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Australian Open 2021

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  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators Posts: 13,510 Mod ✭✭✭✭ whiterebel


    Tsitsipas gets one back


  • Registered Users Posts: 692 ✭✭✭ lostcat


    Rafa had a serious malfunction in the tie breaker there, Tsitsipas has steadied up a bit after his very poor first two sets.

    Similar pattern emerging to when he played Djokovic is the French Semi - Djokovic looked in complete control in the first two sets there but let the third set slip and it ended up being a long 5 setter.


  • Registered Users Posts: 692 ✭✭✭ lostcat


    Going to a 5th amazingly. Tsitsipas' radar finally dialled in, Nadal has his hands full now.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,315 ✭✭✭ dominatinMC


    Tsitsipas is cruising now, favourite for me at the moment


  • Registered Users Posts: 692 ✭✭✭ lostcat


    He got something like 6 games off Nadal in Aus Open semi last year, promising progress even f he loses here.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,132 ✭✭✭✭ josip


    12 years age difference today.
    Only 10 years between Zverev and Djokovic yesterday.


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,176 ✭✭✭ castletownman


    Nadal's tactic of ekeing out as much time as possible lining up to serve has backfired for him.


  • Registered Users, Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 6,067 Mod ✭✭✭✭ yerwanthere123


    I know an Extremely Injured Serbian who'll be happy with that result!

    Hopefully we'll get a new champion, but probably not to be.


  • Registered Users Posts: 692 ✭✭✭ lostcat


    wow, has anyone beaten Nadal in a slam from two sets down before?

    Extremely well done by Tsitsipas to hang in there before taking control in the last two sets. Him v Medvedev will be a belter.


  • Registered Users, Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 6,067 Mod ✭✭✭✭ yerwanthere123


    lostcat wrote: »
    wow, has anyone beaten Nadal in a slam from two sets down before?

    Extremely well done by Tsitsipas to hang in there before taking control in the last two sets. Him v Medvedev will be a belter.

    Once, Fognini at the 2015 Us Open.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 692 ✭✭✭ lostcat


    I know an Extremely Injured Serbian who'll be happy with that result!

    Hopefully we'll get a new champion, but probably not to be.

    I disagree, he would have been happier seeing Nadal - whom he usually gets the better of in Austrailia - than a big hitting young fella. I think its open enough at present.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,294 ✭✭✭ EagererBeaver


    lostcat wrote: »
    wow, has anyone beaten Nadal in a slam from two sets down before?

    Extremely well done by Tsitsipas to hang in there before taking control in the last two sets. Him v Medvedev will be a belter.

    Fognini in US about 5/6 years ago.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,981 ✭✭✭ BQQ


    Fair play to Tsitsipas.
    He upped his game those last two sets and deserved the win.

    Rafa will regret that tie-break.

    I hope he recovers in time for the semi, but I have a feeling Medvedeev will beat him quite easily. It can often be hard for these guys after beating one of the big three to focus on the next match


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,736 ✭✭✭ Augme


    Massive result either way for Medvedev and novak. If Nadal had won in three it would be a much different semi final prospect. Although both the won have preferred a Nadal win once it went to five. Nadal will kick himself for that third set tie breaker.

    Tsitsipas looked much fresher at the end. He was exceptional in the 4th and 5th set. His approach and attitude was night and day compared to Zvererev yesterday. Really hoping he pushes on from here.


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


    Absolutely fantastic result !!!
    As for Nadal been beaten from 2/0 up at slam level, I believe Cilic did the same to him in AO 2018, and Del Potro in US 2018.

    Could be wrong though, I have not goggled it - happy to be corrected.


    So happy, I can enjoy the rest of the tournament now :)
    I like Djokovic but I also like these new fine yong fellas !! can't wait for Tsitsipas Medvedev, whatever happens I'm happy, hopefully it goes to 5 sets !!


    Oh I lost my bet, could have won €130 - BOO F*CKING HOO!!!


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,132 ✭✭✭✭ josip


    Tsitsipas will have a lot of crowd support for his semi.


  • Registered Users Posts: 48,015 ✭✭✭✭ walshb


    Absolutely fantastic result !!!
    As for Nadal been beaten from 2/0 up at slam level, I believe Cilic did the same to him in AO 2018, and Del Potro in US 2018.

    Could be wrong though, I have not goggled it - happy to be corrected.


    So happy, I can enjoy the rest of the tournament now :)
    I like Djokovic but I also like these new fine yong fellas !! can't wait for Tsitsipas Medvedev, whatever happens I'm happy, hopefully it goes to 5 sets !!


    Oh I lost my bet, could have won €130 - BOO F*CKING HOO!!!

    You're wrong again on Nadal...

    I knew he would not win this slam

    And he won't win RG either...

    Nole will not win this slam...


  • Registered Users Posts: 635 ✭✭✭ CassieManson


    walshb wrote: »
    You're wrong again on Nadal...

    I knew he would not win this slam

    And he won't win RG either...

    Nole will not win this slam...

    Would love to see Tsitsipas win now!


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,315 ✭✭✭ dominatinMC


    Would love to see Tsitsipas win now!
    Same here, very exciting brand of tennis, reminds me of Fed - and not just because of the BH. He kind of glides around the court, and has an attacking style. Unfortunately, I can see Medvedev taking him out next round though..


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,251 ✭✭✭ Royale with Cheese


    Would be happy to see either Tsitsipas or Medvedev take it. I fancied Zverev to choke against Djokovic because... Zverev, but if Djokovic is still injured on Sunday and manages to win it will be seriously disappointing.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,132 ✭✭✭✭ josip


    walshb wrote: »
    You're wrong again on Nadal...

    I knew he would not win this slam

    And he won't win RG either...

    Nole will not win this slam...

    Food for thought there.
    Up to now I'd been impressed with how Nadal was able to win every match in straight sets.
    But after today I'm beginning to think he knows he has to win in straight sets. (he's won 35 consecutive sets in GS before today)
    Between injuries and age, he knows he can no longer go toe to toe over 5 sets.
    But who can take Nadal to a 4th set in RG? From what we've seen in Melbourne it won't be Thiem.

    Djokovic on the other hand, doesn't seem to have that fear of the 4th or 5th set yet. But he's not going to be seriously challenging Nadal at RG anyway.
    So I still think Nadal has RG this year, if/whenever it goes ahead.


  • Registered Users Posts: 692 ✭✭✭ lostcat


    People get a bit carried away with Nadal having a couple of good early wins in Australia every year and them the Nadal aura takes over...fact is he has been beaten here by someone every year except one, and that was in 2009...this just isn't his slam.

    its a bit of an extrapolation to say it means he won't win the French, it usually means the opposite!

    Would like to see Tsitsipas get to his first final but Medvedev is becoming very hard to beat. His game isn't easy on the eye (to my untrained eye he looks like he is taking a 'good swing' at evert shot) but he is bloody effective.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,678 ✭✭✭✭ MisterAnarchy


    walshb wrote: »
    And he won't win RG either...

    He could win RG playing right handed.


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


    walshb wrote: »
    You're wrong again on Nadal...

    I knew he would not win this slam

    And he won't win RG either...

    Nole will not win this slam...

    Ah now come on , RG is Nadals, for the next 3 years minimum!


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


    Same here, very exciting brand of tennis, reminds me of Fed - and not just because of the BH. He kind of glides around the court, and has an attacking style. Unfortunately, I can see Medvedev taking him out next round though..

    Medvedev on fire, I see him as favourite for the tournament now..


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,251 ✭✭✭ Royale with Cheese


    Only chance of Nadal not winning RG is if it doesn't go ahead. It was only a few months ago he steamrolled the entire tournament.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,736 ✭✭✭ Augme


    You'd he a brave man to back against Nadal at RG. As said above, austrailia has never been his strong suit. In way of that, he still should have wrapped up that third set tie breaker and then we would all be waxing lyrical about him. I don't think he would have made it past Medvedev or djok though.

    There's no one close to him on clay in reality.


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators Posts: 13,510 Mod ✭✭✭✭ whiterebel


    josip wrote: »
    Food for thought there.
    Up to now I'd been impressed with how Nadal was able to win every match in straight sets.
    But after today I'm beginning to think he knows he has to win in straight sets. (he's won 35 consecutive sets in GS before today)
    Between injuries and age, he knows he can no longer go toe to toe over 5 sets.
    But who can take Nadal to a 4th set in RG? From what we've seen in Melbourne it won't be Thiem.

    Djokovic on the other hand, doesn't seem to have that fear of the 4th or 5th set yet. But he's not going to be seriously challenging Nadal at RG anyway.
    So I still think Nadal has RG this year, if/whenever it goes ahead.

    I actually thought he looked tired at the start of the third. He made a lot of uncharacteristic mistakes too. It must have helped ST having a walkover in the previous round.


  • Registered Users Posts: 692 ✭✭✭ lostcat


    He could win RG playing right handed.

    he actually is naturally right handed!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 692 ✭✭✭ lostcat


    whiterebel wrote: »
    I actually thought he looked tired at the start of the third. He made a lot of uncharacteristic mistakes too. It must have helped ST having a walkover in the previous round.

    Maybe having a bye is why it took him a while to find his range.


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