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Old 01-26-2022, 06:52 AM   #941
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That was quite the servers game. Both had tremendous serves and for the most part it came down to who could break the other to win a set.

Felix lost hs composure in the last set and was making some return errors that ultimately cost him the match. Shots he made earlier were either hitting the net or going long.

Overall it was a fun match and probably one that will be remembered as one the greats of all time.

Great time to have insomnia.
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Old 01-26-2022, 07:38 AM   #942
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As far as ranking all time matches at the Aussie Open is concerned, the 2012 final will likely never be topped and the 2017 final was epic as well. As far as quarter-final matches are concerned, Stan the Man beat Novak 9-7 in the 5th set in 2014. This match we just saw is likely very close to that one.
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Old 01-26-2022, 07:57 AM   #943
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What. A. Point.

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As far as ranking all time matches at the Aussie Open is concerned, the 2012 final will likely never be topped and the 2017 final was epic as well. As far as quarter-final matches are concerned, Stan the Man beat Novak 9-7 in the 5th set in 2014. This match we just saw is likely very close to that one.
Unfortunate I could not muster the power to stay up into the early hours of the morning again last night to watch what looks like one heck of a match, but very pleased that both Canadians have finally shown the ability to hang with 2 of the best players in the world, at a major, for 4+ hours.

Felix is very close to some serious accomplishments if he continues to build on what he has already achieved in the last 12 months.
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Total points, 182 for Medvedev, 182 for Felix. Unreal.

I did not foresee Felix getting match point against Medvedev. That was probably the match of his life, I'm guessing? Looking at the highlights it appeared he played utterly ridiculous tennis. And yet utterly ridiculous tennis is still somehow not good enough?

When it's that close you can make yourself feel a bit better by blaming the roof closure.
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What. A. Point.
Felix with the balanced, textbook footwork and groundstrokes, Meddy with the constant octopus flail. if I only watched this point and didn't know who they were, there's no way I'd correctly guess who is the world #2 and USO champion. it's great that there's more than one way to tennis...these guys are going to have more classics against each other in the next few years.
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Old 01-26-2022, 08:33 AM   #947
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Really unfortunate to have that roof delay in the 3rd set tiebreaker as it seemed to be an advantage for Medvedev. Still a very impressive tournament for Canada's to male stars. Shapo and Felix both showed that they are getting very, very close to joining that top level.
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Old 01-26-2022, 09:12 AM   #948
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Lest we forget, he recently lost 6-4 6-0 to Medvedev (dropped eight straight games).

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Old 01-26-2022, 10:28 AM   #949
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With no more Canadians left, who's ready to jump aboard the Rafa train to 21? Two more wins , not going to be easy for sure but if he can do it, it would be his sweetest title ever.
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With no more Canadians left, who's ready to jump aboard the Rafa train to 21? Two more wins , not going to be easy for sure but if he can do it, it would be his sweetest title ever.
I think I would like to see it just to witness the Novak fan meltdowns - I saw plenty of posts from people refusing to watch the Aussie Open after Novak was deported, all I can say is you've missed some fantastic tennis.
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Also, for all those Novak fans claiming that this year's Aussie Open champion should have an asterisk beside it, does that also apply to the 2016 French Open that Novak won? No Roger at that tourney and Rafa withdrew midway due to injury.
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Also, for all those Novak fans claiming that this year's Aussie Open champion should have an asterisk beside it, does that also apply to the 2016 French Open that Novak won? No Roger at that tourney and Rafa withdrew midway due to injury.
Exactly! Can't thank this post enough. Rafa has missed so many Slams due to injury compared to Novak or Roger.
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There are no asterisks next to any grand slam… except for the French, of course, in which every year has an asterisk next to it because it’s not played on a real surface.

Anyway of the players left, it would be kind of nice to see Berretini get one, but I’m fine with anyone but Tsitsipas. It would be really funny if Medvedev won everything this year and held all four slams at the same time after denying Novak the same, so I’ll root for that chaos for the moment.
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Held on for this long to check the score and confirm what I expected

Good to see he didn’t fold and battled til the end.
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Old 01-26-2022, 06:51 PM   #955
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Oh $#!+ I went to bed last night with Felix up 2 sets & crusing, figured he had it in the bag and didn't come back and check on the score until now. Ouch this one hurts for him. Could have had the inside track on a major title if he could have closed it out. Good news is he's got a bright future ahead of him and, it would seem, the potential to win majors at some point.
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Yeah, which is great and all, but... did you watch what Collins did to Swiatek? Even just watch the highlights. What the hell happened there? Swiatek couldn't even make her own service games competitive. I'm not sure when Collins turned into Djokovic but she's made some sort of Faustian bargain. You hope that level stays up for the final to make it an unstoppable force / immovable object situation.
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Swiatek ran out of gas. She had to play a grueling 3 set match the day before in the heat and didn't get any rest time.
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Ash Barty is one of the most likeable players on tour. What an opportunity for her to win on home court.
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