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Miner Willy

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  1. Miner Willy

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    I don't think Djokovic will get to 24 as I think Rusedski said last week, but he will end up with more slams than Federer and Nadal, and people will justifiably call him the greatest. I personally believe that what we have seen with all of them - though Djokovic and Nadal have benefitted more than Federer - is the impact of consolidating and general slowing of court speeds - alongside developments in racket/string technology, of course. The sport has moved in a direction that has enabled the strong baseliners to dominate in a way that just wasn't possible previously: you barely need to adapt for different surfaces now, which I think is a huge shame. As amazing as all three are, would they have won 50% more slams than Sampras playing with that same variety of court speed, and - given there were only 16 seeds - the potential to face a huge serving 17th ranked grass court specialist in the first round at Wimbledon? I just don't think there's a chance of that. I do think Federer would be the best equipped to succeed in that alternate reality, but clearly Djokovic is perfectly suited to the one we actually live in. Djokovic fans would I'm sure dismiss this as the ramblings of a sad Federer fan, which maybe isn't far from the truth.
  2. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    Pretty sure the USTA chap reused some of his speech from the women's final - surely you could write a few new words FFS!
  3. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    Amazing. Overdue for a brilliant player.
  4. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    Continually shouting through the service motion and then total silence when the really starts. Just fucking ridiculous behaviour.
  5. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    Disgraceful from the crowd there.
  6. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    ... although maybe he could stop with the telegraphed drop shots.
  7. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    Medvedev doesn't look like he's going to fall apart to me.
  8. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    Agree - shocking stuff. Have your ever seen him look so mentally lost? Surely done now.
  9. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    I'd like to see the data, because I don't think Medvedev is hitting his cross court rally backhand as hard as normal. Some really quite horrible shots from Djokovic at times here.
  10. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    Medvedev a set and a break up, playing brilliantly against a clearly off key opponent - and yet you still fully expect Djokovic to get back into it somehow.
  11. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    Loved that, such a great match. Now just need a Medvedev win in five brutal sets tomorrow for a perfect weekend's tennis.
  12. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    Awesome. Such good tennis from both of them.
  13. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    I dunno; there are two players on a tennis court, and in slam semis the other one tends to be fairly decent. Even the best performances at this stage will have errors, dips and chances for the opponent - that's inevitable given the margins and fact that the opponent is doing their own thing and having their own swings etc. The serve has got a tiny bit shaky at times, but it's not like a case of the yips or anything. Everyone gets tight and everyone makes mistakes - it's just unrealistic to expect anything else. The performance the other night was amazing and I think a repeat of that level will see her through this evening.
  14. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    Great stuff again from Medvedev today - he's such a clever and awkward player. Definitely has a great chance to win it on Sunday: obviously he's the favourite if it's Zverev, but I really think he can beat Djokovic too.
  15. Miner Willy

    Tennis

    Just watched the full match from last night. Even if I don't think that was Sakkari's best tennis, I think it was Raducanu's best performance of the tournament. If anything the scoreline didn't do justice to the gap between them on the night: she was pretty much perfect from start to finish.
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