Del Potro Dominant, Nadal Wins At US Open; Federer, Djokovic One Win Away
by Staff | September 2nd, 2018, 11:45 pm
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Big man Juan Martin del Potro continues to quietly impress at the US Open. The 2009 champion hasn’t dropped a set through four matches, today punishing an irritable Borna Coric 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 this evening.

The 6-foot-6 del Potro is back in the quarterfinals at the US Open for a third straight year, and on Tuesday he’ll meet American John Isner who he lost to in Miami.

Isner had to go five sets for a second time the first week in turning away Milos Raonic 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 to reach his first US Open quarterfinal since 2011.

“Fortunately for me there were no tie-breaks. There wasn’t one in the fifth. That’s a high-pressure situation. I would have relished it if that moment did come, but I was able to win in a little bit easier fashion,” Isner said. “Everyone was expecting maybe five tie-breaks. If that’s the case, so be it. But I didn’t go out there expecting that. I knew that I could try to impose myself as best as I possibly could, try to do it without winning with a seven on the ledger.”

Raonic said mid-way through the fourth set he hurt his hip, for which he required a medical timeout at the start of the fifth.

Earlier in the day, Rafael Nadal looked well on his way to a comfortable straight set win over Nikolaz Basilishvili, leading the Georgian by two sets and a break. But things got complicated as Nadal’s play dipped and energized by the crowd, Basilishvili caught fire, won a tight tiebreaker but couldn’t sustain it in a four set 6-3, 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-4 loss.

“The beginning of the third was the only thing, because I had Love-40 and probably was that moment that I needed to push a little bit more and close the match,” Nadal said. “I missed a forehand down the line in that Love-40, but was a bad decision that forehand, no? That was the moment to put all my senses to that point. Because with two sets to Love, 2-0 serving, big chance of 3-0 probably.

“The match was almost close and then the match became more difficult.”

Nadal has won his last 11 matches at the US Open, and next meeting Dominic Thiem in a rematch of their French Open final.

“He’s a fantastic player,” Nadal said of Theim. “He’s a very powerful player. He’s a great guy. Very good relationship with him. Happy for him that he’s in quarterfinals here. Last year he lost a very tough match against Del Potro here.

“In some way he deserve to be where he is. Gonna be a tough one. He’s very powerful player, and, yeah, he knows how to play these kind of matches. Yeah, I need to play my best match of the tournament if I want to keep having chances to stay in the tournament.”

Thiem reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal off of clay knocking out 2017 runner-up Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-2, 7-6(2) after losing just four points on first serve all day.

“I served really, really well today,” said Thiem. “Not the best percentage, but I almost made every point in the first serve game. So I didn’t face one break point, and I didn’t feel so much pressure on service games.

“So it was a little bit easier to play the return games. I could change my return position, and this helped me a lot. And also the court, I think, made a big difference. It’s a huge court. I could go very far back like I do on clay usually.”

Anderson had won all six meetings with Thiem coming into the day. And after two 5-set matches, he did look weary on the court, but credited the Austrian.

“I definitely felt he played a great match,” Anderson said. “He made life pretty difficult for me. I thought he defended amazingly.

“I think a lot of success I have had in the past is I have been able to work points, find the right time to come forward. Still had a pretty good success rate coming forward today, but there were pockets where he had some unbelievable passing shots, made me hit another ball. That made things pretty tough.”

Tomorrow, we’ll know if Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will meet on quarterfinal Wednesday. Both will be heavy favorites against the likes of John Millman and Joao Sousa, respectively.

After a 5-set escape against Alex De Minaur, Marin Cilic returns to take on David Goffin and Kei Nishikori clashes with German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber.


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124 Comments for Del Potro Dominant, Nadal Wins At US Open; Federer, Djokovic One Win Away

Humble Rafa Says:

What is it like to wear cheap red shorts and cheap white shirt and walk around like God?


chofer Says:

If Delpo cut his work shot with Isner to save legs when he really needs it, he can do it. He was returning the lefty serves of Verdasco like old days. Waiting for you Rafa. Should be good.

He’s my pick now. And I’m the first one to admit he’s playing on autopilot and over-slicing his BH. He’s not.


FedExpress Says:

Since Nadal got vs Khachanov out of jail, its his to lose.

Such matches inspire and lead to glory more often than not.

Nadal will hold the trophy on sunday again. Sad but the bitter truth.


Giles Says:

FE. Hope you’re right. 😄


skeezer Says:

chofer,
Delpo’s:legs should be fine after Isners match, if he gets through, even if it goes 5. These kind of matches don’t tax the legs like a Rafole match, where grinding is the norm.
But Isner is having a career year don’t forget. This one I will watch for sure.


Daniel Says:

Agree ref DelPo. He should be fit even if the Isner match is long, as we know there will be around 30% or more unreturned serves by both sides and some quick points.

Nadal who may reach semis spent, specailly if Thiem is up to play and that match is a long 4-5 sets. Againts Anderosn he had impressive stats losing very few points on serve not facing a single BP. Of course, Nadal is one of the best returners in the gamem, but even so, Thiem was quietly moving on and he looks sharp.


Daniel Says:

Also if Fed and Djoko cruise today, as they should I think the winner of their clash in QF will be the favorite for the title.

As much as we hype DelPo he seems to have a Nadal issue latelly and if they meet in semis, even after his great effort in Wimby which favors his game the most, I wouldn’t be surprised if he folds like last year. This year he is better, BH and have way more confidence after IW title, good runs in RG and Wimby. But he lost last 3 out of 4 Slams all later rounds to Nadal and high chance to lose again.

Both Thiem and DelPo if off, Nadal can win easily in straights. Its unpredictable and depends if they show up at their A level game. Anything less won’t cut it.

And the winner of the Djoko x Fed clash will be fired up: Djoko if getting 2nd win over Fed after Cincy plus Wimby and Fed if able to get revenge, back in USO semis again.


Daniel Says:

Kei serving for the match, most likelly a repaet of 2014 final with Cilic in QF.


Daniel Says:

Haha, Just as I typed Kei got broken. But broke back and will serve for the match, again…And is already 0-15


FedExpress Says:

Sousa as useless as it gets as a 4th round opponent


chofer Says:

Daniel

Disagree. He’s been much closer in Wimbledon. On dirt, he didn’t even tried. And he’s returning lefty serves out wide by driving his BH. That’s how he best Verdasco. I think this is the time to close it out. He was 0-6 with Federer in 2009, when he played him really close in Roland Garros and won the US Open later on. The gap was closing and he was confident he could do it. He adjusted better. It’s a sort of dynamics very usual in tennis, so I don’t believe in “issues” not being their wrists hurting again.

Rafa will be always the favorite. I’m just calling an upset.


Van orten Says:

Haha Djokovic at his cynical best applauding the crowd cheering his df !


chofer Says:

skeezer

You’re right about the “legs” thing. But Isner punches you in the legs in a different way. By sending you to nervewreking tie-breaks when one step right or left is the difference for putting a winning return. He doesn’t make you run, but makes you stay alert all the time, point by point to seize the break. That’s tiring in the head first, and then the legs will follow.

I hope Izzy doesn’t serve like an animal for three hours.


FedExpress Says:

chofer, Delpo didnt try vs Nadal at the French?!?!

Remind me how many BPs he mugged up in the first set?


Van Persie Says:

Forget Paris, FedEx. DelPo was never a tennis revelation on clay


FedExpress Says:

Nole faking again?


Daniel Says:

Djoko x Fed will be night. Semis probably night also. finals start afternoon and end early night.

Weather foprecast for Wed and Friday is below 30C, 85F, possible rain on Sunday with even lower temperatures, so heat shouldn’t be a factor for bottom half next 2 matches


Daniel Says:

chofer,

agree thath DelPo seems closer, but lose 3 big matches in last 52 weeks hurts. Tennis is a mental sport more than anything, ask Fed druing his Nadla mental block period and Nadal when down that 0-7 straek in finals verus Djoko. It lingers and on the back of DelPo’s mind those 3 matches will be there if he plays Nadal in semis again.

So, its an additional hurdle he will have to overcame.


Daniel Says:

Cilic down 3-5. Seems another roller coatser match for him.

If Goffin x Kei QF happens, one will reach semis. USO really is the most open Slam, almost everybody can play on an slow HC and be competitive and reayd for an upset.


chris ford1 Says:

Now lets see if Fed can get through his foe for the unfortunately placed in the draw, but great, QF showdown everyone wants.
Even so, it is not like the winner will face Nadal for sure. The winner will likely face Marin Cilic who is no pushover and was a USO winner.


skeezer Says:

The great qtr final everyone wants? Lol Fed shouldn’t even be competitive @37 against prime Novak. But….he is.


chris ford1 Says:

Can Djokovic envision a third US Open title?

“I have imagined that. I have hoped for that. I have prayed for that,” he said.

Does he sound motivated?? If he gets past Federer and likely Cilic, he still has Nadal or Delpo in the Final, and it wont be easy to do – obviously. No gimme trophy.

==============
Skeezer – If Djokoic plays as well as Federer at 37, he’d take it when he reaches that age. Roger is obviously so good that while age has perhaps taken a bit away, it is still enough to beat just about anyone not named Nadal or Federer with regularity. And even those two can be taken by Roger on the right day.
PS- Most of Feds wins on Doker happened when Djokovic was a young player before he reached full form in 2011. After that, even when Federer was still in peak years, Djokovic has dominated him 19-10. So it evens out. Fed preyed on young Nole, now Novak obviously has the age advantage.


chofer Says:

Men’s tennis is game of champions.

Facts: 5 former Us Open Champions in the last eight since 1968.

Of course Murray and Wawrinka still recovering. Nishikori a former finalist.


Daniel Says:

CF1,

It would only “evens out” if they played the same amount of time in Fed’s peak years and after 2011 for Djokovic. Which already is not the case and the Fed “peak years” is debatable. For me his peak needed in AO 2010. before he turn 30.

Nadal after 30, Djoko after 30 and Fed after 30 are not the same players they were early on.

1 – Fed x Djoko played 19 times until 2011 (WTF 2010 last of 2010) – Federer lead 13-6

2 – Fed x Djoko played 27 times after 2011 (starting AO 2011) – Djoko leads 18-9

They played 59% of the time in Djojos time, after Fed was already 29 and a half.

29 is also the year players declined. Nadal had his word years in 2015 when he was 29
Fed in 2011 when he turn 30

Djoko has his worst path after RG 2016 when he turned guess what? 29. and had his word path with 29+, 30 and inly now he turned 31 and was able to turn it around.

Same as Nadal in 2017 when he was 31 and Fed in 2012 when he was 31.

They are very unique players and having late success, but its not the norm.

So, the more Fed and Djoko play, the more advantage to Djoko as he will play majority of Fedole matches when Fed was post 30 and he will always have the 6 years advantage.

This just shows Fed’s ability to keep a almost even HxH with him even abasing the odds.

And how he was able to beat Nadal (his true nemesis) 5 straight times after 35.


Daniel Says:

Also, He won USO 5 straight times and last one was in 2008, 10 freaking years ago and he is still here, almost in QF, with a potential chance on another title.


Daniel Says:

They met 15 times in Slams, Djoko leads 9-6 (60 – 40 %)

- 6 times (40 % of total matches) until 2011, Fed lead 4-2
- 9 Times (60 % of total matches) after 2011, Djoko leas 7-2

The ratio of win is exactly the same of the matches played under each period.

- AO: 3-1 Djoko
- RG: 1-1
- W: 2-1 Djoko
- USO: 3-3


Daniel Says:

Damm Fed, 2 DF in a row!


Daniel Says:

2 missed back to back volleys on SP 40-5 up. Also he is sweating more than the previous day matches.


Daniel Says:

Some odd DFs, but 1st set in the bag in 33 min. He needs a fast as possible match. As he will have a tough path from now on: Djoko / Cilic / Nadal or DelPo finals in worst scenario. Djoko / Kei / Isner in best.


Daniel Says:

I think Fed is struggling with heat / humidity also, it feels like 32C (90F) and 82% humidity


Daniel Says:

Federer awful 1st serve percentage at 36%. He can’t serve like this vs Djoko or he will be eaten alive.


Daniel Says:

At least his kick second serve is working


Daniel Says:

Fed had a BH cross court sitter to break and send it wide, Millman held after 2 deuce.

Both players needing to sit down after 2 long games.


Humble Rafa Says:

Somebody out there wearing red is sweating. Not sure who it is, but he appears old and ragged with a weak first serve and backhand.


RZ Says:

Daniel, I think Federer is confused by his sweat. He’s probably wondering what the moistire that keeps cropping up on his head is.


Humble Rafa Says:

Since Nadal got vs Khachanov out of jail, its his to lose.

Agree that the match against Jennifer was good for me. All tough matches are good.


BBB Says:

Well this is strange.


Eric Says:

Federer is serving by my estimation about 0% first serves, and shanking the ball 2010 style. This match is going downhill very fast.


Daniel Says:

Federer served for 2nd set with SP and got broken and now again to lose set. wrong choices.Bizarre set.


Eric Says:

He’s moving fine, but the engine is overheating, and he doesn’t want to work too hard–it’s also why he’s trying to tire Millman out with all the angled and drop shots.


RZ Says:

I think the heat break will help Fed.


Truth Says:

Fed fakes big time again. Old age since 2009.


FedExpress Says:

Fed reached a low this year. To lose twice his service game from 40-15 up.

Millman favourite.


Humble Rafa Says:

Fed reached a low this year. To lose twice his service game from 40-15 up.

Dear Honorable FedExpress,

Is that not part of the protocol? Given your name, you should know. Lose matches after having match points is the path to greatness.


Van orten Says:

Things that almost never happen to nadal or djoker . To be honest it was expected that he will struggle tonight . Everyone talking about nole v roger gahhha not to fast roger needs to do everything to lose against an absolute journeyman. Vintage Federer Style


vk Says:

@ HR -> LOL or after having a 2 sets to love lead


Humble Rafa Says:

Things that almost never happen to nadal or djoker

Mr Obvious Van Orten, we are good. Him, no so much.


Humble Rafa Says:

Some of you may want to take your pills early, call your ambulance, call you significant other for crying on their shoulder, etc. Preparation never hurt anyone.


FedExpress Says:

Fed already dead tired.

No legs.


Van orten Says:

Funny how Millman pushes himself … he has a chance now hasn’t he experts ?


Humble Rafa Says:

Well, if you make your own schedule, sometimes you screw up. Magic potion has to kick in some time.


Humble Rafa Says:

Of all people, Milk Man, wow.


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

I have a feeling the mighty Federer is going to strike out tonight. If his form is going to be anything like this i’d actually prefer it if he didn’t play Djokovic because it will be ugly.


Humble Rafa Says:

If his form is going to be anything like this i’d actually prefer it if he didn’t play Djokovic because it will be ugly.

True fans think like this. So do not so smart people. Elite company.


FedExpress Says:

danger times

Fed serve to stay in the set. Bad feeling.


Humble Rafa Says:

Bad feelings are best repeated many times.


FedExpress Says:

Daniel, how do you see the match?


Daniel Says:

Fed put Millman in the match and now he is in his zone not missing a single shot, all counter attacks going in and even his second serve got better.

Fed will need to hold, win the breaker and start serving 4th set to play more freely and maybe put some cold water in Millmans will..


chofer Says:

That’s the first time in waaaay long I see Federer looks his age. Pity.


Humble Rafa Says:

Milk Man is laughing. I would be too if I was a journey man.


Van orten Says:

He is only sweating . And roger needs to fight destiny here … is open whenever we are looking forward for a cool match up he gets in trouble the round before ..


Daniel Says:

Millman has just 3 UE and even Fed’s first serves he is returning, probably because Fed took some pace out of it.

It is just a awful serve day, 40% for Federer (if he finishes the match will be a new low).

C’mon, win this point and go to breaker.


Daniel Says:

If he loses this set after 40-0 up I will go sleep.


Humble Rafa Says:

40-15 Old man serving. That time again?


Daniel Says:

Uff… tiebreak it is. Now is time to play and serve and take more risks.


FedExpress Says:

If he loses this set i go to sleep.


Humble Rafa Says:

So called fans of His Arrogance can’t see him lose. Be a man and take it.


Van orten Says:

Come on !!!! Fight fight fight !!!!


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

The good news Federer is winning over 80% of his first serve points. The bad news. He is making about 40% of first serves.


Humble Rafa Says:

Never in my dream did I think the Milk Man is capable of such magic. I will buy my milk from you every time.


Van orten Says:

Everything is so typical .. you nadal and djoker fans can be so happy . These never lose matches like this … incredible .. how on earth can he make his life so complicated … it’s been a pattern now for 10 years .. very long road now . In his presser he will address his non existent return where he will address in a form like that no chance v djokovic..millman ? Just lucky he plays v roger . V everyone else he would have lost already


Humble Rafa Says:

Milk Man has never won a title in his career.


FedExpress Says:

What a choker this Fed guy has turned out to be. What a mental fragile tennis player now. SPs in the 2nd and 3rd. Mugged them like a true champion.


FedExpress Says:

2013 mugged up vs Robredo where he could have me Nadal in the next round

2017 same

today same when he know Nole is waiting for him.


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

@humble “Rafa True fans think like this. So do not so smart people. Elite company.” I don’t even know what this means. But that’s ok. You are not a native English speaker so i won’t look down on you for spewing unintelligible gibberish.


FedExpress Says:

How on f earth is Fed bookies fav to win the match?


Van orten Says:

Thank god we have rod laver arena


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

@humble Rafa By the way my mother is a big fan of you. She thinks you look like a monkey 🐵 but she roots for you.


Van orten Says:

It’s just the lack of focus . 2nd Serve on set point he doesn’t even get the ball over the net . It’s mental . He knows everyone knows he is better than milllman . But just like nadal can make you play worse fed makes you play the match of your life .. this looks very bad tonight


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

Federer just trying to hold serve and keep points short. He is looking 37 tonight. The conditions have overwhelmed him. Unfortunately he is playing someone who likes these conditions. On the plus side if he wins Xmas will have come early for journeyman Millman.


Van orten Says:

That’s more like it . First reaction by roger


jatin Says:

Go fed Go
We believe in you. Go champ


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

Federer tonight is like the millennium falcon in the Empire strikes back.


FedExpress Says:

Embarassing stuff. That overhead.

These dropshots. He has nothing in the tank.


Van orten Says:

What is wrong maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnn … Jesus how stubborn you can get … broken after two game points . Hard to watch him throw away the match like that . It’s not over of course but those unforced errors are telling


FedExpress Says:

Fed wants to lose.


FedExpress Says:

When ypu cant serve out a set with 2 SPs, twice broken from 40-15 up, then again SPs in a TB, breaks and gets broken back.

Then you deserve to lose.


Van orten Says:

Has nothing to do with age . He did that with 28 too


FedExpress Says:

Better lose now. Will spare us a beatdown.


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

@van Orten I think it is age. He hasn’t looked good all year. Movement off a touch. That ruins timing and makes for more errors.


Van orten Says:

Form can come any match with roger . So if he somehow survives this ….


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

@van Orten ha ha yes hope springs eternal until it doesn’t.


Van orten Says:

Hahahaha 4 errors at its best incredible. Now he is tanking hahahhha oh roger . Why always losing like that ? V millman ??? Hahhahaha


BT Says:

2 double faults in a row!? From Fed!! Followed by 2 unforced errors in a row


BT Says:

Wow. Go Millman… Did what De Minaur couldn’t for the Aussies! With a lot of help from Fed but a win is a win.


Van orten Says:

Hahahahhaha millman has no idea what happened .. what a Poor play by Roger .. wow wow wow .. so many Chances . Millman has absolutely no weapons at all . How can you lose like that . Millman at least appreciating Rogers very bad play .. no words


Van orten Says:

Djoker v millman 6:3 6:2 6:1 .. will not get any presents on a silver plate like today …


Van orten Says:

I really hope for the Australien open cuz the court is fast but tonight was really a revelation that fed legs are fading . At least tonight they were just fading away


jatin Says:

You cannot expect him to win everytime. He is 37 and it shows in his game.
Bad day happens.
Hopefully he won’t make 2019 his farewell tour. Can’t get enough of his tennis even if he lose.
Disappointed, but expected at his age where form come and go.


BT Says:

Other than Fed’s 49% 1st serve percentage the Winners vs Unforced Errors tell the tale

Federer -11 (65-76)
Millman +19 (47-28)

Millman sums it up: “I have so much respect for Roger and everything he’s done for the game. He’s been a hero of mine. Today he wasn’t at his best, but I’ll take it.”


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

@van Orten ha ha yes Roger was in a giving mood tonight. Djokovic Weill be more of a grinch. But anyway good for Millman making the quarters. A nice payday for a journeyman plus 360 atp points.


Wog Boy Says:

I was told they upped testing this yer, no magic potion, besides, no NIKE either, he has to wear Nole UNIQLO leftovers, not a nice feeling, no?


Wog Boy Says:

Somebody said 37 years was trying to wear down MilkMan, well, how you are suppose to wear down MilkMan from sunny and humid Queensland who, until yesterday, was doing rounds (milk rounds) in his neighborhood.


RZ Says:

The milkman delivered! Congrats to Millman. Even when Federer is having an off day, it’s still not easy to beat him in a best-of-five match. Millman is a no-nonsense player who keeps plugging away and trying.


Margot Says:

Saw last set. Seldom have I seen Fed looking so tired, hot and out of sorts. Looked as if he didn’t want to be there TBH.
Commies to RZ, Madmax, Skeeze and other Fed fans.
Thought Millman’s on court interview was fantastic. Actually acknowledged Fed “wasn’t at his best.” Such honesty and generosity. No over-celebrating either. Good man!


chris ford1 Says:

I don’t know if Novak is happy or sad he doesn’t get to play Roger again. I think he was looking forward to it.
I’m not sure Federer was looking forward to Djokovic, honestly.

John Millman has been playing fine tennis, (finally) after all the injuries. This loss wasn’t even half on Roger for playing badly. Millman made him hit some difficult shots. But Fed’s 1st serve stunk most of the match, he had 10 DFs, and committed 76 UFE.

LIke Fed before today, Novak has only played Millman once despite all Milmans years on Tour. Injuries and when you are a journeyman you don’t go deep so you rarely play a top star before you are gone.

I don’t think this helps Djokovic. I was pretty sure he would handle Roger – assuming he does get past John Millman, he has a tough semi and if through that, Rafa most likely for the Final.


jatin Says:

I am supporting Marian Cilic to go all the way now.
My favourite outside the big 4


RZ Says:

Margot, I liked his interview too.


RZ Says:

For all the attention that Kyrgios gets, it’s been Millman and De Minair who have delivered for the Australian contingent

Rooting for Team Thiem to go all the way now (but not holding my breath)


Margot Says:

RZ: I was thinking exactly that about Nick. But the media is very much to blame, they give him far too much attention, which he obviously loves. And you were very lucky to be spared the drooling that went on about him at Wimbledon. Bound to turn anyone’s head.


Van Persie Says:

Wow, did not see this coming. Have watched only a few games of the 3 set.(Fed-Millman, I mean)

See also Carla won today, happy for her. Such a nice person.

Yep RZ, Millman and De Minaur overshadowed some “divas” at this US Open. Really great.


Amit Says:

This loss of Fed hurts… 😐

If losses like these keep coming, i think 2019 or 2020 will be Fed’s last year on tour.. do not want this great champion to fade away so soon and so heart-breakingly… 😓


AndyMira Says:

Amit buddy!…Sorry Roger lost okay?It was not meant for him this year….Hope u’ll be strong k?


Truth Says:

I knew Fed would lose. He is so overrated.
He lost to Safin from match points down and the US Open didn’t reward hard servers that sliced to strong returners.
Djoker had trouble serving correctly, and Fed certainly didn’t return or serve well enough in 10 years.

People need to stop calling Fed the best when his career is about getting lucky due to easy draws. Millman is better than weak era Roddick. He actually has brains, athleticness, work ethica and weapons.


AndyMira Says:

Yeah!…Commies to all Fedfans…And especially so to my brother Squirrel….U hang in tough there bro!


AndyMira Says:

At least now Nole can play without being boo’ed for his DF!That’s something to be grateful too!Hehe…


FedExpress Says:

Fed had an incredible career. Should play as long as he has fun. But cant see him winning a GS. Till 2015 I firmly believed in it After the injury I thought ot would be difficult to ome back. Won 3 GS since then. But seeing him now and how he struggles to even make simple volleys I think no more GS.

So every tournament he enters from now on I expect him not to win it


j-kath Says:

I agree with Chris Ford 1′s comment re. Millman’s many injuries – a bit of a pity to call him a “journeyman” – no-body calls Andy Murray or Delpo journeymen.

Re. Roger – he had a very bad day. He’ll be back. I believe Roger will not retire any time soon – my bet is Roger will not retire until after next Olympics – an Olympic singles gold medal is missing from his amazing CV.


Humble Rafa Says:

Come on guys, you know the drill.

Keep your heads up. You are seeing greatness, even if fading. You are lucky to see one of the greatest players play. Add other B S here as needed to soothe your ego.

Onward to #18.


Humble Rafa Says:

I promise you, I am more predictable, young and like a spring chicken. If you ever want to switch allegiance, Humble Kingdom is always accepting new fans.

Losing from break up in every point, losing after having match points will quickly become a distant dream.


Colin Says:

When Andy Murray was defeated, I transferred my hopes to Delpo, because that huge forehand is thrilling to watch, and simply because I like him (who doesn’t?).

What will probably sink the big man is the fact that Rafa is a lefty, and thus will deliver his own massive forehand to Delpo’s backhand, which cannot return reliably because of the wrist injury.

Still, The Spaniard is not as fit as he’d like to be, and those battle-worn knees might let him down. We’ll see.


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