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Old 01-03-2024, 10:32 AM
 
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The end of Djokovic, and the new beginning of Nadal.
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Old 01-03-2024, 11:27 PM
 
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The end of Djokovic, and the new beginning of Nadal.
Djokovic appears to have a wrist injury.
Whether he is going to be ok for the AO we will find out soon enough.
Nadal definitely a chance though, as only Djokovic can counter Nadal’s cross court forehands to the backhand side.
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Old 01-04-2024, 10:33 AM
 
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I'll believe Rafa is back as a GS contender when it happens. It's great he is out there playing again, but I think it is asking a lot of him to win any more majors. He will have good days, but the grind of best of 5 set matches over a fornight against the best of the best is something different entirely.
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Old 01-04-2024, 12:03 PM
 
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Nadal is playing better right now than he played in 2019 when he won 18 sets in a row at the AO.
His current level is the same as his victorious 2022 level, except he's playing with less pain now, because he's rested his body and repaired some niggling injuries.

He literally just said in an interview that he's got no pain in his hip or foot now.
He is the best of the best, and he's playing WAY better than Djokovic right now.

And the young guys Rune and Sinner have no confidence at the slams, and no hope of winning the AO.
And Djokovic is always going to out-clutch guys like Tsitsipas and Medvedev in grand slam finals, but he's lost the physical edge.
Nadal and Alcaraz are the most likely winners of this AO.
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Old 01-04-2024, 02:15 PM
 
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Nadal is playing better right now than he played in 2019 when he won 18 sets in a row at the AO.
His current level is the same as his victorious 2022 level, except he's playing with less pain now, because he's rested his body and repaired some niggling injuries.

He literally just said in an interview that he's got no pain in his hip or foot now.
He is the best of the best, and he's playing WAY better than Djokovic right now.

And the young guys Rune and Sinner have no confidence at the slams, and no hope of winning the AO.
And Djokovic is always going to out-clutch guys like Tsitsipas and Medvedev in grand slam finals, but he's lost the physical edge.
Nadal and Alcaraz are the most likely winners of this AO.
It would be a great story, but again, it's asking a lot. Novak remains the favorite by a comfortable margin, but hey, there is money to be made with a Nadal bet if are that confident

https://www.covers.com/tennis/australian-open-odds
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Old 01-05-2024, 10:59 AM
 
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Rafa's not even sure if he's going to be in the Aussie Open after last night.
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Old 01-05-2024, 03:24 PM
 
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It would be a great story, but again, it's asking a lot. Novak remains the favorite by a comfortable margin, but hey, there is money to be made with a Nadal bet if are that confident

https://www.covers.com/tennis/australian-open-odds
Exactly.
Betting against a 10 time champion at the AO is pretty bold imo too.
Not sure what’s up with Nadal now, it may just be cramping in the same area, after coming back from injury.
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Old 01-07-2024, 07:09 AM
 
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Rafa's not even sure if he's going to be in the Aussie Open after last night.

I just saw on the ticker at the bottom of the ESPN (TV) screen that Rafa has withdrawn fron the Aussie Open re a tear in his hip muscle .
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Old 01-07-2024, 07:48 AM
 
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I just saw on the ticker at the bottom of the ESPN (TV) screen that Rafa has withdrawn fron the Aussie Open re a tear in his hip muscle .
My guess is he doesn’t want to risk deeper injury which would hurt his chances for one more French Open title. Probably a smart move.
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Old 01-17-2024, 11:02 PM
 
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I was so sure Iga was going to lose her match against Collins. She was playing rather badly starting on the second set, making many unforced errors and starting to look like she was in pain. And out of no where, pulls a win!! Simply amazing and I didn’t see that coming!
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