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spankyourkopita

What exactly is wrong with Serena? Does she just not have it anymore?


deepseasharks

Will Rafa play Winston Salem ?


Psychological_Bug676

Always putting her fans through hell but we love her nevertheless. Go girl take it 😍


kamikashi

"i was thinking i should call my psychologist" shes always soooo smiley and honest in her interviews


DoubleFaulty1

Shapo was dialed in today. Actually constructing points and waiting for his moment. If he could bring that game every day the sky is the limit.


TheUnisexist

Something changed for him halfway through the 2nd set against Tommy Paul. Suddenly he became a different player.


legohotwing

That’s sadly been his narrative for a few years now. Has all the tools but can’t consistently put them together


DoubleFaulty1

His point construction, variety, and serve have improved the past couple years, but as you say inconsistently.


shegotofftheplane

Sabalenka took the scenic route but finally gets it done. She saved a lot of break points in the third sets with some great winners, and ONLY 6 double faults total


legohotwing

Shelby had at least 6 chances to break back in the 3rd set and couldn’t take any of them


shegotofftheplane

Shelby Rogers is almost 30, consistently a danger to the top players (she’s the last person to beat Barty ever) and causes upsets left and right, that it’s surprising and a shame she still hasn’t won a WTA title yet :/


kamikashi

i really thought SJ was gonna be it. should she just chase a title and play more WTA250s or continue as is with majority higher level tournaments to keep her ranking consistent


Psychological_Bug676

How are these two still playing lmao


legohotwing

Both players trying to outchoke each other


nitroTTG997

To constantly yell like that after points when youre already a notorious loud grunter is crazy


matt_annechini

She’s absolutely disgusting, seriously


triplejayye

This match is actually delivering


kamikashi

Sabalenka is so interesting. she knows she has some mental serving yips issue. she admits her level of play isnt the best. but she still sticks with her style no matter what, win or lose. her groundstrokes can be so good to cover up the serving mistakes, only some players are able to take advantage of the mistakes. youd think with her inconsistency and not being able to defend Wimbledon semis points she'd be out of the top 10, but there she still is. Saba this year can get knocked out first round but reach semis or finals the next tournament.


matt_annechini

This is not “interesting”, if anything it’s literally the opposite. Not being able to problem solve and just sticking with your game plan of bashing the ball as hard as you can “win or lose” can’t possibly be interesting. What would be is changing that style when needed.


kamikashi

i mean its interesting cuz youd assume that would be how anyone would course correct and yet she hasnt. cuz shes still a top player despite the issues. her aggressive ball bashing style requires trust in her shots to be winners. so the serving yips is some sort of mental confidence issue and yet she still has supreme confidence in her groundstrokes. its wild.


MoreDblRainbows

I've said it before she's emotionally weak but mentally/psychologically strong. It is fascinating.


kamikashi

ohh that might be good phrasing for it yeah


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shegotofftheplane

Shocking news: people can’t control when to pee


MoreDblRainbows

please stop.


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shegotofftheplane

Is she supposed to pee on court while playing? Not every bathroom break/MTO is tactical


MoreDblRainbows

Not at all. Saba goating would blow Shelby Rogers off the court, no offense to her. She's a streaky player, and she's going to streak. We also don't know what was happening with Rogers (physically or mentally, pee, women issues, going insane etc) nor do we have or will ever have the counterexample. So it's just a weird thing to harp on imo.


legohotwing

All Rogers has to do is hold serve and wait for the inevitable implosion Saba will eventually have on one of her service games


Billson297

Sabalenka is so badass


matt_annechini

Does Sabalenka have some sort of undiagnosed mental disease? What in the actual fuck


MoreDblRainbows

Find out on Netflix this Fall!


aweap

See the overall damage Nadal's loss causes. Both Iga and Shapo lost motivation to play any further...😔


Psychological_Bug676

😂😂


OddsTipsAndPicks

Coric is playing out of his mind though which is nice.


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matt_annechini

Totally.


MoreDblRainbows

Lol how is this not over?


Coach_Caron_Godwin

Today she's gone easy with the DF's so far, but i would be so motivated playing against Sabalenka's serve, even when down 40-0. Knowing if i get one point, a random 2 or 3 DF's could very well happen next, would be such an uplifting fact


matt_annechini

What a weird and oddly amateurish decision by Rogers to go for a toilet break now. Shouldn’t let Sabalenka think too much


shegotofftheplane

Sometimes you really need to use the restroom especially after two hours of sweating and drinking hella water. And since female players are finally talking about playing on their periods and the hardships with that, you’ll be forced to use the restroom at some point


Nick_from_Yuma

Sabalenka is a ticking time bomb right now. She was pacing at the back of the court. Sound strategy from Rogers in my opinion.


aweap

Why is it amateurish? Lots of people take toilet breaks after 2 sets


Awilltobemerry

peeing on yourself would be even more amateurish


rwwl

Hey, no one has done a post match thread on the Shelton/Norrie match, who's got a hot take for me? Really curious how he went from destroying Ruud to getting demolished himself


shegotofftheplane

Mix of nerves/lack of experience. Norrie returns everything and is consistent, Shelton had a super loud cheering squad that were cheering obnoxiously from point 1, I think it made him more nervous


OddsTipsAndPicks

Pulling off one massive upset isn’t *that* hard. Pulling off two in a row is a way, way bigger ask. Shelton is clearly a tour level player, and he has a WMD grade serve. But he played *flawlessly* against Ruud. 100% the match of his life. Coming off that emotional high and beating another player of similar caliber would be Herculean.


clykins46

This is exactly it. The speakers were also too loud from center and they were calling points for the Alcaraz match clearly loud enough for court 3 - not ideal for this level of competition for him. But legit Norrie didn’t put a foot wrong


rwwl

Nicely put. I'll look forward to seeing him play sometime, all I've caught so far were the Ruud match highlights.


OddsTipsAndPicks

His loss to Isner in Atlanta was a phenomenal match. Classic serve bot war that puts you close to sleep at the start and then suddenly you’re having a heart attack because of how thin the margins start to get.


MoreDblRainbows

I mean he's a kid, I think that explains most of it


rwwl

True enough! I was just interested in how that manifested in his game — one particular shot type failing, general fitness, whatever. It's just as possible there's no clear picture, though


A-dab

Damn Shelby you go girl


Tracy140

I can’t recall someone losing their confidence to this agree - I know that us open loss was crushing to sabalenka but this is hard to watch at times


DarthGhaul

Fraudalenka


shyaminator96

Sabalenka choking as usual 😔


triplejayye

Why doesn’t Sabalenka have a sports psychologist?


junesheep

Sabalenka with the baseline down-the-line line-clipper smash winner


kamikashi

lmao that Saba shot that even she had to laugh about being in


youngcadadia22

Shelby Rogers huge FH


Sad_Consideration_49

just tuned in. this umpire is the obsessed giorgi hater from tenerife https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBx589xWllk&ab\_channel=PaulGrogan


aweap

I remember that match. Giorgi's dad unsurprisingly was acting like a prick through most of it.


shegotofftheplane

Sabalenka was doing so well with only 1 DF in the entire match up until she had to serve it out 🤦🏽‍♀️😶


Psychological_Bug676

And when Saba wins the USO, then what?? 🥺🥺🥺


legohotwing

Don’t have to worry about that


dishfire-

Difficult shot by Rogers. Sabalenka kept that slice pretty low.


PGcertified

That was an odd miss


OpinionSwimming7773

Cincy draw is boring 😴


eros_omorfi

This might seem inappropriate, but is there a trans ball boy in Cincinnati? The ball kid behind Rogers looks like they were born xx.


WhenInDoubt-jump

I haven't seen the kid you're talking about, and I'm not sure what xx means, but I'd advise against making assumptions based on someone's looks. It's also not really any of our business.


eros_omorfi

It was an innocent question, relax.


aweap

I think they're referring to FTM transition.


TheUnisexist

That kid is a girl, I saw her wearing the female outfit in other matches.


eros_omorfi

Always seen her wear the boys outfit wunce the beginning of the tournament.


TheUnisexist

To me the biggest surprise of the tournament is Coric who comes out of nowhere to play the spoiler again. Dude is on fire right now. He needs to win a title somewhere along the line but right now FAA has his hands full.


EXO4Life4028

Sabalenka been serving pretty well in the tournament so far, hopefully she can keep it up for the rest the season


triplejayye

It seems Sabalenka has got over her DF spell. She could be a legit contender at the US Open and even a title here.


ExcuseYou-What

I fear that anyone who keeps up with her without missing is going to lead her to implode, just like that semifinal last year. And the DFs can come at any time when the pressure gets tough, so it'll take more time before those demons are fully ousted.


Jeffersons_Mammoth

The people want another Bullshit Russian/Small Kid showdown


dishfire-

Sabalenka has a slight resemblance to Brooke Shields


Tracy140

She does


aweap

The current Brooke Sheilds, yeah.


MoreDblRainbows

yes the forehead eyebrow shape. very different mouths.


White_Nothing

WTF is this music they are blasting?


OpinionSwimming7773

Cincy is a 2nd class masters event, they blast music during the matches


SmilingIceCube

In the doubles of the Santo Domingo challenger, 3 out of 4 quarterfinals have been walkovers. Has this ever happened before?


OddsTipsAndPicks

Man I really hope we get an Alcaraz Medvedev final. Pretty sure Medvedev and Rublev are the only players in the top 15 at least he hasn’t played this year. (Medvedev did obliterate him in the first round of Wimbledon in 2021)


Jeffersons_Mammoth

I don’t think Carlos has played Felix yet


icecreamwithketchup

He retired after the first set in their USO QF last year


OddsTipsAndPicks

Not a full match, but they played at the US Open last year (Alcaraz retired down a set and a break) And this is only barely in the last year of course—not this year as I originally phrased it.


triplejayye

They played at the us open. Carlos had to retire


Jeffersons_Mammoth

Oh yeah, forgot about that. Hopefully we’ll get a proper match between them on Saturday


triplejayye

If they win tmrw lol


aweap

What is 'Lupas'??


ThisGuy182

Google Translate says “magnifying glass”.


Heresiarca

Lupa is Spain spanish mean magnifying glass


aweap

Why did he write that on the camera?


ExcuseYou-What

Couldn't it be his "hand on eyeball" signal thing that he does whenever he wins? (He said that it's an inside joke with close friends)


aweap

🤷‍♂️


SerbianMidget

Carlos has such great sportsmanship


icecreamwithketchup

Alcaraz avenging Rafa's loss, you love to see it


IllBeBocc

Both dudes are cool dudes


shyaminator96

Professional performance against a solid Cilic


Heresiarca

Great game by Alcaraz


vingegaard_windu

This is an incredibly impressive performance by Alcaraz. Cilic actually played phenomenal tennis for most of the match. This was a very in-form Cilic. Alcaraz had all of the answers


WhenInDoubt-jump

No need for the snark.


vingegaard_windu

What the hell are you on about. There was no “snark” in my comment Way to overanalyze my comment, though


WhenInDoubt-jump

I assumed you were sarcastic, sorry. Cilic was far from good.


vingegaard_windu

Cilic was very good, especially in the first set. He was hammering the ball and pressured Alcaraz on almost every serve outside of his first 2 service games


ScorpionHitta

Lol I was at the match live and Cilic did not play well by any standards ……


dannylenwinn

Alcaraz advances, getting pretty good support here. He will face Norrie


Heresiarca

Carltos needs to use the drops more often


icecreamwithketchup

Other than those DFs this was pretty flawless, but Cilic was also pretty shit. Vamos Charly


OddsTipsAndPicks

Cilic has been playing exceptionally, but Alcaraz has had the answer to damn near everything Cilic has sent his way.


Cap10Haddock

I only saw second set. Where was Cilic’s forehand today?


OddsTipsAndPicks

Getting returned more than should be possible


vingegaard_windu

Literally just commented the same thing. Very impressive performance from Alcaraz and quality tennis from both players


OddsTipsAndPicks

An ass kicking of the highest caliber.


Heresiarca

Sometimes you need 5 winners to win a point against Alcaraz


Billson297

It’s so nice to see Alcaraz converting break points


dannylenwinn

Way to go Charlie


dishfire-

Cilic tapping out


studiousmaximus

carlitos cruising!! you just love to see it (love u tho marin)


jamesda123

Come on, Marin! Make Baldo proud!


Heresiarca

Cilic is tryíng too much at times this game


icecreamwithketchup

tbf he has to dictate and hit through Alcaraz, it's his only chance at winning


Heresiarca

JFC telling Carlitos to shot at Cilic feets worked great


dishfire-

Lot of empty seats for a Masters 1000 event it seems


Papagayo01

It's late and Americans go to bed early


aweap

WTF Shelby?! So tight through most of that set only to give it away with ue's?! 😫


lnkc1993

Cilic missed many backhands today


Psychological_Bug676

PCB always supporting his son 🥺


dannylenwinn

He was in the crowd? Or is it some joke I don't understand lol


ThisGuy182

Yep


ThisGuy182

Brudders!


dishfire-

That dude was frozen solid when the camera was on him


Regretful_Bastard

Ruud has to be embarrassed right now, no way around it lol


dannylenwinn

I am neutral between Alcaraz and Cilic


OddsTipsAndPicks

I really like Alcaraz because he’s the first young player I’ve been right on in forever. But how can you not love some Marin Cilic? His resurgence this year has been a treat


icecreamwithketchup

Two of the nicest guys on tour


heart-out

oh god my high seas are down


heart-out

am i the only one who enjoys rooting for sabalenka just as much as i also enjoy watching her implode.


Papagayo01

Good to see the Alcaraz drop shot, I missed it


dishfire-

Alcaraz do a lot of fist pumps


icecreamwithketchup

People who complain about Nadal's serving time have never watched Cilic


Psychological_Bug676

He bounces that ball about 30 times istg


Earnmuse_is_amanrag

Does Alcaraz have the best serve for his height and shorter? Or is there anyone better?


Heresiarca

Baez serve is not bad and He is only 1.70m tall


ThisGuy182

In terms of consistency, probably not. But the power is very impressive for someone his height.


icecreamwithketchup

Alcaraz is now in his own head after the DFs and going easier on the 1st serves. Don't know if it's the right strat


OddsTipsAndPicks

How can you say he’s in his head after that hold 😂


icecreamwithketchup

I think it was trickier than it needed to be because he's taken some heat off the 1st


OddsTipsAndPicks

Perhaps he didn’t want to double fault a million times in a row again


studiousmaximus

BIG hold from alcy boy. was almost a quick break back.


Heresiarca

great hold by Alcaraz


dannylenwinn

Alcaraz up 3-0 in 2nd set now


theatras

something should be done about grunting. this shit is so dumb.


SmoothLettuce

I really don’t need this court level side angle where they slowly zoom in on one player and then switch to the normal angle


OddsTipsAndPicks

The number of points Cilic has won while hitting multiple shots that would be winners against 99+% of players is ridiculous


dannylenwinn

Tennis legend Ciilc gets the lovely volley and the crowd likes ! They appreciate him


JoeshpMR

Sabalenka wins 4 in a row, Rogers wins 4 in a row. 4-4


MoreDblRainbows

Now Saba on the verge of another 4 lol


Capivara_19

Is that JCF’s son next to him?


Psychological_Bug676

No that’s Alcaraz’s older brother


Capivara_19

Do you mean younger brother? He looks about 12 or 14


dishfire-

Alcaraz’s shirt is extremely red


clykins46

Bright Orange in person


Capivara_19

It kinda hurts my eyes


dannylenwinn

Alcaraz now must escape from Alcatraz


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dannylenwinn

Being in Alcatraz is facing a break point, escaping break point. Inside joke


theatras

i like how sabalenka's grunt stops abruptly when she sees she hit the ball into the net.


dannylenwinn

Ohio, what do you think of... Alcatraz ! Must hold here for him


OddsTipsAndPicks

We think he should play football at Ohio State but understand his decision to play tennis


MoreDblRainbows

Sabalenka has gotten in less than half of her first serves, but somehow has only hit 1 double. Improvement?


JoeshpMR

Mertens/Kudermetova taking out their frustrations on Dabrowski/Olmos. 6-2


aweap

C'mon Shelby!! 💪


studiousmaximus

alcaraz breaks to start the second! hopefully he hangs onto it this time and doesn’t pull a tommy paul repeat


dishfire-

Cilic spraying shots left and right


icecreamwithketchup

I love Alcaraz stepping in to return, it's been very effective


Earnmuse_is_amanrag

The difference between Alcaraz winning a Slam and not is his first serve not disappearing in chunks.


icecreamwithketchup

He's theoretically talented enough to do it despite that


dishfire-

Cilic making some bad misses


icecreamwithketchup

I really wanted Ben v Charly for battle of the teens


swapan_99

Is it just me or has the Attendence been awful in Cincinnati so far? I mean so many empty seats even close to the courts. Montreal had a great Crowd imo. Even Toronto had good specatatorship. Here I am stuck looking for a single match with full stands. Which is unfortunate since I think matches like Kokkinakis - Sinner deserved more people watching. Granted most have showed up for the American matches, but it's crazy how much lower the viewership is.


Complex_Rhubarb_3411

I was gonna make a remark about how Cincinnati is the 30th largest city in the us while Montreal is the second largest city in Canada. But then I saw that Cincinnati apparently has a larger population than Montreal which is wild


swapan_99

My thing with that is, Population isn't gonna matter if it's a Tennis Town. Even IW was awful with its Audience outside of Rafa Matches, not until people realised Carlos was a star did the audience start to gravitate towards another player. Then we had the Kyrgios Resurgence so he carried Viewership in a lot of the tournaments from the start of Grass season, but now he exited early, and Rafa is gone early too. Carlos doesn't have the same Aura as he did back in just before RG, he's still a ridiculous Young Talent, but he isn't on the Trajectory of a Young Nadal rn (Just from the Perspective of an Audience, I already know his further Ascent can take time, he's so young, but casuals don't care, they want the next Big 3 already). And so since 2/3 of the Big 3 aren't there most tournaments, and for past month and half we've only had 1 match from a Big 3 member, and lack of A "Big Personality" outside of Kyrgios, and there you have the spectacular lack of Specatatorship.


Explodingcamel

Alcaraz tactically recovering his tiebreaker stats after the Paul match