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Tiafoe looked gassed at the end of the match today, doubt he has much left in the tank after 3 long matches. If vintage Nadal shows up, then I can see another beatdown like Rublev in USO ‘17. Hopefully Tiafoe can make a good account of himself in his first true appearance on the big stage, it would exceed my expectations if he could snatch a set.
 

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Tiafoe is likely out of steam by this pt. He's worked his ass off, in his own words to make it this far.

Even so, Nadal would be too strong for him.
 

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Tiafoe to surprise us all and win this one in four. Because I so and want it.
 

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They never played each other, right? I wonder how Tiafoe will hold up when Nadal starts playing his mind games, giving him a 0-30 at Nadals serve just to win the next 4 points.

Seems like Nadal is a lock to the semis. Now its Federers time to deliver, and we are all in for one epic battle.
 

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Tiafoe in his post match interview: ''I hope Nadal wins'' and ''He better be ready'' with a smile on his face. And also: ''I can't do anything now (birthday), he's going to run me like crazy''. Love this guy, right attitude.
 

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Tiafoe in his post match interview: ''I hope Nadal wins'' and ''He better be ready'' with a smile on his face. And also: ''I can't do anything now (birthday), he's going to run me like crazy''. Love this guy, right attitude.
he didnt say he better be ready, he said you meaning himself in this case
 

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Tiafoe seems to me like he hits as hard as he can but doesn't generate anywhere near enough power or consistency off the ground or on serve.

My guess is an easy easy win for Nadal. 6-2 6-3 6-1 or something like that. The QF will obviously be played first given the other matches are still ongoing so that might further help Nadal.
 

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Extremely interesting match.



Will RAFA be able to hold off the next Generation, somehow?
 

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Nadal's draw up till the SF:

R1 - home WC, world no. 237
R2 - home semi-retired veteran
R3 - home junior weaponless clueless mug
R4 - his forever pigeon unseeded Bendych who hasn't played a match since Stuttgart last year
QF - fatigued unseeded Tiafoe who hasn't make a single QF since April last year

It doesn't get better much better than that. The luck of this guy is unbelievable. He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth.
 

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Nadal's draw up till the SF:

R1 - home WC, world no. 237
R2 - home semi-retired veteran
R3 - home junior weaponless clueless mug
R4 - his forever pigeon unseeded Bendych who hasn't played a match since Stuttgart last year
QF - fatigued unseeded Tiafoe who hasn't make a single QF since April last year
Not true, he only played one 5 setter. And it wasn't 4th round.
 

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Not true, he only played one 5 setter. And it wasn't 4th round.
+2 long 4-settrs and this is his first slam QF ever on top of that.

Come on, you are a reasonable Nadal fan (unlike Buda for example), you and I both know his draw until the SF is laughable.

BTW - I just hope Stef wins easily gas Agut so that at least we'll have a good SF.
 

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+2 long 4-settrs and this is his first slam QF ever on top of that.

Come on, you are a reasonable Nadal fan (unlike Buda for example), you and I both know his draw until the SF is laughable.

BTW - I just hope Stef wins easily gas Agut so that at least we'll have a good SF.
Yeah I am not saying he had a tough draw by any means, but still, Tiafoe will still put on a match, won't be like 2-2-2 for Rafa IMO. Otherwise, decent draw for Rafa, indeed.

About Stef, defo, and congrats mate, as you were his long time supporter.
 
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