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    Federer, Nadal or Djokovic will win the 2019 US Open

    I agree that the events don't matter much in themselves, but the year-end #1 ranking does matter, and Nadal would have a good shot at it if he won the US Open and some chance if he were runner-up at the US Open. It'd be a shame not to compete for the year-end #1 ranking, wouldn't it? Not playing...
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    2019 Cincinnati R3 - [3] Roger Federer vs [Q] Andrey Rublev

    On the contrary, it would surprise almost everybody.
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    A 38-year old player is the world no 3. Weak era?

    I'm late to the conversation, so let me ask why you're not including hard courts? Overall, Nadal's best three-year period was 2008 to 2010. And both 2011-2013 and 2012-2014 were both superior to 2006-08, too, if only marginally.
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    A 38-year old player is the world no 3. Weak era?

    I'm sorry but neither part of this post is correct. Your mistake is underestimating the great age of the man who is ostensibly your favorite player. In fact, this is somewhat reminiscent of those Nadal fans who fail to appreciate Bull's moral invincibility and start talking about his "losses"...
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    Sith Lord Showdown at USO19?

    People often tell me that I talk and write like an academic. I suppose it's true. However, I have far more interest in using my academic training to talk about popular culture than I do to talk about my subject or any adjacent subject. I'm always showing my students clips of Star Wars or Harry...
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    Novak's race to Federer's amazing 310 weeks started with Wimbledon 2019... Will he get this one at this time next year?

    The only one that will (almost) definitely remain intact through this generation is Sampras's consecutive year-end #1 record.
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    Novak's race to Federer's amazing 310 weeks started with Wimbledon 2019... Will he get this one at this time next year?

    That's not true. Nadal can't overtake until October, but Federer could do so. It's not likely though.
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    Novak's race to Federer's amazing 310 weeks started with Wimbledon 2019... Will he get this one at this time next year?

    I think you're forgetting quite how old Federer really is. He was 36 when he got mono at the start of 2008. By the time he got the eight additional weeks as #1, he was closer to 950, and that rounds up. So, he's basically 1,000 years old. In fact, he celebrated his 1,000th birthday last week...
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    Sith Lord Showdown at USO19?

    I agree with you that Palpatine was planning on turning Anakin, but I think he was flexible on how that happened. Bear in mind there were clear costs to appearing to lose to Windu - his whole seduction hinged on Anakin believing that the dark side had more power so that he could use it to save...
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    Sith Lord Showdown at USO19?

    We agree that it's a poor directing error. We disagree on the obviousness of the theory. As I said, it was the first one that I brought up. The second one has been discussed to death on numerous forums. I participated in such discussions in 2005 and 2006, and they were never resolved to anyone's...
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    Sith Lord Showdown at USO19?

    It's not necessarily the plot. The scene can be interpreted that way, but it doesn't have to be. (I, at least, don't care what George Lucas or anyone else involved in the film has said about their interpretations of the film in interviews or tie-in books or the expanded universe or the legends...
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    Sith Lord Showdown at USO19?

    I know that theory. I disagree with it (to some extent), but that's not the point I'm making. The point I'm making is that the plausibility of the theory differs across shots - it's more plausible at 2:31/2:32 than at 2:24/2:25 - and that should not be the case.
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    Sith Lord Showdown at USO19?

    Random observation about those Palpatine saber battles: the editing sucked. In both of them. 1. The script states that Yoda disarms him, and I think that that is heavily implied in the film, too, as they are engaged in a lightsaber duel when the pods leave the anteroom, but then it cuts to...
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    Djokovic ranking achievements

    A miracle? Even though Nadal has a lead of 500 points in the race? That means that if Federer beats Djokovic in Cincinnati, Nadal leads the race heading into the US Open. Nadal has a shot at winning the US Open, which would extend the lead. There's thus at least a decent chance that Nadal will...
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    Thiem skipping Tokyo 2020 to vulture yet another 250 tourney

    That last sentence might well turn out false. Sure, Federer is unlikely to be a threat in the week he turns 43, but even that can't be taken for granted these days. On the other hand, there's a pretty decent chance that both Djokovic and, especially, Nadal will be major threats at Paris 2024. I...
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