It's a big day... Nadal's return and Djokovic's 1st match since USO!

USO

Rookie
Both matches are going to be very interesting...

How will Nadal play in his 1st match back, will it be at a high level? It's also against a quality opponent so it could be a test!

And how will Djokovic handle his 1st match since the USO disqualification? Will it be an easy routine match or will there be drama?

I know that some of you are still happy about Thiem and Zverev, but sorry it's not comparable! It's now time for the real thing! :cool:
 

BillKid

Semi-Pro
Gonna be interesting to see if Djokovic will succeed in hitting the lines person again. I’m still thinking he may have hit the throat just by luck the other day. Even for him, it’s definitely a tricky shot.
 

r2473

G.O.A.T.
He was leading Djokovic 6-5 up a break. He also made it to the SF and was close to winning that match. He has been playing some of his best tennis, so yeah for a 1st round opponent after 6 months of not playing, it's a very difficult draw.
If that’s true, then why would Kyrgios say he sucks rocks?
 

r2473

G.O.A.T.
Gonna be interesting to see if Djokovic will succeed in hitting the lines person again. I’m still thinking he may have hit the throat just by luck the other day. Even for him, it’s definitely a tricky shot.
Interestingly, in his first interview after the incident, he claims he didn’t mean to hit the lineswoman, but for some strange reason thought Federer was standing behind him.
 
Nadal will win but I think he'll be a bit rusty after 6+ months of no matches. Plus he's facing a decent player as his first match so while I expect Nadal will win, I doubt there'll be any baked goods involved.

Djokovic on the other hand will likely completely dominate his match.
 

victorcruz

Hall of Fame
How is it fair to have to play the 18th ranked player as the 2nd ranked player this early in a tournament? Especially someone that has knocked off the #1 ranked player recently?
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
Both matches are going to be very interesting...

How will Nadal play in his 1st match back, will it be at a high level? It's also against a quality opponent so it could be a test!

And how will Djokovic handle his 1st match since the USO disqualification? Will it be an easy routine match or will there be drama?

I know that some of you are still happy about Thiem and Zverev, but sorry it's not comparable! It's now time for the real thing! :cool:
Both going out early for sure now.:sneaky:
 

Beckerserve

Professional
Straightforward wins for both. Interesting week ahead. I wonder if we will get a Djokodal showdown here. :unsure:
If we do would they go all out? Or maybe agree to play 1st set hard and whoever wins that cruises 2nd set. Back in the day at smaller events that occasionally happened just before a slam. I see no benefit for either in a 3 hour plus war on the eve of FO.
 

TTMR

Hall of Fame
If we do would they go all out? Or maybe agree to play 1st set hard and whoever wins that cruises 2nd set. Back in the day at smaller events that occasionally happened just before a slam. I see no benefit for either in a 3 hour plus war on the eve of FO.
No way Djokovic will be willing to go further behind in the clay head to head and no way will Nadal be willing to have Djokovic encroach on his clay advantage. Both will go all out.
 

Beckerserve

Professional
No way Djokovic will be willing to go further behind in the clay head to head and no way will Nadal be willing to have Djokovic encroach on his clay advantage. Both will go all out.
Djokovic and Murray went all out in Qatar in 2017. Both went out early at AO.
 

Bender

G.O.A.T.
Nadal seemed to be serving softer in the first set, but was placing his serves a lot better.

Didn't watch the second but was impressed by the second breadstick. Expected a 6-4 or something in the second.
 

roysid

Hall of Fame
This result means nothing. PCB was never meant to seriously challenge Nadal on clay.
He appears, plays some games , collects the money and goes.
Why would he risk an injury after what happened at US Open.
The match that we need to see is the final.
Oh..and where is Diego Scwartchman
 

socallefty

Semi-Pro
Nadal looked like he was on top of his game against PCB or maybe I had forgotten how dominant he looks on clay. Djokovic seemed to have more of a ‘meh’ workmanlike victory today against a really low-ranked player. I don’t know if PCB was jet-lagged or if he was having a bit of a letdown emotionally after a great run at the USO.
 
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