In 2019 or 2020 Djokovic will be the first man since Rod Laver to win the the calendar year Grand Slam.

#1
I think the next 2-3 years will be a huge opportunity for Djokovic to win a lot of grand slams, and possibly win a calendar year grand slam.

Federer has been steadily declining.
Wawrinka & Murray have really faded.
Anderson, Isner, Cilic, Del Potro are mild threats but a healthy Djoko should be able to take them out easily.
Nadal is still a threat but mostly at the French Open.
The next gen of players have not proven to be able to make it deep into the 2nd week of Grand Slams.

If they speed up any of hard court grand slams or wimbledon, then all bets are off.
 

uscwang

Hall of Fame
#4
In 2019, Novak is likely favorite for AO, WB, and USO, and a close 2nd favorite for FO. Would be absolutely crazy if Novak does it exactly half a century after Laver's.
2020 is hard to predict.
 

Towny

Professional
#10
2 slams, decent chance. CYGS? Essentially no chance.

Novak at his absolute peak couldn't do it so how will he manage it now? Too many things can go wrong. He's far more prone to physical injury and decline than he was at his peak. So we have to assume that he stays healthy, fit and motivated the whole year while maintaining his level at the slams. As well as that, we have to assume that he has very few bad days at the slams so he doesn't lose in an early round.

We also have to assume Nadal is declined or injured at RG, otherwise he won't get the French. Furthermore, we have to assume that Zverev and the others don't step up at the slams at all, in spite of them beating Djokovic at both of the last two tournaments.

On top of that, we need to assume that Federer, Del Potro, Cilic and anyone else from the old guard doesn't catch fire at a tournament.

Way too many variables. I'm not saying it's totally impossible, but the chance is negligible, just like when people were saying Fed would win a CYGS in 2018. There's a reason no man has won it since 1969 and that even the NCYGS has only been done once since then.
 
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#11
I think the next 2-3 years will be a huge opportunity for Djokovic to win a lot of grand slams, and possibly win a calendar year grand slam.

Federer has been steadily declining.
Wawrinka & Murray have really faded.
Anderson, Isner, Cilic, Del Potro are mild threats but a healthy Djoko should be able to take them out easily.
Nadal is still a threat but mostly at the French Open.
The next gen of players have not proven to be able to make it deep into the 2nd week of Grand Slams.

If they speed up any of hard court grand slams or wimbledon, then all bets are off.
So please speed up the courts !
 
#13
2 slams, decent chance. CYGS? Essentially no chance.

Novak at his absolute peak couldn't do it so how will he manage it now? Too many things can go wrong. He's far more prone to physical injury and decline than he was at his peak. So we have to assume that he stays healthy, fit and motivated the whole year while maintaining his level at the slams. As well as that, we have to assume that he has very few bad days at the slams so he doesn't lose in an early round.

We also have to assume Nadal is declined or injured at RG, otherwise he won't get the French. Furthermore, we have to assume that Zverev and the others don't step up at the slams at all, in spite of them beating Djokovic at both of the last two tournaments.

On top of that, we need to assume that Federer, Del Potro, Cilic and anyone else from the old guard doesn't catch fire at a tournament.

Way too many variables. I'm not saying it's totally impossible, but the chance is negligible, just like when people were saying Fed would win a CYGS in 2018. There's a reason no man has won it since 1969 and that even he NCYGS has only been done once since then.
Not questioning your variables, but indeed you just put too many of them like we are talking about some journeyman. For an example, losing in early rounds for Djokovic is kind of far fetched knowing how did he perform while healthy - I don't think he ever was out early.
 
#14
2 slams, decent chance. CYGS? Essentially no chance.

Novak at his absolute peak couldn't do it so how will he manage it now? Too many things can go wrong. He's far more prone to physical injury and decline than he was at his peak. So we have to assume that he stays healthy, fit and motivated the whole year while maintaining his level at the slams. As well as that, we have to assume that he has very few bad days at the slams so he doesn't lose in an early round.

We also have to assume Nadal is declined or injured at RG, otherwise he won't get the French. Furthermore, we have to assume that Zverev and the others don't step up at the slams at all, in spite of them beating Djokovic at both of the last two tournaments.

On top of that, we need to assume that Federer, Del Potro, Cilic and anyone else from the old guard doesn't catch fire at a tournament.

Way too many variables. I'm not saying it's totally impossible, but the chance is negligible, just like when people were saying Fed would win a CYGS in 2018. There's a reason no man has won it since 1969 and that even he NCYGS has only been done once since then.
I think Djokovic wins at least 1-2 slams for the next 4 years or so, but he has a legit chance for a calendar year grand slam some time in the next few years.
 

Towny

Professional
#17
Not questioning your variables, but indeed you just put too many of them like we are talking about some journeyman. For an example, losing in early rounds for Djokovic is kind of far fetched knowing how did he perform while healthy - I don't think he ever was out early.
Well I agree if he's healthy that's much less likely but over the past 2 and a half years, with the exception of the most recent 2 slams, he's lost to Querrey 3R, Wawrinka final, Istomin 2R, Thiem QF, Berdych QF, Chung 4R, Cecchinato QF.

I know he's not been healthy for all of that but we can't totally ignore it. He's had two good slam runs after 2 years of largely mediocre runs. Even healthy, older players are more prone to upsets, for example Federer losing to Seppi at AO15
 
#18
Djokovic's best CYGS chance was 2015, and he missed it. It's not impossible for him to reach it in 2019, but I don't put my hopes in that. If he wins AO (good chances there), he'll be 1 away from 2nd NCYGS. If he wins AO+RG, I'm happy with that already, everything else is just a bonus. Actually, if he wins any 2GS combo, that's great, and he has good chances + it keeps him in GS record race.
If it would happen for Novak to win AO+RG+W, oh man, it's 5 in a row, even Laver couldn't do it. Whole tennis world would wait for USO to see if Novak can reach Don Budge record.
But, let's be realistic, it will not happen. As the guy said few posts before - too many variables would have to align just perfectly.

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#19
Well I agree if he's healthy that's much less likely but over the past 2 and a half years, with the exception of the most recent 2 slams, he's lost to Querrey 3R, Wawrinka final, Istomin 2R, Thiem QF, Berdych QF, Chung 4R, Cecchinato QF.

I know he's not been healthy for all of that but we can't totally ignore it. He's had two good slam runs after 2 years of largely mediocre runs. Even healthy, older players are more prone to upsets, for example Federer losing to Seppi at AO15
Those losses all came after RG. So my prediction if he stays healthy, is being major contender for every Slam with going very far in them. Another question is his performance in Finals, that is something only he can understand.
 
#21
Djokovic's best CYGS chance was 2015, and he missed it. It's not impossible for him to reach it in 2019
Nadal's best CYGS chance was in 2010, with only a loss at the Australian Open. It's not impossible for him to reach it in 2019.

Sounds ridiculous right? The same applies to Djokovic. There is no chance that Djokovic can win the CYGS in 2019. Specially considering that Djokovic has only won 1 Roland Garros in 14 years of professional career. 1 of 14 attemps means Djokovic has failed to win RG in 93% of his attempts.
 
#26
1937-38 - when Budge didn’t have to play 7 best of 5 set matches. Different time and era. Nole doing 42 matches unbeaten in 6 straight. - nah can’t see it. The mental and physical pressure would be too much. If he couldn’t do it at 29, then no reason why he can do it at 32.
 
#28
CYGS Maybe not. But I am honestly rooting for NCYGS 2.0 . He most probably slaughters the field at AO. FO is a real possibility if Rafa's not feeling it, even if he is Novak can like his chance against this older Claydal as long as he himself brings his best
 
#37
CYGS Maybe not. But I am honestly rooting for NCYGS 2.0 . He most probably slaughters the field at AO. FO is a real possibility if Rafa's not feeling it, even if he is Novak can like his chance against this older Claydal as long as he himself brings his best
RG H2H
6-1 nadal
Only loss coming in 2015 when nadal fell off a cliff
Plus, nadal won't be the only problem of djokovic on clay...
Admit it or not, djoker's firepower has declined considerably and will struggle with it on clay the most...
 
#42
RG H2H
6-1 nadal
Only loss coming in 2015 when nadal fell off a cliff
Plus, nadal won't be the only problem of djokovic on clay...
Admit it or not, djoker's firepower has declined considerably and will struggle with it on clay the most...
But djokovic’s overhead (and net game) and serve have improved.

Nadal, Fed, Wawrinka, Murray have declined much more than him overall.
 
#43
But djokovic’s overhead (and net game) and serve have improved.

Nadal, Fed, Wawrinka, Murray have declined much more than him overall.
Please stop putting two semi-retired players like Wawrinka and Murray in the same sentence as Federer as Nadal.

Federer gave a hell of a fight to Djokovic in Paris.

And Nadal almost beat Djokovic in a close 5 sets and 5 hours Wimbledon SF, which could have gone either way.

So no, Federer and Nadal have not declined as much as Murray.
 
#44
Like it or not we all know we'd rather bet on this guy pulling off the CYGS if our life depended on it...

maybe u'r right abt this fella, but who cares........lololol...man, depended on it......absolutely nothing to do w/ me @terms of their win/loss GSes fame glory $$$ n I won't have any 1c from those.........but, thank to all those top guys for yrs on tv or online video clips especially the slow motions i learned the most important part of fh/bh topspins ie 'foot works' to feed my addiction/craving to hit as many times as i want everyday n that's it.

luck i pkup racket late 30s to warmup on the wall with tiny bit high school math in my memory ie v=ωr=dθ/dt r which saved my $,$$$ to learn 'tennis' from 1 of those tour 'drop off's n never being able to addict to such a exciting sport or even worse getting tennis elbow or wrist injuies..............
 
#50
aus tennis been on the downhill track for >decade by now n same in usa. just check the aus ranking:

1 Alex De Minaur2 Nick Kyrgios3 John Millman4 Matthew Ebden5 Jordan Thompson6 Bernard Tomic7 Jason Kubler8 Marc Polmans9 Thanasi Kokkinakis10 Alexei Popyrin

well, if any1 hasn't realized atp/wta tour a very very private personal sport n has a lot of connections with general public, saying the very few top players'r not good enough n tank them (some of them'v tanked themselves a lot already...lololol man:))))) then try to be 1 of above n might be faring a lot better:?)))..........or much better off just simply wishing them doing well on whatever they'r doing n we'r not doing, incl. tanking.........lololol, have fun mate, oi oi oil oil.............
 
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