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    Let's take our hats off to that Berrettini performance

    I very much respect the effort he put out there and he had some clutch moments. That being said, he played a poor first two sets and wasn’t much better in the last couple of games. He served quite well, though, and he was pretty good in the third set as well as the first half of the fourth...
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    2022 Australian Open SF: [6] Rafael Nadal vs [7] Matteo Berrettini

    he's still there, did you miss that sprayed FH at 30-15?
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    2022 Australian Open SF: [6] Rafael Nadal vs [7] Matteo Berrettini

    Ned's a better player :notworthy:
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    2022 Australian Open SF: [6] Rafael Nadal vs [7] Matteo Berrettini

    I mean I think Berdman was definitely better than Berrettini (and Fed better than Nadal here) but I can't help but be reminded of that one. 35 years old, back on the tour after a decent hiatus, looks a bit shaky in earlier rounds, and then goes into free flow out of nowhere. Of course, Nadal...
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    2022 Australian Open SF: [6] Rafael Nadal vs [7] Matteo Berrettini

    Very impressed with Nadal this set. This kind of beatdown reminds me a bit of Fed's against Berdych in 2017.
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    2022 Australian Open SF: [6] Rafael Nadal vs [7] Matteo Berrettini

    Great point from Nadal. Seems like a lame finishing shot from Berrettini but there wasn't a whole lot he could do.
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    2022 Australian Open SF: [6] Rafael Nadal vs [7] Matteo Berrettini

    this is true, and that's getting annoying, but none of the comments I cited were actually in response to him
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    2022 Australian Open SF: [6] Rafael Nadal vs [7] Matteo Berrettini

    bud you've been about as condescending as you can be (something you regularly accuse other posters of as well) in your short time on this forum. your past few comments on this very thread alone consist of calling people "nuthuggers", telling them to "improve their emotions", or saying they...
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    2022 Australian Open SF: [6] Rafael Nadal vs [7] Matteo Berrettini

    that was a textbook "topspin the slice" shot from RAFA old habits die hard
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    2022 Australian Open SF: [6] Rafael Nadal vs [7] Matteo Berrettini

    that was a breathtaking slice winner
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    2022 Australian Open SF: [6] Rafael Nadal vs [7] Matteo Berrettini

    of course, there'd just be different sorts of people calling him a mug
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    2022 Australian Open SF: [6] Rafael Nadal vs [7] Matteo Berrettini

    Berrettini's backhand has Stormtrooper aim
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    2022 Australian Open SF: [6] Rafael Nadal vs [7] Matteo Berrettini

    He can’t, Tsitsipas is on the other half of the draw
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    Which top 10 player playing right now would Lleyton Hewitt "replace"?

    Exactly, and as I mentioned in my other comment, players like Medvedev, Zverev, and even frigging RBA who are at best comparable to Hewitt (I think they're all clearly worse but let's work with this assumption for now) have employed this strategy to success. Wouldn't work as well on a younger...
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    Which top 10 player playing right now would Lleyton Hewitt "replace"?

    oh yeah Davy was an absolute beast during that stretch as well as the previous year's ATP Finals.
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    Which top 10 player playing right now would Lleyton Hewitt "replace"?

    tbf no one has ever won their first two Slams back to back in the OE as far as I know
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    Which top 10 player playing right now would Lleyton Hewitt "replace"?

    ok let's pump the brakes there lol
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    Which top 10 player playing right now would Lleyton Hewitt "replace"?

    Full stop. That should already raise some red flags about your claim. I'm not trying to say peak Hewitt would be day-in and day-out beating Djokovic since "past-prime severely declined Hewitt gave him good fights", but this should be a good enough indicator that the matchup, at the very least...
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    Which top 10 player playing right now would Lleyton Hewitt "replace"?

    referring to just 2021 (although some versions could very well do it in 2020) here. I meant to add a comment specifying that I was referring to the last complete season (2021) but took it back. Take a look: 2001 Hewitt in 2021 for sure wins the US Open over Med/Djoker and he has a good shot at...
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    Nadal at AO vs Federer at RG - who is better?

    not 100% sure on 2012. Tsonga could beat him.
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    Which top 10 player playing right now would Lleyton Hewitt "replace"?

    Fed in 5 with no wind, unsure if there is wind since we don't know how Djokovic would fare in those conditions. If the 2012 final is any indicator, and it might not be, probably not that well.
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    Nadal at AO vs Federer at RG - who is better?

    90's, the AO was still grass for a long time during the 80's
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    Which top 10 player playing right now would Lleyton Hewitt "replace"?

    I think Hewitt’s speed would continue to be an issue for the current top ten, and his fighting spirit is certainly something we don’t see so much these days. I suppose someone could go down the route of “his groundies didn’t have the power to do much damage today” but then you’ll have to explain...
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    Would you consider Djokovic a greater Wimbledon player than Sampras if he wins another title there?

    I refer to 2019 and 2021. Djokovic was pretty poor for large stretches of the 2019 SF and especially the final. In contrast, he was actually quite good in 2018. Against a slightly better opponent than what was one of Federer's weaker Wimbledon versions - and in the past there were lots of those...
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    Which top 10 player playing right now would Lleyton Hewitt "replace"?

    take your pick: 2001 2002 2004 2005
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    Federer versus Djokovic a case of skill vs efficiency??

    Yeah any discussion about natural talent is going to have an inevitable bias attached to it.
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    Federer versus Djokovic a case of skill vs efficiency??

    I’m not making this point about talent or greater skill (bolded). Just pointing out that it’s a bit disingenuous to compare the hype Fed received in 2001 to, say, your average top 50 or whatever next gen players we have (though many of them are now in their early-to-mid 20’s so it’s not an apt...
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    Federer versus Djokovic a case of skill vs efficiency??

    I mean, I’m sure you can find at least one guy gushing over the innate talent of someone like Dusan Lajovic, but cmon man, Fed had a lot of early supporters, especially following that Sampras match in the year you mentioned. There was plenty of talk that he was gonna be something special, though...
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