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  1. TennisFan3

    2019 WTF 1/2 Final:Roger Federer vs. Stefanos Tistsipas

    This is NOT the changing of the guard. All these overhyped new gen won't even win a set against Novak at slam level. That I can guarantee you. Even Medvedev looks hopeless. That was the only next gen hope. 2020 will be 3 slams for Novak and 1 for Nadal/Thiem None of these next gen will do...
  2. TennisFan3

    2019 WTF 1/2 Final:Roger Federer vs. Stefanos Tistsipas

    If it's any consolation, Nadal does worse. He gets thrashed by freaking Zverev in straights. Then doesn't even make the SF. Also Fed is 4 years older.
  3. TennisFan3

    Nadal News 2.0

    Beautiful article by Tignor on Tennis.com https://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2019/11/rafael-nadal-stefanos-tsitsipas-nitto-atp-finals-round-robin-london/85989/ IT WASN’T RAFAEL NADAL'S BODY THAT WE UNDERESTIMATED—IT WAS HIS MIND Years after many of us thought he would be retired, Rafa is the...
  4. TennisFan3

    YE #1 in 2020?

    Novak Djokovic. Is that even a question?
  5. TennisFan3

    Nadal will finish the year #1 :)

    Yes, I think he takes great pride in the fact that he's proven a lot of people wrong. Even tennis greats such as Andre Agassi, Wilander, Becker etc said Nadal won't last till his 30s. Andre said that Nadal is writing cheques that his body won't be able to cash. They all have to now eat their...
  6. TennisFan3

    2019 ATP Finals RR - Little Kid Who Knows How to Fight vs The GOAT (When Healthy)

    Djokovic and Murray are in a different stratosphere for ROS when compared to Nadal's ROS. Federer's ROS is also much better than Nadal's. In fact there are other top 10 players whose ROS is greater than Nadal's too. ROS is the weakest part of Nadal's game by a long shot.
  7. TennisFan3

    2019 ATP Finals RR - Little Kid Who Knows How to Fight vs The GOAT (When Healthy)

    It would take a peak, 100% fresh Nadal to challenge Federer given the way the Swiss is playing on a surface that favors the Swiss much much more. How do you beat Fed when he serves like the way he did against Novak? Indoors never works for Nadal and on this court his forehand doesn't do much...
  8. TennisFan3

    2019 WTF RR: [4.] Daniil Medvedev vs. [7.] Sascha Zverev

    Good catch. Thank you, and fixed it.
  9. TennisFan3

    2019 WTF RR: [4.] Daniil Medvedev vs. [7.] Sascha Zverev

    I don't think difference is that stark. Plus Medvedev has won like 7 tournaments and TONS of cash. The amount of money he would get here is PEANUTS compared to what he made by winning Cincy, Shanghai and runner up UsOpen.
  10. TennisFan3

    2019 ATP Finals RR - Little Kid Who Knows How to Fight vs The GOAT (When Healthy)

    Not to mention Nadal won't have much left in the tank anyway. He ran 4 miles today in a rollercoaster, but also had a super tough one against Medvedev. That being said, I'm sure Zvervev will beat Medvedev as the Russian has no incentive to win given that he cannot qualify for the SF.
  11. TennisFan3

    How many weeks at No.1 will Nadal spend in his career?

    Excellent post. I couldn't agree more with the sentiments. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
  12. TennisFan3

    2019 WTF RR: [4.] Daniil Medvedev vs. [7.] Sascha Zverev

    Medvedev has ZERO incentive to do well. He CANNOT qualify for the SF even if he wins. Expecting a tame straight set win for Zverev.
  13. TennisFan3

    2019 ATP Finals RR - Little Kid Who Knows How to Fight vs The GOAT (When Healthy)

    It's the surface and how it works for Rafa's game. Nadal will NEVER be at his best on this court.
  14. TennisFan3

    2019 ATP Finals RR - Little Kid Who Knows How to Fight vs The GOAT (When Healthy)

    IMO Tsitsipas or Nadal whoever gets to the SF will be at a SIGNIFICANT disadvantage. They both ran like close to 4 miles today. Not sure how much they will have left in the tank.
  15. TennisFan3

    2019 ATP Finals RR - Little Kid Who Knows How to Fight vs The GOAT (When Healthy)

    I really don't think so. He is better or closer to Novak in many areas. But ROS is not one of them. The fact that Nadal still has decent return stats is because of the strength of his ground game. Not his return shot per se. Among the big 3 and ATGs, he has the highest non returned serves or...
  16. TennisFan3

    2019 ATP Finals RR - Little Kid Who Knows How to Fight vs The GOAT (When Healthy)

    Tsitsipas is the youngest of the new gen. And while I think Medvedev has more upside, there is plenty of time for Tsitsipas to improve. But yeah this was a super lousy Rafa and there for the taking. One hopes that Medvedev loses to Zverev for Rafa's sake, otherwise it won't be pretty against...
  17. TennisFan3

    2019 ATP Finals RR - Little Kid Who Knows How to Fight vs The GOAT (When Healthy)

    If Nadal had even 50% the ROS of Novak - he would have been the GOAT.
  18. TennisFan3

    2019 ATP Finals RR - Little Kid Who Knows How to Fight vs The GOAT (When Healthy)

    Nadal now 1 out of 10 in breakpoints. ROS is just killing Rafa as it always does. He should know TsiTsipas WILL serve wide to his forehand on break point. He has to lean in on that side. This is crazy..
  19. TennisFan3

    Djokovic On Federer: "He's A Role Model, Even For Me"

    Excellent post. Good interpretation. Typically role models are reserved for people who are NOT in your era. The fact that Novak is talking about his compatriot and competitor is why he said "Even me". It is a mark of Djokovic's humility and respect for Federer.
  20. TennisFan3

    2019 ATP Finals RR - Little Kid Who Knows How to Fight vs The GOAT (When Healthy)

    Unfortunately, Zverev is heavily heavily favored. Medvedev is probably playing the worst tennis of the year right now, and Zverev is a bad matchup for the Russian as their h2h indicates. So Nadal won't get to the SF likely - this match is largely academic.
  21. TennisFan3

    2019 ATP Finals RR - Little Kid Who Knows How to Fight vs The GOAT (When Healthy)

    I agree. I meant among the great players. There are several other non top players, who are natural volleyers compared to Fedalovic.
  22. TennisFan3

    2019 ATP Finals RR - Little Kid Who Knows How to Fight vs The GOAT (When Healthy)

    Nadal is magical at the net today. Wow. Did he watch 80s and 90s tennis before this match?
  23. TennisFan3

    2019 ATP Finals RR - Little Kid Who Knows How to Fight vs The GOAT (When Healthy)

    Great hold from Tsitsipas. Again Nadal's ROS letting him down. If he could have put the serve back in play on BP - he might have had a chance to break. Rafa's converted only 1 out of 8 breakpoints. Tsitsipas just serves fast under pressure and Nadal cannot get the ball back in play. Nadal...
  24. TennisFan3

    2019 ATP Finals RR - Little Kid Who Knows How to Fight vs The GOAT (When Healthy)

    When Nadal started out as a player, he didn't even have much of a volley. Look at him now, only Federer is the player who is clearly better at the net than Rafa.
  25. TennisFan3

    2019 ATP Finals RR - Little Kid Who Knows How to Fight vs The GOAT (When Healthy)

    Yep. He needs to be more aggressive and conserve his body. More errors are a consequence of that. Really the only big thing lacking is the ROS - which could be better.
  26. TennisFan3

    2019 ATP Finals RR - Little Kid Who Knows How to Fight vs The GOAT (When Healthy)

    Excellent touch forehand volley from Nadal. Generally his backhand volleys are good and forehand volley not as great. But this forehand volley was Sampras like..
  27. TennisFan3

    2019 ATP Finals RR - Little Kid Who Knows How to Fight vs The GOAT (When Healthy)

    Which is why he might not get it. When you want something so badly, you get nervous and start to miss..
  28. TennisFan3

    2019 ATP Finals RR - Little Kid Who Knows How to Fight vs The GOAT (When Healthy)

    He's in a funk this tournament and in Paris. When he gets out of it, he's the most talented and mentally strong in this next generation.
  29. TennisFan3

    2019 ATP Finals RR - Little Kid Who Knows How to Fight vs The GOAT (When Healthy)

    That could be match over for Rafa. Not converting the breakpoints would probably be the last straw. This is the moment where he lost the match..
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