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#1411 YellowLorrySlow

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 03:03 PM

View PostSpontaneousFury, on 09 June 2013 - 02:58 PM, said:

I'm inclined to agree with your bold prediction, or was it Ray's?

Ray will have to see what goes down in the Siberian Open before giving his official prediction. It does appear he has a slight lean to the two best players in the world.

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 05:43 PM

My prediction is it will be any one of Novak, Rafa or Murray.

French Open final was predictable. Unless there are unexpected problems with Rafa, Ferrer won't beat him in a French Open final.

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 06:58 PM

View PostRayTheBest, on 09 June 2013 - 05:43 PM, said:

My prediction is it will be any one of Novak, Rafa or Murray.

French Open final was predictable. Unless there are unexpected problems with Rafa, Ferrer won't beat him in a French Open final.

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 09:39 PM

wimbledon draw was very kind to novak

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 07:47 AM

View PostMuttley85, on 22 June 2013 - 09:39 PM, said:

wimbledon draw was very kind to novak

Definitely. I would be very surprised if he is not in the final. The other half is very interesting. Either Nadal or Murray will advance to the final.

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 09:34 AM

Wow. That was unexpected. I was looking forward to Roger v Rafa QF. Rafa's knee was again the problem, but you have to give credit to Darcis because I'm sure a lot of players would've choked in those tie-breakers, especially the second one where he won 10-8. I hope Rafa won't have to take the rest of the year off again, although the remaining hard court season won't do much good to his knee.

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 11:48 AM

Ha, this has to be the biggest upset of the decade in Wimbledon, but the writing has been on the wall for some time. Told you he has no chance. He was flat footed throughout the match. The guys is old, plain and simple. He may get some good results in spurts, but that won't win him any majors. He will be out of top 10 pretty soon. This loss actually pushes him out of the top 4, I think.

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 03:09 PM

View PostRayTheBest, on 26 June 2013 - 11:48 AM, said:

Told you he has no chance.


LMAO, yeah, you're quite the prognosticator.

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 07:40 PM

With all these injuries and early round losses, if anyone but Djoker and Serena wins this it will be an upset.

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 11:58 PM

Well, I thought Djokovic is the favorite and Nadal and Murray could also win it, and I still think Djoko and Murray are the favorites. However, maybe it's time for some young gun to break through and win, who knows? Without Federer, Nadal, and Tsonga in the tournament, it has become wide open and players outside big 4 should make the most of it. Talking about young guns, Tomic is draw to meet Berdych in 4R and then Djokovic in QF. The 20 year old may perform some miracle, though it's unlikely, who knows? Raonic is in Ferrer's quarter and he may do something this time. He is 23 and if he is to be one of the next generation's greats, he should be able to win a slam soon. I think Raonic can beat all of the potential opponents including Ferrer, then he may meet Del Potro in QF and then Djokovic in SF. Dimitrov is also in that quarter, and should meet Del Potro in 3rd round. Del Potro himself is also a guy who needs to win more majors. These guys have the potential to win it now, I think. From the bottom half, Polish giant Janowicz will play Almagro in 3rd round and with Federer gone, the remaining potential opponents are all beatable for him. Should he reach SF, he will meet Murray who he beat in last year's Paris Masters. That will be interesting.

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 11:46 AM

Dropping like flies.  Raonic just lost.

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 11:57 AM

View PostRayTheBest, on 26 June 2013 - 11:58 PM, said:

Well, I thought Djokovic is the favorite and Nadal and Murray could also win it, and I still think Djoko and Murray are the favorites.

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Posted 28 June 2013 - 07:16 PM

now actually looks like Novak has the tougher route to the final. got del potro, ferrer, berdych, tomic/gasquet and tommy haas who seems to have good form, all on his side.

murray shouldnt really drop any sets between now and the final but the way its gone so far its hard to say what will happen.

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Posted 28 June 2013 - 08:45 PM

You are right, though potential threats to Murray are the underachieving Latvian, Gulbis, and the rising Polish star, Janowicz. I think Murray should still get to the final without too much problem. Novak should also get there although big hitters like Delpo and Berdych are potentially very dangerous. I would love to see some young players do well, but so far, they haven't been that impressive. Nadal and Djokovic already were Grand Slam winners by the age of 21. Raonic and Janowicz are 23 this year, Dimitrov 22, and Tomic and Harrison will turn 21, but they all seem far from winning a Masters event, let alone a slam. They don't consistently do well in those big events and maybe this group of players are just not as talented as the current big 4, which means we should wait longer until next generation of superstars in tennis emerge. That means Djokovic can dominate men's tennis for quite some time, now that the only consistent threat to him is Murray. (Nadal is prone to injury, and Federer has gotten old and struggles against top 10 opponents now, let alone big 4) That also means that Murray has good chances to become no. 1 in the next few years.

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 08:57 AM

Novak seems good for his 2nd title, but Delpo will be very dangerous. That should be an interesting match and I wouldn't rule out an upset with the way Del Potro playing at the moment.

Murray in deep trouble. If he can come back from 2 sets down, that will be a huge effort. Janowicz seems to be in good form as well. I think he will be in the semis and if Verdasco beats Murray, that will be an interesting match. If Janowicz doesn't choke, he should be able to beat Verdasco, I think. If the big Pole meets Murray, that will be extremely close, I suspect. I predict Janowicz will make it to his first Grand Slam final.

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 09:21 PM

Semifinals will be very interesting. I think all of the remaining 4 contenders are legitimate candidate to win this year's title. Djokovic is still the favorite, but Del Potro will test him. Big servers are always threats on this surface and if Del Potro's serve is on, he can beat anyone. Murray looked well below his best, but he found a way to win. I think that shows Murray has improved a lot mentally. However, Janowicz will be a very tough opponent for him. If Janowicz serves like he did yesterday, I think nobody can stop him, including Novak. It's getting really interesting there.

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 10:47 AM

So much has been said about how many upsets there have been in this Wimbledon, but the two best players will fight it out in the final in the end. If this Wimbledon is about revenges(People say Djokovic took revenge on Delpo and Haas while Murray revenged his loss in Paris last year against Janowicz), Murray will win. However, logic says it will be Wimbledon title no.2 for Novak. Should be a good one.

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 11:29 PM

A great win by Murray. He played a perfect match. Novak seemed a little flat, but that doesn't make this victory any less. Murray's first serve was on and it did wonders when he needed them. Great job.

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 10:23 AM

I had a Djoker future to win Wimbeldon at +120 and let it ride.  I should have hedged as the stars were aligned for a Murray victory.  Congrats to the Brits.

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 04:43 PM

Watching the PGA mark?

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 03:58 PM

I'm a little surprised that the clay court specialist Rafa has played HC tournaments this season.

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 02:50 PM

View PostSpontaneousFury, on 17 August 2013 - 03:58 PM, said:

I'm a little surprised that the clay court specialist Rafa has played HC tournaments this season.

Yeah, huge upset.

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 10:21 PM

OK, you bitches. I'm eating my crow. Nadal's knee seems to be in much better condition than I thought, and Djokovic's level is dropping little by little as the year progresses, which can be due to fatigue since it's been a long, tough season for him. I think it was a bloody good idea to take plenty of time away and come back well prepared for Nadal. Kudos to him. He has a very good chance to finish the year as no. 1, and he is the co-favourite with Djokovic and Murray to win US Open. I think he is the hottest player in men's tennis right now.

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 08:16 PM

We are set for an epic final. I think it will go to 5 sets unless Djokovic has some problem physically. Rafa seems to be in good form, so I think he may win, but with Djokovic, you never know. It will be the best match of 2013, I guess.

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Posted 08 September 2013 - 04:36 PM

I expect both of them to try and hold their serve, as well as break their opponent. Whoever plays better is going to win this match.

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 04:43 PM

View PostRayTheBest, on 07 September 2013 - 08:16 PM, said:

We are set for an epic final. I think it will go to 5 sets unless Djokovic has some problem physically. Rafa seems to be in good form, so I think he may win, but with Djokovic, you never know. It will be the best match of 2013, I guess.

Good form? Bwahahahaha, he's in the greatest form a player has ever been in.

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 05:04 PM

He is indeed in great form. Not only he has won 2nd US Open, it looks like he has sealed his place as year end no. 1 of 2013. A bit disappointed with Novak's play, though. He made a lot of unforced errors but that must be due to Nadal. Still, that 4th set was a disappointment.

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 05:11 PM

View PostRayTheBest, on 09 September 2013 - 05:04 PM, said:

He is indeed in great form. Not only he has won 2nd US Open, it looks like he has sealed his place as year end no. 1 of 2013. A bit disappointed with Novak's play, though. He made a lot of unforced errors but that must be due to Nadal. Still, that 4th set was a disappointment.

LOL, you're really a nice guy so I seriously(and I know this is a paradox) mean no disrespect when I say you make the dumbest comments on Tennis that I've ever read. Novak played his ass off, he was up against the greatest player who has ever lived playing at his highest level. Federer wouldn't have won a set tonight on his best day. The level of that match was ridiculous.

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 05:33 PM

I disagree, the level of their match in Australia last year was incredibly high as well. When these guys play, the standard of tennis has been that high in the past 3 years. I also think the best Federer would've gone very close. I like the fact you are clear and convincing with what you say, but I must disagree with you on this.

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 07:24 PM

View PostRayTheBest, on 09 September 2013 - 05:33 PM, said:

I disagree, the level of their match in Australia last year was incredibly high as well. When these guys play, the standard of tennis has been that high in the past 3 years. I also think the best Federer would've gone very close. I like the fact you are clear and convincing with what you say, but I must disagree with you on this.

There is no doubt that the level of AO 2012 was high but Rafa is playing better now than he was then and it's pretty obvious. Fed is a little lucky that he didn't play during the prime years of Rafa and Novak.



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