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2021 In Between Grand Slam Thread

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,817 ✭✭✭ Girly Gal


    Would agree Zverev is the only one left that has any chance of beating Djokovic, both have had a straight forward run to the semi, Djokovic in particular has really swatted away the opposition, Zverev should at least make it competitive, but, you'd have to strongly favour Djokovic. It's bonus territory for Khachanov and Carreño Busta, neither will trouble Djokovic in the final. The Golden Slam is very much on.



  • Registered Users Posts: 18,609 ✭✭✭✭ glasso


    Djokovic / Zverev on now

    Goatovic takes the first set 6-1

    no commentary on Eurosport is a bit annoying alright

    barring a huge turnaround not really looking like Djokovic is going to be troubled here

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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,126 ✭✭✭✭ josip


    After the first few games of that set I thought it would be closer. Watching in Greece, so we can't cheer too loudly in case they are still upset after Roland Garros. Knowing the Greeks they probably got over their disappointment after 10 minutes and continued on enjoying life. They truly are a wonderful people.

    Meanwhile Schmiedlova (Osaka FO bageller) dispensed with the top seed Binkova yesterday and is rewarded with a semi against World No. 203 Sramkova. Schmiedlova must be very keen to put together a few good tournaments and get back into top level tennis.



  • Registered Users Posts: 18,609 ✭✭✭✭ glasso


    Poor service game from Djokovic to allow Zverev break back to 3-3 in the second

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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,609 ✭✭✭✭ glasso


    Suddenly Zverev is swatting away winners at will

    Has a break up and will serve for the 2nd set

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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,609 ✭✭✭✭ glasso


    and it's one set all

    Zverev is playing very well right now

    Djokovic put it up to him in that service game with good winners but he was able to come back from 0-30 and then a deuce to take it

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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,126 ✭✭✭✭ josip


    Djokovic not playing well. He even came into the net to try to shake things up. His first serve isn't firing at all.



  • Registered Users Posts: 18,609 ✭✭✭✭ glasso


    Zverev breaks Djokovic in the final set to go 1-0

    Serious challenge for Djokovic now

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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,609 ✭✭✭✭ glasso


    wow

    some game there - how long was that?

    2-0

    a real battle

    fascinating stuff right now

    Djokovic is seriously rattled

    another break and it will be over

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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,609 ✭✭✭✭ glasso


    Djokovic's serve is not going in on the first serve and Zverev is on song in all departments

    Very hard to see Djokovic coming back here from two breaks down at 3-0

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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,609 ✭✭✭✭ glasso


    it's 4-0

    Zverev's serving is too good

    Djokovic can't get any depth on the returns

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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,609 ✭✭✭✭ glasso


    Djokovic somehow finds a hold

    Zverev is playing as well as I've ever seen him though

    most times Djokovic comes to the net Zverev just whips a passing shot that gives Djokovic no chance

    whipping winners out of back court defensive positions also

    it's now or never really for Djokovic to get a break back

    has to hope that Zverev's serve level goes down

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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,609 ✭✭✭✭ glasso


    5-1

    Zverev just not making mistakes and belting out the winners from everywhere

    And Djokovic poor by his standards for sure

    Djokovic did a really poor lob attempt at 30-30

    this match is done surely

    Golden slam is a gonner

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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,609 ✭✭✭✭ glasso


    and it's done

    at least Djokovic didn't get bagelled in the final set!

    If Zverev could play like that final set consistently he'd have multiple slams by now

    His serving was almost unplayable and he was ripping out vicious forehand winners and his backhand was also excellent.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,609 ✭✭✭✭ glasso


    Djokovic's serve went to crap in the 2nd and 3rd sets

    If he had maintained his serve for the second set he would most likely have taken it in two but didn't happen

    look at the set 1 vs 2 and 3 first serve in and won - some fall off

    either way Djokovic won't fancy meeting Zverev at the US Open with that sort of form that he rose to

    But then again Zverev has had problems doing it over 5 sets where Djokovic is a different proposition

    Surely Zverev will take the gold now unless he bottles the final

    won't have the GS pressure on him really so I say that he should do it

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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,609 ✭✭✭✭ glasso


    And it's Croatia vs Croatia in the mens' doubles final - remarkable.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 318 ✭✭ klr87


    Djokovic must be kicking himself, a set and a break up, Khachanov waiting in the gold medal match. Zverev was unusually aggressive in the closing stages.

    Yet another bronze medal match for Novak: He beat James Blake in 2008, but lost to del Potro in 2012.



  • Registered Users Posts: 18,609 ✭✭✭✭ glasso


    it was lights-out stuff from Zverev in the final set

    Djokovic's serve in the 2nd set was the killer as said - he should have wrapped it up then but didn't

    He wasn't in the final set at all after game 2 where Zverev resisted the break back

    much better to lose there than at the US Open really

    The "Golden Slam" is of much less importance vs the "Calendar Slam" really

    I wonder how much that will affect Djokovic though

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  • Registered Users, Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 6,061 Mod ✭✭✭✭ yerwanthere123


    Good man Zverev 😎 Presume Djokovic is still in the mixed? That might offer some small consolation. With Paris only three years away another shot at singles gold isn't an impossibility, but yeah he wanted to win this.



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


    And that is the moment when it becomes 100% certain Nadal will win the USO.


    Shambles.

    Shambles.



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


    Money in the bank ...



  • Registered Users Posts: 11,126 ✭✭✭✭ josip


    The concern for Djokovic would be that Zverev didn't just beat him, he made him look old and tired in that 3rd set.



  • Registered Users Posts: 18,609 ✭✭✭✭ glasso


    I don't think that it was as dramatic as that

    Zverev's serve was pretty much impossible to return for most of that set with any depth and every winner was going in and he wasn't hitting the net

    But Djokovic was off his game obviously - his serve had gone to pot (as well as most of his game compared to Zverev)

    The key game was the second game in that set.

    Longest game of the match by far

    After that Djokovic was a beaten man really

    Also the service game where Zverev held to take the second set was crucial

    Djokovic hit some nice winners in that game to get to 0-30 but Zverev hit the zone really just about then to come back and take the game and set

    It happens

    Still think that Djokovic is favourite over 5 sets at the US Open

    It won't be as stifling in terms of oppressive heat and humidity there either which of course didn't really suit anybody but possibly was a factor

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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,249 ✭✭✭ Royale with Cheese


    The Djoktards won't be too happy with that result.

    I don't think much of Zverev but on his day in best of 3 (that's the key) he can beat anyone.



  • Registered Users Posts: 18,609 ✭✭✭✭ glasso


    Djoktard - doesn't really have much of a ring to it!

    Nah it's the Fedtards who really lose the plot and have to resort to this sort of pathetic effort to put off his opponents in big tie-break points - so pathetic that it's very sad

    The Goatovic is still in with a good chance of a Calendar Slam.

    Federer has more chance of being hit by lightning than ever doing that

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  • Registered Users, Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 6,061 Mod ✭✭✭✭ yerwanthere123


    I miss when this thread was moderated 🙁



  • Registered Users, Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 6,061 Mod ✭✭✭✭ yerwanthere123


    Djokovic out of the mixed now too. Can still walk away with two bronze medals, which wouldn't be a terrible haul.

    Russia having a good tennis Olympics, guaranteed gold in the mixed, at least silver in the men's singles and will compete for bronze in the women's doubles.



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




  • Registered Users, Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 6,061 Mod ✭✭✭✭ yerwanthere123


    It's still there! At least on the mobile version anyway. Had to use it today.



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