Cilic Dumps Edmund To Reach Australian Open Final; Federer v Chung Friday
by Staff | January 25th, 2018, 8:21 am
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Marin Cilic booked a spot in his first Australian Open final Thursday night in Melbourne easing past Brit Kyle Edmund 6-2, 7-6, 6-2.

Cilic, who made the Australian Open semifinals in 2010, never was broken in the match, and pounded 11 aces and only lost five points on first serve.

“I’m quite happy with the performance. Obviously when playing in the semifinals when there is a lot at stake and not losing a serve during the match is obviously big.”

After saving early break points, Cilic jumped out to an early break over the edgy Edmund and stayed in command. Edmund left the court for medical treatment after the first set, and played better in the second, but began fading in the third as Cilic upped his game. And the win moves the Croat to a new career-high ranking of No. 3.

“I’m playing much, much more aggressive,” said Cilic. “I’m feeling that I am, for most of the shots, hitting them really, really good. From the return, moving, forehand, backhand, serving, I think everything is in good, solid spot. Feeling really excited about the final, too.”

Edmund, despite the poor performance today which included 25 winners to 35 unforced, said he leaves with his head high after a breakout event.

“Obviously just disappointed I lost, but yeah, I mean, it’s been a really good couple of weeks for me,” said Edmund. “Just got the experience of going deep in a slam for the first time and all the stuff that comes with it. Playing a couple matches on Rod Laver.

“This type of tournament just gives you the bug to want more. You know, once you get a taste, it’s like, yeah, I want more of this. Definitely go away from the whole week feeling positive.

Cilic awaits the Friday winner between Roger Federer and the surprising 21-year-old Hyeon Chung.

Federer hasn’t dropped a set as he bids for 7th Australian Open final and 30th overall Grand Slam title match. This is the 11th time Federer has reached a Slam semifinal without losing a set, and fourth time in Australia.

“I think it’s an interesting match for me,” Federer said. “I’ll definitely have to look into how I need to play against him because he has some great qualities, especially defensively, like Novak has.

“One thing I know is I’m going to be playing aggressive. I don’t know how I’m going to do that exactly yet. I don’t know exactly how he returns and how he serves exactly. Those are two major aspects to the game. Those start the points.”

Chung, who had never before gone past the third round at a Grand Slam, is seeking a spot in his first career final at the tour-level, a feat last accomplished at a Slam by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the 2008 Australian Open. Chung is not only the first Korean man or woman to make a Slam quarterfinal, he’ll try to become just the third Asian player in a Slam final, after Li Na and Kei Nishikori.


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201 Comments for Cilic Dumps Edmund To Reach Australian Open Final; Federer v Chung Friday

skeezer Says:

Picking Cilic to win AO. He is in THAT zone. Unstoppable mode. The only way he goes down is if Fed can break down his rythm(IF Fed gets through mini me djoker).


BBB Says:

Last time they played I thought Cilic was on a roll but seemed to fold? Maybe I’m misremembering.


Madmax Says:

Skeezer,

Hold ya’ horses.

Federer got to play tomorrow yet, and also this new guy on the block is amazing. He seriously is. Roger will be playing nervously tomorrow, because it means so much to him, you know how emotional he gets – so I am looking no further than tomorrow. Nothing would surprise me.

I am glad for Cilic.

I think tomorrow will be a 5 setter and Cilic will be a rested chicken.


skeezer Says:

No BBB you were right, last time. However he rolled Fed 3.3 & 4 in straights at the 2014 USO semis ( winning the Final over K ). He has the bludgeon kinda game like Bird ( and mental breakdowns lol ) but when they are on song they have proven they can blow Fed off the court.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Federer is 6 sets from the 20th Slam.
That’s all.
Cilic is 1-9 vs Fed. The one win was his unstoppable USO run – 3 years ago. He’s been playing great for a while yet, but not at that level.


skeezer Says:

Madmax,
On thing about that Chung match that is different from Novak ( pre elbow ). His serve is not a dominating part of his game. If Fed attacks it and plays aggressive ( no shanks please ) am hoping the kid will start spraying the ball. We’ll see, no? Hoping he gets through also…

No matter what he has added to his all time record making it to 43 GS Semis! Nice,,,,;)


skeezer Says:

TV,
Hope yer right!πŸ‘


BBB Says:

This gets to my point from yesterday, that Federer is back in people’s heads after a hiatus. To me, that’s what happened to Cilic last time, as opposed to 2014. Maybe not….


Humble Rafa Says:

( no shanks please )

Has he played a match without a shank? That backhand is waiting on a shank every time.

Crazy how far he bad his backhand is.


Humble Rafa Says:

Pride of all Asian men is at stake, it seems.


Madmax Says:

Skeezer,

One thing I have noticed about Chung. He is very, very cocky and I think that that is what is needed. He seems to have zero fear.

Hyeon Chung – is extremely confident, also plays with extra elbow as a double hander.

Should be a cracker.


j-kath Says:

Pretty much agree Madmax. Youth and being cocky go together…why not. If his confidence holds, Fed will not find it easy. Think Fed needs to come out all guns firing. Heck, whoever wins it should be a match that all tennis fans enjoy.


Tony N Says:

We have an idea of Chung Hyeon’s limits at his very best when he played Djokovic and Zverev.

So it depends which Federer shows up tonight. Federer at his very best and serving well will likely beat Chung at his best in three sets — partly because of Chung’s serve and Federer’s ability to beat Djokovic-like games whenever Roger is at his fittest. When players play an A-level Federer for the first time they are discombobulated by the intensity and speed at which he plays — which they say is unlike any other player. What Chung has going for him is that he has watched and studied Federer for many years, while Roger has probably watched only a few snippets of Chung’s previous matches before the Chung-Djokovic match (An A-level Roger probably would have beaten Djokovic had they met in this AO — we should remember that Federer was the player who alone beat Djokovic 5 times in 2014 and 2015 even though Roger was less fit than in 2017, while all other players combined had only 7 wins against Novak in 2014-15).

However if Federer plays like he did for much of the first set against Berdych then defeat is always possible.

One thing is virtually certain. If Chung is winning — and Federer is injured — Federer will not turn it into a big injury drama and retire from the match a few games before the end to steal the thunder from Chung’s win. Even at age 36, Federer will stand on court with sportsmanship and play till the final point (like he did against Zverev in Montreal). And he won’t then play a minor event a few weeks later for the appearance fees.

Tough Call: Will Someone Other Than Federer Win The Australian Open?
http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2018/01/tough-call-will-someone-other-federer-win-australian-open/71645/

Roger Federer is just as perfect behind the scenes as he is on court
http://www.news.com.au/sport/tennis/australian-open/roger-federer-is-just-as-perfect-behind-the-scenes-as-he-is-on-court/news-story/23257719770f9de5e7f5d7d58225de16


Margot Says:

Come on Chung, let’s see if you really are Nole mark 2!


Willow Says:

Agree Margot lol ….


Willow Says:

It would be quite the achievement for Chung to beat 3 GS champions ….


skeezer Says:

Tony N
Great read, especially the part about Rafa/Blake.
#class


Okiegal Says:

Yes we see cocky a lot on the old tennis courts…….another word for it is arrogance!


Humble Rafa Says:

Everybody has a baby..even the Egg Lover. When will someone play like me?


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Thiem’s your baby, Rafa. Good looking kid, too.


Daniel Says:

Has anybody ever took Djoko and Fed out at the same Slam to win it? Oh yeah, remember it, Wawa RG 2015, Fed QF and Djoko final.


Tony N Says:

Mats Wilander might be lurking here and read what I posted…

Wilander: Chung’s frightening, but won’t scare Federer
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tennis-ausopen-chung-wilander/chungs-frightening-but-wont-scare-federer-wilander-idUSKBN1FE1U6

Tignor: Federer Vs. Chung: Who Will Be Going To The Australian Open Final?
http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2018/01/2018-atp-tour-australian-open-mens-tennis-roger-federer-hyeon-chung-semifinals-preview/71678/


J.S. Says:

All the predictions went out the window in the first round!

Let’s go CHUNG!


Tony N Says:

Terrified about Chung, Federer gets a new practise partner…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANkdPDPxOX8

How a Korean pronounces “Chung Hyeon”… it’s important to correctly pronounce the name of the guy you’re cheering for :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBfA1oqOb0w


skeezer Says:

Re: Gates/Fed….Thats hilarious lol l! Giles maybe getting me tickets(fingers crossed).


Tony N Says:

skeezer, Bill Gates is a good practice partner, lol.
If Giles gets you tickets, hope they’re not fake… get him a polka-dot RF cap.
http://people.com/sports/roger-federer-savannah-guthrie-charity-tennis-match/

Wally Masur (Tennis Australia’s head of performance): “Federer can win at 75 per cent… But look at Federer’s great rivals, when you watch them play, I get sore just watching the way Novak and Rafa (Nadal) and (Andy) Murray, in particular, throw themselves around the court… I’m more staggered when they have a healthy year than when they don’t.

But Federer can win at 75 per cent. He’s that good, and his serve is so good and he’s got that many ways to win points… But Rafa and Murray, even when they’re playing in those first and second rounds, they have to get dirty; dig, fight, scrap, run and be Rafa and be Andy and be Novak.

And that’s where I think Roger has been able to see them off because he’s just had this ability to be in a gear that didn’t kill him but, when it really it mattered, he had higher gears to go to too. He rarely red-lines.”
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/greats-ask-federer-what-s-your-secret


Margot Says:

I don’t see Chung as “arrogant” or “cocky.” Unless someone has studied South Korean culture in some depth, I don’t really feel you’re qualified to make such comments.
Anyway, Go Chung, at least take a set! I think his serve is too attackable to overthrow Fed, and Fed’s serve is too good, but the rest of his game is super fine, so who knows.


Amit Says:

Daniel
RG 2008 was where Rafa beat Djoko in semis and Fed in final.


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Amit Says:

Of the last 3 remaining, am sure all are capable of winning this slam. But Fed has 2 tests remaining. Two potentially tough tests. Chung can beat Fed if Fed doesnt play well, otherwise not. If the final plays out between Cilic and Chung, then Cilic shall win imho, he is hungry for his second slam right now! But if its a Fed-Cilic final, then Cilic has chances of losing it as well. Cilic is looking good and he can have an awesome day in the final and win it. The guy is too dangerous. I never can write Cilic off in a slam, he can be beaten easily and he can win easily too. Fed will always be Fed and make the opponent earn his win.
The most imp and interesting thing about this tournament however, is the emergence of the Djokovic junior in Chung! The guy is exciting and he can and shall in all probability win a slam, sooner than later.
Djokovic and Nadal matches were pretty interesting even though they lost! Rafa shall win a slam again, no doubt about it! But Djokovic has to earn one slam soon, wont be that easy for him..
And today’s match is going to be interesting as well! Win or lose, for Chung, its a stepping stone in the right direction! He plays exactly like Djokovic! In fact I was confused in his match with Djokovic as to who was playing whom! Except his serving style, Chung is all Djokovic written all over! Chung has to work on improving his serve though.. His serving style is less than championship stuff to me as of now. But make no mistake, Chung has substance in him!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘


Amit Says:

Cilic and JMDP are bulldozers! Love them both for what they are! And Berdych is a big waste. He ruined my mood by beating JMDP. Glad he was pounded hard by Federer! What a loser this Berdych fellow, such a sissy mostly. 😠😠😠


Amit Says:

Btw hello to my fellow fed fans squirrel fedexpress madmax skeezer etc and sweet hellos to Margot and AndyMira πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€


Willow Says:

So proud of Kyle, hopefully things acts as a springboard, and he goes deep again in future GS,with a question mark on Andy going forward us Brits need another rising star ….


Willow Says:

Amit i havent seen Squirrel here for a few days, sorry have to ask what did Berdych do wrong ?


Willow Says:

I Dont see Chung as been cocky either just confident and why not, surely to be a top player you have to be ?


AndyMira Says:

Hey Amit!…Long time no hear?Where were u?Hope everythings okay in your world buddy!


Humble Rafa Says:

us Brits need another rising star

You get one every hundred years. You need one already? Suffer is a British trait, I guess you don’t have it.


J.S. Says:

Unbelievable they closed the roof for Roger!!!

This is over the top….. Just give him the trophy!!


Van Persie Says:

Do not see the match, J.S, but is it raining? Why is the roof closed?

If it’s not due the rain, then, it’s not very nice. The acoustic is different, you can hear better the cheering, and I assume this would not be in Chung’s favour. lol


Van Persie Says:

Just see, Chung got broken, but Federer did not win easy on his own serve. Could be a long one.

Come on, Chung!


squirrel Says:

Hi Amit! Glad to have you back here, now let’s cheer our man!

Hi Willow, sorry couldn’t catch a break to chat yesterday! Are you watching the match?? :-)


Willow Says:

J.S thank goodness for clay, grass and the American HC season, it always has been my least favorite GS ….


Willow Says:

Squirrel thats fine my friend, yeah really enjoying the match, ignore the bullies by the way ;-)


Humble Rafa Says:

He comes. They close the roof. Umpire swear their loyalty. Birds sit down. Organizers bow. Children become quiet.


squirrel Says:

hehe I will try Willow, though it’s hard, you’re always so calm, you need to remind us all and give some tips! hehe :)

So far, Chung is doing ok I must say, Fed needs to stay focused. What do you think?


squirrel Says:

Really the roof is closed? Weird…there must be a good reason for it.. anyone has any info?


j-kath Says:

Sorri friends and foes – but I like cocky, cheeky Chung…..and I hope he stays like that for a long time.


Daniel Says:

4-1, double break Chung making UE and Fed pressuring.

Easy set so far. Maybe nerves for Chung.


Willow Says:

Chung isnt challenging Federer much here thats for sure lol ….


Daniel Says:

Chung is only serving in Fed’s FH, weird. And his FH is not clicking.


Daniel Says:

Federer taking the eye of the ball;-)


Humble Rafa Says:

President Dump bemoaned that the rise of Chings and Changs in tennis and vowed to make American Tennys great again.


Daniel Says:

3rd Set Point.


jatin Says:

Fed is blasting his lethal Forehand so nice. Great start :)


Daniel Says:

DF. he is forcing the second set because he knows Fed is attacking. 5th set point second serve


Van orten Says:

5th set point it is !!! 6:1 no problem


jatin Says:

He is eating Chung’s 1st first serves right now making him go for the shots which he don’t like to play.


Willow Says:

He looks very good hi Jatin ;-)


Daniel Says:

So far this could be one of the scores I said Federer didn’t produce this tourney. First set 6-1 and he is in full control.

Either Chung relax now and play with no pressure having noting to lose and play more freely, making the score closer or he will keep this wrong tactics and Fed will cruise for his easiest win this tourney.

And Fed is only 32% first serves in, which is awful for him.


jatin Says:

Serving masterclass as Robbie Koenig says “Geometric Precision” :)


Willow Says:

Easy ….


Daniel Says:

Fed improved his serving second set and hasn’t lost a point in 2 holds.


jatin Says:

Hey willow.
Glad to see you here. This tournament had some kind of upset bug it seemed.


Humble Rafa Says:

Asian Man 2 is embarrassing an entire continent. Just like Asian Man 1, his weapons are small and inefficient.


jatin Says:

Fed is troubling chung with his limitless variety.


AndyMira Says:

Very disappointing semi final so far…No challenge at all!


squirrel Says:

He’s not embarrasing the continent (I’m Asian and I’m vey proud of him). I see him really trying, I’m sure it will be more competitive by the third set. Fed is not serving that particularly well, if he’s trhough, hope it won’t be like this in the final vs Cilic


squirrel Says:

Hi AM! Yeah, so far a snoozefest…


Daniel Says:

Awesome BH winner passing shot for behind baseline to break! 3-1.


squirrel Says:

Yeah awesome BH!


Van orten Says:

Playing in Rogers forehand is not really a good idea is it ?


Daniel Says:

2 good returns from Chung t finally win some points o Fed`s serve.


Daniel Says:

Chung having left foot treatment, probably blisters.


Willow Says:

AndiMira agree Federers playing sublime tennis no doubt, but i really expected a contest ….


AndyMira Says:

Hey squirrel!…How r u?…Yeah,i can’t believe we’re having a snoozefest 2 days in a row!!..Urgh!!


Humble Rafa Says:

I give credit to the Asian Man 2 for taking MTO. He is using it strategically while losing. These things can change momentum sometimes. He should use it a few more times in the following games.


AndyMira Says:

Yes willow!…Makes me miss those Big 3 so much!…They certainly can challenge Rog & give us a very entertaining match at the very least…


Van orten Says:

Hahaha hr


Tony N Says:

J.S. Says: “Unbelievable they closed the roof for Roger!!!”
Unbelievable, you jumped to that conclusion without first checking the weather forecast. Thunderstorm forecast for tonight. Yesterday’s commentators said the roof would likely be closed tonight due to the rain forecast.
You should have said they closed the roof for Chung given Federer’s winning percentage in 2017:
- outdoors:91.67% (44-4)
- indoors: 88.89% (8-1)

Another discombobulated Federer opponent using the medical timeout to throw off Federer’s interest, focus and rhythm. Ugh.


Humble Rafa Says:

Another discombobulated Federer opponent using the medical timeout to throw off Federer’s interest, focus and rhythm. Ugh.

Uncle Toni, why do you hate the very tactic you taught at a young age? It served me well.


AndyMira Says:

Hahahaha…Funny HR!!


Rajesh Says:

Very poor showing from chung


jatin Says:

Glad to see this level of fed again :)
Chung has to go for something different.


Rajesh Says:

Hi all i like to read all your comments
Please dont mind my english is a bit weak


jatin Says:

So sad to see Chung going out this way :(


Van orten Says:

Blisters ??? Oh gee


jatin Says:

It was some great 2 weeks for him.


Daniel Says:

Chung retiring. IF you can’t set your foot right you can’t move much. We think blisters are not a proper injury but depending on the place the pain is constant and affect your whole game.

Fed sailed through to his 30th Grand Slams final.

Cilicl probably will want revenge on Wimby 2017


Willow Says:

I Wonder if posters will give Chung a hard time for retiring hmmm ….


Humble Rafa Says:

Asian Man 2 has no heart. He can be like Flying French Monfils. Not too shabby.


Rajesh Says:

Chung retires


Margot Says:

Big hello to you too Amit :) x


jatin Says:

It was a blister.
Wanted to see a competitive match till the end.


Rajesh Says:

Fed in finals just wow


Tony N Says:

Humble Rafa Says: “Asian Man 2 is embarrassing an entire continent.”
Don’t worry. Chung will play you later this year.


Daniel Says:

Still think Fed is favorite to win it all.

Cili has the serve and raw power, but Fed is mixing a lot and all aspect of his game is clicking.

Plus the 9-1 HxH in Fed’s favor. But for Cilicl the only win came in Grand Slam USO semis in that amazing run. But now Fed is more than rested.

Fed in 4. 3 if Cilic folds and feel the pressure.


Rajesh Says:

With so much rest it would be a great final i think


jatin Says:

Classy interview by Fed.


Humble Rafa Says:

Uncle Toni,

You used to be so kind and gentle to this little nephew. Why so mean?


jatin Says:

Can’t believe Fed is in another Final


Willow Says:

Rajesh welcome ;-)


Daniel Says:

Federer just said Cilicl had blisters in Wimby final as well, that was nice of him to say.


Rajesh Says:

Oh hi willow


Margot Says:

What a shame.
Think Fed would’ve won whatever tho


Tennis Lover Says:

This is not a moment for us; Federer fan to savor. Federer has to play swashbuckling stuff in final to stop Cilic. This Asian young men has disappointed me though. So far a weird and a strangely somnolent Australian open. We wish Grand slam number 20 will come in our way and that would indeed be a landmark to be celebrated for a long long time.


Anto Says:

Unless cilic play his A game through out the match (which i very much doubt), the final is gonna be onesided as it was in the wimbly final last year.


Van orten Says:

WELL his big idol is nole . No wonder he retired .. but don’t worry it will get better with age ;)


Willow Says:

Federers wouldve won anyway agree with Margot, but a dissapointing match for a semi ….


FedExpress Says:

Unlucky way for Chung. But a big learning curve for him. Congratz to him for the tournament he had.

Wow. Now to our man. Las 4 GS he played.

W
W
QF
F reached

This guy is just something else. Who had thought that.

One more match win and he can relax for the rest of the season.

After the Goffin I was down that Fed burnt himself out after a long season and it will take that he recovers fully again. I was wrong.


tfouto Says:

Retiring for blisters? Hmmm, seems like he’s emotional destroyed.


squirrel Says:

I’m fine AM! and you? Yeah, no chance…plus, I missed the great women’s matches yesterday, sucks!


Giles Says:

Soooo who did fed beat up to this point? Nobody of any significance plus a retirement. Can it get any better for frauderer? Just hand him the trophy he didn’t earn.
Sooooo lucky especially with AO giving him all the comfortable schedules as well.


AndyMira Says:

Hey back Squirrel!…Congrats for another final for Fed k?Oh!..i missed yesterday’s women’s match too!..But will glued my head to tv screen tomorrow!Hehe…Who u root for Squirrel?Sim sim or woz woz?


t4t Says:

What’s new? The game plan for a Fed win is always the same. Give Fed a tough half with all the tough players in the other quarter. Media and Fed fans scream: tough draw for Fed! Fed waltzes through his weak Quarter always playing Center Court in the night for his rhythm and to peak for the later rounds.Gladiator from the tough quarter plays grueling matches in the heat, on different courts and is not able to build rhythm, is forced to reach high level in the early rounds and arrives injured and/or exhausted. Same story repeated with some variations… Chief rival in the other half also gets tough quarter and bad playing conditions…Fed fans claim chief rival has cupcake. Chief rival either loses early or arrives exhausted to the final….Fed wins ( script occasionally changed by an inspired player who defies injuries and exhaustion in the semi or final)


Van orten Says:

Hahahahahahah Hahahahahahah


Goonie123 Says:

@t4t Is that really so? I think you are oversimplifying. It’s called ranking. Any quarter is usually easy for the top seeds the first rounds. Exhaustion and injuries are self-made problems: overtrained or undertrained. It’s not that Federer is known for suffering the most in heat – actually quite the contrary.


squirrel Says:

Thanks so much AM, so nice of you, always gracious.

I am soooo pumped for both of them!!! They’re my top 2 players who sooo deserved a Slam and finally one of them will get it tomorrow. I have to go for Halep. I’m not particularly a fan os her tennis but I soo admire her tenacity and humbleness. I love seeing her speak because she seems so nice and humble and always positive. She had it very rough at last year’s FO final and really deserve this one. I predict she’ll get it and will be rooting all the way for her. Come on Simona, believe!!!


squirrel Says:

What about you AM, who do you root for??


Amit Says:

Hi Willow:
Am pissed off with berdych for not trying enough against Federer, he folded like a paper, no fight, no passion.. he should have taken federer to task.. He further ruined my mood by beating JMDP.. At least JMDP has class as well as guts and could have fought better than Berdych if he had a good day.

And btw Chung isnt cocky at all, very decent and cultured guy.. dunno why people are complaining about him!! Zverev rather was showing cockiness and got killed by Chung.. Cockiness isnt something i am fully against though. I believe cockiness is indispensable for success in this unkind world..


Michael Says:

A match which raised great expectations and it ended as a damp-squib. Roger would definitely not like to sail to the finals in this way by virtue of retirement by his opponent.But then he is helpless at the turn of events.Compared to last year, this Australian open has been a major dampener. Both the semifinals then went the distance. Let us atleast hope that the finals doesn’t let us down and lives upto the billing. Cilic is playing exceptionally well at the moment but he is a pretty inconsistent and erratic player and if he is not in his zone, Roger in this flamboyant form would murder him on court.


squirrel Says:

Totally agree with you, A. Zverev is much more cocky! Not that it’s a problem…


Amit Says:

Dear AndyMira

I was very busy.. today got bit free as its republic day here in India.. too much work these days, so am not able to come as much as i would like! Eating working and sleeping are my main jobs these days..πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘


Amit Says:

Squirrel

Whats up buddy.. πŸ˜ƒ


Michael Says:

t4t – You are contriving good imaginary stories. Keep it up. You can become a good novelist.


Amit Says:

Thanks for rhe kind welcome back dear margot. I am really hopeful about Murray that he comes back fit and wins more slams.. just love that guy!


Amit Says:

Giles

Hows your business life going on?? Earning well now?? Hope so!


Michael Says:

@t4t – Do you mean the Australian Authorities are in collusion with Roger to favour him with night matches ? That is absolute crap. Roger plays in the night because his brand is superlative and he sells.


Giles Says:

t4t. Spot on.


squirrel Says:

Amit ;)

Hope to see you chat here together with us on Sunday’s final!


Michael Says:

Something horrible is burning inside the stomach of Giles and t4t.


Amit Says:

Btw i agree with whoever says that it was justified for Rafa to retire on feeling apprehensive of aggravating his injury, just coz a few would like him to play till last for competing for supposed graciousness with Fed doesnt mean Rafa should endanger his body or invite injury by playing despite feeling serious discomfort or pain! Your work gains you reward, not pleasing antagonistic or unconcerned people! Rafa or anyone else for that matter should be concerned about his own interest and benefit, and not care about what the rest of the world thinks or assumes! Success doesnt come that way and Rafa knows it best! He neednt be Gandhi but just as much successful as he can by taking his own decisions consulting his close ones.


Willow Says:

Good to see you here Michael, even though we dont agree on very much :-)


Amit Says:

Squirrel

I too hope to catch you guys more often including on Sunday. Hope Federer lifts his 20th slam on Sunday. The guys needs to win as much as he can before its too late! #GoFederer!!!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘β€β€β€


Amit Says:

Squirrel

I too hope to catch you guys more often including on Sunday. Hope Federer lifts his 20th slam on Sunday. The guys needs to win as much as he can before its too late! #GoFederer!!!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘β€β€β€


squirrel Says:

@Michael

Nicely put! Must be a hell of a burn! ;)


Michael Says:

This is the 30th grandslam final for Roger and this one is too special as it comes at an age when the maestro will be soon touching 37. It is absolute humiliation for the entire competition and the new generation as a man over 36 is dominating the sport as nobody has before or probably after. Roger haters can only invent ingenious stories to belittle his achievements. But Roger will be immortal as long as Tennis is a global sport.


squirrel Says:

Yeah Amit! Would like to see him maximise his potential before saying goodbye to us fans forever… :(


Daniel Says:

Playing #6 seed, Grand Slam champion and third slam final is better than whatever Nadal played in USO no?!


Michael Says:

@squirrel – Thank you.


Michael Says:

@Willow – So nice of you. Thank you.


Amit Says:

Squirrel

All good things end someday.. but our Roger is never leaving tennis! After he plays stopping he wpuld still be conn3cted with tennis sure as hell! Just like JMac is the self-appointed commisioner of tennis right now,Fed too would make a good tennis commentator some day and we can enjoy his witty commentary and wise astute tennis analysis!😍😍😍


Daniel Says:

Precise words Michael. Seems a bunch of people are in denial mode and anger here. Then comes acceptance;-) #kubler-ross


Amit Says:

I mean stops playing in my previous post


Amit Says:

Federer defeated a decent permanent top 10-er like Berdych, an up-and-coming star and will play Cilic in final. So if he wins he would have earned it much more deservedly than some critics would ever admit!


squirrel Says:

Nicely put Amit!! :))


FedExpress Says:

Giles and t4 cant take the fact that Fed will be still around for some years and win majors.


Daniel Says:

Also, if he wins in straight, which I don’t think will be the as Cilcil is playing well enough to test him, he would have won hos last 2 Salsm without dropping a set. That is huge!


Giles Says:

FE. He’s only winning majors cos his main competitors are away injured.
Luck of the devil.


Michael Says:

Thank you Daniel.


FedExpress Says:

STFU Giles you clown.

Look at the recent Us open. You are gonna tell me Nadal had opposition there or what?!?!?


Amit Says:

Giles

Sour Grapes for you…πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡


Giles Says:

STFU yourself FE. You know it’s true.
Hoping Cilic kicks his butt.


Michael Says:

Physical fitness is the most essential prerequisite for an atheletic sport like Tennis. If you are injured, you shouldn’t be playing tournaments and if your injury lingers then you are unfit for Tennis. Roger certainly didn’t prevent Novak or Rafa from meeting him. They became victims to much lesser opponents in the initial stages itself and they are very much responsible for their plight. Roger is playing with the biggest handicap of the age factor confronting him and it is not easy for anybody battlkhg opponents who are five or ten years younger in such a physically gruelling sport.


Giles Says:

It’s funny some of these posters hide in the woodwork and only come out when their idol is winning aka Michael and Amit, especially the last named. When was he here last ?


Tennis Lover Says:

All Federer bashers are mentally unsound, perhaps their insanity crossed the level of normalcy. Support the one who beautified, sanctified and glorified the game not the one who destroyed all this inveterate features of the game. Tennis as a whole suffered in the hand of Nadal and Djoker. Federer gave us emancipation from their desecration of the sports. So relish this moment. Throw your dull invective somewhere else. You are pathetic piece of shits with no respect and love for the game


Willow Says:

Come on people its only a game, lets just enjoy eh ?


Tony N Says:

Giles, they don’t get paid to be here all day. How much does Team Nadal pay you and your alter ego Humble Rafa to be here all day, everyday?

Given Federer’s level, Roger probably would have beaten Nadal and Djokovic in straight sets.


Humble Rafa Says:

Uncle Toni has lost his mind.


Tony N Says:

Willow, why don’t you control your gang of Federer haters? There’s no moral equivalence when Fed fans respond to these vicious barbs.


Amit Says:

Giles

I am so sorry to disappoint you.. but hey, you got some work to do surely, don’t you? I do have some to do mostly, so I dont come here always! If fandom gave my my bread and butter, I would be on tennis sites forever! Moreover, I am a Fedfan and not broad-minded like you, so i dont come here often to spread cheers like you no matter whats happening in the tennis planet! You however are a VVIP poster, the site loses much without your insightful posts, so always be here and keep posting! My apologies for hurting your high expectations by my unqualified statements that aren’t factual, informed and objective like you. πŸ˜›πŸ˜œ


Daniel Says:

This is the same competion that saw Nadal wins RG 2017 and USO 2017, so..Fed is not the only one beneftign from it.

And last year AO, everybody was playing and healthy.


Willow Says:

Toni. N six of one, and half a dozen of the other, as my late mother used to say, fellow fans attack fellow fans too, as you also did with one of yours yesterday, so your hardly a saint yourself, enjoy the final number 20 on the cards ;-)


Amit Says:

I dont consider it obligatory to be here when federer is losing or whatever, nor consider it derogatory to be here when federer is winning! I beg your pardon if you think otherwise. πŸ˜†


Amit Says:

Willow isnt anti-federer exactly. So he/she neednt be held responsible for what some anti-federer posts say. Thats my view.


Willow Says:

Amit posters come and gone from all fan bases, its not exclusive, tennis is an enjoyable sport, but theres no written criteria as to when people should or shouldnt post, theres a big world out there too ….


Willow Says:

Thankyou Amit ;-)


Willow Says:

Amit im female gender ;-)


AndyMira Says:

Squirrel…Yeah!Totally agree with u there bro!..God!it must be hurt to see one of them lose tomorrow!….They’re both sooooo deserve to win…and like u,i wish simona win too…At least Woz got her fiance if she lost..but Sim only got Cahill!…So..Sim to win!!Woohoo!

Amit…Glad to see u back here again!Hope u will enjoy the magic from Rog on sunday okay?Hey!…u’re also didn’t join TourneyTopia!..lucky u!Coz i got kick really hard by Margot!![again!]…Urgh!!..I’m lucky if i still got my backside next week Amit!!…Brrr…She’s a Witch!!


Michael Says:

@Giles,

I have praised Rafa too on numerous occasions apart from Novak and Andy. More than the individual players who are dispensable, I love Tennis as a Sport. I do not however conceal my adulation for Roger who has imparted beauty and grace in this age of power tennis and I am captivated by the manner by which he plays this brutal sport with such effortless ease and charm
As I have said on many occasions, Roger and Novak are my favourite players but this doesn’t mean I despise Rafa and Andy & belittle their achievements or value addition to this sport. More especially, Rafa, whom I consider as a near equal to Roger and I respect and admire Novak for the way he managed to break the stranglehold of Roger and Rafa & dominated it for a few years, which is a tremendous fear.

I just wonder why you are harbouring such hate, cynically spiteful and nurture grievance and jealousy towards Roger. Is it by any chance – personal ??


Margot Says:

AM: Think I might come in top of the whole caboodle, which is irritating because people in private pools aren’t eligible for any prizes :(


Michael Says:

Well said Daniel. Rafa won comprehensively as Roger by beating the competition that was on offer. He truly deserves his trophies.


Michael Says:

Posters like Willow aka Alison cannot be equated with the likes of Giles. Willow although a Rafan has grace, equipoise and decency.


Willow Says:

Michael hmm you didnt take too kindly to Rafa winning the FO last years though, you said give the trophy to Nadal already, as the only player that could beat him was Novak and he was beaten, the FO is desperate for a new champion, i dont think you care for Rafa or Andy, and would probably prefer Roger and Novak sharing the four GS between them which is fine, and you are at least very polite about it though ….


Willow Says:

Michael but thanks for the post at 8.05 am ….


j-kath Says:

Amit: Good to meet you. Agree with a lot of what you have said.


skeezer Says:

Margot,
Time for you to go Pro.
$


AndyMira Says:

M…Yeah!..I think the winner should be given something…U know as an appreciation for our participation..

So,the rumours about prize money 1 Billion dolar is not true??Urgh!..I already plan to rub your back & ask for loan[500 mil] from u!…i want to buy a boat & take Miss Okie to FO to see Rafa play this year M …U can hop in too!!


Willow Says:

Ive won the ladies bracket before now, sadly i dont do the Global bracket challenge either ….


squirrel Says:

“but Sim only got Cahill!”

Hhahahahahhah you make me laugh so hard!!! Now my boss knows I’m not “seriously” working… ;)


Willow Says:

And i dont do gangs, this is tennis not warfare geez ….


AndyMira Says:

Shhhhh!!…Squirrel!…Keep quiet!..Or u will lose your job bro!!


Amit Says:

J-kath

Thanks friend..


StarvingActor Says:

Chillax Fed fans – trolls be trolling. What else can they do?

I don’t think this is the type of preparation that Roger needed for finals. Cilic will be in some mood to make up for that Wimbledon loss – a way of redemption, since he couldn’t put on much of a fight.

I sure hope Roger picks up 1st serve percentage numbers and maintains great off the ground.

Go Roger!


Michael Says:

@ Willow – Ofcourse, I did say that French Open needs a new Champion and I really wonder what is wrong in my wish ? Rafa had won the tournament over an invincible 9 times and the script was becoming a tired cliche much to my dislike. I thought that it was just not in the interest of neither Tennis nor the Tournament that you have such a predictable outcome with zilch suspense. Such was the scale and intensity of Rafa’s domination and yet again proves his greatness that he made himself biting that throne inevitable every year except for some very brief intervals. I do not think Roger has dominated even Wimbledon as Rafa has done at the French Open. It just has no parallel.

That said coming Sunday, I will root for Cilic all the way as Roger has nothing to prove and Tennis needs new winners and Champions for the Sport to thrive and prepare itself for a post Roger-Rafa-Novak era.


Giles Says:

Lol J-K. :((


Giles Says:

Go Cilic. Go Go Go


skeezer Says:

Giles new favorite idol(s) are every professional male player on the planet……….-Fed.
#vamosfed


RZ Says:

Margot – you didn’t enter the main bracket, just the Tennis-X bracket?


Van Persie Says:

Margot,

You had the same wish for Chung as I had, to win a set at least :) Looks like he misunderstood us: he played only for a set!

Federer is favorite, but Cilic has strong chances. He did learn his lessons last year in Wimbledon, had enough time to rest before the final and some tough matches during the tournament.


Margot Says:

Yeah RZ…just :(
VP :(


Margot Says:

Skeeze: Very tempted, or to do a wee bit of betting…..hmmm My Welsh Methodist grandma would be shocked!


Madmax Says:

FedExpress Says:
Unlucky way for Chung. But a big learning curve for him. Congratz to him for the tournament he had.

Wow. Now to our man. Las 4 GS he played.

W
W
QF
F reached

This guy is just something else. Who had thought that.

One more match win and he can relax for the rest of the season.

After the Goffin I was down that Fed burnt himself out after a long season and it will take that he recovers fully again. I was wrong.

January 26th, 2018 at 5:01 am

FedExpress,

Please don’t spoil the final with comments that you usually make to bring us all down.

Stay sharp.

Hope everyone who loves tennis will be here to watch and wish for a great match.


j-kath Says:

Giles @ 10.34 says: “Lol J-K”:((

I’m not sure what you are referring to?

Are you referring to my comments re. Chung e.g. something like I like his cheeky cockiness? I hope you are not rejecting that youth and cockiness often go together (when success begins). Confidence is a welcome outcome… even if it is bold and cheeky.

Nor do I accept that one should only make such remarks about a particular tennis player if we know the culture of the country in depth? Goodness gracious me! Think what home-work we’d have to do. However, my niece and her Chung-neighbour boy-friend (both 21 years old and training as doctors) are youthful, delightfully cocky, audacious and full of laughter. At a family wedding, the boy-friend danced (and tried to sing) every Scottish melody ….with only one glass of champagne all evening.

“Lol J-K” – Have I answered your “Lol J-K” with the above? Or is it because I found a lot of good comments made by a Fed. fan. …..while my favourite is Andy followed by 2 others.


RZ Says:

Margot, 😒😒😒. Next time click the link to join the main bracket!


Giles Says:

J-K Was referring to your post @ 8.20 am.
Forget it. It doesn’t matter now.


Margot Says:

RZ: If Cilic wins, I wont. Hoping he wins now, I wont feel so bad…;)


Margot Says:

Kath: it’s called ethnocentricity.


j-kath Says:

Margot – I worked with 64 different nationalities during the flood of refugees and asylum seekers that came into Glasgow approx. 10 years ago. This experience taught me that when you peel away religion, social levels and homeland experiences and customs – there is a yearning, eager person somewhere in the soul….young and not-so-young desperate to integrate.

I do not believe that fans should be expected to analyze tennis players by their culture, standards or customs unless individual fans wish to. Certainly, any information can be interesting and shared.

What is it that makes fans pick X player over Y player? A certain level of success becomes important but it is also the personality and we should not be expected to wholly change our view based on the player’s roots.

My opinion – and thank you for the opportunity – I accept that
others may have different views.
K.

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