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    Federer, Nadal or Djokovic will win the 2019 US Open

    I agree that the events don't matter much in themselves, but the year-end #1 ranking does matter, and Nadal would have a good shot at it if he won the US Open and some chance if he were runner-up at the US Open. It'd be a shame not to compete for the year-end #1 ranking, wouldn't it? Not playing...
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    2019 Cincinnati R3 - [3] Roger Federer vs [Q] Andrey Rublev

    On the contrary, it would surprise almost everybody.
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    A 38-year old player is the world no 3. Weak era?

    I'm late to the conversation, so let me ask why you're not including hard courts? Overall, Nadal's best three-year period was 2008 to 2010. And both 2011-2013 and 2012-2014 were both superior to 2006-08, too, if only marginally.
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    A 38-year old player is the world no 3. Weak era?

    I'm sorry but neither part of this post is correct. Your mistake is underestimating the great age of the man who is ostensibly your favorite player. In fact, this is somewhat reminiscent of those Nadal fans who fail to appreciate Bull's moral invincibility and start talking about his "losses"...
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    Sith Lord Showdown at USO19?

    People often tell me that I talk and write like an academic. I suppose it's true. However, I have far more interest in using my academic training to talk about popular culture than I do to talk about my subject or any adjacent subject. I'm always showing my students clips of Star Wars or Harry...
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    Novak's race to Federer's amazing 310 weeks started with Wimbledon 2019... Will he get this one at this time next year?

    The only one that will (almost) definitely remain intact through this generation is Sampras's consecutive year-end #1 record.
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    Novak's race to Federer's amazing 310 weeks started with Wimbledon 2019... Will he get this one at this time next year?

    That's not true. Nadal can't overtake until October, but Federer could do so. It's not likely though.
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    Novak's race to Federer's amazing 310 weeks started with Wimbledon 2019... Will he get this one at this time next year?

    I think you're forgetting quite how old Federer really is. He was 36 when he got mono at the start of 2008. By the time he got the eight additional weeks as #1, he was closer to 950, and that rounds up. So, he's basically 1,000 years old. In fact, he celebrated his 1,000th birthday last week...
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    Sith Lord Showdown at USO19?

    I agree with you that Palpatine was planning on turning Anakin, but I think he was flexible on how that happened. Bear in mind there were clear costs to appearing to lose to Windu - his whole seduction hinged on Anakin believing that the dark side had more power so that he could use it to save...
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    Sith Lord Showdown at USO19?

    We agree that it's a poor directing error. We disagree on the obviousness of the theory. As I said, it was the first one that I brought up. The second one has been discussed to death on numerous forums. I participated in such discussions in 2005 and 2006, and they were never resolved to anyone's...
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    Sith Lord Showdown at USO19?

    It's not necessarily the plot. The scene can be interpreted that way, but it doesn't have to be. (I, at least, don't care what George Lucas or anyone else involved in the film has said about their interpretations of the film in interviews or tie-in books or the expanded universe or the legends...
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    Sith Lord Showdown at USO19?

    I know that theory. I disagree with it (to some extent), but that's not the point I'm making. The point I'm making is that the plausibility of the theory differs across shots - it's more plausible at 2:31/2:32 than at 2:24/2:25 - and that should not be the case.
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    Sith Lord Showdown at USO19?

    Random observation about those Palpatine saber battles: the editing sucked. In both of them. 1. The script states that Yoda disarms him, and I think that that is heavily implied in the film, too, as they are engaged in a lightsaber duel when the pods leave the anteroom, but then it cuts to...
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    Djokovic ranking achievements

    A miracle? Even though Nadal has a lead of 500 points in the race? That means that if Federer beats Djokovic in Cincinnati, Nadal leads the race heading into the US Open. Nadal has a shot at winning the US Open, which would extend the lead. There's thus at least a decent chance that Nadal will...
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    Thiem skipping Tokyo 2020 to vulture yet another 250 tourney

    That last sentence might well turn out false. Sure, Federer is unlikely to be a threat in the week he turns 43, but even that can't be taken for granted these days. On the other hand, there's a pretty decent chance that both Djokovic and, especially, Nadal will be major threats at Paris 2024. I...
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    Thiem skipping Tokyo 2020 to vulture yet another 250 tourney

    Beating Federer (who, by the way, was 36) at Wimbledon 2018 is a clearly more impressive win than any Thiem achieved at Roland Garros 2018 (as @DreddyTennis45 points out, Thiem's first win over Djokovic at Roland Garros was in 2017, and Thiem did not reach the final that year). I do, however...
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    Djokovic ranking achievements

    With Nadal's withdrawal from Cincinnati, here are the minimum and maximum points totals for the big three on Monday September 9, the day after the US Open: Minimum: Djokovic: 9325 Nadal: 7225 Federer: 6680 Maximum: Djokovic: 12325 Nadal: 9225 Federer: 9680 This means that Djokovic is...
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    Cincy Draw sucks now

    While this is otherwise an excellent post, I feel it is rather generous to credit Bull with having a personality.
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    I don't watch finals anymore if the big 3 are not playing each other.

    I've been mulling over a theory the last few days that the big three are actually (even) less vulnerable against worse players now precisely because they are all a bit past it but not that past it. I think this works here, too: In an early round, they might be trying to find their best form in...
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    Andy Murray to make singles return in Cincinnati

    I was mocking the other guy. Train is obviously preferably to flying at any distance up to about 1,000 miles. Even then if reasonably reliable, fast, and comfortable. Train journeys are pleasurable traveling. Flights are a functional pain in the backside. And worse for the planet.
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    Andy Murray to make singles return in Cincinnati

    Good point. Even in the context of a continent that hasn't yet entered the iron age, it's a benighted, backwards country. For example, my wife is traveling to Edinburgh from London on Sunday, and the lack of adequate avian options means she has to go in a horse-drawn buggy. As a result, it'll...
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    How the heck did Venus get direct entry into the Canadian open.

    Right. Riske was ranked a lot lower than she is now before she made a run to the Wimbledon quarter-finals.
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    Jimmy Arias thinks Berdych is better than Wawrinka

    What does @chimneysweep have to say about this topic?
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    Jimmy Arias thinks Berdych is better than Wawrinka

    I suppose it depends on what you value in a player. Berdych certainly has very clean strokes and good technique. But he isn't very mobile, lacks much fighting spirit, and doesn't have a huge amount of flair. Wawrinka at his best surpassed him in all three regards. Oh, and Wawrinka was probably...
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    Apart from Big 3 who has a shot at winning Us open this year?

    The bookmakers put Djokovic's chances for the US Open at somewhere in the range of 40%.
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    Tennis player achievements feel hollow to me now. The Big 3 will dominate into their 40s unopposed

    The part that probably is likely at this point is Federer being top five (or more likely top ten) in his early 40s. Assuming that 40 counts as "early 40s," that is, which it technically does. Federer turns 40 in two years and four days time. That's still a fairly long way away, but his chances...
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    Zverev claims he has the most powerful backhand in tennis

    Since Zverev's backhand was certainly more powerful thank Djokovic's, even if Djokovic's is a bit steadier. (I was being sarcastic).
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    Zverev claims he has the most powerful backhand in tennis

    Certainly, his serve is more powerful than Sampras, even if Sampras's is a bit steadier! ;)
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    ATP250 Kitzbuhel General(i) Discussion

    Back in the day, there used to be clay-court events after the US Open, too.
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    ATP250 Kitzbuhel General(i) Discussion

    Thiem with the title, first for him in Austria, and 14th overall. Last clay-court event until February.
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