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Post by sirfredperry Thu 24 Sep 2020, 5:38 pm

First topic message reminder :

With the draw about to be made for RG, I thought I would get this topic going.

For me - and I say this every year - Rafa is clear favourite, although the strange nature of all sport this Covid-19 year might mean someone else (Thiem? Djoko?) might have a chance.

Halep stands out as the women's favourite, particularly as some of the top women are not appearing. More on this after the draw.

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Post by sirfredperry Fri 09 Oct 2020, 4:48 pm

I'd practically given up on this but now it's 5-5 in the third.

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Post by Jeff Navarro Fri 09 Oct 2020, 4:48 pm

Schwartzman holds 5-5, Nadal seems to be feeling it. Missing so many easy shots in the latter stages of the third set

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Post by Jeff Navarro Fri 09 Oct 2020, 5:00 pm

Nadal saves 3 break points and holds 6-5, yet another marathon game on the Spaniard’s serve well over 12 minutes. It’s gone back to the beginning of the match topsy turvy.

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Post by sirfredperry Fri 09 Oct 2020, 5:01 pm

I'd love to see a tiebreak but probably Rafa will break for the match.

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Post by No name Bertie Fri 09 Oct 2020, 5:01 pm

Schwartzman has had 12 breakpoints to Nadals 9, but while Schwartzman has only converted 3 Nadal has converted 6.

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Post by Jeff Navarro Fri 09 Oct 2020, 5:05 pm

Schwartzman holds tie breaker time

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Post by No name Bertie Fri 09 Oct 2020, 5:07 pm

Nadal's serve has held up to pressure better than Schwartzman's so Nadal is the favorite to win the tie break.

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Post by No name Bertie Fri 09 Oct 2020, 5:08 pm

What are the conditions like - is it another windy day on court?

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Post by Jeff Navarro Fri 09 Oct 2020, 5:12 pm

No name Bertie wrote:What are the conditions like - is it another windy day on court?
Just seem heavy and slow. No real wind

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Post by Jeff Navarro Fri 09 Oct 2020, 5:13 pm

Nadal wins 6-3 6-3 7-6(0). Made a meal of it at the latter stages

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Post by No name Bertie Fri 09 Oct 2020, 5:13 pm

So Nadal takes the tie break 7-0 and wins in straight sets. Nadal is just better able to handle the pressure than Schwartzman.

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Post by sirfredperry Fri 09 Oct 2020, 5:17 pm

Well, I wanted a tiebreak. Be careful what you wish for as it ended 7-0 to Rafa.

But Diego gave him a really good match. Interesting the way the Argentinian peppered the Rafa BH, constantly pinning Rafa in his BH corner.

There were not as many as usual inside-out forehands from the Spaniard. When they did come, particularly in that vital 11th game of the third set when he was 15-40 down, they were lethal.

Well some of us thought it would be straight sets but at least Schwartzman made a match of it.

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Post by ebar86 Fri 09 Oct 2020, 5:32 pm

Tough 3rd set for Rafa but it was understandable. Rafa was playing for something on the line while Diego had nothing to lose. once both under pressure, Rafa prevailed.

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Post by Jeff Navarro Fri 09 Oct 2020, 5:45 pm

Djokovic saves 4 break points in the opening game 1-0

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Post by No name Bertie Fri 09 Oct 2020, 5:48 pm

I thought there was going to be a bit of break between the two semi-finals, but no straight into the second semi-final. Interesting match up and a bit difficult to call but Djokovic is the favorite.

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Post by Jeff Navarro Fri 09 Oct 2020, 5:49 pm

Djokovic breaks Tsitsipas 2-0

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Post by Jeff Navarro Fri 09 Oct 2020, 5:51 pm

Djokovic 3-0
Tsitsipas a tad wild so far

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Post by sirfredperry Fri 09 Oct 2020, 5:53 pm

The Greek just loves to play his shots. Trouble is some have been flying off the frame straight into the crowd.

Djoko looking very focused today.

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Post by Jeff Navarro Fri 09 Oct 2020, 5:55 pm

Tsitsipas up and running 1-3 much better service game.

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Post by No name Bertie Fri 09 Oct 2020, 6:10 pm

23 stroke rally and Djokovic saves a breakpoint.

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Post by sirfredperry Fri 09 Oct 2020, 6:15 pm

Another BP squandered. Been the story of the afternoon.

Djoko looks good for a straight-sets victory.

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Post by No name Bertie Fri 09 Oct 2020, 6:20 pm

Depends whether Tsitsipas has sorted out his service game. It seems to have improved significantly from his first service game which he lost.

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Post by No name Bertie Fri 09 Oct 2020, 6:32 pm

This second game in the second set is turning into a mammoth game with Djokovic already saving two breakpoints.

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Post by slashermcguirk Fri 09 Oct 2020, 6:37 pm

Quality match here between Djokovic and Tsitsipas, amazing ball striking by both

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Post by No name Bertie Fri 09 Oct 2020, 6:49 pm

Strange.  Tsitsipas having no problem with his service game in the second set, then from 40 love up on his serve loses 5 straight points to drop serve.

Tsitsipas no conversions from 7 break points.  Djokovic 2 from 2.


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Post by Oioi Fri 09 Oct 2020, 6:50 pm

Tsitsi playing the better tennis but Djoko winning the mental battle. Often think the source of Djoko's mental strength is knowing he can wall up on the important points and dare the opponent to create something.

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Post by No name Bertie Fri 09 Oct 2020, 6:57 pm

Tsitsipas loses consecutive service games after being 40 love up on both. This is a bit strange.

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Post by Oioi Fri 09 Oct 2020, 6:58 pm

He's beating himself here. Those 7 squandered break points surely having an effect on his confidence. Wouldn't be surprised if he was ahead on points won up until the last game or two but hey ho it's all about winning the important ones.

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Post by slashermcguirk Fri 09 Oct 2020, 6:58 pm

I don’t agree, Djokovic standard is very high so far today. He is dictating a lot of points. Tsitsipas is playing well though

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Post by No name Bertie Fri 09 Oct 2020, 7:03 pm

Djokovic serves out the second set with four unreturnable serves including three aces, which takes his ace count from 1 to 4 in this match.

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Post by Soul Requiem Fri 09 Oct 2020, 7:10 pm

Tsitsipas dare I say it somewhat bottled that second set.

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Post by No name Bertie Fri 09 Oct 2020, 7:16 pm

This match is a bit confusing. Tsitsipas starts strongly in the third set with a love service game and then gets a breakpoint on Djokovic's serve but fails to take it.

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Post by Oioi Fri 09 Oct 2020, 7:18 pm

Another break point goes begging. He seemed to freeze a bit movement wise, was slow to a couple of balls that weren't hit that hard or with much angle.

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Post by slashermcguirk Fri 09 Oct 2020, 7:33 pm

Tsitsipas is playing very well, you are underestimating how hard it is to play the top 3 when they are locked in. Djokovic is so clutch

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Post by CaledonianCraig Fri 09 Oct 2020, 7:42 pm

Today we are just getting a glimpse of the difference between the golden generation and the next generation.
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Post by sirfredperry Fri 09 Oct 2020, 7:55 pm

Just when Djoko looked home and dried the Greek gets it to 5-6.

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Post by No name Bertie Fri 09 Oct 2020, 7:57 pm

Stats wise both are similar except on breakpoint conversion rate: 4 from 5 for Djokovic and 1 from 11 for Tsitsipas. If this third set goes to a tie break then it should be very competitive and it is difficult to call who will win it.

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Post by Jeff Navarro Fri 09 Oct 2020, 7:59 pm

Tsitsipas has a beautiful and really potent backhand down the line. Not quite Wawrinka or Thiem but not far behind

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Post by Jeff Navarro Fri 09 Oct 2020, 8:00 pm

Djokovic saves Tsitsipas set point

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Post by Jeff Navarro Fri 09 Oct 2020, 8:01 pm

Tsitsipas breaks and takes the third set 7-5. Last 10-15 minutes been extraordinary for the Greek boy.

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Post by No name Bertie Fri 09 Oct 2020, 8:04 pm

Tsitsipas keeping the faith within himself and fighting back to take the third set.

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Post by sirfredperry Fri 09 Oct 2020, 8:05 pm

Some terrific hitting from Tsitsipas to come back from the dead.

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Post by Jeff Navarro Fri 09 Oct 2020, 8:06 pm

Tsitsipas’ slice backhand has started to make an impact. He should use it more frequently

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Post by ebar86 Fri 09 Oct 2020, 8:08 pm

Similar to 3rd set of rafa-diego but with different outcome. It was that fine margin at top level.

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Post by Jeff Navarro Fri 09 Oct 2020, 8:11 pm

Tsitsipas saves BP 1-0

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Post by No name Bertie Fri 09 Oct 2020, 8:13 pm

Tsitispas is currently on a four game winning streak from being 4-5 down in the third set.

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Post by Jeff Navarro Fri 09 Oct 2020, 8:15 pm

Tsitsipas cutting Djokovic to pieces with the backhand slice.
And he breaks again. Incredible 2-0

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Post by No name Bertie Fri 09 Oct 2020, 8:16 pm

Tsitispas breaks to love to extend his winning streak to 5 consecutive games and goes 2-0 in the fourth set.

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Post by Jeff Navarro Fri 09 Oct 2020, 8:19 pm

Djokovic breaks back 1-2

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Post by No name Bertie Fri 09 Oct 2020, 8:20 pm

Djokovic breaks back to end Tsitsipas game winning streak.  Was this a question of Tsitsipas running out of energy for that game.

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