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So the new season is under way.

 

Already quite an important match, if not for the title itself, but the H2H. Novak vs Rafa tomorrow.

 

 

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Well that was a superb display from Novak. He goes ahead of Nadal finally in the H2H.

 

Novak tore Nadal to pieces. It was sledgehammer shots one after the other. In all their matches, never has Novak played as well as this.

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Well that was a superb display from Novak. He goes ahead of Nadal finally in the H2H.

 

Novak tore Nadal to pieces. It was sledgehammer shots one after the other. In all their matches, never has Novak played as well as this.

Nadal has nothing to hurt Novak.

Was only a matter of time tbh

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Nadal has nothing to hurt Novak.

Was only a matter of time tbh

I think over the years in their match up  two things have drastically changed. Djokovic's serve, which obviously gives him easier holds. The other is Nadal's depth with the FH. Before he could keep Djokovic honest and often blast winners for fun with it, but not anymore.

 

It is too soon to read too much into it, I'll wait until we're at the AO to see where each player is at. But the gap between the two is growing wider and wider.

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That was some hitting from Novak and Rafa didn't play that bad. They showed stats of Novak's Forehand Backhand  ground stroke average speed, compared to his previous matches he was hitting it faster. Novak always gets pumped up when he plays nadal. Novak himself said in post match interview Nadal has improved much after US open. So its not a wise decision to count him out.

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Novak was hitting winner after winners. Nadal couldn't do much or infact none would have stand a chance against that Djokovic. Looking forward to Australian open. 

 

Will be interesting to see how the court behaves?:hmmm:

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Nadal has nothing to hurt Novak.

Was only a matter of time tbh

Just like how Federer has been weaponless against real threats like Nadal and Djokovic in slam. He looked million dollars against his weak era buddies though. Meanwhile Nadal still leads both Federer and Djokovic in slams 9-2 and 9-4.

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Retirement too early IMO

Depends on the clay season. He is playing at a decent level IMO, from what I have seen post US open. Verdasco is a very tough first round opponent actually, especially when you are down in confidence. When Verdasco plays well he is easily a top 20 player even now. So you are right the clay season this year will tell us how Nadal would end his career. He has to perform, at least he has to stay relevant even if he does not win the big titles. 

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Meanwhile Djokovic is in another AO final, absolutely thrashed Federer in the first two sets. His level dropped a bit in the third set but easily closed it out in 4. Just give him the trophy already, there is no one even close to him. 

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He totally dominated Roger in the 1st 2 sets. Roger just can't beat Nole in a GS. If Raonic reaches final he might be a tough opponent for Novak. He is serving seriously good. But pressure of 1st major final might be too much for him but to be in that he needs to defeat Murray. Hoping for a block buster semi between Raonic & Murray. Murray might edge Raonic in 4 sets.

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Clay courter time violator Nadal has been exposed now that the rules have tightened up and players have figured out his moon balling game. Karma for Nadal fans after they kept having a go at Federer when he was 29 and insisted that it was the competition that caught up with Federer. Now Nadal is losing to Fognini, Verdasco at HC slams hahahaha. Djokovic will obliterate this guy's records. A far better player than Nadal and a much fairer player as well.

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Not a great AO final, Murray had more his fair share of chances in sets 2 and 3 where there were some brutal high quality rallies, the 3rd set tbreak was a bit anti climactic. Novak was below par and Murray could not take advantage. Feel for Andy but happy for Novak. Hope Novak wins all 4 slams this year

 

Murray has the tools to be a very good attacking player- skills at the net and big serve and forehand shouldnt try to out rally Novak as much as he does

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Not a great AO final, Murray had more his fair share of chances in sets 2 and 3 where there were some brutal high quality rallies, the 3rd set tbreak was a bit anti climactic. Novak was below par and Murray could not take advantage. Feel for Andy but happy for Novak. Hope Novak wins all 4 slams this year

 

Murray has the tools to be a very good attacking player- skills at the net and big serve and forehand shouldnt try to out rally Novak as much as he does

Murray's FH, second serve and most importantly his temperament let him down. He has not been the same player mentally ever since Lendl left his camp. 

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Congrats Nole :hatsoff:He really needs to win RG. Hope Rafa meets Stan somehow earlier in the draw. One threat will be out.  Djokovic sometimes play passive at times hope won't repeat the same mistake like he did at RG against Stan.

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Not a great AO final, Murray had more his fair share of chances in sets 2 and 3 where there were some brutal high quality rallies, the 3rd set tbreak was a bit anti climactic. Novak was below par and Murray could not take advantage. Feel for Andy but happy for Novak. Hope Novak wins all 4 slams this year

 

Murray has the tools to be a very good attacking player- skills at the net and big serve and forehand shouldnt try to out rally Novak as much as he does

Murray improved in 2nd and 3rd sets but Novak was clutch when needed. Not a great final for neutral or Fedal fans but a GS is a GS. 

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I will be worried if Novak plays the same way like he did in 2nd or 3rd sets yesterday or at times in this AO against Stan. Might get punished badly if everything goes Stan's way. Hope Novak raises at RG.

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I will be worried if Novak plays the same way like he did in 2nd or 3rd sets yesterday or at times in this AO against Stan. Might get punished badly if everything goes Stan's way. Hope Novak raises at RG.

Still early days but Djokovic has a real shot at CYGS this year. Federer couldn't do it because Nadal was stopping him on clay. Djokovic doesn't even have that.

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Apparently Federer had a minor knee surgery. Unlike the rabid Fedtards on this board (not all Fed fans of course, you know who you are!) who wish nothing but the worst for Nadal, I, as a tennis fan wish Fed speedy recovery. Hope he regains his strength and gets fully fit for French Open and Wimbledon. 

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Still early days but Djokovic has a real shot at CYGS this year. Federer couldn't do it because Nadal was stopping him on clay. Djokovic doesn't even have that.

He lost to Wawrinka, even without Fed/Nad . He can't win clay. Hopefully Nadal will be back from French open onwards. 

p.s: I am a big Nadal fan :cantstop:

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I will be worried if Novak plays the same way like he did in 2nd or 3rd sets yesterday or at times in this AO against Stan. Might get punished badly if everything goes Stan's way. Hope Novak raises at RG.

 

Novak played shit most of the tournament and still won comfortably. He raised his game whenever it mattered. Against Simon in set 5, vs Nishikori and the start of the SF and F.

Novak probably will feel the pressure most at RG and that will be the most difficult part of a potential CYGS if he is to get there I think.

 

 

 

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Murray's FH, second serve and most importantly his temperament let him down. He has not been the same player mentally ever since Lendl left his camp. 

Yeah, someone said how the strength of a coach should be the players weakness -so Boris and Edberg being great serve and volleyers to help Novak and Fed like- Mauresmo was pretty mentally fragile as a player, we never saw this level of chuntering self hatred on the court from Andy under Lendl.

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Watching the Rotterdam open,this young german ,Alexander zverev is a very talented player.he'll break the top 10 in a couple of years and I am sure he'll be the next big thing,probably multiple slam winner and world #1 in the future.

Plays a bit like saffin,needs to develop his shoulder a bit

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He'll miss all the clay masters and only play the RG according to his schedule.but coming back after the surgery ,I am sure he'll not be back before april end,so maybe rome would be a sure shot masters in which he'll play before RG

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Back here after a long time. Nole has beaten rafa again in Rome QF. Great match looking forward to see them play again in BO5 set.  Great win considering RG is around the corner. Really looking forward to this French open.

 

 

With nadal seeded fifth we might see them meet in RG QF. 

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On 8/25/2016 at 10:00 AM, Nova said:

Rafa Nadal is going to be in Delhi for the Davis Cup (16-18 Sep). Great news for Nadal fans to see him live. :nice:

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Means we are screwed.

 

Considering the state of Indian tennis, it was anyway going to be the case. But with Rafa there, no chance we will even come close to winning the tie.

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