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Bold Prediction : Nadal will finish #1 on the ATP Race 2017

Novak motivation has gone downhill since achieving the Career Grand Slam, that title at the French Open took him out a huge amount of pressure but it also drop his motivation and immediate goals on the ATP World Tour.



Roger is the greatest tennis player of all time and in his mind he has already accomplished more than what he ever dream about, this Australian Open title is Cloud 9 for him. He will try to peak for Wimbledon and the US Open, aside from that Federer is just enjoying playing tennis these years.



Andy?, the current World Number 1. Consistency is the key and Andy was really good last year at that, however i seriously think he will not managed to recover that form throughout the year.



Nadal is another case, after winning Monte Carlo and Barcelona last year he seem to recover his great form, then a random injury appear and he miss almost all season. Nadal confidence and motivation right now is higher than any other top player currently in the tour.

I really believe Nadal will have an amazing season, that "Fluke" final at the AO will prove to be no mistake and he might very well finish #1 on the ATP World Tour Race 2017.


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Re: Bold Prediction : Nadal will finish #1 on the ATP Race 2017

This qualifies as a bold prediction so I suggest you indicate that in the thread title.
I certainly think he has a chance but can he sustain his form after the clay season? The race is very likely to be in a tight contest around that time of the year as in recent years.

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I'll be on cloud 9 if RAFA managed to be YE #1 for the 4th time

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Re: Bold Prediction : Nadal will finish #1 on the ATP Race 2017

It wouldn't exactly surprise me. Novak looks done dominating the tour, and Murray is relatively old and isn't showing good signs. The only other guys with a remote shot are Federer and Dimitrov, but they'd have to play out of their skin for the rest of the year. Nadal has been the most consistent player on tour, so he's the natural pick.

The clay swing will tell, anyway. Whoever of Djokovic, Murray and Nadal does the best will be the favourite; Nadal has a huge points lead in the race but Murray has the advantage on the faster surfaces. If Dimitrov can keep pace with decent results on clay then you can't rule him out either.
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If he does then he's officially the GVOAT (greatest vulture of all time)


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Novak motivation has gone downhill since achieving the Career Grand Slam, that title at the French Open took him out a huge amount of pressure but it also drop his motivation and immediate goals on the ATP World Tour.



Roger is the greatest tennis player of all time and in his mind he has already accomplished more than what he ever dream about, this Australian Open title is Cloud 9 for him, he will try to peak for Wimbledon and the US Open, aside from that Federer is just enjoying playing tennis these years.



Andy?, the current World Number 1. Consistency is the key and Andy was really good last year at that, however i seriously think he will not managed to recover that form throughout the year.



Nadal is another case, after winning Monte Carlo and Barcelona last year he seem to recover his great form, then a random injury appear and he miss almost all season. Nadal confident and motivation right now is higher than any other top player currently in the tour.

I really believe Nadal will have an amazing season, that "Fluke" final at the AO will prove to be no mistake and he might very well finish #1 on the ATP World Tour Race 2017.




Look at all the crap that's hanging around on Nadal's Runner Up plate.Some small scratches from the looks of it in the upper left hand corner whilst the bottom section looks like he wiped his nose with it.

Who polished that thing before they gave it to him?
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Re: Bold Prediction : Nadal will finish #1 on the ATP Race 2017

I think 2017 will be a repeat of 2013, minus Djokovic AO.
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His fans expectations have always been to equal or surpass old man's slam count for several years now, realistically since 2010, the year he won 3 slams. I would also believe that was, and still is, Rafa's, uncle Toni's and his team's primary goal.

At this AO, Rafa had a golden chance to increase his slam count to 15 and keep old man at 17, and also the best chance to equal or eclipse old man's slam count, but he somehow not only blew that golden chance, but also made his task of equaling and eclipsing old man's slam count even harder.

As a fan, I couldn't care less if he finishes a season as No.1, or win any other events that are missing from his resume. Everything other than equaling or surpassing 18 comes secondary.

With 14 slams, Rafa has one of the greatest careers in the tennis history. However, if he hangs up his boots without reaching 18, as far as I am concerned, Rafa has underachieved in the latter phases of his career, especially considering RG is his slam to lose.

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I think 2017 will be a repeat of 2013, minus Djokovic AO.


No! All of you think that Djokovic is not motivated but he is quite alive. Why do not you wait to see what will happen next months ?!
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His fans expectations have always been to equal or surpass old man's slam count for several years now, realistically since 2010, the year he won 3 slams. I would also believe that was, and still is, Rafa's, uncle Toni's and his team's primary goal.

At this AO, Rafa had a golden chance to increase his slam count to 15 and keep old man at 17, and also the best chance to equal or eclipse old man's slam count, but he somehow not only blew that golden chance, but also made his task of equaling and eclipsing old man's slam count even harder.

As a fan, I couldn't care less if he finishes a season as No.1, or win any other events that are missing from his resume. Everything other than equaling or surpassing 18 comes secondary.

With 14 slams, Rafa has one of the greatest careers in the tennis history. However, if he hangs up his boots without reaching 18, as far as I am concerned, Rafa has underachieved in the latter phases of his career, especially considering RG is his slam to lose.
Very true.

Remember in 2013 when everybody thought and wrote RAFA off after he returned from injury having missed the AO? He even lost to Djokovic at MC but didn't lose his throne at RG and later won the USO (6-1 against Djokovic in the 4th set) thereby producing some of the highest level the sport has seen. RAFA will not be the same but the tour has also declined since then. If RAFA wins La Decima this year you can bet he's gonna heavily prepare for a repeat of summer HC season with USO as the primary target provided he remains healthy. After that its just 2 slams to 18, very much under reach

This is assuming RAFA doesn't picks up an injury and plans his playing schedule wisely.
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Very true.

Remember in 2013 when everybody thought and wrote RAFA off after he returned from injury having missed the AO? He even lost to Djokovic at MC but didn't lose his throne at RG and later won the USO (6-1 against Djokovic in the 4th set) thereby producing some of the highest level the sport has seen. RAFA will not be the same but the tour has also declined since then. If RAFA wins La Decima this year you can bet he's gonna heavily prepare for a repeat of summer HC season with USO as the primary target provided he remains healthy. After that its just 2 slams to 18, very much under reach

This is assuming RAFA doesn't picks up an injury and plans his playing schedule wisely.
You are getting ahead of yourself. It will be 3 years coming June that Rafa has not added to his slam count of 14. Until Rafa wins a non-clay slam, which he had the opportunity to do at this past AO, I am not counting on Rafa to reach 18. On the other hand, no one can write off Rafa on a given day.

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Maybe he should make more Slam QFs after that fluke AO. How many has he again after RG '14? One?

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Re: Bold Prediction : Nadal will finish #1 on the ATP Race 2017

I dont think this is a bold prediction at all. Nadal looking great and hes usually very consistent. Seems to be enjoying playing at highest level again. Race for #1 will surely be between Novak and Rafa.

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Re: Bold Prediction : Nadal will finish #1 on the ATP Race 2017

I disagree, probably another jinx attempt.

It is only the start of the season, so it is obviously difficult to predict.

I do not think Federer has a chance to ever reach no.1 position. He achieved the ultimate goal in Australia and I think he is now free from the pressure. He is enjoying his time on court, he has nothing to prove and he has quite a milestone in his legs. I think he will focus on the most important tournaments, take the clay season very easily and who knows, he may show another good run at Wimbledon. But I simply cannot see him gaining 10 000 points or more.

Nadal? Not a chance. He seems a little bit back from the last terrible year, but I am afraid his loss to Federer once again cost him some confidence (similar to loss in AO 2014F despite the different circumstances). He is still able to defeat players like Raonic, Monfils, Goffin or Thiem in important matches, but I do not think he has a chance to defeat repeatedly Djokovic and Murray, not even to mention any domination. He probably will be a contender in MC, Rome, RG, but similarly to Federer - I am afraid he is not in the position to show constant performance during whole season - the condition necessary to be no.1. Even if he sweeps the European clay season, he will be burned out in september or even earlier....

Wawrinka even at his best was not capable to be a contender to no.1 position. He is able to win USO and subsequently lose to 342nd ranked Xhu Ziao....

Raonic has some health issues, he will be happy to keep his ranking position.

Nishikori simply does not have the stamina and physics to perform a dominant season, although he is capable of beating the best from time to time....

Who else?

It seems that we have only 2 contenders. Murray and Djokovic. How unexpected...
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