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Missed it today, and it doesn't seem like I missed much.

For all the anticipation fans have had for Federer possiblly winning his 8th Wimbly, this seems very anticlimactic to me, especially compared to the Aussie Open.
 
Another young player on the rise. Andrey Rublev, 19, won the ATP 250 in Umag yesterday. I haven't followed tennis all that much lately, but I had my eye on him and now he's suddenly in the top 50. Kid with great potential.
 
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Could have a Shapo v Zverev match if they both win again. 18yo v 20 yo in a masters SF sounds nice after the last many years.
 
Didn't see the match. Jaw-dropping result. Have to admit that facebreakalov is quite talented.

Disappointed with Kyrgios. Half injured still and doesn't have the mental fortitude to keep focused when the going gets tough.
 
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movingtarget said:
Andy Murray's mum dropped the hint that he might not be far off retirement. Federer plays it smart by knocking back his schedule to prolong his career.
I didn't see it as concrete plans to retire shortly. Last year Murray said he intended to play into his mid 30s. But yeah, the Muzziah is a man who's got things to do outside of tennis. He's an ambassador for a number of charities,I think he's involved in some business as well and he seems like a very dedicated family man. 2nd kid is on the way.

Meanwhile, Dimitrov absolutely destroyed Kyrgios. Only reason the scoreline was the way it is was because Kyrgios was serving great. Dimitrov is an incredibly player when he's on.

They played 16 points that went over 9 strokes. Kyrgios won 1 of them.
 
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Red Rick said:
movingtarget said:
Andy Murray's mum dropped the hint that he might not be far off retirement. Federer plays it smart by knocking back his schedule to prolong his career.
I didn't see it as concrete plans to retire shortly. Last year Murray said he intended to play into his mid 30s. But yeah, the Muzziah is a man who's got things to do outside of tennis. He's an ambassador for a number of charities,I think he's involved in some business as well and he seems like a very dedicated family man. 2nd kid is on the way.

Meanwhile, Dimitrov absolutely destroyed Kyrgios. Only reason the scoreline was the way it is was because Kyrgios was serving great. Dimitrov is an incredibly player when he's on.

They played 16 points that went over 9 strokes. Kyrgios won 1 of them.
Kyrgios said he was still quite happy with the result re his recent injuries and having to play two matches the day before due to the rescheduling which he said did him in and made the final harder.
 
So Dimitrov, Kyrgios, and Zverev, the 3 biggest dangers outside of Federer and Nadal, all got wrecked in the first two rounds.

But now the good news. Rublev and Shapovalov are on a roll. Exciting times ahead after the Big 4.
 
Shapovalov is truly impressive. He made Jo-wilfred Solonga (Bye!) look like the guy who made it into the draw through qualifiers, not El Shapo.
I'm far from an expert on tennis, but El Shapo reminds me of Federer. His one-handed backhand is sublime, and he can cover the court like a hopped-up 18 year-old, which he is.
El Shapo looks like the real deal.
It's astounding how far tennis has progressed in Canada the last decade or so.
 
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the delgados said:
Shapovalov is truly impressive. He made Jo-wilfred Solonga (Bye!) look like the guy who made it into the draw through qualifiers, not El Shapo.
I'm far from an expert on tennis, but El Shapo reminds me of Federer. His one-handed backhand is sublime, and he can cover the court like a hopped-up 18 year-old, which he is.
El Shapo looks like the real deal.
It's astounding how far tennis has progressed in Canada the last decade or so.

It's only a few talented individuals, and ironically some of them are born in another country to non-Canadian parents.
 
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BullsFan22 said:
the delgados said:
Shapovalov is truly impressive. He made Jo-wilfred Solonga (Bye!) look like the guy who made it into the draw through qualifiers, not El Shapo.
I'm far from an expert on tennis, but El Shapo reminds me of Federer. His one-handed backhand is sublime, and he can cover the court like a hopped-up 18 year-old, which he is.
El Shapo looks like the real deal.
It's astounding how far tennis has progressed in Canada the last decade or so.

It's only a few talented individuals, and ironically some of them are born in another country to non-Canadian parents.
I'm talking about the infrastructure that's been put in place to allow tennis to thrive in Canada.
I'm not a nationalist nut bar talking about "pure' race.
Good lord.
Prior to the rise of Milos, no one from Canada made it past the quarter finals of a grand slam.
It's nice to see players reap the rewards of a system designed to help players reach their peak.
We're not all about hockey.
 
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the delgados said:
Shapovalov is truly impressive. He made Jo-wilfred Solonga (Bye!) look like the guy who made it into the draw through qualifiers, not El Shapo.
I'm far from an expert on tennis, but El Shapo reminds me of Federer. His one-handed backhand is sublime, and he can cover the court like a hopped-up 18 year-old, which he is.
El Shapo looks like the real deal.
It's astounding how far tennis has progressed in Canada the last decade or so.
I like the nickname
 
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the delgados said:
Shapovalov is truly impressive. He made Jo-wilfred Solonga (Bye!) look like the guy who made it into the draw through qualifiers, not El Shapo.
I'm far from an expert on tennis, but El Shapo reminds me of Federer. His one-handed backhand is sublime, and he can cover the court like a hopped-up 18 year-old, which he is.
El Shapo looks like the real deal.
It's astounding how far tennis has progressed in Canada the last decade or so.
I really think it's more like having a perfect storm and a small number of very talented individual supported by very dedicated people. FAA is also on the rise and wil likely crack the top 100 as well next year.
 
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Red Rick said:
the delgados said:
Shapovalov is truly impressive. He made Jo-wilfred Solonga (Bye!) look like the guy who made it into the draw through qualifiers, not El Shapo.
I'm far from an expert on tennis, but El Shapo reminds me of Federer. His one-handed backhand is sublime, and he can cover the court like a hopped-up 18 year-old, which he is.
El Shapo looks like the real deal.
It's astounding how far tennis has progressed in Canada the last decade or so.
I really think it's more like having a perfect storm and a small number of very talented individual supported by very dedicated people. FAA is also on the rise and wil likely crack the top 100 as well next year.
I don't care enough to pay a lot of attention to details, but it has been well documented how a change of focus within the Canadian tennis federation (or whatever you call it) has produced world class talent in a relatively short period of time.
According to what I've read, Milos, Genie, and now Shapovalov are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of emerging talent. That is a result of a change in culture; of that there is no doubt.
Of course it will take a while to prove the point I'm trying to make; but people who know far more than me insist that up and coming Canadian players are the real deal.
 
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Red Rick said:
Shapovalov and FAA definitely seem like the real deal. I've always considered Raonic is huge overachiever. He won't be the top ranked Canuck by this time next year.
Totally agree about Milos. He's fun to cheer for only because he's a home grown talent, but he's boring to watch.
It's amazing that someone who could not hit a backhand if his life depended on it made it into the top ten.
But el Shapo on the other hand...
That guy is a real pleasure to watch.

@Hitch. I have no idea who came up with the nickname, but yeah, me like.
Way better than the god awful Maple Leaf Missile.
Good lord.
 

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