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|Sep-11-15|| ||Jim Bartle: I don't know. Did anyone object when #31 Akopian played #36 Khalifman in the 1999 final?|
|Sep-11-15|| ||Justin Flint: <Cilic>
|Sep-11-15|| ||strifeknot: An unfair advantage to Djokovic on Saturday, as whomever he faces will surely not have as easy a match today.|
I feel bad for Cilic to make it so far, only to have his injury end his chance of repeating.
|Sep-11-15|| ||Jim Bartle: Worse was 1985 which I remember well. McEnroe fought five tough sets in 90 degree heat and humidity to beat Wilander in a brilliant match. Then Lendl polished off Connors quickly in the cooler night match.|
There wasn't a day off after the semis, and Lendl rolled over McEnroe in the final. The Wilander match was probably the last great match McEnroe ever played.
|Sep-11-15|| ||HeMateMe: I remember the above match. McEnroe made tennis must watch TV, sort of like Howard Cosell and Monday Night Football. People who grew up in the era of 500 television stations and all cool things available on youtube by the next day probably couldn't understand how LOTS of people watched certain events in real time, like say, if Muhammad Ali was fighting on national television.|
Some people said that McEnroe looked hung over in the final the next day, that he might have released the tension after that tough Wilander match by hoisting a few beers and what not after the match, to come down. who knows the truth? Vitas G. was around, and you know Vitas...
Looks like the odds caught up with Serena, and they might catch up with Federer, too. Serena already has won 2 grand slams IMO, this year and way back in 2001. four in a row is four in a row.
|Sep-11-15|| ||WannaBe: <Jim Bartle> you'd win some nice chunk of change, but still not enough to buy a court side tix to sit next to Spike Lee at a Knicks game. =))|
|Sep-11-15|| ||strifeknot: My apologies for speaking too soon. Federer dispatched Wawrinka quickly, without breaking a sweat.|
Both finalists should be well rested and ready to give what is hopefully a more competitive and exciting match.
|Sep-11-15|| ||Jim Bartle: Less than three hours total for the two mens semis. I doubt that has happened before.|
Federer looks great, unbeatable, but it always seems not quite enough vs. Djokovic.
|Sep-11-15|| ||optimal play: <HeMateMe> <Serena already has won 2 grand slams IMO, this year and way back in 2001. four in a row is four in a row> Nope, doesn't count.|
A calendar year grand slam is much tougher and is the only true grand slam.
That's why you have to go back to Steffi Graf in 1988, Margaret Court in 1970 and Maureen Connolly in 1953 (I'm not sure if there are any others for women’s singles).
Serena Williams has just not been good enough.
|Sep-12-15|| ||alexmagnus: I remember when Federer turned 30 people were pronouncing him "dead". And originally it seemed to fit, with Federer falling to number 6. But now he is at his peak powers again. My two peak theory strikes again. Sportspeople, you retire to early, missing your second peak.|
|Sep-12-15|| ||alexmagnus: Too early*|
|Sep-12-15|| ||Justin Flint: <(Lyrics) Can't stop me now
Hold back the crowd
You can't stop me now
You don't wanna
Can't mess with this
You don't wanna...>
|Sep-12-15|| ||HeMateMe: Steffi graf retired too early, age 31, or 32, I think. She just had to rehab a torn Achilles tendon, and could have kept playing. she had turned pro at age 13 and was probably tired of tennis, and she saw Martina Hingis and the Williams sisters in her rear view mirror. Some people don't like to keep playing, and gracefully slide away from the top. Pete Sampras and Bjorn Borg come to mind.|
Graf would have put the majors total OUT OF REACH if she had stayed in tennis till age 35. I think she would have picked up another 4, 5 majors, about one per year.
serena? I think she might win two more, then retire. She might also be out there at age 38, beating the crap out of smart mouth 17 year olds, you just never know...
|Sep-12-15|| ||strifeknot: <alexmagnus: I remember when Federer turned 30 people were pronouncing him "dead". And originally it seemed to fit, with Federer falling to number 6. But now he is at his peak powers again.>|
It's astonishing how he's changed his game, adapting it to changes in the sport over the last dozen years. He's also kept fit and has committed himself to training even harder.
Having great competition like Djokovic and Nadal has made him better, too. Instead of letting the young 'uns blow past him, he's striven to stay close.
Smart old dogs can learn new tricks.
|Sep-13-15|| ||perfidious: One of the characteristics of greatness is such adaptability and versatility.|
|Sep-13-15|| ||keypusher: Greetings from the U.S. Open (now on correct page).|
|Sep-13-15|| ||Shams: <keypusher> You hung on through the rain delay and have been pleasantly rewarded so far! Can't believe Fed is in this.|
|Sep-13-15|| ||Jim Bartle: But he keeps missing on the really big points. Frustrating. He did win the second set but he missed two sitters to win the set earlier. Easy shots.|
|Sep-13-15|| ||keypusher: <Shams> No, I left. Had to come home to my daughter.|
|Sep-13-15|| ||Justin Flint: http://khansportsnews.com/wp-conten...|
|Sep-13-15|| ||strifeknot: Djokovic is just a beast on the hard court.
I'm convinced Mirka is going to one day have a heart attack watching Roger play. She's always a nervous wreck, even when her man is dominating a match.
|Sep-13-15|| ||Jim Bartle: Federer 4 for 22 on break points. Djokovic just wins the key points, and just doesn't miss often on any points. He returns serves that just have to be aces against most other players.|
|Sep-13-15|| ||keypusher: I think my wife fell in love with Fed watching him lose. <He's so graceful!> she said. And he is.|
|Sep-13-15|| ||Jim Bartle: I`ve heard a couple of players say they have to make an effort not to lose concentration by watching Federer as they play him.|
|Sep-13-15|| ||Justin Flint: http://ih1.redbubble.net/image.1019...|
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