Federer to Win the United States Open

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Bionic Poster
Still big in America.

USA goes for Federer!

Hasn't won a title there since 2008 (2 more finals in '09 and '15) and not exactly in the best of frame of mind or form at the moment but.....who knows? Stranger things have happened in the world of tennis.
 

DSH

Hall of Fame
Is not happening, folks.
Federer has played too many matches this season for his age.
Except in 2011 and 2015, his performances in NY being over 30 years have been disappointing.
In addition, this GS is not like his garden: Wimbledon is his house, where he feels more comfortable, it is all pleasant for him (or almost), where he saw his idols win the trophy.
On the hard courts of Arthur Ashe Stadium, many players can harm him and the number of players who can defeat him there is not small as in the All England Club.
And 11 years do not forgive anyone.
 

The Blond Blur

Professional
is this what you meant by "content"?
In OP's defense there has been a string of threads that have been taken down for seemingly no reason. I made a game thread (asking people what crime they'd commit with a pro player as a gag) that was taken down. The only reason I can think of as to why is because I poked a little fun at Rafa (even though he's my all time favorite player). Right now a lot of people are playing things safe which has made the boards super boring, that and the like button was taken for reasons :unsure:
 
Hasn't won a title there since 2008 (2 more finals in '09 and '15) and not exactly in the best of frame of mind or form at the moment but.....who knows? Stranger things have happened in the world of tennis.
Yeah, super long shot.

But just bear in mind that this is not my prediction.

It is Lady Liberty's.

And she's made of copper, so make of that what you will. :cautious:
 

UnderratedSlam

Hall of Fame
That 09 loss at RG was the strangest thing/biggest upset in tennis history to me.
Sure it is, if we completely discard the fact that Rafa finished Rome with an injury, then skipped Wimby after FO, hence played at 70% maximum.

Not to mention the fact that he beat Soderling every other time (before and after) in straight sets on clay, incl several trashings at FO.

So no, the only valid defeat is at the hands of Novak 2015. Nadal had a bad season that year, but there was no injury, no excuse.
 

The Blond Blur

Professional
Sure it is, if we completely discard the fact that Rafa finished Rome with an injury, then skipped Wimby after FO, hence played at 70% maximum.

Not to mention the fact that he beat Soderling every other time (before and after) in straight sets, incl several trashings at FO.

So no, the only valid defeat is at the hands of Novak 2015. Nadal had a bad season that year, but there was no injury, no excuse.
09 was the first year Madrid was played on clay and it was actually played after Rome in it's first 2 editions. So it was after his crazy semi final battle with Joker that really took it out of him. Now that I think about it, both failed to live up to their previous performances there (Rafa out in the 4th round, Joker out in the 3rd round).
 

Rosstour

Hall of Fame
More like, Federer is up 5-0, 40-0 in 5th set against Djokovic in the Final.

DFs 5 straight times to hand Djoker a 5-1 deficit, then goes on to lose 4 more games, then eventually loses the 5th in a tight TB.
 

Third Serve

Hall of Fame
What debates would exist?

Federer laid the groundwork and provided the blueprint (and target).

Then he continued punishing as he closed on 40.

Next?
There'd be more people completely dismissing that since the end-all results would be even tighter. We'd see a lot more "no, these stats are better" and that kind of stuff.
 

UnderratedSlam

Hall of Fame
09 was the first year Madrid was played on clay and it was actually played after Rome in it's first 2 editions. So it was after his crazy semi final battle with Joker that really took it out of him. Now that I think about it, both failed to live up to their previous performances there (Rafa out in the 4th round, Joker out in the 3rd round).
Rafa didn't want to seem like a whiner so he took his defeat to Robin with dignity, never moaning about being below par. He completed his match hence felt he had no right to diminish Robin's win.

But that's why I've been doing it, for a decade. Soderling's victory was vastly overrated. Rafa would have fallen to someone eventually that year at the FO. Just happened to be an in-form Soderling, who was so in form that he couldn't put a dent in the finale...
 

OhYes

Legend
It'll make the debates saltier since people have to come up with their own reasons for placing their guy higher.
Actually I think it would make people realize in what state of mind they have been all these years. Almost 20 years of constant chase, ultimate tennis that made all 3 look exceptional and made them raise their levels so high that anything after that looks ridiculous and pale. There are sobering moments for every generation, I know people 20-30 years from now won't care about big 3, but we have some redemption to do for ourselves.
 

OhYes

Legend
OK, fine, have it your way. 20 each...

But THEN we finally have NextGen slam finales...

Tsetsefly beats Kyrgibrain in 4 sets at AO, Zverev loses to Rublev in FO finale in 5... Anything but the Big 3.
Zverev wakes up and pushes to 21. That would be a sight :laughing:
 

Third Serve

Hall of Fame
Actually I think it would make people realize in what state of mind they have been all these years. Almost 20 years of constant chase, ultimate tennis that made all 3 look exceptional and made them raise their levels so high that anything after that looks ridiculous and pale. There are sobering moments for every generation, I know people 20-30 years from now won't care about big 3, but we have some redemption to do for ourselves.
I hope that would be the case.
 
There'd be more people completely dismissing that since the end-all results would be even tighter. We'd see a lot more "no, these stats are better" and that kind of stuff.
If anything, those "deciding margins" would be highlighted even more.

People love crowning victors.

Someone's coming in third here. :)
 
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