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Re: How many slams? « Reply #60 on: September 12, 2012, 09:28 PM »
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I think he'll finish with 6 in total.

2 at AO, 2 more at the USO and one at Wimbers! cmon yeah
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Re: How many slams? « Reply #61 on: September 12, 2012, 09:42 PM »
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To be honest, at the moment, I don't care.  I guess I'll maybe change my mind later, but for now, he has one.  He is a Grand Slam champion.  That'll do for me.
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Re: How many slams? « Reply #62 on: September 12, 2012, 10:20 PM »
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....and me.    But I do think he will now be very difficult to beat in any final he reaches.
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Re: How many slams? « Reply #63 on: September 12, 2012, 10:36 PM »
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Personally I'm just over the moon that my dream of witnessing a British Grand Slam winner in my lifetime has happened so right now I'm not sure I care if he ever wins another match let alone Grand Slam.

Anyway, now he's got over that hurdle of beating Federer and Djokovic in big finals I do think there's a good chance he'll win some more. If he stays at the top for another 4 or 5 years then I don't see why he can't end up with 4 or 5 slams.
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Re: How many slams? « Reply #64 on: September 12, 2012, 11:42 PM »
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I think Andy will win 5 max, so 4 more for me - hopefully one of those will be Wimbledon, he really deserves Wimbledon.

I don't think he will be a one slam wonder, not that that is a bad thing, i just feel he has more in him. I think his main rival will be Novak, stuff Federer, his style of game cannot compete anymore it seems, Wimbledon was his last great hoorah hopefully (although you never know with him) he's 31 and cannot keep getting to the final of a slam with such high performance tennis now on display, his style of tennis i feel won't be able to compete with the retrieving power of Novak and Andy.

Rafa, all depends on wether he can get back to his best or not, only time will tell with that one, in any case, he masy stay clear of the hardcourts from now on, so that's at least 2 slams a year he won't be there (again, you never know with him, he's made a comeback before)

With regards to up and coming tennis players, Raonic doesn't impress me in the slightest, not for Andy anyway, Andy is too good a returner, and it only took him 8 games to work his serve out, he may make a lot of quarters due to his blitz style game, and maybe semis, but not a final - i think he will be nothing more than the next John Isner.

Nope, to me the biggest threat to Andy now is Novak, i think those 2 will be the next big rivalry, and we also have to see if Andy is now going to go the way Lendl and all of us hopes, barnstorming aggresive playstyle full of confidence and taking it to 'em

Also, we need to see if he can now motivate himself and be fully committed to whats in store, yes he won his first slam but will he do a Novak and not win again for 3 years? or will he be able to work even harder at his game? we're in uncharted territory now people, it's up to Andy to stake his claim as a future number 1 player.

Basically, we hope Andy doesn't become the next Delpo or god forbid Roddick
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Re: How many slams? « Reply #65 on: September 13, 2012, 12:06 AM »
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I predict two slams next year - one of them Wimbledon, i think he looked so awesome at Wimbledon against Ferrer, and Tsonga and again in the Olympics against Djok and Fedex (amazing stuff in both those matches). Be so good if he can win the ATP finals (not sure the slow indoor court at the O2 suits him) and win AO in the new year - probably get him to no1. I see Djok being his main rival on the hard courts, don't write off Fed at Wimbledon. Rafa - see how his injury goes ....
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Re: How many slams? « Reply #66 on: September 13, 2012, 08:10 AM »
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Here is an optimistic guess.

9 slams total, 3 each in AO, Wim, USO, none for FO. Andy's game currently lacks the power to punch through the opponent on clay and there is Nadal .
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Re: How many slams? « Reply #67 on: September 13, 2012, 09:23 AM »
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@Philip
Love your optimism wub clap

Andy's said he's got 5 more years at the top of his game, so who knows?

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Re: How many slams? « Reply #68 on: September 13, 2012, 02:00 PM »
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Basically, we hope Andy doesn't become the next Delpo or god forbid Roddick
He's not the next DelPo - largely because DelPo is younger than him but because Del Potro has also achieved nothing else. No other Slam finals, no Masters, just one Masters final.
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Re: How many slams? « Reply #69 on: September 13, 2012, 03:22 PM »
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Still don't know how DelPo won in 2009.  Federer self-destructed.  DelPo is now established in that very good group of 4 behind (but separated) from the top 4.  Also, they're ahead (and starting to become separated) from No.9 onwards (Tipsy downwards).

The 8 for WTF are pretty much sorted.  Tipsy will starting fading away.

Maybe DelPo will catch Federer late next year.
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Re: How many slams? « Reply #70 on: September 13, 2012, 03:50 PM »
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I think Andy has a realistic shot of a career Golden slam - he is arguably the best grasscourter after Fed & Nadal but with Andy beating Roger so comprehensively in the Olympics and Rafa's knees being an issue, then we could possibly see Andy winning Wimbledon 2013.

AO is always Andy's best slam judging by his past results, the slowest of the 2 HC slams, the surface suits Murray's game to a tee and now with renewed confidence of beating Nole at USO, should they meet again in any future AO finals, I would fancy Andy to add AO win to his CV.

Andy is often at an advantage as he normally gets the time to prepare for the 1st major of the year so no surprises that he tends to do well down under, he gets a fairer scheduling there too.

The French Open will be the tricky one, but with Lendl's experience of winning the FO 3 times, both Andy & Ivan will look to make a serious attempt at winning at RG - he's got to the SF before and had he converted more BPs against Rafa, he could have got to the final. There's still time.

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Re: How many slams? « Reply #71 on: September 13, 2012, 04:28 PM »
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I think Fed will be more-or-less out of the picture soon. In the last 3 years, he's won 2 slams, and at both of those he's had a little luck as his nemesis Rafa was eliminated (even the 2009 slams were similar). He'll be going on 32 next year. I can't see him being a huge factor that much longer.

That leaves mainly Muzza, Nole and Rafa to share the spoils, though I suppose someone else could get into the mix, maybe Delpo? Tsonga? Hard to say.

The 3 of them can compete on all three surfaces but I feel like this:

- Murray and Nole could edge Rafa on hard courts, particularly fast ones like USO
- Nole and Rafa could edge Muzza on clay courts
- Murray and Rafa could edge Nole on grass courts, though that might seem odd as Rafa & Nole both have Wimbledons.

IMO, the most important thing for Lendl and Muzz to work on is Andy beating Nadal more regularly, and in best of fives. I know he has wins over Rafa at USO and AO, but neither were straightforward affairs because the first was played over 2 days and the second involved a retirement. I totally think Andy has the game to beat Rafa, but I'd like to see it happen when both are playing their best over 5 sets. I think Andy could use a little less reverence for Rafa? It might make him fight a wee bit harder in those matches? Not sure as would have to re-watch them.

So with all that said, I think Muzz should end with 5-6 slams minimum.

He should win a couple Wimbledons. Grass doesn't come naturally to the others, though Rafa will always be a contender there, and Nole won't be far off either (improved net game will help).

He will definitely win at least one AO

He will win another USO

He has 5 good years left for sure, though over the 28-9 year point players do start to slow, I think - even Fed did. So that leaves 2-3 peak years. If he wins a slam in each of the next 2-3 years, that puts him to 4 and then another 1 or 2 in those latter years, and he has 6. And that's conservative I think.

So many factors to consider that we just cannot predict: like health - will Andy stay injury-free? and competition - will anyone else rise up to challenge these guys?

But he'll do well methinks. Smile
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Re: How many slams? « Reply #72 on: September 13, 2012, 04:58 PM »
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I believe Andy will win his favourite Slams more than the others - USO and Wimbledon. I'll give him at least 1 AO but this is all too premature.
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Re: How many slams? « Reply #73 on: September 13, 2012, 05:36 PM »
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Andy when pushed to it predicted 3 for himself:

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Re: How many slams? « Reply #74 on: September 13, 2012, 06:06 PM »
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Andy when pushed to it predicted 3 for himself:




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