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everest    192

That was a disappointing match for Serena today. So many unforced errors. Even if she somehow scraped her way back to win, it would have been one of her ugliest wins of all time.

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+Urthor    10297

Kerber did well but the amount of points that were Kerber hitting the ball into the middle of ad and deuce court and Serene making an unforced was just silly.  

 

 

 

Kerber was the deserved winner but low quality tennis from Serena.  

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+Urthor    10297

COME ON NOVAK GIVES US THE BAGEL

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anduril38    353

They may as well pencil in Djokovic for every final this year, because it's what's gonna happen. 

 

There really isn't anyone on the tour who can beat him at the moment except an on-fire Stan and even then its 50-50... 

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+Urthor    10297

On fire Stan was good but equally Novak wasn't at his real top of the game best.  Sad to say but I'd pencil in Murray at his 2015 best as the #1 challenger, which is a joke.  

 

 

 

I guess that whilst the 21st century is going to be giving us another kind of tennis player like the big 3, we should count ourselves lucky that 2/3 have been in form for most of the last decade or so, long term it'll probably form a chain from Federer to Nadal to Novak to Alexander Zverev, or maybe if one of the Australians gets his shit together and performs, but that's unlikely.  Maybe Kokkinakis, Kyrgios is a server and Tomic is a lazy shit who has left it too late to really invest in skills.  

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+Urthor    10297

Ok even I'll admit that was a pretty sick breakback

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anduril38    353

Murray came back into it the final 2 sets but Djokovic is a level above everyone. I fear that it's just become the Big One. 

 

Murray's lack of success against Federer and Djokovic since 2013 has crippled him, and he won't win another one unless Djokovic or Federer loses first. 

 

Nadal is out of it completely. He needs a new coach but too stubborn to do it. 

 

Federer can beat anyone but Djokovic. He'll never win another Slam unless Djokovic somehow gets beaten by someone else. 

 

Djokovic has made it 17 finals in a row, losing just two. The last time anyone beat him before the final of a tournament was Doha 2015 to Karlovic. He'll slow down eventually, but he's so ahead of everyone else it may not matter. The problem is there is hardly anyone up and coming to take over: 

 

Stan = brutal and potent when on form, but too inconsistent. 

Berdych: powerful but one dimensional

Raonic: improving, good run this year, but not enough.

Nishikori: Gets injured too often to make much of an impact. 

Ferrer: no chance of winning a slam, but credit for his grinding. No weapons kills him. 

 

Then there is the middlers: Isner, Anderson, Gasquet, Tsonga, Simon, Cilic, Monfils, Kyrgios and Goffin. All dangerous but will not make a huge run. Cilic obviously did but is turning into a Del Potro. 

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+Urthor    10297

Gasquet has serious potential to take his tennis up a tier and enter the top 10 mix alongside Berdych Nishikori Ferrer tbh, he has looked the part at times

 

I do find it astounding though that Australia and France can build a stable of in the mix youngsters with the power of their national federations though, and Americuh fails miserably.  Gotta blame the university tennis programs for that tbh

 

 

Zverev n Kokkinakis, you are our only hopes 

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anduril38    353

Gasquet had a good 2015, and has serious talent, but just lacks the intensity to take it up further. 

 

I am really happy for Kerber, but I was rooting for Konta to beat her. :) 

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+Urthor    10297

The women's final just made me wish there was cricket on

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anduril38    353

Haha. 

 

I quite enjoyed the tournament overall. Some good shocks, some really good matches and players in the mens and womens proved themselves; some excellent performance from players like Tsonga, Simon, Monfils and Raonic. Despite me hating Isner's playstyle, he had a fantastic tournament. Bit of a shame he hit his worst matchup in Ferrer or he would have been my pick to reach the QF. 

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anduril38    353

Well Sharapova failed a drugs test. 

 

May be an honest mistake or not, but any ban longer then 6 months and that's pretty much her career over. Many were expecting her announcement/conference to be a retirement speech, so this could be the nail in the coffin either way. 

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+Urthor    10297

It's not a mistake

 

 

a) the drug isn't legal outside of Russia and a handful of Eastern block states

 

b) 17% of Russian athletes tested positive for it at one point or another

 

c) it's a definite performance enhancer.  

 

d) It doesn't treat any of the diseases she listed herself as suffering from, Diabetes, vitamin deficiency, you name it.  Has no clinical use whatsoever for those, but it is a performance enhancer.

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anduril38    353

Just updating to say Djokovic lost in round 3 of Wimbledon to Querrey of all people. 

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everest    192

Defending so many break points against the best returner in the game was astounding. Many of his aces came on such points I believe. Great game for Sam, and clears the board for Murray and Fed.

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everest    192

Shame Isner couldn't outlast Tsonga. And Serena steamrolled her way to her 300th career slam win. 

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anduril38    353

Isner just has no mental strength over a 5-set shootout. Notice he hardly wins ANY matches which goes to 5 sets, it's quite disappointing. Tsonga played amazingly well in that match though, 88 winners only 20 unforced errors. Hopefully he has enough in the tank vs Gasquet tomorrow. 

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everest    192

Loved that comeback from Federer. Amazing fourth set. Shame about Sam's run ending short, though I didn't think many believed he could go all the way.

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anduril38    353

Problem with Querrey is he was just playing vs a better server who could go for broke on the return. Did well to get back into it, Raonic's serve was looking frighteningly like Sampras for a long time. 

 

Federer's match was brilliant. Cilic played like a god for most of it, and it's incredible he found a way to come through. 

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anduril38    353

I know we don't really post on this anymore, but this has to be said. 

 

AUS Open 2017 one of the best Slams ever. 

 

First NADAL FEDERER final since 2011 :) 

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