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Post by Blue Mon Sep 11, 2023 1:25 am

Vibe wrote:Alcaraz will break all the records set by Novak, Roger and Rafa.

The only thing that can stop him is the emergence of two more players of that caliber to split the success with, like those 3 had to.

So young and so good already.


Those guys constantly beat the field though, even if Alcarez doesn't have other goat to contend with it is far from given he can constantly beat everyone else.

Djokovic wins his 24th, he is just unbelievable and still doesn't look like slowing down. If he plays until 40, he is going to get to 30 GS, unless he has a sharp decline.

Alcarez is definitely the toughest match up for him, because of his athleticism and legs.

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Post by The Madrid One Mon Sep 11, 2023 2:07 am

My hero.

Decided not to watch and to not use the internet for a few hours during the match because of the anxiety. Laughing Was so happy when finally after 3 and a half hours I decided to check Nole's Wikipedia page and saw the "W" for the 2023 US Open in the "Career Statistics" section.

Last time I pulled this stunt off I had checked Google during the 2023 Wimbledon final and it was Alcaraz's match point.  rofl

Very highly doubt Nadal will win more than 1 GS if any during what is supposedly his last year next year.

As a massive Nole fan I just want him to reach the 400 weeks at world #1 mark, win his 8th year end #1 trophy, a 40th Masters 1000 to at the very least make it even and 1 more GS to stand alone and over Margaret Court (her record has a lot of holes to it anyways).

I think Nole maybe plays 2 more years, not more than 3. That's 8-12 more chances at Grand Slams.

I predict 26-27 perhaps.

My thanks to Nole for the good moments.

Records are there to be broken, but I think Nole will be able to always have the honor of being the greatest amongst Tennis' Greatest Era (big 3). And... his career and achievements have a great tenacity, integrity, and dignity to them.
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Post by Vibe Mon Sep 11, 2023 7:06 am

You have to wonder what prime Djokovic would have done to these players if he's doing this at 36.
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Post by El Gunner Mon Sep 11, 2023 8:47 am

probably similar to what Roger did to men in 2004
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Post by Blue Mon Sep 11, 2023 7:47 pm

I don’t even know why Venus Williams and Margaret Court even talked about when talking about Men’s Grand Slam, or women’s tennis is brought up when talking about achievements and records in the men’s game.

The achievements is not comparable.
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Post by Vibe Mon Sep 11, 2023 7:57 pm

Because of the men and women are equal in every possible way false narrative that is being pushed worlwide.
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Post by Blue Mon Sep 11, 2023 8:27 pm

Shit is getting ridiculous, rolled my eyes when Novak was getting interviewed by ESPN, and the second question was about Coco being the youngest GS in the US Open.
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Post by Vibe Sat Nov 18, 2023 10:19 pm

WTF is going on.

Is Djokovic entering a new prime? Laughing

That was a masterclass. Pls don't jinx the final, I always jinx it but I have to.

Novak usually comes back far more prepared after a loss against anyone so I expect him to beat Sinner.
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Post by The Madrid One Mon Nov 20, 2023 1:56 am

I've followed Novak's endeavors more closely since around late 2020 and since then this match against Sinner at the final of the ATP finals 2023 is probably the greatest match that I've seen of him since then.

- Astonishing serve performance
- Devastating forehand that mixes control, depth, consistency, flexibility, and booming power at will when needed
- At age 36 still floating around the court like a dancer (even if he's lost some physicality, when he's fit he still has the needed mobility)
- Incredible returns being returned to Sinner's toes
- Palpably smooth grace of mind, the guy could not miss

What he did today and what he's done this year... especially considering the shit he's had to go through...

He is inevitable.

Reckon he can win 2- 4 more grand slams if he manages to hold this general range of mental, physical, and technical fitness for two more years.

Today's win has contextualized the tournament as the moment Novak collected the final infinity stone and snapped his fingers (unlocked a guaranteed record 409 weeks at world #1, a record 8 year end #1 designations, the record of holding the #1 ranking in 13 different years, and a record 7 ATP finals).

The grand master.
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Post by El Gunner Mon Nov 20, 2023 6:43 am

imagine still hyping Djokovic this much in Roger's retirement Laughing
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Post by Vibe Mon Nov 20, 2023 9:22 am

El Gunner wrote:imagine still hyping Djokovic this much in Roger's retirement Laughing


Man is performing at peak levels, his tennis at the moment is some of the best he's ever done and should be given his flowers.

I have a great deal of respect for Roger but he's no longer in the conversation, because the conversation is over.

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Post by Myesyats Mon Nov 20, 2023 10:44 am

Iga Swiatek would beat him
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Post by The Madrid One Sun Jan 28, 2024 5:38 pm

Djokovic with a horrible AO 24.

Sinner the unofficial but true current world #1.

Couldn't see the final due to the ungodly AO schedule in the states but I got to see the Djokovic-Sinner match and Sinner did indeed look like a mirror image of a younger Novak.

Having said that though, Djokovic was sick and out of form the whole tournament. Dealt with a wrist injury from the start, as well as with some kind of rough cold and his form was disappointing throughout. It was weird to see Djokovic so calm during the match, and by calm I mean resigned. You could feel it and see it in him and in his team.

Still, suspicious of Sinner to lose two sets in the final and a set against a dead, nonexistent Djokovic. The Djokovic of AO 23 or even US Open 23 still takes it imo.

Djokovic is virtually 37 and it is annoying to see the amount of problems he's having with his body and form every tournament now.

I'll be satisfied with him at least winning one more GS.

Not impressed with Sinner as much as others will be, especially the Fedal lovers.

But he's damn good, and I like him.

Right now the best in the world.
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Post by El Gunner Sun Jan 28, 2024 6:10 pm

Djokovic is virtually 37 and it is annoying to see the amount of problems he's having with his body and form every tournament now.
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Post by The Madrid One Sun Jul 14, 2024 7:17 pm

Well, Alcaraz played a great match to win Wimbledon 2024. If he stays healthy and motivated and unless actual competition eventually arises I can see him win 30 grand slams.

As for Novak, that was one of the worst performances I've ever seen from him. Very similar to the 2024 AO semifinal where Sinner played well but was no doubt flattered and helped by the fact that Djokovic as we know him was nonexistent in mind, body, and spirit. Similar story today. Easier for someone to gain so much momentum, clarity, rhythm, and confidence when their opponent is a shell of a player.

Djokovic is 37 years old and 16 years older than an Alcaraz who is in his physical prime, and he's also coming off a month old knee surgery and a 2024 that will go down as his worst year since 2017. A combination of old age, lost motivation, injuries and ailments, mental blocks, and good performances by the up and coming elite have resulted in what we have this year.

As a fan, I would just wish he wins one more GS and makes it 25 and retires by the end of 2025.

Djokovic himself could have won 30-35 grand slams even with Federer, Nadal, Wawrinka, and Murray as competition, but the COVID restrictions and defaults of the 2020-2022 years, shoulder, wrist, and elbow injuries and loss of motivation between mid 2016-2018, and avoidable losses to Murray, Nishikori, and Wawrinka in particular from 2012-2014 all halted him a bit.

Looking back, even at the time it happened I knew and felt the 2023 ATP Finals victory (and the whole of the 2023 season actually) was a perfect culmination of sorts for Djokovic. A clear mission accomplished.

Even if he goes on to win 1 or 2 more grand slams, we are now in the denouement.
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Post by El Gunner Sun Jul 14, 2024 7:38 pm

Djokovic himself could have won 30-35 grand slams even with Federer, Nadal, Wawrinka, and Murray as competition, but the COVID restrictions and defaults of the 2020-2022 years, shoulder, wrist, and elbow injuries and loss of motivation between mid 2016-2018
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and avoidable losses to Murray, Nishikori, and Wawrinka in particular from 2012-2014 all halted him a bit.
how many avoidable losses did Federer have...
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