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steviebruno

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A pity Musetti didn't see the end of match and retired 7/6 7/6 1/6 0/6 0/4 down, I don't recall any clear moment he injured himself but surely, those 2 hours and 20 minutes to win the first two sets took their toll. Please @steviebruno don't call him out on giving up that close to the end! First experience at this level, and in his best moments, he clearly outplayed a GOAT candidate. Well done, kiddo!

What's a bit disappointing is when Novak smelled blood, got rid of awful forehand errors and fired really past Musetti with real conviction, the youngin had zero things to offer and looked annoyed like a Sacha Zverev. Not good body language without any sign of physical trouble early in the 3rd.

Novak, what a great comeback again from two sets down, but rather than unleashing a deserved madman roar, all he offered was some claps for his foe as Musetti walked off the court. Gentleman as always.
The kid did what he could. He'd probably have finished the match if his groin didn't tighten up, but anything less than 100% and he might as well not even be out there. He should have retired after the fourth, honestly, but I understand wanting to go out for set five and seeing if adrenaline could see him through.

For sure his game will translate onto hardcourts, but I'm more intrigued to see how it looks on grass.
 
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Tsitsipas Medvedev tonight. Should be good.

Good effort from Musetti, shame he didn’t finish the match. 1st GS so can’t be too hard on him. He made Nole really work those first 2 sets.

A greater shame is Roger bitching out, we could’ve had a Roger Nole 1/4 tomorrow with the winner likely facing Rafa in the semi.
 

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Kenin was blasted out by the new Serena (far as being built like a tank goes): Sakkari. It will be some firefight between her and Swiatek who has an underrated, challenging draw with many hungry youngsters looking to take her shine.

Tsitsipas Medvedev tonight. Should be good.

Good effort from Musetti, shame he didn’t finish the match. 1st GS so can’t be too hard on him. He made Nole really work those first 2 sets.

A greater shame is Roger bitching out, we could’ve had a Roger Nole 1/4 tomorrow with the winner likely facing Rafa in the semi.
That's pretty mouthwatering. With Djokovic almost out, there was a chance for Daniil to close in on the top ranking but still has the whole year and it should be motivation enough. He's just not a great clay court player - yet, and his style could make Stefanos' life very difficult tonight.

I do root for Tsitsipas in this one however, he's in the kind of form that could upset both Djoko or even Rafa, with more question marks about Medvedev (style) and Zverev (leaving his best stuff in hotel rooms for GFs).
 
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I... huh?

I was watching this match under the impression the tall, blond player is the one with the Slavic background and the shorter, compact dark brown haired the Spaniard - and it's the other way around? Or my mind is getting old as Fed's injury excuses?
 

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That was mighty impressive from Tsitsipas, I'd say it's grand slam winning form if it wasn't for, you know, Rafa, Roland Garros and all. But he looks like Wawrinka that year he won this, more attacking single-handed backhand than Federer and a point finishing forehand.

Lol at Medvedev trying the under arm serve on match point and being punished for it, silly boy, but I guess he knew this was over.
 

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Incredible, Daniil serving 40-0 to take it to a tie break and he gets done after an underarm serve.
I mean... haha WTF? Did he want out of it? Could've won the tie-break then put doubts in Stefanos' mind. Guess he won't have too many sleepless nights over it as he clearly prefers faster courts, but that was no world no1 mentality.
 

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In a battle of big guns Sakkari is overpowering Swiatek who lost the first and looks a little confused how to get out of this one. Big question marks about her fighting spirit now, lets see if she can turn it around. Looks unlikely.
 

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Done in by piss poor scheduling. I'm not even sure how she's playing back to back in a slam event. She should've just withdrawn from the doubles to try and rejuvenate.

Night matches in Paris are unnecessary.
 

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Done in by piss poor scheduling. I'm not even sure how she's playing back to back in a slam event. She should've just withdrawn from the doubles to try and rejuvenate.
Swiatek? Last singles match on Monday, plenty of time to recover. But she took an injury timeout not unlike Musetti the other day. Clearly can't pull the trigger 100% but you know you never know if its her or the powerful player on the other end doing the heavy firing. Either way, good on Sakkari who plays exactly like she's built.
 

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Lets be honest if we call out one player for doing 5-minute medical break we should call out Iga too. A quick turnaround wouldn't look too good on her.
 

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First 2 games of Nadal Schwartz and I'm thinking Schwartz has a good shot at taking this.
Nah, he's a consistent little midget, which also means (hope I wrong) he's consistently gonna lose in under 120 minutes, straights. Nothing to bother Rafa and I can't watch the Spanish Bull abusing the little fella. :sad
 

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I mean personally I'd totally OK a plan to use HGH therapy on Diego much like they used one on Messi. Imagine the amount of clay dust he must breathe in having his head that close to the ground.
 
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