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Old 01-20-2022, 06:19 PM
 
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Does the GOAT mean anything though?

I'd much rather be in Nadal's shoes right now, going for 21 at AO and 22 at RG.
Much rather have the slam record than some non-existent GOAT title, given that there is no GOAT ranking system (other than slam titles, because nothing is bigger than slam titles), and no GOAT award....

Well its bad timing for Djokovic, because Medvedev beat Djokovic 64 64 64 at the most recent slam (2021 US Open), so the trend doesn't indicate that Djokovic would have won this AO....

In my opinion, Medvedev was very nervous in last year's AO Final, and now that he's won the US Open its unlikely that he'd suffer from such extreme nervousness and tentativeness in an AO Final.
We'll never know, but just as we can never prove that Monica Seles would have won more slams than Graf, we can never prove that Djokovic would have won more than 20 slams.

While I'm happy for Medvedev and I personally like him better than Djokovic, I still can't help but feel a little bad for Djokovic's loss at last year's US Open Final. He was soooo close to winning a calendar year grand slam. And that's not easy to achieve as only five tennis players have done that! That would've been a wonderful historic win for Djokovic. Such a shame!
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Old 01-21-2022, 10:09 AM
 
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he is 34 yeas old. hes got years left to win majors and after last year (one of the greatest ever) there was NO indication he was slowing down. if the majors all ban him this year (I think thats a real possibility - France has already indicated they are going to be woke too) then that changes the dynamic. is it true that Novak is banned from Australia for the next 3 years?

Maria Sharapova is the same age and she retired 2 years ago. So I think maybe Novak is at the age where he should be retiring soon.
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Old 01-21-2022, 07:32 PM
 
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Oh boy - Alcaraz vs Berrettini coming up in round 3 at Australian Open. Should be a good one!
It lived up to it’s billing!
This young new Spaniard is definitely the real deal.
Berrettini slightly too much experience at the end.
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Old 01-21-2022, 07:35 PM
 
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Naomi Osaka, the defending women’s champion is out.
Not totally surprising due to her lack of match practice.
But she is always dangerous on hard courts, and a brilliant ball striker.
Anasimova will now meet Barty in the 4th Round.
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Old 01-21-2022, 08:06 PM
 
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Naomi Osaka, the defending women’s champion is out.
Not totally surprising due to her lack of match practice.
But she is always dangerous on hard courts, and a brilliant ball striker.
Anasimova will now meet Barty in the 4th Round.
I’m really amazed how many top seeds in the women’s side have already been eliminated in the early rounds. Funny how they all can cruise through the finals in a regular WTA tournament, but in the AO, they can’t make it past the second round. Quite shocking!
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Old 01-22-2022, 01:57 PM
 
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Tsitsipas v Paire match was pretty fun. Benoit is an interesting character and sure had a lively cheering section. Tsitsipas is my absolute favorite, always so entertaining to watch. And always some drama haha. Dad was apparently coaching from the stands as usual. Although sometimes some of the stuff they consider "coaching" I swear is just being an expressive Greek spectator.

Sabalenka's got her serve back (for the most part.) Before her round 3 match commentators had me freaking out she wouldn't make it through.

Medvedev is looking impressive of course. Gosh he does stand sooo far back from the baseline to return serves! If someone can beat him to win this Australian Open who do you think it would most likely be??
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Old 01-23-2022, 09:07 AM
 
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Tsitsipas v Paire match was pretty fun. Benoit is an interesting character and sure had a lively cheering section. Tsitsipas is my absolute favorite, always so entertaining to watch. And always some drama haha. Dad was apparently coaching from the stands as usual. Although sometimes some of the stuff they consider "coaching" I swear is just being an expressive Greek spectator.

Sabalenka's got her serve back (for the most part.) Before her round 3 match commentators had me freaking out she wouldn't make it through.

Medvedev is looking impressive of course. Gosh he does stand sooo far back from the baseline to return serves! If someone can beat him to win this Australian Open who do you think it would most likely be??

What are the appropriate strategies for this? More underhanded serves? More slice serves? More drop shots on the third shot? Use Federer short slice?

I am going to pick a Canadian. Shapovalov or Felix
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Old 01-23-2022, 10:35 AM
 
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I say underhand serve against Medvedev.

Can not believe Pegula took out Sakkari. I wanted to see Maria go farther in the tournament.

That first set tie break in the Nadal v Mannarino match was insane.
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Old 01-23-2022, 03:02 PM
 
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I’m really amazed how many top seeds in the women’s side have already been eliminated in the early rounds. Funny how they all can cruise through the finals in a regular WTA tournament, but in the AO, they can’t make it past the second round. Quite shocking!
Always worth looking at a legitimate underdog to win in the womens majors. I have a futures wager riding on Sabalenka, because of how long the odds were as a premiere player. It was due to her poor play, particularly leading up to the Australian Open. The women are too erractic. There isn’t a better sport to take a stab on a “long shot”. It usually works out that way. But it’s a matter though still of figuring out which one.
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Old 01-23-2022, 03:08 PM
 
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Gael Monfils is playing the best tennis of his life. What a resurgence. He of course was never in the class of the Big 3, even at his previous peak. But he’s well worth considering as a potential upset winner of his quadrant, even over Nadal. I think he will beat Berrettini next round.

It’s amazing how bad some of these players look and appear better suited for the Challenger Tour than an ATP Tour, only to discover the Fountain of Youth. Cilic is another the past couple of majors who has shown me something after I labeled him a bum for years. Dmitrov in the last few years is another.
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