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  1. veroniquem

    2021 US Open Final - [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [2] Daniil Medvedev

    It's neither hot nor humid in NY right now. Perfect weather :)
  2. veroniquem

    2021 US Open SF: [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [4] Alexander Zverev

    I don't see it personally. Everything's possible in tennis of course but we've already witnessed at AO how much harder it is for Djoko to defeat Zverev than Medvedev. BTW, rinse and repeat, same actors at USO than AO, definitely the 3 best hard court players atm. After that it's a question of...
  3. veroniquem

    2021 US Open SF: [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [4] Alexander Zverev

    Thiem was 27 when he won his slam title. Cilic won 1 too. What I see is that the big 3 (or 4) are crushing the rest of the tour in slams. That's not a matter of age, that's about how exceptional those players are . It's also about progress in maintaining players ultra fit for longer. When they...
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    2021 US Open SF: [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [4] Alexander Zverev

    Zverev is the only player who can beat Novak at this USO. I've known it from the start, which is why I was not happy with Novak's draw even though everybody said it was easy. Because the only thing relevant in terms of Novak's draw was to avoid Zverev for as long as possible (meaning having...
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    2021 US Open QF: [4] Alexander Zverev vs Lloyd Harris

    I have the strong feeling that if Djoko gets through Zverev, he will win it all. Medvedev is a better matchup for Novak than Zverev. The semi is the real final in terms of Djoko pulling off the calendar slam. It is the mach that will truly decide it imo.
  6. veroniquem

    2021 US Open SF: [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [4] Alexander Zverev

    This is not about age but about the fact that some players are much better in best of 3 than in best of 5 (or vice versa ) and that has always existed. It's not a new phenomenon.
  7. veroniquem

    2021 US Open SF: [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [4] Alexander Zverev

    It's not new. Davydenko and Nalbandian were the same. Davydenko even talked about it. Won masters and WTF but couldn't break through in slams. But hey, guess what, it was not interpreted as "what's wrong with the tour" then, it was all about "Federer is such a genius" :rolleyes: What's that...
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    2021 US Open QF: [4] Alexander Zverev vs Lloyd Harris

    I hope so but it's not going to be an easy task. It wasn't at AO and Zverev is playing better now.
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    2021 US Open QF: [4] Alexander Zverev vs Lloyd Harris

    Harris is a nobody. Zverev is a much greater player than he gets credit for and he is in top form + more importantly in top confidence right now. Zverev can go on winning streaks. He is very, very hard to beat if his mental is not shaky. He has the game to beat anyone on any surface. Now of...
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    2021 US Open QF: [4] Alexander Zverev vs Lloyd Harris

    My impression is the exact opposite. It will be Nole or Sascha. Personally, I would absolutely love it if FAA reached final. He's playing well. He has a legit shot. I do not trust Medvedev's consistency. AT ALL.
  11. veroniquem

    2021 US Open QF: [4] Alexander Zverev vs Lloyd Harris

    Wishful thinking at its most delusional ;)
  12. veroniquem

    2021 US Open QF: [4] Alexander Zverev vs Lloyd Harris

    If Djoko makes the semi, Zverev/Djoko will be the real final just like it was at the AO. IMO, Zverev is currently the most challenging opponent for Novak on hard court.
  13. veroniquem

    Djokovic Trailed Federer by 15 slams and Nadal by 8 slams in 2010

    Just Slam titles per age, same system: 19: Nad 1 - Djo/Fed 0 20: Nad 2 - Djo/Fed 0 21: Nad 3 - Djo 1 - Fed 0 22: Nad 5 - Djo/Fed 1 23: Nad 6 - Fed 4 - Djo 1 24: Nad 9 - Fed 6 - Djo 4 25: Nad 10 - Fed 9 - Djo 5 26: Fed 12 - Nad 11 - Djo 6 27: Fed/Nad 13 - Djo 7 28: Fed 15 - Nad 14 - Djo 10 29...
  14. veroniquem

    Djokovic Trailed Federer by 15 slams and Nadal by 8 slams in 2010

    It is also interesting to do a tally for all tier 1 titles, not just slams, for the big 3. I did it per season for convenience of comparison, meaning when I say 20 years old, I mean the end of the season when they turned 20: 2006 for Nadal, 2007 for Novak and 2001 for Fed. I've defined tier 1...
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    2021 Wimbledon QF: (6) Roger Federer SUI vs (14) Hubert Hurkacz POL

    But only 1 RG is when his claim to GOAThood ends ;)
  16. veroniquem

    Winning 3 slams at + 34 years old is unheard of

    Djoko has won 8 slams since turning 31! o_O (almost 3 times more than Fed who's won only 3 since the age of 31!!! and Fed is almost 6 years older than Djoko!) So who's the genius now? :love: It's worth repeating: Fed is extremely overrated and his mythical "longevity" even more.
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    Is this all but a dream?

    To put this into perspective, between the age of 30 and 34, Federer won 1 slam (Fed's longevity? What longevity?) , Nadal won 6 slams (truly impressive for such a precocious wonder) and Djoko has already won 8 (and he'll play 2 more slams before turning 35). At the age of 34, Federer won 1...
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    Is this all but a dream?

    Calendar slam is unbelievable. Just winning the first 3 slams of the season on different surfaces at the age of 34 is unbelievable. It would be amazing at any age but at 34????? Unreal. GOAT doesn't even start to describe it. It's a testament to Novak's superior fitness and mental.
  19. veroniquem

    Novak has BROKEN the Next Gen

    For sure. Novak is a role model and inspiration to them rather than a death sentence. (Although it must sting right after a loss like Shapo's tears demonstrate. But Novak also cried when he lost his semi to Nadal at the 2008 Olympics. Failure is necessary for progress and growth)
  20. veroniquem

    Still 20-20...what now?

    We celebrate because Djoko is the youngest of the 3 (on top of being the most versatile, talented, fit and mentally strong) and he is the most likely to get the absolute slam record. Novak also has #1 record, most tier 1 titles overall, most dominant season, 2 career grand slams, the Nole slam...
  21. veroniquem

    Novak has BROKEN the Next Gen

    He hasn't "broken" them. He has pushed them, which will incentivize them to improve, just like Fedal have done for Novak himself. (Relatively speaking of course since none of the next gen has as much talent and potential as Novak).
  22. veroniquem

    2021 Wimbledon QF: (6) Roger Federer SUI vs (14) Hubert Hurkacz POL

    Fed is way overrated as a GOAT contender. He will end up as 3rd best of his own era. A GOAT without the main records is like a king without clothes: a sham.
  23. veroniquem

    2021 Wimbledon QF: (6) Roger Federer SUI vs (14) Hubert Hurkacz POL

    I don't know but karma is clearly embracing Novak for doing it the right (hard) way ;)
  24. veroniquem

    2021 Wimbledon Final: [1] Novak Djokovic SRB vs [7] Matteo Berrettini ITA

    HOLY GOAT WHAT A SEASON FOR NOVAK DJOKOVIC !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! o_O :love:
  25. veroniquem

    2021 Wimbledon Final: [1] Novak Djokovic SRB vs [7] Matteo Berrettini ITA

    How can anyone not like Novak Djokovic? He is so smart, grounded, realistic and fair play. Quite a warm and fun person too. Great press conf. Thanks for posting.
  26. veroniquem

    2021 Wimbledon SF - [1] Novak Djokovic - Denis Shapovalov [10]

    No, a bit less than 12 months difference actually
  27. veroniquem

    2021 Wimbledon QF: (6) Roger Federer SUI vs (14) Hubert Hurkacz POL

    It's the other way around. If Djokodal had hit their prime before Fed, Fed would have been lucky to stick around as the 3rd wheel, Murray style, which is fair because Fed is the least impressive of the big 3, but never happened just because Fed predated the other 2.
  28. veroniquem

    2021 Wimbledon SF - [1] Novak Djokovic - Denis Shapovalov [10]

    LOL what??? Djoko is not even a year younger than Rafa, much less 5 years :rolleyes:
  29. veroniquem

    2021 Wimbledon QF: (6) Roger Federer SUI vs (14) Hubert Hurkacz POL

    Nadal is still the clay GOAT though. Better than being the MOAT (Most Overrated of ALL Time) ;):p
  30. veroniquem

    2021 Wimbledon QF: (6) Roger Federer SUI vs (14) Hubert Hurkacz POL

    Totally wrong from Nadal as well. And Osaka, since we're at it. Time to stop indulging the diva attitude and stop that hideous trend of cherry picking events played, out of greedy calculations and hubris, especially when it comes to slams.
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