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RG - Day 8

Post by sirfredperry on Sun 04 Jun 2017, 8:17 am

It's catch-up time for a number of players today, with matches held over from yesterday. Andy M is one of the lucky ones. He's through. Others have been less fortunate and could face a match pile-up.
   Wonder if R-Vinolas can cause any problems for Djoko? The Mug-Mlad match in the women's looks interesting as does Kuz-Wozni.

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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sun 04 Jun 2017, 11:45 am

Nishikori fights back to beat Chung in five sets. Isner was on the brink of defeat but has taken the third set tie-breaker against Khachanov as they go into the fourth set.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sun 04 Jun 2017, 12:29 pm

Khachanov beats Isner in four sets and will play Andy Murray in the fourth round.
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Post by Born Slippy on Sun 04 Jun 2017, 12:57 pm

That's a tough one for Murray - I was hoping Isner would come through that. Khachanov is the real deal. Could be tricky.

Nadal looking very impressive against RBA.

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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sun 04 Jun 2017, 3:43 pm

Carreno Busto beats Raonic in five sets in a match lasting almost 4 hours 20 minutes. Next up he will play Rafa.
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Post by summerblues on Sun 04 Jun 2017, 4:53 pm

Once again, I have not seen Rafa's match, but it is another brutal scoreline.  Through the first three rounds, five players have not dropped a set:

Nadal (lost 15 games)
Cilic (23 games)
Thiem (25 games)
Zeballos (32)
Wawrinka (34)

That was before today's results where Rafa dropped only five more games, so he will likely pad this particular lead some more.

Zeballos probably made the list only through luck.  He was down 4:5 in the first set when Goffin retired while serving for the set.  Hopefully Zeballos drops three sets today.

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Post by Born Slippy on Sun 04 Jun 2017, 6:04 pm

Rafa looked supreme SB. Unless his level drops dramatically I can't see anyone taking a set off him.

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Post by Guest82 on Sun 04 Jun 2017, 6:21 pm

I've always been a Djokovic fan, but actually want him to lose here. Can't stand to watch all the ball bouncing...him and Nadal will play a ten hour semi final...9 hours being taken between points. Ridiculous and cheating.

Sad to see Djokovic this poor too.

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Post by Haddie-nuff on Sun 04 Jun 2017, 6:30 pm

There are others who have a more subtle approach.. look at Raonic he strolls around the back of the court like a walk in the park takes three balls from one ball girl and tosses two away takes another couple from another ball girl before he selects just one.. he then bounces the ball at least 8/9 times.. before taking an age to serve... he's boring enough to watch as it is

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Post by summerblues on Sun 04 Jun 2017, 6:52 pm

Born Slippy wrote:Rafa looked supreme SB. Unless his level drops dramatically I can't see anyone taking a set off him.
That is no good Crying or Very sad

Carreno Busta should be as easy as Bautista Agut but hopefully he will meet at least some resistance in SF/F.  Thiem has been progressing quite smoothly also, but, when I am honest with myself, I do not really see him beating Rafa at Bo5 (the match he won everything went his way, and Rafa was not playing that well).  Djokovic in top form could trouble Rafa, but not in his current form.  Oh well, will keep hoping...

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Post by Haddie-nuff on Sun 04 Jun 2017, 8:00 pm

Laugh

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Post by slashermcguirk on Sun 04 Jun 2017, 8:07 pm

Poor enough first set but I have to say some vintage Djokovic in sets 2 and 3 against a tough opponent who was playing well. If only Djokovic could bring his level fromsets 2 and 3 to the rest of the tournament.

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Post by temporary21 on Sun 04 Jun 2017, 8:27 pm

Him and theim is the match of the last 8. I hope it's in late enough to get back from work

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Post by lags72 on Sun 04 Jun 2017, 9:11 pm

If Rafa maintains his current form, the second week could well be little more than a formality. Perhaps they should give him his 10th trophy right now and save time ?

Let's hope Murray's improvement continues. Is he the only hope ?

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Post by slashermcguirk on Sun 04 Jun 2017, 9:46 pm

Lags72, Murray the only hope? Somehow I don't think so, Murray has a horrendous record against nadal overall and when they met in previous french open matches, he was destroyed. Don't think he ever even took a set at french against nadal.

Nadal almost guaranteed to win now but the only player that can make him sweat now is surely Djokovic. However That is only if Novak makes it past thiem. If Novak did get his A game back (unlikely) he could definitely take it to nadal.

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Post by Haddie-nuff on Sun 04 Jun 2017, 10:02 pm

Difference is Nadal is not being pushed 10ft behind the baseline where Novak likes him.. in fact he is more likely to turn the tables.. and is playing HIS A game.. saying that it would be interesting however Wink

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Post by JuliusHMarx on Sun 04 Jun 2017, 10:08 pm

I guess any player can have a really 'on' day or a really 'off' day. That's what keeps things interesting I suppose. Nothing's a formality, but some things appear to be very likely, the way things are currently looking.

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Post by Henman Bill on Mon 05 Jun 2017, 1:44 am

summerblues wrote:Once again, I have not seen Rafa's match, but it is another brutal scoreline.  Through the first three rounds, five players have not dropped a set:

Nadal (lost 15 games)
Cilic (23 games)
Thiem (25 games)
Zeballos (32)
Wawrinka (34)

That was before today's results where Rafa dropped only five more games, so he will likely pad this particular lead some more.

Zeballos probably made the list only through luck.  He was down 4:5 in the first set when Goffin retired while serving for the set.  Hopefully Zeballos drops three sets today.

Good stat. Haven't watched any yet. Seems to be playing like a machine. 15 games in 3 matches!

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Post by summerblues on Mon 05 Jun 2017, 3:37 am

Henman Bill wrote:Seems to be playing like a machine. 15 games in 3 matches!
Yes.  And now with 20 dropped games through four rounds he is apparently just one game short of his most dominant start here (2012, 19 games through Rd4).

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Post by summerblues on Mon 05 Jun 2017, 3:44 am

temporary21 wrote:Him and theim is the match of the last 8.
They have probably been the second and third best players this clay court season (Zverev won Rome, but that felt to me a little more like a one-off).

I would expect Thiem to put up much better fight than in Rome.

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Post by temporary21 on Mon 05 Jun 2017, 11:14 am

More than that 
I fancy theim this time. If he can put the squeeze on Novak we've seen first hand how he can fall to bits from nowhere

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