Rafa Rises Up Down Under; Federer v Nishikori Tonight At The Australian Open, Who’s The Pick?
by Sean Randall | January 21st, 2017, 10:16 pm
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We are just about to tip-off the men’s final 16 at the Australian Open. Everyone’s there. Roger Federer. Rafael Nadal. Andy Murray. JW Tsonga. Stan Wawrinka. Kei Nishikori. Milos Raonic. Hell, even Gael Monfils and Grigor Dimitrov decided to join the party. But not Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic’s loss was the story of the first week in Melbourne. And very nearly the second story was going to be the decline of Rafael Nadal.

Yesterday, Nadal very nearly joined Djokovic on a flight out of Oz but he fended off the powerful teen Alexander Zverev. If not for those fifth set cramps, Zverev would have won that match.

What I saw from Rafa was a guy who had lost his fastball. That is, there was no pop on that serve and the forehand just wasn’t as punishing as it once was. And above all, in the fifth I just didn’t see that confidence. Once he gave back that break you could see the doubts, the demons from losses to Fernando Verdasco here last year and Lucas Pouille at the US Open returning.

But credit to Rafa for even getting to a fifth.

The 19-year-old Zverev was in control leading two sets to one. He was ripping his serve, ripping that backhand> He simply looked the better player. That is until the teen let down a little in the fourth and Nadal got his teeth back in and held on to force a fifth.

Rafa was in charge early with the break but once again couldn’t keep the kid down. Zverev drew back even until the cramps, the fatigue set in.

I was rooting for Rafa, but fact is, he’s in real trouble. I just don’t how he wins another Slam unless he gets that power back. And how does he? At least he got that win. Another 5-set loss would have been devastating.

“For the confidence, for lot of things, are very important to win these kind of matches,” Nadal said. “I worked a lot during all December to have the chances to compete well this these kind of moments. Even if I start the match with some nerves, I think I was able to came back well.”

As for Zverev, the gushing the media has done is warranted. He’s good enough to win a Slam, get to No. 1 and he showed why again. But I’m looking forward to the next time he faces Rafa.

“I absolutely love tennis,” Zverev said. “I absolutely love the process. It’s exciting for me. I think I can see how I’m getting better. I can see how I’m getting better in five sets.

“it’s exciting. I think it’s going to be an exciting year for me.”

Moving on to tonight’s matches as the fourth round begins…

Stan Wawrinka v Andreas Seppi
Wawrinka has dominated the Italian who has never been beyond the last 16 in a Slam. And we know how great Stan is the later it gets in these events. Stan punishes the Seppi second serve and powers his way to victory.
The pick: Wawrinka in 4

JW Tsonga v Dan Evans
This Dan Evans kid is quite a story. Virtually out of the game, the 26-year-old has rebuilt his game, finally harnassed his talent, to become a serious player. He’s proving that match point he had against Wawrinka at the US Open was no fluke. He made the Sydney finals and this week upset Marin Cilic and Bernard Tomic, two decent wins.

But Tsonga’s hot, he loves playing in Melbourne, and you know what that means.
The pick; Tsonga in 4

Andy Murray v Mischa Zverev

Who would have believed Mischa would go further than Alexander of the Zverevs? I certainly didn’t. But here he is, the 29-year-old journeyman who’s is coming back from injury and he’s playing the best tennis of his life, knocking on the Top 40.

Mischa’s run ends today against Murray. Zverev has been serve-and-volley machine all weekend, which works great against a John Isner or a Malek Jaziri, but not against a premier returner like Murray.

This should be an easy day for the Scot.
The pick: Murray in 3

Roger Federer v Kei Nishikori
In the main event tonight (or this morning), the question is, which Federer shows up? The one we saw against Berdych or the one we saw in the first two rounds against Jurgen Melzer and Noah Rubin. If it’s the latter, he loses.

If it’s the Federer we saw Friday night, then he’s in with a chance. A great one. The difference is, once Berdych saw Federer was in full flight, he was resigned to losing, and that was five minutes into the match (What else do you expect from Tomas?).

Nishikori won’t do that. Nor will he let Federer dictate. So it’s a different match than playing Tomas. Kei’s going to make Roger work out there tonight. He’s got one of the best backhands, he’s always looking to attack and take an offensive position in the court. So Roger will have to be on his game because Kei’s Noah Rubin times ten!

But after that Berdych win, I think Roger has to be feeling really good about things. Rubin got his game into form and Berdych gave him that confidence. He’s 35, so he’ll have good days and bad days. But after picking him to lose the other night, I ride him here. Though I could easily see it going the other way. Ha ha!
The pick: Federer in 4

Other than the Federer-Nishikori match, it’s a pretty straightforward day. No way Murray loses. Both Evans and Seppi could create the upset but both are going to be outpowered. And that’s the theme of the day: Power.


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198 Comments for Rafa Rises Up Down Under; Federer v Nishikori Tonight At The Australian Open, Who’s The Pick?

AndyMira Says:

Andy in 3…C’Mon Andy!!Let’s go!!


Humble Rafa Says:

Sir Mr. Lady Forehand surely recognizes that he not only has a weak forehand, his second serve belongs in the juniors.


AndyMira Says:

Don’t know why but Andy seems not his usual self today,his level drop a little,broke Mischa twice but Mischa broke him back thrice…lob not working perfectly,erroneous shots everywhere…Hope he recover soon and can close out the match in just 3 sets..Condition looks hot today..


kjb Says:

Fun 2 sets so far. Its been a pleasure to watch the Zverev bros this tournament.


Humble Rafa Says:

After watching Sir Mr. Lady Forehand, even Mr. No personality, his coach is smiling. I didn’t think he had the skills necessary to smile but I was wrong.


kjb Says:

Andys in trouble. Good chance he will comeback but dang……Zverev is playing good.


RZ Says:

Just checked the score. What is going on? I know and he often doesn’t make it easy on himself or his fans but come on. Is this a case of the Sean jinx? Markus if you are watching stop it!


jatin Says:

Zverev is playing lights out tennis… Amazing


jatin Says:

What a way to break.. No words… Andy is in big big trouble now


RZ Says:

Thanks Jatin.
Glad Mischa is playing well but couldn’t he have waited till another tournament?


Humble Rafa Says:

Xisca, our designated mouth reader, says all the words coming out of Sir Mr. Lady Forehand’s mouth don’t belong to gentleman.


jatin Says:

RZ
Murray is finding it a lot difficult to adjust with zverev game who is mixing things up ridiculously well. Slicing, net rushing, volloying, moon balling and hitting straight up flat shots. Its a different type of tennis he is playing at the moment.


jatin Says:

Well yeah. Never seen this guy before and he is playing such different tennis at the moment.
Him being lefty is not helping andy either. He has to raise his game quite a lot if he wants to make a comeback from this position now.


Margot Says:

Looks as if Andy will be joining Nole. Zverev senior is playing incredibly well and Andy is looking bothered and bewildered and down 2-1 with a break.


RZ Says:

Well i’m going to bed. Hopefully things will turn around for Andy.


Anto Says:

zverev is really keepng is nerves in check. lets see if he can continue his high level of play. To be honest he doesn’t drop his level this is good bye for andy.


Margot Says:

I think it’s good bye Andy. Slow and flat today.
Meanwhile wee Dan nicks the first set off JWT. …..:0


nits Says:

Both Zverev brother are upto the task


Anto Says:

Andy is missing too many passing opportunities.


Truth Says:

Wait. A guy with talent at the net and good serve? What a miracle.
Murray cheats repeatedly by wandering around while zverev serves


Margot Says:

Agree Anto. Andy’s timing is off, slow and flat today. Doesn’t deserve to win TBH.


nits Says:

Come om don’t want to loose last year finalists before quarters


Humble Rafa Says:

Nits, your English is loose. Are you English?


Truth Says:

Dude should be top 10. Where was mischa for 5 years?


Anto Says:

OMG i cant believe zverev’s composure.


jatin Says:

Mischa zverev has one of the best net game I have seen in the tour.
Breathtaking to watch.


Anto Says:

murray holding on. Can he break zverev next game? Will zverev show nerves? We just gotta see


Anto Says:

omg what an overhead


Anto Says:

slight opening for murray


Anto Says:

OMG unbelievable points


Anto Says:

mp for zverev


kjb Says:

Performance of the tournament. Unreal.


Anto Says:

He did it.


Humble Rafa Says:

My apologies to England, Scotland, Wales and any other country that may belong to Great Britain.


Anto Says:

Misha zverev, Hats off to you man. You played brilliantly and showed nerves of steel. Commies to andy’s fans btw.


RZ Says:

Couldn’t fall asleep so I checked the scores again. 2 thoughts:
1) Congrats to Mischa, not just for this match but for the revitalization of his career.
2) !@#$%^&*!@#$%^&*!@#$%^&*


Willow Says:

Gutted for Andy, my goodness cant believe so many exits for the top players male and female, god those brothers are talented, sorry to my fellow Murray fans, Margot, J-Kath etc ….


RZ Says:

@Anto thanks for the commiserations. In one of the many parallels between Andy’s and Lendl’s careers, maybe he will never win Australia despite all the finals the way Lendl never won Wimbledon


Margot Says:

Sometimes you have to say too good! Leaping onto Zverev bandwagon now, hope he wins the whole thing, and how amazing that would be.
Cheers Anto, but hey that’s life. I’m not one of those fans that lives and dies tennis!
Meanwhile, C’mon Dan!


Truth Says:

His brother is exhilarated. The first zverev in slam quarterfinal and not choking vs. a slam winner.
He said he was focused but he thought he’d double fault & choke with a miss.
Wow… Right hander playing left handed!


Willow Says:

Funny GS this AO, world numbers 1 and 2 going out, Federer has a good chance to reach the final now, and hopefully Rafa on the other side, or maybe Stan will get another AO, or maybe two new guys will make the final, and we will have a brand new GS champion, im literally stunned with this GS ….


Anto Says:

so the top two seeds are out of the tournament even before quarter finals.


jatin Says:

Definitely the performance of the tournament. Never seen a player chipping and charging with such precision time and time again. He never let andy play his natural game. It was amazing. Old school tennis.
Tough luck for Andy. Sorry for Andy fans, he will be back.

Hey, Willow.. read your post in the other thread. Hope things will improve in your life…


Truth Says:

It’s not career renewal. He really didn’t go away like many 29 year olds.
This is genius.


Anto Says:

Yeah this GS is already bizarre and it has the potential to be even more. Lets see what happens


Ronn Says:

Wow, just wow! At least Djoko took it to 5 sets and at least Istomin played the match of his life but let’s give credit to Mischa too. He played solid and kept Murray off balance and won in 4 sets. If Roger takes out Kei which I think he will and Rafa keeps playing the way he’s playing we very well could see a Roger-Nadal final. Who would have though in a million years that would happen. That would be such a great match to watch because Rafa has dropped in form and Roger is looking good so it would be a classic in my opinion.


Danica Says:

Just wow.
Don’t know what to say.


Anto Says:

@Ronn I am not so sure about rafa but roger he has a very good chance. Rafa probably will beat gael (even though that is not a given) but to beat Roanic is he reaches there will be very difficult.


Truth Says:

Lmao at the gloaters that bragged about murray dominating tennis.


Van Persie Says:

Wow. Did not expect this. Saw only the score. Congrats Mischa!

Have the feeling we will have a Wawa-Raonic final.
Or Mischa-Denis? Lol

Now have to go back to the ski slope!


Humble Rafa Says:

Lmao at the gloaters that bragged about murray dominating tennis.

Sir Mr. Lady Forehand is a choker. Chokers can’t dominate. How many slam finals did he lose?


sureshbabub Says:

Confirmation that men’s tennis is changing. Hope a new champion emerges this time.


Margot Says:

STFU HR and Truth.
There are all of 5 Murray fans on here and none of us has “gloated.”
In fact it is you that is doing the “gloating.” Such sad and miserable lives you must lead.


AndyMira Says:

Oh My God!Andy!!How could you!!I picked you over rafa to win here you know!!I’m still shocked!

PS..Deeply deeply sorry to ALL my 1st class and 2nd class Andy fans…


AndyMira Says:

I’M SHOCKED!!..AND I’M CRYING!!

Yeah agree with u RZ..@#$%^&*(@#$%^&*(!@#


AndyMira Says:

I want Andy to win this sooo bad!


Humble Rafa Says:

Margot,

I understand it’s a sad day for you. Take care.


Navdeep Says:

Unexpected things occurring in AO. Novak,Andy both gone. Great chance for fedal to reach final but……. unexpected things are happening!


Margot Says:

HR: Spare me please. Far worse than Andy’s loss is your fake sympathy.


jatin Says:

Things are not looking good for fed either. Nishi 2 breaks up, playing amazing.


FedExpress Says:

sean jinxed again.

nishi too good on return. fed losing in 3 very likely


jatin Says:

Hope he raises his level… please fed


Travis Bickle Says:

Margot with “STFU”…?!?

I must say I did not expect it from you Margot. Pretty harsh, isn’t it?
I know Murray lost ad all, but “STFU” really?

Anyway, my true commiserations to you and J-Kath (definitely not fake sympathy). I know you expected Muzza to do much better, especially with Djoker’s early exit, so it must be disappointing. But Mischa played really unconventional and surprised Murray it seems.


Travis Bickle Says:

@FedExpress,
I hope you are enjoying this tennis clinic provided by Nishikori tonight. Beautiful tennis on display…
Tennis is a big winner tonight!


jatin Says:

This match is giving me the vibes of the first two sets of last year semis’s against novak :(


FedExpress Says:

@travis

yeah. nishi too good atm. hats off to him.playing sublime especially the returns.

but why didnt he play like that vs nole last year?


Travis Bickle Says:

@FdExpress,

Nole doesn’t give him the time Fed does. That’s why.


jatin Says:

Breaks fed :)


Margot Says:

@TB
Unjust accusations are very annoying, even from wind up merchant par excellence HR.
BTW have worked in prisons, assure you can come out with much worse……if necessary. But alas, Sean would have to moderate me……oh the shame.
BTW that seemed kind of “fake shock” at STFU……just sayin’.


jatin Says:

That’s more like it fed…


FedExpress Says:

a little bit too late in this set but still makes kei think.

why is kei rushing to the net when he superior at the back of the court?


Truth Says:

The arrogance’s all over the internet. Not just here.

Murray and Fed couldn’t say much about Novak.
Novak was speechless too.
He should learn from Mischa. Actually put in the work. From the net too.
Murray/Fed fans expected weak trash from 2004 to come to 2017 and bow before Sir Murray.
Bending over for the overrated Federina wasn’t enough.
Things don’t work out when the ‘fans” want to humilate the luckiest clown Novak, in the ‘weakest’ era of all time.


sisay Says:

Sean…you have to make things even and write ‘what is wrong with sir andy’…lol. May be it is family matter???


Travis Bickle Says:

Margot,
Of course I can come up with much worse!
But you are not me and have never been at least here… So the shock is not fake, it is genuine based on what I know about you from your posting history.
It could be that you took the loss too bad, and some profanity is understandable.


theDA Says:

@Margot – commiserations *big hug*. Mischa played lights out so props to him. Sometimes the other guy is too good. It was tough on the faster surface in the afternoon heat. We’ve had a great 7 months though. Ignore the low levels trolls like Truth & the slow witted HR. They haven’t had much to cheer about since May/june 2016 😉


kjb Says:

@Travis Bickle

“Tennis is a big winner tonight!”

Sure is, back on serve.


jatin Says:

HE IS BACK


lakie Says:

I think Andy is unlucky.Poor guy rolled his ankle the other day and I think that is why he seemed slow and flat today. He could have won another slam and ensured #1 till middle of the year.
Fed isn’t going to the final ( unlikely) . Nadal is unreliable. Great chance for Wawa, Nishi or Raonic or somebody else.


J-Kath Says:

I just crawled out of bed now and see the joyous news re. Andy…he must have played SH-T and sounds like Mischa deserved the win…crossing now to the Fed. match – meanwhile thanks to Travis and all who expressed commiserations – obviously Andy intends to win the FO and is saving himself for that…ahem, ahem ahem.


theDA Says:

haha, ‘Truth’ just showed his colours. It’s one of those nolefam kids who’ve only been watching tennis for 5 minutes. Stay strong Margot. You’re right, nobody bragged about his ranking – nobody. They’re hurting, understandably so ;) At least Andy can build on his number #1 ranking up until Rome.


FedExpress Says:

he invester so much energy to come back from that deficit. to lose the set in a TB would be anti climatic and mentally a downer


FedExpress Says:

all the hard work for nothing in the end. better to lose 2-6 than in this way.


jatin Says:

Its all positive fedexpress.
He is playing much better and serving very well.

He will win in 4 sets, don’t worry.


Travis Bickle Says:

@kjb
As I said, tennis a huge winner tonight!
Great match, momentum swings, shotmaking, and at the end #5 was just that much better than #17, as it should be ;-)


FedExpress Says:

@jatin

dont know, he is one set down and could have inflicted some serious brain damage to nishi. momentum is a funny thing. and fed is not always good to carry the momentum.still nishi the fav to win it


FedExpress Says:

same happenen with him against thiem in stuttgart. came back from a big deficit. lost the TB and and the 3rd set afterwards.

better to lose the set 2-6 and get the 2 breaks in the next set.


Travis Bickle Says:

Agree with Fed Express!
Losing the first after full hour of gruelling tennis is way worse than losing 6-2 in quick 25-30 minutes! And he had Nishi on the ropes and mentally rattled at 6-5, and let him escape…
It is not impossible, but the comeback is going to be hard and physically taxing for a 36-year old!


Truth Says:

lol at Dominant number 1′s fans getting all philosophical.
Fed’s losing against a bad choker in yet another Slam.
Espn truly shows an interview where a man brags about Federer’s takent against Kei the choker then Cahill boasts about whiny Hewitt in Olderer’s weak era.


kjb Says:

@Travis Bickle

“#5 was just that much better than #17, as it should be ;-)”

You mean a 35 year old grandpa who hasn’t played in 6 months vs. a 26 year old #5 in his prime?


kjb Says:

Truths trolling is in full effect tonight!!!!!!!


FedExpress Says:

many thought nishi would lose vs nadal at the olympics when he choked away the 2nd set.

kei is capable of everything.


FedExpress Says:

Goat way to get to BPs and then wasting like a clown. federers career in summary.


Margot Says:

TB: No, no, no! Andy lost a tennis match, it’s not the end of the world, whereas Trump’s presidency may well be. Keeping a sense of perspective here. It was bloody lying accusation that we had been “gloating.” And I’m still really angry about. Ok, I’ve foolishly allowed HR to get under my skin, so will now go and have a good skin peel and drench myself in bleach…..;)
Hugs to you darling DA. Keep the fires burning.
RZ: You cheering for Thiem now? I know you like him. I’m going for Mischa.
Blimey, thought Kei was going to blow a 5-1 lead there and lose the set in the process.


Humble Rafa Says:

Fedex..people are calling about missing boxes, may be time to check on it.


Margot Says:

For once I agree with Mac, “Draw is wide open.”


J-Kath Says:

Teresa May says to Andrew Marr: “Listen carefully to what I said, Andrew.

There’s more than one Scot getting a spanking today!!!!!


jatin Says:

Fed is in full control now as expected :)
Some vintage stuff in glimpses… Hope he continues this level.


jatin Says:

A pure masterclass in 3rd set. WOW


Daniel Says:

Wow, shocked with this result by Murray. Had him winning the whole thing in my bracket.

If Fedalrinka doesn’t win it, does seems changing of the guard in tennis.

Meantime Fed is paying great.
Key hold a key game in fourth set from 0-30 after mini rampage at his racquet, it worked for him.

Hope Fed is able to keep the good services games and keeps pressuring Kei.


jatin Says:

INSANE backhand by fed…. around the net..


Daniel Says:

Fed making wrong choices. Key looked out after that 0-30 game, saved the game, saved another long game where Fed had multiple BP’s and now broke Fed. Hope this doesn’t turn out like Wimby 16′ against Raonic.

Difference is Fed has chances in almost all Kei’s service games.


FedExpress Says:

wtf was was that. but on the other hand this was NID.
having Bps cant take them, implusion.

feels like the raonic semis.

shiiiit


theDA Says:

@Margot – I’ve not only got the fires burning but I’m toasting a crumpet to help me cope (gosh, I miss those). At least we know how to use philosophical in the correct context ;)


FedExpress Says:

is federer going to chole this????

so bloody like the wimb semis.


FedExpress Says:

fed missinf everything now


FedExpress Says:

age catching up i suppose

controlled the match but let it slop. not the first time in his career.


Daniel Says:

FedEx, he is still holding service games in 1 min.

Even if it goes to a fifth he is still in the match. One last try to break Kei, serving for fourth set.


Daniel Says:

Fed gifting this game, Think was the first love game Kei had in the match.

At least Fed serves first fifth. Kei asking for trainer.


jatin Says:

I can’t take another Raonic type of match and 5th set…. He was all over nishikori and now THIS..
At least he is serving first. :(


FedExpress Says:

this is just another choke from fed.

all the momentum and suddenly he activated kei by not taking his chances. NID


Van orten Says:

What a surprise. This fu@€€€ guy calling for the trainer again . What a horrible player to watch . The injury faker number one out there


Margot Says:

@the DA
Ooh crumpets? Now you’re talking. I love them and have a whole packet in my freezer…yummy. yum.


Daniel Says:

Hold Fed, 30-30


FedExpress Says:

this raonic semis all over again.


FedExpress Says:

kei clearly cant move well and ballbashing but fed is doing his best to lose the match.


Daniel Says:

Yeah, Break. Now go on and hold serve fast and easy to open 3-0.

Then an insurance break just in case


jatin Says:

COMONNNNNNNNNNNNN


Daniel Says:

Ace to respond the return winner;-)


jatin Says:

good good good… just 3 more games man


Daniel Says:

Federer also vented frustration a few games ago during change over and it worked.


Van orten Says:

Poor Kei . with 28 more injury timeouts than all players over 30 combined


Daniel Says:

How the he;;; this lobby landed in, should be 0-40


Daniel Says:

Fed very aggressive inside the court. This courts are way faster this years then I remember


FedExpress Says:

man man man
i hope he didnt need that double break

but one hiccup is in feds capabilities to throw away one service game


FedExpress Says:

after every horrible game where he didnt take the BPs he dows so many silly mistakes in his next service game


jatin Says:

WOW…Fed is in whole different level right now.


FedExpress Says:

jatin, i hope fed stays in this universum and doesnt go to planet of UE some time soon.


Daniel Says:

5-2, now go on and break to not even have to serve it out and go rest.


jatin Says:

fed… you rock… just 1 more game…. Keep that level going


jatin Says:

He won’t fedexpress… his level after he was down 5-1 was consistently good, he raised it into new heights in 3rd and this set.


RZ Says:

@Margot – As the lead Team Thiem member here, I would love to see him win it. But that ain’t happening. Was rooting for a bruef moment Kei but isn’t looking likely either. So assuming that Fed pulls this match off, I would root for him.

BTW I understand your annoyance at being told Andy fans had been gloating when we had done no such thing (we know better!). But aside from the occasional joke with HR, I generally ignore his/her and Truth’s comments.


Daniel Says:

He did it! Key having troubles with his lower back hip since beginning of season, bad start.

Fed x Misha – Stan x Tsonga. Seems an all swiss semis looming. Zverev match will be different with not much longer rallies.


Daniel Says:

How many Slams QF does he has now?


Jatin Says:

Congratulations fellow fed fans..
He did it… He is in the quater finals beating world no. 10 and 5 in progress…. :)


RZ Says:

Part of my brain says Stan could totally win this whole tournament, but the other part of my brain says that 2 slams in a row is way more consistency from Stan than we are used to seeing. Also he tends to win when wearing ugly outfits. I can’t decide if his current ensemble of clashing colors counts as ugly.


steve-o Says:

Congrats to Federer! Epic battle and epic victory! He’s still fit and moving as well as ever. The serve was important to this win. But the hunger and fighting spirit were even more crucial to get him through that fifth set after Nishikori hung in tough to snatch the fourth.

Given Nishikori’s W/L record in five-setters (15-5), you’d have expected him to win but Federer was so aggressive throughout the match and took the ball so early that Nishikori couldn’t keep pace with him and his game broke down.

Good thing the next match will have much less running and much shorter points, it won’t be as physical as this one was. Federer will have to serve well and attack the net himself to deny his opponent.


skeezer Says:

What a clinic by Fed, enjoyed every winning shot. #17 was better than #5. Bird, Kei, who’s next?


Okiegal Says:

I am so sorry for Andy fans…..Had to give it up and get to bed……was surprised he didn’t pull it out. What about the two Zverev bros? Can they play tennis or what?? Today is Sunday for me…,off to church….,,after all IN GOD WE TRUST! Love that motto…..one to live by!


madmax Says:

The match against Kei was phenomenal, the first set, when he was really out of the picture, or so it seemed, he just fought and fought and then the tie breaker – excruciating in one sense, but also fun to watch.

How Kei has worked on that backhand. Incredible power and speed, he is just everywhere.

Roger, You are amazing and I am just loving this rejuvenation in your stride. Long may it continue.


madmax Says:

FedExpress Says:
all the hard work for nothing in the end. better to lose 2-6 than in this way.

January 22nd, 2017 at 4:10 am

Oh really?

FedExpress, when you have overcome your doom and gloom to celebrate Federer’s incredible resilience today, let me know.


madmax Says:

Jatin!

Isn’t it wonderful watching Roger again, after all this time?

Jatin Says:
Congratulations fellow fed fans..
He did it… He is in the quater finals beating world no. 10 and 5 in progress…. :)

January 22nd, 2017 at 6:49 am


J-Kath Says:

Thanks Okiegal for your kind words. Don’t worry about Andy fans – from what Margot, RZ, DA have said – they’re OK –and myself I just swallowed it down and spit it out. While I’d like to see Rafa vs Roger play each other I would prefer Misha Zverev to be in the final….or maybe Denis vs Misha – I wonder what the odds of that happening might be.


RZ Says:

Fed fans – that was Roger’s 200th win against a top 10 opponent!


Truth Says:

Rafa’s humble but murray fans were all over the forums gloating.
Now they’re whining like it’s a huge shock that Zverev has talent and genius.
Suddenly they want zverev to win the Slam because their hero lost to him.
Booohooo for Fedray fans. Fed will lose too.
The ridicule of fan groups and boasting will slow down.
Just like the end of the terrifying shrieking for Fed since 2012. Ooops.


skeezer Says:

@RZ
Thanks for posting that stat. Awesome indeed!
Fed makes another GS Quarterfinal. Records continue to build.


J-Kath Says:

Hugs to you Truth – looks like you need a friend – there’s a number of charities that you can call – they’ll give you the chance to talk through your pain. All the best.


Okiegal Says:

@JK The 2017 Australian Open is up for grabs!! It has been an interesting tournament this year……I truly believe Roger will be in the finals…..but I have no guess who he would play…….


J.S. Says:

I DISAGREE~~ this is really close to getting a FEDAL final. If Rafa wins tomorrow, honestly don’t care who he plays in finals. Just want him to start the season w/ a BIG GS Win.

OF course it will be fun to see a FEDAL final, but I agree, probably not going to happen!

AO is so much fun this year!!!! YAY for all the players and forum to discuss~


J.S. Says:

AND don’t forget that Rafa’s new coach was Milos coach….and knows his flaws, ins/outs, weaknesses, etc. besides saying he is sick, is he??

RAFA just needs a win tomorrow and he will be okay!

Anyway see all you FAB peeps tomorrow!!!! GO RAFA!!


Ronn Says:

Would love to see a Rafa-Roger final now but something tells me Stan might have something to say about that. We’ll just have to wait and see.


skeezer Says:

Notice the Church of Novak disappeared? So much brash when you win, whimpy when you don’t;
Cricket….cricket…


Margot Says:

Lol “Truth” indeedy. “Alternative fact” more like.


J.S. Says:

Anyone watching Milos play? He is struggling unless he serves an ace. I think he needs a couple more years – hmmm??

So happy to see this, sure helps Rafa if he wins today!


J-Kath Says:

J.S. Watched the last fifteen minutes culminating in Milos taking the set. Think he’ll win this match but he’s beatable by Rafa and/or Gael.


J-Kath Says:

Okiegal:

Roger’s evidently keen to get to the finals – he’s been practising with a left-handed player to prepare for Mischa. It’s anybody’s guess who will win.


J.S. Says:

J-Kath I spoke to soon – Milos is up 5 -0 in the 4th.
Yes, he is beatable though – Actually could’ve/shouldve lost this one!

Off to watch Rafa!


FedExpress Says:

monfils useless as expected.


Berghain Says:

Totally useless- Agree. Nadal taking more time than allowed on serve.


Willow Says:

Im a Nadal, but i think im more of a tennis fan though, its not a very exciting or inspiring match though ….


Berghain Says:

J-Kath

‘It’s anybody’s guess who will win.’

You are joking right? Federer is obviously the heavy favorite. It would be a major upset if he didnt win. Federer is not a counter-puncher.


Berghain Says:

If Monfils was a sh*** player I wouldn’t mind, but this guy is just frustrating to watch.


Willow Says:

With the way this tournament has panned out so far, i dont think anyone is a safe bet anymore, male or female ….


Berghain Says:

Haha Nadal can just chip the balls back and let Monfils beat himself. Watching this is just a waste of time. Expect Roanic to take out Nadal next round.


Van Persie Says:

Can see only the score during lunch break at work
Who knows? Maybe Monfiche can make a huge comeback today? Haha


Willow Says:

J-Kath and everyone else, from the other thread, dont know of you saw it, but thankyou very much for all the well wishes, it means aloth ;-) ….


Willow Says:

Sorry alot not aloth ….


J-Kath Says:

Willow: Hope that all goes well.

Rafa is almost through in 3 sets. Monfils has lost his flair and will be unable to stage a comeback – all Rafa fans can pop the champagne any time now.


J-Kath Says:

Berghain:

I don’t have an axe to grind but if I could be bothered I would bet on Rafa taking Milos out – easily.


Willow Says:

J-Kath not quite, i think you spoke too soon, Gael just broke Rafa and will serve for this third set ….


theDA Says:

@skeezer – Yep.

@Margot – Love alternative fact :) That poster is so *precious*


Willow Says:

No axe to grind either, i just dont think there are any gimees with the way this slam has panned out …


Van Persie Says:

Well, Champagne has to wait for at least one set. Was sure Monfiche would lose this in 3.


Anto Says:

And just like that nadal lost the third set. He definitely needs to improve his ros.


J.S. Says:

J-KATH
I agree!
Rafa takes out Milos next….2nd the “easily”!!!


Willow Says:

Lets see if he wins this one first ….


Anto Says:

@Willow true that


Berghain Says:

I like to make predictions based on facts. Nadal has done nothing on hard-courts for years. There is also simply no way Fed/Misha match is a toss-up.
And pls keep your axes in the shed.

VP

Monfils has all the shots- he could totally win this if he wasn’t so mental hihi. What do you think of the Wawrinka tsonga match? Im hoping Tsonga wins in a 5 set match… yes you know why… :)


Anto Says:

Rafa in a hole now.


Berghain Says:

Of course I would be happy for Nadal fans if he made the final – first he has to win this match! Break up Monfils in the 4th set.


Anto Says:

And now rafa is broken. Now if rafa somehow loses this match, then I will no longer have any GS expectations from him. I will simply watch his matches to see him play no longer to see him win.


Van Persie Says:

Berghain,

Would be nice for Mischa if he would win against Fed. Would be a huuge achievement. I think, he can win at least 1 set.:)
“yes you know why… :)” yes I know ;)…I would lie to you, if I told, I wish the same. No preditions from me anymore. I blew it with this AO, completely ;D

About Monfils…he has the shots, but you said it…he’s unreliable. He’s not one of my favourites.


Willow Says:

Anto thats my feeling also , no great expectations anymore ….


Willow Says:

That was a bad miss eek ….


Berghain Says:

VP

I think Fed will destroy Mischa – maybe 1 set, MAYBE!

Nadal in danger here… surprise, surprise I say this and now watch Monfils start tanking. haha omg he did.

Stop routing for anyone but Fed. Das macht mich wütend xd.


Anto Says:

Yeah Nadal broke back. Thanks to some sloppy play by Monfils


Van Persie Says:

Berghain,

He broke back. Monfils is unrelieable, as I told you. Am surprised, he took a set.

About Fed destroying Mischa, we shall see.

“Stop routing for anyone but Fed. Das macht mich wütend xd.”
Ok, if Fed will make it to the final (big IF), I promise I will not be here to cheer against him.


Rick Says:

The reignning US Open champion has to be the favourite for winning another Australian Open.


Anto Says:

Monflis saved one match point. He now have to defend another


Anto Says:

He sprays one backhand wide and Nadal is the winner


Van Persie Says:

Berghain,

Schoenen Tag noch ;)
Bis bald x


Anto Says:

With the way Nadal played in the last two sets. He wont be defeating Milos. He have to do some thing about those big serves he will be facing.


J.S. Says:

LOL GO RAFA!!!
He is just lovely to watch play and his interviews are the BEST!!!

Next Raonic – Go RAFAEL NADAL, TRUE CHAMP!


Anto Says:

The way I see it, Nadal will lose to any top 5 player even top 10 if, and thats a big if, they play their best match consistently. Because he isn’t that mental beast he used to be and also he have lost some speed in his run and shots.


Navdeep Says:

J.S. its great that he is in the quarters again but he can’t let his guard down time n again!


J.S. Says:

NAVDEEP So happy for Rafa and his team! He never lets up…..love he is playing so well and moving like the old Rafa! Hoping he can get past his next match, always rooting for him!

IGNORING THE HATERS!!! Not sure what you are watching!!


Willow Says:

Anto lets remain positive though ….


J-Kath Says:

Gael only wins matches when he starts with his “magic” and there was no sign of it today – he got one set mostly due to Rafa’s loss of concentration. If Rafa stays uniformly strong he will beat Milos who is evidently still “under-the-weather”.


Navdeep Says:

J.S. hope ur right. It’s true that I didn’t see the whole match so don’t know exactly but I just want him to finish the job quickly n not let anyone come back even slightly

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