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Old 01-23-2014, 07:04 PM   #166
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I prefer Nadal over Federer but man, I hope Wawrinka can somehow pull out a win and break up this Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, Murray stranglehold on slams. Apart from del Potro's USO win a few years ago, it's been 9 years since someone else has won. I grew up playing tennis and am a big fan but the lack of parity of players who make the semis/finals has dampened my interest in slams. Sure, these guys play some all time epics but it's almost a a given who 3 out of the 4 semifinalists are going to be as soon as the tourney starts.

Don't get me wrong, I have a world of respect for Nadal and Fed but I miss the days of surprise slam winners like Safin, Gaudio, and Goran (one of my all time favorites ).

Remember that EPIC SF between Federer and Safin at the AO, 2005 I think?

Only Grand Slam Roger didn't win from 2004-2007 outside of the French...
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Old 01-23-2014, 10:46 PM   #167
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yea... when i played a lot, i used to get chronic blisters on my hand and feet. adding layers / tape didn't seem to help. it almost felt better just to rip the skin off, douse it with rubbing alcohol, scream in to my arm for a minute, and then go back to playing.

but given today's hi-tech world, i'd be amazed if there isn't some good solution now. i wonder if the rules allow local anesthesia...?

i really doubt rafa does anything to numb the feeling in his hand. he needs the feel to make precision shots every moment. his dominant game is predicated on the fact that he makes very little unforced errors.
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Old 01-24-2014, 12:53 AM   #168
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Remember that EPIC SF between Federer and Safin at the AO, 2005 I think?

Only Grand Slam Roger didn't win from 2004-2007 outside of the French...

That was insane. Safin was such a beast, too bad he was a headcase and decided to retire so early. One of the most naturally gifted players of all time. Berdych is like a poor man's Safin.
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Old 01-24-2014, 04:41 AM   #169
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Fed vs Nadal upcoming. I'll probably make it through the 1st set... have to be up early. If Fed doesn't take the 1st set I don't like his chances anyways.
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Old 01-24-2014, 04:42 AM   #170
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Anddddd now, the moment we've all been waiting for.... from this corner, ah **** it.


Federer and Rafa gettin' readyy yooo.


Damn I sometimes feel for the women in tennis lol, they aren't nearly as celebrated, they already knew everybody wanted to see the upcoming match, she even said it in the winners interview.

Then again double simply is <<<< one on one.
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Old 01-24-2014, 04:43 AM   #171
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Fed vs Nadal upcoming. I'll probably make it through the 1st set... have to be up early. If Fed doesn't take the 1st set I don't like his chances anyways.

Oh, that sucks. Here it's 9.43 in the morning so yay
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Old 01-24-2014, 04:43 AM   #172
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lets go rafa you sexy son of a bitch
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Old 01-24-2014, 05:00 AM   #173
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dang first few points have been tense.
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Old 01-24-2014, 05:02 AM   #174
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And I'm not sure Fed can come to net like he did against Murray (60+ times). That's playing with fire against a returner like Nadal.
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Old 01-24-2014, 05:04 AM   #175
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well, you sexy sons of bitches will have to look after the match. it's super-late here, and i need to go dream about cute girls jumping over fences.

just make it epic, mkay?
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Old 01-24-2014, 05:09 AM   #176
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well, you sexy sons of bitches will have to look after the match. it's super-late here, and i need to go dream about cute girls jumping over fences.

just make it epic, mkay?
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Old 01-24-2014, 05:19 AM   #177
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This strategy is smoke and mirrors. You're not going to be able to run around for forehands and charge the net all night against Nadal.
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Old 01-24-2014, 05:28 AM   #178
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That's dissappointing.

Down 4-5 and Rafa had chances to break at 3-3 and 4-4...
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Old 01-24-2014, 05:41 AM   #179
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Tiebreak!
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Old 01-24-2014, 05:52 AM   #180
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Nadal pushed him off the court in the tie-breaker. Doesn't look good for Fed. Bedtime for me.
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