2024 Tennis

jon abbey

Shanghai Warrior
Moderator
SoSH Member
Jul 15, 2005
72,712
Thanks. Yeah, Coco is lucky that her opponent isn't sharp either.
I think her opponent is actually playing well for her, but she never won a tour-level match before the two she's won here.
 

jon abbey

Shanghai Warrior
Moderator
SoSH Member
Jul 15, 2005
72,712
Coco wins the last 8 games, but it will be a lot tougher from here, Navarro next and then the winner of Paolini/Keys, #15, #6 and #13 on the current live rankings.
 

jon abbey

Shanghai Warrior
Moderator
SoSH Member
Jul 15, 2005
72,712
I just noticed that #5 Medvedev is in #1 Sinner’s quarter, so Sinner might have to beat all of Medvedev, Alcaraz and Djokovic to win.
 

Mr. Wednesday

Well-Known Member
Lifetime Member
SoSH Member
Jul 27, 2007
1,648
Eastern MA
As I write this, Norrie and Zverev are at 12-12 in a third-set tiebreak (on serve). Norrie needs to win it to stay in the match.
 

jon abbey

Shanghai Warrior
Moderator
SoSH Member
Jul 15, 2005
72,712
Whoa, I stopped watching and Swiatek is being destroyed by an unseeded player in the final two sets. Swiatek took the 1st but lost 6-1 in the 2nd and is down 5-1 in the 3rd, so she is on the brink.
 

jon abbey

Shanghai Warrior
Moderator
SoSH Member
Jul 15, 2005
72,712
Swiatek out, that has to make Coco the favorite, I guess. Maybe Rybakina?
 

AMS25

Member
SoSH Member
Feb 29, 2008
3,292
Holland on the Plains
Whoa, I stopped watching and Swiatek is being destroyed by an unseeded player in the final two sets. Swiatek took the 1st but lost 6-1 in the 2nd and is down 5-1 in the 3rd, so she is on the brink.
Me too. I went to the laundromat to dry my laundry (dryer is broken) and came home to find Swiatek wiped out! Wow.
 

jon abbey

Shanghai Warrior
Moderator
SoSH Member
Jul 15, 2005
72,712
Djokovic drops the first set to Popyrin, he does not look very good.
 

jon abbey

Shanghai Warrior
Moderator
SoSH Member
Jul 15, 2005
72,712
Djokovic match is old school Wimbledon, each of the first three sets has been decided by just one break. Djokovic won the 2nd and 3rd, he only lost three points on serve in the third set.
 

jon abbey

Shanghai Warrior
Moderator
SoSH Member
Jul 15, 2005
72,712
Paolini/Keys was an awesome seesaw match with an awful ending. Keys was up 5-2 in the 3rd but couldn’t close it and then got hurt serving up 5-4. She tried to gut it out but had to retire at 5-5, Paolini gets Coco if Coco gets by Navarro later.
 

InstaFace

The Ultimate One
SoSH Member
Sep 27, 2016
23,311
Pittsburgh, PA
Paolini/Keys was an awesome seesaw match with an awful ending. Keys was up 5-2 in the 3rd but couldn’t close it and then got hurt serving up 5-4. She tried to gut it out but had to retire at 5-5, Paolini gets Coco if Coco gets by Navarro later.
Was wondering about that, I saw the result but not the process. To have to retire after leading the deciding set 5-2, in Wimbledon R16, has got to be soul-crushing. And to one of the nicest people on the tour, too.
 

jon abbey

Shanghai Warrior
Moderator
SoSH Member
Jul 15, 2005
72,712
Was wondering about that, I saw the result but not the process. To have to retire after leading the deciding set 5-2, in Wimbledon R16, has got to be soul-crushing. And to one of the nicest people on the tour, too.
She took a long timeout at 5-4 and tried to serve it out after that, but she just couldn't. She was literally crying while trying to serve for the match, I have never seen that before.
 

jon abbey

Shanghai Warrior
Moderator
SoSH Member
Jul 15, 2005
72,712
I would feel worse for Keys if she hadn't blown a 5-1 lead in the 2nd (won in a tiebreak) and then a 5-2 lead in the 3rd, she really should have closed the match out a lot quicker and she wouldn't have gotten hurt.
 

BigMike

Moderator
Moderator
SoSH Member
Sep 26, 2000
23,301
Sinner Sheton was a great 3rd set. and breaker

Dimitrov gets hurt early in the first set, so Medvedev gets a walkover win.
 
Last edited:

BigMike

Moderator
Moderator
SoSH Member
Sep 26, 2000
23,301
Hugely impressive performance from Emma Navarro, she was quite simply better than Coco in this match. Emma just outhit her all match
 

jon abbey

Shanghai Warrior
Moderator
SoSH Member
Jul 15, 2005
72,712
Yeah, Navarro super impressive again, she is very smart and doesn't miss much. Coco I think has a more flexible game than Serena but reminded me a bit of Henin taking down Serena a few times.
 

Dim13

Member
SoSH Member
Jul 14, 2005
1,955
The mucky muck
Is it me, or are there an unusually high number of players forced to retire due to injuries this year? Just happened again with Kalinskaya.
 

InstaFace

The Ultimate One
SoSH Member
Sep 27, 2016
23,311
Pittsburgh, PA
Another tie-breaker in the Fritz-Zverev match....
Taylor Fritz playing out of his mind in that tiebreak. I think wearing a headband and shirt that simply says "Boss" must be a little intimidating or motivating or something.
 
Last edited:

InstaFace

The Ultimate One
SoSH Member
Sep 27, 2016
23,311
Pittsburgh, PA
Zverev's backhand appears to now be... *drumroll*... on the Fritz.

Brilliant defensive game of taking over control of return points by Taylor, putting Zverev on the defensive and eventually drawing a bad ball back and punishing it. Fritz now a few service games from the QFs.
 

InstaFace

The Ultimate One
SoSH Member
Sep 27, 2016
23,311
Pittsburgh, PA
Legit top-10 player.

He can absolutely take out Musetti and make the semis, and Djokovic has his work cut out for him to meet him there.
 

jezza1918

Member
SoSH Member
Jul 19, 2005
3,010
South Dartmouth, MA
Legit top-10 player.

He can absolutely take out Musetti and make the semis, and Djokovic has his work cut out for him to meet him there.
Despite some uneven results to start the year at Masters 1000 tourneys, this is now his 3rd QF in the last 4 slams (with a 4th rounder at this years French)...so "legit top 10" feels right as of now. I dont recall him doing anything great during the pre-US open summer hard court season last year so he should have some points to pick up.
 

InstaFace

The Ultimate One
SoSH Member
Sep 27, 2016
23,311
Pittsburgh, PA
Clinical first set by Djoker there. Rune has that win against him earlier this year, but thus far just a hugely evident gap in maturity / consistency between the two.

edit: and as outro music, they play Elton John's "I'm Still Standing". Classic.
 

Dim13

Member
SoSH Member
Jul 14, 2005
1,955
The mucky muck
Djokovic apparently now dealing with some sort of abdominal issue and De Minaur looks like he tweaked something on match point against Fils.
 

InstaFace

The Ultimate One
SoSH Member
Sep 27, 2016
23,311
Pittsburgh, PA
The fans are shouting "Ruuuuuuune!" to cheer on Rune, and Djokovic thinks they're booing him and is giving the crowd a "WTF?" gesture. Real high-quality "I was saying boo-urns" moment there.
 

jon abbey

Shanghai Warrior
Moderator
SoSH Member
Jul 15, 2005
72,712
Someone needs to write a piece listing the age of all of Djokovic's Grand Slam opponents the last few years, almost every match he seems to be 12-15 years older.

Very impressive win for him today, he is 37 to Rune's 21, and especially nice to get through it quickly.
 

JShams

Well-Known Member
Lifetime Member
SoSH Member
Jul 3, 2001
1,120
He really is a humorless prick. You’ve won a bunch of grand slams, act like you’ve been there before.
 

cromulence

Member
SoSH Member
Aug 25, 2009
7,138
Wait, there are TWO Djokovic fans in this thread? I thought it was JA holding his own against the rest of the world. Shit.

Fuck that man forever. He is the absolute worst.
 

jon abbey

Shanghai Warrior
Moderator
SoSH Member
Jul 15, 2005
72,712
I'm not as big a fan as I used to be, the Covid stuff was infuriating and I really like both Alcaraz and Sinner (this is rare for me, I would guess that I dislike 2/3 of the very top players over the years).

The age thing is remarkable though, winning endurance tests against kids 15 years his junior over and over and over, I could give a shit about the crowd stuff.
 

InstaFace

The Ultimate One
SoSH Member
Sep 27, 2016
23,311
Pittsburgh, PA
Wait, there are TWO Djokovic fans in this thread? I thought it was JA holding his own against the rest of the world. Shit.

Fuck that man forever. He is the absolute worst.
I'm not quite at "fuck that man forever", I have a certain amount of respect for what condition he's been able to keep himself in, but I'm decidedly anti-Djokovic and root against him at every opportunity.

From the wrap-up:

"To all the fans that have respect and that stayed here tonight: Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart. I appreciate it. And to all those people that have chosen to disrespect the player -- in this case, me -- have a goooood night. Gooooood night. Gooooood night. Very gooooood night," he said, stretching out the O's in "good" so they sounded like "boo."​

If you asked me how different this was than Michael Jordan psychotically playing up totally innocuous things in order to gin up resentment at his opponents, I'd say not hugely... except that Jordan's was directed at opponents, to motivate him to compete, whereas Djokovic just isn't loved enough, isn't ever going to be loved enough, to fill up the hole in his soul. So there's not a "wow what a competitor!" semi-charm about it the way there was with Jordan or Brady.
 

jon abbey

Shanghai Warrior
Moderator
SoSH Member
Jul 15, 2005
72,712
He wasn't fighting with the crowd during that interview from what I saw, it was somewhat serious but also he was laughing a bunch and the crowd was enjoying it. Much ado about almost nothing...