Who would Djokovic would be most wary of at Us open for his chances of another grand slam.

Biggest challenge

  • Nadal

    Votes: 42 47.7%
  • Federer

    Votes: 11 12.5%
  • Medvedev

    Votes: 23 26.1%
  • Thiem

    Votes: 3 3.4%
  • Zverev

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Tsitsipas

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Kyrgios

    Votes: 6 6.8%
  • Others

    Votes: 3 3.4%

  • Total voters
    88
Djokovic is clear favourite but who of the following would pose biggest challenge to his chances at the Us open. Discuss and vote
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Daniil Medvedev? Betting odd currently have him as #4. Novak, then Rafa and Roger are the top 3 -- way ahead of the rest of the pack. Any word on the speed of the USO courts this year?
 
Daniil Medvedev? Betting odd currently have him as #4. Novak, then Rafa and Roger are the top 3 -- way ahead of the rest of the pack. Any word on the speed of the USO courts this year?
No idea but probably will be medium to slow court pace with high heat and humidity, should be high bouncing which should help likes of rafa, thiem
 

UnderratedSlam

Hall of Fame
You should offer multiple options.

He is weary of Kyrgios to a smaller extent (coz 0-2 H2H, even if it was in weak 2017).

Federer who almost beat him at Wimby.

And of course Medvedev who has his number and whom Novak clearly doesn't know how to beat anymore.

Why people voted for Rafa, I have no clue. They must think those wins in 2010 and 2013 make a difference. They don't.
 

UnderratedSlam

Hall of Fame
No idea but probably will be medium to slow court pace with high heat and humidity, should be high bouncing which should help likes of rafa, thiem
USO organizers already planning for a super easy draw for RF. They'll give him Basilashvili for R16, and Zverev for QFs.

And if they could, they'd pair up Nadal and Djokovic in the same half semis. But even USO organizers can't cheat like that, as much as they'd like to.
 
USO organizers already planning for a super easy draw for RF. They'll give him Basilashvili for R16, and Zverev for QFs.

And if they could, they'd pair up Nadal and Djokovic in the same half semis. But even USO organizers can't cheat like that, as much as they'd like to.
That is impossible, federer will definitely have one of djokovic and nadal in his half
 

weakera

Legend
USO organizers already planning for a super easy draw for RF. They'll give him Basilashvili for R16, and Zverev for QFs.

And if they could, they'd pair up Nadal and Djokovic in the same half semis. But even USO organizers can't cheat like that, as much as they'd like to.
I would also be shocked if Fed doesn't have a cake draw.
 

Druss

Hall of Fame
Аn early round (R2 or R3) clash with Kyrgios is one I’m sure Djoko would dread. My money would be on the entertainer if that happened.
 
Аn early round (R2 or R3) clash with Kyrgios is one I’m sure Djoko would dread. My money would be on the entertainer if that happened.
Great chances for that infact kyrgios will draw a big seed for 3rd round, if its one of the big 3 especially djokovic it would be awesome.
 

Sephiroth

Professional
USO organizers already planning for a super easy draw for RF. They'll give him Basilashvili for R16, and Zverev for QFs.

And if they could, they'd pair up Nadal and Djokovic in the same half semis. But even USO organizers can't cheat like that, as much as they'd like to.
In this case I doubt it, they want a Fedal match at the USO more than anything.

Must suck raw ass they haven't got a single Fedal match while the other slams got tons of them. Expect Fedal to be in the same half.
 

UnderratedSlam

Hall of Fame
Аn early round (R2 or R3) clash with Kyrgios is one I’m sure Djoko would dread. My money would be on the entertainer if that happened.
USO organizers meticulously planning a draw - as we speak - in which Djokovic gets Medvedev in QFs and Kyrgios In early round.
 

UnderratedSlam

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In this case I doubt it, they want a Fedal match at the USO more than anything.

Must suck raw ass they haven't got a single Fedal match while the other slams got tons of them. Expect Fedal to be in the same half.
They'll never get it. Will never happen. Because they want it so bad and because they rig draws more than any other slam, they are cursed and will never get this match.
 

ibbi

Hall of Fame
Medvedev is clearly not a guy he likes to play. Bautista Agut too. Medvedev did give him more trouble than anybody else in Australia which is something to take not of considering the gulf between beating him at bo3 and bo5 is wide as Marcus Willis. He definitely faded hardcore physically down under though, and who knows if things will have changed there.

Yesterday he beat him by going on the attack and being hyper aggressive, which is not his normal game, and not always guaranteed to work given its relatively lower percentage nature. Who is to say if he can replicate a performance like that again.

Though I do think if more of these young guys had the guts to play like that more often these old fellas would probably he hanging around a lot less.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
USO organizers already planning for a super easy draw for RF. They'll give him Basilashvili for R16, and Zverev for QFs.

And if they could, they'd pair up Nadal and Djokovic in the same half semis. But even USO organizers can't cheat like that, as much as they'd like to.
If there really was a conspiracy to make it easier for Roger, why wouldn't they have made the courts faster this year? That certainly could have been done to give Roger an advantage and diminish the chances of Novak and Rafa.
 

Fedforever

Hall of Fame
Daniil Medvedev? Betting odd currently have him as #4. Novak, then Rafa and Roger are the top 3 -- way ahead of the rest of the pack. Any word on the speed of the USO courts this year?
Fed was asked in Cinci and said he'd heard they were slightly faster than last year.

Suspect the important thing for him is the weather.
 

RF-18

G.O.A.T.
As usual it's Federer and Nadal. Djokovic always raises his level in slams these days and his resilience becomes unpararelled. The issues he is having with Medvedev is worrying, but in bo5 Djokovic should solve him like in AO. Also Djokovic will ought to look for revenge cause losing 2 times in a row against the same guy pisses him off.

Fed and Nadal are the biggest threat to Djokovic, then Maybe Medvedev arrives into the picture.
 

Fedforever

Hall of Fame
As usual it's Federer and Nadal. Djokovic always raises his level in slams these days and his resilience becomes unpararelled. The issues he is having with Medvedev is worrying, but in bo5 Djokovic should solve him like in AO. Also Djokovic will ought to look for revenge cause losing 2 times in a row against the same guy pisses him off.

Fed and Nadal are the biggest threat to Djokovic, then Maybe Medvedev arrives into the picture.
Yeah, in a slam Djoko definitely the favorite. I'm sure he'd to prefer to avoid him though as it would likely be a physically draining match, especially in the heat.
 

RF-18

G.O.A.T.
Yeah, in a slam Djoko definitely the favorite. I'm sure he'd to prefer to avoid him though as it would likely be a physically draining match, especially in the heat.
Almost identical to Bautista problems he had earlier in the year where he lost 2 matches being 1 set up. Looked to have major issues with his game but come Wimbledon he won pretty routinely and was never in danger. There is something about Djoko that lights up when the slam arrives.
 
Almost identical to Bautista problems he had earlier in the year where he lost 2 matches being 1 set up. Looked to have major issues with his game but come Wimbledon he won pretty routinely and was never in danger. There is something about Djoko that lights up when the slam arrives.
I think Medvedev problem shouldn't be looked in that way as djokovic seriously has matchup problems with Medvedev and Medvedev on a whole is playing well against most players and is very consistent.Still djokovic will be favoured in best of 5 but Medvedev has the weapons that geniunely trouble djokovic.Bautista agut also troubles djokovic but overall its easier to handle his game when he is on fire than meddy.
 

Username_

Hall of Fame
Djokovic fears everyone not named Nadal or Federer.

He only loses to everyone else because he thinks they're too shlt to witness his best tennis
 

MeatTornado

Legend
None of this matters once we get to slam Novak, he's a different guy and could win with a draw of 2-8 ranked players for his 7 matches.

Remember after November when it was unironically talked about that he should hope Khachanov & Zverev don't land in his AO half because of what happened in Paris & London?
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
No idea but probably will be medium to slow court pace with high heat and humidity, should be high bouncing which should help likes of rafa, thiem
This is just something you made up and is not based on what the players and commentators said just this week in Cincy. Fed already said that Ljub was on Ashe last week and said the courts are slightly faster than last year with "not as much bounce." Gilbert said, "slow, but better than last year, balls sliding through without kick." The long-range weather forecast for the NYC area is also mild.

So basically your entire post is wrong on every single point.
 

UnderratedSlam

Hall of Fame
If there really was a conspiracy to make it easier for Roger, why wouldn't they have made the courts faster this year? That certainly could have been done to give Roger an advantage and diminish the chances of Novak and Rafa.
Because they'd risk ruining tennis as a whole. That wouldn't be in anyone's interest to bring us back into the 90s when aces and service winners decided nearly every match. Not even if it meant making RF fans happy.
 

UnderratedSlam

Hall of Fame
This is exactly what I think will happen.
Medvedev will beat Goffin, this much is certain, which will make him 5th seed.

1st seed vs 5th is an idiotic rule, but it does happen often. We'll have that nonsense again at USO.

1 vs 5
4 vs 8

Am I the only one who notices the utter illogic?

Should be

1 vs 8
4 vs 5

Otherwise you punish the no 1 for doing well. And you punish the no 5.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Because they'd risk ruining tennis as a whole. That wouldn't be in anyone's interest to bring us back into the 90s when aces and service winners decided nearly every match. Not even if it meant making RF fans happy.
There are a number of events that have been faster than the USO in recent years. It has not ruined tennis as you suggest. Not sure about this year, but Cincinatti courts are usually faster than the USO. Shanghai, Paris, London and a number of others are typically faster.

Grass, in the 90s, was the biggest problem. However, he has been slowed to the extent that several hard court events appear to be faster than Wimbledon.

A number of other changes have been made since those short rally days of the 90s. Tennis balls are brighter and have a little bit more felt then they did 25+ years ago. Possibly more important, string technology has changed quite a bit. Along with these changes, stroke mechanics and playing styles have you evolved.

So it is doubtful that speeding up the US Open courts a bit will return us to the game of the 90s that were largely determined by service winners or return winners.
 
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