Who has the best chance to defeat Novak Djokovic at AO 2020?

Who has the best chance to defeat Novak Djokovic at AO 2020?

  • Rafael Nadal

  • Roger Federer

  • Daniil Medvedev

  • Dominic Thiem

  • Stefanos Tsitsipas

  • Stan Wawrinka

  • Other


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weakera

Legend
Who does Nole have most to fear?

I felt that Medvedev had a real chance to defeat Nole at AO 2019 but wasn't physically up to the task. Djokovic wasn't yet in form by that match. Novak has never had an easy time with Daniil like he did when he obliterated Stefanos in Paris.

If Thiem can perform like he did at Nitto he can beat anyone, but that's obviously a huge if. He had a very underwhelming ATP Cup showing.
 

jackdaw

Rookie
Other - The fires might defeat them all, I am beginning to wonder whether this tournament will go ahead ...
 

Raphael Nadal

Hall of Fame
I think Rafa would have won the ATP Cup if Djokovic's fluky shot in the tiebreaker didn't hit the top of the net and bounce over Rafa's head.
A very lethargic Rafa (so lethargic he refused to play the doubles) was up a mini-break until then, so I think Rafa would have won that tiebreaker and the 3rd Set.
And I think once Rafa wins a set he'll win the rest of the match too, so if Rafa wins a set in the AO Final he'll win the whole thing, because of the pent-up revenge :)
 
I think Rafa would have won the ATP Cup if Djokovic's fluky shot in the tiebreaker didn't hit the top of the net and bounce over Rafa's head.
A very lethargic Rafa (so lethargic he refused to play the doubles) was up a mini-break until then, so I think Rafa would have won that tiebreaker and the 3rd Set.
And I think once Rafa wins a set he'll win the rest of the match too, so if Rafa wins a set in the AO Final he'll win the whole thing, because of the pent-up revenge :)
Will you ever get tired of writing this BS? The whole forum is laughing at your ridiculous comments.
 
To be honest, I think in a potential meeting Thiem might be the most dangerous opponent. I agree that at his best he can beat anyone. He has the game to trouble Djokovic and won 4 of their last 5 matches, with the last one of them being on hardcourt. However, it's probably not going to happen. He is way too inconsistent, might very well lose to a nobody in the first round. Also, his problem is that he is a choker. In his last 4 meetings against Djokovic he was choking like crazy at least in one set. Ironically, he still ended up winning 3 of these matches, but he is not going to get away with it every time.
 

Jokervich

Semi-Pro
Wawrinka for sure. Djokovic has a mental block against him in slams.

Other than that, Medvedev has a decent chance, because he's the only guy on the tour who can match Djokovic at the baseline. Some of the other Next Gen players have a chance if they serve well and put in an inspired performance.

Federer and Nadal don't stand a chance. Djokovic has them both figured out.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
I think Kyrios. he is in novak's head. Novak feels very bad for him with all the bush fires and with nick crying episode and everything.
 

jackdaw

Rookie
I agree Federer and NAdal would most likely lose v Djkovic - problem is some new chump will do Nadal a huge favour and beat Djokovic for him ... meanwhile he will destroy said chump 3-0 in the final - or other chump that beats chump #1.

I can see Nadal winning this tournament without dropping a set ... get $$ on him, he's at 5.5!!!
 

weakera

Legend
I agree Federer and NAdal would most likely lose v Djkovic - problem is some new chump will do Nadal a huge favour and beat Djokovic for him ... meanwhile he will destroy said chump 3-0 in the final - or other chump that beats chump #1.

I can see Nadal winning this tournament without dropping a set ... get $$ on him, he's at 5.5!!!
How much do you have on him?
 

pedro94

Rookie
I agree Federer and NAdal would most likely lose v Djkovic - problem is some new chump will do Nadal a huge favour and beat Djokovic for him ... meanwhile he will destroy said chump 3-0 in the final - or other chump that beats chump #1.

I can see Nadal winning this tournament without dropping a set ... get $$ on him, he's at 5.5!!!
:oops: Wait where did you see Rafa on 5.5 to win AO?? Could you send me a link please? :laughing:
 
it also depends on the draw.

if he has an (theoretical) draw similar to the US19:

...
...
wawrinka
medvedev
fed
nadal

--> he will most likely collaps on first challenge.

or something like wimb19:
...
...
...
...
...
RBA
Fed

--> he will fly thru
 

Got Aced

New User
Wawrinka for sure. Djokovic has a mental block against him in slams.

Other than that, Medvedev has a decent chance, because he's the only guy on the tour who can match Djokovic at the baseline. Some of the other Next Gen players have a chance if they serve well and put in an inspired performance.

Federer and Nadal don't stand a chance. Djokovic has them both figured out.
Figured out is losing the #1 ranking by letting a 38 year old run a clinic on you.

K.
 

mwym

Rookie
It seems iit is now Djokovic's turn to adapt his game to decline of physical ability due to father time. The transition period will make him more prone to upset, it always does to each player. At the same time, the changes might catch opponents somewhat off guard for easier=faster wins. We shall see how that develops very soon.

The real question: is Djokovic still motivated enough to continue to chase Fedal or not. If he is, we will have another very entertaining year, starting with his #17. If he is not, any of the usual suspects can beat him anywhere, AO20 included.
 

Jokervich

Semi-Pro
Won Tokyo and Paris, so basically you are speaking from your rear end.
The last time Federer beat Djokovic on a hard court in a Bo5 was 2009. His only win over Djokovic at the AO was 2007. He's not beaten Djokovic at all in a slam since 2012. On the big stage, Djokovic always delivers and has him figured out.
 

Got Aced

New User
The last time Federer beat Djokovic on a hard court in a Bo5 was 2009. His only win over Djokovic at the AO was 2007. He's not beaten Djokovic at all in a slam since 2012. On the big stage, Djokovic always delivers and has him figured out.
Blown match points and a gazillion BP isn't exactly figuring someone out. Djokovic has Nadal figured out, yeah. To say he has Federer figured out is reaching at best.
 

Yugram

Hall of Fame
Wawrinka. The only one on the list who can catch Djokovic early enough while he is still half decent. Maybe also an outside shot for Thiem if it’s QF. If anyone will beat Djokovic at AO, it will happen before SF, so 100% not Nadal, Federer or Medvedev.
 

tennis_pro

Bionic Poster
Nadal lol

Change the question to "who has the least chance of beating Djokovic at the AO?" and then you can include vamos
 
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Nadal_Django

Hall of Fame
Blown match points and a gazillion BP isn't exactly figuring someone out. Djokovic has Nadal figured out, yeah. To say he has Federer figured out is reaching at best.
So how do you explain their Slam H2H in the past decade which is 9-2 in Djokovic favour. I don't know about you, but in my book that's called a figuring out... A brutal and unmerciful figuring out... ;)
 

Hitman

Hall of Fame
If Nadal had a choice, he’d pick Medvedev easily. But he’s not the best strategist imo and would decide just by name, without considering any recent achievements.
So Federer v Djokovic and Nadal v Medvedev?

As a Nadal fan, would you go with that also?
 

Got Aced

New User
So how do you explain their Slam H2H in the past decade which is 9-2 in Djokovic favour. I don't know about you, but in my book that's called a figuring out... A brutal and unmerciful figuring out... ;)
It could easily be 6-5 Djokovic or even 6-5 Federer. It's a mixture of luck and Fed choking. Figuring someone out isn't winning by the skin of your teeth. It's domination like Djokovic has over Nadal. Poor guy can't even win a set :-D
 

Yugram

Hall of Fame
So Federer v Djokovic and Nadal v Medvedev?

As a Nadal fan, would you go with that also?
I don’t know. Federer’s results at HC Slams in the last 2 years suggest he’s not that much of a threat. Like, how can you lose to someone who can’t even reach you in the first place? I am fine with either option. Who Nadal gets as his QF opponent from Thiem, Tsitsipas, Zverev and Berrettini is more important in my opinion.
 

Hitman

Hall of Fame
I don’t know. Federer’s results at HC Slams in the last 2 years suggest he’s not that much of a threat. Like, how can you lose to someone who can’t even reach you in the first place? I am fine with either option. Who Nadal gets as his QF opponent from Thiem, Tsitsipas, Zverev and Berrettini is more important in my opinion.
OK. lets talk quarters then. I am assuming you will want to avoid Thiem here for Nadal, right? You wouldn't want another USO 2018 situation. But correct me if I am wrong on that one.

Which two would you want in Nadal's quarter? Zverevev and Berrettini?
 

Yugram

Hall of Fame
OK. lets talk quarters then. I am assuming you will want to avoid Thiem here for Nadal, right? You wouldn't want another USO 2018 situation. But correct me if I am wrong on that one.

Which two would you want in Nadal's quarter? Zverevev and Berrettini?
Zverev and Berrettini are quite obviously preferable options. Who would you choose for Djokovic in SF and QF by the way?
 
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