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John McEnroe just said almost exactly what I said! Brad thinks he has a matchup problem playing Novak because he isn't comfortable moving forward and attacking.
Meanwhile Cash/Petchey think Kyle should be more patient.

And now Petch has started drooling over Novak.
[ Last edit by Aileen September 05, 2016, 04:09 AM ] IP Logged
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I don't think Kyle is lacking in patience. I do think that having to handle the kind of shots that Djokovic constantly sends back is terribly hard when you're not used to it. He doesn't really know how to anticipate and cut them off better. And he definitely needs to be able to come in behind his better shots. On the Tennis Podcast the other day somebody said that Andy had told Kyle the most important thing in playing Djokovic was not to have too much respect for him. He has definitely had too much respect so far. One of the problems about hanging back too far behind the baseline is that even strong groundstrokes don't always go deep enough. Kyle is a huge hitter and yet too many of his shots are ending up about two-thirds of the way down the court rather than near the baseline. Hope he can get on the board in this set, he's serving at 4-0 and it's 40-15, so he's got a chance.
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So no issues for Novak then?  No problem with lack of games nor health issues. Eyebrow raise.
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Finally Kyle holds and gets on the scoreboard.  4-1.
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So no issues for Novak then?  No problem with lack of games nor health issues. Eyebrow raise.
Apparently not.  Chalk and cheese from what he was like a week ago.
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So Kyle breaks Djokovic to get to 1-2 in the third, and suddenly Novak is getting the trainer to work on his elbow in the changeover! Kyle holds serve super easily to get to 2-2 and he's making an impression on Novak's serve, although he spoiled it a bit by hitting into the net to end a good rally, 40-30. And then a huge rally, Kyle staying toe to toe and hits a huge crosscourt winner for deuce! Kyle suddenly looks looser and his shots are harder to handle. Ad Kyle! And Novak's shot is long and Kyle breaks for 3-2!!
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Well, Kyle got broken back, but hung with Novak until he had to serve to stay in the set at 4-5. And then Novak piled on and took the game and the match. It was nice that Kyle could relax a bit in this set and show a bit of what he can do after what must have been a depressing first two sets for him. But he's definitely got a lot of work to do if he's going to figure out players like Djokovic down the road.
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Well, Kyle got broken back, but hung with Novak until he had to serve to stay in the set at 4-5. And then Novak piled on and took the game and the match. It was nice that Kyle could relax a bit in this set and show a bit of what he can do after what must have been a depressing first two sets for him. But he's definitely got a lot of work to do if he's going to figure out players like Djokovic down the road.
I'm sure he'll have learnt a lot from this match and has absolutely nothing to be ashamed of anyway.  Given that he's only 21 he's got plenty of time to improve, and the more matches he can get against the top players, the better he'll become because I do believe he has the determination as well as the ability to make a success of his career.  Whether or not he'll eventually make the top ten though remains to be seen.
[ Last edit by Aileen September 05, 2016, 06:18 AM ] IP Logged
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didn't watch but heard bits on the radio as I woke up during night.   A shame that he did so poorly in first two sets but I guess he can take some comfort from making the final set relatively close.  Depressing that Novak has clearly benefited from the additional rest.  And what appeared to be the most likely possible obstacles to the final have been cleared from his path so that now it's Andy who has the trickier second week I think.
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didn't watch but heard bits on the radio as I woke up during night.   A shame that he did so poorly in first two sets but I guess he can take some comfort from making the final set relatively close.  Depressing that Novak has clearly benefited from the additional rest.  And what appeared to be the most likely possible obstacles to the final have been cleared from his path so that now it's Andy who has the trickier second week I think.
It is a shame Ruthie. I couldn't watch it either, but it sounds like Kyle may have been  bit overawed in the first 2 sets, before he managed to shake himself out of it and get himself together. When he did, I hear that Dkoko called the trainer out to massage his elbow right after being broken by Kyle! Up to his old tricks again eh! Rolling Eyes I never was a big fan, but I honestly think I'm beginning to loathe that guy! Rolling Eyes Andy is the last man standing now for the Brits in the singles! I hope big Jo Tsonga manages to take  Djoko to five! Whistle
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apparently Andy's one bit of advice to Kyle was not to be too respectful of Novak as he felt he was of the top players when he was younger (not that it stopped him beating smugfed!). Seems Kyle wasn't able to put that advice into practice.  Go Jo go.   cmon yeah
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apparently Andy's one bit of advice to Kyle was not to be too respectful of Novak as he felt he was of the top players when he was younger (not that it stopped him beating smugfed!). Seems Kyle wasn't able to put that advice into practice.  Go Jo go.   cmon yeah
I wasn't surprised Ruthie.  Kyle's only 21 and not as brash as some of the other younger players are, thankfully.  At least he gave Novak something to think about in the third set when he started to relax a bit and the non-Novak luvvies in the crowd began getting behind him.
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