~ TENNIS - Djokovic dramatic Roland Garros as tour steps onto grass ~

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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
Rafa's a year older and the little man's a year angrier. Shit's starting to level out.
 

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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.
That Monday match was at night, then she played doubles yesterday and was up to play early today. She definitely ran into the wrong opponent at the wrong time.

She's a terrific clay court player, but there is only one sure thing on this surface. She didn't give herself the best chance here, though, and the scheduling didn't do her any favors. It was somewhat disrespectful of a defending champ, IMO.
 

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That Monday match was at night, then she played doubles yesterday and was up to play early today. She definitely ran into the wrong opponent at the wrong time.

She's a terrific clay court player, but there is only one sure thing on this surface. She didn't give herself the best chance here, though, and the scheduling didn't do her any favors. It was somewhat disrespectful of a defending champ, IMO.
Doubles is different competition no one forced you to take part of, sometimes Serena played singles, doubles and mixed. It's a 'you problem' really. Speaking of Serena, she would be proud, ya think?

 

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Djokovic looks all good on the returns and movements and points and all that with the occasional old man's errors. But he can't keep his serves consistent for shit I think since last year's Aussie. Clearly, the injuries didn't help. Also, perhaps its an age thing. Either way, if a Rafa or Tsitsipas come up, this is not the slam where I say whatever you throw at him him he'll deal with it.

Berrettini, that one looks like a shell of a man minus the spirit or some shit, barely any expressions or reactions, much different to Musetti who has the style, the persona and the variety. Berrettini's like an Italian Isner.
 

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Micha Zverev reckons Novak's grabbing his abs so Aussie injury signs are in the air? I'm not ringside so I can't quite have these close observations.
 

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FFS Djokovic! Had two points to win the 3rd set tie-break and the match, nets two easy balls, 2-1 sets now. Good fighting spirit from Berrettini tho, stayed tough and found his epic serve.
 

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This break-and-clear-stands sucks, one I think for Berrettini who needed a little support but still fancy his chances for bringing it at least to the 5th, and more importantly: me, I need the darn sleep damnit, Nole you should've finished it off long ago!
 

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As well as it started out for Djokovic, it turned out to be a battle in the end, and just barley escapes a 4th set tie-break to win it on a break. In the end his serve didn't let him down but some errors extended this into a 3,5 hr match which he should've avoided, but credit goes to Berrettini dialed in his top 10 class and perhaps best post-Delpo forehand? How's he not a QF/SF regular at other slams? Also, how about a David vs. Goliath I mean Schwartzmann vs. Berrettini for the masses?

Anyways, Novak unleashed a 20 second epic roar to the family, incl. the skinny wife who by the looks of it will get it tonight. Can't blame you Novak, but whenever you get bored of Jelena, you know how to reach me. Just drop a PM here or at ESB where I'm currently banned for some reason? Rafa in 3 come Friday, repeating last year's scoreline.
 

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As well as it started out for Djokovic, it turned out to be a battle in the end, and just barley escapes a 4th set tie-break to win it on a break. In the end his serve didn't let him down but some errors extended this into a 3,5 hr match which he should've avoided, but credit goes to Berrettini dialed in his top 10 class and perhaps best post-Delpo forehand? How's he not a QF/SF regular at other slams? Also, how about a David vs. Goliath I mean Schwartzmann vs. Berrettini for the masses?

Anyways, Novak unleashed a 20 second epic roar to the family, incl. the skinny wife who by the looks of it will get it tonight. Can't blame you Novak, but whenever you get bored of Jelena, you know how to reach me. Just drop a PM here or at ESB where I'm currently banned for some reason? Rafa in 3 come Friday, repeating last year's scoreline.
What's with kicking out the fans at 11:00 ????

How'd you get banned at ESB ?
Which mod ?
 

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What's with kicking out the fans at 11:00 ????

How'd you get banned at ESB ?
Which mod ?
Not sure which mod but pretty sure its the same person that threw out these poor folk who witnessed quite a battle. But you know man, Covid. It was perhaps the first time curfew lasted till 11PM? Weren't most night matches played without spectators?
 

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Mouthwatering semis today, unfortunately I'll mostly miss'em (need to sneak in some steam). Zverev flies underrated, he definitely has slam winning potential, and fans & bookies are pricing in his mental midgetry, and I'm not talking about smashing rackets or girlfriends, but crumbling under pressure, something I simply do not expect today. He's been playing stellar tennis and Stefanos' is not someone he should fear, and if he doesn't, it could be a nice 4-5 set thriller going either way. Still picking Tsitsipas here, he's playing godlike, but you, its not like he can't have a B-day.

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And dang, we're literally getting old of Rafa vs. Nole considering they first met 15 years ago and had an open era record 57 matches since, at 29-28. Pre-open era course had some crazy H2Hs think Rosewall vs. Gonzales, but c'mon: this is a professional, elite level rivalry on the biggest stages, and likely the one that decides the true GOAT in this sport. Hard not to see Rafa tying it again, he's fresher, healthier, more consistent, just got a win over Novak and well... here's Rafa at Roland Garros. At best Novak could snatch a set but also suffer some nasty scores, cause no matter of his moods or health or form, Nadal is as much of Paris' boss as Djokovic is Melbourne's and it shows in H2H results.
 
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Mouthwatering semis today, unfortunately I'll mostly miss'em (need to sneak in some steam). Zverev flies underrated, he definitely has slam winning potential, and fans & bookies are pricing in his mental midgetry, and I'm not talking about smashing rackets or girlfriends, but crumbling under pressure, something I simply do not expect today. He's been playing stellar tennis and Stefanos' is not someone he should fear, and if he doesn't, it could be a nice 4-5 set thriller going either way. Still picking Tsitsipas here, he's playing godlike, but you, its not like he can't have a B-day.

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And dang, we're literally getting old of Rafa vs. Nole considering they first met 15 years ago and had an open era record 57 matches since, at 29-28. Pre-open era course had some crazy H2Hs think Rosewall vs. Gonzales, but c'mon: this is a professional, elite level rivalry on the biggest stages, and likely the one that decides the true GOAT in this sport. Hard not to see Rafa tying it again, he's fresher, healthier, more consistent, just got a win over Novak and well... here's Rafa at Roland Garros. At best Novak could snatch a set but also suffer some nasty scores, cause no matter of his moods or health or form, Nadal is as much of Paris' boss as Djokovic is Melbourne's and it shows in H2H results.
I think Stefanos looks up for it today and Djoker takes it in an upset.

Greek v Serb final.
 
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