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  1. Mike Sams

    2020 Summer Olympics Tokyo Bronze Medal Match: [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs [6] Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)

    Yeah because winning a bronze medal for your country is a failure. Most athletes would die to win any medal for their country. Djokovic has won a medal for Serbia. I think he's done just fine.
  2. Mike Sams

    2020 Summer Olympics Tokyo Bronze Medal Match: [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs [6] Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)

    I've been on this board since 2008 when Djokovic was coming up and I've been here all throughout his domination periods. I only left after the pandemic for a time. Not because I got tired of Djokovic winning. Tennis is entertainment. It's not life and death. :-D
  3. Mike Sams

    2020 Summer Olympics Tokyo Bronze Medal Match: [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs [6] Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)

    Yeah, you don't normally see Busta blasting the fuzz off the ball with consistency. He seems to have no fear of Djokovic at all.
  4. Mike Sams

    2020 Summer Olympics Tokyo Bronze Medal Match: [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs [6] Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)

    Djokovic played too much tennis under bad weather conditions. Singles and mixed doubles. He probably was overconfident coming in.
  5. Mike Sams

    2020 Summer Olympics Tokyo Bronze Medal Match: [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs [6] Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)

    Wow! Busta is bringing out his inner Zverev with some of these FH bombs! Don't normally see Djokovic manhandled that way.
  6. Mike Sams

    2020 Summer Olympics Tokyo Bronze Medal Match: [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs [6] Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)

    It's the Olympics. Djokovic going for a golden Slam. Or was. But a bronze medal still isn't bad.
  7. Mike Sams

    2020 Summer Olympics Tokyo Bronze Medal Match: [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs [6] Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)

    He's more careful though. He flung the racquet in the empty stands. And he hit the netpost with his racquet as opposed to hitting a ball at a line judge. He's improved. :D
  8. Mike Sams

    2020 Summer Olympics Tokyo Bronze Medal Match: [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs [6] Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)

    Busta going for a second win against Djokovic after beating Djokovic at the US Open last year? :laughing:
  9. Mike Sams

    2020 Summer Olympics Tokyo Bronze Medal Match: [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs [6] Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)

    Not much action on this thread as compared to yesterday's Djokovic/Zverev thread.
  10. Mike Sams

    2020 Summer Olympics Tokyo Bronze Medal Match: [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs [6] Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)

    He seems to give Djokovic problems, style wise. The sort of pushing baseline player who doesn't take many risks sort of like Gilles Simon tend to make Djokovic frustrated at times.
  11. Mike Sams

    Tokyo Olympics SF: [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [4] Alexander Zverev

    I can't see Djokovic purposely tanking considering the historical significance of this match. This wasn't a 250 or 500 or a Masters. This was Djokovic trying to win his first Gold medal and win the Golden Slam. You're trying to discredit Zverev in every way. If you even watched the match, you...
  12. Mike Sams

    Tokyo Olympics SF: [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [4] Alexander Zverev

    I don't think Djokovic can be all that surprised with Zed's fight back. Zed has fought back before from a set down. He's blown Djokovic off the court a few times with power. Djokovic knew what to expect if Zed played at peak level. I think Djokovic is under pressure more and more considering...
  13. Mike Sams

    Tokyo Olympics SF: [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [4] Alexander Zverev

    Djokovic being 34 might have something to do with it. Recovery time and endurance becomes more of an issue with age. Plus Zverev has smashed him before in BO3. It's not that big of a surprise. Zed's peak level is enough to beat any of the big 3. He just lacks the mental fortitude and...
  14. Mike Sams

    Tokyo Olympics SF: [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [4] Alexander Zverev

    Djokovic was destroying the competition in Tokyo on the way to the SF. Zverev played at peak level and Djokovic had no answers. It happens sometimes.
  15. Mike Sams

    Do you see anybody else surpassing 17 Slams in the sport of tennis at any point?

    This could be Nadal's year to win the US Open for a 5th time if he's mentally and physically refreshed. The extended break could do wonders. Djokovic might be tired by then and Federer is basically done, at least for this season.
  16. Mike Sams

    Djokovic will not win the us open

    I'm not sure about Djokovic's form really. I felt Djokovic 2015 was superior by a considerable margin. Despite his great results, USO could prove to be his biggest challenge of all.
  17. Mike Sams

    2021 Wimbledon Final: [1] Novak Djokovic SRB vs [7] Matteo Berrettini ITA

    Isn't that the way to beat these young guys? Just be consistent and defend and let them implode? Shapo and Berrettini couldn't even hit the most routine shots. Just under pressure to go for too much. Djokovic in cruise control for most of it and only upping his game on big points.
  18. Mike Sams

    Fed for Wimbledon

    Well Djokovic reached the QF without dropping a set so he must've been doing pretty well up till then.
  19. Mike Sams

    Fed for Wimbledon

    It's interesting that out of 3 Wimbledon meetings, Berdych was 2-1 against Djokovic. The big hitters and shot makers are the ones who are a danger to Djokovic on grass.
  20. Mike Sams

    Fed for Wimbledon

    He's 34 now so it might be possible that there could be some mental and physical fatigue after a pretty rough Roland Garros event. But Djokovic obviously would still be the favourite.
  21. Mike Sams

    2008 Nadal vs 2020 Novak on clay

    What about 2013 where Nadal won like 10 tournaments in a row! LOL
  22. Mike Sams

    2008 Nadal vs 2020 Novak on clay

    Playing Nadal in an RG final might've been a bit different than playing him in the SF.
  23. Mike Sams

    Have the Grand Slams lost any of their unique luster amidst the great spam chase?

    Not really. Many of the Slams have been memorable in terms of the quality and results. People aren't going to forget some of the epic semis and finals that have been played during this 3 way Slam chase. Matches like Nadal/Djokovic Wimbledon 2018, Federer/Nadal Australian Open 2017...
  24. Mike Sams

    Federer reveals he was "selfishly" happy with postponement of Tokyo 2020

    Winning a medal for your country is a huge thing, no matter if it's Gold or bronze.
  25. Mike Sams

    The Olympic singles Gold Medal is actually the most important title in tennis.

    The Olympics is just a wild orgy for mostly broke athletes playing rubbish sports that would receive no attention at all outside of the Olympics. Most athletes go there more so to get laid as opposed to winning medals. :-D
  26. Mike Sams

    The Olympic singles Gold Medal is actually the most important title in tennis.

    So Andy Murray is the GOAT with his 2 Olympic Gold medals???? o_O
  27. Mike Sams

    No tennis player will have the epilogue of the true GOAT of GOATS Diego Maradona

    Michael Jackson had 50 shows scheduled and was making his comeback when he died all of a sudden. Maradonna had been invisible to most of the world for decades.
  28. Mike Sams

    Who will be greater: Thiem or Murray?

    Ah yeah, true. Thiem has 1 Masters. Del Potro and Wawrinka also respectively have 1 Masters each. It just shows how great Andy Murray was to have won as many Masters titles as he did and beating the big 3 numerous times to win them.
  29. Mike Sams

    Who will be greater: Thiem or Murray?

    Murray has 14 Masters titles. Thiem has none.
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