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  1. hmm

    Tennis

    A little of column a, a little of column b, I think. The deficiencies in Ruud's game may explain why he was never likely to win against Nadal on this surface but I think the other aspects perhaps explain more why he played below his own level or how he lost the final eleven games in a row. But I was talking more generally as well, not just about this match.
  2. hmm

    Tennis

    The same problem as most of the 'next gen', or maybe 'next next gen', in that as soon as they come up against one of the big dogs, they know they've lost before they've even hit a ball. Rafa is as extraordinary as ever - on some measures, this year's more extraordinary than ever - but the mental side is the biggest reason that the 3 GOAT candidates have been and are still so successful. I'm delighted that he's got no. 22 - and here's to no. 23, as long as he doesn't retire in his victory speech - but it could be less of a procession!
  3. I could never figure out what they intended with the character at all with this stuff. It seemed like they were trying for some kind of redemptive arc for him, learning to be honourable or merciful or just plain good or something. But he was simply a (hugely inept) mafioso, wandering around and trying to intimidate local businesses into paying his tribute, clumsily showing his supposed might on the streets, fighting for his territory that he inexplicably believed was rightly his. There was no antihero aspect to it, the route that other vastly superior shows have gone down; they seemed to think people would root for him because he was somehow in the right, when it seemed to me that the Hutts were no more the bad guys. There were innumerable other things seriously wrong with the show, obviously, but this particularly stuck out to me, even in such a rich sea of crap.
  4. hmm

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    Terrible first set for Gauff, seemingly gets over her nerves for the start of the second set to break and take a 2-0 lead, but in fact only succeeds in angering Swiatek into battering her for the next 5 games straight. Swiatek is a huge talent but the lack of any kind of consistent opposition anywhere else in the women's game is pretty disappointing, with this being another tournament where the rest of the top 10 immediately evaporate in the first couple of rounds. Another reason that it's a shame to have lost Barty because it could have been a great rivalry between the two of them.
  5. How long have you had it? It seems to be the case that Amazon (and others) will often fob you off saying that you need to go to the manufacturer but will deal with it if you insist (and, if applicable, point out that it's their obligation to do so).
  6. hmm

    Tennis

    While I'm certainly no medical expert, I am a veteran of many ankle injuries and that honestly didn't look that bad. Like, not finishing the match bad, sure, but not, say, surgery and months out bad. It didn't look like he put that much weight on the twist really. Still, a shitty outcome in a match that was shaping up nicely (if a bit weirdly, with all the breaks). Credit to Zverev for the way he came out fighting in the second set, when many a head would have dropped after the way he lost the first, and given who and where he was up against.
  7. hmm

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    Oh Rafa, how did I ever doubt you? Phenomenal performance - from both of them, to be fair. Djokovic stepped up in the second set, and the start of the fourth too, but I don't think he could ever maintain that level because he was having to hit so aggressively to challenge Rafa.
  8. hmm

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    While he didn't pull it off in the end, I thought that Alcaraz performed admirably. He easily could have gone on to win it if he'd taken the tiebreak. Zverev was really good though and there was no shame in losing to him today. Nadal off to a flyer in the big evening match. Could be a long one!
  9. Rebellion's ragdoll game as strong as ever, I see!
  10. Seemed to me that the first paragraph was a genuine point about the franchise being a millstone and the second was a joke/wish about TF3.
  11. I fairly massively disagree with that. I'm no SW fanatic but Fallen Order tapped straight into whichever part of my brain is responsible for - and enjoys - recognising things being Star Wars-y. It's a distinctive, rich universe and there's a huge amount of shorthand they can use when working within it. Sure, there have been decades of subpar films now, but I don't think that's particularly undermined the magic of the original universe or reduced the ability for other forms of media to do great work with it. I'd agree that, generally speaking, we're somewhat at saturation point with the SW brand but I don't think that's true at all within the gaming space - if anything, it's underrepresented there. I'm hugely looking forward to a sequel personally. I hope they find a way of allowing some fresh RPG progression without a silly amnesia plotline or whatever, and like everyone I hope they have had some therapy for their sliding fetish, but I'm pretty confident it's going to be brilliant.
  12. CoD multiplayer is pretty much as fantastical as Doom these days. I was literally fighting Godzilla and King Kong last week.
  13. hmm

    Tennis

    That seems a little bit optimistic to me. At the least, it's going to be diminished. Is Djokovic going to turn up when he's guaranteed to lose his 2,000 ranking points (and no. 1 spot) either way, when he's already highly selective? Will Nadal, when he'd have already been doubtful even without this announcement? With Medvedev and Rublev obviously out too, we can already discount half the top 10. And are any players that pick up minor injuries during the tournament, that they might ordinarily work through if they could, still going to go that extra mile or just drop out? Players don't do two weeks of intense 5 setters for the fun of it. Admittedly, on the flip side, there's still a big chunk of cash for anyone that does persevere. Good opportunity for Alcatraz to win his first slam perhaps.
  14. hmm

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    I don't know. I see that it's not particularly fair on the players but then not much of this situation is fair. I think that ideally it would have been determined at government level, and consistently internationally - i.e. no Russian teams or individuals are permitted entry to participate in sporting tournaments. The ATP were able to do this because the Wimbledon acted alone, and obviously the ban is pretty much pointless anyway when it's just one tournament. Selfishly, as a spectator, I'm pretty fucked off that Wimbledon is basically off again for the second time in three years.
  15. I mean, I remember what he said. It was which, as commentary goes, is maybe not quite up there with 'they think it's all over'.
  16. I guess one option would be to try being a less shitty country so people are happier to be a part of it?
  17. Ah, now the Godzilla and Kong event in Call Of Duty makes a bit more sense. I mean, still not a whole lot, obviously.
  18. That's astonishing. Though, of course, 2,500 are working on novelty skin packs for the multiplayer.
  19. hmm

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    Zverev is such a flake. Absolutely thrashed and goes out with the meakest of whimpers to boot.
  20. I thought that both full backs were really poor today and that's obviously a huge part of our game. Trent not being sharp enough to get on the end of Thiago's pass was symptomatic of his entire evening really.
  21. hmm

    Tennis

    I think Djokovic is pretty much already back to peak form, after a shaky initial return, and Alcatraz got the win because he's just that good. The determination and recovery he showed against Nadal and then here, again, the mental fortitude to recover from losing the first set in the way that he did and still believe he could beat the world no. 1 from a set down were all incredible. His all round game is extraordinary - best drop shots on the tour without a doubt. Not sure if any of the other young pretenders to the top 3's throne(s) have the quality that he does, to accompany the sheer power. And real intelligence on the court: there was one amazing point where he and Djokovic hit a couple of high looping forehands back and forth to each other then, anticipating Djokovic hitting another of the same, Alcatraz went charging into the net for a drive volley to win the point. Djokovic was chastising himself afterwards for being outsmarted but this sort of thing was happening throughout the match. Massive fan.
  22. And perhaps the first ever to go top division -> non-league -> top division? Edit: Fixed my misremembering that they were in the PL, rather than the old 1st Division. Edit 2: Only just saw the Brighton - Man U score. Please don't let me distract anyone from the appropriate levels of mockery.
  23. hmm

    Tennis

    I thought that Murray was outstanding against Shapovalov last night - the best I've seen since his return, especially in the first set. Possibly a bit motivated by revenge for the trouncing at Wimbledon! I'd give him a chance against Djokovic too, if he can repeat anything like that form, and with ND still looking a little unsteady in recent matches.
  24. Moviedle is a fun one. I think that perhaps the length of time you get could be slightly more generous by the 6th guess, and it's annoying that you can't replay the clip after you've got the answer, but I ran through a week or so of the archive and it worked pretty well for the most part. On today's the title card visibly flashed up on about the 3rd attempt though!
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