What do you expect from the top 5 in the coming months ?

#1
Djokovic : USO and Cincinnati masters. He either let's his personal demons take him down early at WB or reaches final, but not so sure if he wins there. Nevertheless he finds his motivation again after a lull and rips through the tour in North American Swing and indoors.

1 slam out of the two left
2 masters, one from NA swing and one from indoors.
WTF


Nadal : Reaches as far as he doesn't meet Fedovic at WB. Might even make the final. With some chances of winning it all.

Is very competent in HC swing with the playing style of AO 2019 but ultimately gets denied by Fedovic. Might even end his season after USO(maybe even before) to make sure he is ready for next year's slams.

SFs/Finals at WB.
Similar results in USO.
One masters final or win in NA swing.


Federer:
Resurgence for brief period, wins one of USO or WB , is up and down in masters. Tight victories and defeats against lesser players.

1 slam of the two.
One masters final
WTF final.


Thiem :

Comes into his own in NA swing after an acceptable Grass season. Defeats at least one of big 3 in the coming masters and reaches the SF or maybe even finals of USO.


Zverev: Makes quarters at USO , somewhat reverses the downward spiral with good performances in masters and gets to WTF finals.
 
#2
Djokovic: WIM or USO, 2 Masters or 1 Masters & WTF. Could do better, but I expect 2019 would be a longshot for a 3-slam year. Would shock me if Novak is unable to win a M1000 on HC though. I think he gets past his "peak at slams" mentality a bit, and starts actually getting those M1000s/WTF. He's been streaky. I don't expect that to stop instantly, but maybe gets some consistency toward the back half of the season.

Nadal: Canada, if he's lucky. Good run at one of the remaining slams, possibly winning it. I just don't see another slam in the cards, but my logic says he should have a chance at it. Gut says no. He's not winning Paris, Shanghai, or WTF though. I think he plays the WTF, making the final if he gets an easy semi. Paris/Shanghai gets at best a SF. Cincinnati is up in the air.

Federer: I don't think he's ever winning another slam. He may prove me wrong, but I don't think so. I think he gets another semi this year, possibly a final, but no wins. Could win a Masters in the back half of the year. WTF finalist or faces Djokovic in the semi and loses.

Thiem: I'm actually starting to believe he may do something on hard. Last year's US Open, this year's IW, and some other miscellaneous performances give me an inkling he may make a few semis. I think he'll be streaky. He won't be there often, but he'll be a dark horse when he is. I don't predict any more Masters, but maybe a semi or two.

Zverev: Starts a decent trend of performances with a WIM QF or SF. Unable to capitalize, but gives him a little confidence in his ability. Deep run at a Masters, no wins though. Unable to retain WTF crown, but ready to try something in 2020.

Tsitsipas: Continues his run of "not too great, not shabby." He becomes a fixture in the final 8/16 for some time, showing good consistency. Takes out a Big 3 at least one more time this season.
 
#3
Djokovic -

Slams-

Wimbledon-QF
USO-W

M1000-

Canada-W
Cincinnati-F
Shanghai-SF
Bercy-SF

WTF- SF

Nadal -

Slams-

Wimbledon- R3
USO- QF

M1000-

Canada- SF
Cincinnati- R16
Shanghai- DNP
Bercy-DNP

WTF-DNP

Federer -

Slams-

Wimbledon- Win
USO- F

M1000-

Canada- DNP or SF
Cincinnati- Win
Shanghai- F
Bercy- DNP

WTF- F

Thiem -

Slams-

Wimbledon-R4
USO-SF

M1000-

Canada-SF
Cincinnati-R16
Shanghai-QF
Bercy-QF

WTF-RR

Zverev -

Slams-

Wimbledon-QF
USO-R16

M1000-

Canada-F
Cincinnati-R16
Shanghai-SF
Bercy-SF

WTF-SF
 
#4
About Tsitsipas : I don't think he will slow down, his rise will should continue but I don't know where to put him , A QF at the open and a master's final or something like that is what he should achieve maybe more
 
#5
Is very competent in HC swing with the playing style of AO 2019 but ultimately gets denied by Fedovic.
Nadal is playing better now than in the AO, where he was coming from a long injury and lacked the competitive rhytm and fitness he has now. I disagree with the notion that Federer is going to defeat Nadal at the US Open. Nadal leads the H2H over Federer both in outdoor hard courts (8-5) and the AO (3-1). The USO is even slower than the AO. Plus, Nadal has won 3 US Open titles in the 2010s and Federer 0 in the last decade.
 
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#6
Nadal is playing better now than in the AO, where he was coming from a long injury and lacked the competitive rhytm and fitness he has now. I disagree with the notion that Federer is goint to defeat Nadal at the US Open. Nadal leads the H2H over Federer both in outdoor hard courts (8-5) and the AO (3-1). The USO is even slower than the AO. Plus, Nadal has won 3 US Open titles in the 2010s and Federer 0 in the last decade.
You probably said the same thing before the 2017 AO final and gave the same arguments.
 
#7
Djokovic -

Slams-

Wimbledon-QF

Nadal -

Slams-

Wimbledon- R3
USO- QF


Federer -

Slams-

Wimbledon- Win
USO- F
I disagree with the notions that Federer will win Wimbledon, Djokovic will lose in the QF of Wimbledon and Nadal will lose in the 3R of Wimbledon. I found those predictions ultra-optimistic for Federer and out of reality, taking under consideration that Federer is 38 years old and that Djokovic is the best grass player nowadays.

I also disagree with the prediction that Nadal will lose in the QF of the US Open and Federer will reach the final. I find that prediction ultra-optimistic toward Federer and ultra-pessimistic toward Nadal, taking udner consideration that Nadal has won 3 US Open titles in the 2010s and Federer 0.
 
#8
You probably said the same thing before the 2017 AO final and gave the same arguments.
I was not in the forum before the AO 2017 final. Still, the AO final went to 5 sets and the USO is even slower. And Nadal has been far more succesful than Federer in the USO in the last decade. Nadal won 3 USO titles since 2010, Federer 0. Federer is also older and at age 38, I doubt he can defeat Nadal at the USO.
 
#9
I was not in the forum before the AO 2017 final. Still, the AO final went to 5 sets and the USO is even slower. And Nadal has been far more succesful than Federer in the USO in the last decade. Nadal won 3 USO titles since 2010, Federer 0.
It's a different Federer and a different Nadal. If they meet at the US Open don't even think that Nadal will be favored to win.
 
#10
Nadal is playing better now than in the AO, where he was coming from a long injury and lacked the competitive rhytm and fitness he has now. I disagree with the notion that Federer is goint to defeat Nadal at the US Open. Nadal leads the H2H over Federer both in outdoor hard courts (8-5) and the AO (3-1). The USO is even slower than the AO. Plus, Nadal has won 3 US Open titles in the 2010s and Federer 0 in the last decade.

Maybe but this is what I think, not a fact of course.

The way Federer was hitting in the FO semi, many shots would either be winner or force short balls from Nadal.

Remember IW 2017 and Miami were even flower than USO. And Nadal had made a HC slam final and a masters final in that swing


But I was not talking about USO with respect to Fed, but of Toronto and cincy. Djokovic is the main obstacle at USO.
 
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#11
I disagree with the notions that Federer will win Wimbledon, Djokovic will lose in the QF of Wimbledon and Nadal will lose in the 3R of Wimbledon. I found those predictions ultra-optimistic for Federer and out of reality, taking under consideration that Federer is 38 years old and that Djokovic is the best grass player nowadays.

I also disagree with the prediction that Nadal will lose in the QF of the US Open and Federer will reach the final. I find that prediction ultra-optimistic toward Federer and ultra-pessimistic toward Nadal, taking udner consideration that Nadal has won 3 US Open titles in the 2010s and Federer 0.
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#12
I also disagree with the prediction that Nadal will lose in the QF of the US Open and Federer will reach the final. I find that prediction ultra-optimistic toward Federer and ultra-pessimistic toward Nadal, taking udner consideration that Nadal has won 3 US Open titles in the 2010s and Federer 0.
Do you honestly deep down inside think that Nadal winning the US Open in 2010 and 2013 when he was at his peak have any influence on how Nadal's going to perform at the US Open in 2019 at the age of 33?

Nadal's results at the US Open since 2014:
ABSENT
3rd round
4th round
Win
SF
 
#13
Nadal is playing better now than in the AO, where he was coming from a long injury and lacked the competitive rhytm and fitness he has now. I disagree with the notion that Federer is going to defeat Nadal at the US Open. Nadal leads the H2H over Federer both in outdoor hard courts (8-5) and the AO (3-1). The USO is even slower than the AO. Plus, Nadal has won 3 US Open titles in the 2010s and Federer 0 in the last decade.
I disagree with the notions that Federer will win Wimbledon, Djokovic will lose in the QF of Wimbledon and Nadal will lose in the 3R of Wimbledon. I found those predictions ultra-optimistic for Federer and out of reality, taking under consideration that Federer is 38 years old and that Djokovic is the best grass player nowadays.

I also disagree with the prediction that Nadal will lose in the QF of the US Open and Federer will reach the final. I find that prediction ultra-optimistic toward Federer and ultra-pessimistic toward Nadal, taking udner consideration that Nadal has won 3 US Open titles in the 2010s and Federer 0.
Your posts are so robotic man...
 
#14
Nadal is playing better now than in the AO, where he was coming from a long injury and lacked the competitive rhytm and fitness he has now. I disagree with the notion that Federer is going to defeat Nadal at the US Open. Nadal leads the H2H over Federer both in outdoor hard courts (8-5) and the AO (3-1). The USO is even slower than the AO. Plus, Nadal has won 3 US Open titles in the 2010s and Federer 0 in the last decade.
Soooooo delusional and full of excuses.

He dodged Fed in IW too, which would’ve been a 6th loss in a row.

2/3 of Nadal’s USOs were some of the weakest draws I’ve ever seen. Youzhny in an SF and Anderson/Rublev in 2017 lmao
 
#17
I dont understand why people always become nasty whenever nadal fans predict about nadal. I think fed fans conveniently forget that rafa has been deeper than fed in the last 5 slams out of which he has only lost to djoko and delpo but fed has lost to anderson(yes the same anderson who was a weak player in USO 2017) in his pet slam and milman of all people. If slam form is anything to go by I think nadal will do quite well in the remaining slams maybe winning one of them.
 
#19
Now Now people no need to be nasty with @Sport his predictions until proven wrong are as good as ours.And he is always polite.
Polite or not (s)he likes trolling with his/her baity posts

Case-in point-
Problem with young generation is Nadal and Djokovic are more dominant than Federer.
Not to forget those inane fallacy/untestable BS posts.
 
#21
No matter what happens I hope Rafa completely skips the indoor season with the exception of the finals. Paris is tempting because he has never won it but it's not worth the time. Shanghai is a complete waste of time. And he should only play one of Montreal/Cincinnati.

Just don't play from USO to November and rest up for 2020. Save the bullets for slams.
 
#23
Nadal is playing better now than in the AO, where he was coming from a long injury and lacked the competitive rhytm and fitness he has now. I disagree with the notion that Federer is going to defeat Nadal at the US Open. Nadal leads the H2H over Federer both in outdoor hard courts (8-5) and the AO (3-1). The USO is even slower than the AO. Plus, Nadal has won 3 US Open titles in the 2010s and Federer 0 in the last decade.
Seems to me the poster was talking about HC in general and never specifically mentioned the US open and never specifically mentioned Fed beating Nadal there. I'm not convinced Fed is the same player he was in 2017 but in 2017 he beat Nadal on outdoor hard 3 times, so why couldnt he beat him again at least at a masters, especially the fast Cinci masters?


I disagree with the notions that Federer will win Wimbledon, Djokovic will lose in the QF of Wimbledon and Nadal will lose in the 3R of Wimbledon. I found those predictions ultra-optimistic for Federer and out of reality, taking under consideration that Federer is 38 years old and that Djokovic is the best grass player nowadays.

I also disagree with the prediction that Nadal will lose in the QF of the US Open and Federer will reach the final. I find that prediction ultra-optimistic toward Federer and ultra-pessimistic toward Nadal, taking udner consideration that Nadal has won 3 US Open titles in the 2010s and Federer 0.
For me Djokovic is the favourite, but I'm sure you yourself said in other posts that Fed had a chance at Wimbledon? As for Djokovic losing in the quarters, it could happen, he's had upsets before.

With the USO I dont find the predictions that unrealistic. Nadal losing in the quarters is possible, he had to survive a 5th set tiebreak in the quarters last year. Fed hasn't been past the quarters in his last couple of Us Opens but was injured 2 years back otherwise might have made the final, he did reach the final in 2015 (did not play in 2016)

Overall I'd say Nadal semis and Fed semis/quarters but I dont find it unreasonable to predict Fed making the final if he keeps good form, considering he just made the RG semis
 
#27
I was not in the forum before the AO 2017 final. Still, the AO final went to 5 sets and the USO is even slower. And Nadal has been far more succesful than Federer in the USO in the last decade. Nadal won 3 USO titles since 2010, Federer 0. Federer is also older and at age 38, I doubt he can defeat Nadal at the USO.
You were using the same arguements to to say the AO 2019 would be one the greatest matches of all time :-D:-D:-D
And also Ned would win AO 2017. You arguements for Ned could have been applied to Ned winning 2017 IW, Miami, Shanghai too lol :-D:-D:-D
 
#29
I'd say Djokovic wins one of USO/Wimbledon, possibly both.
Nadal will probably make deep runs at both remaining slams but doesn't win any.
Same with Federer- he can make SF runs in both slams, possibly final at Wimbly, but i have a hard time seeing him win another major( would be absolutely delighted to be proven wrong).
Masters are up in the air- we could see the likes of Tsitsipas/Zverev win a few.
 
#31
Djokovic: I don’t think he will win another GS this year, but Beijing-Shanghai-Paris-WTF swing is his to take. Will be a big surprise for me if he doesn’t win at least 2 out of these 4.

SF or Final at both Wimbledon and USO.

Nadal: Wimbledon #3 :cool: anything after this is gravy, so I won’t be dissapointed too much if it will be his last big title this year, but another Canada or Cinci would be nice.

Federer: His best chance for Slam is Wimbledon obviously. But I believe he need to avoid both Nadal and Djokovic to win it, long matches are not for Federer anymore. He looked half dead to me in the 4th set against Wawrinka.

So my final prediction for him is WIM SF, USO R4/QF and probably Basel and one Masters.

Thiem: As I’ve already said many times, I like his chances for USO and expect him to win it.
And he should be solid on Canada’s HC also.

Zverev: Come on, it’s Zverev. Boring to even talk about him. Probably will win something in the Fall, but who cares? ;)
 
#33
Djokovic: I don’t think he will win another GS this year, but Beijing-Shanghai-Paris-WTF swing is his to take. Will be a big surprise for me if he doesn’t win at least 2 out of these 4.

SF or Final at both Wimbledon and USO.

Nadal: Wimbledon #3 :cool: anything after this is gravy, so I won’t be dissapointed if he doesn’t win anything after, but another Canada or Cinci would be nice.

Federer: His best chance for Slam is Wimbledon obviously. But I believe he need to avoid both Nadal and Djokovic to win it, long matches are not for Federer anymore. He looked half dead to me in the 4th set against Wawrinka.

So my final prediction for him is WIM SF, USO R4/QF and probably Basel and one Masters.

Thiem: As I’ve already said many times, I like his chances for USO and expect him to win it.
And he should be solid on Canada’s HC also.

Zverev: Come on, it’s Zverev. Boring to even talk about him. Probably will win something in the Fall, but who cares? ;)
Nadal is not winning Wimbledon.

We go through the same thing every year after the French
 
#38
Djokovic : USO and Cincinnati masters. He either let's his personal demons take him down early at WB or reaches final, but not so sure if he wins there. Nevertheless he finds his motivation again after a lull and rips through the tour in North American Swing and indoors.

1 slam out of the two left
2 masters, one from NA swing and one from indoors.
WTF


Nadal : Reaches as far as he doesn't meet Fedovic at WB. Might even make the final. With some chances of winning it all.

Is very competent in HC swing with the playing style of AO 2019 but ultimately gets denied by Fedovic. Might even end his season after USO(maybe even before) to make sure he is ready for next year's slams.

SFs/Finals at WB.
Similar results in USO.
One masters final or win in NA swing.


Federer:
Resurgence for brief period, wins one of USO or WB , is up and down in masters. Tight victories and defeats against lesser players.

1 slam of the two.
One masters final
WTF final.


Thiem :

Comes into his own in NA swing after an acceptable Grass season. Defeats at least one of big 3 in the coming masters and reaches the SF or maybe even finals of USO.


Zverev: Makes quarters at USO , somewhat reverses the downward spiral with good performances in masters and gets to WTF finals.
I’d love to see Thiem made a good run on HC. Such a crapshoot with him really.
I kind of wish he would skip the grass season and rest his body but then again he wants to be top 4 heading into USO.
 
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