Zverev Flames Out Again At Australian Open; Djokovic Is Hip, Federer Advances
by Staff | January 20th, 2018, 7:56 am
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High hopes came crashing down once against for Alexander Zverev. For the fourth Slam in the five the much-hyped youngster failed to close out a match. Today, the 20-year-old was up by 2 sets to 1 against fellow NextGen Hyeon Chung before the Korean took control over the last two sets to register a stunning 5-7, 7-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 to advance to the fourth round at the Australian Open.

“I think we both played very good for four sets,” said Zverev. “I think the match was very high level. I don’t think it was bad at all. Even in the fourth set, you know, after I lost my serve, I think I still played well. I still had chances to break him back. Then in the fifth set, I mean, went so fast that I didn’t really have time to realize what was happening.”

The fifth set did fly by in 23 minutes because the World No. 4 managed to win just five points. So what happened? Why another collapse after Borna Coric at the US Open, Milos Raonic at Wimbledon and Rafael Nadal here a year ago?

“Definitely not physical,” Zverev explained. “I have some figuring out to do, what happens to me in deciding moments in Grand Slam. It happened at Wimbledon. It happened in New York. It happened here. I’m still young, so I got time. I definitely have some figuring out to do for myself.”

With the victory, Chung becomes the first Korean man to make the fourth round of the Australian Open.

“Today was really tough match against Zverev,” said Chung. “I have played him last year in clay court. We know how to play each other, but however, he’s already in tough level. The weather is tough, as well. I’m just trying to stay calm all the time on the court and just stay relaxed. That’s the key for today.

“I don’t want to stop here. Keep going, I want.”

Chung moves on to take on the Novak Djokovic who beat up on Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-2, 6-, 6-3. Djokovic though, had to get treatment for what looked like his hip/lower back area. Concern?

“It was okay. Nothing major,” Djokovic said. “I haven’t played six months. We have to take that in consideration.

“I deal with it. It’s fine. I finished the match. I’m very pleased for that.”

Two players who had never won a Grand Slam match before this week – American Tennys Sandgren and Hungarian Marton Fucsovics – kept their dream runs going. Sandgren ousted Maximilian Marterer 5-7, 6-3, 7-5, 7-6(5) while Fucsovics cruised past Nicolas Kicker in 3.

“It’s kind of silly, right? It feels kind of silly,” the 26-year-old Sandgren said. “I didn’t think I’d make the second week when I came here. I was hoping to play a few good matches or try to get my first win, things like that. But to realistically set my sights on a second week wasn’t on the cards.

“The way things played out is I had a tough opponent, but a winnable match today. Just wanted to do my best to try to take advantage of that, leave it all out on the court. I was able to do that. Thankfully I was able to come out on top because he was playing some good tennis, he started strong. I was not sure how that one was going to go, that’s for sure.”

Sandgren now faces No. 5 seed Dominic Thiem who breezed past Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 to reach his second straight Australian Open fourth round.

Fucsovic’s reward is a Monday date with 5-time champion Roger Federer who was a late night winner over Richard Gasquet 6-2, 7-5, 6-4. The Swiss is now 18-2 against Gasquet, winning the last 9. Federer has now won his last 10 matches in Melbourne.

Federer came out quick jumping on Gasquet to go up 3-1. But let a break slip in the third before recovering.

Also today, Fabio Fognini won a tight 5-setter over 36-year-old Julien Benneteau 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.

Fognini now takes on Tomas Berdych who had a surprisingly straightforward night getting past a less-than-fit Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 6-3, 6-2.


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232 Comments for Zverev Flames Out Again At Australian Open; Djokovic Is Hip, Federer Advances

AndyMira Says:

Great win Nole!…Hope he can tame Chung again..Very possibly..I suspect Chung might be suffered a little bit letdown after huge win today..


Giles Says:

Who is ole man’s next opponent? Fucso who??


Lylenubbins Says:

Chung could be a problem for the Joker. Joker did have a physical issue though he obv wants to downplay, Chung is Young, fit, in the zone, nothing to lose…he can rally all day

Would love to see Fabio take out the Byrd.


skeezer Says:

Who is the Schwartzman? Rafa is going have fun chasing this 5’7” 140lb around the court, lol.
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Nice match Fed/Gas. Lots of good points. Onward Fed!
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Thought Delpo would have given a better fight.


AndyMira Says:

Hey hey hey Witch From Welsh!…Wow!..You’re in 4th atm!But look at the bottom ma’am!…i tried grab your feet now!…Run Witch From Welsh!..Run!!…Ohohohoho!!


Madmax Says:

Agreed Skeezer,

His return game was awesome today.


Margot Says:

Actually darling AM, I am 3rd. Was bottom two ticks ago. Clawing my way up the slippery slope is exhausting…..;) Slipping down will be soooo easy.


Tony N Says:

Giles Says: “twitter /capricornamo/status/954608084026093569” Fed circus indeed!
The only clowns in the circus are (a) the nutty Djoker worshipper midara@capricornamo (whose embarrassing screaming you are quoting) and (b) you for quoting this worshipper.
It was more interesting to read this worshipper’s other tweets: “I feel so sick, the eurosport commies are already hating on Novak and game hasn’t even started yet 😩😩🙏🙏🙏… 🎵We love you Nole, we do. We love you Nole, we do. We love you Nole, we do, oh Nole, we love you!!!🎺 @DjokerNole Let’s continue the Revenant process 💪💪💪💪”. Of course you would quote this worshipper.
https://twitter.com/capricornamo

Giles Says: “Who is ole man’s next opponent? Fucso who??”
Marton Fucsovics beat No. 13 seed Sam Querrey a few days ago. In Basel, Fucsovics beat Leonard Mayer in just 13 minutes (your Nadal took 2 hours 38 mins) and Fucsovics was 3 points away from beating Marin Cilic. You really should learn about the world’s top 80 players instead spending so much time on Twitter interacting with your tiny cabal of nutty Federer haters.

skeezer Says: “Who is the Schwartzman? Rafa is going have fun chasing this 5’7” 140lb around the court, lol.”
More like jumping around the court since Nadal’s topspin balls will be jumping over Schwartzman’s head. Another cupcake draw for Nadal (once again, Djokovic is on Federer’s side of the draw away from Nadal).

Australian news media: “The crowd at Rod Laver Arena collectively lost it at one point during Roger Federer’ classy interview with Jim Courier.”
http://www.news.com.au/sport/tennis/australian-open/roger-federers-interview-puts-the-icing-on-the-cake-of-his-third-round-win/news-story/fccd9fd5cb996d5f5f58dfadbb68bef9


Willow Says:

Cilic, Dimitrov, Kyrigios are all tough opponents, i dont see this as been easy for Nadal in the least, assuming he gets through Schwartzman, Dimitrov pushed Nadal to the limit last year, Kyrigios has beaten him before, and plus he will have the AO crowd pulling for him, Cilic is playing well and can beat any of the top guys on his day, plus hes a GS champion, and Kyle Edmund is riding the crest of a wave, i for one certainly dont see this as been easy for Nadal ….


Giles Says:

Sooo to reach QF Rafa has to play #26 while ole man will play #80!


Daniel Says:

The problem is Cilicl last beat Nadal was once in 2009, Dimitrov also only beat Nadal once and even tough he pushed him last year the HxH still is 10-1. Kyrgios is the only one with a GS win over Nadal, in Wimby, a long 2013 ago, 2 wins total out of 5.

Fed may face Berdych QF who beat him twice in Slams, Than Djoko who needs no introduction o Thiem.

So, Fed’s road to final is still harder than Nadal considering the HxH and past history. Only if Fed is to face Fognini QF and Thiem semi than he would have it easier. But OTOH Nadal may get PC QF, and neither Kyrgios nor Dimi in semis (Edmund or Seppi) which would make his path to final, the easiest road to a Slam final ever. If he doesn’t play neither Cilic nor Dimi/Kyrgios.

Still, Nadal’s draw is easier considering the combined HxH of players left against him is 5-30 while Federer is 32-44.


skeezer Says:

“Sooo to reach QF Rafa has to play #26 while ole man will play #80!”

Bout time!


Chris Ford Says:

It won’t be like last year for Fedal fans. Djokovic is working his way back into the mix. I think Federer is a better player than when Djokovic by and large dominated him in 2011-2016, but does top form Fed beat top form Novak? I don’t think so, but arguments to the contrary have just as much credibility. We shall see how 2018 goes. Same with Rafa.


skeezer Says:

“We shall see how 2018 goes. Same with Rafa.”
I don’t buy into that. Fed is 36, and his age is going to show sooner rather than later. This argument to me gets old.
These guys never started at the gate the same age, the same skill level, and the same level of tennis maturity. The only thing you CAN gauge is their accomplishments against the field of players they played against in their respective careers. There wins and achievements are the only thing that leaves a historical mark in the Game.


J.S. Says:

Berdych is playing amazing tennis, I said this since Tie Break Tens. The only chance RF doesn’t make it to finals is Djok is healthy and/or Berdych! He has a cushion schedule, same court, nights only and has not played in the heat…..hence huge advantage!

Rafa on the other hand has a tough one if he wins tonight, regardless who it is…Kyrgios/Dimi/Cilic – they are all going to be a challenge! And, Rafa has had to play in the heat, different court, day/night matches…NO ‘Rhythm” quote from RF!

All I care about is NO FEDAL FINAL! Never thought I’d say that!


skeezer Says:

“….care about is NO FEDAL FINAL”
Thats cause you want Rafa to win. RF must scare you lol 😉


J.S. Says:

No SKEEZER!
I’m not about Rafa winning it all!

I’m about EQUITY! Wouldn’t mind seeing Kyrgios, Berdych or Djokovic winning it all! But, yes anyone but RF…

Shame on AO!


AndyMira Says:

Ooppss! J.S!….Skeeze start blasting us about this!!…I knew it will come!I’ve waited for 3 days for it!!…Ohohohoho!!


AndyMira Says:

And J.S!..AGREE WITH U ALL THE WAY BUDDY!!..YEEHAA!


J.S. Says:

LOL MIRA!
3 days is a record! Actually I was super excited about another FEDAL final but cannot support it anymore!
I have thick skin and will continue until the AO does what’s right!

I’m not sticking up for Rafa its being a voice for ALL the players. Look at Delpo, playing a 5 setter on outside court (no shade), brutal heat and it literally took him out of the tournament. Understanding this happens BUT does it?? It’s everyone but one player and so if he makes it to the finals, I don’t think he is the REAL winner!


AndyMira Says:

Oh my God J.S!…Once again we’re on the same thought!!…But i am really pi@#ed at the peoples who actually accept this favouritism like it’s a normal thing in our everydays life..It’s not!

We’re thinking about other guys who have to eat dust,sweat & blood out there while THE ONE flying comfortably straight to the final & very possibly win it coz everybody else already half dying when they reach the final…I’ve never seen such blatant display of favouritism from AO like this year…and it will keep happening at Wimby too…


J.S. Says:

MIRA,
EQUALITY!

It’s so over the top I’m disgusted! Just hoping for Karma!

Have you seen the show “what would you do?” thats what this reminds me of – it’s so wrong~


AndyMira Says:

Yeah J.S!…It’s so wrong!…i’m not hoping for karma..coz karma will come to u if u tempt fate too much & ride on everyone else pain & tears..It’s the nature rules..


J.S. Says:

Yep you’re probably right! I’m going to enjoy Cilic for now –
Kyrigios/Dimitrov should be great match too!!
Peace!


AndyMira Says:

Yeah J.S!…Nicky/Dimi is sure to be mouthwatering!..In fact i think it’s going to be The Match Of The Day…Peace to u too buddy!


J.S. Says:

TIE BREAK!!!
Cilic/Busta – wow!~

Commentators are saying Cilic will beat Rafa both move forward :)


Tony N Says:

ESPN’s Chris Fowler reported that it was actually the super-fit Djokovic who requested to play during the day against the unfit Monfils to exhaust the Frenchman into near-death and defeat – contrary to the hypocritical denials of Djokovic and claims of his loud supporters (although Djokovic later denied it… just as we all know that Djokovic lied with a straight face while he denied what happened at the player’s meeting)

- Chris Fowler: “gonna be 97 degrees at match time: interesting that @DjokerNole REQUESTED heat of the day for today’s collision with Monfils. Could’ve had night match. Sign of confidence. Long time ago, but remember ‘05 USO when he twice needed medical help to survive heat vs Gael”

- Chris Fowler: “This matchup by the most attractive primetime option today. And Fed had night Tues. so this THE logical choice for night, unless ND preferred day. Agassi told me he did want it.”

- Chris Fowler: “Often players don’t reveal much about things like court requests in press. It’s like saying “Gael will wilt in heat.” He did. But Novak wouldn’t tell the press that.”

‏- Chris Fowler: “… players only share with writers what they want to. The night match was (Djokovic’s) if he wanted it. Wasn’t fun in the sun I’m sure, but Strategy worked perfectly.”

- Jane: “Do we know it was his choice? Fowler’s words, not Novak’s. It could be he was offered night on a different court, like MCA or Hisense, & chose RLA day. It’s worth noting that the media recently (WTF?) said Rafa requested a later time than Fed and when Rafa was asked he said no.” (yes, this is the same Jane whom Giles quotes, yet he kept this tweet a secret from us)

- Chris Fowler: “Jane… I wouldn’t throw it out there if I didn’t know the deal. Straight from the team. If I don’t have good info, I don’t say it. He feels good. Declined night on Laver. He thinks he can out-fit Gael.”
https://twitter.com/cbfowler/status/953766555820552193

Some facts from Men’s Tennis Forum:

- Beechaii2: “Federer has had 15 night sessions and 9 day sessions from 2014 onwards. Djokovic has had 14 night sessions and 9 day sessions also from 2014 onwards. Virtually the same. Considering that Federer is by far the more popular player in Australia and thus more attractive for prime time TV viewing the scheduling has not been unfair and biased against Djokovic. His fans and Fed haters need to quit bitching.”

- Barbadosan: “Federer’s full list of day matches played in his career at the AO. It’s 45 in total (9 since 2014). Of course no-one plays SF or Final during the day. Hence, the maximum possible number of day matches one can play in a given tournament is 5 (R1 – QF). One 1 occasion (2011), Federer played 4 day matches out of a possible 5. On 9 occasions, he played 3 day matches out of a possible 5. In 16 of these 45 match days, the temperature went above 40C (as per the Aus Government Bureau of Meteorology data). From these 16, 9 of those reported max temperatures above 43C, resulting in on court afternoon temperatures higher than 50C.” (see bottom of the link for the full list of Federer’s 45 day matches)

- Barbadosan: “If some people here are dissatisfied with Fed getting Night Sessions it’s understandable, if that person is a Nadalfan/tard he’s a hypocrite. Indeed. Rollback to AO 2015: “Nadal-Sela scheduled for night session after Spaniard’s cramps. Tournament organizers agree to request for maximum recovery time after Nadal’s physical problems against Smyczek. Committee chief Craig Tiley told AS: “We could see that Rafa had lost a lot of fluids and his team asked us for the longest time possible for his recovery. We are in permanent contact with players’ teams and this decision was good for both parties. Rafa Nadal is one of this tournament and world tennis’ major assets and we have to protect him.”
http://www.menstennisforums.com/2-general-messages/937228-fed-another-rodlaver-night-session-will-he-ever-see-daylight-melbourne-4.html

A major Australian media should take a public poll of paying spectators, advertisers, sponsors and TV networks on which player would they prefer to see in the primetime slot. The vast majority would probably pick Federer over Djokovic, Nadal or any other player combined. The reality is that all this whining is being done by a tiny, loud minority.

Andy Roddick explained that scheduling was just a reality of the sport: “Let’s not pretend like this isn’t a business. The longer Roger (Federer) is in an event, the more eyeballs are on screens, the more ad/sponsor money in etc… so yes, they will listen to what the stars have to say. It’s sensical. I can’t tell you how many times at US based tournies I played second night match after Andre/Pete (Agassi/Sampras). Not the preferred time with recovery etc. I couldn’t possibly complain, as they built the tournaments and audiences I was gonna play for …. not fun starting at 11 at night, but fair. Playing parts of draws on different days will ensure nothing is ever 100 percent fair. Of the 5 slam finals I played, 4 of them I had to play a semi the day before …. rain, scheduling, TV preferred matches etc. Fair is often an illusion. I always understood the reasoning.” (from Fox Sports Asia)


Tony N Says:

ESPN’s Chris Fowler reported that it was actually the super-fit Djokovic who requested to play during the day against the unfit Monfils to exhaust the Frenchman into near-death and defeat – contrary to the hypocritical denials of Djokovic and claims of his loud supporters (although Djokovic later denied it… just as we all know that Djokovic lied with a straight face while he denied what happened at the player’s meeting)

- Chris Fowler: “gonna be 97 degrees at match time: interesting that @DjokerNole REQUESTED heat of the day for today’s collision with Monfils. Could’ve had night match. Sign of confidence. Long time ago, but remember ‘05 USO when he twice needed medical help to survive heat vs Gael”

- Chris Fowler: “This matchup by the most attractive primetime option today. And Fed had night Tues. so this THE logical choice for night, unless ND preferred day. Agassi told me he did want it.”

- Chris Fowler: “Often players don’t reveal much about things like court requests in press. It’s like saying “Gael will wilt in heat.” He did. But Novak wouldn’t tell the press that.”

‏- Chris Fowler: “… players only share with writers what they want to. The night match was (Djokovic’s) if he wanted it. Wasn’t fun in the sun I’m sure, but Strategy worked perfectly.”

- Jane: “Do we know it was his choice? Fowler’s words, not Novak’s. It could be he was offered night on a different court, like MCA or Hisense, & chose RLA day. It’s worth noting that the media recently (WTF?) said Rafa requested a later time than Fed and when Rafa was asked he said no.” (yes, this is the same Jane whom Giles quotes, yet he kept this tweet a secret from us)

- Chris Fowler: “Jane… I wouldn’t throw it out there if I didn’t know the deal. Straight from the team. If I don’t have good info, I don’t say it. He feels good. Declined night on Laver. He thinks he can out-fit Gael.”
https://twitter.com/cbfowler/status/953766555820552193


Tony N Says:

Some facts from Men’s Tennis Forum:

- Beechaii2: “Federer has had 15 night sessions and 9 day sessions from 2014 onwards. Djokovic has had 14 night sessions and 9 day sessions also from 2014 onwards. Virtually the same. Considering that Federer is by far the more popular player in Australia and thus more attractive for prime time TV viewing the scheduling has not been unfair and biased against Djokovic. His fans and Fed haters need to quit bitching.”

- Barbadosan: “Federer’s full list of day matches played in his career at the AO. It’s 45 in total (9 since 2014). Of course no-one plays SF or Final during the day. Hence, the maximum possible number of day matches one can play in a given tournament is 5 (R1 – QF). One 1 occasion (2011), Federer played 4 day matches out of a possible 5. On 9 occasions, he played 3 day matches out of a possible 5. In 16 of these 45 match days, the temperature went above 40C (as per the Aus Government Bureau of Meteorology data). From these 16, 9 of those reported max temperatures above 43C, resulting in on court afternoon temperatures higher than 50C.” (see bottom of the link for the full list of Federer’s 45 day matches)

- Barbadosan: “If some people here are dissatisfied with Fed getting Night Sessions it’s understandable, if that person is a Nadalfan/tard he’s a hypocrite. Indeed. Rollback to AO 2015: “Nadal-Sela scheduled for night session after Spaniard’s cramps. Tournament organizers agree to request for maximum recovery time after Nadal’s physical problems against Smyczek. Committee chief Craig Tiley told AS: “We could see that Rafa had lost a lot of fluids and his team asked us for the longest time possible for his recovery. We are in permanent contact with players’ teams and this decision was good for both parties. Rafa Nadal is one of this tournament and world tennis’ major assets and we have to protect him.”
http://www.menstennisforums.com/2-general-messages/937228-fed-another-rodlaver-night-session-will-he-ever-see-daylight-melbourne-4.html


J.S. Says:

Tony,
This is old news….Djok said he did not request that match! Fowler’s twitter went crazy debunking his lie!


Tony N Says:

J.S.: Djokovic’s dubious denial would not be the first time that he has lied recently (e.g., Djokovic denied having did and said certain things at the recent Players’ meeting — yet afterwards the media reported that other players contradicted Novak’ claims).

On the other hand, Chris Fowler has a credible reputation. Fowler revealed that Djokovic’s own coach Andre Agassi said that Djokovic wanted a day match — and Agassi has not denied this. Fowler’s twitter went crazy with Djokovic supporters trying to suppress and distort the truth, like you are trying to do here.

(My apologies for the double posting above, but my initial posting did not get through initially… but it later appeared. My subsequent two posts have become redundant so ignore them)


skeezer Says:

Tony N,
Interesting stuff!!


J.S. Says:

Cilic is thru to QF – it was a great match to watch!

Rafa stuglling against Schwartzman kid….Could it be an upset?

Tony, it has been discussed and cussed for 3 days on twitter…But, I believe the player (ddjok presser) over the media!


Willow Says:

Daniel i can accept Rafas draw might have been easier, what im saying is its still not easy with the players hes got left on his side ….


Margot Says:

Schwartzy scrapping like a terrific little terrier. Shouldn’t be underestimated. 1 set each.


Willow Says:

Margot believe me im not lol ….


Margot Says:

Lol Willow here I am lounging on the sofa enjoying the tennis…..while probably you are behind the sofa, where I lurk when Andy’s playing….;)


Willow Says:

Margot lol true, and i have to leave for work in about three quarters of an hour, hope Rafa wins but if he doesnt, then fair enough im cool with it ….


AndyMira Says:

Rafa let his nervousness rule his head…he better fix it soon!….or he’ll be out in no time!


Willow Says:

The little guys very fast too lol ….


Okiegal Says:

Who in the heck reads Tony N??? Scroll scroll scroll your boat gently down the stream………


J.S. Says:

Rafa is now up 5-2 in 3rd – whew! This kid has made it impossible
for Rafa to go to net, he is returning everything!!
Amazing!


Margot Says:

OKiegal: skim, skim, skim gently down the thread….;)
Must say Rafa wins fashion prize. Love grey and pink combo.


Wog Boy Says:

Some m@rons were loughing at Schwartzman and disrespecting him as tennis player.


Wog Boy Says:

Jim Courier has nothing but the praise for little man and rightfully so.


Wog Boy Says:

This was timely match for Rafa, first three were too easy, but what a performance by Schwartzman, hats down to Argentinian👏


J.S. Says:

It was an amazing match….Hats off is right!! He made some amazing shots, still shaking my head!
So impressive!

Courier’s court interview w/ Rafa was disappointing!

Who are you guys going for….Kyrigos or Dimitrov??


Wog Boy Says:

Agree about on court interview, it’s about time to stop asking Rafa about uncle Toni, even Rafa looks fed up about the question after every single match.

I don’t want to jinx the player I am going for, I’ll let you know after the match and I won’t lie.


Margot Says:

Wog Boy: He’s a fantastic tennis player.
JS: Going for “Not So Naughty These Days” Nick. Not impressed by Gorgeous Grig so far.
And how about Kyle? Good heavens! Hard work in the off season paying off big time. So blond, his ma is very concerned about the right level of sun tan lotion!


J.S. Says:

HAHA okie dokie!

Edmund/Cilic/Rafa & either Dimi or Nick are thru to QF, right? Upper Bracket!

Tomorrow we will know the bottom 1/2….is that correct?

Thiem, Djok, Roger, Berdych (is my guess?)


J.S. Says:

Edmond is shy and lovely accent reminds me of Andy many years ago. Could he upset Kyrgios, if he beats Dimi? That would be HUGE!

Gordon Ramsey was court side watching Edmond, Andy tweeting while he watched…LOTS OF SUPPORT!


gonzalowski Says:

uf almost 4 hours for Rafa, playing on mid afternoon… hope not feel it much against Marin

Congrats for Edmund, Margot!


Wog Boy Says:

Ok, Kyrgios is obviously favorite, he is playing his best tennis and Grigor is not playing as good as last year, we will see, this is tennis.


Wog Boy Says:

Margot,
“Hard work in the off season paying off big time.”

Same as Jack Sock;)


Wog Boy Says:

The way they are walking out through tunnel Nick looks more stiff and uncomfortable than Grigor, just an observation.


Margot Says:

Wog Boy: Super Size Sock ate too many pies…;)
Unusual for higher seed to come out first. Nick has such a hunch, needs Pilates. Don’t suppose anyone can tell him anything, however.


J.S. Says:

gonzalowski
4 hours in heat once again for Rafa but maybe it will help him in the long run.

WB,
I missed them walking thru tunnel, Dimitrov better play lights out, it would shock everyone especially the commentators. Kyrigios sure is favored to win!


gonzalowski Says:

Fed tomorrow scheduled on afternoon, this time, but it won’t be so hot


Wog Boy Says:

If Grigor keeps serving the way he was serving this AO, I don’t fancy his chances. I don’t know the reason but his serve is gone missing.


Wog Boy Says:

I like Kyrgios zip FH, fantastic wrist rotation.


Wog Boy Says:

Out of this two, Rafa fans, who would you like to play Rafa?


Wog Boy Says:

Not just serve, but Grigor BH is gone missing too.


J.S. Says:

I hope Rafa gets past Cilic…LOL – But, I think Rafa can beat either Dimi/Kyrigios, But…Back to Cilic – yikes!

Dimitrov needs to get his backhand back, it was a beauty! Already 2 DF’s…

Kyrgios has a cheerleaders singing – will they last 5 sets? And, why hasn’t he hired a coach, so much talent, and he has the $$$


Margot Says:

Wog Boy: was just about to say I thought GG had lifted his game.
Cheers gonzo. Nobody is more surprised than me. Always thought Kyle was a one trick pony.


Anto Says:

@Wog Boy Tough call. I am ok with both. But I am inclined to have a nadal kyrgios match, just because he can trouble Rafa more if he is focused.


Anto Says:

Also if we gets Fedal final Nadal will have already faced a very tough opponent with a very dangerous serve.


Margot Says:

Nick beat Rafa at Wimbledon, surely he would be tougher. I was there. Nick’s behaviour was a tad disrespectful, but has improved so much since then.


j-kath Says:

JS: 100% agree @ 7.00pm

A-M: 90% agree @ 8.02pm. The bit about RF being equally favoured at Wimbledon is a bit different – you will recall how Wimbledon has a slightly different ranking based on player’s grass successes and how the previous year’s winner usually opens the tournament. Also top players are mostly rotated on Centre Court.


Wog Boy Says:

I think Rafa can handle Kyrgios better than Grigor.


j-kath Says:

Re Kyle: Because he is a Brit. it is good to see him advance – but he doesn’t have the nuances/skills that will ensure continuous rising success – hope I’m wrong.


Anto Says:

Really good match so far.


Wog Boy Says:

Going for the ace with second serve, he deserved to lose.


Margot Says:

Well Grig really raised his game now when it matters most. Good for him. Making Nick look a bit plodding and ordinary TBH
Nick has the power, Grig has the speed.


Wog Boy Says:

^^^ in TB, on match point, not just any second serve.


Anto Says:

First set to Dimitrov. Lets see if Nick will lose focus now.


Margot Says:

Wog Boy @ 5.02. Idiot at times is Nick.


Margot Says:

Trivia request, is that big bloke with the back to front cap, in Nick’s box, his brother?


Margot Says:

Nonchalant Nick disintegrating.


Wog Boy Says:

His brother is bold one, without eyebrows, tattooed arms that looks like pimp.

His father is the one that whistles on evry point Nick wins like he is hearding sheep, can’t stand his box.


Wog Boy Says:

Yes, he’s got his black cap the other way around.


Van Persie Says:

Amazing match today Rafa- Diego. Watched the last 3 sets Expected a tough one, as Schwartznman is a fighter. Congrats to both players for such a beautiful match. Watching one Dimi _ Kyrgios, but have to say, I amstii very impressed about the first one and do not enjoy this one properly.:)

P.S. Am I reading well, WB? Djoko- Ching maych at night? on RLA????


Van Persie Says:

^^ Chung, not Ching, was a typo. Sorry


Wog Boy Says:

That’s correct VP.


Van Persie Says:

“Watching one Dimi _ Kyrgios, but have to say, I amstii very impressed” ! Correction: watching now Dimi-Kyrgios..I am still very impressed”
will stop now from posting, too many typos


Daniel Says:

Great point by Dimi to get the mini break, fast at the net to volley. Now let’s see if he keeps the lead.


Anto Says:

Nick broke back. He is still in it


Daniel Says:

And got the mini break back in tiebreak as well.


Daniel Says:

Dimi with 2 serves to close the breaker.


Wog Boy Says:

What a quick hands to win second set, wow.


Anto Says:

Awesome tiebreak so fat. Dimitrov up a mini-break again.


Daniel Says:

Well, with 2-0 think Dimi gets through now. He will serve first third set also. Kyrgios will need an early break to feel more at ease.


Margot Says:

Good to see nonchalant Nick left the stadium and Killer Krygios came back, but was no use, GG playing spectacular tennis wins 2nd set.
Great match.


Wog Boy Says:

If this match comes to fitness level, advsntage Grigor.


Margot Says:

Cheers Wog Boy. He looks like a bruiser.


J.S. Says:

WB – Chung reminds me of Djokic. he is a great returner and will rally forever!
Should be a good match – Congrats on a night game, LOL

Kyrgios is baffling to me! Not sure if he will implode or come back and turn this around!
Hate the arguing and cussing to his box, wish he would stop that! I bet he could beat anyone if he didn’t have that hiccup.


Wog Boy Says:

J.S.
Good thing is that Nole played Chung in the first round of AO two years ago, I was there, so he knows little bit, but that was two years ago, Nole is not that good now and Chung is better.


Wog Boy Says:

This is not over yet.


Anto Says:

Finally nick is leading by a break now in the third.


gonzalowski Says:

This boy, Kyrgios, is nervous as a horse.

Wog boy maybe i’d prefer him to play Rafa, Dimi has been so tough on other SFs.
But first Cilic, let’s see


J.S. Says:

Dimitrov is playing really well! I’d rather Kyrgios play Rafa…:)

I didn’t know Chung/Djkovic had played before! Who won?


gonzalowski Says:

McEnroe thinks that is right scheduling with advantage for the best, or those that attract the most public, and good for motivation: “That’s why you want to be good because you know more women, you earn more money, they put you on better schedules, the tournaments treat you better.”


Wog Boy Says:

It was straightforward win by Nole, Chung was too young.


Margot Says:

Wow! Wow! Wow! Nick on a roll.
How fascinating tennis is. Only took GG’s level to drop and Nick’s to rise, and pow!


J.S. Says:

It should be a good match if Chung can keep his nerve – he is still very young!

Kyrgios is so capable…LOL you never know if he will come back and win 2 more or get mad again?? Beating my head!


Daniel Says:

OMG Kyrgios, how can you miss a smash like these down BP!?! Now Dimi serving 5-3 to close the match.


Wog Boy Says:

Even Nole wouldn’t miss that OH.


Anto Says:

WTF is dimitrov doing now.


Wog Boy Says:

Second time could serve it out.


Anto Says:

Broken right back


Anto Says:

Grigor should have closed out the match when he had the match. This will probably linger in his mind and will probably lose this set unless nick gifts another break to dimi


Anto Says:

* when he had the chance.


J.S. Says:

OMG How did Dimitrov choke – was given a huge gift, I feel so bad for him….OUCH!


Tony N Says:

Okiegal Says: “Who in the heck reads Tony N??? Scroll scroll scroll your boat gently down the stream………”
You cannot realize who reads my posts when you keep playing with the toy boats and rubber duckies in your bathtub. Senility has its advantages.

skeezer Says: “Tony N, Interesting stuff!!”
Ya mon. Also interesting is that the news media and cool-aid drinking worshippers ignore or are in denial of these facts. This evidence exposing the BS against Federer is easily available. Why hasn’t the news media questioned tournament organizers on whether Djokovic requested a day match?

J.S. Says: “Tony, it has been discussed and cussed for 3 days on twitter…But, I believe the player (ddjok presser) over the media!”
Of course you would — since you have a favorable bias towards Djokovic.

Daniel: “Nadal’s draw is easier considering the combined HxH of players left against him is 5-30 while Federer is 32-44.”
This analysis is insightful and logical.

If Federer’s half of the draw was left with Schwartzman, Cilic, Dimitrov, Kyrgios, Edmund, Carreno Busta and Seppi (1 grand slam among them), the usual Fed-haters would call it as a cupcake draw – simply because Federer tends to beat his opponents more efficiently and with less drama than Nadal does.


Wog Boy Says:

YEES


gonzalowski Says:

great match, these two


Anto Says:

That was amazing. Well done grigor. You deserved this victory.


Wog Boy Says:

If there is one person I am happy for than it is Dani Vallverdu, I have never seen him so engaged in one match.


Daniel Says:

Dimi is through. Can not see him losing to Edmund, so looks like another rematch of last years semis with Nadal.


Margot Says:

Well played Gorgeous Grig. Thoroughly deserved that. Nick behaved like a dick at times. And so sloppy and nonchalant one minute, unplayable the next.
Idiot.


J.S. Says:

I agree MARGOT!!!

Congrats Dimitrov…SO HAPPY FOR HIM!


Wog Boy Says:

We have been privileged to watch two absolutely great matches this afternoon.


Wog Boy Says:

J.S.
I don’t think I have to tell you who for I was cheering:)


Margot Says:

Wog Boy: Agree with you about Dani. Thought be on the court at one stage!
Now can GG win the whole thing?


Okiegal Says:

Congrats to Gregor!! Great win…..awesome match and kudos to Naughty Nick…..great talent. Yep agree Margot……Nick goes off the grid at times but he can play!


Anto Says:

@Margot, thats the thing even thoug I am perfectly happy Grigor won. and even if he faces Rafa and defeats him. I don’t think he has what it takes to defeat Roger (or Novak if he gets in the final by beating federer). But whereas if nick won today. There was a fair chance he could win it all. But as a tennis fan I am glad this match went the way it did. Not because nick is a bad boy, but because however properly nick behaves (as of now) he still needs to improve and the better man won today.


el_matador Says:

big respect to grigor..he’s really improved his mental side of the game..I’ve always been annoyed with him as he has so much porential,such a graceful game but so little to show for it..hope it’s not another false dawn..nick should follow grigor,become more mature..I hope we’re gonna see these 2 guys battling it out in rod laver arena many times in the coming years..I just love australian open..it always produces the best matches and the wildest atmosphere


Wog Boy Says:

One huge difference in today’s Grigor compared to yestrday one that he although chocked twice to serve for the set/match he managed to block that and put behind and played two extremely good TBs and won against person who hardly loses TBs.
Yesterday Grigor wouldn’t be able to do that, he has done that against the American (sorry forgot the name) the other day too.


Okiegal Says:

@Margot 2:11……..I will have to agree with you on Rafa’s kit…..he’s rockin’ it! Would not have ever thought to put the light gray with the pink! He looked smashing!! Hey….Kyle is playing great too…..still has to feel good to have another horse in the race since Andy had to miss.

I loved the exchange at the net between Nick and Grigor…. cool!


Wog Boy Says:

^^^ to clarify, not winning TBs against American but staying mentally strong when things didn’t go his way.


Wog Boy Says:

And before I go to bed, credit to Dani for today’s Grigor.


Okiegal Says:

Great night of tennis! Hope I don’t sleep through church services this morning…….could happen…….

@Tony N……Senality does have it’s advantages! Doesn’t take much to amuse us……therefore scrolling can be fun!! Boats 🚣🏿‍♀️ and rubber 🦆 are exciting too……Love bath time!! 🤪🤪🤪


Daniel Says:

Yeah el matador.

We saw in the past players lose set when they serve for each. Both times today Grigor regroups, held his serve easy after being broken and played some amazing points in tiebreaks.


AndyMira Says:

JK 4:39am…Only 90%?Hahaha…That’s okay!90% wayyyy better than 0%!…Btw..re.top player’s been rotated on CC…that’s the thing..i remember last year when Rafa lost to Mueller,he complained how he’d been assigned to Court 1 repeatedly..and Rog as usual played almost all the time on CC…so,favouritism already happened at Wimby…and imo it will happen again this year…But,;let’s see whether my theory is right or wrong come Wimby…

Miss Okie!….Wooohooo!!….FUNNNNNYYYYYY!!!


j-kath Says:

Andy-Mira: OK. Apologies – I thought you had been talking about scheduling….RF wanting an evening match if temperatures really high…which can happen at Wimby. Yes, RF also likes the main court – and he likes playing with the roof closed. And yes, there is favouritism but usually a better balance…can’t totally measure last year as a couple of the top guys were injured, e.g. Andy….Nole…and I think Rafa had come back from injury.


Chris Ford Says:

All the work Dimitrov put into getting fitness on a level that matches a Big 4 guy or the likes of David Ferrer paid off in 2017 and is paying off in 2018.

If Nick Kyrgios was mired in the 40ish level in ratings, I don’t think he would improve – just let his lazy, pissy personality keep him there. But he is so close to the wins that would take him to superstar status that he may put in the effort, just convince himself he has no shot at being a B-Baller breakdancer, or exciting ‘exotic’ personality. And if he wins big, who knows? He might convince himself that he is a champion and should behave as such
He also has Bernard Tomic right in front of his face as an “Anti-Role Model”. The last highly talented Aussie or sorta Aussie, who media & fans now tend to despise as a massive tool. Bernie, who failed to qualify for the AO. Now lowered down to the Challenger’s Circuit, failed in his last qualifier match and off to be on some S African reality show. Telling media trying to get the story that he makes millions, far more than any journalist and when they are worth as much as Bernie – THEN they can bug him with questions.
Nick doesn’t need to walk a millimeter in Tomic’s footsteps. Simply avoid that guy’s way in tennis altogether.


Margot Says:

Chris Ford: The commies were saying Nick has started a charity to help disadvantaged kids, which is a step in the right direction.


Willow Says:

Cant believe one poster takes such umbrage everytime anyone else here dares to actually want their favorites to be treated fairly, thats unless their name happens to be Roger Federer ….


Willow Says:

Good on NK Margot, maybe hes starting to grow up ….


Willow Says:

I Know J.S is actually a Rafa fan not a Novak fan, and has also said she would say the same about any player, this isnt about being biased for one player or being against another, as she and many other posters have raised the issue about scheduling all along, its a generalisation about fairness for all, an umberella situation ….


AndyMira Says:

JK…No apologies needed please..it’s okay..And yeah..agree with u JK that favouritism at Wimby is not that bad…and i still can tolerate it unlike at AO…

Bout Fed…yeah,agree with everything u said..and it all pointed to one reason—>gaining adv over his opponents..so far..really succeed..


Willow Says:

Everybody that won did it over four sets today, and there were TBs in all the matches ….


Tony N Says:

AndyMira Says: “i remember last year when Rafa lost to Mueller,he complained how he’d been assigned to Court 1 repeatedly..and Rog as usual played almost all the time on CC”

Nadal is such a sore loser, lying, excuse-making whiner whenever he loses. Of course the partisan Federer haters fantasize that Federer is the culprit every time their idol whines… and so they whine about unfair ‘favouritism’. Yet Federer was innocent: on the days that Nadal played, Nadal actually played more on centre court than Federer did. The real culprit was Murray.

Proof. Here is the 2017 Wimbledon schedule:

Day 1: Centre Court — No. 1 seed Andy Murray and No. 5 seed Wawrinka the US Open champ. Court 1 – No. 4 seed Nadal (his last slam was 2014 French) . Roger Federer did not play that day, lol.

Day 3: Centre Court — Murray AND Nadal. Once again, Federer did not play that day, lol.

Day 5: Centre Court — Murray AND Nadal. Once again, Federer did not play that day, lol.

Day 7: Centre Court — Murray AND No. 3 seed 7-time Wimbledon champ Federer. Court 1 – No. 4 seed Nadal (where his lower seeding belongs). Nadal lost to Gilles Muller, despite Nadal having the advantage of playing on Court 1 on the opening day (and this was Muller’s first match on Court 1).
http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/schedule/schedule8.html

And, as usual, Willow and j-kath are clueless about what they are saying… because they don’t know the facts :)


Tony N Says:

The naïve partisan comments regarding day/night center court scheduling continues. It seems the truth does not matter to partisans… so they keep spewing nonsense hoping people eventually believe it.

We already know ESPN broadcaster CHRIS FOWLER’s report that Djokovic’s coach Andre Agassi revealed (a) DJOKOVIC DECLINED THE NIGHT MATCH and (b) fit DJOKOVIC ASKED FOR THE DAY MATCH to get an advantage against the unfit Monfils.
https://twitter.com/cbfowler/status/953766555820552193

If that truth is not good enough then suck on this reality. JOHN MCENROE: “Scheduling decisions are also business decisions. ROGER, NOT NOVAK, IS THE GOLDEN GOOSE OF TENNIS and he gets to play on the biggest stage in front of the biggest audience whenever he wants. Plain and simple. Is it fair? I don’t know and I don’t care. Life isn’t fair! Eat it!”
https://twitter.com/Eurosport_UK/status/954986933934960640


gonzalowski Says:

but maybe sport should be fair, shouldn’t it???


Margot Says:

Yes! Let’s give the Straw Man a huge appearance fee.


BBB Says:

Is 7pm in Melbourne the biggest audience?

Why would Novak request a day match?


Okiegal Says:

Started to scroll past Tony full of baloney….but three names popped up that are friends of mine so I had to read it. AM, Willow and J-Kath are three of the most knowledgeable ladies I know when it comes to tennis. I will throw Margot into the mix too. I have many private conversations with Mira and she has enlightened me a lot on strategy of the game. Tony is confused…….. maybe getting senile…….. Make no mistake these ladies know the facts………just sayin’…….Tony spews
vermin!! 🤮🤮🤮 LOL!!


Giles Says:

As soon as Fed starts losing the baloney will disappear.


j-kath Says:

Okiegal: Thank you for your kind remarks. So sorri you have had to respond to that poor sick man. I can’t be bothered trying to reason with him anymore and no longer read whatever he writes. I concluded he has no life apart from thinking he’s the greatest and is somehow Roger’s appointed spokesperson – hence I no longer waste my time. I feel sorri for Roger….he’s losing so many appreciative tennis-lovers because of Jekyll & Hyde.


Willow Says:

Thanks Okie, i know there are posters here that are more clever and more knowledgeable about tennis than me, but it just seems that posters are not even entitled to an opinion and are belittled each and everytime they disagree with him, unless you put Federer up on some god like pedestal, i mean i dont hate Federer, i respect him and his achievements, it just comes across a bullying, attacking everyone that disagrees with him


Willow Says:

J-Kath right on ;-)


Willow Says:

Okie , Gonzo, AndiMira, Rafa will stay world number 1 ….


Okiegal Says:

Willow and J-Kath…….just couldn’t keep myself from responding and you guys are welcome! I agree with both of your last comments. The bad thing was I had to admit to reading his garbage……☹️☹️☹️


j-kath Says:

Yes- As Willow pointed out, Rafa remains no. 1. There is some justice in this world….occasionally.


J.S. Says:

Tony….We are talking about AO scheduling and blatant unfairness! NOT Wimbledon (we can do that in Sept)

I do not believe Fowler or his “inside” info, believe Djok at his presser who denied requesting a day match, neither did most the experts according to his twitter. Agree with BBB why would he request a day match, Djok was suffering as much as Monfils…it was very hard to watch both of them!

RF is not the only tennis player who deserves top billing. Actually he is #2….the tournament is SOLD OUT so many top players should be rotated in the “Roger Federer’s” spot!
After Lavers Cup I appreciated Fedal even more – But what has happened at AO isn’t fair, and I want the best to win…not someone who has been walked to the finals!

The weather is turning warm again at the end of the week. It’s really sad for RF because he will be forced to play in the heat regardless! Unless they close the roof for him!


Wog Boy Says:

J.S.

I wouldn’t waste my breath with him, the man obviously has a problem. He has only one agenda, to worship one player and rubbish the rest, particulary Nole.
I said once and I will repeat it. Do you remembe as kids when literature teacher gave as a task to write a poem.
What do we do? We first put four words at the end of sentence, the words that rhymes and then write the whole sentence. We end up with strophe that rhymes but doesn’t make any sense, that is excatly his level.
He goes with idea to rubish Nole and worship the other one, then gets stuck in Wikipedia, google arond tweets and so on and puts together something that doesn’t make any sense but to cult members and worshipers.
That is his prescribed therapy and as long as it does a trick and keeps him happy and less aggressive in real life let him do that.

BTW, Wimbledon is in July;)


Willow Says:

This is the worst GS of the whole four IMO ….


J.S. Says:

WB…Thanks on correction!

I like everyones opinions and a healthy banter! Hoping he/she will “get it” – it’s not about anyone’s favourite it’s about the tournament!


J.S. Says:

WB…
Djok can move from #13 to #6 if everything goes right for him, right?


Wog Boy Says:

I wouldn’t look that far, you don’t do that if you are Nole fan:)


t4t Says:

I am back and looks like only skeezer missed me! Thank you, my fan!
I also noticed that a lot of the fans have now discovered how blatantly the schedule is always rigged in favor of Fed. Soon they might also accept that the draws, the court surfaces, the balls … they are all rigged in favor of the false goat.
Hope Djokovic succeeds in setting up a players union. Most players are scared of Fed as he IS the establishment and things could be nasty for them if they critise the man. Poor Djokovic is treated shabbily as he doesn’t hesitate to express his views openly.


J.S. Says:

I can’t find the comments to current threads…UGH

t4t – it’s been really blatant at the AO this year. I’ve never noticed it before, but it’s hard to ignore it! There is a great article from an attorney on the movement for a union. He agrees it is very necessary and I hope it happens! Time to stop the madness!

Djok has won my support during this tournament and this isn’t easy to do, HAHA!!! :)
It’s so obvious what’s going on, I had to jump on board!


Tony N Says:

gonzalowski Says: “but maybe sport should be fair, shouldn’t it???”
The Australian Open organizers do not make the schedule based on ‘sport is fair’. The AO organizers make the schedule based on what is attractive to the sponsors, advertisers, TV broadcasters and paying spectators. The AO organizers are using and leveraging the Golden Goose Federer whose celebrity and popularity brings the greatest returns to sponsors and advertisers; attracts the biggest audience to the TV broadcasters; and attracts the most paying spectators willing to pay the exorbitant ticket prices (e.g., men’s singles final Sunday tickets are A$332, A$440, A$495, A$705, A$805).

Kia Motors is the biggest sponsor of the Australian Open and therefore has some influence on what the AO organizers do. Kia is also Nadal’s sponsor so Nadal’s interests are represented

Thus, if Federer is playing on the night sessions at Rod Laver Arena – while Nadal is playing in the day and outside the RLA – then the AO organizers had KIA’s blessing or understanding to do this.

Margot Says: “Yes! Let’s give the Straw Man a huge appearance fee.”
John McEnroe was clear that Federer is the Golden Goose of Tennis — while you downgraded Federer into a ‘Straw Man’. If you want to give a huge appearance fee to the Golden Goose who lays the golden eggs, we won’t stop you.

In addition to John McEnroe, this is what Martina Navratilova said last week: “If you just get paid like that, then Roger Federer should get paid 10 times (more). He should get paid more than Novak because his ratings are better”

BBB Says: “Why would Novak request a day match?”
Chris Fowler explained it clearly: “gonna be 97 degrees at match time: interesting that @DjokerNole REQUESTED heat of the day for today’s collision with Monfils… (Djokovic) thinks he can out-fit Gael… Wasn’t fun in the sun I’m sure, but Strategy worked perfectly.” Fowler is savvy enough to know that Djokovic’s supporters will go crazy with these revelations — thus Fowler would have been careful about being accurate in what he said.
https://twitter.com/cbfowler/status/953766555820552193


J.S. Says:

Beating HEAD!!! LOL


BBB Says:

Djokovic doesn’t need heat to beat Monfils. Djokovic hates heat. It’s like a cat requesting a bath.

I know what Fowler said, but it doesn’t mean he didn’t get bad information. Seems a bit odd that both Nadal and Djokovic are both allegedly lying about the same issue, no? What’s the common denominator? 🤔


Wog Boy Says:

Actually I think organizers are trying no to disrupt Nole’s rythm mixing day and night matches on different arenas, no?
If he wins tonight, back on RLA for a day match in QF.
I think he has got some privileges as six time champion, definitely so…


AndyMira Says:

Hohohohoho!!….I can see that my name got mentioned in Tony N’s precious post…Thank u sir!i considered an honoured to be mention in your post!…

Btw…i see at your link & found that ALL Roger’s match at Wimby last year were played on CC…while Rafa played till 4th..2 CC 2 C1..Novak played till QF..3 CC 2 C1…while Andy,i don’t mind at all he played on CC all the time coz he’s the local..he deserved that special treatment…

And Tony..if u read all my post lately..i aimed at organizer’s at AO for cannot separate blatant adoration & lack of professionalism plus greed for money plus biased or maybe a little bit of vengeance coz Novak ‘dared’ to raise an issue about getting more prizemoney on the eve of tourney last week and for scheduled Fed at nite 3 times B2B2B while Novak is 6 time champion forced to play day times B2B in an extreme heat…U can say whatever u want Tony….for me i just wanna say..what organizer’s at AO did this year is just BS!


AndyMira Says:

Miss Okie!!….Wooohohoho!!….AWESOME!!


BBB Says:

WB, I know that if I’m 13-0 against someone, I’m going to choose conditions I hate the most when I play that person in match #14. And then I’m going to lie about it, because I have a lot to gain from doing that.


AndyMira Says:

Willow!…Yeah!..Alhamdulillah Rafa still No 1..


Wog Boy Says:

BBB, agree, I am sure Nole, raised in the mountains where snow stays six months and summer lasts two, maybe three days;) asked for day match, on beatuful sunny day where shoes were melting underneath you and then blatantly lied that he didn’t ask for day match…even we don’t have credible witnesses that he asked…but hey, you are guilty until proven innocent…


J.S. Says:

Exactly BBB – It makes no sense, I call B.S. and everyone knows it isn’t Fowler’s first time to make erroneous claims!

WB…Have you seen this? http://lastwordontennis.com/2018/01/21/australian-open-round-16-bottom-half-predictions-including-novak-djokovic-vs-hyeon-chung/


Wog Boy Says:

Thanks for the link J.S. very reasonable, but we still don’t know where is Nole atm, thei is going to be great test. Lose or win I am happy with Nole performance and more importantly body language so far. It’s long way back where he wants to be but it is good start.


skeezer Says:

This scheduling and so called privilege talk here is ridiculous. The more Posts I see the more it looks like whining. The topic is old, meaningless, nobody cares, the majority of players don’t care, the crowds don’t care. It is still selling out, and the players who play well are getting through. End of story. Quit yer whining. In the end there is going to one winner, and will have a Slam, and no one in the history books is gonna care about anything else.


Wog Boy Says:

Just to add, if he really appreciates me and my support he should try to win so that I have legit reason to stay one more day in Melbourne since I am going early tomorrow and coming back late in the evening, work related, but I am allowed to stay extra day if he wins, allowed by my wife, she is tough cookie, doesn’t take any prisoners…and doesn’t really trust me….


BBB Says:

If people don’t care, why did Courier ask Federer about it during the on-court interview, and why was Federer sheepish in his response? Where, by the way, he admitted to privilege, so even Federer accepts that it’s not just “so-called” privilege….

Similarly, if it’s no big deal then Federer wouldn’t be asking for night matches to begin with, no?

http://www.news.com.au/sport/tennis/its-a-matter-of-do-as-i-say-not-as-i-do-for-the-protected-species-roger-federer/news-story/771c8a1347708e7624c442849191468f


Okiegal Says:

#rafa#1nthe 🌎andnmy❤️
VAMOS!


AndyMira Says:

BBB….hahahaha…yesss!!…Very spot on sis!!…Bang it!!

Btw… Skeeze always said that Rog is THE GOAT…and honestly i think so too..but 1 question keep pop up in my head…If Rog truly is THE GOAT..why he’s so afraid of playing under the heat?I mean HE’S THE GREATEST…don’t tell me that he’s afraid to play day times in case he will be drag to 4 or 5 sets and when come semi or final,he don’t have stamina left to face his much younger opponent??And then lose?


Okiegal Says:

@Mira 8:09………Good point……..that’s my girl!! You think of everything!! Great 👍 post!


AndyMira Says:

Miss Jan!!…hehehe…Why thank u ma’am!!


J.S. Says:

I agree with you Mira….IF he was the GOAT everyone say’s he is, why not rotate days/courts with the other qualified athletes?
It’s probably something that happens at other tournaments but AO has been really obvious, hence the uproar!

I don’t think anyone is blaming RF…I am blaming AO!


J.S. Says:

Berdych and Fognini starting NOW!

Get your sunglasses out for Fog’s crazy kit!


BBB Says:

Too bad Berdych isn’t still wearing H&M floral craziness. That would be quite the duo.


AndyMira Says:

Yeah J.S!…We’re NOT blaming Fed..we’re blaming the obvious..


J.S. Says:

Yep MIRA!!! :)

This Berdych/Fog is going to be a DOG FIGHT! They are both fighters….Berdych is playing amazing, could upset some in bottom 1/2 if wins this one!

MTO OMG OUCH U-G-L-Y on Fognini’s feet!


Wog Boy Says:

I can’t believe it, channel 7 is telecasting Kerber match on one of his channels and on the other one that they have tennis too they are telecasting American football that hardly anybody is watching here some Vikings vs Eagles and I wanted to warch Betdych vs Fognini, BUGGER!!


AndyMira Says:

Sorry to hear that WB!…Sometimes TV does things that make us want to cuss a bucket!!


Wog Boy Says:

BTW, Hydr💀gen very expensive and exclusive alternative fashion brand, I am not saying I like Fognini apparel though:)


J.S. Says:

WB I have never heard of Hydrogen….he is always sporting something different! He is not afraid to make a statement!

Can you get ESPN? they have a stream, if that helps!


Wog Boy Says:

Yes AM, but we are talking about channel that has exclusive rights to telecast AO, I mean it is major event, not just in Australia and they have two of their channels dedicated to AO every day and what are they doing now? Showing tennis on one and on others NFL, Gran Canyon Skywalk and how it was built on other two channels. I wouldn’t mind watching Grand Canyon documentary (don’t watch NFL) but some other time, not in the middle of AO.


Wog Boy Says:

J.S.

It is Italian brand, not big but pretty expensive, tennis is side job, have a look and svroll down all the way of some of the stuff, pretty good:

https://www.farfetch.com/au/shopping/men/hydrogen/clothing-2/items.aspx


BBB Says:

WB, the Kerber/Hsieh match is pretty awesome. Interesting shots.


Wog Boy Says:

BBB,
Agree, actually very good match.


AndyMira Says:

Oh yeah WB!…I don’t understand their crap either!…What about AO & everything’s that related to it this year has been pretty crappy so far??Urgh!!Head scratching!!


J.S. Says:

Looks like RF will get a night match after all! LOL

This Hsieh/Kerber has been amazing! Good for Hsieh…love it!

Berdych plays Federer/Fucsovics winner! Berdych is playing really well!


Wog Boy Says:

Yes, at the end Hsieh just ran out of steam, but this match can come back to bite Kerber, Hsieh made her running a lot. I would say Keys is favorite in their match, 60:40, she was more impressive and spent little energy.


J.S. Says:

WOW MIRA….Thanks for the link!

“Fact: Roger Federer asked to play at night. Fact: Roger has played all three of his matches in the cooler night slot on the Rod Laver Arena.

“Fact: Novak Djokovic did not request a specific time slot for his matches. Fact: Novak Djokovic played his first two matches during the day, one of them in the blistering summer sun.”

Djokovic said he was “almost dead” after surviving his match against Gael Monfils where the mercury on court was reportedly recorded at 69C

Aussie tennis great Pat Cash has commented Federer has been given an unfair advantage.

“It has caused a bit of controversy actually. It’s one of those tricky things,” Cash said.


AndyMira Says:

Hahaha J.S!…I knew you’re going to like that article!…

Fact:Novak DID NOT REQUEST a specific time slot for his matches…

#Caseclosed!


Wog Boy Says:

It takes while to get use on daylight.


skeezer Says:

Spirited match by Fucs. Fed up 2 sets, second set in a TB. He’d better stay on point in the 3rd.


J.S. Says:

LOL WB!!!

Yes Federer will get thru this in 3 but what a great match. Same as the kid who challenged Rafa last night. It’s nice to see these kids not intimidated and make crazy shots!


Margot Says:

Phew Angie!
Love Keys! Good to see her 2nd week.
t4t: But no! Giles missed you too, not just skeeze. You are more popular than you think. ;)
Tony: You misunderstand, quell surprise! The Straw Man got his fee for a guest appearance in your argument. Sorry folks, not encouraging but needed to correct the maestro. At least I have drawn the eye of Sauron on me……


Van Persie Says:

I liked the last on on John Mc: idea that there is no difference between blatantly cheating and preferential treatment. So, Fed is a cheater :)


t4t Says:

I think that before this year’s AO, only Wog Boy and JK agreed with me about Fed being favored unfairly. Now everybody except the Cult agrees because encouraged by the “indifference” of fans and media to the discrimination, AO not only gave Fed blatant preference this year ( they did it even last AO but no fan seemed shocked), they also treated the AO- 6-time champion badly. I am sure this was done so that he would not be able to reach the semi or if he did, he would be in no condition to challenge Fed.
Until the players gain control of the draw, scheduling, how court surfaces are prepared and balls selected, AO and Wimbledon will continue the blatant favoritism so Fed can increase his slam count.
I am sure gonza is bored…..


Margot Says:

VP throwing petrol on the fire! Go girl…..and good luck!


Van Persie Says:

^^ Hehe Margot, only hope, Straw Man will not be burned by that.


Margot Says:

VP: The Eye of Sauron must be having a dreadful time, swivelling like crazy now! The Straw Man has a nifty trick at regeneration, am sure he will reappear, peeping through the flames….


Van Persie Says:

Straw Man has the genes of Phoenix ;)


AndyMira Says:

There!…Fed win!..At DAY SESSION NONETHELESS!!…It’s not so bad right?He even didn’t drop a set..Didn’t lost his rythmn either!…If only Craig Tiley & cohorts thinking with his head instead of his kneecap earlier,he can sleep in peace every night last week!…Hohohoho!!..Peace!!


Van Persie Says:

Watchng the scores as I went to work today: see that Fed won, spectaculary….

Fogna did not get any chance today, he run out of blood, perhaps

Thiem is not having an easy one

for the ladies:

Keys and Angie through.

Curios if Halep makes it today after her marathon


Van Persie Says:

^^ Fogna ran out of blood, correction


J.S. Says:

Yep Federer thtu in 3!

Meanwhile Thiem lost first set, would never have guessed that! Probably why my bracket went down the drain 1st day, haha!

Djokovic should be on schedule since no one is on RLA!

Does the RLA court get faster or slower with roof closed??? ANYONE?


skeezer Says:

Maestro looked good. Relaxed. But Bird is waiting up next and in form. Will be a tougher match this time. @36, Fed has made it to another qtr final Slam. Well done GOAT!


Van Persie Says:

L0ol Skeezer, I watched a bit the beginning…he looked anything, but relaxed…he looked kind of pissed off


J.S. Says:

Berdych is playing really well right now. It’s going to be a doozy of a match and the last 8 are all tough….It’s going to get hot again too!

Thiemand Sandgren are in a battle….and Djok/Chun coming up! Get your popcorn!


Willow Says:

Have to leave for work soon, its so unfair ….


J.S. Says:

V Persie, I didn’t see your comments about Fognini….He called for a MTO in first set and the cameras showed his foot, BIG OUCH! He didn’t have any fight at all, so unlike him! But, he played long matches in the horrible heat and I think ran out of gas!

EDIT Thiem/Sandgren yes huge battle!


Van Persie Says:

J.S.

Who knows, maybe Berdych will surprise us. He did not look bad in his matches


J.S. Says:

V Persie – that’s what I meant about Berdych! He is playing really well, lol :)


Van Persie Says:

What is wrong with Nole?


j-kath Says:

t4t: Welcome back – noted your absence – didn’t say anything – no point in giving the Sick guy ammunition.


Tony N Says:

J.S. Says: “Tony….We are talking about AO scheduling and blatant unfairness! NOT Wimbledon (we can do that in Sept)”

At 8:52 am & 7:17 pm (Jan 21) AndyMira did talkd about Wimbledon, Nadal & Federer: “i remember last year when Rafa lost to Mueller,he complained how he’d been assigned to Court 1 repeatedly..and Rog as usual played almost all the time on CC…so,favouritism already happened at Wimby…and imo it will happen again this year… while Andy,i don’t mind at all he played on CC all the time coz he’s the local..he deserved that special treatment…”

My hard facts at 12:28 pm (Jan 21) debunked AM’s disingenuous link between Nadal’s court assignments and Federer and her double standards. In 2017, in his first three matches, No. 4 Nadal played on the same day as No.1 Murray… while 8-time champion and No. 3 Federer played on a different day with No. 2 Djokovic. When No. 4 Nadal lost his fourth match on Court 1, the Centre Court was used by two higher seeds No. 1 Murray and No. 3 Federer, including Murray. As well, Nadal did not deserve Centre Court throughout since he had lost early In the past 6 years at Wimbledon: lost R1 (twice), lost R2 (once), lost R4 (twice) and did not play (once).

J.S. Says: “RF is not the only tennis player who deserves top billing. Actually he is #2….the tournament is SOLD OUT so many top players should be rotated in the “Roger Federer’s” spot!”

TV broadcasters, sponsors, advertisers want Federer on prime time centre court – they have influence on scheduling. Without them you won’t get to watch the AO fo free on TV. (Furthermore, Federer won the Eurosport Star of the Year and BB)

No. 1 Nadal’s day match yesterday against No.26 opponent had empty seats in the stadium. No. 1 Federer day match against No. 80 was completely packed.

The unfit Monfils suffered more than the fit Djokovic in the heat. Had the match been played at night, Monfils might have won more than the first set.

After all the whining about day matches, when Djokovic gets a night match he loses in straight sets to No. 58 kid. Not everyone can follow in Federer’s footsteps in returning from injury and being ATP Player Council president.

Meanwhile Federer in the day match played like a practice session hitting balls directly to Fucsovic until Roger needed to raise his game. Heat is not a problem for the fit Federer as he trains in Dubai heat for Australia’s heat.

I believe Chris Fowler 100%.


Tony N Says:

Willow Says: “it just seems that posters are not even entitled to an opinion and are belittled each and everytime they disagree with him, unless you put Federer up on some god like pedestal”

An opinion is a personal expression of a person’s thoughts or feelings. A person spewing an opinion does not make her opinion valid and valuable.

Logic/thinking experts assert that a person is not entitled to her opinion because “I’m entitled to my opinion” is a logical fallacy. A person often uses “I’m entitled to my opinion” to defend her positions that are factually indefensible (by discrediting or blocking any opposition to her indefensible opinion).

‘Entitlement’ is an earned right. Whether a person has an entitlement to her opinion IS IRRELEVANT to whether her opinion is true or false. A person is entitled to an opinion that she can argue for and justify it with objective facts, evidence or expert knowledge (in other words, there are good reasons for holding the opinion). This distinguishes between a valid opinion and an invalid opinion. Valid opinions based in objective, meaningful and measurable facts or knowledge are more valuable than opinions that are not. Thus not all opinions are equally valuable.

That is why your little gang of bullies becomes nasty and irrational about our facts and evidence because it (a) exposes your opinions as false, invalid dubious, and/or lacking value; and (b) holds them to a higher standard of argument.

It’s a monumental lie that I asked you to “put Federer up on some god like pedestal”. This is a red herring intended to divert attention from the real issue of your dubious opinions exposed by hard facts and evidence.
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/the180/you-re-not-entitled-to-your-own-opinion-the-case-against-free-trade-and-how-snow-can-inform-planning-1.3886400/actually-you-re-not-entitled-to-your-opinion-1.3888228
http://www.critical-thinking.org.uk/critical-thinking/bad-arguments/entitled-to-an-opinion.php


BBB Says:

“I believe Chris Fowler 100%.”

I’m guessing you believed Spicey 100% as well.


Tony N Says:

Okiegal Says: “three names popped up that are friends of mine so I had to read it. AM, Willow and J-Kath are three of the most knowledgeable ladies I know when it comes to tennis. I will throw Margot into the mix too… Make no mistake these ladies know the facts”

You always read everything I post despite your denials (it’s the same with the rest of your gang).

You’re not going to be objective about your few friends left.
My objective facts at 11:12 pm (Jan 20), 12:28 pm (Jan 21) and elsewhere clearly prove your friends ignore or don’t know the facts; their opinionated views are false, invalid, dubious and/or lacking value; and — despite being given the true facts — they continue to spew dubious views in other ways. Your tiny gang of bullies hate having their baloney debunked by objective facts and evidence.

If j-kath tweaked her comments to: “that poor sick lonely woman. I can’t be bothered trying to reason with her… I concluded she has no life apart from thinking she’s the greatest… I feel sorry for Roger as she’s driving away so many Federer fans because of her bullying.”

Then you would be speaking from personal experience about yourself.

Spare us your false sympathy for Roger. Your tiny gang of bullies has driven away many Federer fans (who are the greater majority of tennis fans on most other tennis sites). Your tiny gang makes up only a drop of the 10,000 to 20,000 visitors to this site – thus it’s arrogant of your gang to dictate how any poster should post.

Wog Boy Says: “you remembe as kids when literature teacher gave as a task to write a poem… We end up with strophe that rhymes but doesn’t make any sense, that is excatly his level… then gets stuck in Wikipedia, google around…”

Your level is still stuck at writing gibberish that makes no sense. It’s really you who depend on Wikipedia and Google to compensate for your ignorance and social isolation.

Thank goodness my literature teacher gave us James Joyce books to read.

Wog Boy Says: “I wouldn’t waste my breath with him, the man obviously has a problem. He has only one agenda, to worship one player and rubbish the rest, particulary Nole… That is his prescribed therapy and as long as it does a trick and keeps him happy and less aggressive in real life let him do that.”

You are looking in a mirror while describing your irrational self. For example, you viciously rubbished Federer’s parents, accusing them of giving performance enhancing drugs to Roger simply because they worked in a major Swiss pharmaceutical company – yet when I challenged you to provide facts on the name of the alleged drugs, you were as quiet as a rat. It is karma that you will now be depressed and moaning the loss of your boss Djokovic.


Tony N Says:

BBB Says: “I’m guessing you believed Spicey 100% as well.”

Spicey is last year’s forgotten news.

What’s more important is that a philosophy professor explains why you’re not entitled to your opinion
https://qz.com/852709/a-philosophy-professor-explains-why-youre-not-entitled-to-your-opinion/


Tony N Says:

BBB Says: “I’m guessing you believed Spicey 100% as well.”

Spicey is last year’s forgotten news.

What’s more important is that a philosophy professor explains why you’re not entitled to your opinion
https://qz.com/852709/a-philosophy-professor-explains-why-youre-not-entitled-to-your-opinion/


BBB Says:

If it’s forgotten, how did you know what I was talking about?


Willow Says:

Toni.N knock yourself out if you want i dont really care anymore , my life doesnt revolve around tennis, your obsession with been right all the time is pretty sad, have it your own way ….

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