~ TENNIS: Australian Open - Federer-Djokovic - Nadal-Medvedev SFs possible ~

Hoshi

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Rafi edged a very close one today. He improved as the match went on particularly on his backhand cross. On a hardcourt and under indoor conditions that give him little for his game, to adjust with his grip and his court position like he does is nuts. Absolutely nuts. People just dont get it. Big swinging players with firepower struggle indoors just like precision stable players do in generating pace.

I have to be honest I have been in and out on Stefanos I think he has a lot of things he must work on but he is 23 long time ahead. Fantastic attitude, forehand was incredible and his return while obviously a weakness that will probably always have holes he returned at an okay level. Thought he returned Rafas serve in the ad court very well.

How good was the forecourt game from both players today. Obviously we expect it with Rafa he is incredible there because of his elite approach work but Stefanos was very good there today also.

 
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Tough luck for Rafa, with Sacha's win, he's out. Poor Medvedev, clearly a no1 contender, but not earlier than 2020.

And so we have: Zverev-Thiem, and Federer-Tsitsipas tomorrow. That's a great indicator that we're finally witnessing a transition (if not a change) of guard. Tho ironically, it's Federer and not Nadal or Djokovic still holding on to the top3 era. Should be fun!
 
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That's a great indicator that we're finally witnessing a transition (if not a change) of guard.
No, it's not.

The big 3 haven't won this tournament since 2015.

Zverev won it last year and then went out qf, 4th round, 4th round and 1st round in the slams this year.
 

Hoshi

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Hopefully some good matchups today. Wide open. Did not expect Thiem to have this kind of success based on his game but he has adapted really well.
If Fed wins here gives himself a huge shot to fight for the top spot in Australia after a very tough year. That Wimbledon final my goodness, double match point on your serve and you gift it. Coria esque

 
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No, it's not.

The big 3 haven't won this tournament since 2015.

Zverev won it last year and then went out qf, 4th round, 4th round and 1st round in the slams this year.
3 youngsters in SFs tells the story. Sure, Zverev bottles it at slams but Tsitsipas and especially Medvedev has a huge upside (latter is my dark horse Aussie bet), plus Thiem can beat Rafa on clay, Novak on hards and Federer on grass, so if he sorts the mental thing out, should translate into something big.
 

Hoshi

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Federer and Tsitsipas warming up now.

Fed should be comfortable on serve with Stefanos return game unless his level dips.

Fed breaks himself in the opening game, two Novak style overhead errors.
 
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3 youngsters in SFs tells the story. Sure, Zverev bottles it at slams but Tsitsipas and especially Medvedev has a huge upside (latter is my dark horse Aussie bet), plus Thiem can beat Rafa on clay, Novak on hards and Federer on grass, so if he sorts the mental thing out, should translate into something big.
There's a transition, but this tournament doesn't prove anything. We had a Dmitrov - Goffin final in 2017!

One of them needs to win a grand slam. The Australian Open is going to be excellent. Tsitispas and Medvedev have a great chance.
 

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There's a transition, but this tournament doesn't prove anything. We had a Dmitrov - Goffin final in 2017!

One of them needs to win a grand slam. The Australian Open is going to be excellent. Tsitispas and Medvedev have a great chance.
Pretty good odds too I'd imagine!




Toight first set to Tsitsipas, but I think he's already feeling the heat, tough battle yesterday. old man looks much fresher.
 

BigBone

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And Tsitsipas stuns Federer in straights!

This is really what can elevate him to slam winning: consistency. I don't think he dropped off yesterday too much, was just dragged down into the trenches with Rafa attacking his BH, plus wasn't a matter of life and death if he wins. On the other hand, each of Djokovic, Federer and Nadal showed the kind of inconsistency besides some brilliant tennis that allows openings at slams for the youngsters.

Great game by Stefonos today, not having to 3 is an extra before tomorrow.
 

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Tsitsipas-Thiem it is. They definitely played the best tennis this WTFs, so it's fitting finale tomorrow between two one-handed backhanders.
 

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The final is ON!

Who you got, peeps? I think Thiem might be a little more solid overall, but Tsitsipas has the higher ceiling, with bigger chance of falling off. Very 50-50.
 

Hoshi

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Very close final. Still think Thiem will win slams. The guy has incredible stamina. If Stefanos can improve the return to an elite level he could be quite the force, big if though.

Thats the season done. Rafa and Nole get the big legacy wins.


 
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Very close final. Still think Thiem will win slams. The guy has incredible stamina. If Stefanos can improve the return to an elite level he could be quite the force, big if though.

Thats the season done. Rafa and Nole get the big legacy wins.


Rodger really should have had that gold one on the mantelpiece this year. That must have really hurt.