SMB Tennis thread

Discussion in 'SMB' started by The Bridge Lad, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. JC22

    JC22 Central Defender

    It’s a strange one with Djokovic as he just doesn’t really get the love the other two get with tennis fans when in reality, he’s probably gunna be right up there with the two of them at the end of his career if not in with a shout of GOAT. He’s playing at an insane level right now and should he continue this run then I honestly don’t think anyone can stop him.
     
  2. Session

    Session Midfield

    Yeah, there does seem to be a lot less tennis posts / posters than 2-3 years ago. I like both, but the men's is always going to get the most attention and as you say, at the moment the men's landscape isn't brilliant. Novak just too good and a lot of the previous contenders aren't really for whatever reason, mainly injuries.
     
  3. The Bridge Lad

    The Bridge Lad Striker

    Yeah, he probably is the best and I'd be very surprised if he didn't surpass the slam record to properly back that up. He's 'just' 31 as well so plenty more time to even put a bit daylight between, if he can stay injury free. Just seems strange to think that it might not (and probably won't) be Roger who ends up with the most as he's been around pretty much all my life, been more at the forefront here with his Wimbledon success and has been referred to as the GOAT so many times.

    True, you probably do need a healthy men's side for the sport to really prosper and if that's intriguing, then the women's will probably get more attention as a result. I am invested in the women's game and would very much look forward to a future Osaka vs Sabalenka match, but at the same time, while a football fan, I'd have no intention of watching Reading Women vs Arsenal Women on TV today and I guess that's generally a similar story here.
     
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  4. JC22

    JC22 Central Defender

    It’s a mad thought but as you say if he stays injury free then you’d have to have him down to win a few more slams at the very least. I just think it’s mad how none of these next gen lot look anywhere near the level of Djokovic and even nadal right now. I think we’ve been spoilt for too long :lol:
     
  5. The Bridge Lad

    The Bridge Lad Striker

    Haha, aye, it's probably not fair, but in 5 or 6 years when they're all gone and Tsitsipas or FAA finally win their first slam we'll be like 'they're shite anyway, they've only won cos Novak isn't around.' Or 'couldn't lace Rafa's boots'.:lol:
     
  6. Session

    Session Midfield

    Indian Wells the next main tournament?
     
  7. Sharpshooter

    Sharpshooter Goalkeeper

    Look, whatever happened today, there was no good outcome for Federer. Djokovic winning was probably the least the worst outcome of the two.

    Had Rafa won today, against Djokovic on his home court, the media would have gone crazy with Nadal closing on Fed's slam record of 20, people would've said its inevitable he would win the French and effectively penciled in No.19 for him, which in that case would leave him only ONE behind Federer heading into Wimbledon.

    So instead Djokovic wins, who now has a second shot at holding all 4 slams, continues to chase down Federer's number 1 weeks record and now all the talk is Federer's GOAT title under threat from Novak.

    Whatever happened today, Federer's GOAT status was going to be heavily under threat from <insert today's winner here>.

    Tbh the only Fed can do is hopefully nick a few more slams, finish in the 22-24 region and just pray that age takes hold of Djokovic and Nadal eventually. I personally am skeptical of the pair of them lasting as long as Federer due to how much of their game revolves around winning lengthy baseline exchanges whereas Federer continues to have a lot of shorter rallies and wins a lot of points with his serve which I think is better suited for 35-40.
     
  8. The Bridge Lad

    The Bridge Lad Striker

    Pretty much. There's a women's Masters 1000 equivalent in Dubai next month as well as the Fed Cup group stage, which is in Britain for the first time since 1993, so that'll be pretty cool and there's 4 ATP 500's, but IW in early March is the next biggie.

    I hope Fed can add a couple more, but I'm not really sure I see it, even at Wimbledon. He obviously skipped clay lat year, so he can add points there whatever events he plays, but the QF, L16, L16 at the last 3 slams means he's now ranked 6th and therefore could face the big 2 in the slam quarters rather than semi's or final that he will have been used to the past 12 months. He didn't win the big points against Tsitsipas and on another day, that could have been a straight sets win, but when you compare that performance to Nadal's and worse, Djokovic today, it does seem a different level. He may add one more, but realistically I think he's relying on Nadal winning the next 2 French (and that's it) and Novak either getting injured / slow down / someone else finally arrives.

    I wonder if you could place bets on who finishes their career with the most, who would be the favourite now?
     
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  9. Session

    Session Midfield

    Anyone been following an of the Davis Cup scores?
     
  10. The Bridge Lad

    The Bridge Lad Striker

    I've not watched any of the matches, but I was keeping an eye on results. Australia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Italy, Germany, Serbia, Russia, Chile, Belgium, Colombia, Canada and Netherlands join Croatia, France, Spain, USA, GB and Argentina in the main week long tournament in Madrid in November.

    A few seeded nations going out, but no real shocks and some good moments like Shapovalov and FAA playing all the rubbers for Canada and coming from behind to win and Felix saying that was the best moment of his (admittedly short) career so far.

    I know a few on here don't like the changes, but I'm interested to see how the Finals go. Just wish there wasn't that ATP Cup thing in Australia starting next January.
     
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  11. Session

    Session Midfield

    It'll be interesting to see how many of the top players show up.
     
  12. The Bridge Lad

    The Bridge Lad Striker

    18 year old Dayana Yastremska won her 2nd WTA title in Thailand and will be up to a career high 34 in the next rankings. Bit of controversy as she called for a medical time out when Tomljanovic was about to serve for the match, a double break up at 5-2, and came back to win on the deciding tie break.

    Kiki Bertens is currently a set up on Donna Vekic in the St Petersburg Premier final. Live on BT Sport / ESPN (sky channel 423).

    Dan Evans about to start his Quimper Challenger final against Barrere. He's up to 147 in the rankings and will climb 15 or so places if he wins. It can be streamed (legally) here - [15] Gregoire Barrere (FRA) vs Daniel Evans (GBR) on Livestream
     
  13. JL1985

    JL1985 Winger

  14. The Bridge Lad

    The Bridge Lad Striker

    Doesn't sound great as makes you wonder what else is going on at the lower levels. That was one of the main reasons for the introduction of the 'transitional tours' this season, which have had mixed reviews so far.

    Will you be tuning into the Fed Cup over the coming days? It's on BT Sport from 4.30pm Wed-Fri and the playoff sometime on Saturday. British Tennis' Facebook page will also be streaming the matches. A few solid players have pulled out who GB would have faced, so Britain will probably be favourite to reach that playoff on Saturday. First time the competition has been in the UK since 1993, so a bit of a big deal and the team is at full strength.

    I'm really looking forward to it.
     
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2019
  15. JL1985

    JL1985 Winger

    What a transitional tour? I've not heard of that.

    I'll try and catch a bit of the fed cup. A lot of evenly match countries in Britains draw. Sakari is decent for Greece.
     
  16. The Bridge Lad

    The Bridge Lad Striker

    It was introduced at the start of this year. Basically the $15k events on both tours don't equate to ATP or WTA points any more, but instead ITF points, so only $25k and above events will actually help your official ranking.

    On an ITF entry list for the $25k events, 5 places are reserved for ITF entrants, so the better you do in these 15k events, the more likely you are to get into the 25k events

    https://www.itftennis.com/procircui...-tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100044573

    Quite confusing, but explains more here:

    https://www.itftennis.com/news/278962.aspx

    It was mainly designed to to whittle down the amount of professional players to around 750 on both sides and make it easier for juniors to progress as well as curbing match fixing. It has left a lot of players in limbo, but jury still out.

    Sakkari will probably be the best player in the whole group (just ahead of Konta), but they are pretty weak after that and Hungary have lost their best 2 players in Babos (capable singles player as well as a great doubles player with Mladenovic) and Stollar to injury, so they are seriously hit. Estonia have lost their doubles specialist who's ranked in the doubles top 20, but they still have a couple of decent players. Think Hungary will probably be just making up the numbers now.
     
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  17. JL1985

    JL1985 Winger

    Hopefully Britain win the group but I don't think they can rely on Konta at the moment. I assume Boulter is playing?
     
  18. The Bridge Lad

    The Bridge Lad Striker

    Aye, the team is Konta, Boulter, Watson, Dart and Swan.

    Can't see Swan getting much of a look in, only really if they were 2-0 or 0-2 down and the last rubber was academic. I'm pretty sure Konta will play a single's match in each tie, but Anne K will have a decision whether Boulter or Watson is top choice for the other single rubber. Watson has the Fed Cup experience, but form and ranking would definitely suggest Boulter. Watson and Dart are decent enough at doubles, so can imagine they'll be the doubles pairing and Konta and Boulter would play most of the single's.

    Bump (if I can).
     
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2019
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  19. The Bridge Lad

    The Bridge Lad Striker

    Anyone tuning in?
     
  20. JL1985

    JL1985 Winger

    Ive not watched any just kept an eye on the scores. Was the performance as convincing as the score line suggest for Britain?
     

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