2022 Rome QF: [1] Novak Djokovic vs Félix Auger-Aliassime [8]

The outcome?


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TheNachoMan

Guest
Nole has absolutely zero interest in playing a 3rd set tonight.

Pulling out all the stops in this tiebreak and there's nothing Felix can do about it.
He was thinking of playing another practice set but changed his mind it seems.
 

TheAssassin

Legend
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AnOctorokForDinner

Talk Tennis Guru
One probably would have said similar about Cilic before he caught fire in 2014. I mean he was no foreigner to grand feats of muggery himself. I can think of countless examples. Say what you want about FAA but he's surely the best athlete along with Alcaraz out of the younger crop of guys (by quite some margin I think), and that can get you a pretty long way. I don't think it's unrealistic for him to put one really good run together at some point. I mean he peaked higher than Medvedev in their AO QF earlier this year. The match was on his racket. Med's success in that match was almost purely dependent on FAA spraying and mugging up. If he can clean up his game there's something there, especially in this era.

I mean even if he plays clutch his game doesn't have Cilic's peak, period. Him winning a slam would be poor for that reason. Cilic has always been mentally questionable but was known to possess a powerful level based on his 2010 AO run at least, edging del Potro and Roddick in back-to-back five-setters with some good tennis. Aliassime is yet to do anything like that, actually what would even be similar in these times.
 

RF-18

Talk Tennis Guru
That was vintage Nole in that tiebreaker. My goodness. Best he has played in a year probably.

Amazing tennis from both!
 

killerboss

Professional
Everything about Novak just screamed Ferrer today. Match should have never been this close. Zverev or Tsitsipas would routine him easily based on this performance. Big 3 is coming to an end.
 

Bubcay

Legend
Locking no 1 position and getting to one match away from 1000 career wins... Well done Novak. Congrats to Felix too for a really decent match..
 
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TheNachoMan

Guest
Everything about Novak just screamed Ferrer today. Match should have never been this close. Zverev or Tsitsipas would routine him easily based on this performance. Big 3 is coming to an end.
2013 level Ferrer is enough to win RG in this time. lol
 

mahatma

Hall of Fame
Novak is taking Time this time for sure. Will take his masters lead up by 2 + some amazing match time before RG.
 

Nadal_King

Hall of Fame
Straight sets but not quite a beatdown.

Now it's another player who has no weapons to hurt Djokovic - Ruud. Anyone agree?
Agree, Ruud has no chance only Zverev can stop Djokovic here I feel his game is good enough to beat Djokovic, Tsitsipas will fight but falter as he always does
 

UnforcedTerror

Hall of Fame
Good match and what a dominant tiebreak!

I still doubt Djokovic beats Ruud and Tsitsipas back to back. The schedule is not favorable to him and too much choking when serving out sets.
 
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