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Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori are interesting rivals who always try to show not only high-quality, but also beautiful tennis. The public simply adores when these opponents cross racquets to determine who is the best athlete to date.

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Novak's level this match..I can't see him dropping a set. If he was serving like shit then Kei would have a chance, this looked like 2015 servak. Kei would have to dramatically raise his game from today's QF match and Novak would need to be troubled somehow. Physically Novak looks fine. Fuck this stupid matchup. Can't Nishikori ever get a fucking Anderson or Isner or some other bullshit?
 

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I think Nishikori has a good chance here, depending on weather. Yes Djokovic has been very good, but he's had more lapses than before and looks vulnerable, he has not faced a really tough player in 3 rounds or so, this is gonna be a good watch. Whoever wins, hope Nishikori comes in with his A game.
 

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Dunno whether I should be optimistic, you know what? It's better than pessimism, fuck it, Kei in 4, 2014 repeat, go champ! Hopefully Naomi wins too!
 

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The weather on Friday is supposed to be cool (77 degrees). This favors Djokovic. And Sunday's supposed to be even cooler (70). When Nishi won back in 2014, the high was 91.
 

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Till when Kei will keep losing to Djokovic. It have to stop sometime?? I think Kei repeats 2014 and is going to win this in 4
 

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It will be less humid also right?
The humidity Friday afternoon is supposed to be about 74%, which is pretty high. However, Accuweather gives a Real Feel of 82 for Friday afternoon and 69 for Sunday afternoon. So, Friday is decent, and Sunday should be very cool.
 

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The weather on Friday is supposed to be cool (77 degrees). This favors Djokovic. And Sunday's supposed to be even cooler (70). When Nishi won back in 2014, the high was 91.
I don't remember it being hot back then, but very windy and that was before the roof structure was in place on AA. That was the day that Cilic beat Federer and Nishikori beat Djokovic. Since the roof structure has been put in place AA gets little to no wind on the court.
 

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I hate this matchup for Kei. Djokovic just absorbs everything good Kei does and has a better serve and return stat, makes it impossible for Kei to really get a foothold. Even when Kei had superiority off the ground such as in Rome 2016, he lost on the basis on a poorer serve. The only advantage Kei has is that he beat him here in 2014. But that version of Kei was playing some sublime tennis that week to beat Raonic and Wawrinka. This version of Kei barely survived Cilic and looked somewhat at the mercy of his opponent. Overall, he's a much weaker version of old Kei but still with some degree of mental resistance if his opponent starts to waver. He'll need to find controlled aggressive shots, consistent returns and well placed serves if he wants to even make this close. And just a solid head. Good time to bet on Djokovic.
 

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The humidity Friday afternoon is supposed to be about 74%, which is pretty high. However, Accuweather gives a Real Feel of 82 for Friday afternoon and 69 for Sunday afternoon. So, Friday is decent, and Sunday should be very cool.
Okay good. So this will favor No1e completely :grin2:
 

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Djokovic in 3 ..:zzz:


After his joke path to 2016 USO Final, these titans stood on his way to the 2018 edition final while seeded 6th:

Fucsovics
Sandgren
Gasquet
Sousa
Millman
Turkeykori

And yet you won't here a peep from the "easy draws" merchants on this forum..
that 2016 path to final was definitely easy route than this...he wasn't even required to play full matches in 2016 and then that SF against Clownfils was probably one of the most pukeworthy GS SFs of all time
 

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Djokovic in 3 ..:zzz:


After his joke path to 2016 USO Final, these titans stood on his way to the 2018 edition final while seeded 6th:

Fucsovics
Sandgren
Gasquet
Sousa
Millman
Turkeykori

And yet you won't here a peep from the "easy draws" merchants on this forum..
Definitely a cakewalk. However, it is an extremely well deserved cakewalk as Nole has had the worst draws of the Big 3 by a ton in Grand Slams. Also it's not like Nadal faced anyone that tough he just made Bash and Thiem look harder than they were.
 
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