Do you always prefer an easy path for your champ ?

Easy or hard path ?


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Bumbaliceps

Rookie
Reading the forum, I don't think many people here want their fav big 3 to play another big 3, at any slam. I actually want it to happen, and as a Nadal fan I wanted him to play Thiem in the semis and Djokovic in the final, because that should be huge. If he loses I will be disappointed but that's how it is. Nadal winning without facing any challenge nor having to up his level at some point would be boring. I want the blockbusters.

I just want your opinion, do you prefer having the supposedly best and most thrilling matches, at the risk of losing ? Or do you prefer an easy path where your player will have virtually no chance to lose against any opponent he faces ala Wimbledon and US Open 2017 ? I'm talking about the end of the tournaments, we all know that the big 3 are old and can't win a tournament if they don't reach the semis relatively easily.

To be precise, I'm talking BEFORE the matches happen, not after the tournament, because of course when the tournament is over you always prefer if it was epic.
 
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SinneGOAT

Professional
If Nadal gets the 20, he gets the 20. But then I will never stop hearing “but the draw was so easy! He had weak opponents! Weak era! Weak tournament! Clay isn’t a real surface! Waaaahhhhhh!!!” So I choose easy path.
 

Start da Game

Hall of Fame
if my favourite has proven once at all the slams that he has gone through the toughest path and succeeded, i am fine with it........there is no need to win every slam with tough draws.........
 

Lleytonstation

G.O.A.T.
Actually it can be better if they make it through it as they are better prepared. Fed also seems to play better these days when he has tough draws compared to when he doesnt.
 

StrongRule

G.O.A.T.
if my favourite has proven once at all the slams that he has gone through the toughest path and succeeded, i am fine with it........there is no need to win every slam with tough draws.........
Djokovic never proved he can win RG with anything close to a tough one. And now he gets a cakewalk.
 

TripleATeam

Legend
I'm always conflicted. Obviously I like watching Novak win, but I like seeing him earn his victories more.

I'd take a 50-50 match against Nadal over a 90-10 over Anderson in a final, because if he wins that final against Nadal it'll be so much more satisfying, and if he loses it then the better man won.

On the other hand, if Djokovic is playing terribly, I'd like to see a ramp-up in his opponents (Easy R1 and R2, medium R3-QF with a break somewhere, hard SF and F). No one likes a cakewalk.
 

Fabresque

Hall of Fame
In 10 years nobody is going to remember Rafa’s 2017 USO draw except you weirdos who wanna put an asterisk next to it. If you wanna blame someone blame the seeds for losing to mugs and letting him win easy.

What’s he supposed to do? Not win because it wasn’t hard enough? Give me a break.
 

Fabresque

Hall of Fame
If Nadal gets the 20, he gets the 20. But then I will never stop hearing “but the draw was so easy! He had weak opponents! Weak era! Weak tournament! Clay isn’t a real surface! Waaaahhhhhh!!!” So I choose easy path.
Rolland Garros officials when Nadal wins #20 - Hey sorry Rafa but unfortunately your draw was too easy and thus will not be counted towards your slam count.
 

Bumbaliceps

Rookie
In 10 years nobody is going to remember Rafa’s 2017 USO draw except you weirdos who wanna put an asterisk next to it. If you wanna blame someone blame the seeds for losing to mugs and letting him win easy.

What’s he supposed to do? Not win because it wasn’t hard enough? Give me a break.
Please consider that whatever you think after a tournament is not the subject here. If your big 3 awaits in the final, do you want him to face the other big 3 or say Tsitsipas or Zverev ?
 

Bumbaliceps

Rookie
Read my post again, what do you think?
You are ranting about the ''non validity'' that posters adress and you say it is bullsheet. I can guess your answer, but if you can't understand my question outside of the prism of the validity of slams, then i say wtf ? If I want nadal to face Thiem and Djoko, it is not about arguing about the toughness of the slam, it is for the thrill of watching the matches. NOTHING to do with ttw illness of proving something about your player, so considering this, you could very well have said what you said and choose a difficult path for your player. The proof is that I entirely agree with your post and still disagree with you on the subject.
 

Mike Sams

G.O.A.T.
In every other sport, fans want to see the best matches with the toughest opposition.
Yet in tennis, everyone wants their guy to have a cakewalk draw and play nobody worth a damn! LOL
It's like they're living their lives through their chosen one. Can't help but laugh. Such bizarreness in tennis fandom.
 

MeatTornado

G.O.A.T.
As a Federer fan since 2012ish, I've spent my entire fandom in his post-prime hoping to chase that "one last" slam (whether it was #18 or now #21). So I've been operating in the mode of "I don't care how it happens, I just want to see it one more time before he retires" this whole time.
 

Druss

Hall of Fame
Not the easy path please. To give an example,the AO 2017 was a tough draw leading up to the final, then having to play Nadal in the final and win (when close to losing in the 5th)....That is so much more satisfying than say Wimby 2017, with the easy draw and a hopeless Cilic in final.
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
As a Federer fan since 2012ish, I've spent my entire fandom in his post-prime hoping to chase that "one last" slam (whether it was #18 or now #21). So I've been operating in the mode of "I don't care how it happens, I just want to see it one more time before he retires" this whole time.
I am of the complete opposite. After Wimb 2019 I want Fed to win a slam against Djokovic or Nadal, instead of a mug.
 

MeatTornado

G.O.A.T.
Well in most real sports or sporting leagues, people wanna see the best face the best.
Like UFC, Boxing, etc.
Fighting is an incredibly specialized section of professional sports with very different norms.

You better believe Padres' fans aren't rooting to meet the Dodgers in the NLCS because they want to "beat the best." They just want to finally win a championship.
 

GabeT

Legend
Would love to see a Nadal Djokovic final because I like their matchup. But there’s really no way of knowing if a particular draw will be easy or hard ahead of time. Recall many supposedly hard draws that evaporated or the opposite, supposed cakewalks that were anything but
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
Reading the forum, I don't think many people here want their fav big 3 to play another big 3, at any slam. I actually want it to happen, and as a Nadal fan I wanted him to play Thiem in the semis and Djokovic in the final, because that should be huge. If he loses I will be disappointed but that's how it is. Nadal winning without facing any challenge nor having to up his level at some point would be boring. I want the blockbusters.

I just want your opinion, do you prefer having the supposedly best and most thrilling matches, at the risk of losing ? Or do you prefer an easy path where your player will have virtually no chance to lose against any opponent he faces ala Wimbledon and US Open 2017 ? I'm talking about the end of the tournaments, we all know that the big 3 are old and can't win a tournament if they don't reach the semis relatively easily.

To be precise, I'm talking BEFORE the matches happen, not after the tournament, because of course when the tournament is over you always prefer if it was epic.
Easy. Tim's was perfect at US Open, RG draw rigged for Tim to lose.:mad: Just a Djokadal.
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
Would love to see a Nadal Djokovic final because I like their matchup. But there’s really no way of knowing if a particular draw will be easy or hard ahead of time. Recall many supposedly hard draws that evaporated or the opposite, supposed cakewalks that were anything but
I saw Tim's "tough" US Open draw evaporating and some great early cushy rounds. Wawa might not showat RG, but the rest oh boy.:sick:
 

daggerman

Professional
As a tournament is happening, I want Novak to have the easiest path possible. When a tournament is over, if he's won it, it's more satisfying when he's overcome a tough draw.

A little bit like that famous Dorothy Parker "I hate writing, I love having written" quote.

EDIT: Roland Garros might be the one exception, though. I want him to have another shot at Rafa in a final, even if he's likely to lose.
 

Mike Sams

G.O.A.T.
Fighting is an incredibly specialized section of professional sports with very different norms.

You better believe Padres' fans aren't rooting to meet the Dodgers in the NLCS because they want to "beat the best." They just want to finally win a championship.
Team sports, I get it. They want their home team to win at all costs.
But individual sports? I don't get what fanatics will get out of such and such player winning titles without playing anyone of significance?
 
Easy path any day. Thiem has been a problem for Djokovic just like wawrinka has. I’m glad those players are on other side of the draw.

All us fans want is our favourite player to win it not about going through a more difficult draw
 

MeatTornado

G.O.A.T.
Team sports, I get it. They want their home team to win at all costs.
But individual sports? I don't get what fanatics will get out of such and such player winning titles without playing anyone of significance?
Just because it's an individual sport doesn't mean you look at it any differently as a fan. You want your guy to win just as much as you'd want your team to win.
 

USO

Professional
Easy path any day. Thiem has been a problem for Djokovic just like wawrinka has. I’m glad those players are on other side of the draw.

All us fans want is our favourite player to win it not about going through a more difficult draw
What kind of goat is Djokovic if his fans are hoping that he’d avoid all the competition :-D
 

JadeC

Hall of Fame
As a tournament is happening, I want Novak to have the easiest path possible. When a tournament is over, if he's won it, it's more satisfying when he's overcome a tough draw.

A little bit like that famous Dorothy Parker "I hate writing, I love having written" quote.

EDIT: Roland Garros might be the one exception, though. I want him to have another shot at Rafa in a final, even if he's likely to lose.
Same. Would love to see another final at RG between them, I believe Novak can beat him. Just need another shot.
 
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