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Re: Of the younger "top 4" who will age the best?

Nadal looks close to done for me. He'll play on I'm sure, but it'll be interesting to see how he copes when comes back. The way Nadal reacted at the FO this year after winning suggested a bit of a swan song for me. He knew just how much he put into beating Djokovic. Can he do it again?

Djokovic pushed himself hard, but as other say, distractions outside of tennis may do for him eventually rather than physical fatigue. If he carried on as he has for 3 - 4 more years though he could easily end up with 10+ slams.

Murray looks more driven but that's because he's only just tasted success. Plus his personality is more retiring. I can see him outlasting the other two and collecting 6+ grand slams over the rest of his career.

I actually think we're about to enter the Djokovic - Murray era where they begin to dominate more and more. Nadal physically cannot compete anymore week in week out, and Federer won't to prolong his career. In truth, Federer could outlast them all if he wanted to. It's up to him really.
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I don't know

Rafa will be first, for sure

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Re: Of the younger "top 4" who will age the best?

Murray.
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Pushray's style in insanely physical, I don't know why some clowns think he'll last into 30's. Mandy will be done by 28, mark my words.
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Re: Of the younger "top 4" who will age the best?

Djokovic will age the best.

Federer will win another grand slam.
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Re: Of the younger "top 4" who will age the best?

Murray can adapt his style depending on circumstance, the Murray who destroyed Federer in the olympics final could play on to his 30s. However he will lack the ability to push when it suits him, he will have to go out and take charge all the time.

There is no way Nadal and Djokovic will be playing great tennis at 30, someone mentioned Ferrer but Ferrer just isnt that good at defending as some people want to make the case, he mainly wins points by attacking.

Djokovic and Nadal with all the crazy defending and movement have strained their bodies, even pushing Murray moves without extreme movements but more depending on amazing anticipation and great hands when defending.

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Nadal might be done already, but I think he got another 2-3 competitive years on clay atleast.

Djokovic peaked last year and is slowly declining, next year he will be a bit worse and the year after a good deal worse and some injury problems might await him aswell. Another 3 years beeing very competitive in slams unless something dramatic happens.

Murray another competitive 5 years adjusting and depending more on attacking the serve and going for it instead of pushing in later years.

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People said Nadal was done in 2009. Never count a champion out. He is a warrior, not a sissy who quits the moment the going gets tough. He didn't get to where he was by being soft or weak. Nadal has 2-3 years ahead of him where he can win slams. Djoker 3-5 years. Mandy is a fluke so he won't win another one, same as Del Shitro.
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Nadal can play 1/2 season a year for another 5 years.

Nole will never get back to 2011 level, but he can still win a few more slams.

Hopefully, Murray still has some gas left in his tank but he has already wasted so many years before winnng his first slam. I doubt that he will make 8 USO final as his coach.

Possibly Fed will be the last person to retire??
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It's obviously not Nadal so we'll see how Murray and Nole play out.
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None of those three will age well. They have a limited shelf life as do all defensive players (except Ferrer but hes some sort of freak).
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Well, Nole is done as a serious player. Murray might last 3 more years. Nadal is done as a player and currently retired

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Re: Of the younger "top 4" who will age the best?

None of them are efficient in their game styles. So there is no obvious pick among the three.

Nadal has the most mileage and some chronic injury worries. He hasn't been consistent and wouldn't be. He may play a few more years with long injury breaks in the non-clay part of the season.

Djokovic has the egg pod. Without knowing its magic powers, I cannot comment.

Murray has the least mileage and potentially the most hunger (and now high confidence) out of these three. But he has a grinding style, so who knows?

Federer has lasted because of efficient game style and proper season management over the years. It's not an accident.

None of these three are efficient in their games.

But Murray for sure and Djokovic have a lot more to accomplish.

Smart season planning and enough breaks will ensure a few more good years for Rafa.

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Murray, easily. Mainly because his style is less physical than the other two and he achieved success later.

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People said Nadal was done in 2009. Never count a champion out. He is a warrior, not a sissy who quits the moment the going gets tough. He didn't get to where he was by being soft or weak. Nadal has 2-3 years ahead of him where he can win slams. Djoker 3-5 years. Mandy is a fluke so he won't win another one, same as Del Shitro.
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Murray, easily. Mainly because his style is less physical than the other two and he achieved success later.
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