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  1. Kalin

    Umpiring error in Mladenovic-Siegmund match leads to a complete meltdown

    A pretty big miss from the chair ump leading to a humongous breakdown/loss by Kiki. Not a good look on HD TV... Look at the score.... and she went on to lose the match. Lucky for the organizers there was not a big crowd...
  2. Kalin

    Boris Becker pleads not guilty to criminal charges in bankruptcy case

    https://sports.yahoo.com/tennis-star-boris-becker-pleads-not-guilty-to-criminal-charges-in-bankruptcy-case-192237719.html I sure hope he gets his life in order...
  3. Kalin

    A great article on Dominic Thiem's first GS win

    I didn't see it posted; a very balanced and well-written look on the final and Dominic in general. https://sports.yahoo.com/might-dominic-thiems-moment-seize-190750578.html "Dominic Thiem’s route to a first major title was fascinatingly ugly – a four-hour arm-wrestle with his own anxieties...
  4. Kalin

    Tiger won the Masters but the big questions still remain...

    For those of you who don't follow golf, here are the two obvious, big, burning questions that all fans of the game want (and need) answered ASAP: 1. Who was the lady at the 16th tee? 2. (the more important one) Did Tiger get her number?? I mean, she is blonde, enthusiastic and likes golf...
  5. Kalin

    Another record for the Maestro!

    Most weeks in Top 100 ... Andre Agassi held the record at 1019 weeks; now Roger is at 1020 :) Edit: 1018 of these weeks are consecutive. 20 times 52 is 1,040. So, in 22 weeks Roger will celebrate 20 straight years of Top 100 tenniso_O:notworthy::cool:
  6. Kalin

    The King is not dead yet!

    Obviously, talking about the King of all shots here, the one-handed backhand. So refreshing to see, once again, two great one-hander contesting a big final. With young guns like Tsitsi and Shapo waiting in the wings the OHBH is still thriving... not just winning big titles but doing it in...
  7. Kalin

    Forget the GOAT debate; who is the MAGGOT? I vote for Andy Murray!!

    I admit I unashamedly stole this from a Guardian commenter who, obviously tired of the Ronaldo vs Messi GOAT debate (as if there is one; it's obviously the athletic handsome guy) invented the MAGGOT classification- Maybe Among the Greatest Goalies Of Today, listing Courtois as an example. He...
  8. Kalin

    A nightmare scenario for Zverev non-lovers

    I know there's enough Zverev threads already but... when it rains then better let it pour. I said 'non-lovers' in the title since Sascha hasn't won enough to be worthy of having full-time haters yet. It will come. The scenario I am talking about is, obviously, his camp figuring out that the...
  9. Kalin

    Buy a hat, Grisho...

    How many double faults and games being broken or having to save a multitude of break points while serving into the sun? Yes, it's tough but everyone has to do it. Get a hat, put on some shades, change something... Grigor didn't manage to adjust to that and, combined with his overall lackluster...
  10. Kalin

    Fast and furious: Federer's winning approach against Nadal - by Peter Bodo

    Didn't see it poasted yet, well-written + an excerpt from Fred's interview talking about the H2H http://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/21053791/tennis-fast-furious-roger-federer-winning-approach-rafael-nadal "If you didn't know any better, you could be forgiven for thinking Roger Federer's most...
  11. Kalin

    A very well-written article on players' racquets

    http://www.tennis.com/gear/2017/10/gear-q-break-mold/69962/ I just want to post this since it is concise but really well-written, IMO :). Makes some very good points in a very polished way.
  12. Kalin

    Roger still draws in the crowds...

    Waiting for Roger vs Rishaard to start (and hoping Delpo didn't injure that wrist too hard) and the commentators just said that on the Saturday (I think), before the tournament had started, they had a 2-hour training session with Roger and Wu Di (the local star) and some kids' fun. The event...
  13. Kalin

    Three Wimbledon matches flagged for betting

    http://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/20107373/4-wimbledon-french-open-matches-flagged-unusual-betting Didn't see a thread yet; please delete if duplicate. "Associated Press LONDON -- The Tennis Integrity Unit says a total of four matches at Wimbledon and the French Open have been flagged for...
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    The way Roger won this Wimbledon was kind of long expected... but with a twist

    Looking at all the wrong prediction threads that are being dug up I can't help thinking that the freshly won Wimbledon title is something many of us expected that Roger would somehow finally get exactly the way he did it - a few rivals slipping up, a few favourable match-ups and voila - a Grand...
  15. Kalin

    The Curse of Denying Roger Federer

    I keep reading all the different explanations of Cilic's breakdown in the final- bad foot, bad knee, panic attack etc. All wrong. The truth, of course, is that Cilic fell victim to the Curse of Denying Roger Federer (CODRF). Basically, he denied the 2014 US Open title to its rightful owner...
  16. Kalin

    The power of the Roger

    Watching Zheng Saisai and Kasatkina torture the game of tennis and LOLling at the Chinese commentators rooting for ZSS to lose quickly so they can switch to Roger's match while doing a live running commentary of His exploits :) They're basically apologizing for having to show ZSS match instead...
  17. Kalin

    This extended wailing can't be legal, right?

    I know we have a thread on this every once in a while but I do sincerely hope some higher-ups do sometimes listen to the opinions of the unwashed masses. I also hate to use Halep as an example, since she has always struck me as a great sportsman (and she showed it during the post-match events)...
  18. Kalin

    Is it too late for Roger to...

    ... ask for a WC for Monte Carlo? I mean, he surely would have made it that far even in his streetwear or wearing flip-flops. Or, just insert him in the final vs. Rafa; we'll at least have one or more memorable threads.
  19. Kalin

    Lahyani to expose Hawkeye false dawn

    Title is self-explanatory. Please discuss...
  20. Kalin

    Novak and Jelena expecting second child!

    According to the Bulgarian press quoting Serbian sources: https://lifestyle.bg/international/dzhokovich-chaka-vtoro-dete.html?utm_source=topsport.bg&utm_medium=article&utm_campaign=sidebar Article says that Jelena has told Novak on the phone but he's yet to make a statement. Take it for...
  21. Kalin

    Keep on squealing and getting coaching; it's all good, says WTA supremo.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-4347086/Carry-grunting-Groans-stay-say-WTA-chiefs.html "The head of the WTA Tour will risk angering purists by shelving plans to curtail grunting while pressing to abolish rules restricting coaching. Steve Simon, the tour's chief executive, is...
  22. Kalin

    'Sharapova will not get a WC for FO' says some French dude in charge

    Our papers are reporting that the French Tennis Association president, Gudicelli or something similar, has said that Masha won't be asked to play at the FO since she'd harm the hard-earned reputation of the French Tennis Association. The new thing I learned from all this is that the French...
  23. Kalin

    Get ready boys... Masha is coming back!

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/sharapova-handed-madrid-open-wildcard-164824001--ten.html "Former world number one Maria Sharapova has been invited to play at the Madrid Open in May, which takes place less than two weeks after her 15-month doping ban expires, tournament organizers said on...
  24. Kalin

    Why so few challenges at big moments?

    I remember quite a few occasions where the situation would scream for a challenge and yet the player who had just lost the point didn't challenge. Most obvious were Raonic not challenging the fault call when he DF'd on a set point va Rafa in the second and also Dimitrov not challenging a fault...
  25. Kalin

    A thread for Federer hard-core fans only, others can browse

    Now that the dust has settled on the Golden Eagle's trophy I see it didn't take long for the gluteally-injured to slither out of their damp basements and start trolling us like nothing has happened. If anything, it's quickly getting worse than before. This got me thinking (well, I admit I had...
  26. Kalin

    Work on your serve, guys

    I know it's not much of a tip but the final today once again reminded me how important the serve is especially when we start aging. All other strokes deteriorate at some point if only because of impaired movement/speed/endurance. The serve seems to deteriorate the least and is the one stroke...
  27. Kalin

    How many demons did Roger slaughter today?

    1. No.18. Many thought it was just a dream after all these years of near misses. No more; now about No.19... he-he, let's see. 2. Can't win big tournaments anymore unless they're best-of-3 on a very fast court. Answer emphatically given in three 5-set wins over top-10 players. 3. Crumbles...
  28. Kalin

    Spare a thought for poor Novak and Andy :(

    Not too long ago last year there were times when either of them was firmly established at the top of the tennis world. At some point Novak held pretty much all Slams, titles and points that were to be held and looked like he would go on to win seemingly forever and rake in weeks and year-end...
  29. Kalin

    It's now confirmed - the draw was rigged for a Fabulous Fedal Final!

    How did I not see it before- Roger and Rafa both handed a couple each of the Big 4 of Chokers - Birdman, Kei, Monfils and Raonic. There was no way NOT to make them meet Djoker and Andy somewhere so they sent the most awkward opponents to those two hoping for an upset, which duly happened. And...
  30. Kalin

    What records have Fed set or might set during this AO?

    Given his long resume and many years on tour it seems hard for Roger to compete these days without setting some kind of a mark or record, whether all-time or just some great personal achievement. Someone said his victory over Kei was his 200th career win over a top-10 player. Not sure if it's...
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