Novak giving up on clay season

Indigo

Rookie
I've some feeling that Novak gave up on clay for good. But unlike Fed in previous years, he will still play clay and reach middle of tournaments for now. Clay seems as Novak's least successful surface so he decides to skip clay season silently. Also, it's too demanding for his body. Novak does not have any aspirations towarda RG this year. Then I expect Novak to slowly pump his form up and reach good levels to win WB followed by USO and have a year like 2018. Please discuss.
 

HuusHould

Semi-Pro
I think Novak would definitely have aspirations to win the French this year. A second NCYGS or "Novak Slam" whatever you want to call it beckons. It would put him in a category that only contains Rod Laver in that respect. My understanding is that Laver did it when some of the top players were exempt from competing as they were professionals, but it was still a fantastic achievement and he's always in the GOAT conversation. I think hes an outsider, but if he can find his form in time I think hes as good a chance as anyone outside of Rafa.
 

Luka888

Hall of Fame
He's had many a premature obituary written here. I don't know how a guy who is holding the last 3 majors can be so easily written off. I learned my lesson doing that in 2016 and we all saw how spectacularly he came back.
Pretty much this. I've learned my lesson too. Never write off the big 3. Just when you think one is gone the other one shows up. It's hilarious.

Rafa 2010, comes out of nowhere and wins everything, ends up as #1/

I was shocked when Fed won the AO 2017. Rafa was there btw.

Then Djokovic comes back and wins last three majors playing crap before that. OK, I understand he had that elbow surgery. Shocked again :D. Could someone pass me a glass of water please? I get shocked a lot and I don't want to die any time soon :whistle:.
 

alexio88

Professional
He's had many a premature obituary written here. I don't know how a guy who is holding the last 3 majors can be so easily written off. I learned my lesson doing that in 2016 and we all saw how spectacularly he came back.
thus post about him being spectacular this time and he will be really bad, everything dependent on your opinion)
 

Towny

Professional
He's played one tournament on clay so far. Not exactly a great sample size to say he's given up on clay. Rome/RG is where I'm expecting Novak to be playing his best clay tennis. Will it be enough to win? We'll have to wait and see
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
I've some feeling that Novak gave up on clay for good. But unlike Fed in previous years, he will still play clay and reach middle of tournaments for now. Clay seems as Novak's least successful surface so he decides to skip clay season silently. Also, it's too demanding for his body. Novak does not have any aspirations towarda RG this year. Then I expect Novak to slowly pump his form up and reach good levels to win WB followed by USO and have a year like 2018. Please discuss.
Good Good good,,, with novak out of the way, RAFA just has to concentrate on beating Dominick....... Good,, let the feeling course thru you.....
 

Wander

Professional
It would put him in a category that only contains Rod Laver in that respect. My understanding is that Laver did it when some of the top players were exempt from competing as they were professionals.
Only the first time he did it in 1962 (as an amateur). After that he became a professional himself. In 1968, pros were finally allowed to compete in the Grand Slam tournaments and in 1969 Laver won all of them again, this time as a professional against all the other pros.
 

StANDAA

Legend
He could win no matches in Madrid/Rome and he'd still have the 2nd best chance of winning RG outside of Nadal.

It's all about Roland Garros.
Don’t forget Lajovic. He stopped caring about the clay warm-ups too. Tanked his first round match in Madrid.

I expect he’ll be scary good in Paris.
 

3lite

Professional
Pretty much this. I've learned my lesson too. Never write off the big 3. Just when you think one is gone the other one shows up. It's hilarious.

Rafa 2010, comes out of nowhere and wins everything, ends up as #1/

I was shocked when Fed won the AO 2017. Rafa was there btw.

Then Djokovic comes back and wins last three majors playing crap before that. OK, I understand he had that elbow surgery. Shocked again :D. Could someone pass me a glass of water please? I get shocked a lot and I don't want to die any time soon :whistle:.
What? Rafa did not come out of nowhere. He was always there.

It was Novak who actually came out of nowhere in 2011.
 

Luka888

Hall of Fame
What? Rafa did not come out of nowhere. He was always there.

It was Novak who actually came out of nowhere in 2011.
I was talking about Rafa 2010. He hadn't played for almost a half of the season because of his knee injury. He came back and won almost everything. I'm not sure what part you don't understand.
 

3lite

Professional
I was talking about Rafa 2010. He hadn't played for almost a half of the season because of his knee injury. He came back and won almost everything. I'm not sure what part you don't understand.
Again, when you win 3/4 slams in a calendar year, you didn't come out of nowhere.

I'm not sure what part of that you don't understand.
 

r2473

G.O.A.T.
I know it’s a meme by now, but all Djokovic cares about is FO and another Joker slam. History doesn’t care if he wins Madrid

Holding all 4 majors twice in his career. That’s pretty special
 

Rosstour

Hall of Fame
I know it’s a meme by now, but all Djokovic cares about is FO and another Joker slam.
As well as settling personal scores within the ATP, screwing over the London organizers of the WTF, "Amor y Paz", introducing Veganism to Serbia, and running for Serbian President after he retires from the tour...
 

junior74

G.O.A.T.
Looks like they are all giving up on clay season this year.

Terrible level.

Struff will win RG. Book it! :alien: :sneaky: :whistle:
 
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I've some feeling that Novak gave up on clay for good. But unlike Fed in previous years, he will still play clay and reach middle of tournaments for now. Clay seems as Novak's least successful surface so he decides to skip clay season silently. Also, it's too demanding for his body. Novak does not have any aspirations towarda RG this year. Then I expect Novak to slowly pump his form up and reach good levels to win WB followed by USO and have a year like 2018.

Please discuss.
A polite suggestion: . please don't use declarative statements like yours above to serve as a thread title - at first I thought Djoko was in fact gonna bag the French. .

Instead, maybe try "IMO - Djoker giving up clay...etc." . thx
 

Sport

Legend
What? Rafa did not come out of nowhere. He was always there.

It was Novak who actually came out of nowhere in 2011.
What? Djokovic was already in the scene after the US Open 2010 final, which he reached defeating Federer in the semifinal.

It was Thiem the one who actually came out of nowhere in 2017/2018.
 

Sport

Legend
They are not in the same position whatsoever

Rafa is the weakest member of the Big 3.
LOL. Nadal played far better today against Felix than Slowderer against Gasquet.

Plus, Nadal has gone deeper than Federer in the 4 last Grand Slams in a row:

RG 2018:
Nadal W
Federer nothing

WB 2018:
Nadal SF
Federer QF

USO 2018:
Nadal SF
Federer QF

AO 2019:
Nadal F
Federer 4 R
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
LOL. Nadal played far better today against Felix than Slowderer against Gasquet.

Plus, Nadal has gone deeper than Federer in the 4 last Grand Slams in a row:
Plus, Nadal is five years younger than Federer. You must not have received that memo. 99.9% of male tennis players in the Open era have been retired at Fed's age. Does that ever (even remotely) factor into your "logic?" Nadal should have gone deeper than Roger in every slam since 2013, based on age alone.
 
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