Recent content by merlinpinpin

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    Insults from Brad Gilbert

    You might disagree with his comments (or his commenting, more generally), but how are these 'insults', exactly? :unsure:
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    37-year-old Nadal: Season in Review

    Still 3 behind Federer, so no progress on that score for the last 10 years or so. Vamos!
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    I think Berdych is the dark horse of this AO

    That's probably because Berdych was injured during those 18 meetings. As 2015 AO showed, even the best Nadal has no answers against a healthy Berd. Vamos!
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    I think Berdych is the dark horse of this AO

    You mean the match that he almost won in straights 2/6, 0/6, 5/7, right? One of his greatest moral victories, for sure. Especially the second set. Thaat was peaky prime Nadal for sure in the moral win department.
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    Reaching all slam finals in a career ( Murray related )

    They would have been a killer team, obviously. :D
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    There should be no excuse for Novak...

    This. Mental burnout isn't an excuse, it's a failing, plain and simple.
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    There should be no excuse for Novak...

    "NO EXCUSES!!!" Ahhh, these were the days... :D
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    Did Serena or Federer have it tougher in the previous era?

    It's basically a tie, but I would say that Navratilova had even tougher competition than Evert (she had more of Graf, who you didn't mention, while Evert had more of Goolagong and Jean King). They also both had to face Mandlikova (who sure wasn't a pushover in the first half of the 80's) dozens...
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    I have a feeling that Nadal will win the AO

    Just like Nadal was really #2 in 2017 because Federer injured his back, you mean? Or in 2008 because Fed had mono? Or in... Or maybe people could just say that things happened like they did and not try and twist everything around to suit their fantasies (yeah, I know, that's a pretty tough sell...
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    Impressive Federer

    Forget the "neo backhand", this match already featured the best backhand pass of the year by a fair margin (and yes, that includes the 10 months of tennis we've yet to see until the end of 2019).
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    De Minaur not happy with AO official

    Having an influencial uncle seems to help quite a bit in the draw and surface choice departments, too.
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    Overall competition strength

    Some could have been here when he burst upon the stage. But all the good clay players (Kuerten, Coria, Gaudio, even Norman, although he still did some damage as a coach) disappeared due to injuries (or to being headcases) just before he came, which didn't hurt his cause one little bit...
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    Overall competition strength

    And zero (count them) clay ATG's in all his runs, whether he won the tournament or not.
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    Overall competition strength

    Weak clay era confirmed! :eek:
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    "Rafa Ready To Unveil Revamped Serve"- Carlos Moya

    Nadal now to routinely serve bombs at 200 mph and play "not tennis" according to, well, Rafa? :eek: Bamos!