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Forum: General Messages   06-03-2016, 01:33 PM
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Posted By Sophocles
Re: 2016 Live commentary thread vol. 11

Don't know if you guys have managed to catch any of that "News" stuff that's always on the TV, but the poor attendance may have something to do with the Biblical floods that are ravaging France,...
Forum: General Messages   06-01-2016, 06:34 PM
Replies: 242
Views: 12,670
Posted By Sophocles
Re: M.Wilander:"Winning RG without Nadal it's not an authentic RG, and Djokovic knows

Ironically, Wilander's run to the RG title in 1982 was one of the most impressive in the history of tennis. Unseeded & in his tournament debut, he defeated Lendl, Gerulaitis, Clerc, & Vilas in...
Forum: General Messages   05-30-2016, 07:55 PM
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Views: 12,670
Posted By Sophocles
Re: M.Wilander:"Winning RG without Nadal it's not an authentic RG, and Djokovic knows

This sort of thing is intensely irritating. In terms of this tournament, Nadal WAS here, he is no longer the champion at R.G., he is no longer the World No. 1, he is no longer even the world's best...
Forum: General Messages   05-30-2016, 07:30 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,570
Posted By Sophocles
Re: Why does the French crowd not like Rafael Nadal?

There's a dichotomy going back a long way, in that 2 styles have always brought success on clay: attritional grinding, as exemplified by the likes of Borg, Vilas, & Harold Solomon, and artistic...
Forum: General Messages   05-30-2016, 05:32 PM
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Views: 3,570
Posted By Sophocles
Re: Why does the French crowd not like Rafael Nadal?

There's a mismatch between the style of tennis the French play & appreciate, and the kind of tennis that works best on clay in the modern game. Rafa, as the ultimate brutal power-grinder, is...
Forum: General Messages   01-31-2016, 11:00 AM
Replies: 5,025
Views: 158,118
Posted By Sophocles
Re: 2016 Live Commentary Thread vol. 3

Murray still got a chance if he can stay relatively error-free, according to Eurosport. A chance of what? Holding serve?
Forum: General Messages   01-31-2016, 10:57 AM
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Views: 158,118
Posted By Sophocles
Re: 2016 Live Commentary Thread vol. 3

Muzza just not the same since back surgery.

Whole tour mentally shot against Djoker apart from Stan.
Forum: General Messages   01-31-2016, 10:52 AM
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Posted By Sophocles
Re: 2016 Live Commentary Thread vol. 3

God tennis is in a terrible state. Djoker basically playing an average match against No. 2 in the world and winning in straight sets.
Forum: General Messages   01-31-2016, 10:48 AM
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Forum: General Messages   01-31-2016, 10:26 AM
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Views: 158,118
Posted By Sophocles
Re: 2016 Live Commentary Thread vol. 3

Now Novak's woken up again.
Forum: General Messages   01-31-2016, 10:24 AM
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Views: 158,118
Posted By Sophocles
Re: 2016 Live Commentary Thread vol. 3

Djoker looking rather less godlike when his opponent isn't a mentally shot, tactically clueless 34-year-old.
Forum: General Messages   01-31-2016, 10:07 AM
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Views: 158,118
Posted By Sophocles
Re: 2016 Live Commentary Thread vol. 3

I mean, it's all right to give Djoker some junk with the forehand, as long as you don't make errors and as long as you intersperse it with some proper shots.
Forum: General Messages   01-31-2016, 10:05 AM
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Posted By Sophocles
Re: 2016 Live Commentary Thread vol. 3

It's a shame Murray has turned up without a forehand. Was so much better under Lendl.
Forum: General Messages   01-31-2016, 10:01 AM
Replies: 5,025
Views: 158,118
Posted By Sophocles
Re: 2016 Live Commentary Thread vol. 3

God this is so dull & predictable. Please, Stanimal, get to the finals of the next few slams so we can see something competitive.

At least when Federer dominated the tour he played dazzling...
Forum: General Messages   01-29-2016, 12:55 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 9,641
Posted By Sophocles
Re: AO SF: Murray def. Raonic 4:6, 6:4, 6:7, 6:4, 6:2

Disappointing end to what had been a cracking match. Raonic has improved beyond recognition, & now has one of the best net games on tour, one of the best forehands, & has clearly worked on his...
Forum: General Messages   01-28-2016, 12:32 PM
Replies: 537
Views: 46,200
Posted By Sophocles
Forum: General Messages   01-28-2016, 12:20 PM
Replies: 537
Views: 46,200
Posted By Sophocles
Re: AO SF: [1]Djokovic def. [3]Federer 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

Sometimes things are just unpopular because they're boring & shit.

And then some things are popular because they're incredibly good. On that basis, Federer = The Beatles, or Mozart.
Forum: General Messages   01-28-2016, 11:32 AM
Replies: 537
Views: 46,200
Posted By Sophocles
Re: AO SF: [1]Djokovic def. [3]Federer 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

That game when Fed missed 3 2nd-serve returns - it was right at the start of the 4th and you just knew that was the set. Had Fed taken it to 5, he'd still have lost. He's never beaten Novak in 5...
Forum: General Messages   01-28-2016, 11:09 AM
Replies: 537
Views: 46,200
Posted By Sophocles
Re: AO SF: [1]Djokovic def. [3]Federer 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

Fed did well to avoid one of the most humiliating beatdowns of his career. His competitiveness against Djoker in slams in general is similar to his competitiveness against Nadal at RG in the past. ...
Forum: General Messages   01-28-2016, 10:36 AM
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Views: 158,118
Posted By Sophocles
Re: 2016 Live Commentary Thread vol. 3

TERRIBLE game from Fed. That's his decline in a nutshell.
Forum: General Messages   01-28-2016, 10:27 AM
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Views: 158,118
Posted By Sophocles
Re: 2016 Live Commentary Thread vol. 3

Roof doesn't help either as Novak's owned Fed indoors the last few years.
Forum: General Messages   01-28-2016, 10:25 AM
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Views: 158,118
Posted By Sophocles
Re: 2016 Live Commentary Thread vol. 3

Djoker still overwhelming favourite. When was the last time Fed won 3 sets in a row against him?
Forum: General Messages   01-28-2016, 10:23 AM
Replies: 5,025
Views: 158,118
Posted By Sophocles
Re: 2016 Live Commentary Thread vol. 3

Well, that was pretty funny. Now watch Fed make 15 UEs & go down an early break.
Forum: General Messages   01-28-2016, 09:47 AM
Replies: 5,025
Views: 158,118
Posted By Sophocles
Re: 2016 Live Commentary Thread vol. 3

Some good body serves helped Fed's cause there.
Forum: General Messages   01-28-2016, 09:35 AM
Replies: 5,025
Views: 158,118
Posted By Sophocles
Re: 2016 Live Commentary Thread vol. 3

But if Fed retreats from the baseline Djoker will hit winners at will.
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