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    Laureus awards ...

    Just noticed that Djokovic won every time he was a nominee. Djokovic won 4 Sportsman of the year awards. Same as Bolt. Federer leads with 5 Sportsman of the year awards and 1 Comeback of the year award. Nadal has 1 Sportsman of the year award and 1 Comeback of the year award.
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    Two similar Djokovic crosscourt forehands - one against Nadal, one against Federer

    Two very similar shots (one in SF 2018 and one in F 2019) that ultimately resulted in 2 Wimbledon championships. vs Nadal (Time stamp - 4:55:06) vs Federer (Time stamp - 4:11:44) Look at the scorelines, imagine the pressure. Both had to be very precise and Djokovic was able to get them...
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    What if one of the Big 3 is the lone champ remaining and trying to set a new benchmark like Serena?

    Lets say one of the Big 3 sets the benchmark (20, 21, 24 or whatever the number is) and then 2 of them retire. The lone ATG is now trying to set the new record, but because of age (or other factors), is not able to do it. He starts losing to mugs all around even if he reaches finals/semifinals...
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    Big 3 or Stanimal as a prototype

    There have been several threads about who among the big 3 is being emulated the most by upcoming players. With the physical peak of players being later than what it was during the earlier decades, what if Wawrinka is the prototype? Also, for the low attention span generation, it maybe possible...
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    I think AO is the tournament with the most epic matches for the last 12 years or so

    All the members of the Big 3 and Murray and Wawrinka have had some really great matches here. The Big 3 have epic matches everywhere (even if Nadal had minimal success here, I think he was involved in epic matches like 2017). Djokovic and Federer are AO GOATS. Murray (though he had no wins) had...
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    Schadenfreude ... (why the toxic behavior???)

    Why so much animosity? The Big 3 have been more appreciative of each other than the fanbases ever will be. Every day one of the Big 3 got out, the other 2 fanbases started trouncing the player and it has now come full circle in just 3 days. What happened to common-sense (even if you want to mock...
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    Why is a 2 slam year considered a disappointment?

    I see many Djokovic fans being in melancholy and the Fedal fans are trouncing him. Djokovic won his 2 best slams beating Nadal (who won his 2 best slams in his (lets just say) usual fashion) and Fed (a great championship match at W) along the way. He is catching up to Fed in slams. He got more...
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    Will 2019 end with a new hope for the next gen ...

    In a year that will end (catastrophically, in some cases) Game Of Thrones, The Big Bang Theory, Avengers main movies, X-men (Fox version) and Star Wars, will the stranglehold by the Big 3 also come to an end? It will be a poignant end to the decade. But, in all seriousness, I think the new gen...
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    Two slam winner not ending up year end number one

    Are we looking at a repeat of 2016? If Nadal wins USO 2019, both will end up with 2 slams - no point in this discussion, either of them being YE #1 is not an oddity. But, can Nadal end up YE #1 if he does NOT win USO 2019?
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    Will there be a Nadal-Federer USO match finally?

    At USO 2019, when the organizers rig the draw (is it really rigging to put potential seeds 2 and 3 in the same half?), will they make it such that Nadal and Fedex clash at the semis? Or will they do their regular draw with Fed and Djokovic slated to meet at the semis? Maybe the new mugs will...
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    Fed fans ... do we think Novak was playing at the level at which he played 2018 Semifinal?

    The final of Wimbledon 2019 was dramatic and emotional (I don't know how many thousands of people were traumatized in both fandoms during the match and how many are still depressed ) - but was Novak's level really his normal level? I think Novak was playing well below AO 19 level or 2018 latter...
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    Will 2019 be like 2012? All the Big 3 winning at their pet slams

    Considering the results of AO and FO, will Federer win at Wimbledon? If so, who will be the perfect winner at USO to punctuate a remarkable year? Can Murray/Stan do it? I don't think Murray is even starting at USO, but I do hope Stan plays well at USO, even if chances are very slim that he can...
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    ATP after the Big 3 will be very similar to WTA

    Today's results (first round of Wimbledon 2019) again prove that once the Big 3/4 retire, ATP will have top players falling left and right starting on day 1 of a slam, which is the case with WTA for quite some time now. The instagram and social media influencer generation is not in the game for...
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    Tennis is a by-product, ads are the product

    Its been like this for some time now (especially for the organizers of mega events) - they are not interested in producing good quality tennis. They are interested in how much ad revenue the event generates. I understand this is not new, but I think it is more severe now. And increasingly, the...
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    Its just Djokovic ... who cares?

    In the current sponsor-led tennis world, if Federer/Nadal had won 3 in a row and was gunning for a historic fourth in a row, Nike and Rolex (and their corporate brethren) would have run massive media and ad campaigns (for months right after the AO win) posing the question 'will he get the fourth...
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    10/10 for the Big 3 ... will Wimbledon be different?

    All the last 10 slams have been won by senior citizens ... when will there be a new winner? Will Wimbledon 2019 surprise us? I still like what the big 3 are doing - I just hope for more competitive matches against younger gen.
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    What could have been a memorable tournament ...

    What could have been a great tournament for the right reasons(return of Fed to the semis at RG, Fed vs Nadal possibly last time at RG semi) seems to devolve into a memorable tournament for the wrong reasons. Its a nightmare for the organizers.
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    Korda family Australion open sweep now complete

    I am going to set aside Petr Korda doping charges temporarily because this is such a happy and unique occasion Petr Korda won AO 1998. His daughters (Jessica and Nelly) are pro golfers. His son (Sebastian) is playing juniors tennis. Jessica won LPGA Australian Open in 2012. Sebastian won...
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    Nadal's stranglehold on FO ...

    Rafa being so good at FO means that the only possible three in a row (for others) is to win Wimbledon, USO and AO. And the one time Rafa slipped (2016), Djokovic made it a full 4 in a row. (Although Stan prevented CYGS the other time Rafa slipped).
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    Is Nadal playing Mexican Open confirmed?

    Who are the other players confirmed? If Rafa is playing, I think he is most likely winning this one.
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    Margins of differences among the Big 3 ...

    How many GS titles each of the Big 3 end up with are/will be determined by very slim margins. On the court, the margins have become as less as one cross-court forehand (we all know which one and what would have happened if it was not correctly executed) that sparked a revival which has changed...
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    Time machine threads/discussions ...

    Most of the discussions in the forum (related to peaks, primes etc.) are hypothetical scenarios which can never happen in reality. I admire the confidence of some of the posters who are so sure that Federer/Nadal/Djokovic would (or would not) win in earlier eras or peak Sampras would beat peak...
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    ATP is like LOTR whereas WTA is like ASoIaF

    In WTA, there seem to be no guarantees - many good players who can take each other out (and some average ones who can cause great upsets once in a while). Every tournament has a lot of twists and turns. In ATP, there are players we have been rooting for a long time who have not fallen yet (and...
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    Request for opinions regarding what is considered single handed backhand

    Lets say there is a player who plays single handed 90% of the time, but once in 10 shots, uses a double-handed shot (to boost power or confuse the opponent etc.) - is the player's style considered double-handed? Is it considered single-handed ONLY if every shot played is single-handed?
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