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Nadal settles Kyrgios score to keep heat on Federer record

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Concerned Citizen - yes most will agree, we all have a right to our own opinion.

But in having that opinion and expressiing it publicly we also must accept that others may well dis-agree.

And in Margaret Court's case, it moved past a simple "my view" to outright condemnation and blame.

From May 2017:

"....she believes "gay lobbyists" are influencing the minds of children to turn them into homosexuals and transgender people as part of a national "plot" which she likened to mind control that occurred in Nazi Germany under Hitler.

"It's all in The Bible, God's got so much in there about the mind how it affects us, affects our emotions and our feelings," she said.

"You can think 'I'm a boy' and it'll affect your emotions and feelings and everything else, so that's all the devil. That's what Hitler did and that's what communism did -- got in the mind of the children -- and that's the whole plot in our nation and in the nations of the world to get in the mind of the children..."

So if you're going to paint with such a wide brush, be prepared to get splotches on yourself.

And the Kyrgios / Nadal match was what 21st C tennis is all about.

Incredible skills, knowledge and athleticism.

The oldies just keep on keeping on. Amazing.

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I hoped for Kyrgios to win, when he wants to play he is brilliant and entertaining. But the Nadal machine, as Wing nicely said, was too much. I think it had to do more with consistency and focus than stamina, but probably the level of energy also played a role.

What is crazy is that the big three are still in the quarterfinals (and quite possibly semifinals) of a grand slam! That's almost 20 years of dominance (at least for Federer)!!

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Brilliant match - I really enjoyed watching this one. Disappointed by the loss from Kyrgios, but Rafa played incredibly - no feeling bad when you lose against that machine.

The article concludes that Nick's stamina gave out

It seemed so at the beginning of the 4th set, but once Nick dug his heels in, he was flying on all cylinders at the end of the set. He steadied the ship just fine, in my opinion

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@Stop!Hammertime

While at the same time, one of the Australian Open's main sponsors is Emirates, the flagship airline of the UAE. A country which heavily suppresses LGBTQIA+ rights.

Exactly. Why hasn't Tennis Australia severed ties with Emirates Airlines and publicly denounced them? -Sponsorship.

And what about the various Chinese sponsors? Gay marriage is illegal there and the LGBTQ community faces discrimination. -Too much money at stake.

The real bigots and discriminators here have been the media, Tennis Australia and some former players.

If we exclude and ridicule everyone who's views differ to ours, as the media, Tennis Australia and some former players have done to Margaret Court, there won't be anyone left. How about tolerating differing views and accepting everyone regardless of their views on social issues?

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Good analysis of the Kyrgios game on abc:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-28/nick-kyrgios-rafael-nadal-richard-hinds/11904532

The article concludes that Nick's stamina gave out, for any number of suggested reasons.

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How to beat Nadal?: Apart from tennis technique mastery, tricks, and strategy, Kyrgios also needs to conceal his emotion during the match and only releases it in a right moment like the way Federer and Djokovic often do.

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Back to the match for a second, I thought Nick played brilliantly and it could have gone either way right until the end. Most impressed.

Both flubbed some shots, but there was real genius on both sides. By no means an easy victory for Nadal, but his background consistency very gradually gave him the winning points.

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The public is getting sick of these PC bible bashing moralisers.

I think you mean you are getting sick of it. Being against homophobia isn’t PC, it’s just morally decent. We need to try to get rid of bigotry and that includes bigotry inspired by religion. No excuses.

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Good point about Emirates. As above, there is no excuses for bigotry no matter what religion it comes from.

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Then there is Tennis Australia's ridiculously hypocritical stance of sidelining Margaret Court because they are 'inclusive'.

While at the same time, one of the Australian Open's main sponsors is Emirates, the flagship airline of the UAE. A country which heavily suppresses LGBTQIA+ rights.

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The public is getting sick of these PC bible bashing moralisers.

Bible bashing? How ironic!

I wonder how many of her critics have spent any time feeding the homeless lately?

Does that include the homeless who were thrown out of their homes because they were found to be gay?

But yes, Serena and John are so discriminatory against umpires - the hatred they show to anyone they don't know personally just because they're umpires - it's disgusting.

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The media, Tennis Australia's and some former tennis player's treatment of Margaret Court has been nothing short of a hypocritical disgrace. They've been hammering her left and right with one side of the mouth while tepidly 'celebrating' her with the other. Why? Because she 'hurt people' because of her views.

What about the many match umpires John McEnroe (who loudly ridiculed Court) berated and hurt with his regular tirades against them?

What about the match umpires and lines-women who Serena Williams hurt by berating them?

Margaret Court's bashers of her religious views have also conveniently left out that her religion also inspired her to found one of the largest stand alone food distribution centers for the homeless in Perth, Western Australia. I wonder how many of her critics have spent any time feeding the homeless lately?

Then there is Tennis Australia's ridiculously hypocritical stance of sidelining Margaret Court because they are 'inclusive'. Right....inclusive of everyone who doesn't have PC views. By the way, her views on gay marriage were shared by 40% of the Australian public at the same sex marriage referendum, which would include I assume some Australian players and some of Tennis Australia's own staff. What is Tennis Australia going to do? Bar those players from playing, sack those staff members and refuse those fans entry?

The public is getting sick of these PC bible bashing moralisers.

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