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Great news on Prajneesh. He has gone one step ahead of Ram K and two steps ahead of Yuki(still recovering from injury).

 

What a great last 6 months for bim.

 

All the best to him. He is facing my DMV native Francis Tiafoe who is a talented rising player and recent junior world number 1.

 

Lets go Prajneesh.

 

 

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Guys who’s waiting for Nadal va Di Minaur in round 3? Both are yet to face their round 2 opponents and I hope both of them win because I feel Di Minaur is going to play the match of his life against Nadal in front of his hom crowd.

 

 

He is a future grandslam champion and one of the most talented sportsmen currently on earth. Yes, thats big statement but having seen enough of him upclose and from court side, I can say he is a talent you can’t ignore.

 

I am feeling an upset. Lets go Di Minaur. 

 

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8 hours ago, Cricketics said:

Guys who’s waiting for Nadal va Di Minaur in round 3? Both are yet to face their round 2 opponents and I hope both of them win because I feel Di Minaur is going to play the match of his life against Nadal in front of his hom crowd.

 

 

He is a future grandslam champion and one of the most talented sportsmen currently on earth. Yes, thats big statement but having seen enough of him upclose and from court side, I can say he is a talent you can’t ignore.

 

I am feeling an upset. Lets go Di Minaur. 

 

De Minaur right now doesn't have the weapons to trouble Nadal, nor the fitness and muscle mass to last another long gruelling match after today. This is going to be bad for De Minaur. I see Nadal-Berdych to be the real matchup. Berdych turning back the years and looking in deadly form.

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13 minutes ago, I6MTW said:

De Minaur right now doesn't have the weapons to trouble Nadal, nor the fitness and muscle mass to last another long gruelling match after today. This is going to be bad for De Minaur. I see Nadal-Berdych to be the real matchup. Berdych turning back the years and looking in deadly form.

Yes, Berdych is back to his closest best but I don’t see him beating Nadal.

 

Regarding Di Minaur, I feel he will play better in front of his home crowd in a Davis Cup atmosphere when he faces Nadal. It will bring him to play like Lleyton Hewitt.

 

I am just feeling something special about that game. Hopefully it will be a cracking 5 setter. 

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8 minutes ago, Cricketics said:

Yes, Berdych is back to his closest best but I don’t see him beating Nadal.

 

Regarding Di Minaur, I feel he will play better in front of his home crowd in a Davis Cup atmosphere when he faces Nadal. It will bring him to play like Lleyton Hewitt.

 

I am just feeling something special about that game. Hopefully it will be a cracking 5 setter. 

Maybe, but based on the matches so far, Nadal will cruise to the 4th round. His serve seems to be more deadly and revamped.  Even if de Minaur channels his inner Hewitt wouldn't trouble Nadal unless Nadal gets injured again. For de Minaur to out grind/push nadal, he would need to play and retrieve balls to the level of djokovic or peak Ferrer to stand a chance.

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28 minutes ago, Number said:

Tsitsipas has arrived.

More like the end has arrived for Federer.

Tsitsipas was not great, was just solid. He'll lose to Agut, if not bend over to Nadal. Seems like AO's there for the taking for Nadal/Djokovic.

 

Unlike in the past, there's no coming back for Roger this time, time waits for no man.

Its safe to write federer off now.

 

He was awful, error fest from the FH, no longer the glorious shot it once was. Unprecedented choking levels on BP, 0-12 conversation. The only reason the match was so close because of his serve and variety. He couldn't even keep up with Tsitsipas at the baseline in set 3 and 4. 

 

It's sad now.

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Its sad to see Federer lose but I doubt Federer is out of this. He still reached 4th round and we saw this style of play from Federer even during 2015-2017 where he even got knocked out earlier than 4th round once.

 

its not like he is playing bad tennis, others are pushing and I am sure he has a slam win or two still left int he tank. Yes, he is indeed not the same player he was but in Tennis, within few months from tournaments to tournaments things change fast and I am sure come Indian wells and Miami tournament, two tournaments where federer has had success, he will find his groove.  Again. I expect a slam this year from Fed.  

 

Congrats to Tsitsipas. Young bright talent. I was in his press conference in my local citi open in DC where I volunteer as journalist. He always seemed a level headed guy to me among most youngsters. More power to him. 

13 hours ago, I6MTW said:

More like the end has arrived for Federer.

Tsitsipas was not great, was just solid. He'll lose to Agut, if not bend over to Nadal. Seems like AO's there for the taking for Nadal/Djokovic.

 

Unlike in the past, there's no coming back for Roger this time, time waits for no man.

Its safe to write federer off now.

 

He was awful, error fest from the FH, no longer the glorious shot it once was. Unprecedented choking levels on BP, 0-12 conversation. The only reason the match was so close because of his serve and variety. He couldn't even keep up with Tsitsipas at the baseline in set 3 and 4. 

 

It's sad now.

 

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Nadal looking scary! Probably his best hard court form. Absolutely thrashed Tsitsipas. Rafa's best chance for the DCGS and 18th to catch up Roger. He's played very less this tournament(12hr), straight setted everyone with minimal no of games lost, huge revamped serve, all aspects of his game firing, easy draw, conserved energy and fitness, hasn't played in 4 months plus an extra days rest for the final.He's fully revamped and rejuvenated. He'll probably face an unimpressive Djokovic this time as well. Even if he faces Pouille, it's more NID. If Rafa doesn't win this AO, he'll never win it again. This is his best chance.

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That was some dismantling.

 

Nadal is really looking in ominous form and on other hand Djokovic had an easy outing against Bishikori and he won’t be too happy going I to final thinking he did not complete the win. It wasn’t in his hands though that Kei retired.

 

Anyway, Nadal having not dropped a set and winning easily shows he is the favorite surely.

 

Rafa, with all the games he lost to Djokovic in all these years when Djoker was being monster on tour and winning everything, has his best chance to settle the score with Djoker. 

 

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Congrats Osaka- Indian Wells, USO, AO and now the new world number 1...all in a space of 10 months :hatsoff:.

Proud of Kvitova, after such a terrible incident (knife attack 2 years back) even holding a racquet needs enormous mental resilience, hope she goes all the way in SW19....too good a player to hold only 2 majors.  

 

Pumped up for tomorrow's final, should be another epic struggle. Come on Nole :cheer:

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I am glad Osaka won. By far the most exciting and attacking game play on WTA tour. It was a tussle and class slugfest and Kvitova was brilliant indeed but I am glad Osaka got her moment of being crowned the grandslam champion which she did not properly get at the us open due to Serena controversy.

 

Deserving winner and a fantastic final game played by both the players. 

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Too easy for Novak. Nadal was looking clinical uptill he faced Djokovic. Just shows how different things can be on other side of the draw at times and you won’t know full pictur untill two guys meet.

 

I thought Nadal sort of started tanking also in the end when he lost hope.

 

Well done Novak.

 

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Djokovic absolutely schooled nadal today and its obvious no one is close to his level currently. 

Djokovic's task will be cut out at the French but there's no guarantee that nadal will be fit this year at the FO ,so there's a good chance Novak does the non calender grand slam twice.

I had no interest in the tournament after Federer's exit ,just watched the finals today and supported Novak. 

I feel Federer should skip clay but he has stated he'd play on the clay this year not because it'll be his last year on the tour but I feel it's more to get back a top 4 ranking by the time Wimbledon arrives 

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43 minutes ago, Adi BB said:

I feel Federer should skip clay but he has stated he'd play on the clay this year not because it'll be his last year on the tour but I feel it's more to get back a top 4 ranking by the time Wimbledon arrives 

Also for some baseline game practice, his FH is tragic atm. Can't lose rhythm any more, layoffs aren't helping him. If he can get his ROS (not top 100 level right now) and FH to acceptable standards, maybe one final hurrah in SW19 is possible. Otherwise he might as well call it quits. 

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8 hours ago, Gollum said:

Also for some baseline game practice, his FH is tragic atm. Can't lose rhythm any more, layoffs aren't helping him. If he can get his ROS (not top 100 level right now) and FH to acceptable standards, maybe one final hurrah in SW19 is possible. Otherwise he might as well call it quits. 

I feel he needs to give his all for the Wimbledon one final time and he can ,but for that he needs to skip the RG 

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Dominic thiem was the best player last year on Clay id we forget Nadal. He even beat Nadal in best od 3 but got cleaned up by Nadal when it mattered. Nadal does have something me taly against Djoker and Djoker does have a chance ro win at French Open.

 

I just want someone else to match up these guys but I won’t be surprised to see both of them in the finals again at French. 

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Brutal performance by Nole :hatsoff:Straight setted Nadal :lol: First Player to beat Rafael Nadal in straight sets in a Grand Slam final :adore:

15th Grand Slam title :adore:
7th Australian Open title :adore:
3rd consecutive Grand Slam title :bow: 

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Just now, Cricketics said:

Dominic thiem was the best player last year on Clay id we forget Nadal. He even beat Nadal in best od 3 but got cleaned up by Nadal when it mattered. Nadal does have something me taly against Djoker and Djoker does have a chance ro win at French Open.

 

I just want someone else to match up these guys but I won’t be surprised to see both of them in the finals again at French. 

Don't see anyone apart from Thiem, Rafa & Djoker reaching the finals. 

It will be interesting to see RF playing RG. May be for ranking points :hmmm:

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4 minutes ago, kumar713 said:

Don't see anyone apart from Thiem, Rafa & Djoker reaching the finals. 

It will be interesting to see RF playing RG. May be for ranking points :hmmm:

Honestly, if Wawrinka fully fit like the one in my avtar then he cna bring back the golden 2015 days where he took Djoker apart :)

 

In serious manner, you need players who can attack these top guys not who are reasy ro play wrong rallys just.

 

Someone has to do Wawrinka on clay and just keep attacking. You might not have the weapon like Wawrinka who had best and most consistent backhand then, but you can still attack.

 

players go in to their shell.

 

Young guys like Shapovalov etc have the talent to get better on tour but they need to start attacking these top players more. Don’t just play to their reputation.

 

 

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Just now, Cricketics said:

Honestly, if Wawrinka fully fit like the one in my avtar then he cna bring back the golden 2015 days where he took Djoker apart :)

 

In serious manner, you need players who can attack these top guys not who are reasy ro play wrong rallys just.

 

Someone has to do Wawrinka on clay and just keep attacking. You might not have the weapon like Wawrinka who had best and most consistent backhand then, but you can still attack.

 

players go in to their shell.

 

Young guys like Shapovalov etc have the talent to get better on tour but they need to start attacking these top players more. Don’t just play to their reputation.

 

 

Yeah stan can but still long way to get that form back.

 

Don't see Shapovalov doing much in clay atm. May be Zverev. With Lendl in he can get a break through in slams.

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1 minute ago, kumar713 said:

Yeah stan can but still long way to get that form back.

 

Don't see Shapovalov doing much in clay atm. May be Zverev. With Lendl in he can get a break through in slams.

Ya Shapo isn’t there yet I was just sharinf example of youngsters like him being a bit defensive or with no plans because players like him have the talent and the game to succeed, just need ro plan better and attack more.

 

This is why I like Alex Di Minaur the most. He tries to attack with his limitations tries to grind out like Hewitt.

 

More youngsters need to realize their potential. 

 

 

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13 minutes ago, Cricketics said:

Ya Shapo isn’t there yet I was just sharinf example of youngsters like him being a bit defensive or with no plans because players like him have the talent and the game to succeed, just need ro plan better and attack more.

 

This is why I like Alex Di Minaur the most. He tries to attack with his limitations tries to grind out like Hewitt.

 

More youngsters need to realize their potential. 

 

 

Alex De Minaur makes Rahane look like Mr Olympia. 

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4 minutes ago, Cricketics said:

Lol whatever that means. I see a great future in this guy. 

Mr Olympia is the title awarded to the best male bodybuilder in the world. 

What I meant was this kid has a lanky frame and can do with some muscles....atm lacks power. 

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Just now, Gollum said:

Mr Olympia is the title awarded to the best male bodybuilder in the world. 

What I meant was this kid has a lanky frame and can do with some muscles. 

Ya he is barely 19, ya unlike other young guys like Tiafoe, he is much lean. But I feel he is too short also.

 

He will probably develop like Kei Nishikori and start to look more like an athelete even with short height. 

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De Minaur is the same height as Wawrinka, around 5'11-6. So he's just about decent height by tennis standards. He has a decent serve as well, so serve-ROS combo is good. What he needs is muscles mass and to get bulky, and improve his fitness. That'll help a long way then just grinding and retrieving without any weapons to beat the top guns. He needs a much fitter body and the weapons will develop from there.

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3 minutes ago, I6MTW said:

De Minaur is the same height as Wawrinka, around 5'11-6. So he's just about decent height by tennis standards. He has a decent serve as well, so serve-ROS combo is good. What he needs is muscles mass and to get bulky, and improve his fitness. That'll help a long way then just grinding and retrieving without any weapons to beat the top guns. He needs a much fitter body and the weapons will develop from there.

Talking about fitness, one younguy I feel who hasn’t gotten much attention and I feel is absolutely a threat is Karen Khachanov. His game is pretty solid from the basline, and attacking strokeplay puts him a contender, even ahead of Zverev and guys who struggle at slams.

 

i think Khachanov is in the same mould as Cilic with more weapons at a young age.

 

It will be interesting to follow him this year. 

 

 

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