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Australian Open 2021

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  • Registered Users Posts: 695 ✭✭✭lostcat


    somewhat disappointing from Tsitsipas but he was well outmatched.

    I had thought that there wasn't a clear favorite amongst the younger guys and that in due course a few of them would end up with a couple of slams each.....but with Thiem looking less than dependable from slam to slam, Medvedev really might dominate for several years. His game is very dependable and his mentality looks rock solid. He could boss these guys (Zverev, Tsitsipas, et al) around for 7-8 years and get to double digit slams.


  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    With Medved I just wonder if he has the killer instinct / hunger that Djokovic and Nadal have to win lots of slams and he has gone through up and down periods of form

    anyways - first up is the final


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,626 ✭✭✭✭josip


    glasso wrote: »
    coming across very well and upfront in the interview

    no bs answers

    on a run of 20 wins with 11 top 10 wins - good run that he's on.

    crowd will be on Medved's side for sure


    I think Djokovic will still have a lot of support from the partisan (pun intended) Serb expats. The neutrals will definitely favour Medvedev.


    I think we will see Djokovic finally beaten in the AO final


    Agreed.


  • Registered Users Posts: 695 ✭✭✭lostcat


    Beating Djokovic in an Aus final is currently the second hardest thing to do in tennis, but Medvedev is the more likely of todays two to do it I think. He has already been in a slam final, and has built up a useful record of beating good players in the past few months and has been pretty good here also.
    I didn't see todays semi but, until it actually happens, it's hard for me to see Djokovic beaten on Sunday.


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 14,822 Mod ✭✭✭✭whiterebel


    I don't know where Medvedev got that backhand today, but hopefully it works on Sunday. He got unusual power into them today.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,067 ✭✭✭Augme


    Comfortable enough win for Medvedev. Have to say the final is set up to be a fascinated by battle. As the odds indicate it is very evenly matched.

    I'd be leaning towards novak given his experience on the big stage. If I was him I'd have definitely taken note of how Medvedev seemed to lose concentration when he became frustrated with Tsitsipas delaying tactics in the third. If Novak is behind and struggling he will try every truck in the book to throw him off.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,626 ✭✭✭✭josip


    Augme wrote: »
    Comfortable enough win for Medvedev. Have to say the final is set up to be a fascinated by battle. As the odds indicate it is very evenly matched.

    I'd be leaning towards novak given his experience on the big stage. If I was him I'd have definitely taken note of how Medvedev seemed to lose concentration when he became frustrated with Tsitsipas delaying tactics in the third. If Novak is behind and struggling he will try every truck in the book to throw him off.


    Medvedev and Tsitsipas don't like each other.


  • Registered Users, Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 7,281 Mod ✭✭✭✭yerwanthere123


    Hoping and praying for Medvedev on Sunday but I think I'll end up disappointed again. Looking at the h2h and Medvedev's current winning streak it's easy to think it might be a competitive match, but I fear it'll be a routine 3 set win for Djokovic. Obviously I hope I'm wrong. As others have alluded to I expect there'll be antics from Djokovic if Medvedev is playing well.

    Osaka-Brady should be relatively straightforward but you never know. Above all else I hope it's a good match. H2h is 2-1 to Osaka, Brady's win being on clay back in 2014, but at the very least she took Osaka to three sets a few months back at the US Open. Brady's accomplishment is all the more impressive given she was one of those stuck in the 14 day hotel room quarantine.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,810 ✭✭✭Hector Savage


    josip wrote: »
    Medvedev and Tsitsipas don't like each other.

    Indeed not :)




  • Registered Users Posts: 2,809 ✭✭✭Girly Gal


    Medvedev looked good today, but, there's a huge step up between playing Tsitsipas in a semi final and playing Djokovic in a slam final. Also trying to get over the line to win your first slam is extremely difficult regardless who the opponent is, the fact it's against Djokovic, makes it doubly hard, who only needs to sense a moment of weakness to completely turn a match around. One things for certain if Medvedev does win he'll be made to earn it, on the other had Djokovic could well win it in 3. At some point Medvedev and his generation need to make the next step and beat Djokovic, Nadal or even Federer (although don't think we'll see him in a Slam final again), hopefully it starts on Sunday, but, I won't hold my breath.


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  • Registered Users, Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 7,281 Mod ✭✭✭✭yerwanthere123


    Competitive first set, perhaps more so than expected. Wouldn't be surprised to see Osaka run away with it now.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,023 ✭✭✭✭Joe_ Public


    Pity the way it ended, wasnt much between them on the balance of it. Brady hitting more clean winners I'd say, but having to push the boat out a bit too much and so lot of errors too.


  • Registered Users, Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 7,281 Mod ✭✭✭✭yerwanthere123


    So something of an inevitable result there. Osaka now the third active singles player with four grand slams, or fourth if we're gonna include Clijsters.

    Really want to see Osaka push on and get better on clay and grass now. Also to stop withdrawing/avoiding tournaments, this 'winning streak' won't go on forever!


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 542 ✭✭✭Bill Ponderosa


    Comfortable from Osaka, didn't get out of 3rd gear. Played solid and let Brady make all the mistakes.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,755 ✭✭✭✭Hello 2D Person Below


    Brady definitely left a few points out there.

    Osaka class though.


  • Registered Users, Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 7,281 Mod ✭✭✭✭yerwanthere123


    Mad Osaka was so close to going out, saved two match points against Muguruza in the fourth round. Osaka now the fourth woman in eight years to win the Australian Open after being match points down.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,195 ✭✭✭alan partridge aha


    The BLM bull****, step away from that and concentrate on your tennis.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,023 ✭✭✭✭Joe_ Public


    So something of an inevitable result there. Osaka now the third active singles player with four grand slams, or fourth if we're gonna include Clijsters.

    Really want to see Osaka push on and get better on clay and grass now. Also to stop withdrawing/avoiding tournaments, this 'winning streak' won't go on forever!

    Yeah, thats it. Dont think grass should be a big issue anyway. She's only played one french and wimbledon since her breakthrough slam win in 2018 so it's not as if there's an obvious problem there yet. If she gets a more consistent first serve, thats going to be a formidable weapon. You'd have to think she can still improve everything another 5-10%.


  • Registered Users, Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 7,281 Mod ✭✭✭✭yerwanthere123


    Yeah, thats it. Dont think grass should be a big issue anyway. She's only played one french and wimbledon since her breakthrough slam win in 2018 so it's not as if there's an obvious problem there yet. If she gets a more consistent first serve, thats going to be a formidable weapon. You'd have to think she can still improve everything another 5-10%.

    Yeah, her relatively poor Wimbledon record in somewhat deceiving. She's played it three times and has lost to Venus, Kerber and Putintseva, so Putintseva being the only obvious flop. And obviously with the cancellation last year she never got a chance to right the ship. I expect this year she'll be a big contender.


  • Registered Users, Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 7,281 Mod ✭✭✭✭yerwanthere123


    The BLM bull****, step away from that and concentrate on your tennis.

    He posts after she wins her fourth grand slam title :pac:


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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,755 ✭✭✭✭Hello 2D Person Below


    Osaka is lethal. Even when she's not at her best, she's good enough to punish high class opponents.


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,516 ✭✭✭✭MisterAnarchy


    The BLM bull****, step away from that and concentrate on your tennis.

    Its all part of the marketing scheme and maximising revenue.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 542 ✭✭✭Bill Ponderosa


    Looks over already, the amount of mistakes from Medvedev is shocking

    Edit;good bounce back.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,524 ✭✭✭Floppybits


    What is with the crowds at the aussie open wanting to shout through a point.


  • Registered Users Posts: 695 ✭✭✭lostcat


    Floppybits wrote: »
    What is with the crowds at the aussie open wanting to shout through a point.

    its more like a US open crowd at present.

    bit of a meltdown by Medvedev at the moment, he needs to get into the zone between overly passive and overly aggressive pretty quickly.

    Djokovic playing well

    i've only just deciphered the logo around the courts as saying 'KIA'..better late than never


  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    Djokovic still the master of Melbourne

    At the elite level it's the top 6 inches is what separates some players from each other

    Djokovic is a mental beast

    Medvedev looks like he has mentally thrown in the towel here


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,850 ✭✭✭dominatinMC


    Very disappointing, I should have stayed in bed! Expected more from Medvedev, Djokovic is not even playing to his very best here but still more than good enough


  • Registered Users, Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 7,281 Mod ✭✭✭✭yerwanthere123


    So is the Djokovic injury all good now or...?


  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    So is the Djokovic injury all good now or...?

    ah shut up.

    guy's a winner.

    he was two sets up on Fritz

    why would he "fake an injury" to let Fritz draw level at 2 sets all.

    makes absolute no sense.

    horsesh1t


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  • Registered Users, Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 7,281 Mod ✭✭✭✭yerwanthere123


    :pac:


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