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Another fairly routine slam from Novak, only dropped two sets the entire tournament.
Think he played within himself throughout, there was always another gear there if he was in trouble. He never was though, so he didn’t need it.
That’s his third title here in a row and he would surely already be on 21 slams if COVID hadn’t stopped Wimbledon in 2020.
No matter, I’m sure he will win the US next month and go ahead Nadal and Fed to clarify his status as the all time goat - as long as he doesn’t try to decapitate any line judges.
These young 20 something guys will surely start beating him some day, but it’s fairly hard to see it happening any time soon. They seem to fear him.
He’s in great shape and he looks like he’s got at least another couple of years at this level in him. I think he is going to end up on 25+ slams, 30 is certainly not out of reach.

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Another fairly routine slam from Novak, only dropped two sets the entire tournament.
Think he played within himself throughout, there was always another gear there if he was in trouble. He never was though, so he didn’t need it.
That’s his third title here in a row and he would surely already be on 21 slams if COVID hadn’t stopped Wimbledon in 2020.
No matter, I’m sure he will win the US next month and go ahead Nadal and Fed to clarify his status as the all time goat - as long as he doesn’t try to decapitate any line judges.
These young 20 something guys will surely start beating him some day, but it’s fairly hard to see it happening any time soon. They seem to fear him.
He’s in great shape and he looks like he’s got at least another couple of years at this level in him. I think he is going to end up on 25+ slams, 30 is certainly not out of reach.

30 is way out of reach, tbh I think he will finish on 23-24.
And sue barker so unprofessional with question re. Football. Joker made her look like an idiot although not that hard.
And please can Andrew Castle stop commentating. Brings absolutely nothing but suspicion
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7 minutes ago, Mark Connolly said:

Is Novak going to Tokyo?

He could win a Golden Slam, only Steffi Graf has done that before.

I believe he is, sure it was mentioned before/during the match today.

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That had an air of a Murray v Djokovic in a slam final.  Murray wins the first set which wakes the Serb up and it becomes a routine win after that.

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30 is way out of reach, tbh I think he will finish on 23-24.
And sue barker so unprofessional with question re. Football. Joker made her look like an idiot although not that hard.
And please can Andrew Castle stop commentating. Brings absolutely nothing but suspicion


He’s just turned 34 and he’s won four grand slams in a row. It would surely have been more had either Wimbledon happened last year or if he had aimed that ball away from the line judge at the US open.
He could have 25 by the end of next year at the rate he is going just now. The hard court is his best surface and the next two are on that at the US and Australian - where he always wins.
Rafa used to be able to beat him at Rolland Garros but even he couldn’t stop him winning that this year, and now the Spaniards injuries seem to be getting worse and I suspect he has won his last major.
I don’t know who knocks him out in the next two years. It needs to be one of the guys in their mid twenties who should be peaking about now. Can you see someone like Zverev or Medvedev beating him in a grand slam? It’s just hard to picture. He’s got them all on toast.
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On 12/07/2021 at 09:29, Lex said:

 


He’s just turned 34 and he’s won four grand slams in a row. It would surely have been more had either Wimbledon happened last year or if he had aimed that ball away from the line judge at the US open.
He could have 25 by the end of next year at the rate he is going just now. The hard court is his best surface and the next two are on that at the US and Australian - where he always wins.
Rafa used to be able to beat him at Rolland Garros but even he couldn’t stop him winning that this year, and now the Spaniards injuries seem to be getting worse and I suspect he has won his last major.
I don’t know who knocks him out in the next two years. It needs to be one of the guys in their mid twenties who should be peaking about now. Can you see someone like Zverev or Medvedev beating him in a grand slam? It’s just hard to picture. He’s got them all on toast.

 

Thing is, as you say he's just turned 34. His game heavily relies on his athleticism and in particular his incredible flexibility. At some point soon his muscles are going to start tightening, his ligaments lose their elasticity. It may start to be noticeable next year, it may be 5 years away if he's very lucky. But it's in the post, and when it comes, the main source of his advantage over the chasing pack will be gone.

He could average 2-3 slams a year for four years and make 30, but I don't think he will. It's incredibly hard to stay at the top for that long and Djokovic's slams have come in waves. After his triple in 2011 he only won one each year in 2012, '13 and '14. From Wimbledon 2014 to RG 2016 he won 6 out of 8, then none for over 2 years. He could have another dip at any time.

Of course, if he does dip he doesn't have a peak Federer, Nadal or Murray waiting to scoop up the prizes. But the younger lads are slowly getting better all the time and who knows which of them could make it all click, as Djokovic did in 2011, and start winning big things. Players often have a moment in their career where they unlock the level above them.

My guess is that he'll probably break Margaret Court's record, but 30 would be a huge stretch. 

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Andy Murray to open his double Olympic defence against Felix Auger-Aliassime.   Possible Carrena Busta in the last 16, Medvedev in the QF.  Tsitsipas in the SF and the man chasing the Golden Slam in the final.

Has to really play well in his first match, and if he does he’d have a good chance of making the quarter finals.  Best of three sets with a day off in between, it might just be a format that works for Murray currently.

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29 minutes ago, Loki said:

Andy Murray to open his double Olympic defence against Felix Auger-Aliassime.   Possible Carrena Busta in the last 16, Medvedev in the QF.  Tsitsipas in the SF and the man chasing the Golden Slam in the final.

Has to really play well in his first match, and if he does he’d have a good chance of making the quarter finals.  Best of three sets with a day off in between, it might just be a format that works for Murray currently.

Tough draw in the doubles too where Murray and Salisbury play 2nd seeds Mahut and Herbert. Although decent chance to make the SF if they could get through that. 

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Rough draw for Andy. Is he fated to get drawn against every rising star? 

Mahut and Herbert are class doubles players, it would be quite an upset for the Murrays to beat them. 

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Andy and Joe Salisbury's doubles match is 2nd match on court 5 tomorrow. Jamie and Neal Skupski are 3rd on court 11. Heather Watson also in action and is first up on the opening day.

Play starts at 11am in Tokyo (3am UK time) and looks like the tennis will be on Eurosport 3 (983 on Sky). No idea what courts that will actually cover though.

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