Listen: Soccer, John Millman, Golf discussed on The Tennis Podcast
"Jobe recorded a separate podcast about seven Assegai. Really because if you wanted to know about what happened to Serena Williams. MCP come into the wrong place. Because I remember any of that. Fortunately there's an emergency tennis podcast already waiting for you elsewhere in our feed. If if you'd like to listen to that back count on wasn't Yankees end to her career. At the hands of honest Jabber. We have now moved from Garden Square. Where we're speaking to you on that earlier? podcast today and soaked up the most epic seven or eight hours of tennis not all of it. The greatest callers the world but drama. Wherever you looked and now we have returned to Catherine's lounge where there are snacks? There Biz and there are tired faces in seats and seats because we were standing up next to someone bowery a long time. It is a long time ago Leslie. I guess you've you've saved just pretty and so yeah just to run through the day so we had this arena. Defeat at the hands of one Chang we had caroline wozniacki retirement and all the rest of it and then we had had the evening session commencing and these this this is a snapshot of what happened. We had cocoa golf. H Fifteen knocking out the defending defending champion naomichi soccer. We had Stephanou sit surpass. Going out in three straight sets diminish rich and then we had Roger Federer in a five-set epic Dick that he was eight. Four down in the final set tiebreak against John Millman and the event she won six exp points in a row to get the get the win and so federal is still alive here in the Australian. Open this fight. His demons sends out John Millman and is a sensation. Oh totally yeah. I'm feeling a great sense of responsibility with this podcast because I feel like we have have caught a little listeners in America who would have probably slept through that I was. I was messaging Andrew. Our good friend and colleague who said I feel like I need the podcast more than ever been in a blackout woken up. I need someone to tell me how my nights off the rails just because I think that's how sits feels because everything just continued to be crazy. I mean we were kind of right that the night session. This evening would be amazing. We I think we all thought that would be the case it was it was arguably the day session was more surprising in its drama but yeah the night session for its sustained. Drama to one o'clock was extraordinary ordinary identifying volunteering this is not required but I thought millman federal was going to be disappointing. I thought it was going to be the inverse of kind of the the one Serena thing where it was just a thaw superior match league christly slow so compared to what we saw in the US. I thought it was going to be disappointingly pedestrian I reserve for federal. Yeah I would have said the same yesterday but there was something in the air. There was the snowball effect as soon as as soon as one happens. It seems to affect the other Cape with that because I know oh you'll right but it all of is logic and I can't cope with it but I quite like occasionally leaving even logic to one side and just going just going with so easy craziness that then is there something in the air that catches everybody ends up getting getting this sense of being uncertain comfortable and I'm sure would say no. I'm sure players is how I'm just focusing on my match. But that feels it's like a line that might just trot out of course. Yeah do you think how close do we think. Watch the Serena match for example pretty closely. Yeah I don't think she'd be very norring now. Yeah so anyway. Let's let's pick up their show because a soccer and golf came onto the court. I was coming taking on it and BBC radio. I did the first set right from the off. I felt like I'm looking at a different cocoa. Goth for instance then I saw it Wimbledon within last year. She wasn't just reacting to her opponent. That was the big thing I took from it. I know you've you've referenced. The power of her serve and it is just a third of a serve serve but groundstroke. She was taking it to to our soccer today and dictating the play. A soccer was awful. Awful I mean. It wasn't just it was just an appalling performance. She really didn't show up part of it was making it difficult because because she didn't allow her to play but got a soccer is good enough to force into a tennis match and she's just didn't that is that the problem that she was trying to force her way in she was trying to hit through it and and it ended up making you look darrow. Say One yeah she. She hit two. Oh successive backhands down the line on one knee halfway up the net just shots that really are when when somebody's hitter really spearing backhand cross-court. You're trying to change the direction of Guy with a high part of the net and I was with Daniel Antic over. She was the CO commutation. She's just that shots. Just not on really when you when you feeling like this. You've got to be a million dollars to shut light. That HEBRAIC mind was scrambled. Yeah I left the stadium. I went out after the first sentence or the second set in the stadium and then once it finished I thought I have no way to explain what just happened. That was just an error fest from a soccer but I thought well at least I'll go to the press conference and ASARCO will probably have some kind of explanation for it because she so often does she. She didn't. She was as confused as we were by that performance and I actually actually thought she slightly contradicted. What she's been saying? All Tournament really wishes that she feels like she's getting better at getting through matches when she's not playing her best but still managing to win and then today. She said that she thinks she's still really lax. In fact she used the expression. I lack the champions mentality and then describe that in those terms of in terms of winning when no not at your best so yeah I was left even more confused by via Salka. There were just so many errors. I mean golf played fine but I can't really remember a moment where I thought. Wow Coca was amazing amazing. So I'll tell you one moment that I did and this is where I'd never seen a play where where I sit in a commentary box for five live here in the Australian Open which is on a you are basically sitting on the court just behind the center service line judge. That's where our window is. It's blacked-out so you can't I don't see it from the TV but we're sitting there and it's way you appreciate the movement most of all because the player is twenty feet in front of you moving moving side to side and her movement her ability to eight move side to side but then changed direction when she was even wrong-footed voted. I don't know that I've seen anybody else move like that in the women's game that that struck me the other day and and still control two shots still have a decision the ability to make a decision on the run. I mean it was just jaw dropping a nice. She was helped significantly by Salka. But what struck me as so many of her her victories. At these these three slams we've seen her emerge have have fed on the drama and her competitive instinct. There have been very life in fact of their Bonani just straightforward. 's sort of Goff's just a better player and that's the end of it. Maybe maybe only the first one against Venus When business was totally offer game all been you know she's produced great great tennis? But it's it's what is stood out above everything is her instincts competitive fighting instincts and she's had to to to battle which in some respects has made it more impressive. What she hasn't been doing is just routine? Victories versus just a better player and yeah soccer with a big factor in that today Eh. The gophers just better player the the next step in her development will we be when she develops just maybe one or two more weapons which it coming. I mean given the age years. She's going to grow more strength. She's she probably three or four years away from being close to a peak and she'll start beating routinely in real full years. That's eighty no ninety. I don't know we so you never know when somebody might go through a bad patch struggle for a while and it's an may not all be just a straightforward upward curve love. But I'm thinking sort of in average terms for female tennis plays what is the average peak age wouldn't be eighteen or nineteen. She's an anomaly. And now I mean look she could. She could easily have twenty years in the scores Eastlake if physically. She's OK mentally and everything else but I I just feel like at the moment. Most of her winds are punctuated by the fact that she's grinding out. Victories against veteran Trinh players inexperienced players which is incredible trait an ability to have it the as she is but in order to take the next step she'll have to start cleaning cleaning people up and she has already improved a game in terms of remember watching her forehand. We're more than last year and being being struck by how loopier was. I almost thought that was what she was intending to do. It was like it was like it was a new show. Never seen anything like it before like it was going. Oh and then just suddenly this and it would make no sound as it may contact with the strings like the moonball but like not as juncture. Yeah but now. She seems to really really cleaned up. The strike on four hundred is not as good as her back can thing but it's it's come on a long way and there was something. There was something about her. That just disrupted Asarco as probably the most insightful. Thing said in a press conference was that I love Coco. But I really didn't like losing to. She felt that she reference her age. She said it's not good to lose to a fifteen year old and I kind of love that from Asaka And she was asked to compare what she he was like when she was fifteen and what her expectations were of her own career and she said well they were the same. But I just expected to be where I am now sooner and we kind of think of a soccer is pretty young. Really and having made a big breakthrough so it's almost like she's a bit of what Guzman being able to do and she wants to be able to do that herself or she com his pass for her. She's now she's now older. Oh God like having regrets twenty need to having. Oh God we had mentioned. We had done yellow and to govern in our country over. She picked her to win the title. Golf not the first time she's gone is i. Loved Anita as as well nine. She's hot she's been high on Cocoa Golfer. long-time do I detail that with little pincher so but it is possible It of course it's possible. Do you know what one thing that does occur to me because whilst I was thinking that's one side of the coin the other side of the coin is I think of less than a year. I think a fate associated with seem who we were Who is rising so relentlessly that you couldn't you couldn't imagine a blip really and now he's having a blip he and he is not?."