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Post by noleisthebest on Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:19 am

This is a thread for B- list tournaments.

I know most here follow tennis because of Fedal, but there are still good players and matches going round.

This week features Shapo, Delpo, Fognini...

Judging by the scores, Thiem is proving he is going to be the king of this thread.

Sush a shame he ended up being a sweaty SBH grinder.

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Post by Tenez on Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:43 pm

A real grinder this Thiem. I saw a short of Monfils...managed to win from MP down v Zeballos but the ugly way pushing the ball like no future.

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Post by summerblues on Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:42 am

Thiem is a clay courter. If he can beat Rafa at RG this year, I will forgive him for only being good on clay.

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Post by Daniel on Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:50 am

summerblues wrote:Thiem is a clay courter.  If he can beat Rafa at RG this year, I will forgive him for only being good on clay.

I had a lot of hope for him last year that he would finally step up and do something for Generation Never.  And I saw him play like an idiot and fall apart.  So I won't be having any hope this time, either.

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Post by noleisthebest on Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:02 pm

summerblues wrote:Thiem is a clay courter.  If he can beat Rafa at RG this year, I will forgive him for only being good on clay.

We need a separate thread for Who Can Beat Rafa At RG This Year.

What are the conditions:

He needs to be super fit
He mustn't be a choker
He’s got to be a le to go DTL at will.

Now, who could fit this description?

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Post by Daniel on Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:33 pm

Nadal isn't the same player as he used to be and suffers a lot more losses these days.  He's also been beaten there twice.  He is not invincible.  Even Isner almost beat him in Nadal's prime. So, any decent player could beat him if they play well enough.  The question is if anyone will.  Thiem last year was a joke.

Personally, I think Nadal will lose this year.

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Post by Tenez on Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:39 pm

Daniel wrote:Nadal isn't the same player as he used to be and suffers a lot more losses these days.  He's also been beaten there twice.  He is not invincible.  Even Isner almost beat him in Nadal's prime. So, any decent player could beat him if they play well enough.  The question is if anyone will.  Thiem last year was a joke.

Personally, I think Nadal will lose this year.

Yeah,...yeah....I decline, you decline, we decline, the world decline....The French Musqueteers were the best.

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Post by luvsports! on Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:32 pm

Nadal's FO struggles in 2011 were more down to not being able to adjust to the smaller, zippier balls.

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Post by Tenez on Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:03 pm

luvsports! wrote:Nadal's FO struggles in 2011 were more down to not being able to adjust to the smaller, zippier balls.
Yep...you know your stuff! I'd say harder rubber which did not get bitten by strings that easily, hence harder to inject the spin in. Woudl have been perfect conds for Fed and his new racquet!

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Post by Daniel on Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:20 pm

Tenez wrote:
Daniel wrote:Nadal isn't the same player as he used to be and suffers a lot more losses these days.  He's also been beaten there twice.  He is not invincible.  Even Isner almost beat him in Nadal's prime. So, any decent player could beat him if they play well enough.  The question is if anyone will.  Thiem last year was a joke.

Personally, I think Nadal will lose this year.

Yeah,...yeah....I decline, you decline, we decline, the world decline....The French Musqueteers were the best.

No, humans all decline with age.  As I keep telling you - and the stats and results bear out - but you are apparently unable to grasp biological fact. Not to mention you have the "much stronger players now" excuse at the ready - even when it's plain to everyone that this is a weak time in tennis, with even Federer whinging that these players aren't stepping up. Then again, you do believe that God created the world in 7 days.

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Post by Tenez on Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:34 pm

We all know you don't even believe your own theories. It's all about ego management cause you even contradict yourself by showing clips disproving your points.

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Post by noleisthebest on Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:23 pm

Shapo also has a knack of making tennis look easy.

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Post by luvsports! on Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:10 pm

Stan retires Sad

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Post by Tenez on Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:56 pm

Looks like we have another Karlovic. Reilly Opeka, 20yo and 2m11cm tall like karlo and just beat jack Sock!

Amazing how those giants are doing well in tennis.

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Post by Tenez on Fri Feb 23, 2018 3:59 pm

Too tired.....

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Post by noleisthebest on Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:21 pm

Watching Krajinvic -Pouille, nice player Krajinovic.

Good tennis brain and quick feet and hands.

Could be closer to the baseline on returns.

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Post by Tenez on Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:56 pm

Shapo v Fritz about to start... have to find a link!

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Post by Tenez on Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:24 pm

Can't find teh link....but I found one with Mugu....oh I don't like Mugu!

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Post by Tenez on Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:42 pm

I have a new favourite in the women tennis. Kasatkina.

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Post by Tenez on Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:44 pm

What's impressive with Shapo is that he hits a lot of clean winners. The proper definition of talent.

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Post by Tenez on Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:51 pm

and he breaks....
what I am not fan of is that nervousness while seating for change of ends, pr even between serves....just reminds me of Hewitt. This is where you see the lack grace I guess.

Still an amazing talent.

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Post by summerblues on Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:28 am

Thiem bageled by Verdasco. So much for him having any chance vs Rafa. Sad

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Post by Tenez on Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:29 am

I think Shapo would have a chance v Rafa on clay.

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Post by summerblues on Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:33 am

Tenez wrote:I think Shapo would have a chance v Rafa on clay.
Good luck with that.

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Post by summerblues on Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:38 am

noleisthebest wrote:What are the conditions:

He needs to be super fit
He mustn't be a choker
He’s got to be a le to go DTL at will.

Now, who could fit this description?
The player you are thinking of no longer exists.  RG will be tough.  Nobody from the youngsters that were doing ok on clay last year (mainly Zverev and Thiem) seems to be looking any better this year.

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Post by summerblues on Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:40 am

summerblues wrote:
Tenez wrote:I think Shapo would have a chance v Rafa on clay.
Good luck with that.
Maybe Chung might have a chance if he keeps improving.  I just do not know how good he is on clay.

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Post by summerblues on Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:44 am

But we do need somebody.  Federer at 36/37 cannot be expected to be holding Rafa off singlehandedly much longer.  We are lucky Fed has been playing this well.  If Fed had been out of the picture the last 13 months, Fed's and Rafa's slam counts could have been 17-17.

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Post by Tenez on Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:25 am

summerblues wrote:
summerblues wrote:
Tenez wrote:I think Shapo would have a chance v Rafa on clay.
Good luck with that.
Maybe Chung might have a chance if he keeps improving.  I just do not know how good he is on clay.
He troubled him for a set last year on clay.....Had a break up and looked he had the weapons until.....he lost faith.
Now he looks on his way out v Tiafoe.
The reason I have faith in Shao, over bo3 clay at least is that he has the firepower from both wings. This is crucial in beating Nadal.

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Post by noleisthebest on Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:19 am

Tenez wrote:and he breaks....
what I am not fan of is that nervousness while seating for change of ends, pr even between serves....just reminds me of Hewitt. This is where you see the lack grace I guess.

Still an amazing talent.

I don’t think it’s him, it’s the people around him.

He is a jewish/russian in Canadian clothes.

His mother looks very nervy in the box.

Maybe Shapo would benefit from a nice, calm coach.


The talent is there, and he isn’t neuritic or reckless.

When you look at a young player with potential like Shapo now, you see how many things went right for Fed.

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Post by noleisthebest on Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:24 am

summerblues wrote:
noleisthebest wrote:What are the conditions:

He needs to be super fit
He mustn't be a choker
He’s got to be a le to go DTL at will.

Now, who could fit this description?
The player you are thinking of no longer exists.  RG will be tough.  Nobody from the youngsters that were doing ok on clay last year (mainly Zverev and Thiem) seems to be looking any better this year.

Uou say that, but if I learnt anything it’s that anything can happen in tennis.
Though, with Nadal, he always get protected to such a level that all eventualities get reduced to a minimum: easy draws, slow balls...

Maybe Nadal is bluffing his invicibility, too. Look how he went in Oz.

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Post by noleisthebest on Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:27 am

Tenez wrote:I think Shapo would have a chance v Rafa on clay.

Well he has all he needs to, on paper...

He goes down the line easily and has done great angles off both wings.
And he is not too big a choker.

Wih him, at least there is sound hope.

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Post by bogbrush on Sat Feb 24, 2018 10:30 am

Nice to hear that Federer has indicated his intention to play Dubai in 2019. It seems that retirement is still not on the horizon. smiley

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Post by Tenez on Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:06 pm

Didn't he just sign a 5 year contract with Merc? $10million/year ($50M in total)?



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Post by bogbrush on Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:13 pm

Tenez wrote:Didn't he just sign a 5 year contract with Merc? $10million/year ($50M in total)?


Didn’t know about that, but he doesn’t necessarily have to be playing to do that does he. I heard his Rokex contract was for 20 years or something.

Anyway, screw that’s, I’m going enjoy to contemplating a 42 year old Slam winner and #1.

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Post by Tenez on Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:24 pm

We are on new territory here. We have not seen such old players at the top in the open era. Rosewall and Connors being the oldest but at then the game was not nearly as physical so we do not know how long he can keep it up.

More importantly how long will be able to play 5 matches in a week or 7 Bo5 in 2 weeks?

So far there does not seem to be any player out there able to play a la Djoko. That helps for sure.


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Post by noleisthebest on Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:43 pm

Good thing about Federer and his prospects of longevity is that he is Swiss.
The food they have there is not the fanciest stuff but very organic and wholesome.

Not to mention fresh air and “Die Berge”.
They take children to “Wald” (woods) once a week in preschool, so they all have very healthy upbringing. Sugary snacks are actually forbidden at schools.

So if anyone’s going to last it’s going to be him.

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Post by noleisthebest on Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:47 pm

So, Chung loses to Tiafoe and Tiafoe to play Shapo later this evening.

That will be a good match, a must win for Shapo.

In weeks like this, I see the full impact of young players never taking part in slam finals due to this long dominance of big 4/5.

They just look like eternal satelite players who never get a chance to dig their teeth in big matches and show their character. They carry on like kids, not men...you just can’t take them seriously.

And in a way they lack hunger and drive. They give up too easily.

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Post by noleisthebest on Sat Feb 24, 2018 11:51 pm

Don’t know why Tiafoe-Shapo is not starting, so looked at yesterday’s clip...Shapo is really, really good!



Imcan’t see what it is he can’t do yet...maybe not grind.

If I could change anything with him is I’d work on serve variation.

The groundstrokes are amazing...esp for an 18 yo!

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Post by Tenez on Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:00 am

Yep...very impressive. Tif/Shapo starting at 1am....a bit too late for me.

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Post by noleisthebest on Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:36 am

noleisthebest wrote:So, Chung loses to Tiafoe and Tiafoe to play Shapo later this evening.
That will be a good match, a must win for Shapo.
Why did I say this stupid thing! online2long

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Post by Tenez on Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:48 am

It looks like Tiafoe's pace was too much to handle for Shapo.

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Post by noleisthebest on Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:30 pm

Shapo’s winners are great but he needs to work on the consistency of his rallying shots.

I haven’t seen last night’s match, but from what I’ve observed so far, he sends too many short balls for today’s top standard.

 I think that’s separates him from the next level...so lighter feet and more centre baseline position, rather than relying on hs talent to pull off tough winners from corners on the run.

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Post by Daniel on Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:45 pm

considering his age, I think a more realistic time to see some results is 22-23ish. Usually is the case.  He'll improve all the time.

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Post by Tenez on Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:31 pm

Daniel wrote:considering his age, I think a more realistic time to see some results is 22-23ish. Usually is the case.  He'll improve all the time.
I think he has the talent to see results now or in the next 12 months. He is going to be 19 in a couple of months. ....I expect him to win big at 20....big things at 20....bar injuries of course.

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Post by luvsports! on Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:11 pm

So Tiafoe, 20, wins his first title.
Karen (good name for a guy), 21, wins his second title.
And Shortzmann, 25, wins his first 500 title. 

Good week for the young, and not so young, guys.

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Post by Tenez on Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:26 pm

Yes having 5 under 24 out of the 6 semi finalists was a sign of new times. And seeing those 5 youngsters being aggressive players shows that it is the way forward. Good news.

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Post by barrystar on Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:05 am

summerblues wrote:But we do need somebody.  Federer at 36/37 cannot be expected to be holding Rafa off singlehandedly much longer.  We are lucky Fed has been playing this well.  If Fed had been out of the picture the last 13 months, Fed's and Rafa's slam counts could have been 17-17.

To echo what has been discussed on another thread - in my view, and rather stating the obvious, this is precisely why Fed's 'comeback' is so important in terms of how he will be viewed by posterity, and particularly that AO 2017 match.  When they eventually hang up their racquets it is the 'slam tally' that will inform who is thought of as having the greatest claim to Goatdom, and the less lop-sided the H2H, the more conclusive a Federer lead will be treated as.  So I agree, without the resurgence of Fed Nadal would be sitting on an overwhelming H2H and poised to take what would almost certainly be a conclusive lead in the slam tally this year.  It's a bit of a 'would of, could of, should of', but it's also logical that without Fed he would not have needed to extend himself so much for the #1 last year so would not be facing his same fitness problems.  Further, I suspect that Fed has rather gotten under his skin these last 12 months which never helps the mental fortitude at those crucial moments, especially if Fed is still in the draw of any HC tournament.  This week will be very interesting for Nadal watchers.

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Post by Tenez on Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:22 am

The H2H is very important for Goatdom as you call it. They tell a real story, especially when the H2H carries so many matches. And Federer there had a big question to answer. The reason he played Nadal on clay more often than on other surface was an argument but a weak one.

The main reason I always gave to explain that one sided H2H was the gap of generation. 5 years at a crucial time when tennis moved from SVing and big hitters to physical long lasting thanks to this new string technology. I always stressed that Fed trained with a small racquet with natural gut strings and was now facing players who learnt with the new technology and that they even slowed the conds since Fed's youth time.

That brought a big challenge to Fed. And what is amazing is that just by adopting the new technology (a larger racquet), he managed to show that this H2H was skewed because of technology/generation gap. With simply a new racquet he can handle Nadal and in my view may never had lost a match to him....or less than a handful.

Important to note he has not lost to Murray, another RRunner, either since adopting that new racquet.

Djoko fitness remain Fed's only question, with Nadal on clay but those fights come too late for 36yo!

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