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Australian Open 2013 - the other players

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Brilliant intriguing match. clap clap clap
Well done Nole. Sad for Stan who also causes Andy many probs.
Usually Andy putting his fans through the wringer. Whistle Feel sorry for Nole fans. We feel it!
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  Agreed - and what makes it worse for me is the cross-fondling he does during the match. One of these habits lacks sincerity - I know which one I think reflects the true Djokovic.
Yup - I have noticed this as well.  As a person, he seems very fake.
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I like Novak, yeah it's in your face when he's OOT when he wins- but he only really does that on the BIG matches, adrenaline, relief, joy... it's how he lets it out Shrug Each to his own

Agree Haze. Each to their own as you say.
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I was also afraid of his winner pose. On the other hand, you are full of adrenaline and must let it out. Would have been nice if Stan had come out as the winner as he played amazing tennis and deserved it so much. I really felt sorry for him. It must be frustrating: you play your heart out and yet come second best so many times. will the length of the match have an effect on Nole's performance? I mean there are still two more rounds to come with tough opponents.

I doubt it. It didn't at Roland Garros (two tense five setters against Seppi and Tsonga (where he saved multiple match points) before trouncing Federer in straights), and it didn't in Australia. Didn't affect Murray in New York either, and Djokovic is just as fit as Murray.
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Poor Stan. Frown He played so well today - it must feel awful to come so close and still lose.
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If you don't close it in 4 then you have less than 5% chance to win the match against Nole. Anyway, Stan played a great match and pushed Nole as much as possible. He proved me wrong too in terms of the scores. He should be very proud of his performance. I still feel Chardy delivered the best match of the tournament so far and that's simply because he won the match.

Can't imagine what Nole fans just went through. Berdych is next. Let's see how much Nole recovers from this. He is lucky this wasn't a day match. Now that he's the No. 1 player and has taken himself to a superior level, he'll get schedules like these.

Nole didn't take Stan as seriously at first. And the minute he realized it, which was about 25 minutes, he was already in a titanic battle against Wawrinka. The next two sets were hard fought sets as well though he won both of them. The next two sets were 68 and 104 minutes long. Crazy stuff. I must admit, I am not a big of these long matches.
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I like Novak, yeah it's in your face when he's OOT when he wins- but he only really does that on the BIG matches, adrenaline, relief, joy... it's how he lets it out Shrug Each to his own
That's quite surprising coming from a Christian....
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70% of all percentage figures used in an argument are made up.
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Nole will be fine against Bird. Remember last year?

70% of all percentage figures used in an argument are made up.

Lol but they sound good...Wink
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Here is the rally.



Oh and by the way, thanks for the video IR!
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I am sad for Nishi. He looked disinterested in the 2nd set. I switched off when Ferrer was 5-1 up. It was just a very bad match...for me anyway. Nishi though was playing very well at first and had a few opportunities but Ferrer then took things to another physical level that Nishi just couldn't cope with. So sad when tennis becomes so physical. Anyway, it is what it is.

Tipsy retired in the 2nd. Can't blame him. He had the toughest draw and the poor guy had to play one competitive match after another.

Tomic played a brilliant 2nd set but got a bit unlucky in the TB when the score was 5-3 Tomic. But more importantly, his match against Brands was extremely taxing and that took a lot out of him. I don't think he would have won against Federer anyway, but he was good enough to take a set or maybe even push further had he been fresh. Tomic displayed a very composed poster that day as well which was lovely to see. He's definitely here to stay and a future top player without a doubt. I like his tennis. It's very smart and to the point.

And Almagro is in the qtr. Crazy stuff! The only clay player in the 90s, as far as I remember, who was able to make the hardcourt qtr in a GS was Corretja and against none other than Sampras. And he made history there. One of the most memorable matches ever when he pushed Sampras into the 5th set TB. Still Corretja was more than a claycourt specialist and was good on hard. Almagro is not at his level when it comes to hard.
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70% of all percentage figures used in an argument are made up.

lol that's good one but Nole has come through most times in the fifth set since 2011. It's a fact. The only match he wasn't able to was the one against Andy at the USO final.
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That's quite surprising coming from a Christian....

??? Don't get what that has to do with the conversation here?
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I can't believe Chardy was playing doubles. I guess he didn't think he'd still be in the Singles.
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I don't think Nole's celebrations are personal. He just loves to compliment his own performance after a hard fought match. lol. He's always very kind to his opponents even when he loses those tight matches.
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