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

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I love tennis, but I think this should be cancelled, moved, or postponed.

There is clearly a health and safety issue, and to be honest, it just feels wrong that it's happening right now.
 
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I love tennis, but I think this should be cancelled, moved, or postponed.

There is clearly a health and safety issue, and to be honest, it just feels wrong that it's happening right now.
Novak is the head of players council and has history with asthma. Let's see if he has a say on this...

Personally, if there's health issue and generally a bad look on tennis doing it amidst fires (though I'd imagine it'd generate good charity money), then yeah, postpone, relocate, cancel.
 
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So Nadal wins player of the year and caps it off with another Davss Cup. The Joker wins player of the decade and leads Serbia to the first ever ATP cup.

Aus Open, first slam of the year starts next week and the draw is in. Nadal and Med paired together and Nole and Roger in the other half.

Nadal may have to face Kyrgios Thiem and Medvedev to get to the final. He will be on fumes after his non existant off season

Novak arguably the greatest hardourter ever has his hands full also. Tough opener vs Struff easier early rds but Buatista Agut and later Tsitsipas will be difficult.

Fed while paired with Novak if he goes deep will be happy how things have shaped up for him, though Hurkacs is in form and Shapovalov and Dimitrov can be streaky he should have a good run.

First glance I thought Nadal was doomed with Kyrgios, Thiem and Medvedev before facing Nole/Roger but I think Novaks is equally tough. RBA and Stefanos have done big damage to him before.

Hopefully we get some great matchups
 
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So Nadal wins player of the year and caps it off with another Davss Cup. The Joker wins player of the decade and leads Serbia to the first ever ATP cup.

Aus Open, first slam of the year starts next week and the draw is in. Nadal and Med paired together and Nole and Roger in the other half.

Nadal may have to face Kyrgios Thiem and Medvedev to get to the final. He will be on fumes after his non existant off season

Novak arguably the greatest hardourter ever has his hands full also. Tough opener vs Struff easier early rds but Buatista Agut and later Tsitsipas will be difficult.

Fed while paired with Novak if he goes deep will be happy how things have shaped up for him, though Hurkacs is in form and Shapovalov and Dimitrov can be streaky he should have a good run.

First glance I thought Nadal was doomed with Kyrgios, Thiem and Medvedev before facing Nole/Roger but I think Novaks is equally tough. RBA and Stefanos have done big damage to him before.

Hopefully we get some great matchups
Ohssss draws out already! Good news: rains should reduce bush fire areas, also not so hot conditions for first week at Aussie. Federer should walk into the semis tho Shaporalov played a very good game vs. Novak, who avanged losses to Medvedev and picked up important wins incl. straight over Nadal. Should be a confidence booster as his level dropped after that mind blowing Wimbledon final.

However well he played, I think some of his late troubles started to manifest in long matches. He might not be as fresh come 2nd week as he used to be. Same goes obviously for Rafa and Fed, whereas Medvedev is a genuine title threat and Tsitsipas isn't far behind. Wonder what Thiem, Zverev, Kyrgios and Shaporalov will do with their talent... new year, new start, time to make a statement.

Too bad Del Potro is out once more. What about Wawrinka?
 

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Novak has either RBA or Stefanos not both as I had thought.
Zverev is either hitting 130 serves or doubles. So you can be a bystander at times. His confidence cannot be great right now
Thiem after his 2018 improvements on hardcourt, made more strides in 2019 on hard and like Medvedev and Stefanos he can grind forever
Wawrinka is in Nadals half I think but will have to get thorough Medvedev who is in his quarter
Shapovalov has adjusted, bringing more patience to his game before trying to finish the point. He often just beats himself ballbashing but Youzny has already brought a clearer gameplan to the table
Novak will be glad to avoid Thiem and Medvedev who annoy him in different ways, he clearly has more troubles with the new generation of players than Fed and Rafa. Its all about matchups.

I think its getting to the time when next gen will challenge hard or win hardcourt majors. Grass and clay will take more time, without a true bounce and specialist movements
 

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Novak has either RBA or Stefanos not both as I had thought.
Zverev is either hitting 130 serves or doubles. So you can be a bystander at times. His confidence cannot be great right now
Thiem after his 2018 improvements on hardcourt, made more strides in 2019 on hard and like Medvedev and Stefanos he can grind forever
Wawrinka is in Nadals half I think but will have to get thorough Medvedev who is in his quarter
Shapovalov has adjusted, bringing more patience to his game before trying to finish the point. He often just beats himself ballbashing but Youzny has already brought a clearer gameplan to the table
Novak will be glad to avoid Thiem and Medvedev who annoy him in different ways, he clearly has more troubles with the new generation of players than Fed and Rafa. Its all about matchups.

I think its getting to the time when next gen will challenge hard or win hardcourt majors. Grass and clay will take more time, without a true bounce and specialist movements
What's RBA?
 
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A 15 year old just sent Venus Williams packing in the 1st round of the Aussie open. Straight sets too.
That's coco Gauff. She beat venus at Wimbledon last year too.

Think she got to the quarters before losing to Halep.

She's meant to be the next big thing in women's tennis.
 

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That's coco Gauff. She beat venus at Wimbledon last year too.

Think she got to the quarters before losing to Halep.

She's meant to be the next big thing in women's tennis.
It must have felt for Venus a bit like playing a 15 year old version of herself.

A changing of the batton.
 
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It must have felt for Venus a bit like playing a 15 year old version of herself.

A changing of the batton.
Yeah. I really wanted her to win in the Wimbledon match, (didn't see this one, just out of bed).

I always feel for the older athlete on the way out, and usually end up wanting them to win. Boxing, tennis, any sport really.
 

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Yeah. I really wanted her to win in the Wimbledon match, (didn't see this one, just out of bed).

I always feel for the older athlete on the way out, and usually end up wanting them to win. Boxing, tennis, any sport really.
I know tennis has its 15 year old prodigies from time to time but for the nearly 40 year old Venus the writing appears to be on the wall.
 
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Yes. She isn't healthy either, has a few conditions and a lot of wear and tear.

Think she just loves tennis though and will keep going as long as possible.
Yeah I think she's just playing now for the love of the game. She's 39, should of retired years ago or at least joined the seniors tour 4 years ago. She is obviously nowhere near her old self, hasn't been since she became ill. She'll just keep playing for as long as she can at this level, while she still can and eventually I suspect she'll join the seniors tour when she can't qualify for the slams anymore.
 
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