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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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    US Open QF: (6) Novak Djokovic vs John Millman

    I think you have to judge tournaments on how much the players care about them, and players care a lot about the Olympics. Money aside, I’d certainly take an OSG over every tournament outside the majors, and I think most pros would say the same. The fact it’s every 4 years makes it even more of a...
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    2018 ATP US Open - [6] N. Djokovic vs. [21] K. Nishikori

    Nadal's already won 5 of the last 21, so even if he played Djokovic and lost this week that would move him to 4/21; 3/21 isn't possible. #Sorrytotellyoumate (Since the semis of the WTF 2013, Nadal has played Federer 7 times and Djokovic 14 times for a total of 21, beating Federer at the...
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    US Open 2018 - Men’s singles discussion thread

    Delpo is in scary good form.
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    Help me, Kei Nishikori. You're my only hope!

    I dunno, he made nearly twice the number of unforced errors as winners against Millman. I maintain that Djokovic has been quite unimpressive the last 2 weeks, though he’s struggled more in the heat than most, admittedly.
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    2018 ATP US Open QF: [7] M. Cilic vs. [21] K. Nishikori

    Ahh but people probably said it was obvious that Novak would beat Kei in 2014 too! :D
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    2018 US Open SF - Rafael Nadal (1) vs JM Del Potro (3)

    Delpo is in better form relative to his best than Novak is though, from my observation and from stats. In his match vs Isner he made nearly 4 times the number of winners as unforced errors! This is also not the Novak Djokovic of 2011, but this is looking very much like the Del Potro of 2009. I...
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    2018 US Open Quarter-final - Rafael Nadal (1) vs Dominic Thiem (9)

    I hate to defend Zverev, but he’s already won more masters than Delpo and Wawrinka put together :(
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    2018 ATP US Open QF: [7] M. Cilic vs. [21] K. Nishikori

    Yeah, Millman is looking really strong.
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    2018 US Open SF - Rafael Nadal (1) vs JM Del Potro (3)

    Happy whoever wins this so I’m going to just sit and enjoy the match.
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    2018 US Open Quarter-final - Rafael Nadal (1) vs Dominic Thiem (9)

    The better player wins the most important points, not the most points. It’s like in chess: you might have a queen and a rook over your opponent and have decimated their pawn structure, but none of that matters if you get checkmated.
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    Death, Taxes, and Djokovic winning this year's USO.

    Djokovic beating a series of extremely poor opponents and doing nothing special at all :/
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    Millman!! Millman!! Millman!! Millman!! Millman!!

    Very interesting stuff, I appreciate you taking the time to put that together. I’ll mull over that for a while. I think we can agree that for the sport, and for personal enjoyment, it would be great if they played in the final and it was a close encounter like we saw at Wimbledon, anyway...
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    Death, Taxes, and Djokovic winning this year's USO.

    Nadal and Delpo have both looked much stronger over the last week. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Djokovic go out at the semis to be honest with the form he’s shown.
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    Millman!! Millman!! Millman!! Millman!! Millman!!

    He led 31 points to 28 on 10+ shot rallies. Nadal led 22-16 on 7-9 shot rallies. It's rare that the serve is still giving much of an advantage that far into a rally (though full disclosure, apparently, on grass the advantage persists until the 14th shot which seems really interesting to me)...
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    Millman!! Millman!! Millman!! Millman!! Millman!!

    Grass is the surface which most favours Novak in their matchup, as it's the surface which most rewards serve and return, both of which Novak is better at than Rafa. With that advantage, it was still an extremely close match, so on a more neutral surface where serve and return are less important...
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