Slam Predictions for 2021

Beckerserve

Hall of Fame
Until one of them makes a breakthrough at a slam, those are my picks as well. USO 2020 featured two massive chokers with a default winner of the dude who choked slightly less. Had Djoker not defaulted himself, he would have won that easily.

For all those choosing Thiem, Med, Sissypants or Zverev: do you honestly believe they could serve out a match against either Nadal or Djokovic in a slam final?
No i cannot. I think Federer is 3rd favourite at 3 of 4 slams and 2nd at W and i have seen nothing to suggest over 5 sets Thiem Medvedev etc would beat any of Big 3 in a Major final or semi.
Nadal definitely fav for FO and USO and i am confident if fit he wins them. Djokovic if fit should win W but Federer would be huge threat if fit and playing well. AO is harder to call as Djokovic is not playing well and as defending champion coupled with his current form he may struggle against Nadal there. Then again there is alot of scar tissue for Nadal there so AO i think is 50/50 between them and too soon for Federer there.
 

Subway Tennis

Hall of Fame
Back in October my thoughts were:

Tsitsipas - AO
Nadal - RG
Nadal - WI
Thiem - USO

The only thing that's changed is that I now consider Rublev or Federer sneaky picks to take Australia.

All the buzz around Federer is very hard to ignore atm.
 

TennisFan3

G.O.A.T.
Until one of them makes a breakthrough at a slam, those are my picks as well. USO 2020 featured two massive chokers with a default winner of the dude who choked slightly less. Had Djoker not defaulted himself, he would have won that easily.

For all those choosing Thiem, Med, Sissypants or Zverev: do you honestly believe they could serve out a match against either Nadal or Djokovic in a slam final?
Excellent post.
 

TennisFan3

G.O.A.T.
AO: Djokovic (Duh!)
F.O: Nadal ( death, taxes and Nadal on clay...)
Wimbledon: Djokovic (no one else knows anything on grass)
UsOpen: Djokovic/Nadal (depending on the draw)
 

BackhandDTL

Hall of Fame
Back in October my thoughts were:

Tsitsipas - AO
Nadal - RG
Nadal - WI
Thiem - USO

The only thing that's changed is that I now consider Rublev or Federer sneaky picks to take Australia.

All the buzz around Federer is very hard to ignore atm.
Ned at Wimbledon? Before I was thinking AO but I don’t think so anymore given the knee situation and fatigue.

Why Wimbly for Ned? I don’t disagree just curious.
 

duaneeo

Hall of Fame
The NextGen takeover is about to happen. Fedalovic will win at most 3 more slams.
My end-of-2018 prediction. :cry: I had the most belief in Zverev, who had already beaten Federer and Djokovic in Masters' finals, then beat them to win the WTFs. Today, I don't think any of the young players (some not so young anymore) are ready to win a slam.

2021 slam predictions:
AO - Federer (surprise everyone with a performance similar to 2017) or Djokovic
RG - Nadal
W- Djokovic or Federer. Neither will win both W & AO
USO - Open, though no way will Thiem defend it. Djokovic, Wawrinka, perhaps a young gun (Medvedev or Zverev) will be ready by then, or a LostGen (Dimitrov, Busta, Raonic) will shock
 

BackhandDTL

Hall of Fame
There are no such tendencies of choking, sir. No one likes to or wants to choke. Many times, Its not about choking at all, just a point or shot here and there makes the difference.
I hate to say it but Fed did choke so many times against Djokodal. No one wants to, but it’s tough.

Maybe it isint even a knock on Fed. It’s possible Djokodal are just that great big match players.
 

Subway Tennis

Hall of Fame
Ned at Wimbledon? Before I was thinking AO but I don’t think so anymore given the knee situation and fatigue.

Why Wimbly for Ned? I don’t disagree just curious.
Of all the majors, it seems to be best suited to his new hyper-aggressive approach. The last few years it's really only Fed and Djokovic who can stop him there.

I'm not sure where Djokovjc is mentally at the moment. If i were sure of his form, i would have him favourite.
 

BackhandDTL

Hall of Fame
Of all the majors, it seems to be best suited to his new hyper-aggressive approach. The last few years it's really only Fed and Djokovic who can stop him there.

I'm not sure where Djokovjc is mentally at the moment. If i were sure of his form, i would have him favourite.
I agree. Given that Djokovic is declining and Fed seems like he might be done, I do think it’s realistic for Nadal to capture one non clay slam. He will have to be really fresh for HCs because of the knee situation. Grass is possible though because it’s better for his knees, that’s for sure.
 
They never learn. These are the same no-brainers who picked Thiem over Nadal before RG 2017 Semi. How can one be so delusional after seeing what Nadal have done to the field at RG just 1,5 months ago?
Nadal will not win eternally, he will be 35 years old. Sure he is the favorite for the next Roland Garros but it is not delusional to think he might lose one day or another.
 

DSH

G.O.A.T.
My end-of-2018 prediction. :cry: I had the most belief in Zverev, who had already beaten Federer and Djokovic in Masters' finals, then beat them to win the WTFs. Today, I don't think any of the young players (some not so young anymore) are ready to win a slam.

2021 slam predictions:
AO - Federer (surprise everyone with a performance similar to 2017) or Djokovic
RG - Nadal
W- Djokovic or Federer. Neither will win both W & AO
USO - Open, though no way will Thiem defend it. Djokovic, Wawrinka, perhaps a young gun (Medvedev or Zverev) will be ready by then, or a LostGen (Dimitrov, Busta, Raonic) will shock
You will be so disappointed, he does not have a chance in the best of five hard court sets and at Wimbledon he will be almost 40 years old, out of the top 8 and with a level well below his 2019 season, even reaching the semifinals will be practically impossible.

By the way, Nadal has a much better chance of winning 2 majors next year than your idol of winning one.
:D
 
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