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I like Fed as a player, and definitely want him to win his 8th Wimbledon. But he still has a tough road ahead. Djokovic is basically alone in his half of the draw, unless you count Ferrer (and I don't). Federer still has Tsonga and Murray in his half.
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Murray and Tsonga play each other though, and I'm pretty sure Tsonga has only beat Murray once in his entire career. Murray is the absolute worst possible match-up for Tsonga. Federer will be about +145 against Murray and +130 against Djokovic if he makes it that far.
Tennis is a young mans sport. Very few Majors are won by players over the age of 30. Agassi won 2, Samapras won 1, and Fed has won 1 since turning 30. That's the most important number when talking about Fed's chances this tourney.
I think Nadal has a shorter timeline than that. He is 27 and he is close to being done winning Majors IMO. He even struggled at the French more this year than in years past. He has made a living by keeping points alive but his knees have paid the price. Djokovic could be in line for a run of Majors that puts him up there with Nadal who is sitting at 12 Majors. Djokovic currently has 6.
Tennis isn't as much of a young man's sport as it used to be. Players are consistently playing longer these days. Another reason you can expect guys like Fed and Nadal to continue to have success is that there is a "missing" generation. There's no young guys stepping up to challenge the supremacy of the Big 4. Tomic, Raonic, and Dimitrov were supposed to be those guys, but Tomic looks like a top 25 player at best; Raonic looks like Isner 2.0; and Dimitrov doesn't seem to have the mental fortitude (though the jury is still out on him).
Nadal's struggles at the FO were overblown. He always struggles when conditions are wet on clay. Obviously, 2008 and 2012 were his best FO's (debatable which was better), but this year was as good as any of the other years. Still I agree that it's going to be difficult for Nadal to win anywhere but clay. Murray and Djokovic are better hard court players, period.
Hmm, you think Murray will be favored against Fed (even more favored than Djokovic over Fed), considering he beat him here last year for the title, and Murray has been injured enough to keep him out of the French 2 years ago? I was thinking more even against Murray. Your Djoker odds seem pretty spot on though.
@Charles- It's definitely a compelling storyline. With Murray's Olympics win against Fed at the All-England club last year, anticipation is at a fever pitch.
Don't really get all the Nadal hate. He doesn't really bitch when he loses, seems pretty complimentary to his opponents, doesn't make excuses, etc. I've always thought of Djokovic as a whiner and Nadal and Federer as class acts, even though I don't like their tennis style.
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Tennis is absolutely a young mans game these days. Even more today than 15 years ago. Gone are the days of guys competing for majors in their mid-late 30s. Murray and Djokovic are set up to be the kings of tennis for the next 2-3 years. They are both 26 and play a style that is not going to kill their knees so they will likely stay healthy. Nadal is 27 but he is very hard on his body due to his style.
Nadal might win another French or 2 but he and Fed are close to being done when it comes to winning majors. They may not be known right now but there will be some young guys who take over as the next stars of tennis.
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