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    New Prince Neos availability

    That's the thing. It's been out of stock on Tennismachines.com for .... 2-3 months? I don't think he wants a used one because he's got the funds and I don't see any used on the bay (except an ancient one that's older than me and not much of a deal) or locally.
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    New Prince Neos availability

    So, my tennis buddy has decided to upgrade from his tabletop drop weight stringer to a Prince Neos 1000 now that he's got a bit more space in a larger apartment. Unfortunately, they don't seem to be currently available anywhere at the moment. I would imagine, with TW owning Prince, in a sense...
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    Why is everyone born after 1990 really bad on Grass ??? Any specific reason ???

    It's an incredibly low bar. I swear there were players in my USTA league that could volley better than half the ATP. Despite the relative truth of your statement - the Novak is one of the better net players in the last couple years, he's still a strong contender for the worst net player of the...
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    Why is everyone born after 1990 really bad on Grass ??? Any specific reason ???

    Aside from the surface difference and weather conditions that others have mentioned there's one obvious difference: The Australian Open is the at the beginning of the season after a decent amount of rest / downtime / recovery. The US Open is at the end of a fairly long season. Novak may have...
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    The way Djokovic went down in straight sets tells me something was up

    Yup. Novak will be a top contender at Wimbledon until it's proven he isn't. Heck, elderly Federer proved he's still a contender, there when able to play - so Novak definitely is.
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    The way Djokovic went down in straight sets tells me something was up

    That's how it goes. He had an all-time pathetic draw at Wimbledon. Novak has a part in determining how many hours he has on court. Nothing is sweeter than the lamentations of Novak fans.
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    In retrospect the result should come as no surprise

    Exactly. He might have been somewhat fatigued, but mostly he was not sharp and was outplayed except for the games in which the crowd helped him though. He kept the first 2 sets close despite that, but it was taking a lot of effort just to hold his service games. Hilarious. When Novak wins...
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    The way Djokovic went down in straight sets tells me something was up

    The Novak mafia! 24 hours ago: Djokovic is playing at his peak! He's unbeatable! He'll win 40 slams! He's more fit than players in their mid to early 20's! 24 hours later: The way Djokovic lost in straight sets tells me something is up! He only broke Medvedev once! [Apparently...
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    2021 US Open SF: [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [4] Alexander Zverev

    To be honest, I watched tennis back in the 80's and 90's as well, and there wasn't anyone that looked like 2003-2007 Federer back then, either. Even Sampras wasn't that.
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    2021 US Open SF: [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [4] Alexander Zverev

    It's like the slam buffet, but Rafa's got a stomach ache and Federer's on a diet. Novak's like.... another slam? Don't mind if I do....
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    2021 US Open SF: [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [4] Alexander Zverev

    Hope springs eternal. There's always next year, as they say..... At least the Brooklyn Dodgers beat the Yankees, once.
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    2021 US Open SF: [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [4] Alexander Zverev

    That certainly helps. Back when I watched baseball people always blabbed about the Yankees amazing clutchness. Well, it helps when your payroll is larger than some countries GDP and you cherrypick rosters for all-stars. It's easier to be mentally strong when you're the better, fitter, more...
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    2021 US Open SF: [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [4] Alexander Zverev

    Makes you wonder if he's just fitter than everyone else or something else..... My immediate family is sure that he's on something.
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    US Open SF: Raducanu vs Sakkari

    Yup, there's basically no consistency from the "top" players in the WTA. You're right about that. The last time Serena won the USO was 2014, I think. That was a while before her break. She was fairly dominant, though. Pretty much any GOAT would dominate the tour (especially if there's only...
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    US Open SF: Raducanu vs Sakkari

    Nope, you're the one missing the point. On the WTA the youngsters beat the old guard. On the ATP, Novak and the Big 3 (to lesser degrees) keep beating the newcomers. Unless Novak falters here, it's just going to be rinse and repeat. Sure, he's an ATG / GOAT candidate, whatever. But, they...
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    US Open SF: Raducanu vs Sakkari

    Yup. However, it's super common in the WTA. Most players have mediocre second serves and they often get crushed. I'd bet the winning % on second serves on the tour as a whole is not very high.
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    US Open SF: Raducanu vs Sakkari

    Especially at the USO. It's been a newcomers and youngsters tournament for years.
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    US Open SF: Raducanu vs Sakkari

    Frankly, I think that's backwards - there's a ton of talent in the WTA. That's one reason we keep seeing new people win tournaments. In the ATP, the new players haven't been able to beat the old guard despite trying for a decade. I'm fine with random players winning slams and matches in the...
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    US Open SF: Raducanu vs Sakkari

    Barty at her best is clinical and a nightmare. But, we haven't seen that Barty at that many slams. She's very good, but like all of the WTA, isn't completely consistent.
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    US Open SF: Raducanu vs Sakkari

    She's definitely trying, it's just that her game's not at the level of this match, so far.
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    US Open SF: Raducanu vs Sakkari

    That backhand missed by a hair. What a shot.
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    US Open SF: Raducanu vs Sakkari

    The crowd shows up!
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    US Open SF: Raducanu vs Sakkari

    I don't think Sakkari's had an easy draw. Andreescu wasn't in top for but it was a battle. Pliskova is who she is and despite being that is still a challenge and can theoretically bring a high level. Kvitova's not in great form, but she's no joke. I think Raducanu's playing the best of any...
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    US Open SF: Raducanu vs Sakkari

    Another killer backhand from Raducanu.
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    US Open SF: Raducanu vs Sakkari

    WTA 2nd serves are routinely destroyed and the winning percentage is SO low. It's a huge advantage to have something that's functional - or in this case, more than functional. I thought that was something I saw in Sabalenka this year as well, she seemed to have a improved 2nd serve.
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    US Open SF: Raducanu vs Sakkari

    Raducanu 70% win percentage on 2nd serves is insane on the WTA tour. Usually it's below 50%.
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