Novak Djokovic v Kei Nishikori In The 2016 Miami Final, Who’s The Pick?
by Sean Randall | April 2nd, 2016, 6:16 pm
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One more match to go during this first quarter of 2016, and it’s a good one. At least I think it will be, provided the weather cooperates. The task of stopping Novak Djokovic falls to Kei Nishikori who proved the doubters wrong 18 months ago when he shocked the tennis world beating Djokovic in the 2014 US Open semifinals.

Can he do it again?

First, looking back to yesterday both guys played just well enough in reaching the final.

Djokovic withstood a really good effort from David Goffin who few gave any chance to. But the Belgian actually had chances to take that first set and in that kind of heat and humidity, had he done it, who knows?

If you can step in the court, like Goffin did, and attack Djokovic you can find success. And have some help from the weather! In the end, Djokovic was too damn resilient winning 7-6(5), 6-4 and goes through to his seventh Miami final, 40th at the Masters series.

In evening, Nishikori jumped out early on first-time Masters semifinalist Nick Kyrgios and I felt that was it. The Australian mounted a charge in the second after being down a break but it wasn’t enough. Nishikori was too complete, too experienced and thanks to a some strong returning took it 6-3, 7-5.

But Kyrgios will be back and of two, he’ll win more of these type of titles than Nishikori.

So the final of the last hardcourt event for almost four months is set.

Novak Djokovic v Kei Nishikori
It’s their first final meeting which surprised me because I thought I would have seen a few of these by now. But Kei hasn’t found that week-in, week-out consistency yet.

In this series, Djokovic has won six of eight meetings winning the last five since Nishikori’s big US Open win. Djokovic routed Nishikori recently at the ATP Finals in London in November and again this January in Melbourne.

“We have played against each other so many times that maybe the occasion of being in the final can influence, you know, in a very small percentage his kind of mental approach and preparation for the match,” Djokovic said of Nishikori. “But he looks very mature on the court, very experienced, as well. He’s somebody that has been around and played so many, you know, matches in the big stage. I don’t see him being too overwhelmed or nervous about the occasion.”

And like Melbourne, Miami is another court Djokovic is awfully comfortable on – he’s won the title four of the last five years! And of course Djokovic is more than accustomed to these big Masters Series final – he’s reached 11 straight I think it is!

Meanwhile, Nishikori is in his second such final looking for that first trophy. Of course if not for his back in Madrid, he would have had it.

So the numbers, the head-to-head are again all in Djokovic’s favor. But there’s one thing might not be: The weather!

If it’s warm and sticky again, maybe that becomes the great equalizer here. We saw Djokovic have some struggles against Goffin in the heat of the day. And remember that US Open match was also played in some stifling heat.

Otherwise, Nishikori’s going to have to hope Djokovic has an off day because Novak is the superior player in every category.

“It was evident that we both struggled with conditions today,” Djokovic said Friday after beating Goffin.

“I think we were both really trying to catch some breath, you know, after some points. It was windy, it was humid, it was warm. It was like everything was thrown out there on us to kind of resist that. And to overcome those obstacles and conditions was something that I’m proud of, and I managed to stay tough I think in the right moments”

That said, with Djokovic on top I think these two guys are the best two handers in the business right now. So if Kei can break down Novak’s and force some errors, that could break down the rest of Djokovic’s game. Much easier said that done, though.

And if it is brutally hot, the first set becomes that much more important. So I would look for Nishikori to try and sneak a quick break or at the least be extremely offensive early.

In addition to the weather, another bonus for Kei is the fact he had a day off today to help him recover from that big win Thursday over Monfils plus the match yesterday, which wasn’t anywhere as taxing.

So Kei (and Novak as well) should come in fresh and without fear having beaten Novak already on the big stage.

“I have confidence to play him,” Nishikori said. “If I can be aggressive and play (well), I have a chance. I have to play 100 percent or 120 percent to have a chance to beat him, but I will try my best.

“He’s at another level right now,” he added. “He doesn’t have much weakness. He’s very patient. He doesn’t give you any free points.

“I have to focus almost every point if I want to beat him. That’s the toughest thing against him. And he has been serving well. I have to return well, serve well — everything has to be there to beat him.”

Again, if it’s very hot and heavy, that should help Nishikori. If it’s not, then I expect Djokovic to get No. 63 comfortably. Regardless, hard to pick against the trend and that trend, my friends, is Djokovic.
The pick: Djokovic in two

ESPN2 will have live coverage of the men’s final at 1pm ET Sunday.

And congratulations to Victoria Azarenka for completing the “Sunshine Double” beating Svetlana Kuznetsova to win her third Miami title.

After much speculation as to who will take over women’s tennis once Serena falls (and she’s falling), I think we have that answer loud and clear, it’s Azarenka.


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139 Comments for Novak Djokovic v Kei Nishikori In The 2016 Miami Final, Who’s The Pick?

Travis Bickle Says:

Novak in two easy sets (40%)
Novak in two hard sets (40%)
Novak in three (10%)
Kei wins (10%)


Kimberly Says:

Supposed to be cooler than today and Friday and cloudy


Kimberly Says:

today was brutal, we couldn’t even stay for more than a few games of the doubles final. Also, on Friday, my son had to take a two game break in the middle of the Djokovic goffin match, and that’s just sitting in the stands.


chrisford1 Says:

It is awesome to realize, Kimberly, just how fit those guys are. We play in 85% humidity and 93 deg heat we are soaking shaking wrecks in short order – sometimes just a few early games…
How great you got in to see Goffin and Djokovic play a high quality match. There have been several such in Miami.
As for the women, I think they are less fit – but Wozniacki ran her 1st Marathon in truly impressive time and Serena putting tapes out of some of her workout and flexibility training is basically documenting her abilities and why she is such an athlete.
And it’s good Azerenka is back and her Kerber match was some fine stuff by both women.


Wog Boy Says:

I watched last night Nole’s match, first set was incredible, but conditions were obviously brutal. Goffin was aggressive and took it to Nole, his service was impressive, Nole couldn’t really read it, if Goffin had won the match it would be deserving too.


Wog Boy Says:

My app says that Sunday will be five degrees cooler than friday, 26, and cloudy, I don’t know about humidity, but it appears that it is always around 70%, I wonder how those people in Miami can live in those conditions, unless your AC is on 24 hours and you are inside all the time:)


Daniel Says:

Key only shot is to get the first set.
That’s why I think Djoko starts gun blazing to get an upper lead and kill any thought Kei may have of winning this match.

Of course both will be ready to fight, maybe Kei even more, as he finally will contest again for a big title nd in a way, he “need” this more than Djoko.

Also Kei has to keep the form he was against Kyrgios to have any chance, but that match was one punch tennis with hardly any rallies. Against Djoko there will be a lot of long rallies.

Agree with Sean, Djoko in 2 and maybe the first set will be a long contested set.


jane Says:

wog boy i read 59% humidex for tomorrow, but i think there might be more wind too. definitely it sounds like the conditions will be a bit less brutal than the last 2 days anyhow!


skeezer Says:

Djoker in 1(Kei retires).


Lodhi Says:

woah skeez just dropped a bag full of mics.


Wog Boy Says:

Thanks jane, should be good match.


jane Says:

you’re welcome wog boy; i agree.

skeezer, nishi does have a lot of retirements. (i think only la monf has more) but he seems well right now.


kjb Says:

Hopefully Kei can make a match of it, but this is Novaks turf(What isn’t these days?) Kei has got to start quick and don’t let off the gas. Should be a good one.


Humble Rafa Says:

Kia motors fails to start and stutters before ending its quest for 2nd tier hall of fame.


Humble Rafa Says:

skeezer, nishi does have a lot of retirements. (i think only la monf has more) but he seems well right now.

These guys have not taken the time to learn the magic of MTOs. They are wonderful and help you continue to play. You have to use them tactically and it takes time to build these practices.

Thankfully, Uncle Toni knows a lot about these things.


Daniel Says:

Djoko to reach 2 milestones tomorrow, record Master Titles and tie Agassi’s 6 Miami title. And a 4th IW, Miami Double.


django Says:

Wog boy
I couldn’t live in the South with all that humidity. I would need AC 24/7.
Whoever wins there deserves the money.


AndyMira Says:

I don’t want to make a pick..it’s useless..just hope kei will rise to the big occasion and can play like he did in kyrgios match..it’s getting boring to see a player get overwhelmed in big moments..


RZ Says:

Awareness and PHH/Mahut both scored the sunshine double. Tomorrow Djokovic and Bethanie Mattek-Sands both have a chance at the double.


RZ Says:

^ Apparently my phone thinks Vika is zen as it changed Azarenka to Awareness.


chrisford1 Says:

kjp – Hopefully Kei can make a match of it, but this is Novaks turf(What isn’t these days?)

1. French Open, years of developing on clay against the best clay court player by far, then true Bad Luck.(2013net touch, split days of play when Djoker was getting the upper hand 1st day, Roger and Stan zoning and taking him out). He is the 2nd best clay courter of his time, but not his turf until he wins it.

2. Cincinnati – Roger’s turf if he meets NoVAK. Half-jokingly, in 2015, Djokovic said he had to wait until Roger retired in order to have a chance to win it.

3. Bad luck at the Olympics 2008, and not at the level of a Lendlized Murray in 2012.

4. Dubai – Even steven between him and Roger.

5. Wimbledon – 3 time winner, but the event I believe Nole is vulnerable to be taken out by a servebot or getting injured on grass. And the place where a “new young gun” can best take him.

Aside from that, Novak must be considered the fave, and I would still give him odds on every major event but Cincinnati, even without getting his 1st trophy at those events.


Dave Says:

AndyMira,

This is for you and other Nadal supporters. I thought you might like to read it.

http://www.sportskeeda.com/tennis/what-happening-rafael-nadal


AndyMira Says:

Hey dave..how are you?I bet you’re over the moon now yes?It will likely that nole will bag another masters later..i guess it’s not gonna hurt to congratulate you now..and thank you for the article dave..i’ve read it already..it’s clear from the writing that it’s from rafa’s fan..and yeah..whatever the outcome in the future we will accept it with open arms and mind..that’s the only way to do it..thanks again for the link dave..


kjb Says:

@cf1

I would have to agree. For the next few years anyway.


Green Lady Says:

Dave thanks for thinking of us, but going by the title of the article, it sounds quite negative, so i think ill pass sorry ….


sisay Says:

me thinks the first set will be fast, kai taking just one or two games…and the second set will be 7…5 to novak making it look like compitative for the spectators…it has become a trend that novak is gonna up his level in this final…


Margot Says:

@GL
And fronted by a picture of him looking very grumpy, so well avoided :)


Margot Says:

@RZ
Yay! PHH and Mahut! The “adorable” juicesome twosome!
Am pleased the “awareness” one is playing so well again too.


danica Says:

Nishi has a chance to beat Novak. I hope he doesn’t but will not be surprised if he does. Goffin played a great match and in the end just lost a bit of steam. Nishi should like humid conditions more and anyhow plays similarly to Novak.


George Says:

@danica: One way to think is that Goffin was very competitive against Djokovic and Nishikori is similar to Goffin, just (much?) better. Thus, Nishikori could/should win. On the other side, if you use Fratangelo as a referent point, many players should have beaten Djokovic, but they didn’t. I think that Djokovic is very good in figuring out players and, in my opinion, players have the best chance of beating him when they play him for the first time. As more times you play Djokovic, you are less likely to beat him.


danica Says:

You have a point George. However, I think that Nishi is somewhat a version of Nole, Nole himself being an upgrade :). And if Nishi comes out completely on top of his form, and Nole gets off on the wrong foot, Kei is lifting his fist Masters title.


Travis Bickle Says:

danica,

You should have more faith in Novak. He plays final tomorrow, not an early round. And he rarely gets off on the wrong foot in finals.

What is the probability that both of your fears materialize in the final tomorrow – Key comes out completely on the top of his game and Novak on the wrong foot?
As I said above, no more than 10%.

For instance, a major betting site (and they don’t like to give away their money) will give you the following payouts for your $100 investment:
Key wins – you get $500 ($400 profit!!!)
Novak wins – you get $117 ($17 profit for risking $100)

So whoever thinks Key has a chance of winning tomorrow and has $100 to play, stands to make easy 400 bucks. However, I’d advise against it due to the too small probability of such outcome (about 1 in 10).


danica Says:

Travis,
I am never at ease when Novak plays top guys. In fact, I am never at ease when Novak plays :).
All his records and dominance and wins are great, but I know nothing is ever certain and strange things can happen :). So, I just like to be cautious and wait for that last point. I hope it will be a winning one for Nole.


Margot Says:

Agreeing with Travis here, well TBH when do I not dahling….but worrying about Nole’s matches these days is a little bit of a tired trope.
Not that I’m the teeniest, weeniest bit jealous or anything…
#innocent


anki Says:

Going by the conditions it favours Kei, plus Novak has been playing lack lustre since the AO. Anyways I hope Novak manages to win. What a milestone that would be. Post this, want him to take his foot off the gas till the French Open.


AndyMira Says:

@Margot..aacchhooo!..heh!heh!


sisay Says:

danica
eventhough i predicted above nole to win easy, i still have some fear inside…all this dominance all this wining steak might be against him, since it can all stop one day…And every time nole play i feel that might be the day. And all this is when my mind trying to be logical…but my heart always say nole is at a different level and it is all his to loos. Most of the time i listen my heart…just beleive he is gonna win today…sorry for my poor english..


danica Says:

Hi Sisay,
Novak’s run will have to end sooner or later. I always want him to win :) but I also dread his big matches. I just hope it’s not going to be today.

Your English is quite fine ;). I understood it perfectly and I am sure the others did too ;).


Daniel Says:

Also, good thing for Novak to continue his dominance is that he played almost all top players this year and beat them:

Murray (1), Federer (1), Nadal (2), Berdych (2), Kei (1, 2 tomorrow), Tsonga (1), Raonic (1). That is already 10 out of 29 matches. a third of his matches has been against top pplayers

Missing only a few: Wawa, Ferrer, Gasquet, Cilic which with clay coming up wheezer will face them eventually at least Wawa, Ferrer and Gasquet.


George Says:

When considering that Djokovic didn’t lose for a while, one would expect that today could be the day. However, I believe that Djokovic will beat Nishikori soundly. I base my prediction on Nishikori’s statement that he is “comfortable playing Djokovic and that he has good chances”. I noticed that Djokovic is particularly pumped up when his opponent is optimistic. Thus, my prediction is not based on tennis, but psychology. It will be interesting to see if I am right.


Vami Says:

Kei has been figured out by the top guys, his record against them has been very poor recently. They don’t give him any angles anymore, just watch Novak today how many balls he will shoot deep in the middle of the court.

Of course, Novak can still loose, he still needs to make all those shoots in the middle but chances of that happening are not big. TB is right, about 10% only.


sisay Says:

one more stat in novac favour, he never lost masters 1000 final to the names other than roger rafa and andy…and i think this is his 40th masters 1000 final?…


Dave Says:

Green Lady,

The title to the Rafa article that I posted is very deceiving. It’s the most optimistic article you could ever read if you are a Rafa supporter. I would give it a chance and maybe you will like it.


Dave Says:

As far as the match today, If I was going by form from the Semi-finals matches, it would be easy to pick Kei in 3. But we can’t go by form. It doesn’t seem to apply to Nole.


J-Kath Says:

Talking about great Spaniards…just seen Javier Fernandez win the Men’s single Ice-skating championship….WOW..he’s kinda cute too.


Green Lady Says:

Dave OK then ;) ….


gee Says:

Novak makes 2001-2006 look like amateur tennis years.
Back then, fed thought Wawrinka would never win anything big, and fed was scared of getting injured and losing to Roddick and Hewitt in 5 setters. Lmao


skeezer Says:

^aren’t you the one who claimed Roddick was fat? Lol…real good knowledge.


Daniel Says:

Key starting strong, let’s see if he holds and consolidate the break.


Daniel Says:

Ha, order restored. How many times did Djoko breaks back right after a break? amazing.


Van Persie Says:

2-1 for Djoko at challenges :)


Van Persie Says:

He should have challenged that break point…


Daniel Says:

Fool Djoko didn’t challenge the shot and it was out. It would be 30-40 and he could still saved the game to 5-2. This can cost him the title.


Daniel Says:

8 games, 5 breaks. Key served 4 times and only hold it once. pretty much it for the match, Djko just needs to avoid bad errors and he will win in 2.


Daniel Says:

Vami, you were right, Djoko is hitting most of the balls center court and deep.


Daniel Says:

And Kei plays the kind of game Djoko likes, hard shots giving him rhythm


Van Persie Says:

Nishi cant rely on his serve. 1 set is in Noles pocket


Giles Says:

Can’t believe these joker fans are getting all excited over a match that has a foregone conclusion. Especially Daniel. Get a life man.


J-Kath Says:

And the

VP
And the second set.


Van Persie Says:

Have the same feeling JK :)
Keis level dropped at the end of 1. Nole plays very clean and pragmatically now


Van Persie Says:

Baggle or no baggle?
That’s the question


Van Persie Says:

No baggle :)


Daniel Says:

A lot of games getting to deuce, but Djoko was able to hold a few easy games whereas Kei had trouble in all of his service games.


Daniel Says:

Gilles,

“foregone conclusion” nowadays only Djoko beating Nadal;-)


Giles Says:

It’s not baggle, it’s BAGEL!!!


Daniel Says:

Wow, what a passing shot!
As the recent pattern, Djoko saving best for last.


Ben Pronin Says:

Giles, what is your deal? Why do you comment on people commenting on a Djokovic match? If you don’t care about the result do something else.


Van Persie Says:

thank you Giles


Daniel Says:

Damn, Kei felt something on his left leg. Hope is nothing that can hurt him in the future. This match is pretty much over unless this stop broke Djokos rhythm, serving 4-3


Green Lady Says:

Winning this means Novak will surpass Roger in career earnings ….


Daniel Says:

He already did when he won 2 matches here GL.

A this point, with 28 Masters tiltes, I think is pretty safe to say Djoko can reach 35 Masters.

I will be very surprised if he doesn’t win at least 2 more this season (1 on clay and 1 other), still thinks he wins 5 or 6, but minimum 4. And if he indeed play Madrid, it’s an extra shot.

Beginning of 2015 he had 20 Masters to Nadal’s 27, he played 10 Masters till today and won 8. Utter dominance to be record holder.


Green Lady Says:

Well i was commenting on what the commontators said Daniel, the rest i dont know, your probably right time will tell, im just finding this amount of domination a bit overkill, i dont hate the guy, i just wouldnt mind someone else winning something for a change ….


Van Persie Says:

And he did it
Congrats for the 6 Miami title, he shares now the record with Agassi.
28 master titles,

Congrats!!!xxx


Giles Says:

Daniel. That’s fine. Rafa had more than his fair share of wins over joker so it’s the other way round now. This is sport. nothing stays the same, the wheels are always a turning, you should know that.
For me, I will always savour the number of times Rafa reduced joker to tears. Now those are memories worth holding on to.
Next.


Daniel Says:

Some were in doubt what was the best year in tennis last year but maybe Djoko is thinking: Okay, let’s give a year beynd any doubt.

Because he is winning easier and easier each tournament. Doha with a massacre, won AO in straight sets, Miami and IW with two blow outs in final. Clay next and he does;t seems spent, with extra gear and winning fast.

28 Masters Titles, 6 Miami Tying Agassi (1 more to be leader n all 3 Slow HC tourneys (AO, IW and Miami), Supass Roger in career earning and soon to be arts to reach $100 mi.

Slow HC GOAT and a few more USO and WTF and 1 Cincy and he will be undisputed HC GOAT.


Margot Says:

Congratulations to Nole. Pretty awesome I’d say. Here come those record books.
See Danica pet, no need to fret…;)
Felt sorry for Kei, seemed intimidated and tense from the go get. His serve was really poor and did he get injured yet again?


Vami Says:

A tense match. Kei didn’t believe he could win; Novak was nervous.


Green Lady Says:

Anyway congrats to Novak and fans, Mat4, Wogboy, Courbon, VP, Dave Jane etc, etc, seems a familiar pattern now congratulating his fans, tell you what ill just congratulate you all now for the rest of the year, its alot easier LOL ….


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

@chrisford1 minor quibble. A lot of people make a big deal out of novak’s net touch in the 2013 FO semi as though that was the turning point in the match. Not so. I actually just watched the highlights this morning. That point did not give Rafa the break only a break point. And Rafa did not even win the game on the that break point. Novak won the following point to get back to deuce. Rafa then won the next two points to get the break.


Van Persie Says:

Thanks GL :)


Dave Says:

Tennisfansince1976,

That’s true. But if Nole wins that point it would have been his advantage. And since he ended up winning the next point, he would have won the game and held serve and been 1 game away from winning. So it was a pretty big point to lose. Still, he lost fair and square. I will never take anything away from Rafa with that win.


courbon Says:

First set was top tennis.Nikishori backhand is just awesome.And the returns, of both of them, just brilliant…
Novak-Master of the Masters.
Thank you Green Lady, Gypsy, Hippy, Alison…stop changing a moniker!! There should be a rule how many times people could change moniker, seriously…(-: ( and this last one make me think you are little Marsian from North of England.You know those little ones from Toy Story? )


Wog Boy Says:

Lot of people were talking about Kei’s performance against Kyrgios, which was overrated. Kyrgios gave Nishikori exactly what he loved, one passive game with completly wrong tactic, I blame his coach for that, he made Kei looked much better than he really is. On the other side Nole/Goffin match was twice as good and twice as hard.

Anyway, 28 standing alone, more to come, stay tuned.

Thanks GL


Wog Boy Says:

And it is quadruple double, like triple double wasn’t good enough:))


Green Lady Says:

Courbon lol, HELLO YOU !, Anyway Green Lady is pagan, all to do with spirituality, and nature, like the Green Man, i havent got children so i havent actually seen Toy Story im afraid, little martian from North of England LMAO, Anyway if or when i change it again ill always be honest about who i am though, and i have some ideas for my next one, Mat4 came up with Morgana La Fey whos a white witch, and i like that one, so we will see ;-))….

And indeed Novak Masters the Masters, quite the record, and quite the run hes put together ….


Wog Boy Says:

Vami,

Somehow I expected Nole to be nervous, it was match with lot to play for, not just an ordinary masters final.

I expect Rafa’s fight back on European clay.


Green Lady Says:

28 And counting it seems Wogboy ….


Green Lady Says:

Wogboy i expect Rafas fight back on clay, personally im not holding my breath on that one ….


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

First leg of tennis season over. Here are the top ten on points this year only.

1. Djokovic 4340
2. Raonic 1750
3. Murray 1565
4. Nishikori 1480
5. Thiem 1290
6. Wawrinka 1075
7. Goffin 1040
8. Batista agut 1040
9. Monfils 1020
10. Cuevas 948

Other than the top looking quite different than recent years. Let’s see if it holds up the rest of year. Kyrgios is at 12vknocking on the door of the top ten. Both roger and Rafa out of the top ten. Of course the clay season is the foundation of rafa’s year. Can he get good results this year? The cornerstone of Rodger’s last year was Wimbledon thru us open. Can he get the points this year?


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

@dave no. It doesn’t work that way. If Novak wins that point you are in an alternate timeline. Just because Novak won the next point in our timeline does not mean he wins it in the alternate timeline. Elementary quantum mechanics.


Van Persie Says:

Thiem could be a big challenge for Nole on clay this year, but only at the masters. Do not see Thiem winning a 3 out of 5 at FO against Nole this year.


J-Kath Says:

Well done Nole. You’ve had such a losing streak so far that I was hoping you would win for a change.

Seriously, Kei is a nice wee guy, and a very good tennis player, but never consistent enuf…I think he should take up ice-skating.


courbon Says:

Green Lady-Kids or not kids, you should watch Toy Story but even more so following animation movies-
UP, Wall-e, Ratatouille, Flushed Away, Rango…
Just great movies


courbon Says:

Wog Boy-Sorry for not responding your comments last couple of weeks but I was doing some mad hours.;I post something and then off to bed.
Anyway, i enjoyed the match but I would agree with you that Goffin match was just brilliant…


Green Lady Says:

Courbon working 25 hours a day, 365 days a year, 7 days a week, is really no excuse for not posting on tennis-x ….
BTW I enjoy the Simpsons …. but never seen the ones you mentioned ….


Okiegal Says:

What do you call an era void of competition??

Oh, congratulations to all Novak fans…..but not surprised…..Novak is just too good for everyone…..that’s all there is to it…..πŸ‘! I am gonna go have a πŸ” and 🍟 and celebrate an end to an era…..lol


J-Kath Says:

Green Lady

Did you see “The Big Question” on BBC1 today?

(PS: People talk about art, films, history, geography, nationalities and other sports on Tennis X so I make no apology for asking a non tennis question.) PS was about Pagan beliefs etc. Thought of you…is relevant anyway given your moniker.


Green Lady Says:

Okie true dat, i just ate an American style breakfast for tea, scotch pancakes, scrambled eggs, smoked streaky bacon with maple syrup, not particularly healthy, but a delicious treat occasionally ….


Wog Boy Says:

courbon,

No need to be sorry, I would pick two matches from Miami, Nole/Thiem and Nole/Goffin to wach again, not so Nole/Nishi.


chrisford1 Says:

Novak holds at 16,540 points. #2 Andy drops 555 points in Miami from making last years final to his early fall this year. so he goes from 8,370 points to 7,815. Less than half Djokovic’s points

Novak has lapped the field.
Has this happened before in Open Era pro tennis?
I don’t know.
Perhaps back in the day of Roger and the Lilliputians?


courbon Says:

Green Lady-You can joke dear, but I’v just pulled 73h in last 6 days…funnily enough, instead of resting today-I’v been doing gardening all day with my little girls!
Regarding Rafa-I kind off agree with Wog Boy-I think Rafa will be force during the clay season.That first set, Novak and Rafa played recently was almost like a 2011 again. I could be wrong, but I think Rafa will be at the top level


Green Lady Says:

J-Kath unfortunatly i was working, even though the old dears had it on, so i missed it, wouldve liked to have seen it out of curiosity, saw the original Wicker Man film last week, believe me we dont do anything sinister, or anything like that, its all a bit misunderstood , CHEERS ;))….


Green Lady Says:

Okie you may as well re-name this forum Novak-X ;))….


courbon Says:

CF1-Very funny that lilliputians thing…

Wog Boy-I’m affraid I did not watch Thiem match..
I also agree on your point from couple of days ago about young ones are coming very fast and Nole does not have many years of “free run”.
But this generation of 25 something ( Nishi, Raonic, Grigor, goffin…) are just at the wrong time in tennis history.They still have BIG 4 wall in front of them ( even if Novak is holding alone at the moment but I think Andy will gat his mojo back, Nadal on clay and Fed-we will see ) and real deal young generation is catching up quickly-Kyrgos, Thiem, Zverev, Taylor Fritz ( maybe )…
I’m still using a term BIG 4 ( as Beatels reference ) but at the moment it looks more like a Garry & the Peacemakers…
And to celebrate this fine Sunnday ( thank you Nole ),I will open now bottle of the fine Australian wine-Jacobs Creek St Hugo Cabernet Sauvignon…( present form English friend-I would not dare to buy Australian wine in my local wine shop-even when I get Provencal wine, they look at me angrily…here is only one rule-local, local, and local )


Green Lady Says:

Courbon that sounds really sweet, nice to hear of a real family man, your family are very lucky ….


Wog Boy Says:

CF1,

Never happened before, such a domination never happened before, I posted a link on the other thread that says (I didn’t write that article) that such domination never existed before. That was Roger Federer Prime Time thread.


courbon Says:

Thank Gl-I love my family but I’m the lucky one having my 3 girls ( Ok, my wife is 45 but still a my girl…)Funnily, just as I’m typing this, I can hear them jumping in their bedroom ( school night-10:30! ) and I have to go and raise my voice;See you in a bit


chrisford1 Says:

Djokovic scheduled Madrid back into his tennis destinations last month.
So he will play in all the Masters 1000s this year.
What is harder than a non-calendar year Grand Slam?
Achieving one that arbitrarily starts at one Slam or the other.
Then calendar year o non calendar year adding the YEC.
Harder than that?
Golden Grand Slam non calendar.
Well, a Stefi Graf golden Slam on the men’s side.
Then a Golden Slam with YEC.
What could be past that – anything?
Wildly improbable given the surfaces and conditions varying so, a task so hard no one has done it in a career, much less than a single stretch
Sweeping all 9 Masters.
Ha-ha Neverland Dreams of that ever occurring.
Then throw on the crazy adders. 9 Masters plus the YEC. That would like drawing 4 Kings in your initial poker hand.
Whipped cream and cherry on top?
That would be 9 Masters, YEC, and Grand Slam.
Past that would be the Olympic gold added…then all that plus multiplying loaves and fishes while transmuting water to wine while engaged in delivering a baby in the stands between points while playing a tiebreaker. And holding ALL BIG TITLES at once!

Now, it just happens there is this guy who has the YEC, plus 3 Slams in a row, plus 4 Masters 1000s in a row..He’d need the French to finish a Grand Slam, Wimbledon to stay holding that title and win the other 5 remaining Masters..which would finish with Cincinnati being the last, the one he has never won.

For the 1st time, such accomplishment has gone from impossible to wildly improbable.


Okiegal Says:

^^^^^ Lol…He’s the buzz now days. If I was one of his fans, I’d be delirious!……..yeah, I’m a wee bit jealous. Tennis is not very exciting for me anymore and I doubt if clay season will be any different…..but I can hope!!! And congratulations again to Novak and his fan base. He is the man of the hour and so far the year!!


jane Says:

that’s a super interesting list tfs76. who would’ve thunk it? it’s april and fedal aren’t in the top 10 in the race. lots can change, of course, but the list does seem to suggest times are a-changing.


Green Lady Says:

Okie yeah true …., soon ill have some more course work, so ill be on another break ….


Wog Boy Says:

courbon,

Enjoy your Cabernet Sauvignon, I am white wine drinker, red wine makes my room ceiling spinning around like “vrteska”.

Next time try Hunter Valley wines (check the label at the back) or Houghton wines from Western Australia, they use to have really good white Houghton Burgundy, but had to change the name to Houghton While since you Frenchies are not allowing anybody to use “Burgundy” name.


Wog Boy Says:

^^ should say “Houghton White”


courbon Says:

WB: I’ll try if I can find it here.When I was running restaurants in London, I used to love Cloudy Bay-Chardonnay or C;Savignon.Great wine , but probably pricy these days ( it used to be about 12 pounds 10 years ago…)
And you should not use Burgundy name! Do you know that clever Serbs never protected Sljivovica name and Cehs did it couple of years ago and we have to call it now Serbian Sljivovica? We got name protected this year as Serbian Sljivovica
And Slovenci zastitili Ajvar kao njihov proizvod…Boze me sacuvaj…


Vami Says:

When I saw Novak’s draw I thought it was easy. Then he ended up fighting with Thiem and Goffin, there was nothing easy about that. Two unknown upcoming threats. Kei was a much easier matchup (for him), he had a plan against Kei.
If Novak has a weakness that must be being impatient when things don’t go as planned. Everybody knew he had this one in his pocket (Kei, Novak, even the racist pig) but he let super nervous Kei to take twice his serve in the first set. Novak seemed more relaxed in IW? He didn’t say what happened to Vajda. I thought he was supposed to be there?


Wog Boy Says:

Yes, you are talking about top shelf wines, pricy here too, besides it is Kiwi’s wine not Aussie one. We don’t drink Kiwi wines;)

Yes, I heard about “ajvar” and “sljivovica” and they neither grow capsicum nor have plum trees, but yet they protected and took the rights for the name, it would be the same as we declare whiskey or vodka our drinks.


Wog Boy Says:

^^for courbon


Wog Boy Says:

I was thinkig about Vajda too, he was supposed to be with Nole in Miami, something must’ve had happened, hopefully nothing serious, Vajda is a great human being.


mat4 Says:

@Courbon:

Those laws are crazy. If I can, I shall claim rights on the word “is”, or “and” if I can…


J-Kath Says:

WogBoy @ 4.42

Red wine and spinning ceilings is a sign of a mis-spent youth…tut, tut, try the “water of life” instead…and remember those Frenchies are always on the make….


Dave Says:

Tennisfansince1976,

I did think of that after I posted it. But the same is true about the 2 points that Rafa won after as well. You have to use quantum mechanics for that as well. Any way you look at it, it was a 2 point swing. Instead of being advantage Nole, it was advantage Nadal. Pretty costly point that you had already won, than lose because the momentum of your body hits the net.


courbon Says:

mat 4-And I will protect name Wog Boy, so that loud Aussie has to change moniker…

WB-Kiwi? I forgot about that…still good wines.

J-Kath-The guy just can take the drink…I bet, 10 year old Scot can drink more
and regarding the Frenchies comment…hmmm


J-Kath Says:

Courbon

Frenchies are always making wine- Gosh, how could you think a wonderful person like myself could be making aspersions….tut, tut.


Wog Boy Says:

JK,

You might be right, I’ll take your advice..

courbon,

I can change my moniker, but I can’t change myself, once Wog always Wog..


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

@jane yes. But to be fair. A lot of guys ar 5 and below are somewhere in the vicinity of 1000 points. One good tournament and any one of them can vault up many rungs. As you say much tennis still to be played.


jane Says:

indeed tfs76. still, it is nice to see some new names/faces in there. maybe we’ll have a little shake up at the WTFs this year?


Okiegal Says:

Will all of the TX wineos step forward
please?? 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷


Wog Boy Says:

Okie,

The Frenchie is already in lala land and I don’t drink red, can you change one glass for the white or that good stuff from Scotland, please?


Wog Boy Says:

Or I can do BYO?


Okiegal Says:

@Wogi……I looked for white, but I guess it would not show up on a white background. I will search for an empty glass and we’ll pretend it’s white! Searched ……. but no luck! Here, have a 🍺 instead!! Lol


Wog Boy Says:

Thanks Okie, good enough for β›±


Okiegal Says:

@Wogi…..Congrats to you as a fan ….your boy is kickin’ butt and takin’ names and it’s breakin’ my heart……πŸ’” 😒…..lol! Not really, well deserved!


Okiegal Says:

Is it true Europeans drink wine because the water supply is iffy?? Just curious like a 🐈….


Wog Boy Says:

Thanks Okie, not true about part of the Europe I am from, we have best natural spring water literally everywhere, and even in the big cities like capital Belgrade everybody drinks tap water. Wine is a God’s gift and we treat it accordingly.
As for the Western Europe, you have to ask mat4, JK, GL, Margot….don’t ask Courbon, he wouldn’t have a clue, he doesn’t drink a water..


Markus Says:

Hi, Okiegal, I’ll take all those glasses of red wine, pinot noir preferably.


Okiegal Says:

@Markus…..Okay, here ya go Baby Cakes, six glasses of wine 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷! A pinot as per your instruction! Lol


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

@jane it seems like this could be the year there will be some turn over. I’ve been expecting it for a few years now but the old guard have hung on longer than I expected.


Green Lady Says:

Wogboy i dont drink Wine, im a spirit and cider drimker, Disarano on the rocks, is my favorite tipple ….


danica Says:

Vami,

I read somebody on another blog saying that Nole had a “much tougher road to semis than Nishi”. And then, Tennis Channel showed the average opponent rating of all four semifinalists:
Nole – 37
Nishi – 43
Goffan – 59 (or was it 57?)
Nick – 57 (or was it 59?)

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