Tennis Thread - Grand Slams & The Tour

Discussion in 'General Football & Other Sport' started by I Blame Bassett, May 28, 2018.

  1. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Looks like Djokovic is keen to watch the final ..

    1 set and 2 breaks up.
     
  2. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Ah nostalgia's not what it was!
    I understand and agree that perhaps the players do not have the personalities of past times.However when Connors,my favourite growing up, JP Mac and Nastase were playing people said they were an abomination,so in some ways you can't win!
    We know so much more about sports science these days and thanks mainly to Navratilova,players leave no stone unturned in their application to their sport.
    Players are stronger,faster,more agile,have greater elasticity and the human race is getting taller year on year.Twelve year olds now hit the ball harder than probably the greatest player of all time Rod Laver. Time moves on.
    I'm sad if people don't watch what I consider the hardest game to excel at but then again you don't have to look at Richard Lewis' teeth!
    Probably very wise in this weather,I was very hot and I was only on court for three hours!
    Joker a worthy winner.
    Anderson's worst nightmare to win his semi final in three and a half weeks and then find the machine that is Djokovic the other side of the net.
    I think Jelena Djokovic needs a few of Troy's pies to feed her up,she makes me look like Hattie Jaques!
     
  3. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Murray in floods of tears after defeating Copil in Washington.
    Has withdrawn from Toronto next week and must be sore for match tonight v Di Minaur.
    Tsitsipas going strong and awaits Zverev or Nishikori in semis.
    Plenty of rain in D.C.
     
  4. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Looks like Murray pulled out of the Quarter final match.
     
  5. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Yes,not surprising really given he was on court for eight hours for his three matches,all of them three setters.
    He has complained about the scheduling but the tournament would have been hamstrung by the large amounts of rain throughout the week.
    I'm looking forward to Tsitsipas v Zverev tonight.
     
  6. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Zverev continuing his flat track bully role in Washington,but can he step up at a major event?
    Tsitsipas continues to improve markedly.
    Kyrgios behaving like a berk as usual and Edmund very weak against little Diego in Toronto.
     
  7. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Wonderful display of all court tennis from Tsitsipas to defeat Djokovic in three sets.
    Some player this lad.
     
  8. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Greek sport in better shape than their economy !

    Djokovic won't be in a "good place" then...
     
  9. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    He took it in good part,as he usually does.
    The improvement in Tsitsipas's returns since losing to Nadal in Barcelona has been key I think.
    He also serves with unnerving accuracy for a 19 year old.
    Most impressive is his ability to control court position and therefore take time away from his opponents. He is brave in his ventures to the net too and is by far the most natural volleyer of the Next Generation players.
    He'll lose to Zverev I expect, but his progress is strong.
     
  10. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Tsitsi beats Zverev or rather Zverev loses to Tsitsi.
    Remarkable match,low on quality in the main but fascinating as an example of how much of tennis is in the head.
    Zverev was,after losing the first eight points,a level above an exhausted looking Greek.
    Tsitsipas then played a good game to hold for 3-5 in the second,having lost the first and an average game to break in conjunction with Zverev getting tight.
    Tsitsipas then mixed it up,partly no doubt due to physical and more emotional fatigue. The most damaging aspect to Zverev,as to almost all players,was the slow paced ball to the forehand.
    Zverev unravelled and served a double fault at match point down,to compound his misery.
    This is not the first time Zverev has had a melt down and in truth he is showing the same flaws as he did last year.
    Croft and Rusedski had a big disagreement on Dimitrov,Croft saying he needed a sports psychologist.
    The same could be said for Sasha,although Rusedski's suggestion for Lendl as coach was sound.
     
  11. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Heroic week for Tsitsipas in Toronto.
    Most of the Greek population came out to support him yesterday,his twentieth birthday.
    He almost made it three sets against Rafa,but couldn't convert either of his set points.
    Those of you who like a bet put a few pounds on Tsitsi winning a major tournament in the next two years. He plays with such élan,such energy and verve.Beautiful to watch. Petchey's likening him to a 14th century artist is quite apt.
    On a sour note,time and time again Rafa went over the 'stop clock' when serving. Feeble officiating not to penalise him,others were.One rule for one etc,etc.
    Great line calling though I must say,far better than the Americans usually produce.I will watch Cinci this week with interest.
    Up the Greeks!
     

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