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    Absolutely gutted for Stan. It would've been great to see a rematch of the French Open final, but Gasquet had other plans. He actually played really well, and credit to him for that.

    I want Djoko-Gasquet first on Friday too. Save the best till last!
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    Mammoth match from Gasquet and Stan. Shame one of them had to be knocked out, in truth.
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    I hope Gasquet performs well against Djokovic!

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    (Original post by moment of truth)
    I hope Gasquet performs well against Djokovic!

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    I think fatigue may play a part, unfortunately.
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    Great win for Muguruza, she'll be tough in the final whoever she faces
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    Djokovic-Gasquet first tomorrow, followed by Federer-Murray which I think we all predicted, saving the (probable) blockbuster match till last
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    Rinse and repeat for Serena.
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    Back home and I've just heard about the Serena match now. Was hoping Sharapova would win but Serena is a beast!
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    (Original post by Most Competitive)
    Back home and I've just heard about the Serena match now. Was hoping Sharapova would win but Serena is a beast!
    It's gotten to the stage where Sharapova will never ever beat her now
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    (Original post by Krish4791)
    It's gotten to the stage where Sharapova will never ever beat her now
    Yep, I guess it's all between the ears. She just can't play her best tennis against her.
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    (Original post by Krish4791)
    It's gotten to the stage where Sharapova will never ever beat her now
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    Yep, I guess it's all between the ears. She just can't play her best tennis against her.
    Have to agree, it's such a shame.

    ..

    Personally i'm very glad to see that Azarenka seems to be playing pretty well and more importantly she's taken Serena to 3 sets 3 times this year (match point in 1). If Serena is to lose then Azarenka on a hard court may be a good shout.

    Azarenka back in the top 20 now too.
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    Incredibly i just read that Federer had not been broken in 116 games before yesterday.
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    Serena is a shoe-in to win the women's tournament, isn't she?
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    Serena is a shoe-in to win the women's tournament, isn't she?
    Unless she beats herself, yes
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    (Original post by Most Competitive)
    Yep, I guess it's all between the ears. She just can't play her best tennis against her.
    I don't necessarily think it's totally mental at all. Part of it sure, but not the main thing.

    Serena is just the worst possible match up for Sharapova. Every time they play, Serena absolutely guarantees that she is playing at her highest level, which is motivated strongly by an abborrence to the very notion that she might lose to her. Sharapova is a great competitor, but she can't even come close to Serena when she is steeled to beat someone.

    Technically as well, Serena has the edge in every department. Serve, forehand, backhand, movement. She stifles Sharapova on all fronts and simply doesn't allow her to play the game that blows most opponents away. While Sharapova has great ability in dominating points through heavy shotmaking, Serena takes time away from her, and generally unsettles her by forcing her into her area of discomfort: defence. Even then, when she is able to counterpunch, Serena usually has an answer.
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    (Original post by Sirocco11)
    I don't necessarily think it's totally mental at all. Part of it sure, but not the main thing.

    Serena is just the worst possible match up for Sharapova. Every time they play, Serena absolutely guarantees that she is playing at her highest level, which is motivated strongly by an abborrence to the very notion that she might lose to her. Sharapova is a great competitor, but she can't even come close to Serena when she is steeled to beat someone.

    Technically as well, Serena has the edge in every department. Serve, forehand, backhand, movement. She stifles Sharapova on all fronts and simply doesn't allow her to play the game that blows most opponents away.While Sharapova has great ability in dominating points through heavy shotmaking, Serena takes time away from her, and generally unsettles her by forcing her into her area of discomfort: defence. Even then, when she is able to counterpunch, Serena usually has an answer.
    Hmm, you do have a point there. It can't be a coincidence that she's not had an off day against Sharapova in their last 17 matches.

    It does seem odd if you compare it to the Fed-Djoko rivalry, however. They don't like each other too but their head-to-head is much closer.
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    Arggh really wanted to post more on this thread but life got in the way but have been watching soo much of the tennis.

    Some really good matches in the first week, Dustin Brown, Watson the stars etc Overall up till now the quality of tennis/drama etc has been better on the womens side this tournament although still some brilliant tennis matches on the mens side like Gasquet-Wawrinka etc. The best match in terms of just using a quality criterion for me was Kerber-Mugurhuza.

    Murray vs Federer: I think given the way Federer has been serving, and also the way that Murray is is really not hitting his forehand as flat and hard as he was in 2013(why is that do you think?). and I think his serving has been affected by his shpulder etc so for all those factors I think Federer goes in there as favourite(and it pains me to say that as a Murray fan). I think what has been kind of overlooked in all the discussion is the ridiculousness of what Federer is doing. So 3 yrs ago he went toe to toe with Murray and beat him, 3 yrs later when he is 3 yrs older and Murray is arguably at the peak years of his career Federer still might beat him. That is just a clear sign of the living legend that he is because he has no business being able to play against the other Big 3 still and come out on top and yet he does it...incredible. I think Murray needs to play his forehand vry flat and try and come to the net more to kind of take the control away from Federer and also use his heavy slices more to try and force Federer to keep on generating all the pace. I think given that it will be quite hot today Murray also needs to make Federer run around a lot as maybe if it gets to a 5th set and starts becoming more about the physicality of the players Murray will gain the edge.

    Djokovic vs Gasquet: Well I think it's a combination of Novak being a great champion and Anderson slightly getting nervous which acoount f0or Djokovic still being here. But since then he is looking deadly and evem though I was escatic at Gasquet finally holding his nerve and showing the full potential of his talent I think the mental block he has against Djokovic will be too big to overcome and I expect Djokovic to just crush him unfortunately. Although(rightfully) there has been a lot of talk about Gasquets backhand against Stan I think what was not mentioned is how he used his sharp penetrating forehand on key points to drag Stan wide and if he could utilize that against Djokvic he might be able to get a set off him maybe....

    Serena vs Sharapova: What is there to say? The inevitability which hung heavy over this match meant I found it very hard to enjoy even in the 2nd set when Sharapova was staving off loads of break points. And I think it's just really hard to see a champion like Sharapova humiliated like that but she really needs to do somehting different. In her post match press conference she was being a bit defensive saying that she won't start serve and volleying etc and change her game completely. And I don't understand why not, she used to be quite a good volleyer, why can't she come to the net more often, maybe try and slice more balls, get a serve specialist to work on the wreck that is her serve motion and ball toss. Because if she does not and only tries to imporove isolated aspects like her return position half heartedly how is she going to win more GS? Just hope that someone else takes care of Serena before she meets her? At this point what does she have to lose, she is a world number 2, commercial giant etc but is she really willing to retire and for her legacy to be wworn out doormat for Serena to continually stamp over on her way to GS titles. Yes Serena is on another level and is objectively a better tennis player than her in all departments, Murray has a somehwat similar(if less severe) problem against Djokovic and at least he is trying to do something about it!

    Radwanska vs Mugurhuza: What a phenomeal match, I actually liked that Gabrine got pegged back and had the mental resolve to still tough out the 3rd set showed how much of a champion she was. But kind of disappointed in Aga for just abandoning her variety late in the 3rd set and just trying to match Mughuruza from the baseline which was always going to fail.

    Womens final: Obviousely Serena goes in as the heavy favourite but over the 2 weeks you can see how nervous amd tight she is getting, the whole calander slam thing is really gettng to her and I think as long as Muguruza does not let the situation overwhelm her, hits as cleanly as she has been doing nd keeps on coming inton the net with every chance Williams gives her she has a chance for the upset. To hell with it, I'm picking Muguruza in 3!!
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    The only thing I ask of tomorrow... please no John ****ing Inverdale commentating. I've somehow gotten used to that drivelling idiot Andrew Castle, I'd prefer not to get used to another one.
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    (Original post by Xotol)
    The only thing I ask of tomorrow... please no John ****ing Inverdale commentating. I've somehow gotten used to that drivelling idiot Andrew Castle, I'd prefer not to get used to another one.
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