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Matt77 Posted: 01:34 Apr03 2021 Post ID: 3453856
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What will you do when he retires?

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Warrior13 Posted: 08:21 Apr03 2021 Post ID: 3453858
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Probably not be interested in tennis. XD
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Matt77 Posted: 01:58 Apr04 2021 Post ID: 3453863
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Fair enough, but unfortunate. Mens tennis is going to be a bit boring for the first few years after the big 3 retire. At Miami we've got the 21st seed vs the 23rd seed in the mens final.

At the same time, womens tennis is getting better. Young talented players will get better and older and start rivalries. But you've got no Sharapova there either...

Don't completely give up on the sport. You may find young players that you like. But if no one takes your fancy then fair enough.

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Warrior13 Posted: 06:49 Apr04 2021 Post ID: 3453865
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I liked those Canadian kids (I believe that was their nationality) a year or two ago, but they seem to have fallen off the face of the earth.
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Matt77 Posted: 22:04 Apr04 2021 Post ID: 3453868
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Denis Shapavalov and Felix Auger-Alliasime. Both are talented mental midgets.

Shapavalov's best chance came at the 2020 US Open QF. He was playing a slightly inferior opponent, and the match was on his racquet basically. He leveled the match by winning the 4th set 6-0, but then lost the 5th.

Auger Alliasime's best chance came at this year's Aus Open. In the 4th round he was playing the qualifier Karatsev (who had never played a match that lasted more than 3 sets in his career). He was 2 sets to love up, but went on to lose in 5. Karatsev played an injured Dimitrov in the QF too, so it was a huge missed opportunity for FAA.

Also worryingly, is that at age 20, Auger-Alliasime has played in 7 ATP finals. Now that's usually a good thing. But he's gone 0-7, including 0-14 in sets.

If I were you, I'd keep an eye on these young players in tennis:
ATP:
- Jannick Sinner (19, Italy)
- Seb Korda (20, USA)
- Lorenzo Musetti (19, Italy)
- Carlos Alcaraz (17, Spain)
WTA:
- Sofia Kenin (22, USA)
- Bianca Andreescu (20, Canada)
- Aryna Sabalenka (22, Belarus)
- Coco Gauff (at your own peril) (17, USA)
- Clara Tauson (18, Denmark)

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Warrior13 Posted: 22:25 Apr04 2021 Post ID: 3453870
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Those Canadians, especially that short blonde one, looked like they were coming. But years later, and still nothing.
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Matt77 Posted: 01:43 Apr05 2021 Post ID: 3453873
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The problem is that all the young ATP players get overhyped, and people say things like "he's going to win 5 GSs". They said the same with the Canadians, and are saying the same about Sinner now.

When Zverev came onto the scene, commentators and 'experts' were drooling, predicting double digit GSs. Yes he's won a Year End Championship title & several Tier 2 titles, but zero GSs. In his only GS final appearance, he choked a 2 sets to love and a break lead, and even served for the championship at 5-3 in the 5th. But he's also a mental midget.

List of top 30 ATP players who are mental midgets:
- Tsitsipas
- Zverev
- Federer
- Shapavalov
- Dimitrov
- Raonic
- Auger Alissime
- Khachanov
- Fritz

List of top 30 ATP players with superior mentality:
- Djokovic
- Thiem
- Sinner
- Karatsev

If his opponents weren't mental midgets, Novak would've lost in Round 3, Round 4, and the Quarterfinal of the Aus Open.

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Matt77 Posted: 02:24 Apr17 2021 Post ID: 3453945
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Rafa lost 2-6 6-4 2-6 to Rublev in the QFs of Monte Carlo (2nd tier clay event). He was lucky to even win a set, since he was down 2-6 2-4. It's only the 2nd time in Nadal's 16 appearances that he hasn't reached the Semis.

Novak also got easily beaten 4-6 5-7 in the 3rd round to an unseeded player.

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Warrior13 Posted: 03:53 Apr17 2021 Post ID: 3453946
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They clearly do not care losing those at this stage and during this cycle.
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Matt77 Posted: 22:25 Apr17 2021 Post ID: 3453960
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Having watched bits of both matches, Novak made bizarre errors & also missed set point with a simple miss. He didn't seem very interested. Nadal however, was just outplayed. He still would've beaten 90% of players with his performance.

The strange thing is that Nadal playing at a decent level lost two sets 6-2. I'm sure he'll improve in time for the French. Hopefully. I like Federer, but need Nadal to keep winning so that Novak can't catch him.

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Warrior13 Posted: 00:25 Apr18 2021 Post ID: 3453961
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Nadal will win French. He is a different level there.
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Matt77 Posted: 11:26 Apr26 2021 Post ID: 3454050
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Rafa wins Barcelona, losing 3 sets last week (including one to a qualifier 3-6), and saving championship point against Tsitsipas in the final. Well, I say 'saving'. He clipped the net on that point, and the bounce favoured Rafa lol. But the main story is 60% Rafa beats a 95% Tsitsipas.

Novak also lost in the semis of his home tournament in Belgrade. Shocking loss. He really wanted this title. It was the fairytale guy from the Aus Open who beat him, Karatsev.

Rafa slowly getting better. Novak playing poorly. Thiem injured/has no confidence. Tsitsipas can't beat 60% Rafa. All is well.

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Warrior13 Posted: 12:54 Apr26 2021 Post ID: 3454052
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Hopefully Rafa can pull through and win the French. From there, get healthy and have a shot at one of the final two.
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Matt77 Posted: 02:32 May08 2021 Post ID: 3454168
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Rafa loses 4-6 4-6 to Zverev in the Madrid QFs. He lead 4-2 in the 1st set.

So far this clay season he has:
- Lost 2-6 6-4 2-6
- Lost a set 3-6 to a qualifier
- Lost a set 2-6 after winning the previous set 6-0
- Won Barcelona thanks to clipping the net while facing match point
- Lost 4-6 4-6

There is Rome next, and then the French Open.

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Warrior13 Posted: 10:02 May08 2021 Post ID: 3454171
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When I saw the results of the match yesterday, I said to myself that you would definitely be posting in this thread tomorrow (now today). XD

Hopefully he wins the French.
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Matt77 Posted: 10:33 May08 2021 Post ID: 3454175
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Gotta do anything I can to keep the forums active xD

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Warrior13 Posted: 11:24 May08 2021 Post ID: 3454176
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You just wanted the +1 Post Count. ;)
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Matt77 Posted: 22:10 May13 2021 Post ID: 3454231
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Huge victory and moment for Rafa yesterday.

He was trailing 3-6 0-3 30-40 to Shapavalov, and then won 5 games in a row. He also was facing 2 match points at 5-6 40-Ad in the 3rd set. But he prevailed 3-6 6-4 7-6.

Had he lost, he would've had awful prep for the French, and would've had zero confidence. But he fought back. This wasn't a choke from Shapavalov. I watched parts & he played very well.

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Warrior13 Posted: 03:53 May14 2021 Post ID: 3454233
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Hopefully he can carry this through to the French.
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Matt77 Posted: 09:22 May15 2021 Post ID: 3454239
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Another 'Hopefully he can carry it through to the French' reply....

At this point I'm annoying you by posting constant Rafa updates aren't I? xD

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