Re: 19th Grand Slam or Oldest Number 1
I know that this thread is getting a little ahead of itself…even for a Fed fan. However, I think this year is different than most and for four reasons I think YE#1 (assuming good health….and remember Fed is a rather healthy guy) is in play. I do agree with the comment that #19 would quite likely be included.
Reason 1: Yes, I realize that it all seemed to come together at the AO. But what I saw was Fed fighting. He pulled off three 5-setters including beating Rafa. This shows his heads in the right place. Also, he did flash some occasional brilliant tennis.
Reason 2: We have no idea where Novak ‘s game/mind is these days. This is the biggest obstacle in my mind. He may come back firing on all cylinders, but if he continues to be AWOL the next month (IW and Miami where by the end he normally has 4000-4500 points, and a large lead in the race over number two for the year) he will have quite an uphill struggle gaining enough point for YE#1 in part due to…
Reason 3: If Rafa is back (I’m not saying 2008 version but still) he is going to be an absolute handful during the clay season….hurting Novak/Andy’s chances of running up huge clay point totals. I also feel that despite a great clay season, Rafa himself can't get to YE#1.
Reason 4: I’m not sold on Andy running the year and maintaining his ranking. Great player yes, dominant no. I feel of anyone he benefited most from Fed’s absence last year. I also feel he is going to have a poor seasons start through at least IW.
But yes, maybe I am a bit ahead of myself. 19 at Wimbledon would be pretty fine as well
Last edited by Armchair; 02-09-2017 at 11:46 AM.