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Australian Open 2014 - The Other Players

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It's such a shame that Wawrinka is not getting full credit for this.

With headlines like this this
"Rafael Nadal: I Started To Feel The Back Injury During Warm-up, But This Was Stan’s Day, He Deserved It"
how is Stan going to feel like he "deserved it"??

Nadal says he was injured before even taking the court but Wawrinka "deserved it"? It's quite a mixed message. And I guess Wawrinka is buying it, because here is his tweet:

#Wawrinka "It's final of Grand Slam so v.happy to win, it but it's not the way a player wants to win, because their opponent is injured."

To me, that's just sad.

Very sad, Janet, particularly as Stan played lights out tennis until Rafa's MTO.
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I didn't see the match Alis, but yes that's what's I've read in all the reports this morning. Thanks.
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Hmm! Does Federer have a crystal ball? He has the World Tour finals listed on this year's schedule!

Hahahahahahahahahaha. 
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Its a funny old game. Stan has never won a Masters and only reached a Masters final once. Then in his  first Grand Slam final he wins it.
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Its a funny old game. Stan has never won a Masters and only reached a Masters final once. Then in his  first Grand Slam final he wins it.

And before today he'd only won 250-level titles before (no 500s): 2 x Chennai, Oeiras, Casablanca and Umag. Quite a step up to become a GS champion!
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   Possibly, but I think Phil McCavity could spring a surprise at RG.

My wife's friend actually dated someone called Phil McCracken.
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Its a funny old game. Stan has never won a Masters and only reached a Masters final once. Then in his  first Grand Slam final he wins it.

DelPotro is the same I think; has won a slam but no Masters, and I believe he'd only been in one Masters final prior to his slam win. Mainly Delpo's titles are 500 level.

I wonder what this says about Masters titles?
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I think it says an awful lot about the consistency of the big boys though. 
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My wife's friend actually dated someone called Phil McCracken.
   Don't tell me, he was a plasterer?
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   Don't tell me, he was a plasterer?

Yes, he was.
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And before today he'd only won 250-level titles before (no 500s): 2 x Chennai, Oeiras, Casablanca and Umag. Quite a step up to become a GS champion!

I have a problem with this. I kind of think, to be a 'worthy' slam champion, your number of Masters titles should be in proportion to your number of slam wins. This works out OK for the (former) Big Four; they're in proportion. If you've never won a Masters and you suddenly win a slam, it's just wrong.
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I have a problem with this. I kind of think, to be a 'worthy' slam champion, your number of Masters titles should be in proportion to your number of slam wins. This works out OK for the (former) Big Four; they're in proportion. If you've never won a Masters and you suddenly win a slam, it's just wrong.

Its not wrong its just a bit bizarre considering all the Masters Andy won and all the Slam finals he reached before he actually won one!! But you can't deny he deserved to win given who he had to beat along the way. But even last year he played great against Andy at the USO, played great versus Joker at the AO and the USO but apart from that did he do much the rest of the year? Always thought of him as a clay courter really but at the hard court Slams he has been tremendous.
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janetx:  I wonder what Rafa was supposed to say?  He could hardly say he wasn't injured when patently he was. And I understand he refused to answer more than one question about the injury, saying it was Stan's day.  Seems to me he behaved totally properly.
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maybe he didn't have to bring up that he felt the injury in the warm up? or maybe he could've done like serena did when she lost to ivanovic and fully credit the opponent? i don't know but it just seems all this injury talk undermines stan's victory somewhat. there must be ways of deflecting it methinks? Think
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maybe he didn't have to bring up that he felt the injury in the warm up? or maybe he could've done like serena did when she lost to ivanovic and fully credit the opponent? i don't know but it just seems all this injury talk undermines stan's victory somewhat. there must be ways of deflecting it methinks? Think

Considering what everyone saw on court including the strapping before the medical time out. And of course all the fuss over that not sure deflecting it was an option think Nadal has done well to keep it as low key as it is. 
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