Grand Slam Australian Open - Day 12 (Men's Semi-Finals)

The Mens Final will be?

  • Berrettini vs. Tsitsipas

    Votes: 3 11.5%
  • Berrettini vs. Medvedev

    Votes: 3 11.5%
  • Nadal vs. Tsitsipas

    Votes: 4 15.4%
  • Nadal vs. Medvedev

    Votes: 16 61.5%

  • Total voters
    26
  • Poll closed .

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Hawkas1988

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The time wasting he has gotten away with for a lot of his career, his courtside coaching uncle Toni would give, his habits before each point.

And for me he is quite dishonest about his desire to be the player with the most slams. Federer and Djokovic haven't really hidden the fact they want to have the slam record. Rafa goes on about not caring but it seems obvious to me that he cares greatly about it and is the reason he still plays.

Often goes on about his injuries, yet still comes out and plays grand slam matches that go for 3, 4, 5 hours.

Don't particularly enjoy watching his game style.

An amazing player and one of the absolute greats of all time. Not a fan though.

Saying all this, I'm a Djokovic fan so quite possibly blinkered.
I like Nadal however I agree with all these above points. They are all fair points. The pretending to not care so much about the record is 1000% spot on.

I have a group of close mates who enjoy their tennis. About half really like Nadal. The other half dislike him (1 has an unhealthy hatred for him) and your points are all reasons for it.

I think when people dislike Nadal, most still really respect him. I think the biggest issue is he is an absolute competitive beast who will do anything to win and some of his time wasting habits aren't exactly loved by his detractors. He pushes the limit.

However off the court he seems to be an absolute gem which makes it hard not to like the man.

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MarcusP2

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Sep 21, 2009
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I'm hoping for a Nadal victory for 2 reasons.
1. Medvedev is a Russian and Putin will use a Medvedev victory as a propaganda tool and 2 i want Nadal to get in front of Djokovic in grand slam wins
2. Is my main motivation, especially with Djokovic unable to compete because of his own idiocy.

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rocker_oz33

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Collins to much of a roller coaster.
When's she s up she's up .
When's houses down she's out the rails .

Ash rode it out well.
Like champs do ..

I loved when they brought out the beers .
As he eyes lite up ...lol..🍺...
 

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yaco55

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I'll add that Dylan should be pleased that he is an country which has the resources to support his disability - Many in his situation from throughout the world don't have the same opportunities.