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The Happy Slam is here. While some names are back compared to the US Open, we still have several big names missing. You can find the draws here https://ausopen.com/draws?events=2446&player= (women) and here https://ausopen.com/draws (men). It has been raining in Melbourne during qualies and forecasts says we will have some more rain during the upcoming week.
These threads are weekly threads with just tennis talk: match talk, past, current or upcoming events in tennis etc. Spamming (including muggy politics talk) and general sports talk can be done elsewhere such as the usual megathreads, current one is called It's time for S/OT 6.
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Report GRANTCKING January 28, 2018 11:39 AM GMT

Jan 28, 2018 -- 11:38AM, anxious wrote:


20 Times just like United


Grin long way to go to catch glesga rangers

Report aaronh January 28, 2018 11:39 AM GMT
edy was calling for Roger's retirement years ago
Report edy January 28, 2018 11:39 AM GMT
That was swebih
Report anxious January 28, 2018 11:39 AM GMT
Absolute class . what a player
Report mesmerised January 28, 2018 11:39 AM GMT
Victory against a pub player, let's get some perspective.
Report caramba January 28, 2018 11:39 AM GMT
reminds me it's time to bump some threads.
Report GRANTCKING January 28, 2018 11:42 AM GMT
lets see if Federer has the bollocks to play the clay court season this time eh.....
Report anxious January 28, 2018 11:42 AM GMT
The last 15 years probably been the best in Mens tennis
Report edy January 28, 2018 11:42 AM GMT
He'd be stupid to.
Report Angela Rebecchi January 28, 2018 11:42 AM GMT
Let that sink in. TWENTY TIMES, incredible, and at the age of THIRTY SIX.
Report GRANTCKING January 28, 2018 11:43 AM GMT
20 isn't that many imo
Report johnnythebull January 28, 2018 11:43 AM GMT
u can only beat who's put in front of u BUT u still gotta beat them

dude has a more natural game than Djok or Rafa whose MO is predicated on more court coverage and strain on joints

hence their injuries

this guy is blessed physically

won't see his like again
Report anxious January 28, 2018 11:43 AM GMT
Indeed bull correct
Report mesmerised January 28, 2018 11:44 AM GMT
Couldn't win a slam for 5 years when Nadal/Novak were goating.

As soon as Novak is off the scene and Nadal picks up more injuries he starts winning again.

Fake legacy.
Report anxious January 28, 2018 11:44 AM GMT
On grass the best player ever seen
Report edy January 28, 2018 11:45 AM GMT
Why is some Australian talking on behalf of KIA?
Report anxious January 28, 2018 11:45 AM GMT
Fake legacy , wtf
Report GRANTCKING January 28, 2018 11:45 AM GMT

Jan 28, 2018 -- 11:45AM, edy wrote:


Why is some Australian talking on behalf of KIA?


because last year the guy couldn't speak English if I remember right

Report GRANTCKING January 28, 2018 11:46 AM GMT

Jan 28, 2018 -- 11:44AM, anxious wrote:


On grass the best player ever seen


u never saw tiger timmy??

Report anxious January 28, 2018 11:46 AM GMT
Shocked
Report edy January 28, 2018 11:46 AM GMT
His English was no worse than that of your average person from north of London.
Report GRANTCKING January 28, 2018 11:46 AM GMT
Laugh
Report johnnythebull January 28, 2018 11:46 AM GMT
anxious    28 Jan 18 11:44 
On grass the best player ever seen

not too shabby on the hardcourts either
Report GRANTCKING January 28, 2018 11:46 AM GMT

Jan 28, 2018 -- 11:46AM, edy wrote:


His English was no worse than that of your average person from north of London.


edy, are u itching to get banned!

Report mesmerised January 28, 2018 11:47 AM GMT
Good job I'm from North London and not from North of London then isn't itLaugh
Report GRANTCKING January 28, 2018 11:48 AM GMT
NORF LANDAN
Report GRANTCKING January 28, 2018 11:48 AM GMT
mes are u a cockney geeza?
Report anxious January 28, 2018 11:49 AM GMT
The gooners still crying about Sanchez coming to Old Trafford Laugh
Report GRANTCKING January 28, 2018 11:50 AM GMT
old Trafford is the theatre of muggers
Report mesmerised January 28, 2018 11:50 AM GMT
No Grant, cockenys are usually mugs.

And Sanchez only went there for the money.
Report anxious January 28, 2018 11:50 AM GMT
20
Report anxious January 28, 2018 11:51 AM GMT
I dont think so mes , you dont really believe that
Report edy January 28, 2018 11:52 AM GMT
Sanchez went to United for a better chance to win the Champions League. Heard there is no chance Arsenal will ever get there while Wenger runs the show.
Report mesmerised January 28, 2018 11:54 AM GMT
He could have went to City for a guaranteed PL medal and better chance of winning the CL, and you think he went to United for what?Laugh
Report caramba January 28, 2018 11:54 AM GMT
"From Switzerland, but loved all over the world"
Love
Report edy January 28, 2018 11:55 AM GMT
Roger Love
Report anxious January 28, 2018 11:55 AM GMT
city are a small club
Report edy January 28, 2018 11:56 AM GMT
United just has an incredible aura of class and tradition that no other team on the planet can match.
Report The Leopard January 28, 2018 11:57 AM GMT
Who is woman to right of Rod Laver ?
Report mesmerised January 28, 2018 11:57 AM GMT
500k a week would give off an incredible aura to any man.
Report GRANTCKING January 28, 2018 11:57 AM GMT

Jan 28, 2018 -- 11:56AM, edy wrote:


United just has an incredible aura of class and tradition that no other team on the planet can match.


Laugh said by a true glory hunter

Report caramba January 28, 2018 11:58 AM GMT
classic Roger tears Love
Report edy January 28, 2018 11:58 AM GMT
Love
Report Angela Rebecchi January 28, 2018 11:58 AM GMT
King Federer Love
Report edy January 28, 2018 11:58 AM GMT
caramba, remember how I always defended Roger tears when silly people attacked him for crying after the loss against Nadal here?
Report caramba January 28, 2018 11:59 AM GMT
yes
Report tof January 28, 2018 11:59 AM GMT
Rog couldn't resist ... wtf you want a golden globe as well for those tears ffs ...
Report caramba January 28, 2018 11:59 AM GMT
did he say anything about next year? Doesn't he usually?
Report tof January 28, 2018 12:00 PM GMT
trynna compete with Oprah ...
Report johnnythebull January 28, 2018 12:00 PM GMT
20 obviously more meaningful than 19
Report edy January 28, 2018 12:00 PM GMT

Jan 28, 2018 -- 11:59AM, caramba wrote:


did he say anything about next year? Doesn't he usually?


20 reached, mission accomplished? Scared

Report tof January 28, 2018 12:01 PM GMT
speach had everything except for a mention of Harvey Weinstein  ...
Report caramba January 28, 2018 12:02 PM GMT
Maybe I'm reading too much into it. No reason really to retire as long as he still winning and still loves the sport and is injury free, but realistically it has to end at some point.
Report The Leopard January 28, 2018 12:03 PM GMT
Rod Laver wondering why when he was videoing it kept showing his own face.
Report mesmerised January 28, 2018 12:05 PM GMT
Course he wont retire, he want to try and win the only thing he's never won, singles Olympic Gold in Tokyo, so another 2 and half years, will probably retire in Basel just after that.
Report edy January 28, 2018 12:09 PM GMT

Jan 28, 2018 -- 12:02PM, caramba wrote:


Maybe I'm reading too much into it. No reason really to retire as long as he still winning and still loves the sport and is injury free, but realistically it has to end at some point.


Children, dude! They won't put up with traveling around all year for much longer.

Report mesmerised January 28, 2018 12:11 PM GMT
One of the sweetest sites I've seen in Tennis was when Marin Safin left Frauderer on his backside at match point in the 2005 Australian Open Semi-Final, and then Federer trudging to the net to shake hands barely able to look him the eye, as if to say "you b******".

Happy days.
Report mesmerised January 28, 2018 12:12 PM GMT
I prefer sights, but sites is interesting.
Report anxious January 28, 2018 12:18 PM GMT
Roger absolutely brilliant , well played and well deserved Sir
Report n88uk January 28, 2018 12:28 PM GMT
There's no way he retires while still winning grand slams imo.

There's another perspective that if he retires he can easily be handing the keys to someone (Nadal) to overtake his records, why do that when you are still winning.

Federer is the best player right now, I just don't see why he'd retire in such a position, he can set records that are out of this world for anyone to try and catch.
Report n88uk January 28, 2018 12:34 PM GMT
The players that did retire after winning slams were virtually finished outside winning those slams and it was the last hurrah, but with Federer it isn't. Off of clay he's the clear favourite to win every event, on the basis of this event, this year already looks like it will be similar to last year.

I'm curious if he will turn up on clay this year.
Report n88uk January 28, 2018 12:35 PM GMT
https://twitter.com/AustralianOpen/status/957588293327110145

Plus this = 23 on his mind obv.
Report mesmerised January 28, 2018 12:39 PM GMT
It all depends upon the return of Djokovic, and Nadal can beat him at the US Open.

If Djokovic comes back to his best, it's a no contest.

It's a shame he declined so dramatically after winning the French finally.
Report mesmerised January 28, 2018 12:40 PM GMT
And he's tainted his legacy by refusing to play the clay season, again.
Report aaronh January 28, 2018 12:48 PM GMT
if Nadal skipped Wimbledon, as he probably should, it would mean nothing to his legacy
Report mesmerised January 28, 2018 12:52 PM GMT
he would lose respect for not even trying.
Report mesmerised January 28, 2018 12:53 PM GMT
Is Wozniacki actually going to play St. Petersburg ?
Report aaronh January 28, 2018 12:53 PM GMT
no point screwing his knees up and losing to some mug every year really
Report mesmerised January 28, 2018 12:59 PM GMT
he hasn't retired from matches at Wimbledon because of injury it's just that he can't play matches there the way he used to because of his knees, a lot of the losses he has had to mugs, have at least been close, if he was being pummelled it might be another question, but you have to be in it to win it.

Federer on the other hand, is basically a part time player these days, gives himself a huge advantage to win the other slams.
Report n88uk January 28, 2018 12:59 PM GMT
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Federer on Eurosport: "I don't know what I said [in the speech] but I hope to be back next year."

12:53 PM - 28 Jan 2018
Report mesmerised January 28, 2018 1:00 PM GMT
whoopee
Report n88uk January 28, 2018 1:00 PM GMT

Jan 28, 2018 -- 12:53PM, mesmerised wrote:


Is Wozniacki actually going to play St. Petersburg ?


She's travelling supposedly, doesn't mean will play. I can almost smell play a match and withdraw tbh.

If there's outright odds up there has to be value in opposing her surely as she will be fav.

Report n88uk January 28, 2018 1:03 PM GMT
I think Federer will play RG.

I think you will be under pressure from the ITF/individual slams to not just no show slams for the rest of your career as they don't want to set precedents like this where players just sac off their weakest slam.

Thing is if Federer actually played the French he would be 2nd fav anyway, it seems a little weird to give that up, in sense he only really needs Nadal to falter and he's back to clear fav again. Though he spoke last year how he felt a big confidence thing vs Nadal was not playing him on clay.
Report edy January 28, 2018 1:07 PM GMT

Jan 28, 2018 -- 1:00PM, n88uk wrote:


Jan 28, 2018 -- 12:53PM, mesmerised wrote:Is Wozniacki actually going to play St. Petersburg ?She's travelling supposedly, doesn't mean will play. I can almost smell play a match and withdraw tbh.If there's outright odds up there has to be value in opposing her surely as she will be fav.


On that - what round will Bouchard tank in Taipei? She has a Super Bowl date lined up.

Report n88uk January 28, 2018 1:07 PM GMT
Whereby tank you mean lose to a better player?
Report edy January 28, 2018 1:08 PM GMT
Are there any better players other than Lisicki in the draw?
Report mesmerised January 28, 2018 1:09 PM GMT
Federer is 5th favourite to win French Open. (wont play NAP)

Wouldn't have to play anyway because he's over 31 so can miss any slam he wants.
Report n88uk January 28, 2018 1:09 PM GMT
He's 5th fav because it's' heavily weighted to him not playing. If he says I will play then plays a few warm ups he will end up 2nd fav real fast. Plus half the guys above him are crocks.
Report n88uk January 28, 2018 1:10 PM GMT
Peng is #1 seed Edy but probs not fit. Won't be that surprising if Bouchard gets bounced by Lin Zhu R1.
Report edy January 28, 2018 1:10 PM GMT

Jan 28, 2018 -- 1:10PM, n88uk wrote:


Peng is #1 seed Edy but probs not fit. Won't be that surprising if Bouchard gets bounced by Lin Zhu R1.


because of a tank? Happy

Report n88uk January 28, 2018 1:10 PM GMT
Says it all that Bouchard is 1.8 in that kind of match now.
Report aaronh January 28, 2018 1:11 PM GMT

Jan 28, 2018 -- 1:08PM, edy wrote:


Are there any better players other than Lisicki in the draw?


yes, 31 of them

Report mesmerised January 28, 2018 1:12 PM GMT
if he does play, he will not be in the top 2 favourites, 2nd fav on clay at 36? it'd be Djokovic dependant on his form going in
Report n88uk January 28, 2018 1:13 PM GMT
So what does age matter exactly.

1st fav for AO, Wimbledon and USO Laugh, and he will be 37 for the last one.
Report aaronh January 28, 2018 1:14 PM GMT
Bet365 have Federer 6th fave behind Rafa, Novak, Thiem, Wawrinka and Murray Happy
Report mesmerised January 28, 2018 1:14 PM GMT
Age matters a lot ffs, he is limping on beating bang average players, once Novak/Murray are back properly he's finished.
Report mesmerised January 28, 2018 1:16 PM GMT
Lucky to beat Nadal last year who threw it away.

Did not play Murray or Djokovic at Wimbledon and beat an injured Cilic.

Given a bye to this years final thanks to Chung.

Just keep getting all the luck.
Report aaronh January 28, 2018 1:16 PM GMT
4-0 vs Nadal last year Tongue Out
Report mesmerised January 28, 2018 1:18 PM GMT
would have been 4-4 if he played clay
Report geordie1956 January 28, 2018 1:21 PM GMT
Lucky to beat Nadal last year who threw it away.

Did not play Murray or Djokovic at Wimbledon and beat an injured Cilic.

Given a bye to this years final thanks to Chung.

Just keep getting all the luck.


As Gary Player said when somebody said he was a lucky player because he often holed shots from the bunker....the harder I practice the luckier I get Cool
Report aaronh January 28, 2018 1:22 PM GMT

Jan 28, 2018 -- 1:18PM, mesmerised wrote:


would have been 4-4 if he played clay


4-2

1 clay masters and french open

Report mesmerised January 28, 2018 1:23 PM GMT
he had 6 months rest before the start of last season which obv helped him.
Report mesmerised January 28, 2018 1:33 PM GMT
And btw, let's not forget there are only 3 clay masters events and Monte Carlo I think is not even mandatory, there are 6 hard court masters and the WTF have always been indoor hard.

The tour is clearly tailored to favour one man, they've never considered changing it.

The WTF should at least alternate between the two, does not matter if it comes off of the back of the indoor events, it would be the same for everyone regardless.
Report mesmerised January 28, 2018 1:34 PM GMT
Should turn Miami into a clay event
Report aaronh January 28, 2018 1:35 PM GMT
there should also be a grass masters to gift roger some extra points if we're being fair Wink
Report mesmerised January 28, 2018 1:37 PM GMT
No. Get rid of grass altogether, it's rubbish.

Wimbledon should be clay.

Two clay slams, two hard courtCool
Report caramba January 28, 2018 3:35 PM GMT
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Federer on Eurosport: "I don't know what I said [in the speech] but I hope to be back next year."

12:53 PM - 28 Jan 2018


Happy So I got all worried for nothing.
But at least this clarification meant I wasn't the only one to react over him not saying anything about next year.
Report caramba January 28, 2018 3:39 PM GMT

Jan 28, 2018 -- 1:03PM, n88uk wrote:


I think Federer will play RG.I think you will be under pressure from the ITF/individual slams to not just no show slams for the rest of your career as they don't want to set precedents like this where players just sac off their weakest slam.Thing is if Federer actually played the French he would be 2nd fav anyway, it seems a little weird to give that up, in sense he only really needs Nadal to falter and he's back to clear fav again. Though he spoke last year how he felt a big confidence thing vs Nadal was not playing him on clay.


If he thinks it does him more harm than good, he will skip clay season again imo. And rightfully so. There's a reason his body is holding up whereas his main opponents are breaking down five years younger. And that's smart scheduling, as well as having a playing style that's less taxing to your body. Don't think he'll give into pressure from ITF/Roland Garros.

Report Fatslogger January 28, 2018 9:45 PM GMT
May depend on whether he cares about the number 1 ranking, which he doesn't seem to that much.  If it looks like it's in sight he might go for the huge jump in ranking points even getting to say the semis would provide, by comparison with not having played it at all last season. Problem for him is that he's relatively unlikely to do well at the French anyway, even more so if he doesn't warm up with another clay event or two and then he's flogging himself harder than he wants to or should do, probably. After all, he's got this selfish desire to continue winning grand slams, mostly to upset mesmerised, it seems from this thread.
Report wisewords January 31, 2018 3:28 AM GMT

Jan 28, 2018 -- 12:35PM, n88uk wrote:


https://twitter.com/AustralianOpen/status/957588293327110145Plus this = 23 on his mind obv.


he tapped Edberg's board.

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