Nadal Wears Out Del Potro, to Meet Anderson in US Open Final
by Staff | September 9th, 2017, 2:19 am
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Soon-to-be world No. 1 Rafael Nadal wore down Juan Martin del Potro to move into the US Open final on Friday, setting up a meeting with Kevin Anderson in the championship.

Del Potro had enough for one set, winning the first then running out of gas in a 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 defeat.

“After a couple of years of tough moments, it has been an emotional year,” said Nadal after reaching his fourth US Open final. “But being back on this amazing court and in front of this amazing crowd, and having the chance to fight for this title is amazing for me.

“I played well. It was an important day for me. An important victory against a great opponent. I am playing well almost the whole season. So today was the day to play well. That’s the real thing. I was playing so-so at the beginning of the tournament and I have been playing better and better every day.”

After the first set Del Potro’s energy stalled and the Argentine lost the second set 6-0.

“Rafa just played even better the last three sets of the match and I couldn’t hit my backhand as good as I did in the beginning of the match,” said Del Potro. “He played so smart from the second set until the end of the match. He was dominant. He played well. He played so smart the second set, the third and the fourth. To be honest, I’m angry to lose a chance like this, but maybe tomorrow and after tomorrow, I will see how big the tournament was for me.”

En route to his fourth US Open final, Nadal improves to 23-3 in Grand Slam semifinal matches. He’s won 15 straight since that loss to Del Potro in the 2009 US Open semifinal. And Nadal almost didn’t get there if not for a tactical change after the first set.

“I was wrong in the way that I was trying to play,” Nadal said of the first. “When the match was coming, I started to understand a little bit better what I needed to do to try to be a little bit more unpredictable, because he was waiting for me in his backhand side.

“He was not moving from that side, so, yeah, I have to cover full court. He only had to cover 60% of the court most of the time. So was a big advantage for him. Then I decided to change completely to play much more forehands down the line, and then I was more unpredictable and he was more in trouble, because he didn’t know where to go.”

Anderson moved into his first Grand Slam final after beating Pablo Carreno Busta 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4. It was his third win over the Spaniard.

“It’s nice some of [the top players] gave us a shot to make a run,” the 32nd-ranked Anderson said. “This is why we work so hard. It was an unbelievably tough match for me. It was the first time for both of us on one of the most famous stages in tennis. I really had to dig deep, I think my emotion at the end summed it up.”

The 31-year-old Anderson will be the first South African to play in the final in New York since Cliff Drysdale in 1965. And he’ll try to become the first South African to win a Grand Slam since Johan Kriek at the 1981 Australian Open.

“Definitely amazing feeling being in this position and have worked very hard to get here,” Anderson said. “It feels great to be in the stage I’m in. More important, have given myself a shot at being in the finals and, you know, I will be playing for a Grand Slam trophy. That’s an amazing feeling.”

Carreno Busta was also appearing in his first Grand Slam semifinal.

“I think it was really good match,” the Spaniard said. “Maybe at the beginning he made a lot of mistakes, but I play aggressive, too. So I think the first set was very good for me. But then he started to play more aggressive, to serve really good, and to return my serve all the time.”

Nadal was won all four career meetings against Anderson, the most recent this year at Barcelona.

“Nadal’s, I think, one of the greatest competitors in sports, period,” Anderson said. “He’s an amazing fighter. You know, he really controls the court well, you know, the few times I have played him. I really need to be dominant and control proceedings as much as possible, because if you let him do it, it’s very difficult.”


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85 Comments for Nadal Wears Out Del Potro, to Meet Anderson in US Open Final

madmax Says:

Oki and Willow,

Just wishing you the best when you watch Rafa on Sunday in the final.

To think that Roger has won two of the Grand Slams this year, seriously, and now Rafa has that chance. It is frigging unbelievable. It really is. Think of the pain having to watch the Fed take those 6 months off, then come back to smash it; reason why tennis fans feel the pain of the Murray fans, Margot and J-Kath, and we all know that both Novak and Andy will be back, stronger than ever, more likely to pick up those 4 slams the following year, 2018.

Rafa with his injury problems this year, to come back too, and now with the real, very real possibility of picking up the USOpen trophy. Think about it. It is absolutely, utterly phenomenal. This has been a really special year for Rafa, and I am certain, he is just as much in shock as his fans. No one. Not one tennis fan across the globe could have predicted 2017 playing out in this way.

Of course, wishes for a Federer V Nadal SF, but quickly got over that one. The dream final was in AO, and that was glorious.

Your day tomorrow. Enjoy it.


Wog Boy Says:

This court is soo slow that even Anderson was able to reach final…


Willow Says:

Thankyou Madmax, your right i didnt expect that, lovely having Delpo back in the mix again, and i thought after that first set it was going to be a long night, he seemed to fall away after that though, anyway i wont be taking Anderson lightly, hes played amazing all fortnight ….


Okiegal.... Says:

@madmax……Thank you so much! It has been an amazing year for both of the players that we love to watch. Glad DP is back competing again. I guess beating Fed and Thiem took every ounce of energy he had…..not much left in the tank. Yes Roger bagged two slams and Rafa one and hopefully two. Anderson’s strong serve will trouble Rafa. But we will just have to see how it plays out. I feel for Andy and Novak fans too. Injuries just plain suck!! But they’ll be back I’m sure if it. You know Roger admitted to being very tired and more than ready for a rest. The season is coming to a close fast and then before you know it, it’s Aussie time and here we go again!! Roger will come in good form after a much needed rest. Thanks again and I appreciate the kind comments!


Van orten Says:

Anderson celebrated the victory a little too much.
He will have no eye of the tiger mentality left because reaching the final is a big deal for him already.
anderson in 5


James Says:

Nadal creates a record for the ages. Wins a slam without ever beating a top 25 ranked player. Never happened before. And that too in a year when the USO courts were slowed to a grinding halt. Its as if the organizers tailored this one to suit him.

That’s some mucho luck.


skeezer Says:

And here is the list guys he never had to face to win the title;

2 Andy Murray GBR 7150 $2,092,625
3 Roger Federer SUI 7145 $8,949,735
4 Stan Wawrinka SUI 5690 $2,818,912
5 Novak Djokovic SRB 5325 $2,116,524
6 Alexander Zverev GER 4470 $3,484,885
7 Marin Cilic CRO 4155 $2,717,750
8 Dominic Thiem AUT 4030 $2,904,550
9 Grigor Dimitrov BUL 3710 $2,542,239
10 Kei Nishikori JPN 3195 $1,491,755
11 Milos Raonic CAN 2870 $1,387,496
12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga FRA 2690 $1,330,606
13 Roberto Bautista Agut ESP 2525 $1,363,064
14 David Goffin BEL 2525 $1,421,761
15 John Isner USA 2425 $1,216,613
16 Jack Sock USA 2345 $1,280,522
17 Nick Kyrgios AUS 2325 $1,496,179
18 Tomas Berdych CZE 2310 $1,668,640
19 Pablo Carreno Busta ESP 2225 $1,501,330
20 Lucas Pouille FRA 2210 $1,085,658
21 Sam Querrey USA 2095 $1,752,254
22 Gael Monfils FRA 1915 $899,358
23 Gilles Muller LUX 1885 $1,245,481
24 Albert Ramos-Vinolas ESP 1815 $1,411,269
25 David Ferrer


tennis_lover Says:

Hi skeezer…..you are always a bloody jealous guy …please take you man loss with big heart …and appreciate a little bit others if you can …:)


Tennis realist Says:

Hey skeezer how about go and watch DVDs of Roger’s zillions slam win against Roddick, Baghdatis , Hobbit Hewit , Philopusis and cheer on. Hewit and Roddick were so useless that even Baby Nole , Rafa and Murray took 2, 3 anx 4th spot from them lol.


Markus Says:

I saw Anderson’s semifinal victory celebration and I thought maybe he was doing that because that’s the happiest he will feel in this tournament. Still, I’m happy that he did get this far. In his interview, he was quite humble in alluding to his getting that far because of the absence of a lot of big time players.

So, what happens if Nadal wins against the not so highly regarded Anderson and plowing through a “weak” set of opponents, will Tennis realist take it against him?


t4t Says:

Poor skeezer wasting his time trying to discount Fed’s rival!


Daniel Says:

Anderson has better second serve than DelPo so curious to see if Nadal will return as well as yesterday. He was jumping on baseline and retuning DTL same as Murray did. And Delpo where out of fumes.

Also Anderson won’t run away from his BH side as DelPo did, but on paper DelPo is much better mentally wise.

Another positive for Anderson is PCB play too much defense as Nadal. But Nadal was way more aggressive and he pushed the trigger way more than PCB. So Anderson will have to deal with a better defense and offense.

Nadal in 4. He may lose first set again, but he plays better as the match went on. Can not see him losing with the confidence he has now. Anderson has a 15-20% shot if he plays the way he did against PCB and better on important points and he will need to win tiebreak if it goes that far.


skeezer Says:

^t4t Lol Rafa did get a discount on this tournament! Besides, you’ve been the King of Fed discounts here, so don’t even go there…..

Get Real Realist, Fed never played a Slam where he never had to play ANYONE in the top 25. This is an all time record. Maybe the trophy this year should be a smaller one, you know…like miniature or mini me version? What do you think?
Re: Fed-At least Roddick a Hewitt(former #1) won Slams.

Daniel,
Rafa in 3. Rafa is too fired up now.


montecarlo Says:

soon to be world number 1? Are you on drugs? He is already world number 1


Jaq Shivam Says:

I have boring to listen that Rafael could won tournament without facing any top 10, but maybe remember to every one

1-US Open organization SHOULD Be CANCEL THIS US Open due to non avaibility of top Rank players, because many top players have injured
2-US Open Organization didn’t allow any Top rank players like Rafa, Roger, Them, Zavere
3-US Open Should Be CANCEL due other top Rank players lose early round………..etc have many reasons for cancel this US Open

Now if Top rank players have injured or loose early round than it’s not Rafael or Roger fault..
If Roger or theim lost before face Rafael in Semifinal, Than it’s fault of US organizer, They should be ban on Delpo. They did not allow Delpo to play like this

But nothing and some have hate with Rafa than it’s not fault of Rafael, Fault have only their thoughts because they could not accepted any reality in life

Good luck both US Finalists Rafael and Kevin Anderson

Play free of mind and won hearts of many audience whose see your matches in all over World..


Carla Says:

Hey – the draw is the draw – the players don’t choose who they play. It’s all how the draw falls.

Two words – Marion Bartoli -look at who she played against to win her Wimbledon title in 2013. No one in the top ten – was it her fault? No!! And so she deserved to be in the final and she won.


J-Kath Says:

Madmax:

Noted with thanks your kind remarks to Okie and Willow and to Margot and I.

I certainly am convinced Rafa will win tomorrow and consolidate his no. 1 ranking. I’m also convinced that Roger will win the WTF. This makes the next tournaments exciting between Rafa and Roger as to end of year no. 1. Let’s hope both continue to be in prime condition. With the strong likelihood that neither Andy or Nole will be at the WTF – it’s also exciting to see who the other 6 will be (+ 2 reserves).
Cheers. K.


Margot Says:

Cheers madmax. Hoping Andy gets fully fit again, but not holding my breath,


Ven Says:

Jaq Shivam, Exactly US open should be cancelled after quarter finals and Dolboy need to be banned from US


Humble Rafa Says:

Thanks for the wishes on my winning the US Open. It’s a nice feeling.

Who would have predicted early this year that a 30+ man coming from injury lay off would win two slams this year and become number one. No one.


Humble Rafa Says:

Skeeze,

When you evacuate for the hurricane, be safe. And take your cats, all 12 of them with you. I understand these are bad times for you but I will be praying for you with the US Open trophy next to my bed.


skeezer Says:

“…won tournament without facing any top 10″
Errrr… try top 25.


Humble Rafa Says:

Skeeze,

You little minds can say anything. I am the US Open champion. No one cares for your whines. Take them to your cats.


skeezer Says:

HR,
Take your bad comedy somewhere else, all you do here is mock Tennis.


Humble Rafa Says:

all you do here is mock Tennis.

People who think winning the US Open without beating top players is worthless are the people who mock tennis. I don’t make the draws, I am not responsible for other players losing early.

Mockers are people like you. Live with cats and drink the Arrogant One’s coolaid all day.


Vince Says:

Let’s cancel AO 2017 as well because court was made faster to suite oldies..


Pamela Says:

Skeezer, you confuse me..Looked to me that you went after a Roger fan, now a federer fan… Are you a man or a woman? it’s hard to tell from your name, except I never heard of a guy with 12 cats, only cat ladies… my 93 year old mother lives in Palm Beach… I was able to find her a room in west palm.. I live in southern california and feel helpless… moving on… I was sad to see Federer loose, but he was not 100% and he said JM deserved it better. Rafa was very lucky and although he complained about the courts, he complained about the noise, he complained, complained, complained he still is in the final and congrats to all you Rafa fans… but, let’s be honest. he did not have much competition. yet, he won and we will have to watch him play Kevin… Kevin is playing the best tennis of his life and let’s hope he is not so overwhelmed that we all get to see an excellent match.. so sad that Delpo ran out of steam. I could not believe what I was watching


skeezer Says:

HR continually tries to be funny when all it is doing is mocking tennis. Furthermore I have never had CATS. Give it up, that is your own delusional invention. I have 2 dogs and Rafa Dart board.


skeezer Says:

Congrats Stephens. USA!


BBB Says:

Wow. Stephens had ice running through her veins. What a complete psychological transformation. And Madison Keys – class class class.


Wog Boy Says:

I can’t believe these fanatics are still crying for their cult leader letting them down and not making SF, but yet they are blaming even Rafa for that, for their man not being able to make five set match against big (good) man.
That’s Rafa’s fault too? How he is supposed to face top seeded players when they lost before they were due to meet him, Rafa’s fault too?
I know they have twisted logic, naturally comes for any cult members, but they brought it, twisted logic, on the new level.

Let’s again check 36 year old opponents before he bombed out.

1st round 19 year old, very “dangerous top seeded” player.

2nd, 3rd and 4th round players with combined h2h with 36 year old 0:42 and again, 0:42, very formidable opponents with combined age of 104!

After that tough road to 5th round, where he had to play two five setters against those formidable opponents, he met Delpo and properly shit himself without being even able to drag the match to fifth set.

Rafael Nadal, it’s your fault that #2 player didn’t make it….and your luck…


Wog Boy Says:

That 0:42 make 0:39 that became 0:42 after they met 36 year old for the last time…since they are switching to legends tour.


kjb Says:

@Wogboy

Settle down man, you’re the only one here crying and moaning. Up until Fed lost you were no where to be found around here, other than to pop up once and awhile to say Fed has been doping and that the only way hes been winning at this age. 19 and counting. 2 slams this year! Amazing!


Wog Boy Says:

kjb,
Did I hit a nerve?:)


Wog Boy Says:

BTW, good to see that you are following my posts.


Markus Says:

That says it all about Wog Boy. His main source of happiness is when Federer loses. Why? Because Federer is so far ahead of his boy that the only way he can consple himself is when Federer loses. As i have said before, he twists facts and maligns people just so he can make it appear that his boy is anywhere near Federer in terms of achievement. I know he will stop putting down Federer once his boy equals his records. Therefore, expect more irrational Federer comments from him for a lng lng time, maybe forever.

19 > 12


Markus Says:

…console himself.


Vince Says:

1.Look at the title.. Nadal wears out DelPo.. It should be ‘Nadal dominates DelPo..

2.Soon to be number 1??

Tennis-x never changes.. Shame on you guys.


kjb Says:

Good to see that you know so many Fed stats and H2H’s


Markus Says:

…and may I add, Wog Boy is so obsessed with Djokovic getting to Federer’s level that he even attacked Novak’s wife Jelena for allegedly making Novak do things detrimental to his game. He also did the same thing to his brother, suggesting that he let him suffer with his depression just so Djokovic can win more. What does that say about this Wog Boy?


Wog Boy Says:

Well, I watch TV, listen to commentators, google, it’s a hard work, but I am getting there, you might learn thing or two by following me.


Wog Boy Says:

^^ for my follower kjb.


kjb Says:

@Wogboy

You have never contibuted anything of any substance at all to this forum. I will stick to following people that actually know things about tennis. Thanks anyway though. hahaha


Wog Boy Says:

^^ but yet you keep following me, that’s called addiction, you are addicted to me.


kjb Says:

Ummmmmm, ya.


kjb Says:

@Marcus

Exactly.


Wog Boy Says:

So far two followers, I know I have more than that, expecting them to come out any minute.


Wog Boy Says:

I am waiting….


Wog Boy Says:

I you don’t come out soon I won’t be able to meet and greet you since I have ti go to do some work in my backyard. I have big problems with oyster shell scales that attacked my fig and citrus trees, if anyone has any tips how to save my trees and get rid of oyster shell scales I will be forever grateful.


skeezer Says:

Here I sm WB, just for you.

Markus,
Re; 5:59
Lol I remember that well!!


Wog Boy Says:

Three so far and all fedfanatics, what a privilege for me? You are the most loyal.
I have to go out now, but I’ll check this thread later on to meet and greet new ones.


t4t Says:

Wog boy, please keep posting here. I love your posts. They are so refreshingly different and witty as well.


J-Kath Says:

Wogboy: Shatter your oyster shells and feed them to your trees. You can also use broken eggshells to get rid of snails and the like. Hope Rafa wins tomorrow.


Wog Boy Says:

t4t,
Thanks, I am not going anywhere, I am actually enjoying it more since my man is on parental leave, no stress whatsoever:)

JK,
Thanks for the tip how to feed them, but I spelt wrongly my problem (surprise surprise), it is “oystershell scale” parasites that invaded my fruit trees, they build the shell around their bodies so you can’t or it’s very hard kill them by spraying and they are sucking the life out of the trees.
That was off topic, back to tennis.
I like Anderson, he is very likable young man who went through hell due to injuries, but Rafa is on fire, anyway it will be more entertaining match than Wimbledon final, that’s for sure.


Okiegal.... Says:

I’m loving it that JK is in Rafa’s corner! Thanks……so sorry your Andy is ailing. Injuries are rough on us fans.


BBB Says:

I’m rooting for Rafa as well Okie :-). In part for mischievous reasons heh heh.


James the 1st Says:

“Soon to be number 1″
Isn’t Nadal number 1 right now? Or is this tennis-x ranking of tennis players? LoL

And Nadal didn’t wear out Del Potro. He hit through him and dominated him completely after losing the first set. Won 9 games in a row right after losing the first set.

Skeezer all these years hasn’t changed one bit. Same with Humble Rafa, although seems to be out of character these days.

Wog Boy having a field day with the Salty Federer Fan club. :D

Does Brandon (I hope I got the name right) posts these days?


Okiegal.... Says:

@BBB……Awww……so kind of you! The NY crowd seems to like Rafa a lot. He always thanks them for their support. I hope he makes a good showing and he doesn’t start out too nervous……he needs that first set against the big serve of Kevin bad…… …


Humble Rafa Says:

There are some clowns here in my suite advising me not to bite the US Open trophy tomorrow.


Humble Rafa Says:

Don’t know if you noticed. Mr. Woods (the one with the big one, yeah that) was in my box in the last match. Gave me some good ideas on picking up women. But I am so happy with Xisca because they takes care of me in every possible way, that advice was not needed. So I sent Uncle Toni and not-uncle Moya to get those tips.


madmax Says:

Van orten Says:
Anderson celebrated the victory a little too much.
He will have no eye of the tiger mentality left because reaching the final is a big deal for him already.
anderson in 5

September 9th, 2017 at 5:45 am

Van orten,

That’s some prediction.

The USOpen this year has not been the competition nor the tournament anyone could have predicted, with the injuries toll on a lot of the top players.
But, if it were Federer in the final, everyone else would be saying the same thing. It is what it is. The two players left in the tournament did not face tough competition, yes, you are correct, but we know that you play who you play at the other side of the net. What can you do? Just play him and win.

After this tournament, no one can say roger had it easy. No way. No way. Rafa did. He had it a lot easier, but he does not make the draws, he doesn’t involve himself in that, this will be the easiest trophy for him to pick up and if by the longest shot in history, he does not, then he has still played incredibly well this year, coming back after injury.

I don’t think it will be a classic. It will be over very quickly. Rafa in 3.


madmax Says:

It would be great to have some kind of a classic final, but unlikely. Was Anderson ever on the radar to reach the final? Was that anyone’s prediction?


J-Kath Says:

There’s evidently a film in the pipeline on John MacEnroe – perhaps Kyrios could play John??


Truth Says:

As soon as Roddick and Hewitt’s serves were blocked back easily by Djoker, Weak Era Roddick & Hewitt had nothing to brag about.
Blake & Isner beat Fed easily in big events. Blake, with a scoliosis body. was ranked above Roddick.
Roddick was ranked #1-8 with no ability to serve or return on grass, fast indoor and slow hardcourt/clay courts. then he fell to number 60 because he had 16 injuries (oops).
Fed was unentertaining at Wimbledon, but Roddick managed to be more boring & choked badly twice vs, Fed.
Roddick went totally insane & bitterly jealous but he still had the freedom to bluff his way through matches. If he wasn’t a U.S. citizen, he would’ve been banned from tennis for pushing Djoker on the locker after being humiliated in the US Open.
No one cared about tennis until Djoker & Nadal improved in 2007.
An injured Djoker swept Fed off the U.S. Open court.
Fed said Djoker fluked US Open losses vs. Del Po & Djoker.
Jealous Nadal thought he was the true US Open rival to Fed and whined that he was the only horribly injured rival.
In reality, Djoker was the true rival with entertaining matches while Roddick was the one that worshipped Fed and fluked 2 losses at Wimbledon.

GOAT Fed believes media hype!


Truth Says:

* Fed said he fluked US Open losses


merrin Says:

Humble rafa,

Get a life for yourself without wasting/sarcastic piggybacking u being Rafa !


madmax Says:

Wog boy, just exactly what is your problem. I really think that someone who comes on here continually berating Roger and his achievements just shows how bitter you are. It really is not a good look, at all. Grant you, you do have the skin of a rhinocerous, and probably just as ugly, in personality at least.

HR, your comments are so unfunny.

J-Kath and Margot, I really do believe that your man will be back. Give him until the end of the year to be fully fit, and refreshed. There can be no one who would not expect these two to wipe the floor with the slams next year. This is not unlikely, and I do wish Andy the best. As for Novak, that goes without saying. What is irritating least of all, is people like Wogboy who turn their back on Novak when he loses, citing some guru as the reason for his losses. This is not a true fan, very sad, but you two have stood by Andy, losses and wins, and that is a true fan. You grow with your player and you feel the losses tenfold, but when the win comes, it is so worth it. I remember, in 2012 when Roger won Wimbledon, could not have been more happy. Never thought that again, 5 years later. FIVE YEARS LATER. GET THAT? He would win again. It is quite astonishing.

Rafa fans, whilst Rafa is a great chamption, I don’t think that Rafa has been Indomitable this year, losing to muller, shapovalov, kyrgios in the early rounds over the summer and playing and defending for his life against many players who should not even have been on the radar, but this is tennis and whatever people think, he has fought and fought.

Delpo was exhausted at the US open However, A 2000+ lead at the top will be difficult to overcome for our beloved Federer with a suspect back and an uncertain schedule, but if he is fit, he will play and I do think that he will continue to play for the rest of the year, but i say that with a question mark. Federer had a fantastic first half, and at his age it is difficult to retain that form throughout the year, even for someone like him. For the first half of the year, he was in GOD like mode. Absolutely unbelievable. He’s already back at mortal levels. So, for me, this year looks done and dusted, and Nadal will deservingly end 2017 as #1. 2018 will be more interesting, with Fed (and Nadal) having loads to defend right from AO onwards, Novak (and to a lesser extent, Andy and Stan) coming back refreshed and hungry, and the young guns like Sascha (and perhaps Shapo) finally ready to step up at the majors.

Fed who won 2 slams 2 masters and 5 titles. When Rafa wins the US Open , he will have 2 Slams, 2 Masters, and 5 titles as well , plus he made 3 Grand Slam finals to Roger’s 2 and more matches played/won overall. Roger does better in the Autumn normally, so he can win the ATP finals again and if Rafa loses, he has still had an amazing year, on a par with Fed’s year. Fed also leads Rafa in the head to head rivalry this year, which helps Fed’s case for Player of the Year Awards. Though would be wonderful if RAFA/ROGER won it jointly. How cool would that be?

I don’t have to prove myself as a Fedfan to anybody and though I would love Roger to be #1, it’s not a priority, just keeping on winning the tournaments will be good enough, for as long as he can…it’s quite magical that he is still on tour and loving being on tour, but again, I am realistic about the scenario. After the USO, Nadal shall be having a 2000+ lead, and as many others have pointed out, if he continues to reach QF or SF levels, he can amass many more points. Tough for the others (including #2 Fed) to catch him. #2 is also a great finish for him , no doubt, but Federer, and many of his fans, like me, hold him to much higher standards. For someone who has been #1 for over 300 weeks (way more than any active tennis player), #2, especially after being so close to the top in the American hardcourt swing, will not be the same thing at all. Federer has done all he could this year to bring results which no one could have forecast, not even him, his coach or his team. I am pretty certain of that!

Very Proud to be a Federer Fan!


skeezer Says:

@MM
👍


Truth Says:

Your Fed had the ugliest, ungracious condescending press conferences, including about Wawrinka during Davis Cup time when Fed avoided matches.
Fed hated real tennis fans & great players.
His lap dog Roddick was just as ugly because he was a violent troll that sabotaged Djoker in the 2008 us open. Roddick knew Djoker was the best player that was emotionally down in late 2008 so he did everything possible to help Fed win and dominate tennis..
He begged for injuries for Djoker because he knew Djoker was the most entertaining and gracious rival. Since Nadal played poorly unless everyone was ill, injured or mediocre, Nadal wasn’t much of a rival to Fed. Fed claimed to adore Roddick and his “charm”, but he clearly loved it when Roddick insulted players & umpires, moved like a fat turtle, got injuries & avoided tournaments.
Roddick really said he was just “second rate” beneath Fed. He was a laughing stock.
Fed’s dear bromance boy and lapdog should’ve been banned for abusing and harassing Djoker. LMAO! Instead, Roddick was inducted in the Hall of Fame. How humiliating for everyone except Fed, obviously.


Wog Boy Says:

“Wog boy, just exactly what is your problem.”

As I previously stated, my biggest problem atm are oystershell scales.


Wog Boy Says:

@11:06am

That sounds like funeral speach, very good one, has anybody died?


BBB Says:

J-Kath, I don’t know if you’ve been subjected to the ads for the Battle of the Sexes movie coming up, but one thing I hate about biopics is that in modern times they end up being impersonations rather than acting. Watching Emma Stone strain to imitate Billie Jean’s cadence etc is enough to make me change the channel.

On the other hand, impersonating John McEnroe might be kind of fun…..


skeezer Says:

Wisecracks, thats it? Oysters serve you better.


J-Kath Says:

Madmax: Not sure that Andy Murray will return early in 2018 as his=Kim’s second child is due early February 2018…if he plays Aussie GS -he’ll likely be distracted.


Wog Boy Says:

JK,
Wasn’t the timing of Andy’s first child the same.


James the 1st Says:

Madmax, of course Nadal is benefitting from the weak era tennis is in. So is Federer. Nadal has missed Slams due to injuries and this is one time where he is the one standing while some other top players are out injured. Tennis is a fair sport and has given Nadal the chance to make up for lost opportunities due to injuries.

If he wins the final, Nadal will likely end the year at #1 ahead of Federer. It’s been a great season for Fedal regardless of what happens tonight in New York.

Federer hadn’t won a Slam for 5 years and this year he’s won 2. It’s something to celebrate for Federer fans, not the time to whine over Nadal’s success.


James the 1st Says:

^ My last paragraph wasn’t aimed at Madmax, just to be clear. I haven’t seen him complain about Nadal’s success or anything unlike some other members of the Salty Federer Fan Club.


J-Kath Says:

BBB: Vaguely heard about the Billie Jean King – but don’t think it’s been offered here. The casting for the John-Mac. film? Would be great if they actually showed some decent tennis…plus the temperament – pity Kyrios doesn’t look like him – how about the young Canadian Denis Shapo….

Ah well, if it doesn’t work out – there’s always the off-switch.


J-Kath Says:

Wogboy: The same as…..? Did you mean Nole’s? I put early February in from memory and thought then of the Aus-GS – but maybe I’m wrong.


Wog Boy Says:

No, the same as the second one, I remember Andy saying if Kim goes to labor he might as well leave AO.


J-Kath Says:

OK Wogboy – Have looked it up. First child (Sophia Olivia) born on Feb. 7, 2016. Second child ….still a bit of uncertainty.. is end. Dec. or January 2018….sounds like Andy believes he will manage some preparation at Brisbane.

Who knows – may be Feb. 7 as well – if linked to a traditional celebration (my sister’s 2 sons were born on exactly the same day – 3 years apart).


Wog Boy Says:

JK,
Funny you said that about your sister, I had three uncles, all of them including my father were born in November (not the same date) excatly three years apart of each other.


Q Says:

The haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate. Roger and Rafa are the greatest. Novak and Andy fans suck on that.


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