Rafa proved the naysayers wrong!
I think Nadal is in best position for AO run in years. Might make a thread on this topic later where I’ll go in-depth, but in a few words: peak consistency, mental edge over next gens, Djokovic shaky. And what you think?He even proves us fans wrong! I never thought this would happen one year ago
How do you feel about AO?
Well your group duels and other interesting matches were excellent and I'm sure you would have added Thiem v Djoko after Sunday.Djokovic
Berrettini (hi, tennis_pro)
This basically means that Djokovic and RF are in the semis already. That much is clear.
This means Rafa loses the semis - if he even gets there. His off-clay record vs Novak and RF has been pathetic since 2013/14. That certainly won't change at Rafa's weakest part of the season...
Since Djokovic is favourite to win WTF, he is very likely to be YE1.
As far as group duels, I believe we can all agree that we're VERY looking forward to:
Nadal - Medvedevious --- I believe the Russian now knows how to beat Rafa, and he has very good chances at doing it. By beating Nadal he will only strengthen his claim to break the Big 3 oligopoly.
Tsetsefly - Medvedevious --- Will 0-5 go to 0-6? Will Tsetse flip his lid again and "accuse" Medvedevious of being Russian (despite Tsetse's mother being Russian)? Will they hate each other even more after this match? To me, this is the most fun group match, from all 12 group matches.
Other interesting matches.
Federer - Thiem --- A chance for RF to decrease the 2-4 H2H lead Thiem has. He'll do it, of course.
Federer - Berrettini --- If RF loses a set to the Italian, will tennis_pro quit TTW? Very exciting.
Djokovic - Federer --- this match will happen twice, group stage and the finale. Or will Medvedevious act as Big 3 crusher and defeat another Big 3 legend after beating Rafa in the group stage?
Finally a WTF when the Big 3 are not the only favourites for the title.
And a question to the ATP:
WHY does the schedule not include Tuesday onwards?
Surely this being a group event they can easily write a schedule up until Friday?
We've had one great Djokovic match and two great Nadal matches. And many boring blow-outs.Well your group duels and other interesting matches were excellent and I'm sure you would have added Thiem v Djoko after Sunday.
This event is the reverse of majors where stamina as a supreme attribute. It's just much more open to upset. It also shows that during regular tour events the top seeds rely on their easier draws to maintain their ranking. Thiemerev have been a wrecking ball at this event.We've had one great Djokovic match and two great Nadal matches. And many boring blow-outs.
And yet both of them are out. So is Medvedev. And Rafa is out despite winning two matches and being no 1.
3 of the top 4 players are out in the RR stage.
Yet more proof that this event is a mess, that it confuses fans, and that its 1500 winners points should be halved.
Only in an exo can the reigning no 1 not reach the semis after two amazing battles which he won. That kind of nonsense is wholly unique to this bizarre exo.
Unlike you, I have zero problems with being wrong with predictions. TTW isn't a Nostradummus competition.I have rarely seen a thread OP fail so spectacularly, and all that just because of how much the OP was scared that Nadal might not make it to the YE#1, despite of having the lead over Djokovic. It looks like some Nadal fans have come to terms that Nadal is a mediocre (by ATG standards) indoor player.
So mediocre he won two out of 3 matches vs top 8 players despite playing 15% on his most hated surface in his worst tennis month...I have rarely seen a thread OP fail so spectacularly, and all that just because of how much the OP was scared that Nadal might not make it to the YE#1, despite of having the lead over Djokovic. It looks like some Nadal fans have come to terms that Nadal is a mediocre (by ATG standards) indoor player.