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    2022 ATP Sudden Death League: Tokyo and Astana

    R2 Tokyo: Kyrgios BU: Tiafoe R2 Astana: Tsitsipas BU: RBA
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    2022 ATP Sudden Death League: Tokyo and Astana

    Tokyo: R1: Nakashima BU: Ruud Astana: R1: VDZ BU: Tsitsipas
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    Nadal's last 4 major wins - all epic

    I would rate USO 2013 over 2010.. In 2010 he was playing amazing and was the favorite. 2013 was sweet revenge after the hard court loses to Novak in 2011-12.
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    Time for Novak to retire ?

    Totally agree. Novak himself seems like a nice guy though a lot of his fans are super annoying. IMO AO 23 is Novak's last chance to win another HC slam. He will most likely be among the favorites at Wimb for another 2-3 years given the grass field. Outside Wimb, I only see him as a strong...
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    Nadal or Djoko, who will retire first?

    I see Nadal playing a very limited schedule in 2023.. Probably 2-3 slams and a few masters. Then he will probably play the 2024 FO followed by the Olympics and then retire. May play doubles in Olympics with Alcaraz as his partner. Novak can go on for another 4 years unless he suffers some...
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    Are you pumped for 5-6 more years of Nadal and Djokovic?

    Max end date for Nadal is FO 24 IMO.. While Novak is fit, I still believe 2023 could see him getting beaten by the Next gen at slams. A 19 year old winning a slam will sure fuel lot of young players to step up and dethrone the oldies.
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    Djokodal have never really played 5 set matches. All their matches are best of 3 sets.

    Interesting numbers.. Goes to show how mentally strong they both are. They rarely slip up when ahead and playing better.
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    Roger Federer: 2004 US Open was my best match and 2008 Wimbledon was my most heartbreaking loss

    Yes.. He missed lot of chances in Wimb 08.. W19 he did exceptionally well to get to a winning position. Honestly, I didn't think it was a possibility before the start of the match.. But then yes like you said, he probably froze mentally when the moment came to win it. The 4 points he lost from...
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    Roger Federer: 2004 US Open was my best match and 2008 Wimbledon was my most heartbreaking loss

    You are right.. Though he was much closer to winning the 2019 Wimb as compared to the 2008 one. But yes, the 2008 W followed by AO 09 must have been heartbreaking for Fed considering that he was playing pretty well.
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    The myth of Djokovic 2010's domination

    Yeah even slam conversion is pretty close.. I think it was both Rafa and Novak that had a great decade. Yes Novak "Dominated" the decade is a stretch. Domination would be a period like 2003-07 that Fed had. He won 12/20 slams which is 60% conversion over 5 years.
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    The myth of Djokovic 2010's domination

    2010-19 total slams won: Nadal: 13 Novak: 15 Overall I think this decade has been closely contested between the 2.. 2012 AO and 2018 WB could have gone Nadal's way. Likewise 2013 FO and 2013 USO could have gone Novak's way. I think all the slams Novak and Rafa won in this period were well...
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    Roger Federer: 2004 US Open was my best match and 2008 Wimbledon was my most heartbreaking loss

    Am surprised he snubbed Wimb 19 altogether.. probably too recent and painful to speak about. Though I agree that the 2008 W loss has to be most significant. It probably had a psychological impact on the AO 09 finals as well.
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    Djokovic missing tournaments in 2022 shortened Nadal's career

    Of course Novak is the favorite for the slam race. I think he has been the favorite since he won the 2020 AO or maybe even before that. 2020 W, 2020 USO, 2022 AO, 2022 USO were 4 opportunities he missed out on. If he ends up losing the slam race he will look back at 2020 and 2022 as the pivotal...
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    Djokovic missing tournaments in 2022 shortened Nadal's career

    Nadal is anyways running out of time to win slams. I feared he may never win another slam after the 2021 season and if putting nerve into sleep mode is what's needed to win a slam then so be it. I hope he does whatever is needed to win slams in 2023. Novak may be competitive in slams for next...
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    Wimbledon 2019 is even worse now

    The slam count would have been probably gone anyways.. He could have mostly secured the Wimb title record and the greatest Grass player title with that ace.
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    Wimbledon 2019 is even worse now

    I expected an ace from him given that the way he was serving..
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    Wimbledon 2019 is even worse now

    If Fed had won Wimb 19, he probably wouldn't play Wimb 21 and his last Wimb would have been an epic one. Despite not being a Fed fan, I wish he had won the Wimb 19 as he truly deserved so.. What made him lose from 40-15 on serve when he was serving so well throughout the match will remain a...
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    Coaching

    This is a good point.. with time real time analytics may aid coaching. I am not a fan of coaching and hope it is removed.
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    Did Alcaraz receive a lot of negativity because Djokovic/Nadal fans didn't want anyone to "spoil" the Slam Race?

    Maybe there are some. I am very happy with Alcaraz/ Sinner growth this year and hope they dominate the tour from 2023 onwards.
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    Did Alcaraz receive a lot of negativity because Djokovic/Nadal fans didn't want anyone to "spoil" the Slam Race?

    Well I somehow haven't come across salty Nadal fans. I am not from Spain and just love watching Alcaraz play. Infact logically Nadal fans should be happy that players like Alcaraz/ Sinner are coming up and will potentially stop Novak from raking up slams in the next few years.
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    Did Alcaraz receive a lot of negativity because Djokovic/Nadal fans didn't want anyone to "spoil" the Slam Race?

    Totally disagree.. I am a Nadal fan and am loving the rise of Alcaraz. I don't think there is much rivalry among players from different generations anyways.. Also I have seen a lot of Nadal fans celebrate Alcaraz US open victory.
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    Will 2022 Cost Novak Djokovic the Slams Race when it is all said and done ?

    Yes, 2022 could turn out to be the slam race decider. Post 2012 Wimb, did anyone imagine Fed won't win any slam in the next 4 years? That's how fragile sports career is. Novak and Rafa may not win another HC slam. Novak is likely to win 1-2 Wimb and Rafa definitely can add 1-2 FO. Ofcourse...
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    Nadal News 2.0

    Way to go!! Preparing to take on the new gen. 2023 should be an interesting year for Tennis.
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    Which one of the following is most likely to be a first time grand slam champion in 2023?

    Lol!!.. I continue to get astounded by his results. How he wins matches against top players is beyond me.
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    Which slams will Alcaraz win in 2023, if any?

    One should also consider the impact of Alcaraz slam win on other players.. When Med/ Thiem won USO, they had already made multiple slam finals and had been close to nabbing a slam before. Their win while great seemed kind of due. Alcaraz as a 19 year old rising from not really being a slam...
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    Which one of the following is most likely to be a first time grand slam champion in 2023?

    Its Zverev vs Sinner.. My instinct says it's Zverev. He seemed heart broken at RG post injury and will be raring to go in 2023. He has the game to beat anyone on his day and Alcaraz winning a slam before him must have hurt.
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    Which slams will Alcaraz win in 2023, if any?

    Haha.. maybe. I believe in momentum. Med won the USO 21 and almost won the AO 22. Alcaraz will most likely be no 1 seed and going in fresh with confidence. With a kind draw I expect him to have a very good chance.
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    Which slams will Alcaraz win in 2023, if any?

    He could win anywhere between 0-3. My guess is, he will win only the AO in 2023.
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    Officially off the Alcaraz wagon.

    Lets see what Zed and Med bring in 2023.. The Alcaraz win will surely have hurt their ego.. Tennis rivalries can often push players to their potential. There was a time in 2010-11 when I didn't think Murray would ever win a slam. Though he did manage to push himself and got 3. Zed and Med both...
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