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  1. Game_Breaker

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    I wasn't that surprised tbh
    Nadal struggled to hold serve in the 5th. Nearly all his service games went to deuce or break points

    Tennis really is a mental game. Talent and skill are not enough
     
  2. Danish

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    Don't normally post in the tennis thread but had to after this match.

    Woke up at 3am to watch this game in New York. What a f**king match!

    I felt Federer completely dominated the match to be honest. Only Nadal's class was able to force it to 5 sets with an incredible ability to defends break points when it mattered and take the very few chances he got during the match. The 5th set in particular Nadal struggled to hold serve the entire set, with only a single bad game by roger giving up that break.

    Even so, the mentality of Federer to just keep coming back after Nadal defended break point after break point, was truly incredible to watch.

    My only regret is that Nadal needlessly challenged on match point, which somewhat ruined the moment. You could see Nadal was quite apologetic about it though, and ultimately it didnt matter.

    The class of both players during their speeches too was great.

    We'll never see the likes of these 2 men in tennis, or a rivalry like this in just about any sport, ever again
     
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  3. Tommy Smith

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    You're right in that Federer dominated.

    The match was decided on his racket. In the 1st, 3rd and the majority of the 5th set he was crunching winner after incredible winner.

    And it was simply too much for Nadal who was broken 5 times over those 3 sets.

    But when Federer went slightly off the boil - to be expected when he was playing such aggressive tennis - Nadal pounced as he always does by playing incredible error free defensive tennis.

    Then there's also his incomparable tenacity and ability to stave off break points. He fought off 5 or 6 in that 5th set before Federer finally got the break.

    It was a stunning display in that 5th set of Federer's incomparable shot making vs Nadal's resilience and composure, and ability to counter attack on the big points.

    Ultimately what made the difference is that FedEx went toe-to-toe with Rafa in the tenacity and mental battle down the stretch.

    Which isn't something he or indeed any other player bar Novak has been able to do against Nadal.

    As a fanatical sports fan, I don't believe I've ever seen sporting theatre quite like Federer vs Nadal. It's the highest level of sporting competition I've ever witnessed and I doubt it'll ever be matched.
     
  4. Game_Breaker

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    I looked online on Friday to see what the tickets would be worth since I was considering flying to Melbourne to watch the match
    Even though it was sold out, tickets were selling for 3-4 K, I was seriously considering biting the bullet and just go because when will we see Nadal v Federer in an Aus open final again? Last one was 2009
     
  5. Rabbits20

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    Nadal to no.6 and Federer to no.10.
     
  6. LatK7

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    Well deserved jump in the rankings for both. It's crazy that just a few days ago people were talking about Fed slipping past the 20s in the rankings by not defending his SF from AO 2016. Then he wins the tournaments and hits the top 10...just GOAT things.
     
  7. Valheru

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    Nick Kyrgios just beat Djokovic for the 2nd straight time at Indian Wells in a straight set dominant performance where Djokovic was not able to force a single break point.

    He becomes the first man in 5 years to beat Djokavic in back to back matches. For those unaware, Indian Wells is the 5th biggest tournament after the grand slams with a grand slam quality field and massive ATP points up for grabs, although matches are still best of 3.

    Kyrgios really is knocking on the door of that top 10 now and I give him a massive chance of reaching semi finals at both Wimbledon and the US Open this year.
     
  8. LatK7

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    Without a coach as well...
     

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