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    Not for the first time Serena couldn't handle an ass whooping on court.

    I'm just surprised the race card wasn't played.


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    Age, I think, has finally started to catch up with Federer. He's the greatest of all time, no question, but I think it's asking a lot at 37 to keep winning slams.

    Never liked Djokovic and always thought there was something a bit iffy about his sudden elevation from a guy who consistently dropped out of tournaments through 'injury' to unbeatable automaton. I actually thought he was finished a couple of years ago but he seems to have found a way back although he does still take a lot of medical time-outs (in my view often halt the flow of the game if he's struggling).

    Problem with men's tennis is that for some reason there has been nobody stepping up to challenge the top guys for nigh on 15 years. Retirement can't be far off for Federer, Nadal has knee problems yet again, Murray looks (sadly) unlikely to be able to compete at the top again due to the severity of the injury he sustained, so there's really nobody standing in Djokovic's way any more.

    All of this. He rarely takes a medical time-out when hes winning, but very regular when hes struggling. I believe Murray even passed comment on it a few years ago. Its at best shady gamesmanship, at worst a form of cheating. He spat the dummy when he was refused by an umpire at one match.

    And as youve said, could barely complete a 5 set match, then suddenly became some kind of iron man overnight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McD View Post
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    All of this. He rarely takes a medical time-out when hes winning, but very regular when hes struggling. I believe Murray even passed comment on it a few years ago. Its at best shady gamesmanship, at worst a form of cheating. He spat the dummy when he was refused by an umpire at one match.

    And as youve said, could barely complete a 5 set match, then suddenly became some kind of iron man overnight.
    There were many times he struggled to complete a 3 set match.

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    There were many times he struggled to complete a 3 set match.
    Indeed. And the sudden transformation in his fitness levels has given rise to a lot of speculation down the years. I know both he and Nadal were alleged to have been serving 'silent' drugs bans while supposedly injured, with Nadal successfully suing for defamation.

    Andy Murray and Federer are the only top players I can recall actually speaking out about drugs in tennis. I remember Murray drawing some angry words from Boris Becker (who was Djokovic's coach at the time) when he said this:

    "Have I ever been suspicious of someone? Yeah. You hear things. Its harder to tell in our sport as people can make big improvements to a stroke or start serving better because they have made technical changes. If its purely physical and youre watching someone playing six-hour matches over and over and showing no signs of being tired, youd look at that.

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    Indeed. And the sudden transformation in his fitness levels has given rise to a lot of speculation down the years. I know both he and Nadal were alleged to have been serving 'silent' drugs bans while supposedly injured, with Nadal successfully suing for defamation.

    Andy Murray and Federer are the only top players I can recall actually speaking out about drugs in tennis. I remember Murray drawing some angry words from Boris Becker (who was Djokovic's coach at the time) when he said this:

    "Have I ever been suspicious of someone? Yeah. You hear things. Its harder to tell in our sport as people can make big improvements to a stroke or start serving better because they have made technical changes. If its purely physical and youre watching someone playing six-hour matches over and over and showing no signs of being tired, youd look at that.
    It's his gluten free diet.

    Happily, there's no gluten in EPO, HGH, testosterone etc.

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    Not for the first time Serena couldn't handle an ass whooping on court.

    I'm just surprised the race card wasn't played.
    Extraordinary behaviour by Williams. What a selfish, spoilt and graceless woman. And what a shame for her young opponent to have her big moment ruined by this monster.

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    Extraordinary behaviour by Williams. What a selfish, spoilt and graceless woman. And what a shame for her young opponent to have her big moment ruined by this monster.
    Monster??? Wtf...Williams has been one of the greatest athletes of her generation....she has had a handful of issues during a 20 year professional career. Characters like McEnroe and Kyrgios are viewed as "interesting" when they do it..she may have reacted poorly here..but she clearly felt aggrieved.

    She also put her arm around her opponent after and asked the crowd to appreciate the deserved winning performance of her opponent. How you can call he graceless is beyond me


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    Extraordinary behaviour by Williams. What a selfish, spoilt and graceless woman. And what a shame for her young opponent to have her big moment ruined by this monster.
    I dont mind a bad loser but shes fine beyond that on this I Addison.

    I admire her equality stance but feel shes undermined it here by trying to use it to her advantage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IGRIGI View Post
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    Not for the first time Serena couldn't handle an ass whooping on court.

    I'm just surprised the race card wasn't played.
    There's a race 'row' surfacing now:

    https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/vi...609d89ac521d9f
    Last edited by G B Young; 11-09-2018 at 04:16 PM.

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