If Djokovic is going to miss the Australian Open next year who else will be champion in your opinion?

Zardoz7/12

Hall of Fame
I don't have to go into the details, all of you know what has been circulated in the press. Please can we not talk about the you know what's? You know where I stand, I know where most over posters stand on that situation, some agree, some disagree but that subject isn't the topic of this attempted conversation.

So in the event that Djokovic doesn't participate in the Australian Open in 2022 (He's usually the odds on favourite and has won the title more times than I can remember) who else do you think will win?

Medvedev? (There are questions over his participation)
Tsitsipas? (Same with him)
Zverev? (Same with him)

Nadal could be in with a shout, a rusty yet healthy Nadal could do damage down under.
Thiem could be there, he will play with nothing to lose one guesses.

We're witnessing potentially the most open slam in Men's tennis since 2001-2003 years on the tour.
 

socallefty

Legend
Medvedev should be the slight favorite over Zverev in the final. My dark horse as a semifinalist would be Hurkacz as I was pretty impressed by his hard court game at Indian Wells. Maybe, Thiem will be back to make a semifinal too or otherwise Rublev. I think of Tsitsipas and Sinner doing better on slower courts.
 

James P

G.O.A.T.
Medvedev should be the slight favorite over Zverev in the final. My dark horse as a semifinalist would be Hurkacz as I was pretty impressed by his hard court game at Indian Wells. Maybe, Thiem will be back to make a semifinal too or otherwise Rublev. I think of Tsitsipas and Sinner doing better on slower courts.
Yeah, me too, but weirdly he's had two SFs at Australia and his best results at the USO is two 3R appearances.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Medvedev should be the slight favorite over Zverev in the final. My dark horse as a semifinalist would be Hurkacz as I was pretty impressed by his hard court game at Indian Wells. Maybe, Thiem will be back to make a semifinal too or otherwise Rublev. I think of Tsitsipas and Sinner doing better on slower courts.
One of Sinner’s four career titles was played on AO premises. I don’t think they slowed down the outer courts used during that 250 tuneup.

His other three titles are on indoor HCs at Sofia (2x) and at Washington, when US Open Series TDs finally wised up and offered the same Laykold formula used at USO’21 at all the tuneups. Sinner prefers s medium fast surface and even said the Antwerp surface this week plays very similarly to his favorite Sofia conditions.
 

beltsman

Legend
One of Sinner’s four career titles was played on AO premises. I don’t think they slowed down the outer courts used during that 250 tuneup.

His other three titles are on indoor HCs at Sofia (2x) and at Washington, when US Open Series TDs finally wised up and offered the same Laykold formula used at USO’21 at all the tuneups. Sinner prefers s medium fast surface and even said the Antwerp surface this week plays very similarly to his favorite Sofia conditions.
Yes, Sinner liked Washington
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Yeah, me too, but weirdly he's had two SFs at Australia and his best results at the USO is two 3R appearances.
Burn out by August? His only titles after May are his very first at Stockholm’18 and then a year later unexpectedly at WTF’19. So, if it’s outdoors and after the summer solstice it’s not in his wheelhouse.
 

big ted

Hall of Fame
just a hunch but i think djoko will get the vax
over skipping his most successful tournament..
he just doesnt wanna do it unless he has to
 

James P

G.O.A.T.
Well, last year the courts at the USO were faster, right? Or am I misinformed.
Not in 2019 (when he made his first SF). It was WAY faster than the USO that year. 2020 was much closer, but the edge was still to the AO. Not sure about this year.

Anyway, he won the ATP Finals, the fastest court on the circuit, I believe. Maybe it was flukish, but he seems to have good weeks here and there on faster surfaces.
 

nachiket nolefam

Hall of Fame
Not in 2019 (when he made his first SF). It was WAY faster than the USO that year. 2020 was much closer, but the edge was still to the AO. Not sure about this year.

Anyway, he won the ATP Finals, the fastest court on the circuit, I believe. Maybe it was flukish, but he seems to have good weeks here and there on faster surfaces.
Tsitsipas is easily top 5 contender at AO.
 

MeatTornado

G.O.A.T.
Not in 2019 (when he made his first SF). It was WAY faster than the USO that year. 2020 was much closer, but the edge was still to the AO. Not sure about this year.

Anyway, he won the ATP Finals, the fastest court on the circuit, I believe. Maybe it was flukish, but he seems to have good weeks here and there on faster surfaces.
Wouldn't even be a discussion if Roger could hit a damn break point
 
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