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Old 01-27-2022, 09:06 AM   #961
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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.

Can't see it happening the way Barty handled Keys who had also been in fire. Barty is just a level above everyone right now. She could win the calendar grand slam.
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Old 01-27-2022, 10:15 AM   #962
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Australia is having a pretty good AO tourney - Ash Barty in the women's final likely to take the title and it's an all Aussie affair for the men's double crown including besties Kyrgios and Kokkinakis.
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Old 01-27-2022, 11:11 AM   #963
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Go get that title!!

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Old 01-27-2022, 12:37 PM   #964
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If Ash wins in straight sets, the last two major winners will not have dropped a set.
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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.
CHL, I did finally get a chance to watch the Swiatek - Collins highlights and the biggest thing I saw on Swiatek's service games was her serve was just letting her down (missing a bunch of first serves) and her second serve was landing middle of the box which Collins was just pounding either for winners or a weak return from Iga that was an easy put away.

Barty just looks unstoppable at the moment, watching highlights of her match against Keys and her serve is working well and she's hitting the corners of the box making the return very difficult. That wicked slice backhand of Barty's is incredible as well.

Barring Collins playing the match of her life and/or Barty succumbing to nerves, I see a straight sets win for Ash, I'm thinking 6-3 6-3
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Old 01-27-2022, 08:05 PM   #966
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Sounds like the roof will be closed tonight which I believe favors Berrettini. Nadal could still advance, but this development likely helps Matteo.
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Old 01-27-2022, 08:52 PM   #967
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Sounds like the roof will be closed tonight which I believe favors Berrettini. Nadal could still advance, but this development likely helps Matteo.
Yup, it's no secret Nadal prefers to play outdoor, but with the heat getting to him last match could actually be a good thing.
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Old 01-27-2022, 09:19 PM   #968
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Rafa playing some fine tennis in this opening set.
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Nadal is taking Berrettini to school at the moment.
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Reminds me of him going against Del Potro, just attacking the backhand and avoiding that hammer of a forehand.
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Reminds me of him going against Del Potro, just attacking the backhand and avoiding that hammer of a forehand.
Berrettini needs two grips for tonight's match. the continental grip for his serve and the two-handed backhand grip. That's it lol
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There’s no special strategy here, Rafa is just using the default anti-Federer pattern. If I was Berrettini I’d be spending every minute of every day trying to close up that monster hole in his game.
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Berrettini is the modern day Vitas Gerulaitis.

/Man, I'm showing my age lol
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So Berrettini not only has never broken Rafa in a match, he is yet to even get to break point on Rafa's serve. Granted, this is only the 5th set between these two guys (2nd overall match), but that's still a crazy stat.
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Berrettini is the modern day Vitas Gerulaitis.

/Man, I'm showing my age lol
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Interesting stat about Vitas - He lost 16 straight times to Jimmy Connors. He did beat him on his 17th try.
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Nadal has him running for his life. Left right middle. He’s on his game.
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Berrettini wraps a forehand around the post. What a shot!
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Berrettini has three break points (first ever against Rafa).

Edit: Matteo breaks and is serving for set 3. This came outta nowhere.
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