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Old 01-26-2018, 06:26 PM
 
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Hmm, maybe Nadal was right about the courts being dangerous this year. Anyway, I don't think Chung would have contended much more even without the foot issue. Federer showed tonight just how strong his strengths really are. And I suspected Chung would struggle with his serve, regardless.

Yes, Cilic said he was injured in the Wimbledon final, but now he presumably is not, so he had better make this an actual match this time. I'm still bitter that the Wimbledon final wasn't the match I expected it to be, hah. But really, if Cilic folds again in three, this time with no injury excuse, I think he will have proven to everyone how mentally weak he is.
Cilic has won a Slam, he is not mentally weak. (unlike the likes of Berdych, Tsonga etc)
He crushed Federer in that USO semi in 2014.
The Wimbledon final he was injured but also genuinely outclassed on grass, but he has a real chance here on a now fairly fast hard court at RLA.
Of course he will have to come out with big serving and hard hitting and redline his game from the get go, but it is not impossible. Fed is still strong favorite, not denying that, esp after such a short semi.
Womens tonight is looking really interesting, both ladies competing to break their slam ducks.
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Old 01-27-2018, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I'm glad Caro finally got one. I like her.

I'm pumped the #GOAT is still playing at a high level and going for 20. Hopefully he can put some more distance between him and Rafa this year.
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Old 01-28-2018, 01:17 AM
 
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I'm glad Caro finally got one. I like her.

I'm pumped the #GOAT is still playing at a high level and going for 20. Hopefully he can put some more distance between him and Rafa this year.
Very happy for Wozniacki, would have been very happy for Halep as well.
Hopefully she will win a Slam too.
Now for the mens, here's hoping for a Cilic victory.
Cilic is very much the underdog against Federer who is going for 20 slams, but can hit through anyone on his day.
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Old 01-28-2018, 07:12 AM
 
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What. A. Legend. #20. The undisputed GOAT. Definitely in the Mt. Rushmore of sports.
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Old 01-29-2018, 02:48 PM
 
Location: The Great West
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Cilic had his chances. I suppose he was injured at Wimbledon after all. But Federer was too good and didn't have the first set nerves Cilic had. Probably because he's done this a million times, haha.

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I'm pumped the #GOAT is still playing at a high level and going for 20. Hopefully he can put some more distance between him and Rafa this year.
It amuses me that Federer fans still fear Nadal for what in my mind is no good reason. I am a fan of both Federer and Nadal and I see no need to pit them against each other. They are friends in real life. The fans meanwhile have dumb flame wars among themselves.
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Old 01-29-2018, 05:17 PM
 
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Cilic had his chances. I suppose he was injured at Wimbledon after all. But Federer was too good and didn't have the first set nerves Cilic had. Probably because he's done this a million times, haha.


It amuses me that Federer fans still fear Nadal for what in my mind is no good reason. I am a fan of both Federer and Nadal and I see no need to pit them against each other. They are friends in real life. The fans meanwhile have dumb flame wars among themselves.

Yeah, can't see how Nadal can run him down now, and I don't support either player.
In fact, even with Nadal's annual harvest at RG going on for another 2-3 years and maybe another hard court slam, Fed will probably get another Wimbledon at least as well, as the likes of Djoker and Murray are unlikely to challenge with injuries the way they are. Then you have Cilic, who I don't think can beat Fed on grass either. Stanimal I think is done too.
The gap could be closed, and then widened again. (just like what happened last year, with Fedal cleaning up the Slams with 2 each)
The rest of the field and the young guns have not stepped up either, esp at BO5 level.
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Old 01-29-2018, 05:50 PM
 
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Yeah, can't see how Nadal can run him down now, and I don't support either player.
In fact, even with Nadal's annual harvest at RG going on for another 2-3 years and maybe another hard court slam, Fed will probably get another Wimbledon at least as well, as the likes of Djoker and Murray are unlikely to challenge with injuries the way they are. Then you have Cilic, who I don't think can beat Fed on grass either. Stanimal I think is done too.
The gap could be closed, and then widened again. (just like what happened last year, with Fedal cleaning up the Slams with 2 each)
The rest of the field and the young guns have not stepped up either, esp at BO5 level.
You said it...there is no reason the two of them can't continue to do well unless they are injured (and that's definitely possible with the age considerations). The window is closing for Nadal to win outside the French Open. I can't think of anyone who can beat him there this year if he is healthy, not in a best of five, and it's tough to think of that happening to Federer in Wimbledon either. So Nadal may get 17 but then he's three slams behind and would have to count on Federer not winning anything else. Again I don't know who can beat Federer in Wimbledon this year unless someone really improves a lot in a short time or he is injured.

If Nadal even gets to 20 in his career I will be very surprised. I think he is done maybe at 18. I'm honestly fine with that as a few years ago I never thought he would win another major, and would be done at 14.

Since Federer has no real competition on grass and contends at the Australian, the numbers do not work for Nadal to catch Federer. I prefer Nadal over Federer but I never thought he would even come close to Federer's slam count. The fact he was only three behind was remarkable to me.

I think if Djokovic can come back healthy then he will break it up again, but I honestly have no idea what the severity of this injury really is. I'd prefer the younger players to step up. A friend who doesn't follow tennis was shocked when I told him Federer and Nadal were still playing at all, let alone winning majors. "Weren't they dominating 10 years ago too?" he said. Yep...they were.
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Old 02-04-2018, 03:12 PM
 
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How come no one is talking about Nishikori? He should be an even stronger contender now that Djokovic, Murray, and Stanimal are out. He was arguably the strongest contender outside the grand slam champions, and he is younger than all of them.
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Old 02-06-2018, 01:26 PM
 
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How come no one is talking about Nishikori? He should be an even stronger contender now that Djokovic, Murray, and Stanimal are out. He was arguably the strongest contender outside the grand slam champions, and he is younger than all of them.
Probably because he is so injury-prone and has not played for some time, and also his big drop down the rankings - meaning low seeding.
Also, he has not done a lot since his 2014 USO final appearance, where Cilic destroyed him. A slam semi, a couple of Masters finals and an Olympic bronze medal is more than ok to most players, but he needs to do more to be a contender.
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