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    Default 2017 Australian Open

    The grand slam season begins later tonight in North America, tomorrow everywhere else in Melbourne.

    2017 may be a changing of the guard year, with players like Milos Raonic climbing up the ladder, and legends like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal approaching to ride off into the sunset. But also look for the usual suspects, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, and Stan Wawrinka to challenge for the top of the food chain.

    The same could also be said about the women. Serena Williams is no longer the dominant force she once was. And while she can still win the odd major, the field is now approaching her current level of play. Watch for Radwanska, Halep, Vinci, Kerber, and Stephens making some noise this year.

    Who's your winners?
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    Djokovic knocked out in second round by Istomen.

    Great chance for Murray to go and finally win in Melbourne
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    thats a huge shock for Djokovic to be knocked out so early, its probably the best chance for Murray to win but there is still a long way to go

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    Wow. I wake up to this? Time for Milos to take advantage.

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    Eugenie Bouchard and Milos Raonic for the win!!!

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    I think most people had picked that Djokovic isn't/wasn't at the peak of his powers but it's still a massive shock for him to be knocked out so early, even more so by someone ranked outside the top 100. Got to be one of the biggest Australian Open upsets I can remember.


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    Both #1 seeds went out this weekend. On the men's side yesterday, Andy Murray got bounced. And today, Angelique Kerber got knocked out.

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    Well, SHIT! Milos goes down in straight sets.

    Do you guys think we might get Nadal/Federer just one more time?

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    I want to believe Milos is better than he is. But he just doesnt do well against \federer nadal, murray or djokovic

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    How about this. Venus and Serena are gonna face off, perhaps for the last time, in the Women's Final.

    And Roger Federer is in the Men's Final. I wonder if Rafa's gonna do likewise, and have perhaps one last Final with Rog?

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    Wow. Is this 2017, or 2009? We got Nadal and Federer in the Men's Final, and Venus vs. Serena on the Women's side.

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    For fuck's sake, Fed (really unexpectedly) finally gets to a Major final without Novak about and Rafa just has to rise from the ashes and make it there as well. Rafa will win. In 4 at most. If Fed gets a lead in a set, he'll blow it. If he gets lots of break points, he'll blow most of them. He'll approach when he shouldn't. He won't approach when he should. He'll get stubborn at points and stop using his variety and try to beat Rafa in a slugfest from the baseline. His serve will drop down a level. We know how this goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strobe View Post
    For fuck's sake, Fed (really unexpectedly) finally gets to a Major final without Novak about and Rafa just has to rise from the ashes and make it there as well. Rafa will win. In 4 at most. If Fed gets a lead in a set, he'll blow it. If he gets lots of break points, he'll blow most of them. He'll approach when he shouldn't. He won't approach when he should. He'll get stubborn at points and stop using his variety and try to beat Rafa in a slugfest from the baseline. His serve will drop down a level. We know how this goes.
    I just heard a stat on TV. Federer is only 11-23 vs. Nadal, 2-6 in major finals, and 0-3 in Aussie Open finals against him.

    But who knows. A game's not decided on paper, they gotta play it on the court.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CM Punk'd View Post
    I just heard a stat on TV. Federer is only 11-23 vs. Nadal, and 0-3 in grand slam finals against him.

    But who knows. A game's not decided on paper, they gotta play it on the court.
    It is 6-2 in Major finals for Rafa (Fed won at Wimbledon 2006 and 2007), 9-2 overall at Majors and 11-3 in best-of-5 set matches. 3-0 for Rafa is the record at the Australian Open.

    I'd love to be wrong more than anything, but I am not getting my hopes up one iota. The last time I did was the 2012 Oz Semi and I finally learned my lesson that day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strobe View Post
    It is 6-2 in Major finals for Rafa (Fed won at Wimbledon 2006 and 2007), 9-2 overall at Majors and 11-3 in best-of-5 set matches. 3-0 for Rafa is the record at the Australian Open.

    I'd love to be wrong more than anything, but I am not getting my hopes up one iota. The last time I did was the 2012 Oz Semi and I finally learned my lesson that day.
    Fixed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CM Punk'd View Post
    Fixed.
    3-0 at AO, 2 semis (2012 and 2014) and 1 final (2009), not 3 finals. This is Fed's first final here since 2010 (SF losses in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016).

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    Everything is in Federer's favour. Fast court, good conditions, extra days rest and easier route through.

    Nadal then.

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    "Oh, I'm up a set up, with all the momentum, and serving in my opening service game of the second? Well, here you go Rafa, here's a double fault and then I'll hit to your forehand on an approach for an easy pass. And once you've got the break, I'll play a game where I get a break point, but don't break, sapping my my mental reserves"

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    It's the same Fucking script as usual, and I'm as pissed off as usual

    Federer Nadal matches in slams are as predictable as the Sun rising

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    @Todd @Froggy Fucking yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas!!!!!

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    May or may not have shed a tear...

    Who honestly had Roger at a break down in the 5th? Absolutely no fucker, incredible.

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    I'm with all of you, at 3-1 down in the fifth set I feared Roger would go down without a whimper. But credit to the champion, he dug deep, won some big points and took full advantage of Nadal's mistakes.

    What a fantastic rivalry and I was pleased we got to see them go at it, one more time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Todd View Post
    Who honestly had Roger at a break down in the 5th? Absolutely no fucker, incredible.
    I didn't have Fed at MP.

    Serving at 1-3 in the fifth, having failed to take BPs in the previous two Nadal service games. If someone predicted he'd win that set 6-3, I'd be calling them insane.

    Nearly 10 years since last beating Rafa in a Major, with 6 losses in a row. Nearly 5 years since last winning a Major, with lots of tough final losses in that period: Olympics, 2 Wimbledon, US Open, 2 YEC and another where he couldn't take the court. At 35 years of age, having been off the tour for 6 months, taking down the #10 seed, #5 seed (in five sets), #4 seed and reigning US Open champion (in five), then your kryptonite in the final (in five). Has to be the best Major title win ever.

    Now this is another sign of serious problems for tennis (both men's and women's) in terms of missing generations, but fuck all that talk for now. Mon the Fed.

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    The Williams sisters and Fed are all 35 and over. Nadal is 30. Have we ever had a Grand Slam final where everyone was that old before?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Real LT View Post
    The Williams sisters and Fed are all 35 and over. Nadal is 30. Have we ever had a Grand Slam final where everyone was that old before?
    No and there has to be more to it than simply The Big 4 and Serena are so good.



    Even though tennis seems more international than ever, did it lose elite athletes to other sports that has caused this dearth in top talent in the current 20-28 year old band? It can't just be the rackets and court speeds that do favour endurance and mental toughness over the explosiveness of youth. We are still talking about Dimitrov as being about to really break through and he is 25. He should be in the middle of his peak years. Fed, Nadal, Novak and Murray were all having great results (to various degrees) in late teens/early twenties as all-time greats should.

    The women's side is even more ridiculous. Serena's Majors won ratio pre/post turning 28 is 11-12; Fed by comparison is 14-4 and he has had a great 28 and beyond career.

    Does the increase of media presence and accessibility of social media play a part? The top players seem even more insurmountable, young guys can read all their stats in an instant, pre-match interviews and press conferences are all about how great their opponent is and they get intimidated? They can read every bit of criticism ever posted about them and let it get to them. It must be a combination of factors.

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