1. Rafa4LifeEver

    A public address to all the Carlos naysayers

    While Carlitos is not as incredible as 2005-2007 Rafa, he is still the greatest youngster to have broken through since Djokovic's breakthrough in 2006. But man I'd not worry about him losing 3&2 to a well playing Djokovic, the second greatest fast hardcourt player of this modern era after...
  2. nachiket nolefam

    Who hits hardest in the ATP finals

    On serve it's probably between Zverev and Medvedev. On forehand it might be between Sinner Alcaraz Rublev and Tsitsipas. On backhand its between Sinner and Zverev. On speed it's hands down Carlos but on hard court with sliding it's probably between Carlos Nole and Medvedev. So who is the...
  3. W

    Match Stats/Report - Djokovic vs Alcaraz, Cincinnati final, 2023

    Novak Djokovic beat Carlos Alcaraz 5-7, 7-6(7), 7-6(4) in the Cincinnati final, 2023 on hard court It was Djokovic’s 3rd title at the event and he would shortly after go onto win the US Open. The two had recently played the Wimbledon final, with Alcaraz winning in 5 sets Djokovic won 133...
  4. TheAssassin

    Djokovic and Alcaraz to participate in Riyadh exho in late December

    Sabalenka and Jabeur to feature on the women's side.
  5. RaulRamirez

    Back to Back Slam Finals (should Novak and Carlitos meet)

    Okay, there are all kinds of threads on this -- serious, trollish, and parody threads alike -- and pardon me for adding a serious one. Here's the thing: While most of us may already have Djokovic and Alcaraz penciled into Sunday's final, it's not a sure thing. But looking ahead, here are some...
  6. N01E

    Actice Big Titles Champions Ranked

    In the last couple of years we've seen a lot of new big title champions, especially compared to 2011-2013 where Ferrer was the only one to make that breakthrough. Since we have a lot of 1 M1000 (which I'll just refer to M for short) winners I decided to look at all of them (and the more...
  7. Rafa4LifeEver

    2023 Cincinati Open ATP master's 1000 SF - Carlos Alcaraz Garfia [1] (SPN) v/s Hubert Hurkacz (POL)

    This is the second consecutive week that they're facing each other, and their 3rd overall match. Their match Last week was an extremely strange one; Alcaraz looked to be on his merry way in set 3 with a 5-2 lead on serve with a few match points and then bloody fell apart to lose next 4 games...
  8. Rafa4LifeEver

    2023 Cincinnati Open Master's 1000 - Round of 16 - Carlos Alcaraz Garfia [1] (SPN) v/s Thomas John Robert Paul [14] (USA)

    The re-match of Canadian open QF. Its the 3rd meeting between these 2 this year & 4th overall. Paul won 2022 & 2023 matches in Canada (Albeit Alcaraz did have match points in the 2022 match) while Alcaraz took the one in Miami earlier this year. Does Alcaraz get his revenge or will it be...
  9. Rafa4LifeEver

    2023 Canadian Open Quarter Finals - Carlos Alcaraz Garfia [1] (SPN) v/s Thomas John Robert Paul [12] (USA)

    Its the 3rd clash between these two; additionally, its the second consecutive year that they'd be playing each other in Canada. Last year, in Montreal, it was a 3 set win for Paul in R32, albeit Alcaraz did have match points to wrap it up in straight sets. Earlier this year, Alcaraz got the...
  10. Rafa4LifeEver

    2023 Canadian Open ATP 1000 R32 - Carlos Alcaraz [1] (SPN) v/s Ben Shelton (USA)

    The first ever meeting between two talented young players, how does it go? Can Shelton's lefty serve pose big trouble for Alcaraz or does Alcaraz wear Shelton from the ground? Vote and discuss
  11. R

    Alcaraz second serve

    What surprised me most in Wimbledon final is how aggressive Alcaraz hit 2nd serves in clutch points. He relentlessly gave some 110mph or even 120mph aces to save some break points or take advantage on deuce. His average 1st and 2nd serve speed reached 120.3mph and 102.5mph, according to...
  12. tonysoprano

    Eras end. New Kings emerge. Is this it?

    Fedal fans, is this what it felt like when a comedian started winning matches against your Federer and your Nadal? As a Djokovic fan, my heart beats every time I see that acne defined face and it feels like the kid haunts my sleep. What if, what if, my mind goes, the Earth's Mightiest Warrior...
  13. nachiket nolefam

    Djokovic Service performance in final

    Now that Wimbledon is well behind us, this is a good time to look back at what worked well for Nole. As I saw, his movement is still at its peak, going from corner to corner stretching. On grass his stamina is no issue even losing a 25 mins service game and then coming to win set 4. His backhand...
  14. TheAssassin

    Rate the 2023 Wimbledon Championships

    On a scale of 10 to 10, 10 being stunn... Ugh I had a completely different OP design planned prior to today. :X3: Have your say on the tournament and clash of generations we just witnessed. I'm out lol.
  15. a10best

    Spotlight: ATG injuries or retiring from matches

    1.) 2006 French Open QF: Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal - Nadal was leading 6-4, 6-4 when Djokovic decided to stop due to lower back pain Djokovic was 19 yrs old. 2.) 2007 Wimbledon SF: Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal - Nadal was leading 3-6, 6-1, 4-1 when the fourth-seeded Serb complained of...
  16. a10best

    Alcaraz amazing shot was not so original says the Maestro

  17. RaulRamirez

    Profound Mixed Feelings (about the 2023 RG semi)

    I'm not sure what to say, and I never know who will agree or who will simply be reasonable. Of course, I eagerly anticipated the showdown between the two best players in the world -- Djokovic and Alcaraz. Before Alcaraz (apparently) cramped, they were tied at a set apiece and just starting the...
  18. Rafa4LifeEver

    2023 Mutua Madrid Open ATP Master's 1000 Round of 32 - [1] Carlos Alcaraz Garfia (ESP) versus [26] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)

    So here we go, 2nd ever meeting between these two. Their first match was at Paris master's last year and Alcaraz won that one easily in straights, 1 & 3. How do you see this one unfolding? Alcaraz has survived a scare against Emil Russovori in the first match (Round of 64), while Dimitrov has...
  19. Dbrizz

    Sinner vs Alcaraz Miami match Courier comment on string

    I half heard Courier comment that someone changed to a “softer” string when he was commenting on Sinner / Alcaraz match. Does anyone remember that comment and know who he was talking about? Was he talking about Alcaraz who plays with rpm blast and has had elbow issues?
  20. Rafa4LifeEver

    2023 Miami Open masters 1000 R32 :- Carlos Alcaraz Garfia (Spain) v/s Dusan Lajovic (Serbia)

    3rd meeting between these two in 5 weeks or so. Alcaraz won both of them, albeit the one in Rio was a close contest. How do you see this matchup playing out? Does Alcaraz roll or will he have to go through a dogfight or will Dusan pull of an upset? Discuss and vote
  21. AnOctorokForDinner

    2023 Indian Wells F: Alcaraz vs Medvedev

    A much-advertised final pairing, the first serious match of these two top players. The HC specialist on a big streak vs the young ATG hopeful. Finally a title battle that actually sounds kind of exciting, no?
  22. jl809

    How many times will Alcaraz play Djokodal this year, and where?

    Last year an in-form Alcaraz got stopped by Ribdal at Indian Wells, then nabbed 2 wins against a rusty Djokodal at Madrid. Even in his semi-charged state, match-unfit Djoker produced a tough match for Chaz and it seemed we were in for more fun throughout the rest of the year. But some Covid BS...
  23. T

    Juan Carlos Ferrero: "Working with Zverev wasn't easy, but it’s very easy to work with Alcaraz"

    JC Ferrero on Zverev: JC Ferrero on Alcaraz: Source:
  24. E

    Nike players using special Court Vapor Pro shoes?

    Hi everyone, I am looking for a new pair of tennis shoes, and I've been looking at the Nike Court Vapor Pro, because I mostly play on clay (I am from Argentina) and I need a shoe that has that rubber protection on the inner side, since my shoes always end up getting a hole in this part (see...
  25. jl809

    Alcaraz’s US Open win: more likely to be a Fed @ Wimbledon 2003 moment, or a PETE @ US Open 1990 moment?

    Federer’s first slam win at Wimbledon 03 was the beginning of a new era. He was back the following year with a vengeance, having already won the 2003 YE finals and 2004 AO, and exerted a period of tour-level dominance that would last several years. A teenage PETE’s magnificent 1990 US Open...
  26. jl809

    Remember this epic?

    The last ray of sunshine in tennis… The moment we thought They Might Be Back… what happened to our big 5 :cry:
  27. Rattie

    USO’22 SF: #3 C Alcaraz (ESP) vs #22 F TIAFOE (USA)

    Will two five setters leave Carlos with enough in the tank against the new home favourite? Who will steal the majority of the crowd support? Frances with the home crowd behind him or Carlos, their new tennis star. Maybe a less partisan crowd than there has been for Tiafoe up to now.
  28. jl809

    Based on form alone going into the QFs, Kyrgios is the clear favourite to win the men’s US Open?

    I’m not saying he will win it, because no-one does meltdowns like he does and he may find the “easy” draw a curse and not a blessing. But purely from a tennis point of view, Nick is surely the guy going in with the most pedigree, right? Serve is looking deadly on the skidding court, he can S&V...
  29. Michael7

    Carlos Alcaraz - Pure Aero - String Spacing more like the 2020 Pure Aero VS or 2022 Pure Aero 98?

    Does Carlos play with a string spacing of the 2020 Pure Aero (more open string pattern of the 16x20) or the 2022 version of the Pure Aero 98 (16x20 still but slightly tighter string pattern)
  30. jl809

    Why do people think Carlitos will beat Nole at RG?

    Our evidence that he can is 1 match in Madrid which was super, super tight (5-7 final TB). Djokovic was still relatively fresh into his clay comeback - he will have much better rhythm and level when RG comes around - and his level in slams been always miles above his M1000 levels without fail...