Good post. That being said, Thiem benefitted in the UsOpen with Djokovic going out.
NO ONE in their right mind would think that Thiem would have done anything vs Djokovic in the UsOpen. He would have likely lost in straights given how abysmal he was in the final and almost lost to a WTA serve...
Nope. One year differnce.
Nadal started early and HAS FAR MORE mileage on his legs. Way more matches as well.
Plus Novak is 30 lbs lighter and genetically more blessed. He is as fast as ever compared to an aging and balding Nadal.
The draw is critical.
If Thiem is in Djokvoic's half: Nadal is likely to win title
If Thiem is in Nadal's half: Djokovic is likely to win the title.
@MichaelNadal - we are waiting for the draw to vote.
No it's NOT.
Nadal is getting older and he is NO LONGER the player he used to be. It's like with Federer at Wimbledon. He was far more accomplished than Novak there. But as Fed got older, Novak was the favorite and not Fed.
So yeah, Nadal will not be RG Favorite as he gets older. I think it...
That is one interpretation.
But the way I see it is that Thiem is a mental midget. He almost choked another UsOpen final. He was shaking like a girl against Zverev in the 1st 2 sets. A Zverev who was playing pathetic and serving like the WTA.
Novak feasts on mentally weak players. You get...
Thiem and Zverev are NOT coming close to stopping Novak at the French Open. The only person who can stop Novak is Nadal.
I can promise you that Thiem/Zverev won't come close to beating Novak. People are hyping Thiem based on last year's victory against Novak.
But Novak crushed Thiem's soul...
That is why I said "MIGHT"
It depends on what kind of Nadal shows up. But based on current evidence Djokovic is playing better and should be able to beat everyone including Nadal. (unless the Spaniard plays his A game)
It depends on how Nadal plays in the French Open. But yeah currently, Nadal looks abysmal and so Novak is the favorite.0
The rest of the surfaces have more to do with the weakness of the competition than Novak. I mean Novak is not at his 2011 level and he is STILL obliterating the field.
There is no competition at all.
The next gen is a joke. I almost cried watching the UsOpen final. Novak basically just beat himself otherwise he would have triple bagelled those jokers.
Djokovic was already a lock for 3 slams, but now watching Nadal on clay, it seems that French Open might...
Well, a player did NOT beat him. He beat himself.
And yes it is an official loss. But it's like retiring from a match or playing injured. You don't get beaten by anyone.
And who do you think will beat Novak now? You have seen how Nadal is playing on clay, so Djokovic looks likely to get the...
Who else will beat Novak on clay? Only Nadal (at his best) can IMO.
People will keep overrating Thiem here. But it took 5 sets for Thiem to beat Novak in crazy conditions last year over which don't suit Novak's game at all.
He thrives in cooler indoor like conditions.