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Tennis 2019: Plus ça change...

Discussion in 'General Sports' started by InstaFace, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. InstaFace

    InstaFace MDLzera

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    Andy Murray was the last of the Big 4 to rise to prominence (~2009), the last of them to win his first slam (2012), and sometime this year, maybe Wimbledon maybe sooner, he will be the first of them to play his last tournament and retire.

    That's one of the harder press conferences to watch without getting emotional yourself, at least among those that didn't involve somebody dying. Andy Murray is a tough sonofabitch and if it's too much for him - and you can really feel it in his words - it must be a pretty crazy amount of pain.

    Meanwhile, the top 5 in the ATP Rankings go Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, The Good Zverev, and Del Potro. Same as it seemingly ever was. Murray gets #23 Bautista Agut in the first round of the Australian Open starting monday.
     
  2. hittery

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    Man, I really hope he plays Wimbledon. That's just heart breaking to watch.
     
  3. bosox4283

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    Murray had the unfortunate luck of playing when, arguably, three of the greatest players ever played: Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic. He was undoubtedly the next best player during this period but was fourth best by far. If we measure success by Grand Slam titles and finals, Murray is way behind:

    Grand Slam Titles: Federer (20), Nadal (17), Djokovic (14), Murray (3)
    Grand Slam Finals: Federer (30), Nadal (24), Djokovic (23), Murray (11)

    But if we look at Grand Slam semifinals and quarterfinals, Murray is a top-10 all-time in both categories:

    Grand Slam Semifinals: Federer (43), Djokovic (33), Nadal (29), Murray (21, 9th all-time)
    Grand Slam Quarterfinals: Federer (53), Djokovic (42), Nadal (36), Murray (30, tied for 8th all-time)

    Since Federer won his first major -- Wimbledon in 2003 -- there have been 15.5 years of Grand Slams, so 62 majors. There have only been five majors that didn't include one of Nadal, Federer, and Djokovic in the finals. So, of Murray's 11 finals appearances, in only one major did he not face one of the big three (2016 Wimbledon against Milos Raonic).

    My quick count says that, since Federer's first finals win, Roddick is next on the list behind Murray's 11 Grand Slam finals appearances with five; Stan Wawrinka has four; Marin Cilic has three; Potro, Safin, Robin Soderling, Lleyton Hewitt, Kevin Anderson have two; Thiem, Mark Philippoussis, Juan Carlos Ferrero with one. And I got bored counting and missed a few.
     
  4. hittery

    hittery Member SoSH Member

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    A friend just texted me about going to Wimbledon. This might very well be on.
     
  5. swiftaw

    swiftaw Member SoSH Member

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    Wimbledon is awesome, highly recommended.
     
  6. jungleboy

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    Wimbledon this year starts the day after the Red Sox-Yankees London series. I was going to make a trip to go to both, but then Ticketmaster screwed me for baseball, and the overseas balloting for Wimbledon didn't work as I thought it did, so in the end I'm not going to either.
     
  7. jon abbey

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    Yay, probably my favorite major of the year is under way, the one I can watch the most of usually as it best fits into my ridiculous overnight work habits.

    Isner playing a taller and younger American, 21 year old Reilly Opelka is 7 feet even according to Wikipedia and can serve in the low 140s. Unsurprisingly the two are in a first set tiebreak.
     
  8. ConigliarosPotential

    ConigliarosPotential Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    In the end they played four tiebreaks - Isner served for the fourth set at 5-4 but got broken and lost the match shortly thereafter. For someone reason i'm glad I missed that one.

    Meanwhile, Murray won the third set against Bautista Agut and is at 5-5 in the fourth as I type - he doesn't have much more than guts and great hands at this point, but it's wildly entertaining to watch (and might be his last hurrah).
     
  9. ConigliarosPotential

    ConigliarosPotential Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    I really thought Murray would win the match after he got his nose in front at the start of the 5th...but it was almost as though he just wanted to prove he could do that, and then he gave up the ghost (while Bautista Agut got better and better). What a shame - but if that's it for Murray, what a way to go out.
     
  10. jon abbey

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    Simona Halep's reward for being the #1 seed could be Venus Williams in the 3rd round and then Serena in the round of 16. No matter, only one of those three makes the quarters.
     
  11. jon abbey

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    Venus comes back from a set and 3-5 down against the #25 seed Buzărnescu, winning 6-2 going away in the 3rd, impressive fighting.

    Halep's potential road is crazy, this seems unfair for a wild card, let alone the #1 seed. This could potentially be her matches starting with the third round:

    Venus
    Serena
    Pliskova (7)
    Osaka (4)
    Kerber (2)
     
  12. jon abbey

    jon abbey Shanghai Warrior Dope SoSH Member

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    Wow, plus her upcoming first round opponent Kanepi knocked her out of the US Open in the first round just a few months ago.
     
  13. InstaFace

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    Those of us who aren't guarding junkyards on the swing shift like Jon Abbey might be interested in what's going to be on the telly during USA primetime hours. Recall that Melbourne is 8 hours behind us (actually, technically, 16 hours ahead), so only the beginning matches of their day are watchable by us on normal schedules - but there are a lot of them.

    Right now american Denis Kudla is trying to force a 5th set against #18 Diego Schwarzman, which looks like a fun match. At 11pm ET you've got Federer, and 11:30 you have Caroline Wozniacki going against underrated swede Johanna Larsson. Sharapova graces the early morning at 5:30am on ESPN2, and Nadal plays concurrently.

    Tomorrow at some point in the evening/night you'll have Djokovic-Tsonga, Wawrinka-Raonic, Venus-Cornet, Serena-Bouchard (!), and Konta-Muguruza, with Halep, Zverev, and Naomi Osaka also in action.
     
  14. jon abbey

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    Yeah, last night at like 5 AM EST they had a triple split screen between Halep/Kanepi, Djokovic, and Raonic/Krygios, then Osaka started right after.
     
  15. NWsoxophile

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    I’m finding ESPN’s coverage innovations to be annoying. I hate the extended split screen coverage, especially since on a couple occasions they’ve run commercials on one of the screens. The weirdest thing is the court level, side angle replays using a lens that produces a fun house mirror effect that heavily distorts the visual field. Not a great idea.
     
  16. jon abbey

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    Kudla barely lost in the end, 6-4 in the 5th, but a couple great second round wins from very young Americans, Tiafoe taking out #5 Anderson in 4 after dropping the first set and Taylor Fritz over a tough #30 Monfils in 4 also, the last three sets went to tiebreaks. Opelka is up a set now, very nice day for the young American men.
     
  17. jon abbey

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    Opelka has 67 aces going into the 5th set tiebreak, 4th most ever in a Grand Slam, 2nd not counting Isner/Mahut.
     
  18. jon abbey

    jon abbey Shanghai Warrior Dope SoSH Member

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    67-2 in aces and he lost, ah well.
     
  19. jon abbey

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    Fabbiano is 5'8" to Opelka's 7', here is their post-match handshake. Pretty close to Spud Webb (one inch shorter than Fabbiano) against Shaq (one inch taller than Opelka), crazy.

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  20. InstaFace

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    Most of the favorites are through. But in half an hour (11:30pm ET), two pretty good matchups for the early rounds: (30) Sharapova vs (3) Wozniacki, with a concurrent undercard of Sloane Stephens.

    Federer is through, with some good matches to come overnight including Nadal, and Cilic-Verdasco.
     
  21. Mr. Wednesday

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    Impressive win for American teen Amanda Anisimova over 11-seed Aryna Sabalenka, 3 and 2. She only faced one break point the whole match. Next up is the winner of Petra Kvitova vs. Belinda Bencic.
     
  22. jon abbey

    jon abbey Shanghai Warrior Dope SoSH Member

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    Anisimova is just 17, youngest American woman into a Grand Slam round of 16 since Serena in 1998.
     

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