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Tennis 2018

Discussion in 'General Sports' started by Infield Infidel, Jan 4, 2018.

  1. jon abbey

    jon abbey Shanghai Warrior Dope SoSH Member

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    Sloane Stephens laying an egg out here early, down 6-2, 2-0 to #19 Sevastova.
     
  2. jon abbey

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    Sloane out in straight sets, she was evidently fighting off a cold. That means Madison Keys and Serena are two of the three highest remaining seeds at #14 and #17, behind Serena's next opponent, #8 Pliskova.
     
  3. jon abbey

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    Impressive first set comeback from Serena, Pliskova (who beat her convincingly here in a 2016 semi in straight sets) went up 3-1 and was looking like the much more consistent player. Then Serena found another gear as usual and took the set 6-4.
     
  4. jon abbey

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    Now Serena has won eight straight games, 6-4, 4-0.
     
  5. jon abbey

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    Serena closed it out, into the semis.

    Now Thiem is dominating Nadal (yes, that’s correct), just won the first set 6-0 in 24 minutes.
     
  6. InstaFace

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    Nadal takes 2nd set. It's a match now, and was from the first game of the 2nd set.

    Nobody is willing to suffer more than Nadal to grind out a grand slam match. Thiem better be emotionally prepared for the long haul.
     
  7. Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat

    Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat has big, douchey shoulders Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Nadal and Thiem just punish the tennis ball.
     
  8. BigMike

    BigMike Dope Dope

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    Thiem is just giving away opportunities here Just threw a turd of a game up serving for the 3rd set.
     
  9. ernieshore

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    On to the 5th.

    And ESPN is showing more crowd shots than a playoff baseball game on Fox.
     
  10. shawnrbu

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    If Thiem can win the US Open, would he become the first man born in the 1990s to win a grand slam?
     
  11. mauidano

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    Incredible choke by Rafa. The chance to break and serve for the match. He then gives up six straight points. Sheesh.
     
  12. Mr. Wednesday

    Mr. Wednesday Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    After all of the incredible shots both ways, it seemed a little anticlimactic for the match to end on an unforced error by Thiem (on what didn't look like a particularly difficult overhead shot).
     
  13. shawnrbu

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    Thiem had it and made a couple brutal errors during the tiebreaker.

    If one were inclined to place a wager, would Del Potro over Nadal in the semifinals be a good idea?
     
  14. mauidano

    mauidano Mai Tais for everyone! SoSH Member

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    These past two nights have had absolutely incredible tennis at the highest level.
     
  15. normstalls

    normstalls Member SoSH Member

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    Fun match - what a battle
     
  16. jon abbey

    jon abbey Shanghai Warrior Dope SoSH Member

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    My DVR cut off at 4-4 in the tiebreaker, I watched almost five hours of that and missed the last four points. I don’t even care, that was an amazing match.
     
  17. jon abbey

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    If it was Thursday, I would say yes but they get an extra day so it’s much closer.
     
  18. jsinger121

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    Plus it's not like Del Potro had an easy match himself. He went 4 sets and well over 3 hours with Isner.
     
  19. jon abbey

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    Well, Nadal has had two of those epic matches now, but more importantly, Nadal has knocked Del Potro out of three of the previous four slams (last year's US Open and this year's French and Wimbledon).
     
  20. BigMike

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    That one may stick with Thiem for a bit. He had opportunities to win every set, and just couldn't close.

    In terms of DelPo vs Nadal, who knows. If Nadal serves like he did yesterday, it is really hard to imagine him winning this tournament. I don't think fatigue will be an issue
     
  21. InstaFace

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    Keys playing Suarez-Navarro for the last spot in the semis. These two girls can bash the ball, by women's tour standards.
     
  22. InstaFace

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    Serena has been to a major final in 18 of the last 20 years (And just made her 2nd of this year, her 21st as a pro), and has won a major title in 14 of the last 20 - she can make it 15 years out of 20 on Saturday.
     
  23. jon abbey

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    Serena lost the first two games and then won 12 out of the final 13, 6-3, 6-0. She came to the net constantly and was great at it, I don't ever remember seeing her do that in a singles match before (as she said after "usually I only come to the net to shake hands").

    Osaka is stomping Keys similarly right now, up 6-2, 2-0, very impressive.
     
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  24. Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat

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    Extremely impressive performance by Osaka
     
  25. jon abbey

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    Crazy age difference in the women's final, just short of 16 years (Serena turns 37 soon and Osaka turns 21 soon). Serena beat then #4 Monica Seles in Nov 1997, shortly after turning 16. Osaka was born in Oct 1997.
     
  26. johnmd20

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    First game, Nadal gets broken. Second game, Del Potro gets broken. Quite a start.
     
  27. Sam Ray Not

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    Her post-match interview performance was adorable, too. Paraphrasing from memory...

    What were you thinking towards the end of the match? Honestly? I was thinking about playing Serena.
    Why? [Giggling] Because she's Serena!
    Any message you want to send to Serena? I love you!!!
    Any message for the fans here today? I love you!!! I love everyone!!!

    Anyway, should be a fun match tomorrow. I'll be thrilled with either result.
     
  28. johnmd20

    johnmd20 literally like ebola Lifetime Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    What an incredible break by Nadal, after facing a set point.
     
  29. johnmd20

    johnmd20 literally like ebola Lifetime Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    And he just obliterated him on the serve. Nadal up 6-5.
     
  30. Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat

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    Del Po wins the tie-breaker to take the first set.
     
  31. johnmd20

    johnmd20 literally like ebola Lifetime Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    And Nadal loses the tiebreaker. Huge set win for Del Potro there.
     
  32. johnmd20

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    Nadal retires after losing the first two sets.
     
  33. Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat

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    I love Del Potro. Happy he made it through.
     
  34. BigMike

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    Happy for Delpo, he seems like a good guy and deserves it. I'll be rooting for him in the finals.

    Nadal wasn't right the whole tournament, and was very fortunate to have been where he got to
     
  35. johnmd20

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    Djokovic is just playing awesome right now. I can't see Nishikori turning this around, Djok is just too strong and too consistent. And Nishi hasn't been consistent.
     
  36. InstaFace

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    Naomi Osaka is bringing it. Mouratoglou said it best - she rarely misses, and today she's not missing at all. That first set was as beat as I've seen Serena get this year, Wimbledon included.

    Serena's serve is off, but the rest of her game - movement, angles etc - looks fairly sharp. If the serve picks up, she can easily turn this right around.
     
  37. grandsalami

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    What just happened with the umpire? I turned it on and she was screaming at him
     
  38. thestardawg

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    The umpire assessed her two code violations. One for a racquet smash and the other for being coached (which she clearly was ) earlier.

    Serena is wonderful unless she doesn’t like a call and then she is a royal asshole.
     
  39. shawnrbu

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    What an absolute meltdown.

    Sucks that this has to take away from Osaka's moment. Such poor sportsmanship.
     
  40. thestardawg

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    Shut up Serena. Jesus Christ.
     
  41. thestardawg

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    It was a proper code violation call. She is about a second away from being dq d. And that would also be a proper call.
     
  42. johnmd20

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    Serena is never a gracious loser. Whenever she loses, it's someone else's fault.

    Osaka has played fantastically. She's a worthy winner here, if she can finish it.
     
  43. Dim13

    Dim13 Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    Mama said knock you out
     
  44. thestardawg

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    Good for Ōsaka. She is the future.

    9 years ago Serena threatened to suffocate a line judge with a tennis ball. What a class lady
     
  45. mauidano

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    This. Her history is well documented. No one likes to lose however in this moment she should not steal Osaka’s first Major victory. Serena will do well to hold herself together until she has had time to cool down. Nothing good will come out of this for her otherwise.
     
  46. Doug Beerabelli

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    I feel bad for Osaka. Should be a glorious moment for her, and it's almost completely overshadowed by all this bs.
     
  47. thestardawg

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    Naomi Osaka looks like she wants to be anywhere but at the trophy presentation right now.
     
  48. johnmd20

    johnmd20 literally like ebola Lifetime Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Seriously, she looks miserable. This is weird and unfortunate, especially for her.
     
  49. mauidano

    mauidano Mai Tais for everyone! SoSH Member

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    Such a shame. Osaka was clearly playing better. Williams racquet destruction was her undoing.
     
  50. Dim13

    Dim13 Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    Both the coaching rule and the equipment abuse rule are stupid, but they are rules.
     

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