, early in Slams. He admitted to Serbian media he only plays like 60% capacity before the final rounds of a Slam. He demoralized Pouille after only one or two games in the first set so badly that the Frenchman mentally checked out.

I expect nothing less than a very close fifth set to decide the AO with a small edge to Djokovic. It will come down to how Djokovic is serving.
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Osaka taking control. 3 games away from the Championship.
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Kvitova rallies from the brink of elimination to take a 6-5 lead in set 2. Very interesting match so far.
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Osaka unraveling as she double faults to lose Set 2. Petra trying to do to Osaka what she did to Serena.
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And the new No. 1 ranked Women's tennis player in the world is...Naomi Osaka!

Great match. Osaka looked very flustered at the end of Set 2 after blowing several opportunities to close out the gritty Kvitoa.

Then she loses the 1st game of Set 3, but manages to regain her composure and contain her emotions and take control after that.
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Old 01-26-19, 08:10 PM
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Who's STOKED for this match?! Gotta watch it live - frickin' in the wee hours of the night.
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Old 01-27-19, 08:11 AM
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Have just looked at the score so far. Man, that was not the result I was expecting.
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Recorded it and just watched it. Wow - total domination by Joker.
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Old 01-27-19, 11:29 AM
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Congrats to Novak. Thought it would be closer, but after the Pouille match, I'm not that surprised. When Novak plays at that level, not much Rafa can do. Bad matchup.

Also congrats to Osaka, at least she won't be a one slam wonder. Great at handling pressure for a young player. Match had plenty of drama but the quality was average. Too many "it's my turn to play poorly" periods.
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Old 01-27-19, 02:48 PM
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Most would agree that The Big Three are the three greatest male tennis players of all-time.

In what other sport have the three GOATS played together in the same era simultaneously? It's like if Jordan, James, and Chamberlain all played at the same time. It's madness.
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Last night's match was not even the most commanding demolition of Nadal. I remember watching the 2008 AO Semifinal between Nadal and Tsonga, and thinking, Who's going to be able to beat this Tsonga fellow? The most exquisite drop-shots I have ever seen. Unfotunately, Tsonga never lived up to what he demonstrated in that match.

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Old 01-28-19, 07:03 AM
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Most would agree that The Big Three are the three greatest male tennis players of all-time.

In what other sport have the three GOATS played together in the same era simultaneously? It's like if Jordan, James, and Chamberlain all played at the same time. It's madness.
My wife and I were debating this point yesterday afternoon, specifically what adjectives like "greatest" and "best" mean. This is kind of a worthless semantic debate, but I agree with her that "greatest" does and should include longevity and Majors won. In this case, yes, these three guys are arguably the greatest with the only asterisk being, of course, Rod Laver himself.

However, when it comes to "best", in my mind this is the player who was at any moment in time the best tennis player to ever set foot on a court in men's professional tennis. In my mind, the best player ever (so far) has been Stanislas Wawrinka. His high has been higher than any other player's high that I have seen, most especially on a hard court (although Djokovic this past week certainly rivals it). Alas, he has only on occasion managed to achieve this high which is why he is not and will probably never be one of the "greats". I will honestly be surprised if he ever wins another major.
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Old 01-28-19, 03:08 PM
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I make a difference between "greatest and "most gifted". I think Fed is both, i.e. results/accomplishments ("greatest") and raw tennis talent ("most gifted").

For example, I can't possibly put Barry Sanders in the "greatest" category. But "most gifted" absolutely.

But Stan Wawrinka??? That's not only bold, it also makes the mind boggle.

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Old 01-28-19, 04:06 PM
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Wawrinka seemed to have a style that got under Djokovic's skin at his absolute peak. He's one of the few players that could out-hit Djokovic from both wings when everything was clicking.

About the AO final, Djokovic dismantled Nadal. Nadal looked lost from the start, and it would have been tough for him against any opponent that day, much less Djokovic on his favorite surface. Djokovic hit as clean in the Semi-final and Final as I've ever seen him play. He's hitting winners with so much margin that he looks unstoppable.

I did notice that both Nadal and Djokovic look a half-step slower than their 20s. Nadal actually looked slow on some points in switching directions. I think his days of winning hardcourt Slams are all but over with Djokovic on the prowl.
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Old 01-28-19, 04:18 PM
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I would have bet on a Djokovic win (although not THAT easy) after 10 min. That's how long it took for Novak to own the baseline (and push Rafa away from it), quickly eliminating the aggressive style Rafa had used in previous matches. He had to go back to grinding and that clearly would never work against Novak playing at that level.
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Old 02-23-19, 06:30 PM
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Felix in the Rio final after beating Cuevas in 3. Youngest ever to reach an ATP 500 final. And since he plays some Serbian guy (L. Dere) I've never heard off, he probably has a decent shot at winning. He entered as a wild card and upset Fognini in the 1st round. The most impressive to me is that he's doing this on clay.

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Old 02-23-19, 09:15 PM
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Definitely he can win this tomorrow,he is facing a guy who just moved into the top 100 after winning several Clay Challenger tournaments in 2018.
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Old 02-28-19, 08:32 PM
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He lost but still went from 103 to top 60. Funny thing is he's now playing Sao Paulo, he beat Cuevas again, and then Ramos-Vinola. And now in the quarters he plays L. Dere, the same Serbian guy he just lost to in the Rio final.
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Old 03-01-19, 03:22 PM
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The matches down in Mexico have been great fun. Kyrgios has been playing like he's interested again. Though it looks like his body is already catching up to him. He hobbles around like a man in his 30s.
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Old 03-02-19, 12:02 PM
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Fed beats Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 in Dubai, to win his 100th career title.

In numbers:

- 1st title: Feb 2001, def Julien Boutter to win Milan indoors.

- He won titles in 31 different events and 4 continents (Europe 50, US/Canada 24, Asia 18, Australia 8)

- Most by event: Halle (9), Basel (9), Wimbledon (8), Dubai (8), Cincinnati (7), AO (7)

- By event type: Grand Slam titles 20, World Tour Finals titles 6, Masters 1000 titles: 27, ATP 500 titles 22, ATP 250 titles: 25

Stunning dominance:

"Remarkably, of Federer's 100 titles, nearly a quarter of them came in consecutive finals from October 2003 to October 2005. It's a streak that will likely never be broken: 24 straight championship matches won. Over a span of two years, it was a guarantee that Federer would step onto a final stage and emerge with the trophy. He entered Vienna in 2003 with a 9-8 record in finals and emerged from Bangkok in 2005 with a stunning 33-8 mark."

And a boatload more stats and records:

https://www.atptour.com/en/news/roge...ugh-statistics

Don't think he catches Connors (109 titles) unless he concentrates on smaller tournament and that's not his goal.

Bonus: Can you name the 20 players who have beaten Roger Federer in finals?

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Old 03-02-19, 04:44 PM
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And for Fed fans:


Took him 6 years for the first 50, and 12 for the last 50.

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Old 03-03-19, 04:49 PM
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I'm starting to come around on Tsitsipas. You can tell he developed his game on clay, but he's a future Grand Slam winner on faster surfaces with the right coaching and minor changes in tactics. He needs to dial back his tournament schedule if he wants to hang around as a threat into the summer.

The matches down in Acapulco were electric this week. One of the most entertaining 500 level tournaments I've seen in many years.
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