It didn’t take long for Birdshit to come crashing back to earth after his hyped up win over Nadal, did it? He tried staring down Murray in the first set, but after that it was one-way traffic as he got bageled 6-7(6), 6-0, 6-3, 7-5. So much for the win over Nadal meaning anything. And I for one couldn’t be happier that this one-dimensional ball basher won’t be ruining another slam final like he did in 2010 at Wimbledon. On that occasion, he handed his hero a free slam title so as far as I’m concerned he doesn’t deserve one. He is just too much of a mental weakling. Today he stared Murray down in the first set and after having won it you would expect him to keep the pressure on, but he got bageled in the next set. That just goes to show how little fear Murray has for Birdshit. He was probably laughing inside when Birdshit stared him down. I certainly would.
I’m happy for Murray for making his first slam final since wining Wimbledon in 2013 and going through a slump thanks to an injury. I’m not much of a fan, but you gotta at least respect the way he fought back last year. This win also means he is back in the top four where he probably belongs as he replaces Stan. So the big four still occupies the top four spots after all this time. Tomorrow is, of course, the second semi-final between Djokovic and Stan which for me is the real final. I caught what I could of their respective quarter-final matches and they were both in immense form. Stan was especially impressive in his 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(6) win over Nishikori while Djokovic also straight-setted Raonic 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-2. It was just unbelievable ball striking by Stan. Nishikori was playing as well as he could aside from the drop shot he hit at 6-6 in the third set tie-break. But it doesn’t matter because Stan was by far the best player and deserved to win in straight sets.
Birdscat tried staring Murray down
Something I have said since the beginning about Nishikori is that he is too small and lacks power. Since then he has surprised me with how good he became, and I’m sure he will win a slam or slams. But when he faces a massive ball striker like Stan he is vulnerable. Stan overpowered him and there wasn’t much he could do about it. Stan would overpower most players playing like that like he already showed last year when he won the title. But he won’t be able to overpower Djokovic for instance. The difference between Djokovic and Nishikori is that Djokovic has a bigger serve, better returns, and he moves better. So I am looking very much forward to tomorrow’s match which I have already said will be the real final. The way both of them played in their respective quarter-final matches was just on another level than anything Murray can produce, and I expect neither of them to back down tomorrow.
We know about Djokovic’s credentials in these situations, and Stan has been very consistent since the World Tour Finals last year. So there is no reason to believe he won’t continue in that vein. And when he is in this form he is as good as anyone. There should be no doubt that he can defeat Djokovic, but will he? Djokovic is a monster himself so we will just have to see. This is what makes this encounter so exciting for me because I can’t call a clear favorite. We have already seen what classic matches these two can produce. In the last two years, they have already produced three absolute classics, one of them 12-10 in the fifth, the other 6-4 in the fifth, and the last one 9-7 in the fifth. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if we get another one like that tomorrow, although you can’t really predict a classic encounter. Whoever wins may have a slight disadvantage in the final if it goes to five sets again because they have less time to recover than Murray.
And Murray proceeded to rub a bagel right into his silly face(tennis needs more of this)
But both Djokovic and Stan have had grueling five-set encounters against each other in Melbourne before and went on to win the title. I think whoever wins here will win the title unless tiredness is a factor. And personally I don’t care who wins. I like both players. I’m sure most Fedfans want Stan to win because he is Swiss and because they don’t want Djokovic to have more Australian Open titles than Roger. I don’t care about that. If Djokovic wins five titles in Melbourne then he deserves it. If he doesn’t do it this year he will probably do it at some other point anyway. Moreover, Roger had a chance to win it himself this year after a run of great form but lost in a very strange match to someone he owned 10-0. Maybe for the final’s sake it would be better if Stan wins because Djokoray matches are pretty boring. I wouldn’t mind seeing Stan defending his title either after struggling so much in the last year.
Should be a cracker!
I became an instant Kim Sears fan after this: