So clutch that Zverev broke his serve in 3 of the 4 sets.The lack of faith in Djokovic on TTW is striking considering that he is a 2-time defending champion who is on a 20-0 streak at the AO and not to mention the 8-0 AO finals record. If anyone watched the Zverev match, he was on the ropes several times and roared back with clutch serving. Medvedev’s form will be tested and it is hard to imagine that this will not come down to a fifth set. Whose nerves do you trust more in a fifth set - a 17-time Slam champion or a guy who hasn’t won a Slam yet at the age of 25?
Did you watch the match or did you just see the score? His serving was clutch when he was behind by a break in the third and fourth sets especially when Zverev had break points to go up a double break and then when Novak served out the sets. Zverev was better from the baseline in that match, but Novak found a way to win with better serving helped by Zverev having some service yips when up in the third set. I don’t expect Medvedev to have any service yips and I also expect him to outrally Djokovic from the baseline - but, I think Djokovic will hang tough in the match helped by his own clutch serving. He has a glint in his eye when he is on Rod Laver Arena where he just doesn’t want to lose and I hope this fighting spirit will carry him through today.So clutch that Zverev broke his serve in 3 of the 4 sets.
We've seen him play tighter and lose some close matches in final sets, but I can't think of any other matches where he blew a match from a winning position.And that’s it in a nutshell. All the endless comments about form, serve stats, hours on court, and who’s BH is firing better are all ultimately moot. It will all come down to whether Medvedev holds his nerves if he’s in a position to win. I doubt he can do it, based on numerous chokes from winning positions. His YEC choke against Rafa was one for the ages.
Or maybe it shows us how truly great the big 3 are. They are so far ahead of everyone else that very good players are made to look ordinary.djokovic has never had a younger rival. and he's been on tour for 16 years. that shows you have pathetic lostgen and nextgen are. which all time great champions of the past have never had younger rivals?
Must be a millennial, sit at the computer but makes him sound more important than he is. Also, ummm, how infantile.Umm, Since I am actually working for power lines installation in some of the remotest part of the country, I would definitely like to thing that I am doing worthwhile with my life,like actually bringing electricity to those who never saw a light bulb glow.
Mine has become a off the field job, I spend like 16 hours on my PC for work these days. Hence the frequent posts. And Also I did not join last december, but a year before that.
everybody has something to lose...scary talk there, for MedvedevMan, your definition of trash talking must be really, really different than most people, because below is what Med said in his presser. I fail to see where he's "trash talking" Novak, maybe you can point it out?
What Med actually said:
"I think Djokovic's the favourite because he didn't lose. In eight occasions that he was here in the semis he won the tournament. Me, I'm, how you can call it, I don't know how you call it in English, not an outsider, but I'm the challenger, the guy that challenges the guy who was eight times in the final and won eight times. And I'm happy about it."
"I like to play against Novak. We have, since the first one when I was ranked 60, we had always tough matches physically, mentally. And he's one of the greatest tennis players in the history of tennis. So playing the final against him is superb. I'm really happy about it. Let's see what happens on Sunday.
"When I say no pressure, for sure when we get out there we both feel pressure. I want to win my first one. He wants to win number 18. We don't know for who the crowd is going to be. It's all the small details.
"I think if we talk in general, well, I have nothing to lose, to be honest."
yeah keep saying that. idiots. the nextgen are mostly pushers and ball bashers with little tennis iq, shotmaking variety or net skills.Or maybe it shows us how truly great the big 3 are. They are so far ahead of everyone else that very good players are made to look ordinary.
2020 AO final:Anyone remember what the poll was for Theim at AO 2020? Was he in the lead up until this point?
T-1000 all the way.
He has one five-setter under his belt, and it happened just this tournament against Krajinovic in the 3R.31 votes for Med in five. But I heard he has never a five setter? If that is true I don't see him pulling this off in AO final against Djokovic of all people. He must get this done in four otherwise he is toast..
If this goes five, this match thread might reach 50 pages lol