Bad sign for Djokovic. Good sign for Nadal.

USO

Professional
The fact that Djokovic is playing Vienna means that he’s really focussing on playing a lot and on the weeks at number one. To me that shows that he has lost hope for the most slam record because otherwise he wouldn’t start overplaying and risking getting tired and being injured.

Meanwhile Nadal is the exact opposite he is really taking things easy with the schedule and is trying to focus on the slams and pacing things. He even said in an interview that he hasn’t decided anything yet for the rest of the year and that he has to take into consideration the quarantine period for Australia. This even suggests that he might skip the WTF in order to have a longer break with the family and to train and go early to Australia. His focus is definitely to peak at the slams.

They are not in their 20s anymore so I think Nadal is doing the smart thing. At the end of the day it’s the slams that will matter most.
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
The fact that Djokovic is playing Vienna means that he’s really focussing on playing a lot and on the weeks at number one. To me that shows that he has lost hope for the most slam record because otherwise he wouldn’t start overplaying and risking getting tired and being injured.

Meanwhile Nadal is the exact opposite he is really taking things easy with the schedule and is trying to focus on the slams and pacing things. He even said in an interview that he hasn’t decided anything yet for the rest of the year and that he has to take into consideration the quarantine period for Australia. This even suggests that he might skip the WTF in order to have a longer break with the family and to train and go early to Australia. His focus is definitely to peak at the slams.

They are not in their 20s anymore so I think Nadal is doing the smart thing. At the end of the day it’s the slams that will matter most.
At this point, ahead of the 60-day break, he is not risking to get tired...
 

USO

Professional
Vienna doesn't start for another two weeks. How much rest do you really think a player needs????
Injury prone 33+ players? A lot of rest. Didn’t you see Djokovic at the FO struggle with his arm, neck and all the drama around his body?
 

USO

Professional
Djokovic discussed this in his presser. Once he secures the weeks record he will immediately begin building his schedule around slams.
Well it might be too late because he might get injured. Winning Vienna isn’t that big of a deal by itself so he’s basically overplaying only for the weeks at number one.
 

DSH

Legend
Tsitsipas will be looking to claim a rematch against Djokovic in Melbourne.
Fear the Greek, Joker!
:eek:
 

TheAssassin

Legend
If Djokovic does well in Vienna he can easily skip Paris since he can't gain or lose points there. This season has been shorter anyway. And should the current points system last until March and relieve him of extra pressure to defend the Australian Open, his chances of breaking the weeks at number 1 record increase even more, so there aren't many events left until then where he can overplay for that sake.
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
Let the man play more tennis. Why everyone always judges things. Once Djokovic surpasses 310 weeks at no.1, he will stop caring about being world no.1 and will mostly play only slams each year. Its very obvious what he is planning to do.
I can see he finishes the 2021 at #3 spot with 8,000 points ;)
 

Sephiroth

Hall of Fame
Playing Vienna would be more smarter than Paris, he'd be gaining "new" points at Vienna

Paris is skippable.
 

JasonZ

Semi-Pro
Let the man play more tennis. Why everyone always judges things. Once Djokovic surpasses 310 weeks at no.1, he will stop caring about being world no.1 and will mostly play only slams each year. Its very obvious what he is planning to do.
but it is still very very very unrealistic that he will get to 20. and if he does, nadal has probably 22.

i think djokovic knows that. and right now the weeks at number 1 record is really close, so he has to focus on that.
 

USO

Professional
Djokovic won't skip Paris because he is now focusing on things like Most Weeks at no.1 and Most Masters 1000. To me this shows that he doesn't believe anymore in the biggest record of all the Most Slam titles. He is playing Vienna and will not skip Paris. He already hyped up in his press conferences the Weeks at no.1 and he will soon hype up the Masters 1000 too.

It's a bad sign for him, he will never reach 20 like Fedal and is now going for the smaller records. Mentally he doesn't believe it anymore (that's why he was so sad after the FO) and that's why physically he is going all out on these other smaller records that he can get.
 
but it is still very very very unrealistic that he will get to 20. and if he does, nadal has probably 22.

i think djokovic knows that. and right now the weeks at number 1 record is really close, so he has to focus on that.
None of us knows the future. Maybe he won't get to 20, maybe he will. Who knows, the only thing that matters is that he is confident enough to play and try. Obviously he will focus on weeks, no reasonable person would refuse to take this chance to surpass Federer in this area. You think Nadal fans wouldn't be hyping this if Nadal had 290 weeks instead of 209?
 
Djokovic won't skip Paris because he is now focusing on things like Most Weeks at no.1 and Most Masters 1000. To me this shows that he doesn't believe anymore in the biggest record of all the Most Slam titles. He is playing Vienna and will not skip Paris. He already hyped up in his press conferences the weeks at no.1 and he will soon hype up the Masters 1000 too. It's a bad sign for him, he will never reach 20 like Fedal and is now going for the smaller records.
You are either trolling or have no idea. I already explained his thoughts on this. Of course he will focus on Majors.
 

Xavier G

Hall of Fame
Novak's obviously playing Vienna to secure the ranking points for number 1 for the year. In future imo, it will be even more about the Slams as he gets older as he's 3 GS behind both Fed and Rafa.
 
The fact that Djokovic is playing Vienna means that he’s really focussing on playing a lot and on the weeks at number one. To me that shows that he has lost hope for the most slam record because otherwise he wouldn’t start overplaying and risking getting tired and being injured.

Meanwhile Nadal is the exact opposite he is really taking things easy with the schedule and is trying to focus on the slams and pacing things. He even said in an interview that he hasn’t decided anything yet for the rest of the year and that he has to take into consideration the quarantine period for Australia. This even suggests that he might skip the WTF in order to have a longer break with the family and to train and go early to Australia. His focus is definitely to peak at the slams.

They are not in their 20s anymore so I think Nadal is doing the smart thing. At the end of the day it’s the slams that will matter most.
Not true.

It was being planned before the FO.

Also, Novak stated recently that he will be playing more events UNTIL he beats the no 1 record, THEN he will focus even more on the slams i.e. play less.

This makes peRFect sense.
 

USO

Professional
Not true.

It was being planned before the FO.

Also, Novak stated recently that he will be playing more events UNTIL he beats the no 1 record, THEN he will focus even more on the slams i.e. play less.
What I'm saying that it's a stupid strategy because he is not 20 anymore so by playing all these events including smaller ones he won't be pacing himself the right way and he might get injured and ruin his chances for next season and the slams.

At his age and with all the physical issues he sometimes shows, it is not the good strategy to overplay for the weeks at no.1 if he has a future goal to end with the most slams. He might regret it with injuries and overplaying.
 
What I'm saying that it's a stupid strategy because he is not 20 anymore so by playing all these events including smaller ones he won't be pacing himself the right way and he might get injured and ruin his chances for next season and the slams.

At his age and with all the physical issues he sometimes shows, it is not the good strategy to overplay for the weeks at no.1 if he has a future goal to end with the most slams. He might regret it with injuries and overplaying.
I get what you're saying, but it's not as if he is doing a Kafelnikov (playing every week). Playing more means playing a few more not cramming the calendar like a madman. You are making too much out of this.

It isn't stupid. He has a chance to grab the no 1 record, it's one of THE biggest goals for a great player.
 

USO

Professional
I get what you're saying, but it's not as if he is doing a Kafelnikov (playing every week). Playing more means playing a few more not cramming the calendar like a madman. You are making too much out of this.

It isn't stupid. He has a chance to grab the no 1 record, it's one of THE biggest goals for a great player.
Okay fair enough. I guess we will see if playing Vienna was necessary and the right choice...
 

InsideOut900

Hall of Fame
so by playing all these events including smaller ones he won't be pacing himself the right way and he might get injured and ruin his chances for next season and the slams.
Given the short length of the season, he can afford to do whatever without getting injured.

The pacing is perfect, Cinci- 1 week USO- rest 1 week-Rome- rest 1 week- 2 weeks FO- rest 2 weeks- Vienna-*might skip Paris if tired*- rest 1 week- Tour Finals.
 

USO

Professional
Given the short length of the season, he can afford to do whatever without getting injured.

The pacing is perfect, Cinci- 1 week USO- rest 1 week-Rome- rest 1 week- 2 weeks FO- rest 2 weeks- Vienna-*might skip Paris if tired*- rest 1 week- Tour Finals.
IF he was in his 20s. But in his 30s he should have longer breaks.
 
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Federev

Hall of Fame
These guys are all amazing.

Think about all the people who wrote Fed off in 2010.

Then 2013-2016. And they were reasonable to.

Then see what he’s done the last few years.

Why can’t Novak be just as durable and relevant for years to come. He’s got great chances to win slams for many years.

And no Djokovic or Rafa coming up behind him. He could possibly get to the high 20’s or even 30 by the time he retires. I’m serious.

Regardless, it’s just speculation, but It seems like we never learn to stop making bold predictions counting these guys out or finished.
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
Didn’t you see Djokovic at the FO struggle with his arm, neck and all the drama around his body?
And you believe that? :eek: He had tape on his neck for one match. He was hitting his elbow and doing a lot of histrionics for one match. He was 100% fine in the final and has a endlessly long history of taking MTO's, acting sick or exhausted, and then winning the event (think 2020 AO for but one example). Djokovic, Del Possum and Murray are masters at pretending to be physically compromised in order to gain a mental advantage: "I was seriously injured out there and still beat you in straights" type of mentality. But it's a successful strategy, it works time and time again.
 

FrontHeadlock

Hall of Fame
Djokovic discussed this in his presser. Once he secures the weeks record he will immediately begin building his schedule around slams.
Backwards thinking, and shows his striver attitude.

If he sets the Majors record he will set the weeks record, period.

The weeks record is really irrelevant anyway. Nobody with half a brain considers 310 functionally different from 290. In fact, imo any differences over 200 starts to be a matter of circumstance, personal priority and target. For example, we all know Lendl was trying to win more Majors, but would he have had more weeks at No. 1 had Connors retired with 300 vs 268? I'd say probably.
 

TU87

Rookie
All the Asian tournaments he usually would be playing have been cancelled so why not play a new tournament and then play Paris.
 
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