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    Should Naomi Osaka pull a Marshawn Lynch at press conferences?

    In recent news, the French Federation is threatening to expel Osaka from the French Open if she continues to skip press conferences. They've also done with a show of force by having all the other grand slam tournament chairs join their call for her to stop this. I'm intrigued to see what she...
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    Most likely to win WTF this year?

    Djoker, Murray, and Stan are all out this year. Seems to me like this is the perfect window of opportunity that Rafa needs to secure his first WTF, especially given his phenomenal year and performance on hardcourts. Or will Roger continue his 4 match winning streak against Nadal and deny him...
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    Could 2015/2016 Djokovic beat 2017 Nadal at FO?

    Clearly if Djokovic had ran into Nadal this year it would have been a beatdown. 2015 Djokovic rolled through Nadal in straight sets at 2015 FO. 2016 Djokovic also easily won the FO without much resistance. Could either of these have handled Nadal at 2017 FO? Or would it have just been like 2014...
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    If you could have chosen one match in history to watch in person..

    Which would it be? Maybe you won some sweepstakes to attend and get front row seats, or a friend randomly message you saying they had an extra ticket. Honestly, I would have loved to watch the AO '17 Final in person. The quality was phenomenal and though as a Fed fan I would have been super...
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    What tennis websites/blogs do you read daily?

    I usually do ESPN Tennis,, sometimes Brian Phillips' articles. I've been looking to find any other websites that have interesting perspectives/blogs and was curious as to what everyone else here uses?
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    Which player is most fun to watch when they're in the zone?

    For me, it's between Wawrinka and Federer, and I might give the slight edge to Wawrinka when he's in his God mode. Who do you think is most fun to watch when they're in the zone and hitting all their shots?
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    Your ideal 2016 Grand Slam season?

    Mine would be: AO: Lleyton Hewitt d. Djokovic in 4 sets (odds of happening are ~0%, but it's Hewitt's last GS and 20th AO) FO: Djokovic d. Nadal in an epic 5 setter (in a season where Nadal finally finds his groove) W: Federer d. Djokovic in a 4th set tiebreaker Olympics: Fed d. Nadal, and...
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    What players' current ranking surprises you the most?

    For me, it's either Fernando Verdasco (#42) or Marcos Baghdatis (#51) Verdasco was once top 10 and was playing great tennis. Tennis is indeed a mental sport, but given how he was playing in the top 10, I wouldn't have expected his ranking to dip and stay low consistently. Baghdatis also...
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    How does the quality of Stan/Djokovic matches compare with other rivalries?

    Djoker leads Stan 17-4 in the H2H, so it's technically not a close rivalry, but the quality of the hitting in their matches is phenomenal, particularly in Grand Slams. Wawrinka wows us with his deep, powerful shots, particularly those down-the-line backhand shots, and Djokovic shows a mix of...
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    What is one match you missed that you wished you would have watched LIVE?

    A match that you either could have seen if you had arranged for it, or were busy at work: which sticks out? For me: 2014 Australian Open QF between Wawrinka and Djokovic. Time zone was the restraint (I could have watched it if I chose to wake up early, but didn't know it would be so good)...
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    Who do you want to win, and who do you think, will win the French?

    Who I most want to win: Djokovic If I were betting money and would get a large sum of money by choosing correctly: Nadal, even with the losses over the past month. What are everyone else's picks?
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    Is Djoker more likely to reach 14 GS, or Nadal to 17?

    Which do you think is more likely? Perhaps both could, or neither, but I think Nadal is more likely to reach 17, particularly if he wins one more non-Roland Garros Slam. Djokovic seems very likely to go double digits in GS titles, but anything can happen, and he has a much longer road to 14.
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    If you could attend any tennis match in history:

    Which one would you send yourself back to via a time machine? And let's say that your memory of that particular match will be wiped clean before you begin watching it. You would sit anywhere you want. I'd probably choose the Federer Nadal 2008 Wimbledon Final. Even as a RF fan, it would be...
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    Would you rather...

    Would you rather watch your favorite player practice and be as close as you wanted (i.e., courtside, or right behind him in the stands), or watch him play a match but be really high up in the stands ("high" is subjective, but let's consider the upper decks of a stadium like IW or Arther Ashe)...
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    Umpires should be given the ability to use discretionary Hawkeye

    During a match between Thanasi Kokkinakis and Juan Monaco at Indian Wells, Kokkinakis had match point. Monaco hit a ball out, but the linesman called it in. Both players had NO challenges. The umpire didn't want to reverse the call b/c it so close and Monaco didn't have any challenges remaining...
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    What match do you most want to see this year?

    I would love to see another Federer-Nadal Wimbledon final. It's hard to believe it's been nearly 7 years since the epic 2008 final. If it were to happen again, it'd unlikely be of the same caliber, but it would still produce some bursts of magic.
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    If Roddick were still playing, where would he be ranked?

    Sure, he's old, but he's younger than Fed and some other oldies in the top 50. If he had kept playing, my guess is that he would be hovering around 20-25 (he was in the top 10 for like 8 something consecutive years, so I don't think he'd drift down TOO far. But I know there was a point where his...
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    If Murray somehow won AO+RG, is his career better than Djokovic's?

    Say if Murray beats Djokovic in the AO final, and then somehow wins a FO (say if Nadal is injured or loses to Djokovic in the SFs). Is a Career Slam + Olympic gold better than 7 Slams by Djokovic (as well as 3 (or is it 4?) WTF titles?
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    If you could change the outcome of any point in tennis history..

    Which point would you choose? Roddick had 2 break points against Fed in the 5th set of the 2009 Wimbledon Final. Win any of those two, and he surely goes to serve out the match. I would have probably chosen to change either of those break points.
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    Who will drop out of the top 10 in 2015?

    My guess is that Cilic is most likely to drop out of the top 10, followed by Berdych and Ferrer. Who do you think is most likely to drop out of the top 10, especially with people like Dimitrov knocking at the door?
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    Your ideal 2015 season?

    Describe your ideal 2015 season, or what would make you really happy/satisfied. AO: Kei Nishikori def Nadal 2-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 FO: Djokovic def Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 6-7, 1-6, 10-8 Wimbledon: Federer def Djokovic 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 7-6 US Open: del Potro def Raonic in 4 sets Davis Cup...
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    If you had to pick a player to play for your life--

    Say if you have to pick a player to play a match for you--with your life on the line. You can choose any player from any year (like 2007 Federer, current Djokovic). The surface on which this match will be played on will be random (grass, clay, indoor hard, outdoor hard). The player which your...
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    If Hawkeye gets faster, should it completely replace linesmen?

    Say if Hawkeye advanced to the point that it could determine if a ball was in or out 1-2 seconds after it landed. Umpires could immediately call the out-balls that are super obvious, but Hawkeye could be continuously used for all the close calls. A ball might land without an immediate call...
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    Should Halep have lost to Ivanovic in straight sets (on purpose)?

    Halep lost to Ivanovic in 3 sets in Round Robin of the WTA Finals. Had she lost in 2 sets, Serena would have been knocked out of the tournament and Ivanovic would have advanced to the SFs instead. Halep must have been feeling very confident after beating Serena 6-2, 6-0 in RR, and was...
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    Who's the highest rated male player Serena could beat?

    Could Serena beat the lowest-rated ATP professional, the #1 NCAA college tennis player, or even the #1 rated male junior? Who do you think is the highest-rated male tennis player Serena could beat?
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    Most interesting match up if a player played against himself

    What do you think would be the most interesting match up of a player playing himself [which can include himself from a different year). I think these would be particularly interesting: 2014 Nadal against 2008 Nadal on clay 2014 Federer against 2007 Federer on grass 2014 John Isner vs...
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    How much does Fed's H2H against the Big 4 matter?

    If Djokovic had won today in MC, their H2H would be 17-17, and Fed wouldn't have a winning record against Djokovic, Nadal (10-23) or Murray (10-11). I certainly see the argument that he can't be considered the 'greatest' of all time if he doesn't have a winning H2H against any of the big 4...
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    Which record in tennis will least likely be broken?

    I'd have to go with Federer winning two different slams 5 times in a row (US Open from 2004-2008, and Wimbledon from 2003-2007). Then there's Rafa's winning a Masters Series title 8 years in a row (Monte Carlo). But with this upcoming RG, we could see someone win the same Grand Slam 9 times...
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    Is Rafa's playing style as aggressive as it was last year?

    Last year, he adopted a more aggressive style to shorten the points (and reduce the burden he puts on his knees). It worked, as he was attacking more, compared to his older days where he'd be aggressive but also extend rallies. Does anyone think that he still has the same degree of...
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    The most telling fact about Federer's decline since 2008

    During the Federer-del Potro match, the person covering the match read off a few facts that really surprised me, but also put things into perspective. Since 2008, the % of deciding sets in which Federer would get broken in his first 3 service games of that deciding set are: 2008: 68% 2009: 75%...