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Question What slam is the last predictable on the men's side?

Roland Garros is probably the least predictable on the women's side. But for the past few years the usual crowd has made it to the Roland Garros QRTs or better on the men's side. What slam do you think is the least predictable on the men's side?

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I think its the Australian Open.
It usually holds a lot of surprises since the surface is not VERY slow and neither VERY fast, and the weather conditions are unique. Put that together and add the fact that its so early in the year, and the top players are usually more tired than the others (since they played the Masters Cup) and relaxed more than practiced...

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agree. totally.
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Agree with hitman completely.

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US Open is probably the most predictable out of the Slams.

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Leo, would you care to elaborate on that point?

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I agree with Leo.
Wimbledon used to be the most predictable. Why? Because someone would win it every single year.
Now, I would say the USOpen is the least unpredictable Slam because its the last one. And on an almost neutral court, where most of the players can do well. And being it the last one, late in the year we can see who is who and who is really postulating for a Slam title.

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But for the past few years the usual crowd has made it to the Roland Garros QRTs or better on the men's side.
I'm not sure that I totally agree - I mean in the past 3 years who has made the QTS or better each time? Corretja, Ferrero.....? I'll look it up I guess

THough of all the slams I suppose that RG is the most predictable. I still remember in 2001 when Hitman and I both correctly predicted the semifinalists, finalists, and winner - by loooking at the draw before it started

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But I agree with Hitman here too Oz is the least predictable - you just dont know who will come out of the gates fastest - and look at some of the surprise winners there....

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The Australian Open and Roland Garros are definately less predictable than the other two. The only thing predictable about the Aus. Open is that when an Australian looks like doing well, they go out in the first few rounds. Rafter was a great player, but never did particularly well here and last year Hewitt was the No.1 seed and went out in the 1st round (Damn the kid who passed on chickenpox!)
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Austrialia is unpredictable being the 1st slam of the year some players are better prepared than others and often causes suprises.

U.S is the same as Aus except its towards the end of season and alot of players are injured or tired. Also neutral surface. Anyone has a shot.

RG is fairly predictable Spaniard or South Americans usaully do well here because they are clay court specialists.

Wimbledon well used to be Sampras every year and now it will probably be Hewitt every year, and you know Henman aint gonna win it. So i'd say this is the most predictable. Serve n volley - or C'ya. (unless your agassi or hewitt)

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I'm not sure that I totally agree - I mean in the past 3 years who has made the QTS or better each time? Corretja, Ferrero.....? I'll look it up I guess

THough of all the slams I suppose that RG is the most predictable. I still remember in 2001 when Hitman and I both correctly predicted the semifinalists, finalists, and winner - by loooking at the draw before it started

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But I agree with Hitman here too Oz is the least predictable - you just dont know who will come out of the gates fastest - and look at some of the surprise winners there....
As you´re a lazy cow and I know you won´t make your own research, and adding that I´m always nice to you, here are the last quarters and better of Roland Garros:

1999
QUARTERS
Hrbaty df. Rios
Agassi df. Filippini
Meligeni df Corretja
Medvedev df. Kuerten
SEMIS
Agassi df. Hrbaty
Medvedev df. Meligeni
FINAL
Agassi df. Medvedev

2000
QUARTERS
Squillari df Costa
Norman df. Safin
Kuerten df Kafelnikov
Ferrero df Corretja
SEMIS
Norman df Squillari
Kuerten df Ferrero
FINAL
Kuerten df Norman

2001
QUARTERS
Kuerten df Kafelnikov
Ferrero df Hewitt
Grosjean df Agassi
Corretja df Federer
SEMIS
Kuerten df Ferrero
Corretja df Grosjean
FINAL
Kuerten df Corretja

2002
QUARTERS
Costa df Canas
Corretja df Pavel
Ferrero df Agassi
Safin df Grosjean
SEMIS
Costa df Corretja
Ferrero df Safin
FINAL
Costa df Ferrero

No big shocks it seems. You have a point

But I have to be honest and say that in that year I picked Hewitt to beat Ferrero in the quarters. I was just coming from that Davis Cup matchup between Brasil and Australia where the pimp kicked ass. I was impressed.
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So my eyes decive me, or has anyone either than Ferrero or Corretja made the quarters for the part 3 years?

and you call Hewitt "the pimp"

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Ferrero made two semifinals and a final, Corretja made 2 quarters, one semi and 2 finals and Guga won it three times.

j/k

As for the 'pimp', the word came out naturally...

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Originally posted by hitman
As for the 'pimp', the word came out naturally...
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I think we have surprises in all grand slams. Agree with AO : beginning of the season and US at the end. But Wimbledon is too soon after FO (only two weeks), many players didn't show up this year.
Look to the names of the winners: Costa, Johanson: No one thought on those men .
Every grand slam is unpredictable: because the top players can have an easy first rounds but also some difficults, and them we see they are tumbling out of the slam
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