Fed & Rafa Need A Miracle To Stop Novak Says Expert

ROGER FEDERER and Rafael Nadal need a miracle to beat Novak Djokovic to the end of year No.1 spot, according to tennis expert David Law.

Djokovic, 31, has rediscovered his best form and has now won the last three tournaments he's played in.The US Open was one of them - his 14th Grand Slam title after lifting the Wimbledon title in July. Djokovic now sits second in the ATP rankings and needs to overturn a 215-point gap to Nadal. Law thinks it's a sure thing and told the Tennis Podcast: "Barring a miracle, I think he's going to end the year as world No.1. "Whilst he's playing like this and the way he is scheduling himself as well, he's playing a very clever game. "He's now worked it out, he's going to save himself for what matters in his view. "I know it's very easy to get carried away with these things and take the current status quo and assume it will continue, but he's got the form and the history of having had these sort of periods of utter domination. "It is had to imagine where it will stop.

"The obvious full stop is the clay-court season when Rafael Nadal kicks into gear because the assumption is that will happen but it might not. "Nadal has had injuries and maybe he won't be able to get back to his best. Even if he does, if Djokovic plays like this, who beats the guy? And how do you beat the guy?" Djokovic returns to action later this month at the Paris Masters, which takes place a week before the ATP Finals in London.
 
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Imagine what all the "experts" here would tell Mr. Law if he were a poster "Didn't you learn your lesson???" "You Novak fanboy!!!" "Lol have you only been watching tennis since 2011??? "
 

tennisfan2015

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"The obvious full stop is the clay-court season when Rafael Nadal kicks into gear because the assumption is that will happen but it might not. "Nadal has had injuries and maybe he won't be able to get back to his best. Even if he does, if Djokovic plays like this, who beats the guy? And how do you beat the guy?" Djokovic returns to action later this month at the Paris Masters, which takes place a week before the ATP Finals in London.
This is my prediction too. If Novk remains playing at this level Nadl won't be recovered and primed to win the title.
 

a10best

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Tennis expert ? I guess he can win on any tennis betting sites and knows young talent that will be top 10 too? If not, he's a fraud and should have never had his name mentioned.
 

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ROGER FEDERER and Rafael Nadal need a miracle to beat Novak Djokovic to the end of year No.1 spot, according to tennis expert David Law.

Djokovic, 31, has rediscovered his best form and has now won the last three tournaments he's played in.The US Open was one of them - his 14th Grand Slam title after lifting the Wimbledon title in July. Djokovic now sits second in the ATP rankings and needs to overturn a 215-point gap to Nadal. Law thinks it's a sure thing and told the Tennis Podcast: "Barring a miracle, I think he's going to end the year as world No.1. "Whilst he's playing like this and the way he is scheduling himself as well, he's playing a very clever game. "He's now worked it out, he's going to save himself for what matters in his view. "I know it's very easy to get carried away with these things and take the current status quo and assume it will continue, but he's got the form and the history of having had these sort of periods of utter domination. "It is had to imagine where it will stop.

"The obvious full stop is the clay-court season when Rafael Nadal kicks into gear because the assumption is that will happen but it might not. "Nadal has had injuries and maybe he won't be able to get back to his best. Even if he does, if Djokovic plays like this, who beats the guy? And how do you beat the guy?" Djokovic returns to action later this month at the Paris Masters, which takes place a week before the ATP Finals in London.
No one knows the future. Every time one of these guys gets hot they eventually get cold.
 
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Lebsta

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It's going to be yet another stale period for the game as Novak dominates again, that's for sure. Just wish Nadal could compete more often and that Fed wouldn't continually duck him all the time.
 

RaulRamirez

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Where is the article from? I don't care all that much (just one of many pundits), but it's always good to cite sources.
He may be right in his analysis - nobody knows, of course. The thing is, I respect all of The Big 3 enough to never count any of them out. Full stop. And as dominant as they've been, it is more than a 3-man show and however slowly so far in the majors, there are some good players coming behind them.
 

kevaninho

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This is my prediction too. If Novk remains playing at this level Nadl won't be recovered and primed to win the title.
Well there match on grass was VERY close, so id presume a match at RG would also be similar, but with Nadal the slight favourite.
Remember RG is still Djokovic's weakest slam, even at his peak 2011 or 2015, he still couldn't win it till 2016.
I wouldn't place a bet on him winning it.
 
Where is the article from? I don't care all that much (just one of many pundits), but it's always good to cite sources.
He may be right in his analysis - nobody knows, of course. The thing is, I respect all of The Big 3 enough to never count any of them out. Full stop. And as dominant as they've been, it is more than a 3-man show and however slowly so far in the majors, there are some good players coming behind them.
https://www.thetennispodcast.net
 

tennisfan2015

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Well there match on grass was VERY close, so id presume a match at RG would also be similar, but with Nadal the slight favourite.
Remember RG is still Djokovic's weakest slam, even at his peak 2011 or 2015, he still couldn't win it till 2016.
I wouldn't place a bet on him winning it.
A valid point. In 2011 Nadl kicked his arse. In 2015 Novk ran into an out of this planet Stan and was a bit unlucky. Then in 2016 he proved he can win it. My opinion is that he has a mental edge over Nadl at present and Nadl should be playing his absolute best at FO to be able to win it. However, if Nadl gets Thiem in the semi-finals he is stuffed. This is why I count on Novk to prevail.
 

Mainad

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...And who cares about year-end number 1? Nobody that plays tennis on the ATP tour, that's who. Slams baby, slams.
All those in contention care about YE #1 especially at this time of the year when it will be resolved in the next few weeks. You can bet your life Djokovic is out to take it back!
 

merwy

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Imagine what all the "experts" here would tell Mr. Law if he were a poster "Didn't you learn your lesson???" "You Novak fanboy!!!" "Lol have you only been watching tennis since 2011??? "
Umm he’s only saying Djokovic will end the year as #1, which is hard to argue with. You guys are saying Djokovic will win 21 slams and dominate for the next few years, huge difference. The AO will be a huge test. Everyone will be fresh and ready to play, the young guys will be a bit more mature. Although it’s Novaks best slam, the last years haven’t been great there.
 

Federev

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Well there match on grass was VERY close, so id presume a match at RG would also be similar, but with Nadal the slight favourite.
Remember RG is still Djokovic's weakest slam, even at his peak 2011 or 2015, he still couldn't win it till 2016.
I wouldn't place a bet on him winning it.
And Rafa was obviously not his best in 2016. It wasn't the Rafa of even today he played.

Ironically, the only person who's ever beaten Rafa at RG (since he began his reign) in arguably good health/ form is still getting over mono.
 
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Umm he’s only saying Djokovic will end the year as #1, which is hard to argue with. You guys are saying Djokovic will win 21 slams and dominate for the next few years, huge difference. The AO will be a huge test. Everyone will be fresh and ready to play, the young guys will be a bit more mature. Although it’s Novaks best slam, the last years haven’t been great there.
Many people are saying different things. I never said bolded. Why are you painting us "guys" with one brush, huh?!?!
 

Big_Dangerous

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ROGER FEDERER and Rafael Nadal need a miracle to beat Novak Djokovic to the end of year No.1 spot, according to tennis expert David Law.

Djokovic, 31, has rediscovered his best form and has now won the last three tournaments he's played in.The US Open was one of them - his 14th Grand Slam title after lifting the Wimbledon title in July. Djokovic now sits second in the ATP rankings and needs to overturn a 215-point gap to Nadal. Law thinks it's a sure thing and told the Tennis Podcast: "Barring a miracle, I think he's going to end the year as world No.1. "Whilst he's playing like this and the way he is scheduling himself as well, he's playing a very clever game. "He's now worked it out, he's going to save himself for what matters in his view. "I know it's very easy to get carried away with these things and take the current status quo and assume it will continue, but he's got the form and the history of having had these sort of periods of utter domination. "It is had to imagine where it will stop.

"The obvious full stop is the clay-court season when Rafael Nadal kicks into gear because the assumption is that will happen but it might not. "Nadal has had injuries and maybe he won't be able to get back to his best. Even if he does, if Djokovic plays like this, who beats the guy? And how do you beat the guy?" Djokovic returns to action later this month at the Paris Masters, which takes place a week before the ATP Finals in London.
Nah, no miracle needed. Just a guy with a tire iron.

 

True Fanerer

G.O.A.T.
No one dominates for more than two years after they reach a certain age. Body can't handle it. Success comes in spurts and eventually peters into nothing.

Unless it's Peak Fedr.
 
Rafa has had a great year, is rested going into Paris and WTF with the number one ranking on the line against two of his great rivals in two tournaments he has never won (assuming he plays them). If there is ever a year for him to do well at these two tournaments all of the motivation required is there for him.
 
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TennisFan97068

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Mehhh.. Nadal can beat him. (Would have beaten him at Wimbledon if they didn't close the roof) .
Nadal wins every match if he is full of confidence not injured or depressed from his parents divorce except when there is a roof.Djokovic barely played at his best in Wimbledon and still Nadal could not win.
 
Well there match on grass was VERY close, so id presume a match at RG would also be similar, but with Nadal the slight favourite.
Remember RG is still Djokovic's weakest slam, even at his peak 2011 or 2015, he still couldn't win it till 2016.
I wouldn't place a bet on him winning it.
RG is EVERYONE's weakest slam when you have a guy who wins it 11 times in the past 14 years.
 

Enceladus

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Mehhh.. Nadal can beat him. (Would have beaten him at Wimbledon if they didn't close the roof) Fed can't.
You still complain about the closed roof, but you ignore the advantage that Nadal had - the higher bounces of the balls from the dry courts. It is well known that the lower the bounce of the ball makes Nadal weaker, while high bounces strengthen its performance.
The advantages of the two tennis players have zeroed each other. This year's match in Wimbledon Djokovic-Nadal has the right winner.
 
You still complain about the closed roof, but you ignore the advantage that Nadal had - the higher bounces of the balls from the dry courts. It is well known that the lower the bounce of the ball makes Nadal weaker, while high bounces strengthen its performance.
The advantages of the two tennis players have zeroed each other. This year's match in Wimbledon Djokovic-Nadal has the right winner.

Nadal has never been a good indoor player. He needs the outside elements for his game. Look no further than his WTF titlesl

History has shown if you put a roof over a court Nadal is in trouble
 
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