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  • Icky
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    #556316

    The AO starts today. I’m a Nadal-Sharapova supporter. I got more faith in Maria than Nadal, whose level seems to be in decline since the tailend of 2013;

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    tennisfreak
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    Sharapova looked good in Brisbane and her draw seems to be fairly easy when compared to say the Serena-Woz quarter. One of the key things this tournament always has though is who can manage the extreme heat that can come out randomly. Last year I think that’s what hurt Sharapova in her win vs. Knapp. And even though she played like dook at the Hopman Cup, part of me knows not to discount the Queen.

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    Icky
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    Part of the problem for Maria last year was that her form was just off, and therefore sge wasn’t confident enough to really go after the ball. That foced her to het caught up in a few long matches. Serena has been a hot mess in Aussie for the last several years. For some reasin I expect that to change this year.

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    ETPhoneHome
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    As usual, I’ll be supporting the Canadians, Raonic and Bouchard. I wonder when we’ll see the first big upsets. It started early in the US Open, but let’s see what happens now.

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    tennisfreak
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    #556321

    Sharapova’s in trouble…

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    Icky
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    Nadal and Sharapova both put me through some bullsh*t…. in freakin round 2 matches. Over the years I’ve learned to expect sh*t like that from Maria, her level dropping significanltly seemingly out of no where. But this version of Nadal is very troublesome, and I’m sick of the “he hasn’t played much in 7 months” excuses. He has been struggling with her form and confidence for over a year. He can’t even grind out set anymore when he’s not super confident because he hits too many errors nowadays.

    I am pround of them. There’s sttill potential for Maria to go deep. Nadal, on the other hand, would shock the hell out of me if he got to the quarters.

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    tennisfreak
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    For the life of me I still don’t understand why Rafa insisted on playing late last year when his appendix could’ve gone at any moment. I had a good friend almost die and spend three weeks in the hospital because of something similar last year. I don’t think it’s the lack of play that’s slowed him down so much as a general decline in his fitness due to the wrist problems. I agree though that the idea that he would even get far enough to meet Fed is looking preposterous.

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    ETPhoneHome
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    I guess Federer’s loss is the first big upset. It really weakens that whole bracket though, and I think really opens the door for Dmitrov to make another terrific push to the semifinals. Once the rest of round 3 finishes up, I’ll post my full predictions for the rest of the tournament on the male and female sides. It will surely be as error-filled as usual, but I would love to see other people’s brackets too.

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    ETPhoneHome
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    I realize I’m a bit late in posting them now, but I wrote these down yesterday morning and haven’t looked at yesterday’s results, so even if I’m wrong, these were my round of 16 predictions:

    Women’s:

    Williams def. Muguruza
    Azarenka def. Cibulkova
    Keys def. Brengle
    Williams def. Radwanska
    Makarova def. Geores
    Halep def. Wickmayer
    Bouchard def. Begu
    Sharapova def. Peng

    Men’s:

    Djokovic def. Muller
    Raonic def. Lopez
    Wawrinka def. Garcia-Lopez
    Ferrer def. Nishikori
    Tomic def. Berdych
    Nadal def. Anderson
    Murray def. Dmitrov
    Kyrgios def. Seppi

    Once this round finishes up, I’ll post my quarters predictions. 

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    Nawaha86
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    My predictions for all the QF matches in both the womes and mens draws are as follows

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    S.Williams over D.Cibulkova

    V.Williams over M.Keys

    S.Halep over E.Makarova

    E.Bouchard over M.Sharapova

     

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    N.Djokovic over M.Raonic

    K.Mishikori over S.Wawrinka

    R.Nadal over T.Berdych

    N.Kygrios over A.Murray (only cause im aussie and need to dream)

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    ETPhoneHome
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    My predictions for all the QF matches in both the womes and mens draws are as follows

    WOMENS

    S.Williams over D.Cibulkova

    V.Williams over M.Keys

    S.Halep over E.Makarova

    E.Bouchard over M.Sharapova

     

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    N.Djokovic over M.Raonic

    K.Mishikori over S.Wawrinka

    R.Nadal over T.Berdych

    N.Kygrios over A.Murray (only cause im aussie and need to dream)

    With the exception of Murray, these are my predictions exactly. Because I’m canadian though, I almost want to pick Raonic. He’ll have my support, if not my prediction. 

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    ETPhoneHome
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    Nadal gets upset! Wish it wasn’t Berdych though, now I hope Murray can take him out, because I much prefer watching him.

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    tennisfreak
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    I know everyone has basically engraved the trophy for Sharapova but part of me recalls 2007 when Serena was unseeded and uneven in the tourney but cold clocked her in the finals. It’s an amazing testament to both women that they play at such a high level after so many years though.

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    King Loso
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    #556330

    The Masha fans kill me with their delusion. Serena is winning the Aussie Open. 

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    Watch. Makarova and Keys win their semifinals and make the debate completely irrelevant… That’s my ideal scenario.

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