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    2018 US Open F - JM Del Potro (3) vs Novak Djokovic (6)

    My money’s on Delpo, playing as well as I’ve ever seen him. I predict a close match, 4 or 5 sets either way.
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    2018 US Open SF - Rafael Nadal (1) vs JM Del Potro (3)

    Nadal was also hitting 65mph first serves in the second set and into the third (which he still won...). I'm not saying Nadal should have won the match or anything, I don't play with shoulds and I really don't like it when people say "X should have beaten Y". I'm just saying that in the semifinal...
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    Which one is the year Nadal gets 21GS?

    Thiem did best Nadal at Madrid though!
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    2018 US Open SF - Rafael Nadal (1) vs JM Del Potro (3)

    Nadal’s final against Stan was the worst performance of his entire life due to a serious injury. His SF performance against Federer was sublime, I watched it again a couple of weeks ago. The rest of 2014 he was very mediocre, but then again I still don’t see a better performance of his on...
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    2018 US Open SF - Rafael Nadal (1) vs JM Del Potro (3)

    I totally disagree, Delpo played very well and then in the second set Nadal turned on his best hardcourt form since the 2014 Australian Open.
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    2018 US Open SF - Rafael Nadal (1) vs JM Del Potro (3)

    I had a dream last night that Nishikori beat Djokovic and Nadal beat Delpo, but then when the final came around Nishikori withdrew due to injury so they wheeled out Robin Söderling to take his place, and then Nadal's knees started playing up in the second set. Now I'm no clarevoyant, but if this...
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    2018 US Open SF - Rafael Nadal (1) vs JM Del Potro (3)

    The strategy of hitting it to his backhand didn't work at all in last year's semi. It was only when Nadal started mixing in aggressive shots to Delpo's forehand that he took control of the match.
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    Which one is the year Nadal gets 21GS?

    Thiem is improving a lot, and I actually think Nadal and Thiem are closer on clay than they are on hardcourt. Thiem’s match this week really, really impressed me.
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    Which one is the year Nadal gets 21GS?

    I see Thiem winning one of the next two French Opens. Nadal has a 40 percent chance of winning this current USO if you’re optimistic, 25 percent if you’re really, really pessimistic, reckon he’’ll have a 20 percent chance or so of winning the Australian and probably similar for Wimbledon and USO...
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    2018 US Open SF - Rafael Nadal (1) vs JM Del Potro (3)

    I agree with you about Delpo, but to say Khachanov and Thiem choked totally undermines the mental fortitude of their opponent. The hardest serve games you have are the ones where you’re trying to close out a set. That’s when the pressure really gets to you most, and Nadal hanging on and taking...
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    US Open QF: (6) Novak Djokovic vs John Millman

    Kei's winner to unforced error ration was actually a litle better than Novak's and against a much stronger opponent, but no, I think Novak is the likely victor of his semi. I give Kei a solid 30% though.
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    First Time In 23 Years At USO

    I still find it weird that Nishikori got to a final at the USO in an era of big 4 dominance. If counting future results, the same thing happened in 2015, 2014, 2011, 2009 and 2008 too (with most of those being 4 eventual champions).
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    US Open QF: (6) Novak Djokovic vs John Millman

    Actually by set it was relatively consistent: Set 1: 12 winners, 19 UFE Set 2: 9 winners, 16 UFE Set 3: 8 winners, 18 UFE Though the heat was almost certainly a huge factor here.
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    US Open QF: (6) Novak Djokovic vs John Millman

    If by "scary good" you mean "hit 1.82 unforced errors for every winner" then yeah, Djokovic was terrifying.
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    US Open’s Prestige?

    What do you mean by quality? The AO this year was really poor for matches I thought if you mean match quality, and for all the little subjective things I give it a fat F because the final was on at like 3am in the timezone I was in :D. I went to the USO 3 times last year and thought they put on...
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