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

Hoshi

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Rodger really should have had that gold one on the mantelpiece this year. That must have really hurt.
An unbelievable choke
Match points on your own serve on grass...

Everyone gets nervous though. Its why the scoring system in tennis is so unique.

I heard yesterday in the commentary Federer is 90th on the all-time list of percentage of break points converted. For context, Nadal is #2 and Djokovic is #7.
 
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An unbelievable choke
Match points on your own serve on grass...

Everyone gets nervous though. Its why the scoring system in tennis is so unique.

I heard yesterday in the commentary Federer is 90th on the all-time list of percentage of break points converted. For context, Nadal is #2 and Djokovic is #7.
Indeed, it was pretty uncharacteristic of the great man and nerves are a strange and powerful thing.

I would love to see him do at least one more GS, preferably at SW19.
 
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What are your thoughts on the Australian Open? Current odds have Novak at +150 and Nadal at +300.

I am a newbie/casual when it comes to tennis. But I also know that health and how much confidence you have going into a tournament are huge factors.
 

BigBone

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What are your thoughts on the Australian Open? Current odds have Novak at +150 and Nadal at +300.

I am a newbie/casual when it comes to tennis. But I also know that health and how much confidence you have going into a tournament are huge factors.
I prefer the Aussie out of all slams cause all arrive fresh and healthy, giving it an unpredictabikity factor just who did the best job in traing camp. Sure Novak must be the fav but Rafa and Medvedev like those conditions too. Good odds on the youngsters. I have no prediction as of yet.
 

Hoshi

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AO 2020 will have a new surface. Still harcourt but changing to the suppliers who have done Bercy, London, Basel, Rio Olympics
 
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BigBone

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Rafa had a great comeback year once more to snatch player of the year title, and Djoko finished off an unprecedented decade to become the player of the decade.

It's only fitting the two just met at the ATP Cup Final singles match. Novak won in 2, and we're down to the doubles match.
 

BigBone

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Serbia def. Spain in ATP Cup FInal 2-1, Djokovic def. Nadal 2-0 sets



And Serbia wins its biggest tennis team competition since the 2010 Davis Cup 10 years ago, fittingly via Novak and Troicki, the same two that edged out France back then. Not sure how I stand on Davis Cup vs. ATP Cup, but we've seen some top notch top 20 matches the past 10 days, so it's more intense, also shorter. But what I like most is them coming out fresh rather than tired at the end of the year. Good crowds too, nicely mixed between patriotic and international.
 

BigBone

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Also big mental win by Nole over Medvedev, who must be among the top 3 Aussie Open candidates. Let's just hope of course bush fires go out soon.
 

BigBone

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Wait what? Did the ATP just presented Serbia the winners trophy and casually left the runner-up one on on the table so Rafa Nadal had to pick it up in the background? :lol: WTF, that's one cruel mistake, give that damn thing to Spain properly, ATP fuckers!
 
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Worrying to see players struggle with the poor air quality. Surely if things don't improve this will threaten the Aussie Open, the heat in recent years has been bad enough, but add in the inability to breath and surely this is too dangerous, especially for the players who do have asthma.

Would hate to see the tournament scrapped but players health needs to be the priority.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/51100706
 
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BigBone

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Worrying to see players struggle with the poor air quality. Surely if things don't improve this will threaten the Aussie Open, the heat in recent years has been bad enough, but add in the inability to breath and surely this is too dangerous, especially for the players who do have asthma.

Would hate to see the tournament scrapped but players health needs to be the priority.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/51100706
Yet, Melbourne currently has some of the worst air pollution worldwide, and frankly Aussies are more concerned about wildfires and human, animal lives getting lost over tennis. Open organizers obviously want to stick to the game plan, but if forecast is more smoke plus summer heat, it should definitely move. I think China is more than ready though that would mean indoors.

Perhaps a week or two delay? Sydney for some rounds if air quality is better there? Not ideal in any case and yeah: health should come first.
 

RappingKungFuToaster

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Sydney for the first week of the AO would be epic!!!

The air quality was fucking terrible here when the Grose Valley fire was at its worst. I can't imagine holding any tennis here when it was that bad.
 

RappingKungFuToaster

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I imagine the courts with retractable roofs would get the bulk of the matches where possible, and doubles play would endure delays just as if there was rain.
 
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Still can they filter out smoke or will they just circle the same thing?
Air con will offer some filtering, but they will need proper purifiers to really cut out the smoke particles.

I would assume thar a roofed court in Oz would have this capability, but I don't know for certain.
 

BigBone

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Air con will offer some filtering, but they will need proper purifiers to really cut out the smoke particles.

I would assume thar a roofed court in Oz would have this capability, but I don't know for certain.
I don't think these systems are meant to filter ash and large particles out in sustained fashion, 24/7, at concentrations several dozens higher than these filters are designed for. I'd imagine the system getting clogged and rendered broken if gone on constantly. Plus players would still have to practice outside and you know, breath the same air. It's just impossible to put that many indoors.

What's the fires forecast? Is it expected to worn out in the next few days or will be sustained for weeks?
 

kf3

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qualifying tournament is ongoing, people complaining about air quality and at least 1 retirement from it. but none of these players are called roger.