-Ostapenko looks like she spent the offseason vacationing at McDonalds, but good lord... when her shots land in she is one of the best players to watch on tour, outstanding comedy, and basically unplayable.
-Rybakina, the absolute cutest button of a 6-foot woman who ever lived, was AMAZING against Iga. Served huge, returned even better. I'm sad she and Godstapenko have to play each other in the next round, but they could produce serious fireworks.
-LEHECKA! What a run! Knocked out 3 seeds so far, and Felix played well today. Just totally outclassed in the longer rallies at this tournament so unfavourable to attacking tennis.
-That Hubie-Korda match was seriously underwhelming. Feel bad for Hubie, who is just one of the loveliest guys on tour, kind of like a Polish Forrest Gump. More importantly, the shine has totally come off Korda after that performance against Medvedev. Had Hurkacz not played back-to-back five-setters before this one he'd have probably pulled it off.
-Khachanov won 14 games in a row against Nishioka, at one point won 21 points in a row, and dropped just 2 points in the second set, but then that third set turned into one of the best of the tournament. Very strange match Hope Khach brings his best next round against Seb.
-Sinner is an idiot. Just when you thought he had finally grown up. Fights all the way back like that only to piss it away. Was a really good match for the first 3 sets though.
What a match with Rublev sneaking by Rune 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (11-9) - match of the tournament atm.....
Rublev comes back from 2-5 in the 5th set , saves two match points and then comes back from 0-5 in the tiebreak......Rune had that match like every possibly way......I'm not sure if Rublev got lucky, Rune choked, a little of both, or that was some act of God / Satan tbh...
-Rune served for the match at 5-3 and got broken to love. He then had two match points at 15-40 when Rublev was serving down 5-6 and couldn't take either. He was 5-0, 6-2, 7-3 up in the match tiebreaker, and lost the match, and that all happened in the space of about half an hour I think Rune played a terrible match, to be honest. Looked like he was struggling in the heat through the middle couple of sets, and when it finally cooled down for him his brain went walkabout. Rublev, on the other hand, looked calmer and more composed than I have ever seen him. Hope it is a sign of a big turnaround for him.
-BEN SHELTON LIVES! What a player, what a performance. Amazing serve, great forehand, has variety in his game and loves the fight. I love Tommy Paul, but I hope the kid fucks him up.
-Djoko played near enough the perfect match for that opponent and that place. Taking it early to give the kid no time, hitting it hard to avoid getting into long rallies, and dominating from the off to keep the crowd out of it. Shy of Khachanov catching fire like it's 2018, I don't know that anyone left has a prayer, though everybody left also has more weapons than de Minaur does, so we'll see.
-THE VEKIC EXPRESS KEEPS ROLLING. Shame she's working with Pam Shriver, but whatever works.
-Lehecka played really pretty well against Tsitsipas, and Stef was just better. 0/8 on break points the only real difference maker.
-Sad to see Korda go down like that, but the first set was great, and Khachanov did amazingly well to edge it. I think he's lost something like 22 matches in a row against top 10 opponents going back to 2019, but I'll be pulling for him to end his streak on Thursday.
-Rybakina with another tremendous performance. Man, I hope she goes all the way.
-But if she can't then I hope it's Vika. So happy for her. Pegula completes a really SHIT couple of days for the Pegula's. Not at all surprised, even after all the hype.
This final four reminds me of that old joke - A Serbian, an American, a Greek and a Russian walk into a bar.......
A Djokovic loss after his last 2 lights out performances would be somewhat shocking right now - on the other hand, imagine my posts if he can stick the landing and win 2 more matches.......you think I was funny before? Pfft
I also have back-up Chokeovic jokes just in case though because the dude does that too sometimes tbh
-Rublev back to being the same old Rublev Embarrassing performance. Obviously, Djoko's returning was in peak form and put him immediately on the back foot in his service games, but I swear to god if any of these guys could hit a dropshot things wouldn't go so simply. You're not playing Roger Federer for crying out loud, he's happy going side to side, not forwards. Not sure it's going to go any better for Tommy in the next round.
-Magda Linette. What a story.
-Sabalenka threatening to not choke and look as ferocious as she's been on the cusp of doing for the last 4 years. Can she finally cross the finish line? If we get an all Belarusian final Wimbledon will be pissing in their pants and whipping the old ban out again any day now
-So the second best Greek and second best Serbian sports stars in the world going head to head. Should be dull. The most exciting thing likely to be whether we get the two wild fanbases rioting before/after the match like in the crazy days of peak Baghdatis. It's going to be a hell of an atmosphere in there, that's for sure.
-First match today was pretty good, if underwhelming. Second was exactly what you would expect.
-Sad Sania Mirza lost the mixed dubs final, and that Coco and Pegula lost their womens dub semi. All of a sudden the American women are the letdowns and the men are the ones doing them proud.
I'll say this much - if Djoko wins this final - it's a gateway to ~ 27 slams imo when he eventually retires.......because he's winning Wimbledon again and he might even win the French '23 (not kidding)
If he loses - well he finishes maybe 1 or at best 2 over Nadal in the Grand Slam race at the end of their careers .........and if he loses AO 23 ......then this is a gateway slam for Tsitsipas and his own career actually
-Great match. Rybakina amazing in the first set, definitely got a little tentative in the last two, but the turnaround in the match is primarily on Sabalenka's performance more than anything. She raised her game incredibly in sets 2 and 3, bordered on the unplayable, and yet Elena made her work for both sets right till the end. Happy for both of them.
Post by themoviesinner on Jan 28, 2023 12:28:49 GMT
The first match I managed to watch in this Australian Open was the women's final and it delivered. Great match, great tennis from both, but Sabalenka played the match of her life, was, surprisingly, the more composed of the two in the most crucial moments (she usually crumbles and chokes when feeling the pressure, not today) and deserved to win in the end. I think both have the talent to win more Grand Slams in the future if they keep this level. This was probably the highest quality Grand Slam final in the womens side in recent years. Very high quality tennis overall.
"You'll soon bleed to death, so reflect on your life."
Post by themoviesinner on Jan 29, 2023 11:53:15 GMT
The men's final wasn't very good. Tsitsipas was tentative for most of the match and Djokovic was quite sluggish, waiting mainly for his opponent's errors than trying to attack himself. But, Djokovic, being the tennis GOAT, can raise his level when it matters the most and that's what he did here. Sets two and three might have gone to the tiebreak, but in neither of them did it seem that Tsitsipas had any chance of winning them. Mostly a routine win for Djokovic to win his 22nd slam, but the level of tennis in this match was of average to low quality. Disappointing performance from Tsitsipas. Given his form, I expected a bit more fight from him and to take this to 5 sets. He just wasn't very good today.
"You'll soon bleed to death, so reflect on your life."
-The key to the whole match was the second half of the second set, beginning where Tsitsipas had 15-30 on the Djokovic serve and made two ridiculous errors, and then gifted plenty more all the way through till the end of that tiebreak. He was completely in the ascendency, had his opponent on the back foot, and reverted to type. He did well to recover and do hang in there during the third, but by the time you've spotted the guy a 2-set lead you can forget about it. After the first set, Djokovic didn't even really play that well, he certainly kept his errors to a minimum, and that was enough.
-The second week of the mens tournament was pretty garbage after a fairly decent first week. The season can only head up from here. Murray-Kokkinakis the absolute highlight of the fortnight by a mile.