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.
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!