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Big loss for Novak today, which I think could impact his momentum going into the US Open. He's still in for the gold in the mixed doubles which I think would be a big deal for him if he did get that one.
It wasn't to be, two bronze medal matches for Novak.

Russia are guaranteed the gold and silver in the mixed doubles and at least a silver medal in the singles with Khachanov.
 

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Feel bad for Djokovic but if he can win US open he would still do something beyond incredible in tennis and further solidify his GOAT status
 

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Looks like Novak is mentally exhausted. He pushed hard for RG and then he probably was gunning to win the Olympics as well to really stake his claim on every event this year.

Quite a meltdown against PCB.
 

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Some fun matches in the Toronto open:

De minuar vs Basiyashvili
Paire vs Schwartzman
Nishikori vs Hurkacz
And the tie of the round
Tiafoe vs Shapo
 

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Apparently Nadal's injury is the same one he suffered in '05 that almost put him out the game then.
If that's the case, it's looking nearer to the end for him.
Would be a very sad way to go if it is.
 

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Federer announced he'll need another surgery on his knee. Looks like this might be it! :(
 

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On the Tennis Podcast earlier in the week they mentioned that the rumour they’d heard around the game was that Federer wanted to go out at the Laver Cup. Unless he can see himself getting physically right and playing another full season, that seems unlikely now, if true. Maybe the reference to getting back on the tour in some shape or form was about him either getting to do a lap of honour somewhere or perhaps even that he’d go out at Laver Cup 2022 but I suspect we’ll see an off court retirement late this year or early next.
 

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Sad one. Next Wimbledon might be his last. Would be nice to go out on his favorite court.
 

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Apparently Nadal's injury is the same one he suffered in '05 that almost put him out the game then.
If that's the case, it's looking nearer to the end for him.
Would be a very sad way to go if it is.
Federer announced he'll need another surgery on his knee. Looks like this might be it! :(
Those posts after each other are just sad :(
 

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I hope he plays next season if he is going to retire, a chance to say goodbye in front of fans.
 

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Cincinnati quarter finals are set. Medvedev looking for back to back master 1000 titles, will face Carreno Busta.

Rublev vs Paire, Tsisipas vs FAA and Zverev vs Ruud the other matchups.
 

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I think he's done, sadly.

No final hurrah. He's pushed his body to its limits, and now it's pushing back at him.

Him and Fed seem to be over.
Given the two statements released, Nadal seems a lot more optimistic than Federer who is having an operation and cited that there is just a glimmer of hope. I think we'll see them both back in some form but Federer may only have a farewell tournament or two (or an exhibition). I think we'll see Nadal competing again for another year or two but it remains to be seen what level he will be at.
 

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Given the two statements released, Nadal seems a lot more optimistic than Federer who is having an operation and cited that there is just a glimmer of hope. I think we'll see them both back in some form but Federer may only have a farewell tournament or two (or an exhibition). I think we'll see Nadal competing again for another year or two but it remains to be seen what level he will be at.
Critics have often said that Nadal would be physically shot after 29 and at age 35 he is still competing at the highest level. He changed his game to use the net more often and to play short points in stead of making every point a long rally.

federer hasnt been as dependent on his physical attributes per se. His movement and IQ were the main contributors to his success. His movement has been decreasing with the problems he had and at age 40 he might have reached the end of his career.

I give Novak at this stage of his career the best papers to win more GS’s and potentially surpassing the 20 GS’s mark. The only thing missing in his career is the Gold medal.

When discussing the ‘goat’ these type of things do weigh. in the end, they all have unique records on their name and they will always be remember as the best 3 tennis players ever.
 

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Rublev and Medvedev win, Zverev looking comfortable against Ruud and Tsisipas up a break in the third against FAA. Some spicy semifinals with the all russian clash and Tsispas vs Zverev looking likely.

Zverev looking really confident and sharp, could be time for his first major at the Us open especially since he has that mental edge winning gold and beating Novak.
 
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Critics have often said that Nadal would be physically shot after 29 and at age 35 he is still competing at the highest level. He changed his game to use the net more often and to play short points in stead of making every point a long rally.

federer hasnt been as dependent on his physical attributes per se. His movement and IQ were the main contributors to his success. His movement has been decreasing with the problems he had and at age 40 he might have reached the end of his career.

I give Novak at this stage of his career the best papers to win more GS’s and potentially surpassing the 20 GS’s mark. The only thing missing in his career is the Gold medal.

When discussing the ‘goat’ these type of things do weigh. in the end, they all have unique records on their name and they will always be remember as the best 3 tennis players ever.
He's confident because he points out that it's the same injury which had multiple doctors predicting a short career for him. He overcame all of that and managed to perform beyond what many thought was possible for him, so it's understandable that he's positive, regardless of the prognosis.

Federer seemed a little resigned to the fact that it's difficult to compete at the elite level at that age, and with his injuries.

I agree that Novak has the best chance to own the GrandSlam mark, and I think he may end up doing it with a 2 slam buffer.

How big a role the lack of a Gold Medal and the fact that his nearest rivals are older and were at an age disadvantage during their rivalry is another topic.

I'm not entirely sure most tennis fans get into those nuances, but i might be wrong. I'm curious to see what the general consensus will be when they're all retired.
 

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Great win by Rublev. First time he's ever beaten medvedev. Zverev comes through an epic three setter as well. Tie break 7-4 in the decider.
 
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He looks really good. My pick to win the US open
Zverev in best of 3 and Zverev in best of 5 are very different players. He doesn't have the consistency and should we say temperament as well (yet) to win vs top players in slams. Let's see. He still should be expected to make semis in USO given his current form.
 

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Zverev in best of 3 and Zverev in best of 5 are very different players. He doesn't have the consistency and should we say temperament as well (yet) to win vs top players in slams. Let's see. He still should be expected to make semis in USO given his current form.
Good point. I do think he looks a bit different after the Olympics. The backhand is crisp and his comeback against tsisipas shows some mental growth I reckon.
 

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Good point. I do think he looks a bit different after the Olympics. The backhand is crisp and his comeback against tsisipas shows some mental growth I reckon.
Yeah normally one would expect him to lose from 2 breaks up, especially vs good players when he has one of his meltdowns. Let's see. Really need at least 3-4 NextGen to become consistent with good tennis. Can't expect previous generation's big 4 sort of level, but a level below that should still be good tennis.
 

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I think he's done, sadly.

No final hurrah. He's pushed his body to its limits, and now it's pushing back at him.

Him and Fed seem to be over.
This would be a really sad way for their era to finish. As a Federer fan, even Nadal closing out his career with injuries would be disappointing. Both deserve one last hurrah but at least in Federer's case, it seems hard to see happening.
 

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I just won a national championship in doubles and thought I'd post it here because I am very excited about it even if it wasnt the hardest circumstances I don't really care I won
Making your namesake proud, well done!
 

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Ruusevori, Ymir and Alcaraz all making the semis in the winston salem open. 22, 22,18 years old respectively. All potential future champions. Ivashka rounds out the final four.