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  1. flyinghippos101

    Dear 2019 - Adieu and thanks - Signed Canada.

    Canada's random tennis success this year is about as shocking as the Raptors' crazy run out of nowhere. Bianca really setting the bar for how good Canadian tennis can get. The Bois better step it up ;)
  2. flyinghippos101

    USO 19: R.Nadal [2] Vs D.Schwartzman [20]

    Nadal's serve has not been super convincing so far but don't think Diego has the tools to trouble Rafa on the baseline. Imagine a pretty routine three sets for Rafa, or four sets if Diego gets hot and Rafa serves terribly in a game and sneaks a set that way.
  3. flyinghippos101

    ATP Rogers Cup (Montreal)

    Milos possibly on the verge of doing his usual annoying gate-keeping. Watch him win this in three sets and then retire the next round
  4. flyinghippos101

    ATP Rogers Cup (Montreal)

    Yikes on yikes for Shaps. Thiem has finally found someone younger AND more of a headcase than him
  5. flyinghippos101

    Wimbledon 2019 Final: Novak Djokovic [1] vs Roger Federer [2]

    I don't think match-to-match performances have been anything to go off on for the last 10 years in terms of Fed's performance. Lately it seems like it's not a matter of "how" Federer gets to the final that determines his finals play, but "who" he beat to get there.
  6. flyinghippos101

    Wimbledon 2019 Final: Novak Djokovic [1] vs Roger Federer [2]

    Good point; Fed and Novak on the other hand seem to match up fairly evenly. all this to say, feel like Novak hasn't looked great all year outside the AO though whereas Fed seems to be getting better as the year goes on. Combined with the confidence he's feeling, I think Fed has a great chance.
  7. flyinghippos101

    Wimbledon 2019 Final: Novak Djokovic [1] vs Roger Federer [2]

    Honestly? I think Fed coild do this in four. I have a 2012-vibe about Wimbledon this year and Novak did not look super great against RBA or even someone like Hurkacz this tourny. Not to mention Fed is probably really, really fired up and riding high on confidence right now; he did just beat his...
  8. flyinghippos101

    Wimbledon 2019 SF: Roger Federer [2] vs Rafael Nadal [3]

    Yessss! Great match overall, but man Fed gave Rafa way too many second chance rallies in the last game. Novak I feel has been way more solid mentally than Rafa lately, so I wouldn't put it past him to relish those opportunities if Fed gives it to him.
  9. flyinghippos101

    2019 Wimbledon R2: RAFA vs Kyrgoat

    I'm super surprised NK not going for more underhanded serves. It would make Nadal more skeptical about his return position and keep him on edge. Right now Nadal can reasonably assume NK will do a normal overhead serve imo
  10. flyinghippos101

    2019 Wimbledon R2: RAFA vs Kyrgoat

    I would normally say something like "oh this could go to five" but then realized that it's more probable that Nick will probably just melt away in the next two sets
  11. flyinghippos101

    Tsitsipas On Felix Auger-Aliassime : 'I Might Never Beat Him'

    To be fair so did Felix, who had to win against Nick Kyrgios in three sets
  12. flyinghippos101

    Nick at it again..

    It would be entertaining if not for the fact that NK is a grown-ass 24 -YEAR OLD MAN. He might have been able to get away with the worst of his antics as a teenager and as a 20/21 year old, when there was some prospect of him winning big titles and maturing, but he quickly approaching middle-age...
  13. flyinghippos101

    Poor Kyrgios... got destroyed again LOL!

    Even worse: 18 year old FAA
  14. flyinghippos101

    The Ascent To The Throne Begins For Felix Auger Aliassime

    Not only that, but he's doing a lot of winning for his first year. He's 25-13, which works out to 66% win percentage
  15. flyinghippos101

    2019 Queen's - Men's Singles Discussion Thread

    Looks like both guys are playing five sets of singles tennis today. My money is on Nick self destructing after a "sassy glare" from a line kudge
  16. flyinghippos101

    The Ascent To The Throne Begins For Felix Auger Aliassime

    The 18 year old that started the year ranked 109 and now knocking on the top 20's door after three finals is considered "struggling"? You must be expecting him to win slams by now too, since Chang did it at 17 :rolleyes:
  17. flyinghippos101

    The Ascent To The Throne Begins For Felix Auger Aliassime

    You know who else played their first title-winning tourny at 18? Richard Gasquet. And guess what poor loser won their title at age 19? Roger Federer. Yikes. You would almost think that these age comparisons are meaningless. I'm a bit bummed that Felix couldn't pull it off. But three finals in...
  18. flyinghippos101

    NBA 2018-19: Dynasty Season 5; Can The Carrington Warriors Defend???

    I know it's a cliche, but horrible officiating all series going both ways. Some egregious calls made this game too (I'm talking Kawhi charge, counsins goaltending foul and Cook/Lowry collision). Not to mention the why-the-hell-not time extension after the foul on Kawhi at the end of the game
  19. flyinghippos101

    NBA 2019-20: Fresh Champs, Fresh Faces, Fresh Places!

    If there's anything that the finals proved, it's that managing players' health should be paramount. People were getting worked up when Kawhi took 20+ games off during the season to focus on his health and look where it got him. Meanwhile the Warriors ran their players into the ground, and it...
  20. flyinghippos101

    The Shape Of Things To Come: Denis Shapovalov!

    It's a little concerning to see Shapo not making many inroads the last few months. Compared to Felix, his game is just way too inconsistent week-to-week. If there's any consolation for Canadian Sports his week, it's Felix still in the tournament and the raptors winning the championship.
  21. flyinghippos101

    The Ascent To The Throne Begins For Felix Auger Aliassime

    "Even if Felix wins Wimbledon, it's only ONE slam. Let's see if he can win another 19 straight. Then, we can have a solid opinion." The fact that he made two finals in the last four months at age 18 is already incredible progress for someone his age. I don't understand why you're not giving him...
  22. flyinghippos101

    The Ascent To The Throne Begins For Felix Auger Aliassime

    Y Yeah I think he'll definitely improve and is already showing consistency that you would expect from a player solidly in the top 20. Although I'm wary of getting too excited - we've seen young players show insane early promise only to completely flatline the rest of their career (i.e Gasquet)
  23. flyinghippos101

    The Ascent To The Throne Begins For Felix Auger Aliassime

    This is bananas. Only 18 and two finals already and now knocking on the door of the top 20. Incredibly impressive when you realize that he started the year ranked 108. He's moving faster up the ranking than my Top Spin character lol
  24. flyinghippos101

    The Shape Of Things To Come: Denis Shapovalov!

    I hope the same thing, but competition and relative success has a nasty habit of impacting friendships negatively. The most obvious ones I can think of include Bouchard-Robson, Djokovic-Nadal (pre-2011) and even Fed and Stan seem to be noticeably more terse with one another once Stanimal arrived...
  25. flyinghippos101

    The Shape Of Things To Come: Denis Shapovalov!

    I'm always curious to see by how on-court success impacts off-court relationships. Wonder if things will change (or are already changing) between Shapo and Felix now that the latter is skyrocketing through the rankings and is the ATP's newest "IT" kid
  26. flyinghippos101

    The Ascent To The Throne Begins For Felix Auger Aliassime

    Fair enough - I think a title is pretty doable. The draw doesn't have a lot of depth, combined with Shapo looking a bit out of sorts, makes Felix's first title a lot more realistic than people might give him credit. Although I'm also accounting for the lack of consistency week-to-week that often...
  27. flyinghippos101

    The Ascent To The Throne Begins For Felix Auger Aliassime

    With his win over Millman, Felix should apparently rise up to rank 26. This is pretty incredible stuff - by simply competing in these tournaments and making modest runs, he's still making progress up the rankings. With no points to defend, Felix might even crack the top 20 by end of year if he...
  28. flyinghippos101

    2019 Barcelona General discussion – ATP 500

    To be fair, Rafa has always been a momentum player that builds confidence off of wins at warm up tournaments. I don't see him being in that much better shape if he drops into Rome and RG with his last match being apparently the worst one he played in 14 years All this to say, Roger clearly paid...
  29. flyinghippos101

    [Q] Felix vs. Big John [7]

    Pretty ambivalent about the outcome. On one hand Felix really was in the driver's seat for much of the match, but on the other undoubtedly got tight in both instances he was serving for the sets. I think we'll have to wait and see if Felix learns from this. As someone else said, it's only an...
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