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Fried_falafel

Fun fact: you could get the Astana first round tickets for as low as 4 USD. Imagine going to see Djokovic live for 4 quid!


SuperMeaning9747

So Cilic and Djokovic took the same plane from Tel Aviv to Astana?😂


Unaatennista

They said yesterday it was Djokovic’s private jet


NicholeTheOtter

Seeing that Astana draw and I’m laughing at the fact we’re getting yet another Rublev vs Djere matchup, heck it’s been just over a month since they last played each other, in fact!


Fried_falafel

I love how stacked the stadiums are for the first rounds in Astana!


shegotofftheplane

Botic gets the win on his birthday!


goforth1457

Casual tennis fan here: I'm guessing most of the top players chose Astana since it was closer?


shegotofftheplane

Appearance fees


vngbusa

Pretty cool Nakashima gets to play in his ancestral homeland. Hopefully when playing a non Japanese he gets more support


deepseasharks

Crazy possible quarters in Astana.. only superstars. feels like Us Open


dasheeshblahzen

I’m watching the Nakashima match right now is this the right thread lol I’m confused with the time difference.


lostinmoss

It's the right thread, though I am going to summon u/fingerdumbed or u/jsnoodles to work on figuring out when to change the thread with the timings this week Edit: It looks like 4 or 5 PM PST would be a good time to switch threads. All the matches in Tunisia and Ostrava should be done at that point, and day 2 for Tokyo would start around 7 PM PST


jsnoodles

It’s tricky atm because there’s tournaments all over. There’s a new thread every 24 hours though.


Parisny

The kid who just walked into the court with Popyrin is literally 2 ft tall. She should be in that Netflix toddler show. So cute.


Jeffersons_Mammoth

Tokyo gets underway in just under a half hour


Slambodog

I just saw Tennys is playing Qualies. At a Challenger! WTF. This is a man who had seven match points to make the Semis of the AO


thumbuplhl

Ho does not take vaccine


Dennis3107

And lost that qualies lol.


muchaschicas

Karma


Slambodog

Karma for what?


shegotofftheplane

Why did Krej celebrate more when she won Tallinn slam than when she won RG? 😭


Psychological_Bug676

As she should. Tallinn slam>> RG 😌


PigsLiveOakland

Prolly after the injuries + covid the krej kween felt extra good bout making it baxk


Slambodog

Katya too when she won Slovenia


aweap

That was her 1st singles title in 5 years.


Slambodog

In Singles. She won 3/4 Grand Slams in Doubles on the year


aweap

Yeah but this is an individual achievement that hasn't happened too many times over her career. In Doubles she's been world no.1 multiple times totalling over 60+ weeks. Has won 6 grandslams completing a career slam. Winning a doubles slam is no doubt special (especially with one of her best friends) but it has happened far more times than anything she's done in Singles.


Billson297

Crazy how stacked Astana is vs. Tokyo. Could feel like a 1000 based on how the early rounds go


[deleted]

They should've made one of them a 1000 since Shanghai isn't happening. I'm betting Astana is offering huge appearance fees - Kazakhstan likes to dump money into tennis.


HardTacoKit

They made Guadalajara a 1000 because of the loss of Shanghai.


[deleted]

Yup, WTA did it right - I was talking about ATP.


Chosen1gup

Was Beijing for the women


ALifeAsAGhost

It is one of those moments where you see the flaws in the ranking system Edit- let’s take a look at both the number 1 seeds path to the title Alcaraz: Rune-Wawrinka-Rublev-Tsitsipas-Djokovic/Meddy Ruud: Munar-Popyrin/Martinez-De Minaur-Tiafoe-Fritz/Kyrgios/Shapo/Coric


thcm123

"Tennis" Channel now has beach volleyball on. You can't make this shit up.


muchaschicas

Better than gherkinball


aweap

Hüsler is the only lefty from among the 12 men who've won their maiden singles titles this year. On the women's side 3 (Martina Trevisan, Beatriz Haddad Maia and Bernada Pera) of the 7 players who've won their first title this year are lefty.


AncientLyte

Why does Navratilova need to bad mouth djokovic all the time? Lmao. Djokovic is such a champion that he doesn’t even need to care


shegotofftheplane

What did she say?


AncientLyte

Throwing a fit on Twitter after djokovic said he and Nadal played the most matches out of any rivalry in tennis. Djokovic obviously meant mens tennis


shegotofftheplane

Link? Too much going on on her Twitter for me to find it lol


AncientLyte

https://twitter.com/martina/status/1576554233536684032?s=46&t=xxKTTLk80Debt84p7tCVoQ


shegotofftheplane

You made it sound like she had numerous posts and tweets about him when all she has is a 4 word tweet in response to Chrissie’s reply. She’s supporting Chris, her long time rival. I agree that Djokovic was talking about men’s tennis but I don’t see how this counts as Martina (or Chris) hating on Djokovic or in your words “throwing a fit.”


AncientLyte

She’s generally bad mouthed djokovic and had an agenda against him, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it was something against him. She said the best thing for djokovic during the Australia debacle would be to go home. This was right after his first court case went his way


PigsLiveOakland

Unless Tsitsipas wins a title in the next month and a half, Novak will be the only ATP singles player to have won titles on all 3 surfaces this year


aweap

His counterpart on the WTA side this year would be Caroline Garcia who's also won on all 3 surfaces.


PigsLiveOakland

Thanks for that! Was wondering if a women had done the feat this year but hadn’t gotten around to checking


A-dab

My feed is not coming back. Oy vey! How will the world know that Novak Djokovic loves the Lord?


jaguar_loco

The Lord giveth the feed, and the Lord taketh the feed


foodkidmaadcity

The feed controller said there is actually no god... deadass! *cuts the feed*


iFelichi

tel aviv decided that the speech can only be heard by the players, the audience present there and the lord only


sk1me

Bizarre ceremony with russian speaking guy and lost TV signal during Marin speech. I hope YT will deliver Novak speech somehow.


Collecting_Cans

>I hope YT will deliver Novak speech somehow. Tel Aviv presenter says have faith.


Unaatennista

Feel like the only right thing to do right now is blast Unholy by Sam Smith & Kim Petras


ReadyComplex5706

I guess the feed isn't coming back in time for the speeches.


riquelm

In couple of years knowledge about the Lord blessings in Tel Aviv would be how we recognize true r/tennis member


Unusual-Syllabub

Lmao


Unusual-Syllabub

Why do mods keep deleting Djokovic post-match thread?


fingerdumbed

We‘re not. Glitch on Reddit’s end IIUC.


Unusual-Syllabub

Hm. My bad then.


A-dab

Ah too bad my feed cut away from the ceremony. I wanted to see Djokovic's bar mitzvah!


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Unaatennista

Maybe they wanted a private blessing from the lord


AncientLyte

Djokovic In his last 21 competitive matches is 20-1 and the sole loss is Nadal at RG.


hoopla161

Auger aliassime at laver cup?


axolote_cheetah

ATP: Hey, Tel Aviv, you will host a 250 this year. Good luck Tel Aviv: They said we are hosting the only major of the year. That and also Lord is watching us


Unaatennista

Both tennis tv and tennis channel lost the feed


HopeistheAnthemLITM

I love the different cultures of tennis tournament cities. Tennis as a global sport is fascinating.


axolote_cheetah

Barcelona ceremony with the Freddie Mercury Opera


Unaatennista

I liked the Dubai one where we watched the drawing for a car


hotcolddog

What the actual fuck is this closing ceremony at the tel aviv open lol


jaguar_loco

Such a strange ceremony lol


Unaatennista

I need to stop drinking during finals these random ceremony speeches have me laughing over the silliest things every time


Tennist4ts

Is this a tennis trophy ceremony or a mess at church?


Collecting_Cans

Is this an award ceremony or a sermon…


ReadyComplex5706

Glad I wasn't paying attention and missed it.


Unaatennista

I’m taking a sip every time they mention “the lord”


Collecting_Cans

Yeah am I missing something… presenter keeps praising their faith. (What would they say if one of the finalists was atheist 🤷)


Unaatennista

No haha I thought it was bizarre


Fried_falafel

Why is this guy speaking Russian???


Unusual-Syllabub

LMAO what I was thinking, I was like am I crazy?


brokenearth10

if novak gets lucky in astana, he can play against marin again


Blovering_Skill

Cilic is now 2-19 against Djokovic....


hotcolddog

Lol the president of the Tel Aviv open looks a lot like Srdjan Djokovic from some angles


SerialSnacker12

Idemooo!!! Yes Novak!


brokenearth10

novak should play more 250s


producersrace

Djokovic’s little smirk waiting for his trophy… 🥹 He‘s just so happy to be back playing the game.


onyxrose81

Nice win! One title from 90.


Miss_Medussa

Idemo !!!!


clovers2345

Nice win Novak!


Chosen1gup

Djoko the boob throw minimalist


Omegatron64

So what does Djokovic have to do to make Turin? Or is he automatically in as a top 20 race participant?


Unaatennista

He is automatically in as long as he remains in the top 20


AlternativeVariety57

idemo!!


dontdownvotemethx

Amazing🥺🥲


domithiemsass

Medvedev type celebration


WaeIreh

This tournament was way too easy for Djoko.


orr123456

He got to tie break the match before Easy but not too easy


jug0slavija

Probably just to get some extra practice


Unaatennista

IDEMOOOO


producersrace

Holy shit. Painting lines


Unaatennista

Come on Nole!!


Sad_Consideration_49

Throwback when djokovic recommended a tantric sex book for cilic 🤣 https://twitter.com/henrybreadstick/status/1576403126088716288?s=20&t=3ylGn-o9kAkSAjLn1kiFVw


PigsLiveOakland

Of course Djokovic has even found some psuedoscience for his sex life lol


foodkidmaadcity

Well, Marin has had 2 children since this comment... coincidence? 😜


Unaatennista

Best thing I’ve seen all day lmao


dontdownvotemethx

WHAT A SHOT


celticsmenace

I don’t think the story of Djokovic gets talked about enough in the general world of sports. The way he completely revamped his lifestyle, diet, and game to disrupt a 2-man sport and remain dominant into his late 30s is really an incredible feat.


Nastypav12

Thought most know how Novak completely improved his fitness (early in his career he was prone to retirements due to physical issues).


aqua_cap

True, but 35 is not late 30s, more of a mid 30s.


celticsmenace

I’m assuming he maintains level for a few more years


Explodingcamel

It’s because the gluten thing makes him look crazy rather than being an inspiring story lol


Jaded-Sapphire3546

It gets talked about all the time


oneflou

Novak ability to serve very well when he is under pressure is underrated


producersrace

It took me a decade to trust him. I trust him now that he’s after his peak and is no longer that consistent l 😞


producersrace

Djokovic’s chest hair on that break point….HOT


Unaatennista

Come on Nole!!


lostinmoss

I love JM Cerundolo so much. His game is just clay bs at its finest


PigsLiveOakland

Will never forget that Cordoba run :)


HardensPuubes

Oh shit he’s going god mode


fyckh

dude this is not fair


Antonio_is_better

I love 40-0 yolo backhands.


AlternativeVariety57

love this man much more than I should


Unaatennista

Novak is on fire rn hope he can keep this up!!


Antonio_is_better

One day I will find a girl who returns my text messages like Novak Djokovic returns serve


[deleted]

At 85 mph at your feet?


Antonio_is_better

In .6 seconds with pinpoint accuracy


Zero_dimension98

No way Novak made that return that deep to break, it still surprises me after all these years how well he returns.


Slayy35

I always find it funny that some people unironically think Agassi or Murray have better returns.


onyxrose81

Even though I think Novak has the better return, I won’t quibble with the Agassi peeps. But Murray? Those people are just on crack.


White_Nothing

If Nole holds true to form for this tournament, he should win the second set 7-5 or 7-6.


Unaatennista

Two clutch first serves! Idemo!!


iconisanimi

That baby blue remains great on Nole.


Miss_Medussa

And he looks great on that purty court


Unaatennista

Come on Nole!


Grouchy_Square

Cilic not playing well is one of the most ugly things in tennis.


LoudTreat

Why is Cilic wearing russian flag shirt?


Bonoahx

If it's supposed to represent a flag it's probably the [Croatian flag](https://cdn.britannica.com/06/6206-004-14730C28/Flag-Croatia.jpg)


LoudTreat

If it's supposed to be croatian flag then why is it white-blue-red and not red-white-blue? If it was crotian flag it would be red-white-blue


Tricky-Author-8226

Not every red blue white combo has to represent Russia.


[deleted]

n fact, most don't. There are tons of countries with those three colors even if we just limit it to flags.


Unaatennista

Come on Nole!


Jaded-Sapphire3546

I normally don’t like Djokovic’s kits, but he’s looked good this tournament in the baby blue


domithiemsass

His kits have always been really mid. Until last year at the US Open. Since then they’ve all been really nice


[deleted]

Huh, I thought his LaCoste kits have been pretty universally liked.


Jaded-Sapphire3546

I make absolutely no claims to represent the majority. Indeed, I think his LaCoste kits are the best of all his apparel sponsors. I just tend to not like his big tournament stuff as much (Clay season generally excluded)


[deleted]

Yeah, totally understood. You're entitled to your opinion, it was just a surprise to me :)


onyxrose81

That’s kind of an unpopular opinion to me also. Or I thought at least.


Heresiarca

What is happening with the double faults?


[deleted]

Pressure of Djokovic's second serve return.


nicoc9

Čilić’s general fidgetiness is so adorable.


Zero_dimension98

Pretty good lesson to watch Novak play vs Cilic, see how often he goes to Cilic's forehand even with how big it is, because it's much more inconsistent than his backhand. And before someone says this is obvious, think of how many times in a match you've avoided your opponent's forehand because it was so big and didn't want him to make a winner past you even though in average it breds a lot of errors, it's easy to realize it watching players on TV but not as much in a real match you play.


[deleted]

I also think Djokovic sometimes goes for his opponents' stronger side to show them he can beat them there and mentally break them. Usually when he's really feeling it though.


Zero_dimension98

But that's the misconception, Cilic's forehand is not his stronger side, it's bigger, yes, but in average it gets more errors than winners. Fans and players tend to confuse or well, rather than confuse, misjudge flashy winners as the norm when most times they miss, the classic "X forehand is one of the best, he only needs to be a bit more consistent" it will never be more consistent, that's how it is.


[deleted]

I understand you, I was just making a semi-related comment :).


Zero_dimension98

Oh okay, my bad


Unaatennista

Idemo!!


PigsLiveOakland

If Novak wins Tel Aviv, it will be his sixth season winning a title on all 3 surfaces (2011, 2014, 2015, 2019, 2021 are the others.) For reference, Federer has achieved the feat 8 times, Nadal twice, and Murray twice.


[deleted]

TBF, Djokovic not playing anything but Wimbledon on grass most years has limited his ability to do that. He could have definitely won some 250s/500s on the surface if he had played them throughout his career. (He's only played 6 total, compared to 25 by Fed and even 9 by Nadal).


jaguar_loco

Who would have thought we'd be waiting for an October match for Novak to potentially win his first hard court title of the year.


slayer_of_potatoes

Djokovic and Cilic have played 20 times before. Djokovic won 9 of them 2 sets to 0. Djokovic won 3 of them 3 sets to 0. Djokovic won 3 of them 2 sets to 1. Djokovic won 2 of them 3 sets to 1. Djokovic won 1 of them 3 sets to 2. Cilic won 1 of them 2 sets to 1. Cilic won 1 of them 2 sets to 0.


Slambodog

Yesterday Djokovic won the first set before I finished breakfast. Today, I'll finish my breakfast before the first changeover...


NeoPrimitiveOasis

Marin Cilic, 6' 6", owns as many Grand Slam singles titles as Daniil Medvedev, 6' 6".


Sad_Consideration_49

As many as del po, 6'6". More than zverev, 6'6".


PigsLiveOakland

Fun fact: the day Djoko’s hairline starts to recede will be the end of his career


lostinmoss

>the end of the world


PigsLiveOakland

The heatdeath of the universe actually refers to the warmth created by Djoko’s hair leaving thus signaling to the Gods to create another universe, destroying our’s in the process


lostinmoss

New GOAT ranking method: Can they prevent the inevitable entropy of the universe?


PigsLiveOakland

Isn’t it the inevitable lack of entropy? We run out of work and thus entropy stops or some bullshit like that?


lostinmoss

Nah, entropy is a measurement of that lack of availability of work. Total entropy is the universe entering an unordered soup state basically.


Unaatennista

Come on Nole!


PigsLiveOakland

Nice to see some packed crowds this week at Tallinn, Tel Aviv, and Seoul. Promising


nicoc9

Yeah, Sofia was weirdly empty.


A-dab

Can't wait for Hüsler to win 20 Grand Slam titles and fail to convert match point at 8-7 40-15 against Kecmanovic at Wimbledon 2034


PigsLiveOakland

*2039


cib_vk228

AJMO MRNJA


Nastypav12

Next time someone on the sub says "Challenger level" it'll have a new meaning! Huesler, well known on the minor circuit, wins Sofia beating PCB, Musetti and Rune. Nishioka, played mostly US Challengers beginning of year, takes Seoul over Shapo, Ruud and Evans. Sherif, winner in May on clay at 125 Karlsruhe, triumphs over Sakkari in Parma; beat Bogdan and Bondar en route.


lsiberian-returns

And that semifinal match against kovacevic a lucky loser was his toughest match.


PigsLiveOakland

Challenger players aren’t really different from top players. Everyone in the top ~250 is an ostensible God; margins are very slim at the top


Unaatennista

Idemo Nole!!


[deleted]

Huesler: "Look at me, I am the Federer now"


fingerdumbed

Rune and Huesler very respectfully ending right before Djoker - Cilic.


rekt_n00b

Nishioka and Huesler with ATP titles this week! Great to see\~


jukyull

Love it when these lower ranked players win these kinda tournaments and get much needed boosts in their rankings. Hopefully he can continue upwards from here.


lsiberian-returns

Reminds you how big of a deal it is to win any ATP title.


tinewashere

dude said he didn't think he'd ever win a title! hopefully this gives him a confidence boost, must be nice after playing for so many years to finally get a trophy


shockingblve

Marc-Andrea Hüsler is the new Sofia Open champion!


amp1988

Guys like Huesler work so hard day in day out. It’s gotta feel amazing to get that first career title.


jasonfrey13

A rough defeat for the future #1 player in the world (according to himself) JAAAAA