Predictions for 2010?

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  1. Buckethead

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    What players are you guys thinking are going to improve more next year,and which ones are going to go down?
     
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    I expect Lukas Kubot to be inside top 30
    Ernests Gulbis to be top 20
    Roddick to leave top 10
    Milos Raonic ,Dimitrov to climb to top 100
    Del Potro to number 2,or 1.
    Federer to win maybe 2 GS ,or 1.
    Cilic to be top 10
    Nadal to be number 4,5.

    I'm just going to include Davydenko in the top 5.
     
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  3. jamesblakefan#1

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    It's really interesting looking at the spots 11-20, there aren't a lot of new up and comers in those spots. There's a lot of veterans there, and it's hard to say any of them can make the top 10. Cilic at #14 and Monfils at #13 could make the next step and become solid top 10ers.

    I think Verdasco's going down next year. He had a great run at the AO and best year of his career, but once those AO pts fall off, it's going to be harder for him to make it further in draws. I don't see him moving any further up, so the only place to go is down.

    Good news for us Americans - I think Querrey and Isner will both be top 20 by the end of this year, and Querrey could be top 10 depending on how he does early next year.

    Overall I'm surprised at how few young guys are in the spots 11-20.
     
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  4. grafselesfan

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    Although I like Verdasco alot I see him going down. He cant seem to beat guys ranked above him even when he gives great efforts. He just isnt mentally strong enough. Even when he plays them and they play poorly like Djokovic at the U.S Open he still fails it seems. Plus defending that Australian Open semifinal result likely as a #9 seed and seeded to play a top 8 player in the round of 16. Dont like his chances.

    I am still not completely sold on Soderling although he had a great TMC, especialy with that French Open final result to defend. Still I expect him to stay top 10 until then atleast as he has next to nothing to defend. The French Open points defense will be the telling point to if he can stay in the top 10 or not.

    I have said this on another thread but I have a feeling this is the year Roddick falls out of the top 10. He has struggled massively on hard courts since Wimbledon. He has alot of very good hard court results to defend early next year, some surprisingly decent clay results, then the Wimbledon final. I dont see him doing it.

    I could see Tsonga falling out of the top 10. He is playing pretty well but I dont see much progress in his game since that great Australian Open run. He has hardly any big results this year, the best ones being sort of flukish in nature (eg- his choke donated Canada quarterfinal win over Federer). He is definitely vurnerable to being passed by guys like Monfils, Cilic, Gonzalez, and others outside the top 10 now.

    So there are 4 guys I could see dropping out of the top 10. Probably not all of them will but 2 or 3 of them easily could. Guys who are outside the top 10 now who have the potential to move in are Monfils, Cilic, and Gonzalez moving back in.
     
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  5. tudwell

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    Nadal back to number one.
     
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    Tsonga and Verdasco will leave the top 10.

    Nadal will be 4 or 5, he won't defend all the hard court points this year imo.

    Del Potro will be 2 in the world

    Hewitt will be top 15

    Dimitrov will be top 100

    Blake will retire at the end of the year
     
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  7. grafselesfan

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    Other than Nadal I actually agree with all of those.
     
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    I can't see Verdasco being top ten.
    Roger probably two or three
    Nadal three or four
    I think Djokovic will rise to number one
    del Potro a solid top four or five but not number one yet
    Andy Roddick slipping to the very bottom of the top ten if he can even hold that
    Murray slipping out of the top five but remaining top ten
    Tsonga remaining top ten challenging for top five
    Davydenko remaining hit and miss, remaining top ten but nothing any better
    Soderling just a flash in the pan, bottom top ten, but probably not even that

    I'd have to give some thought to those coming up to the top ten. There are alot of guys in the 11 through 20 spot who can emerge.
     
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  9. T1000

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    Nadal has too many hard court points to defend, but he;ll probably make those up at RG and Wimby. Depends on how well he does there and if he can at least make the QF at the AO, IW, and Miami
     
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  10. Tsonga#1fan

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    I think top 100 for Grigor is almost certain, maybe even considerably higher.

    James Blake will hang on a couple of more years, he just won't do any damage.
     
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  11. T1000

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    James is getting pretty tired and is probably done after this year. He doesn't have the drive to win the titles anymore and is falling behind the top guys quickly. I'm gonna get a chance to talk to him over Christmas break because he hits at my club and I know his mom very well. I almost always get to talk to him then and sometimes hit with him so I might have a better answer then
     
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    It's funny, if Roddick had actually won that Wimbledon final; and we are talking just a couple of better points played in that tiebreak or not getting broken at the end of the 5th, everybody would have a totally different take on him. That's tennis I guess.
     
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  13. Tsonga#1fan

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    Lucky you! I am a big fan of James Blake, have seen him in two exhibitions in my area. He seems like one great guy. I'd love him to continue on, but would be thrilled if he could regain his old form although that doesn't appear likely.
     
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    Maybe it's just me, but it seems to be that that loss took the wind out of his sails, and I'm not sure if he can bounce back. I hope I am wrong.
     
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  15. flying24

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    Here are some of my predictions:

    -Federer will win 2 slam and stay at #1 the whole year.

    -Del Potro will win atleast 1 slam, will win his first Masters title sometime before the French Open, and will rise to #2 by years end.

    -Nadal will go slamless, with 1 of Del Potro, Djokovic, or Federer taking the French instead. He will win only 1 Masters title (on clay) and drop to #4 or #5 based on consistency.

    -Djokovic will yet again end the year #3, win atleast 1 Masters title, but probably wont take a slam.

    -Murray will drop out of the top 5.

    -Soderling will stay in the top 8 and remain a dangerous player.

    -Roddick will fall just outside the top 10 at years end.

    -Davydenko will get first win over Blake, remain in the top 6 or 7, maybe return to the top 5, and will win atleast 1 more Masters. Outside shot of getting the elusive Slam title but probably not.

    -Querrey will enter the top 15, and Isner the top 25.

    -One of James Blake or Donald Young will retire.


    I might as well give some womens predictions:

    -the Belgian girls will win 3 of the 4 slams.

    -Maria will be back contending.

    -The soon to be 30 year old Venus's results will fall down everywhere, even at Wimbledon where she will lose well before the finals. She will be talking about retirement by years end.

    -Safina will fall off the radar completely.

    -Jankovic and Ivanovic will make comebacks to form, especialy Ivanovic.

    -Wozniacki will continue her rise, Azarenka will decline.

    -Oudin will have a sophomore slump but be on the way back in 2010.

    -Serena wont end the year #1 again.
     
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  16. doublebreak

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    - JMDP gets to #1.
    - Nadal retires on 2nd half of the year due to his chronic knee problem.
    - Federer ends SF streak in GS by loosing on 1st week of a GS, I'm gonna go with the FO.
    - Murray gets 1st GS title.
     
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    Djokovic will have a good 2010 and win a slam. Djok and Nadal will trade rankings. Fed will get one GS but he won't get any master's. There will be four different GS winners.
     
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  18. Mr. Tennis

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    Nadal-FO
    Murray-Wimbledon
    Del Potro-US Open
    Del Portro- AO
     
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  19. Grigor#1fan

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    Grigor Dimitrov meets Roger Federer in a major tournament, and takes him the distance in three (five if a slam) close sets. After, Roger proclaims Dimitrov a future star. By USO Grigor will be top 100.
     
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    nadal 2>4
    delpony 5>8
    roddick 7>6
    davydenko 6 >5
    federer 1>1
    novak 3>2
    murray 4>3
    wawrinka 21>10
    tsonga 10>9
    gulbis 91>32
    nishikori 98(protected)>44
    blake 42>26
    querrey 25>14
    cilic 14>11
    monfil 12>8
     
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    Murray pushing his way to a wimbledon title while guys like Federer and Nadal still have legs?

    I don't know if this prediciton is bold or just stupid.:confused:
     
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    Nadal to win the US open. Federer to win the French Open. Soderling to win Australian open. Roddick to win wimbledon for sentimental reasons. Delpo consistenly in the semi's. Murray disspears from the Radar. Marat Safin back in tennis( I'd Hope). Verdasco to drop to top 30. Gael monfils in the semi's of the French Open. And all the randomness of 2009 multiplies by 20.
     
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  23. grafselesfan

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    Predictions or a wish list?
     
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    End of 2010:

    1. Roger Federer
    2. Novak Djokovic
    3. Juan Martin Del Potro
    4. Rafael Nadal
    5. Andy Roddick
    6. Nikolay Davydenko
    7. Andy Murray
    8. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
    9. Robin Soderling
    10. Gael Monfils
     
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  25. Ripster

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    I don't think there's much of a chance of Murray falling to #7. I'd be very surprised if he dropped out of the top 5. Despite his disappointing GS record this season he's done well at the Masters and 500 level. He'll improve on his Australian and US Open results and I think he'll maintain his French quarterfinal and Wimbledon semifinal.
     
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  26. akv89

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    I predict that Federer's consecutive SF record will end in 2010 now that players ranked outside the top 4 are consistent threats to Federer.

    As for the rankings,

    1. Federer
    2. Djokovic
    3. Nadal
    4. Del Potro
    5. Murray
    6. Davydenko
    7. Roddick
    8. Cilic
    9. Soderling
    10. Nalbandian

    Hewitt will be in the top 15
    Nishikori will be in the top 40

    Australian Open: Federer/Murray
    Roland Garros: Nadal
    Wimbledon: Federer
    US Open: Djokovic
     
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  27. jamesblakefan#1

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    I don't think Davydenko's going to make the surge everyone is predicting next year. He's not getting any younger, and it's very rare if ever that a guy goes to the next level in this stage of his career. I think it's more likely that he finishes next year out of the top 10 than inside the top 5. People are a bit overzealous, IMO, based on one good week.
     
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    Another prediction: Federer's grand slam semifinal streak will end, probably with an early round upset at one of the hardcourt slams.
     
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    1=Rodge
    2=Djoker
    3=Murray
    4=Nadal
    5=Del Potro
    6=Davy
    7=Soder
    8=Tsonga
    9=Cilic
    10=Verdasco
     
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    I still expect Federer to fail to make one GS semi-final at least next year.
     
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    My predictions for the rankings:

    1. Federer- 1 or 2 slams
    2. Nadal- 1 slam
    3. Djokovic- maybe 1 slam, overall good steady results
    4. Del Potro- maybe 1 slam, a first Masters for sure
    5. Murray- slamless year again though
    6. Cilic- due for a rise
    7. Davydenko- if he is going to sneak out the elusive slam it will have to be soon, probably wont happen though
    8. Monfils- also on the rise
    9 and 10- any combination of Tsonga, Gonzalez, Roddick, Soderling, or Verdasco
     
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    Grigor Dimitrov completes the Grand Slam.
    Simon Reed changes sex and proposes to Murray.
    Nadal starts playing with red nose to complete the clown outfit.
    Federer becomes a mormon,fathers triplets,and retires from tennis to start a cow farm in the Alps.
    Agassi writes a sequel where he admits he's actually an alien but we shouldn't hold it against him.
    And finally Safin gets bored and makes a comeback.:)
     
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    hehe see?First one already came true!!!:D :cool:
     
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    predictions for 2010

    i generally agree
    djokovic, del potro and davydenko have the most momentum
    federer still has a lot of motivation to pass the 286 week #1 record

    I see cilic having a good year probably top ten.
    bagdhatis and youzhny might make fairly serious runs at top ten.
    tsonga still has the potential
    and soderling still has a ton of confidence
    by current trends I would envision a top ten finish of 2010 as

    1. Del Potro
    2. Djokovic
    3. Federer
    4. Nadal
    5. Davydenko
    6. Murray
    7. Tsonga
    8. Soderling
    9. Gonzalez
    10. Cilic

    ps don't see Del Potro taking the top spot till the fall hard court season, when he should establish his dominance. Federer wll break Sampras' 286 record in 2010.
     
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    End of 2010:

    1. Federer (Wimbledon, USO)
    2. Djokovic (FO)
    3. Murray (AO)
    4. Del Potro
    5. Nadal
    6. Davydenko
    7. Roddick
    8. Monfils
    9. Tsonga
    10. Simon

    Hewitt and Wawrinka are Top 15, Gulbis retires to Sweden and opens a brothel.
     
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  37. djokovicgonzalez2010

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    1-2. Federer
    1-2. Djokovic
    3. del Potro
    4-5. Davydenko
    4-5. Murray
    6-7. Söderling
    6-7. Nadal
    8. Cilic
    9. Hewitt
    10. Gonzalez
    wild cards: gulbis, nalbandian, youzhny, kubot,tsonga, monfils, Simon, bhagdatis, stepanek, Harrison, ferrer(o), almagro if he ever gets his act together, but I said gulbis didn't I....
     
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  38. norbac

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    Zverev will reach top 30.
     
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  39. JoshDragon

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    Agreed, I'd love to have a chance to hit with Blake.:(
     
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  40. P_Agony

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    I expect:

    - Tsonga to drop out of the top 10, as well as Simon (if it hasn't happenned already).
    - Cilic to enter the top 10. Gonzo and Monfils will battle for the last spot in the top 10. Cilic will reach a slam semi final.
    - Fed, Nadal, Djoko, Murray, Davy, Delpo, Roddick, Soderling will all stay at the top 10 for the whole year.
    - Nadal will win at least one slam, and Murray will win his first. Djokovic will finish the year without slams. Federer will win 1 slam.
    - Del Potro will not live up to his USO standards.
    - Hewitt will be very close to the top 10, and will have his best season in a long time.
    - Nalbandian will announce his retirment, Blake might too.
     
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  41. CMM

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    Someone should ask Federer. I'm sure that he already knows what's going to happen.
     
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    Monfils will lose top 10 to Gonzo after going up 6-2 5-0 40-0 on him then trying to celebrate by jumping the net and paralyzing himself (slipping on Gonzalez's broken racket)
     
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    :shock: ................
     
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  44. Buckethead

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    As i said before,Nadal will fall out of top 5,he is figured out,played his best,but even playing his best ,at this moment is not enough.There are a lot of players who can beat him now,and the only top player he [layed in the tournament he took another spank,and let's be honest davidenko completely deserved it,just look at the shots he made,Nadal only wins points on peoples mistakes.
    No more excuses,because he trained hard,more than anybody else,and again Davidenko was he one who decided the match in his racket.
     
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  45. matchmaker

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    Nadal will have a reasonably good year, but not on the level of 2008.
    Federer will be there, but come short on certain occasions.

    I think they are both a little in search for motivation, already having reached the main goals of their carreer.

    Djokovic should come through, Delpo will confirm his rise to the top and Davy will reverse his choking tendencies. Roddick will have one hot streak, but be quite invisible the rest of the year.

    These are the tendencies, but the problem is there are only 4 slams. So some people will come short of the track that has been set for them.
     
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  46. raging

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    Good analysis from matchmaker!
    I actually think Nadal will finish top 3 again, he won't be as great as 2008 but he will come back, reach semis at all the slams. He is still that good. Today he moved up the court in the first 2 sets and was attacking and pushing Davy all over the place. Winning the first set so easy cost him in the end but you can draw no conclusions from this match except that he lost his way after dominating and trying to play a style of tennis he is not used to. However this style can help him over 5 sets where his superior endurance comes into play. It is in the Majors, playing in the world of pain that he loves! Full credit to Davy for hanging in and still being able to get there in the end. Can he do it in 5 sets at the Oz Open?? Can't wait to find out.

    Federer has actually more to lose/defend in terms of points- he made 4 slam finals last year - over 10,000 points! Huge Year again. 2010 will be tougher.He is really going to have to re-motivate but if anything he loves the slams (he should do,he has the best record!) But he is the hunted now and he knows it. The pressure is enormous but he is chasing history and his destiny, we get to watch a great player get greater.
    I think Djoko can really improve,he has little to defend this year. Delpo has a good chance at Oz Open and US Open again, he can play better at Wimbledon. Robin Soderling is about due to break through and take a slam, he has the sort of game that hits Nadal and lots of guys off the court now. There are lots of players that can do that now but then they are doing it to Federer too!
    I think players such as guys, Murray, Roddick, Tsonga, Monfils, Gonzo, Cilic, even Verdasco (who everybody thinks has forgotten how to play)...they are all good for an upset...deep runs into slams, especially at the start of the year. There are lots more and every new player makes it so interesting.

    That is why 2010 will be an exciting year for men's tennis - lots of guys challenging and some new guys breaking through. The dominance of Nadal and Federer is over but that could not continue. Their rivalry has forced the others to watch and learn and those that have learnt the most from them will win big this year.
     
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  47. rjg007

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    Nadal and Federer will jostle between each other for the number 1 spot, 3,4,5 will be contested by Murray, Del Potro and Davydenko, with Del Potro getting 3 at the end of the year, Murray 4 and Davy 5. Djoko will drop to 6 (I don't rate him much) and I think we will see Cilic slip into the top 10. Roddick will have some good tournaments but will end the year near the edge of top 10, say 8 or 9. I hope Gulbis starts to come good, I think he has potential. For the Grand Slams I predict
    -Aus = Davydenko (if he can hold his nerve) if he cant then Fed.
    -French = Nadal written all over it.
    -Wimbledon = I think a Fed-Murray final, to close to call
    -US = Del Potro-Murray final with Murray winning out for his 1st/2nd G.S

    This year the womens will be dominated by Clijsters and Henin. Safina will drop down into 5-7 in world. Clijsters to get world no.1 by end of the year. Serena will challenge and maybe win one grand slam, imo most likely Aus Open. Henin to make top 5.
    End of year:
    1= Clijsters
    2= Serena
    3= Henin
    4= Wozniacki
    5= Dementieva
    Laura Robson to break top 250 and to get past the first round of a grand slam. We will see good things from Melanie Oudin aswell.

    I also think that we may find a new star player for the future this year, I feel that it may come more from the mens side as there are currently many good young ladies coming through the ranks - Lisciki, Oudin, Robson.
     
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  48. namelessone

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    First bolded line: Correction,there are a lot of players who can beat him ON HC and it has been that way since 2004 at least. Nothing new.

    Second bolded line: he took a spanking while bageling Davydenko:confused:

    Third bolded line: It was on davy's racket so much that afterwards the russian said that he didn't believe he could win. And I don't blame him: Nadal bageled him,pushed him to a tiebreaker in the second,had 2 MP's and had a chance for double break in the third set. Basically Davy did to Nadal what Nadal did to Nalbandian in IW 09'. If Nadal had converted one MP or one of those BP's at 15-40 in the third the match wouldn't have been "on Davydenko's racket"
     
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  49. joeri888

    joeri888 G.O.A.T.

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    Nadal will finish in the top 2 in the world
    Federer will win at least 1 Slam
    Spain will win the Davis Cup
    Soderling will stay top 10, Verdasco will fall out.
    Hewitt and Haas will be top 20 material again.
    Djokovic will somewhere during the season finally become no. 2 or 1 in the world
    Federer will not retire this season
    The French will not break through again.
     
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  50. Buckethead

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    This thread isn't about match results,but about what we can think and guess that will happen based in how the players are playing the game,developing,training etc...
    But are you calling Nadal a fragile player mentally like Nalbandian??
    That match you mentioned Nalbandian lost because of his bad conditioning and because his mental weakness.
    Today's match was different,whenever the 2 of them played their best,Davydenko won,proving that Nadal doesn't decide matches against some players,because both being in the same level,Davydenko won.
    Also the 80% of the best points of that match,and 80% of the clean winners ,one hit one point ,came out of Davydenko's racket,again proving that Nadal can't decide points,unless his opponents make the mistakes,or are induced to it.
    I created another thread,to just talk about Nadal's game,weaknesses and strengths.
    Check it out!
     
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