Birdshit Avoids 18th Straight Loss to Nadal, to Meet Murray in Semi-Final

Well, I guess even the Birdshit can avoid losing 18 straight times. Even for a player of his impressive choking abilities it is one too many to ask. These records are there for a reason and they are not easy to break. That said, Nadal played the worst I have ever seen him play in the first two sets so he wasn’t exactly making it easy for Birdshit to get the record. But that’s OK. To lose 17 straight times is still a highly impressive record and I’m sure once Birdshit retires, that it’s the one he will be most proud of. In all seriousness, Nadal played absolutely woeful tennis in the first two sets. Only in the third set did he start to gain some momentum at which point it was too late, even against Birdshit. Birdshit tried his best to choke away the match again as he wasted a 5-1 lead in the tie-break, but in the end a return from Nadal hit the tape and fell on the wrong side of the net.

Had it gone over Nadal could have won the point and the tournament, so it was probably for the best. Yet I could not help rooting for Nadal. As much as I love seeing Nadal lose I’d rather support a player with balls than a spineless, gutless scrub like Birdshit. I found myself rooting as hard for Nadal as I usually root for Roger, and I was disappointed when his final backhand didn’t make it over the net. But like I said it is probably for the best because if Nadal had won you never know how that could have boosted his confidence. And I said to people who asked me before the match if my opinion of Birdshit would change if he defeated Nadal, it makes no difference whatsoever about my opinion of Birdshit. He remains a mental weakling who only won because Nadal played the worst match of his life probably. Yes, Nadal played better in the third set but if you have lost 17 straight times to a guy already and won the first two sets then it becomes awfully hard to lose again.

The curse of the pink shirt struck again

In the end I can’t complain about the outcome even though I would have loved Birdshit to get the record by himself, because if Nadal won the title then the GOAT debate was close to over as I said before. Nadal would have had the double career slam and you would have liked his chances to catch Roger’s slam count. Not that the chase is over by any means. I find it surprising that people seem to be writing Nadal off yet again after this. Will they never learn? The fact that he made quarter-finals despite playing horribly should be reason enough for concern. I already said in my last post how badly Nadal played against Anderson, so even though I predicted he would defeat Birdshit I should not be surprised by this result. He has been well below his best which is just expected after the string of bad losses he had. And yet if he somehow got through the Birdshit match you never know what could have happened.

He is just extremely dangerous and only a fool would ever write him off. And even though he was disappointed afterward he said he would take a lot of positives from this tournament. And why not? He came off a string of losses and won four matches. I only expect him to get better from here on and still have him winning two slams this year. I would love for him to remain on 14 slams indefinitely as that is the number I always had in my head for him, but I am not so foolish as to assume that is a given. For one thing, he will be the favorite to win the French Open for the 10th time this year. And once he does that he will be back to full confidence again and he could easily win one of the two remaining slams. Or he could finally lose to Djokovic at the French Open in which case he could well be stuck on 14 slams. I would love to be right, but I am not assuming it’s gonna happen.

Future #1?

In the other quarter-final today, it was Murray against Kyrgios which Murray won 6-3, 7-6(5), 6-3. It seems Kyrgios struggles with Murray’s game because he also lost their only other meeting last year in Toronto 6-2, 6-2. I watched today and Kyrgios looked frustrated and inhibited by Murray’s changes of pace and ability to push everything back. It’s not pretty, but it is effective. Kyrgios likes pace and for the game to flow and I can see Murray being a problem opponent for him if he isn’t already. Murray now plays Birdshit who is a bit of a problem opponent for him in turn because he trails Birdshit 4-6 in the head-to-head. Birdshit may even make the final, but hopefully Murray doesn’t allow it. In the top half, Djokovic had a straight set win over Muller that was closer than I expected, while Nishikori routined Ferrer. Stan had a tougher time against Garcia-Lopez who was quite impressive, but had no touch at the net which cost him in the end.

The fourth set tie-break was entertaining, but again Garcia-Lopez’s touch at the net deserted him as he hit a terrible half volley on set point for him which gave Stan the easy put-away. Finally, Raonic had a five-set win over Lopez and will now face Djokovic. I expect Djokovic to win, but Raonic is dangerous. I expect Nishikori to defeat Stan too, but it can be very close. I’d like another Djokokori semi-final and I’d like one of those two to win the title. I don’t have any preferences between them, but maybe I want Nishikori to win as I don’t know if I can stand another Djokoray final while Birdshit’s ugly ball bashing game spoils any slam final. For me, the final would be between Djokovic and Nishikori if they meet in the semis. We can’t count Stan out, but I find it hard to believe he will defend his title. Well, tomorrow should be another interesting day in Melbourne. Thank you for your continuing participation in the discussion.

It’s been fun!

 

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34 Comments

  1. Hi Ru-an, If I had a magic wand I would wave it over Nishi to get into the Final and WIN IT! Do like him…I shall keep fingers crossed.
    Have not watched hardly any tennis as it comes so late and I need my beauty sleep!!!!
    Good blog, Ru-an, I find out what is happening, do miss Roger….hope he gets much needed rest and enjoys his family.
    Looking for your next analysis with all comments that follow.
    Kindly,
    Dolores

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Hello Dolores yes I wouldn’t mind Kei winning it either. He might just be ready for it too. Come to think of it it would be nice if Roger can keep sharing the record with Djokovic and Agassi, but the chances are good that Djokovic will win at least one more AO. Sorry you can’t watch the tennis. I need my sleep too but fortunately the AO is in my time zone.

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  2. Hi Ruan,

    Nice post: even with RF out, there is still good tennis to watch and comment !.

    Before the match I wondered if Tomas B. will get the
    no1 in respect to longest loosing streak.

    In the end, it seems that nobody beats Thomas 18 times in a row !!!

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  3. ….here are some famous winning streaks (from BBC):

    Bjorn Borg 17-0 Vitas Gerulaitis (1974-1981)

    Ivan Lendl 17-0 Tim Mayotte (1980-1990)

    Ivan Lendl 17-0 Jimmy Connors (1984-1992) !!!!

    Rafael Nadal 17-0 Tomas Berdych (2007-2014)

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    jason Reply:

    Any record of the streaks for
    RF – Roddick & RF – Hewitt?

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    rahan Reply:

    Federer-Roddick (21–3)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federer%E2%80%93Roddick_rivalry#Singles

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    rahan Reply:

    Federer vs. Hewitt (18–9)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Federer#Federer_vs._Hewitt

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  4. Haha Ru-an looks like everyone enjoying your posts and having some fun! Murray just too wily for Nick. I would like to see Kei doing well, somehow I don’t think Stan will do it but I was so wrong about Berdych, just as well I’m not a gambler x

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  5. Hey there. Anyone know how I can get Safari to automatically insert my name and email when I comment? I wrote a couple of posts and clicked send without making sure to put those in and the internet ate my posts – grrrhhh. Thanks!

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  6. Nadal needs a coaching change, but he’s not going to get it because he is owned by his sick uncle. Can’t say I shed any tears over it though. I am so tired of his BS act–the gamesmanship, MTO, time delays, fake humility. I can’t stand Berdych but was glad as he hell he beat Nadal and make no mistake he spanked him good. Bageled! Say what you want about Nadal playing poorly, the fact is he’s playing poorly most of the time. Who cares if he can whip Sela? Nadal hasn’t faced a top 10 seed since last year’s French Open and when he did he lost and lost badly. Unlike many here I don’t see him as a major threat anymore. Yes, yes, I could be wrong, but his MO is built on intimidation and he’s lost too many times now to too many people to work that anymore. Unlike Fed he can’t reinvent his game; he isn’t that gifted. Nor can he get a new coach, which I think would help him. Just a change in perspective, doesn’t even matter who the coach would be. Well see at the FO, where I think he still is a threat, but each year he’s a little less dominating until it reaches a tipping point. I predict it will be this year when someone will take that crown from his head. After that, he’s finished.

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    jason Reply:

    To your views on Nadal’s chances, I’d say you should never underestimate the wonders of modern medicine…be it from the bright side or the dark. Yes, especially the latter.

    Without these wonders, his career was likely to have ended long ago, perhaps when his slam count was still under 10. Yet, here we are.

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  7. I will agree with Ru-an et al that Nadal was far from his best. Yet, such performances aren’t unheard of. Do you folks remember his match vs Darcis, Wimbledon 2013 (the year of his utter dominance)? or his fall indoor seasons pretty much every year? He seems lackadaisical and his groundstrokes aren’t monstrous as usual. There are patterns but it’s unclear what causes them.

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  8. Stan was on fire today! He’s quietly breezed through into the semis against Djokovic. It’s amazing how the defending champion has been ignored by the Australian media, with all the focus on Djokovic/Fed going for 5 titles, Murray coming back into form and Nadull’s usual injury/illness claims.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah he was unreal today. Djokovic too though. That semi is gonna be the final.

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    eric Reply:

    The difference is that Djoko is always that way. You never know which Stan will show up.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah but I think Stan was resurrected since the WTF last year. He has played really well since then. I think it’s 50/50.

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    Dolores Reply:

    I would say “Go Stan”, Ru-an, sorry Nishi was defeated. Let us hope Stan can continue to be “….on fire”.
    Best,
    Dolores

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  9. Test. Can’t seem to get a comment to post tonight.

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    Vily Reply:

    Me neither. I guess we are blocked, buddy!

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    Eric Reply:

    Haha, weird that those went through. I tried so many times but since mine was a total wise ass comment about Stan I figured the gods, or Ru-an, were discouraging me. Going to sleep now. Enjoy the match tonight if you stay up.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Definitely was not me Eric. I don’t mind wise-ass comments from you. I will check if it went to spam.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Interesting that you are blocked when your comments get through.

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  10. I don’t know, I think Mirka was right. Stan didn’t have the balls to close out Federer in the WTF semi. That would have saved sooooo much trouble. I like Stan and his game a lot but I find it hard to put my faith and excitement behind a guy that seems so emotionally fragile. I think it’s Murray and the Djoker in the final with Nole getting the win.

    Ru-an – what’s the difference between the two options of notify me of follow up comments below? Thanks. E

    Notify me of follow-up comments by email.
    Notify me of new posts by email.
    Click to cancel reply
    Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Ok I found this under spam. No idea why it went there as you were using the same IP address. I don’t know the answer to your question. Just tick both boxes and if there is a problem untick one of them. Are you getting notified of follow up comments? I have never tested it myself.

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    Eric Reply:

    Haha, no of course I knew you weren’t doing that. I tried the auto fill feature in safari for my email address and bet that had something to do with it. Yes I get notified on all comments and love it but I was never sure if I needed to check both or what.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well I’m glad to hear you get the follow up comments. I don’t think anyone ever told me if they do. I don’t know why there are two check boxes.

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    eric Reply:

    Testing autofill again to see if that was the issue. Man the Aussie open is just brutal. Last night I tried to do the right thing. Went to bed at 11pm. Then was laying there wide awake, knowing that an awesome tennis match was almost under way. By 12:45 I broke down and went to watch. Just one set, I promised myself, I can’t wreck my sleep and next day. Cut to Eric glued to the TV at 4am, loving every minute of it. Yes, Ru-an, I admit it, I am a junkie.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Haha nice.

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