Is he gonna do it?

is he gonna do it?


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Krish872007

G.O.A.T.
I think it can help him though that he’s tied Fedal in slams. That was probably more pressure in a way.
I still think this is could be the most pressure he'll face in his career. There are people almost "expecting" him to climb Mount Everest here by winning the Grand Slam.
Tying Fedal may have happened anyway at some Slam or the other
 

Terry Tibbs

Hall of Fame
No I dont think he will do it. There is a reason why its so hard to achieve and none of the great players from the past (men anyway) have achieved it.
 

Dilexson

Hall of Fame
Kinda doubtful I'd say.
I'd like to see him doing it, it would be a monumental achievement, one that would elevate him a step above Fedal imo. But the chances of having just one bad day are pretty high at his age. I'm sure he's gonna try his damn best tho. I'll definitely be rooting for him.:)
 

Dilexson

Hall of Fame
I still think this is could be the most pressure he'll face in his career. There are people almost "expecting" him to climb Mount Everest here by winning the Grand Slam.
Tying Fedal may have happened anyway at some Slam or the other
Rest assured, the crowd's gonna be wild this year lol
Half the people who keep calling him easy favourite are just trying to downplay the whole thing. Imo him doing at this stage is near miracle , lousy competition or not.
 

Spencer Gore

Hall of Fame
Whatever happens it's a no-lose scenario for Djokovic.

Either he wins, which makes him the undisputed greatest player of the 21st century, perhaps of all-time, or a Next Gen beats him which kills the "they are useless" narrative, or Federer wins which will see the Fed fans do a hilarious reversal on the "weak era" arguments to proclaim their man a superman, or Nadal will win in which case we will have been in an era with two ATGs still in slam winning form, which boosts Djokovic's recent achievements.

Heads Djokovic wins,
tails TTW lose.
 

Nadal15thslam

Hall of Fame
I hope Nadal is well rested and prepared for a long Us Open. If Novak wins I want him to at least have to work hard for it.
 

terribleIVAN

Hall of Fame
or Federer wins which will see the Fed fans do a hilarious reversal on the "weak era" arguments to proclaim their man a superman
Fed cannot win anymore four best-of-5 matches in a row; he barely won them at Wimbledon because Mannarino did what he was paid to do.
 

wang07

Semi-Pro
The fact that it's not only a chance for CYGS but simultaneously this is where Djokovic could break the tie to have the outright GS record makes me think he won't do it. I mean, how on Earth can a human being cope with all that pressure at once? No one since Laver was even close to being in this position, not even Sampras, not Federer, not Nadal. Nobody. And then we also know what happened to Serena, if we take it further.

On the other hand if he will face someone like Zverev, Medvedev, Shapo or Thiem in the final, then book it, because then the CYGS is 100% happening. Djokovic could choke like never before and he'd still end up outchoked by these clowns. They are just immune to grabbing these opportunities.

Nadal may be the only real hope, let's see if he still has it in him. Time to shine for the raging Bull, because all eyes are on him.
 

Jai

Professional
I think Novak will do it. It will be immense pressure, obviously, and it's not a certainty. But perhaps it's hope, perhaps a gut feel, I think he will pull it off.

Undeniably he's missed some chances at the USO before, he should have won more there. This will be the chance to get 1 more title there, move ahead in the slam race, and achieve the CYGS. Will be challenging, but Novak has shown himself amply capable of holding his nerve to win, even when the going gets tough. Let's see how it plays out. :)
 

Ducky Lucky

New User
As long as he is fit to play and doesn't level an official, I think he will do it. I have thought since 2008 that one of Federer, Nadal or Djokovic would eventually.
 

mwym

Semi-Pro
Do not waste your effort on his history at USO. This year for him is like no other and he more than proves it.

Concentrate on what he did during this season as a response to a combined effect of W20, USO20 and RG20.

Remember his serve at AO21? What was it - 'better than ever'?
Then RG21 was a 'sure #21 for Nadal'. And he did a 'dress rehersal' at Rome and then he crushed Nadal tactically mentally and at the end physically,
At W21 he first served 25 aces in a single match, then went into 'least effort Slam win' mode.

So whatever got to him at W21 - food poisoning, anxiety, annoying fans, all of the above- it should be solved and healed by USO21. And his 'answer to question of 2020' will continue, even if it was slowed down a bit at W21.

I expect his serve from AO21 to re-emerge. Maybe a part of it in Tokyo, but at USO in full flight.

If it does - we might see him aim at his AO19 mode - raise in level toward SF and F - and some high level tennis destruction at the end of it - against whoever meets him in SF and F. Kind of - proving that he is worthy of CYGS (Golden Slam?) and #21 - right there at USO, in a country which invented and now is obsessed with GOAT concept.

Win or lose in Tokyo, it decides nothing about USO - this is what he aims for at USO21.

note: Yes, we all know this is sport not engineering, anything can happen, USO is not AO, USO fans are not AO fans, worst day in year, etc etc. This is my personal estimate what he is after given what I know at this moment.
 

Phoenix1983

G.O.A.T.
Whatever happens it's a no-lose scenario for Djokovic.

Either he wins, which makes him the undisputed greatest player of the 21st century, perhaps of all-time, or a Next Gen beats him which kills the "they are useless" narrative, or Federer wins which will see the Fed fans do a hilarious reversal on the "weak era" arguments to proclaim their man a superman, or Nadal will win in which case we will have been in an era with two ATGs still in slam winning form, which boosts Djokovic's recent achievements.

Heads Djokovic wins,
tails TTW lose.
If he loses, it may well be the beginning of his decline, and he might never definitively separate himself from his two great rivals (in slam terms, at least).

That's a lose scenario for Novak Djokovic.
 

mwym

Semi-Pro
If he loses, it may well be the beginning of his decline, and he might never definitively separate himself from his two great rivals (in slam terms, at least).
That's a lose scenario for Novak Djokovic.
Ombeleeble. He puts his whole career on one Slam. He is either insane or stupid. Can you already see him cry like in Rio 2016? Is it in 4K or 8K?

But, now seriously - if Nadal beats him at USO21 - their match at RG22 gonna be something we never ever saw, I'll give you that.
 

bnjkn

Semi-Pro
Probably. He's just beating everyone all the time, seems always in control even when he's down, it's scary. Who will be good enough to break this pattern? Of course winning a slam is never easy but I think he's ready to do it and will do it.
 

S'in-net

Semi-Pro
Some of the major rivals aren't even out of the Euro-Clay swing yet (Tsitsipas, Shapovalov)

Nadal can't push him five
Federer can't push him, period

Seven matches, with everyone in the draw-pool wanting to stop him, on paper

This is the one chance. Almost all of em' can't get in the headspace to stop him, out there
 

Djokodal Fan

Hall of Fame
there are a lot of people who can trouble Djokovic in Hard courts. There is a reason many next genners gun for a slam title at AO or USO.

It's definitely not walk in the park. for a hard court specialist like Novak, this is one of the least successful slams by his standards. He should have been sitting at 5 US opens by now. But he has missed many chances.

So as a fan, I'm not entirely sure if he will be able to do it. Probably the hardest. if Australian open was the last slam in the year, I would be very confident. Not this one.
 

mwym

Semi-Pro
Djoker will make it look hard no matter how easy it is.
Yeah you noticed it too? He indeed seems done and bored mindfvking opponents, so now he is 'having that kind of fun' with fans and experts.

Sure he makes it look like what it is not. He does that very thing from the day 1. That is who he is. It is others who do not get it

And how one likes what one does not get?
 

Kralingen

Legend
Going to be the hardest leg of the 4 imo. Nadal was caught off guard at Roland Garros and will be far, far more prepared this time. Guarantee it.

Also it’ll mean the 2nd crack at Djokovic for one of this NextGen Slam scalps in the past 12 months. When you lose a slam final you analyze and analyze and plan your game around beating that guy the next time you see him.

This means he will play every player’s best shot, on a neutral surface (it may be Novak’s favorite, but it’s all of NextGen’s favorites too, and Nadal has won 4 slams here), along with 20k New Yorkers screaming their lungs out for his opponent in every match.

People calling this a foregone conclusion are silly.
 
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Deleted member 743561

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Well? most of the thread titles i can see are kinda dancing around it but what do you think?
not gonna lie i want to see it happen. just to witness it in my lifetime if for no other reason

will he screw it up? it's on his racquet obviously but can he do it? more importantly, will he?



Botched it! :mad:
 
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