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MidnightVibe
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re: Tennis 2019 -- The Unofficial Non-GS Thread
The same could possibly be said about Rafa. He's not as old, and his play hasn't dropped off when he's healthy, but he's been healthy less and less frequently. Simply put: his body is breaking down.

He probably wants to catch Fed in majors, but it just ain't happening. He can't stay healthy long enough to capitalize on is momentum. And with Novak back in top form, he's no longer the best player in the world on any surface except clay.


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re: Tennis 2019 -- The Unofficial Non-GS Thread
Prediction: Jack Sock has a very solid year


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re: Tennis 2019 -- The Unofficial Non-GS Thread
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The same could possibly be said about Rafa. He's not as old, and his play hasn't dropped off when he's healthy, but he's been healthy less and less frequently. Simply put: his body is breaking down.

He probably wants to catch Fed in majors, but it just ain't happening. He can't stay healthy long enough to capitalize on is momentum. And with Novak back in top form, he's no longer the best player in the world on any surface except clay.


Novak will probably end up with the majors when it is all said and done. I think he is going to have another awesome two to three years of winning 3/4 majors a year or close to it.

I feel that a 100% Novak will also beat Nadal on clay next year in RG. He might lose to a lower seeded player before he gets the chance to face Nadal, but if he makes it to play Nadal then Novak will win.


little billy
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Prediction: Jack Sock has a very solid year

i think so toi. although his ranking is such that he's going to have to go through qualifying for most tournaments. that's gotta be humbling to go from #8 in the world to outside the top 100 in one year


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MidnightVibe
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re: Tennis 2019 -- The Unofficial Non-GS Thread
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I feel that a 100% Novak will also beat Nadal on clay next year in RG. He might lose to a lower seeded player before he gets the chance to face Nadal, but if he makes it to play Nadal then Novak will win


I would respectfully disagree on this point. Rafa v. Novak at Wimbledon was basically a dead heat. And that was Novak back in top form. And Rafa, unbelievably (and seemingly impossibly) seems to have gotten better on clay the last two years (maybe not better than in his first (2008) prime, but close).

I think if Rafa goes into 2019 RG healthy, he wins it again. I would not be surprised if that ends up being his last major win, but I do think he's likely to get one more RG, and it'll prolly be this year.


MidnightVibe
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re: Tennis 2019 -- The Unofficial Non-GS Thread
If Rafa were to win the Australian Open this year I would spooge in my pants.


Bunk Moreland
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re: Tennis 2019 -- The Unofficial Non-GS Thread
Happy New Year, boys. Nice to see some tennis in Oz and Kiwi land.

Nadal pulled out of Brisbane with a quad issue. Kyrgios already lost there. The draw is decent with Grigor, Kei, Milos, and de Minaur.

Djokovic is doing his thing in Doha. That draw is mainly garbage.

I thought Auckland was this week, but that must just be the women. I know some folks are in Perth with the Hopman Cup.

Cracka, we need you back for the new year, buddy.


The Egg
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Djokovic is doing his thing in Doha. That draw is mainly garbage.
thiem, goffin and kk already gone

gonna come down to djoker vs. stan - don't think stan is ready for this version of nole right now


The Egg
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re: Tennis 2019 -- The Unofficial Non-GS Thread
just as i say that, novak is down a set to frickface


Bunk Moreland
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re: Tennis 2019 -- The Unofficial Non-GS Thread
I wonder what kind of shape a lot of these dudes are in coming off of winter/holidays. I'm guessing they try to keep in decent shape so Australia is not total shock to the system, but it's probably tough to replicate those conditions unless you train in Dubai like Fed or live in Mallorca.


MidnightVibe
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re: Tennis 2019 -- The Unofficial Non-GS Thread
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I wonder what kind of shape a lot of these dudes are in coming off of winter/holidays. I'm guessing they try to keep in decent shape so Australia is not total shock to the system, but it's probably tough to replicate those conditions unless you train in Dubai like Fed or live in Mallorca



I would imagine that temperatures in Mallorca around this time are pretty cool.

But your question is an excellent one. You've gotta figure that there's some subset of players that diligently train in that "offseason" period, and others that just let themselves go a little bit. I think we know what group the big four fall into. And I think we also know what group Jack Sock falls into. Beyond that, your guess is as good as mine.

ETA: and totes agreed that it's going to be impossible to replicate australian conditions unless you live in Australia, or somewhere else in the southern hemisphere (where it's summer). With that in mind,I might posit that the garbage tune-up events for the Australian Open are more essential than the ones for other majors
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MidnightVibe
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Is it just me or did Genie pack on a few ell bees?

Image: https://i.imgur.com/BdoPncN.png


MidnightVibe
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Cracka, we need you back for the new year, buddy.


I hope he's not waiting until Alex wins a major.


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little billy
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re: Tennis 2019 -- The Unofficial Non-GS Thread
that's not a good picture of her. i instagram stalk her. she's still looking mighty fine.


MidnightVibe
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Pics or it didn't happen.


emanresu
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re: Tennis 2019 -- The Unofficial Non-GS Thread
I see you exclusively featured the New Guard in the OP. Have you no respect?


Bunk Moreland
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I saw a few games of her yesterday. She didn't look quite as emaciated as she has recently, but definitely not packing lbs on, either.


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re: Tennis 2019 -- The Unofficial Non-GS Thread
Genie looking good back off

She should win a few in AO

Thinking 3rd Round she played well yesterday
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MidnightVibe
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see you exclusively featured the New Guard in the OP. Have you no respec


I go new guard I get crap. I go old guard I get crap.

Who do you want, Milos Raonic?


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