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Post by sirfredperry on Fri 29 Jun 2018, 10:23 am

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Draw being done now. Fed has Lajovic in first round, Murray plays Benoit Paire. Cilic in Fed's half and Djoko in Rafa's half. Delpo is in Rafa's quarter, while Kyle Edmund plays Aussie qualifier Alex Bolt in first round.

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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 9:38 pm

Luke wrote:Judging by how long both sets have taken so far, if Nadal wins this set it doesn't look like it's going to Finnish tonight. Who does that favour in your opinion.

Nadal for the 3rd time has a break point in this game. And takes it.Nadal breaks straight away. 4-2.

I think it would favour Rafa as when it resumes the roof will be open and the elements of wind and sun etc will be more to Rafa's liking. However, with Rafa perhaps winning this set in the next few minutes they could possibly fit two more quick sets in so if somebody puts on a spurt it could yet finish tonight.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 9:42 pm

Rafa serving for the second set but wrong shot choice there. 0-15.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 9:43 pm

Superb rally that. Rafa gets to the net and volleys a winner. 15-15
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 9:43 pm

A return into the net from Novak. 30-15.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 9:44 pm

Novak hits a great length ball and Rafa ends up netting. 30-30.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 9:45 pm

Novak dictates the next point and has a break point at 30-40.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 9:45 pm

An unreturnable serve from Rafa. Deuce.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 9:46 pm

Some great lengths on Novak's groundstrokes and he has another break point.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 9:46 pm

Novak hits a return long. Deuce.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 9:48 pm

Great winner down the line from Rafa. Set point.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 9:49 pm

Second set to Rafa and after 1 hour 40 minutes it is one set all. They have an hour and ten minutes left to play tonight so unless both sets are one-sided I cannot see this match finishing tonight.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 9:59 pm

On the other side of the coin though Novak's fitness has been an issue this year so perhaps a break may benefit him also.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:02 pm

Still on serve on the third set at 1-1 and one set all.
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Post by Luke on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:02 pm

Djokovic seems to be falling apart slightly after his domince of the 1st set. Missing the shots he was putting away.

Nadal showing great fighting spirit.
Some great rallies in this game, wonderful tennis. Though the umpires made some stupid calls. 1-1 third set.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:05 pm

Luke wrote:Djokovic seems to be falling apart slightly after his domince of the 1st set. Missing the shots he was putting away.

Nadal showing great fighting spirit.
Some great rallies in this game, wonderful tennis. Though the umpires made some stupid calls. 1-1 third set.

Not so much falling apart but more that Rafa has upped his level a bit.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:07 pm

Dismissive game from Rafa. 2-2.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:10 pm

Solid hold from Novak and he leads 3-2 in the third set.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:12 pm

Chance here for Novak at 0-30 on Rafa's serve.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:13 pm

Novak unable to get his return in - 15-30.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:14 pm

A swinging out wide serve from Rafa - 30-30.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:14 pm

Novak nets a return. 40-30.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:15 pm

A down the line winner from Rafa and he holds 3-3 in the third set.
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Post by Luke on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:15 pm

This so far is an interesting game, that could quite easily go to 5 sets. Another fantastic shot by Nadal saves his serve.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:18 pm

Novak holds to 30 and leads 4-3.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:23 pm

Great point that. Rafa with the overhead puts away a smash and from there on in he never looked like losing the game. 4-4
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:25 pm

A double fault from Novak. 0-15.
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Post by Luke on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:25 pm

Nadal retains his serve to take it 4- 4. There's been some absolutely precision shots. At the moment hard to pick a winner, though I think Nadal has the upper hand slightly.

Djokovic double faults.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:27 pm

But Novak powers his way through the game to win it with the loss of just that point. He leads 5-4. Rafa to serve to stay in the third set.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:31 pm

A good solid hold from Rafa and he levels it up at 5-5.
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Post by Luke on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:32 pm

Nadal wins his serve 5-5.

They're not going to be another set after this you'd think.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:33 pm

Nadal smokes a winner down the line and leads 0-30 on Novak's serve. No they mat get in about 5 or 6 games in the 4th set but that will be it.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:34 pm

Novak hanging tough and it is back to 30-30.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:35 pm

An ace from Novak and Rafa follows that up with hitting a groundstroke long. Novak leads 6-5.
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Post by Luke on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:36 pm

Djokovic fights his way back after a poor start to this game. To win the game and leads 6-5.
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Post by Born Slippy on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:36 pm

Awesome match so far. If Novak breaks here will they play a 4th?

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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:37 pm

A double fault from Rafa. 0-15
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:39 pm

Great rally that ends with a Rafa volley. 30-15.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:39 pm

Commentators suggesting they may be pulled after this set.
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Post by Luke on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:40 pm

Didn't know this.

But apparently to replicate these conditions. Unless both players agree, the game will start under the roof tomorrow.

The break off time is 11pm (this is a council rule), so I doubt they would even start a 4th set.
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Post by Born Slippy on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:40 pm

Tiebreak it is!

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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:40 pm

Rafa comes through a tricky service game and we go to a tie-break at 6-6.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:42 pm

Luke wrote:Didn't know this.

But apparently to replicate these conditions. Unless both players agree, the game will start under the roof tomorrow.

The break off time is 11pm (this is a council rule), so I doubt they would even start a 4th set.

No I cannot see them playing under the roof tomorrow unless it rains. The roof is only closed when absolutely necessary. They will play every minute they can without the roof as it is ostensibly an outdoor tournament.
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Post by Born Slippy on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:45 pm

Luke wrote:Didn't know this.

But apparently to replicate these conditions. Unless both players agree, the game will start under the roof tomorrow.

The break off time is 11pm (this is a council rule), so I doubt they would even start a 4th set.

Interesting if that’s true. It makes sense and I would think Novak will be keen to remain indoors.

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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:45 pm

Back on serve with Novak leading 3-2.
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Post by Luke on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:45 pm

Listening to it on radio, and apparently they have to replicate the conditions of the start of the game.
Agree, you would think they both would want the roof open.

Tie break 2-2.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:47 pm

No I am well nigh certain that only time roof is closed is for rain or instances like this where lights are needed for late finish. Whenever possible though, those reasons aside, the roof is open as it is an outdoor tournament.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:48 pm

Novak with a mini-break. He leads 4-3.
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Post by Luke on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:49 pm

Djokovic has the advantage in the tie break, 3-4.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:51 pm

Ludicrous drop shop by Rafa to get the mini-break back. 5-5.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:52 pm

Set point to rafa. Great point ending with another lovely drop shot.
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