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Really comprehensive victory by Kei, 60 pts to 33 tells the story. Kei leads H2H 7-2 now, and 6th straight win since 2014.

Chardy was good as much as he could crank first serve aces but otherwise there was very little he could do to hit through Kei and made too many UEs. He settled in the second set better but Kei raised his game and played some extraordinary defense to flummox Chardy, and after breaking, never looked back. Problem for Chardy in this matchup is the extreme lack of options to win pts, other than serve and potentially FH winners. Kei had many more ways to win pts whether behind the court, on the baseline or at the net, really frustrating Chardy.

I really hope Kei breaks that finals duck. He deserves it. Medvedev and Tsonga will be tough though but he really should play in his skin like he has this week and give his best.


Funny man Kei, too fast for the court :rolls:

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This was never in doubt really. Very solid from Kei, he made some good net approaches, defence in that 2nd set especially was very good and hit some great winners, the FH on the run at 0-1 40-40 in the 2nd set being the pick of the bunch. Chardy's level improved in the 2nd set, tbh he was pretty woeful in the 1st set, but as soon as Kei broke at 2-2 he was mentally beaten.

Now time to finally snap this bloody streak tomorrow.
 

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Funny man Kei, too fast for the court :rolls:
Isn't the court too fast here?

Anyway great win and a possible title for Kei. Never say never if you've been through as much as he was recently.
 

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Hurricanekori in the house! Prepare for the storm
 

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Isn't the court too fast here?

Anyway great win and a possible title for Kei. Never say never if you've been through as much as he was recently.
Brisbane is medium fast. I like it.
he had two really insane gets.

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Missed this one just, if it had been a worse volley, Chardy would have lost that pt.
But gets this one a few points later at 9:14, thought he wouldn't make it but got there just in time.
 

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Disappointing performance from Chardy. Guess it's up to Medvedev (or Tsonga) to save tennis once again.

Red hot Nishikori winning a 250 after coming close time and time again is failing tennis?
 

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.. Interesting thing about those 9 consecutive finals that Kei has lost is that 8 of them have been in straight sets.That really is disappointing.
some of those his opponents were red lining. I remember Dolgopolov serving at 85% of first serves in during the Buenos Aires final. Kei lost to Medvedev with really poor play in general, couldn't hit a proper FH. The Anderson one was harsh, Kevin was really on too, just unplayable on the serve. Kei couldn't make use of BPs and that was it, and he had only dropped serve twice in the tournament, and just once in the final. Meanwhile, during the same week in Basel, Federer dropped serve 4 times in a single match, and was broken twice by Copil in the final, and 13 times in the tournament and still came out on top. Sometimes things don't go your way.
 

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some of those his opponents were red lining. I remember Dolgopolov serving at 85% of first serves in during the Buenos Aires final. Kei lost to Medvedev with really poor play in general, couldn't hit a proper FH. The Anderson one was harsh, Kevin was really on too, just unplayable on the serve. Kei couldn't make use of BPs and that was it, and he had only dropped serve twice in the tournament, and just once in the final. Meanwhile, during the same week in Basel, Federer dropped serve 4 times in a single match, and was broken twice by Copil in the final, and 13 times in the tournament and still came out on top. Sometimes things don't go your way.
Why can't big Kei be the one redlining instead mate?
 

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Why can't big Kei be the one redlining instead mate?
Guessing that it is not in his nature. He can produce extremely good patches of play and then win, if the opponent has a bad day (which happened in his wins vs Federer and Djokovic), but redlining would mean that he just slipped out of his skin and became superhuman for a short time.

Kei is not Hulk in that sense, never was, never will be. Don't ask him of the impossible.
 

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Guessing that it is not in his nature. He can produce extremely good patches of play and then win, if the opponent has a bad day (which happened in his wins vs Federer and Djokovic), but redlining would mean that he just slipped out of his skin and became superhuman for a short time.

Kei is not Hulk in that sense, never was, never will be. Don't ask him of the impossible.
and people tend not to choke against him as much knowing they probably have chances on his serve so always keep pushing at him. OTOH, when someone gets broken by Federer, how often do they give up?
 

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Kei is a huge cut aboe teh likes of Chardy, gave him no room to hit. MEdvedev will be a much tougher challenge + overcoming finals yips.
 
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