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ATP/WTA Tour - The Other Players

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Aileen: Fed had back problems in his match v Tennys Trump, but miraculously came through a zillion match points in the 4th and seemed to loosen up in the 5th. Was very pleased, don't usually cheer for him these days, either!
Yes I read about the match and the back problem, plus Sandgren's thoughts on the match, and was glad that Fed won too.  Saving 7 MPs is quite something for any player to do let alone a 'creaking geriatric'.  Shows just how otherwise fit Fed is both physically and mentally, which of course was the point I was making.

Australian Open quarter finals ... still Groundhog Day.  Semi finals?
Not if Thiem can take Nadal out, and the last, and only, time they met on a hard court, which was in the QF the USO 2018, Thiem was very unlucky to lose 5-7 in the fifth set TB.  Rafa is the favourite here but as you know in Slams anything is possible!  Not sure about Stan's chance against Zverev though because a lot will depend on how well Stan has recovered from his efforts against Medvedev.  That said, Zverev seems to struggle in the latter part of Slams, so Shrug
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Rafa is the favourite here but as you know in Slams anything is possible!

That’s true.  Much as I admire the success of these amazing players a new name on a slam trophy would be so refreshing. 
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Got too tired to watch the whole of this match but very pleased to see Stan taking the first set 6-1. cmon yeah
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Got too tired to watch the whole of this match but very pleased to see Stan taking the first set 6-1. cmon yeah

Z won the second set 6/3  cmon yeah
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& Z has now won Set 3, 6/4  cmon yeah
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Z won 3 sets to 1, well done Z  cmon yeah
(& mentioned on Z's thread too)
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Go Pretty Boy! Go!  yay

Good to see Justine Henin on the "Matts Stats" round up. What a terrific player she was and Halep's inspiration as she revealed.
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Quite a match between Nadal and Thiem.  Thiem won first two sets 7/6 7/6 and Nadal has just won the third 6/4.   
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And Thiem takes the 4th.  Well done!  At least one new player in the final.
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D O M I N I C the terminator  wub  yay yay yay
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And Thiem takes the 4th.  Well done!  At least one new player in the final.

That will be good for a change but I think a lot of the old-uns have the mental edge still and give us the best tennis regularly.

However what chance have the new kids in a final against Novak or Roger? Both 'youngsters' are susceptible to melt-downs. Thiem became reckless as he tried to win against Nadal. Shots went everywhere and he nearly missed his chance. That only Nadal won a set without a tie-break says a lot. Something seems to happen in slams which does not elsewhere?

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^ That's not really correct. Dom is a power player who hits very big on his forehand. This is a deliberate high risk strategy, which reaps great rewards, but it is very far from "reckless." In fact he was winning most of the rallies from the baseline. Dom has improved his game too, now coming forward and knifing volleys too.
I saw Dom play at the O2. The sheer power of his forehand was incredible. Of course he's put some out but when they go in they are almost unplayable. He beat Dkokovic there too.
What is evident from Rafa's play is how anxious he gets in the big points. Showed this against Nick in a previous round. Always was extremely nervy, hence mannerisms, and now it's getting worse. Inevitable as his body gets less reliable. I think he's losing this "mental edge" and Federer is too.
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Z won 3 sets to 1.
Drat!   Stan started off so well too while Z looked like he'd forgotten how to play tennis, but when I looked in again it was near the end of the 2nd set and I could see that Z was starting to turn things round while Stan's intensity had dropped a little.  Still kept hoping Stan would do it, but it wasn't to be. Frown   I'm sure Z will be pleased though that he's finally made his Slam breakthrough.

D O M I N I C the terminator  wub  yay yay yay
Really pleased about that one!  I picked Dom to win in RTR as well because I had a gut feeling he'd pull it off against Rafa despite what the pundits were predicting. yay

Something seems to happen in slams which does not elsewhere?
Slams have always been known for their surprises, both good and not so good, which is why I think they're so popular with tennis fans.
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Fed skipped practise today. Wonder if he'll play.
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Fed skipped practise today. Wonder if he'll play.
I suppose it depends on how bad his groin strain still feels come tomorrow.  A withdrawal wouldn't surprise me, but on the other hand he might just decide to go out there and try to give Novak a run for his money, while hoping for the best.  Quite a few pundits are still predicting a Fed win as well.
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