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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:07 am    Post subject:

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Hseih is really a pleasure to watch. She has absolutely no power, but changes pace so well and puts the ball exactly where she wants to and it frustrates the hell out of the top players.

She took out another former #1 today in Wozniacki


I love watching her too. It's like watching an artist at work. If she actually had a big serve, she'd really be lethal. As it is, she is a nuisance to play against for sure.
Woz didn't have a clue, looking at the highlights. So many players just can't counter the unpredictable, probably because they hardly ever play against different styles these days. Andreescu seems to have a good mix. Hsieh looks at ease doing it, like she did for a lob yesterday. Kyrgios must love her game. Hsieh has some flat power and it's needed to keep the other player confused.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:53 am    Post subject:

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Hseih is really a pleasure to watch. She has absolutely no power, but changes pace so well and puts the ball exactly where she wants to and it frustrates the hell out of the top players.

She took out another former #1 today in Wozniacki


I love watching her too. It's like watching an artist at work. If she actually had a big serve, she'd really be lethal. As it is, she is a nuisance to play against for sure.
Woz didn't have a clue, looking at the highlights. So many players just can't counter the unpredictable, probably because they hardly ever play against different styles these days. Andreescu seems to have a good mix. Hsieh looks at ease doing it, like she did for a lob yesterday. Kyrgios must love her game. Hsieh has some flat power and it's needed to keep the other player confused.


Yes, she actually likes the pace and can just simply redirect the pace with her flat ball seemingly anywhere she wants to. I love the drop shots and the variety!

As a (much worse) amateur player, I prefer when my opponent hits harder too. I love the pace. When someone also hits less-than-hard, it makes me know I'm in for a grueling war out there, because I hate making errors so I won't just go for winners all the time. I'd rather that the opponent hits hard and is going for winners.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:36 pm    Post subject:

FAA is going to be someone to watch moving forward. He's already the first mens player born after 2000 to make the top 50 (he's just 18!). He's on into the quarterfinals after another win over a seeded player.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 4:09 pm    Post subject:

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FAA is going to be someone to watch moving forward. He's already the first mens player born after 2000 to make the top 50 (he's just 18!). He's on into the quarterfinals after another win over a seeded player.


Yeah, I like him a lot. He's much more skilled than the youngest American hope (Tiafoe?) and I expect him to have a much better career.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 6:52 pm    Post subject:

True story.
Félix AA
I used to play practice sets with him in 2014.
He was 5-10 then and still within my league. He actually wasn’t even number one in the country for his age category at the time.

I spoke to him just a few times. It was competitive after all. Really good kid. He was barely 14. Next time I saw him a year and half later his serve was in the 115 range and he grew to 6-1. And it just kept getting bigger and better for him.

His dad Sam is an awesome guy. Well deserved.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:27 pm    Post subject:

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True story.
Félix AA
I used to play practice sets with him in 2014.
He was 5-10 then and still within my league. He actually wasn’t even number one in the country for his age category at the time.

I spoke to him just a few times. It was competitive after all. Really good kid. He was barely 14. Next time I saw him a year and half later his serve was in the 115 range and he grew to 6-1. And it just kept getting bigger and better for him.

His dad Sam is an awesome guy. Well deserved.
That's pretty awesome. Guy may be the best of the next gen guys over the next decade. Canada is in for some singles tennis slams women and men.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:35 pm    Post subject:

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FAA is going to be someone to watch moving forward. He's already the first mens player born after 2000 to make the top 50 (he's just 18!). He's on into the quarterfinals after another win over a seeded player.
Lots of guys who will be like piranhas fighting when the big 3 go. It's going to be pretty darwinian, and the best couple are really going to be battle-tested. Mental game is probably going to be the difference, and at this early stage Tsitsipas, FAA look like good bets, and Zverev. Too early to tell though, and all of them are likable. Everyone is growing into their bodies and games.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:52 pm    Post subject:

fed train rolling right along, dropping guys in straights

hope he crushes isner
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2019 2:34 am    Post subject:

Besides one 7-5 set, Isner has tiebreaked his way to the final.

Inb4 Roger wins 7-6 7-6
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2019 3:38 am    Post subject:

federer's ridiculous 12 o'clock return of serve vs shapovalov that scored him a point

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:38 am    Post subject:

Crazy clay season so far. Nadal loses before the finals at both Monte Carlo and Barcelona. Fognini actually almost bageled him at Monte Carlo in their match too.

Djokovic has been looking lethargic since the AO too.

Fed is looking the best of the three.

With Osaka withdrawing in Stuttgart, Kvitová has a chance at being the only WTA multi-tourney winner so far this year. She won’t take #1 though, as Osaka made the semis.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:50 pm    Post subject:

The WTA is just completely wide open. Never seen anything like it. Especially with Serena looking like she's near the end of the line. I agree that Novak does look a bit lethargic since the AO, and maybe he's just pacing himself for the majors now, who knows. Kind of feel the same with Nadal for the French.

I can't see Federer winning 7 matches in a row on clay in the same event with a best 3-of-5 set format. Just don't think he can hold up.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2019 3:09 pm    Post subject:

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The WTA is just completely wide open. Never seen anything like it. Especially with Serena looking like she's near the end of the line. I agree that Novak does look a bit lethargic since the AO, and maybe he's just pacing himself for the majors now, who knows. Kind of feel the same with Nadal for the French.

I can't see Federer winning 7 matches in a row on clay in the same event with a best 3-of-5 set format. Just don't think he can hold up.

I think Djokovic is off his game a little but needs to get some matches to hit that best level. Should get some in before the French.

Thiem is the heir apparent at the French, though I'd be a little surprised if he does it this year. Nadal could just put it all together and destroy everyone again. The other finalist today should have a solid run there. Still 2 big tournaments on clay though before the French, so a lot to shake out. Would really like to see Fed go deep in his first clay tournament to get the belief flowing. Not sure what's up with the women, but hope Osaka does ok, and Serena and Halep.
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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2019 1:41 pm    Post subject:

Fed v. Gasquet; Fed wins his first clay match in 3 years

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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2019 8:49 pm    Post subject:

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Fed v. Gasquet; Fed wins his first clay match in 3 years

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADZrDn1AMe8


Wonder how many people don't realize that Fed is probably a top-10 all-time clay court player.
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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2019 12:07 am    Post subject:

DuncanIdaho wrote:
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Fed v. Gasquet; Fed wins his first clay match in 3 years

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADZrDn1AMe8


Wonder how many people don't realize that Fed is probably a top-10 all-time clay court player.


Oh yeah. He lost 4 times in the French Open final to Nadal, along with his one win in the final there against Robin Soderling.
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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2019 2:24 pm    Post subject:

What an awesome day of tennis.

Bertens beats Halep for the title. She’s looked pretty good this spring and is now ranked 4.

Djokovic beats Thiem in an amazing match with two tiebreaks to reach the finals.

Tsitsipas overcomes Nadal in 3 to reach the finals. I thought he was done for sure after that second set but he came back. He’s definitely the best of the new gen.

I think Nadal still has to be the favorite heading into Rome and RG, as those courts are slower, but they're definitely in play for Djokovic and a couple others.
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PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2019 2:52 pm    Post subject:

Match of the year candidate so far between Novak and DelPo in the quarters in Rome.
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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 1:45 pm    Post subject:

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Match of the year candidate so far between Novak and DelPo in the quarters in Rome.

I didn't see it except for what looked to be Del Potro taking control early in the third and Djokovic getting mad and making mistakes. That good, huh?

Anyway, a Nadal Djokovic final on clay - French Open implications. If Djokovic beats him, confidence gap would be big. Djokovic may not be able to if today's score is any indication, and Nadal has been bageling dudes lately. He may be fully back on clay.
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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2019 12:11 am    Post subject:

djok's insistence on those half assed drop shots had me yelling at the tv

I want Roger to make the final at RG and take down Nadal once and for all.
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