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Djokovic sweeps past Nishikori 6-1, 6-1 in ATP finals

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By CHRIS LEHOURITES

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At this point, Nishikori chances of winning even a match are slim and none. His post US Open performance has been anything but top-10 material.

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Congrats, Nole ! Kei-san must use the off-season to rest his body AND mind.

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Hopefully Nishikori can relax and play some better tennis against Berdych and Federer.

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Nishikori didn't stand a chance. And that's not just because he hasn't played well pretty much all year, but because he got matched up with Djokovich, who simply cannot be beaten at the moment. The man is a machine, and he knows how to dominate.

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he hasn't played well pretty much all year

You'd be a very hard person to please (or otherwise completely clueless!) to think that about one of THE 8 players to QUALIFY for the ATP world tour finals.

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It's amazing that the "naysayers" come out of the woodwork every time he loses a match. @fxgai states it very well ! (3:56 PM JST)

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fxgai: "You'd be a very hard person to please (or otherwise completely clueless!) to think that about one of THE 8 players to QUALIFY for the ATP world tour finals."

And you simply won't accept the facts, despite betting and losing your tennis pride already. I never said he was not a good player, I said he's not doing well. Tell me... what rank was he going into this year? What rank did you bet he would be? What rank is he now? How well has he done the last few tournaments? My guess is it'll be hard for you to even answer these questions, if you do at all, and will have to add 'but's and all sorts of other justifications to water it down.

I have said constantly that I hope he does better, and I still do. Pointing out that he has not may sting if you bet everything on him and lost, and/or feel some sense of entitlement on his behalf, but the fact of the matter is that he has not done well lately -- not up to his potential at all. Djokovich, on the other hand, IS doing well... EXTREMELY well.

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It's you who isn't accepting facts. The facts are that he qualified for the season ending finale - one of only 8 players to do so - despite your assertion that he "hasn't played well pretty much all year".

You said it, not me. Good luck polishing that turd.

Tell me... what rank was he going into this year?

Bottom half of the top ten?

What rank did you bet he would be?

I bet my "tennis pride" that he'd slot into number 4 around the time of French open. I lost the bet due to Wawrinka's great French open performance.

(A month or so later Nishikori did move to 4th, but I didn't crow about that, whereas you keep bringing up my gracefully lost "tennis pride" bet, on this ocassion to deflect attention from your baseless criticism on this story.)

What rank is he now?

8th on planet earth?

How well has he done the last few tournaments?

And there it is - the big goalpost shift. First it was one of the top 8 players in the world this season "hasn't played well all year", and after being called out, now it's "last FEW tournaments".

At least I give you credit for implicitly acknowledging that your statement was offbase, even if you aren't big enough to just confess it. (I agree - he has put in sub-par performances in the back-half of the year.)

Pointing out that he has not may sting if you bet everything on him and lost

I bet my "tennis pride" and gracefully conceded it. I should have given Wawrinka more credit, no doubt.

the fact of the matter is that he has not done well lately

I agree he's had a sub-par back-half of the season, reflected by his 4 position slip down the rankings, but again it's your "hasn't played well pretty much all year" comment that was completely wrong, because you said "ALL YEAR".

Make no mistake.

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You claimed he hasn't played well all year, and now change the goalposts to refer instead to "the last few tournaments" (as well as dredge up my gracefully conceded "tennis pride" bet which I lost 6 months ago, in an attempt to deflect).

Big difference.

Facts are - he's one of 8 tennis players in the entire world to qualify for the year-end finale, and experience a career high 4th ranking at one point. That doesn't come about by not playing well all year.

Just admit it when you get it wrong, like I did with my "tennis pride" bet.

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