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  1. mightyrick

    2021 US Open Final - [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [2] Daniil Medvedev

    What's funny is that in the last two games... that's when Djokovic started trying to go 2011 mode and crush his shots. He should have been playing that way the entire match.
  2. mightyrick

    2021 US Open Final - [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [2] Daniil Medvedev

    Yep, the NY crowd at the US open. Everyone has to break through that glass ceiling if you want it. If Medvedev really wants it, he needs to take it from Djokovic and the crowd both. Everyone does.
  3. mightyrick

    2021 US Open Final - [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [2] Daniil Medvedev

    Probably not in all of sports (not sure you can compare between sports). But certainly in tennis the CYGS is the greatest individual achievement that a player can accomplish.
  4. mightyrick

    2021 US Open Final - [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [2] Daniil Medvedev

    That should have been the strategy from Vadja. I'm not sure what the strategy was looking at this match. But Djokovic needed to be aggressive from the first ball. Every shot. Go for the lines. 2011 mode. If you miss, you miss, oh well. But go for it.
  5. mightyrick

    2021 US Open Final - [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [2] Daniil Medvedev

    Did Vadja and Djokovic actually develop a strategy of... "Just hit through Medvedev. No problem." ???
  6. mightyrick

    2021 US Open Final - [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [2] Daniil Medvedev

    Well, he's the GOAT. If you are going to be in the final, you'd better be ready for your opponent. He knows it. Djokovic wasn't ready. Medvedev was ready. End of story.
  7. mightyrick

    2021 US Open Final - [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [2] Daniil Medvedev

    Djokovic simply has no solutions for Medvedev in this form.
  8. mightyrick

    2021 US Open Final - [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [2] Daniil Medvedev

    Kind of like Zverev did the other day in the 5th set.
  9. mightyrick

    2021 US Open Final - [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [2] Daniil Medvedev

    If Medvedev holds, there is going to be an MTO incoming. You just know it.
  10. mightyrick

    2021 US Open Final - [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [2] Daniil Medvedev

    Might be best to take that right now, frankly.
  11. mightyrick

    2021 US Open Final - [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [2] Daniil Medvedev

    That was an AWESOME second serve by Medvedev to hold. Threw in the slow ball, Djokovic was WAY ahead of it and pushed it out.
  12. mightyrick

    2021 US Open Final - [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [2] Daniil Medvedev

    Agree, totally different. Medvedev is a 6-foot-6 Gilles Simon with a 128-130mph serve and better movement. I'm not sure why Djokovic is trying to out-rally Medvedev. That is a totally wrong approach. Very poor strategy.
  13. mightyrick

    2021 US Open Final - [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [2] Daniil Medvedev

    Look, you already said several times that Medvedev needed two breaks to hold. You were wrong. He didn't. Djokovic started playing better and Medvedev still held. You were wrong. At this point, just enjoy the match. Your predictive powers are not there today.
  14. mightyrick

    2021 US Open Final - [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [2] Daniil Medvedev

    Have you seen Laver today? Don't get me wrong, one of the all-time greats. But he's literally "Weekend at Bernie's". I keep looking around for the guy with the remote control and/or puppet strings.
  15. mightyrick

    2021 US Open Final - [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [2] Daniil Medvedev

    He's been doing it all tournament. Check his stats. Best serving stats of everyone. All categories.
  16. mightyrick

    2021 US Open Final - [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [2] Daniil Medvedev

    If anybody believes that, it is because they were born after the year 2000 and never really watched Djokovic until the last few years. 2011 Djokovic was his best form ever. Completely dominant.
  17. mightyrick

    2021 US Open Final - [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [2] Daniil Medvedev

    This was the difference in the Zverev match. Djokovic would have very mediocre rallies only to bail himself out with clutch service winners. If Djokovic can have the level of serving in this match... that he had in the Zverev match... Djokovic will win this match. Medvedev can beat anybody...
  18. mightyrick

    2021 US Open Final - [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [2] Daniil Medvedev

    I don't disagree that Zverev beats himself sometimes in critical moments. But I actually thought Zverev played really well in that match. Yes, his level dropped in the beginning of the 5th set, but to me that wasn't the factor. In my mind, Djokovic won that match because of clutch serving...
  19. mightyrick

    2021 US Open Final - [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [2] Daniil Medvedev

    I honestly am not counting this Olympics as proof of anything given Covid and the circumstances that the players were under. This is a totally different situation. Tokyo was so bad -- the Olympics probably shouldn't even have happened. However, I do agree that fatigue is certainly a factor...
  20. mightyrick

    2021 US Open Final - [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [2] Daniil Medvedev

    I'm actually taking Medvedev in 4 in this match. I think his form is actually better than Djokovic (and Zverev). Obviously, Djokovic is going to be probably putting on more pressure on his opponent than he ever has. The match should be great -- no matter who wins. I watched Medvedev's press...
  21. mightyrick

    2021 US Open Women's Final: [Q] Emma Raducanu (GBR) vs Leylah Annie Fernandez (CAN)

    It's a good question, I wonder. Someone in this thread commented they didn't think Raducanu was a flash in the pan. I'd say that was very obvious. Anybody who wins a slam without losing a set -- especially coming through qualies -- especially at her age... I'd say there's no way to overhype...
  22. mightyrick

    2021 US Open Women's Final: [Q] Emma Raducanu (GBR) vs Leylah Annie Fernandez (CAN)

    Well, this is the great thing about the current WTA. It's nobody's show in particular. The strength and depth of the field is immense, though. It means you get better matches, more exciting matchups, and a variety of different winners on any given day. It's really great.
  23. mightyrick

    2021 US Open Women's Final: [Q] Emma Raducanu (GBR) vs Leylah Annie Fernandez (CAN)

    Given the current state of their level and skill, if both are in good form, Fernandez just doesn't have the game right now to beat someone like Raducanu. It remains a question mark if Fernandez can develop her game more to beat a player like Raducanu. Maybe if Fernandez' father steps aside as...
  24. mightyrick

    2021 US Open Women's Final: [Q] Emma Raducanu (GBR) vs Leylah Annie Fernandez (CAN)

    Yeah, all this hate is ridiculous. We were just blessed with a great match and two great stories. I'm happy to see Fernandez on the women's side coming up -- she reminds me of Halep. I'm very happy about Raducanu coming up. She reminds me of a young Clijsters or Li Na or Schiavone. A mix of...
  25. mightyrick

    2021 US Open Women's Final: [Q] Emma Raducanu (GBR) vs Leylah Annie Fernandez (CAN)

    This is where the emotions get the best of players and it makes them look really bad. I'm sure afterwards, Fernandez will regret and probably even apologize for it. It's not like it was gamesmanship by Raducanu. She was bleeding down her leg and it was on her own serve. It's not Raducanu's...
  26. mightyrick

    2021 US Open SF: [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [4] Alexander Zverev

    If Djokovic doesn't get the CYGS, I cannot imagine the amount of money from appearance fees and endorsements he is going to lose. We're probably talking in the tens of millions of dollars easily.
  27. mightyrick

    US Open SF: Fernandez vs Sabalenka

    Actually, MANY players take the ball early. That is nothing new. For the men or the women. If you haven't seen players like Fernandez, then you don't watch Halep and Kerber. Because taking the ball early (staying on the baseline) and redirecting pace is exactly what they do. Halep and Kerber...
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