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Old 09-11-2012, 06:57 PM   #1
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Default Of the younger "top 4" who will age the best?

Djokovic is 25
Murray is a week older.
Nadal is 26, about a year older.

Of the three mentioned, who do you think will age the best? We all know why Fed was and still is relatively competititve into his 30s, but can those 3 age as well as him?

I give both Djokovic and Murray another 3 years to win slams, but not so sure Nadal can last even another year?

What are your thoughts?
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Default Re: Of the younger "top 4" who will age the best?

give Murray Djokovic 4 more years, Nadal 2-3. that is realistic. however Nadal may be gone here and there missing tournametns at times to stay healthy
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Nadal to play 3 more years and go on with owning Olderer and hopefully come back with his new metal/terminator knees and owns him some more.
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Default Re: Of the younger "top 4" who will age the best?

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). Isner will age very well. Maybe Delpotro as well....maybe (depends if he can stay relitivly healthy).

Other then that the future is a very bleak one for professional tennis until a true S&V player comes through ala Rafter, Edberg
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Nadal will be done before 30, Djokovic 31 tops, Murray may age the best of the lot seeing as he neither destroys his knees like Nadal or slides on hardcourts as often as Nole.
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Default Re: Of the younger "top 4" who will age the best?

If the present "new guns" keep mugging it up, all three of them - plus Federer - can play until they get bored being on the top.
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In Sports Illustrated today Jon Weirtheim reports that Rafa's camp told him Rafa's set himself Rio 2016 as a stop date. So 3 and a half more years on tour.

In that time i think he'll take more breaks, play more on clay and focus mainly on slams. Murray will last the longest. Could see Novak checking out mentally - he seems the most fragile in that department (emotion wise, rather than game wise). Could see him wanting to do a few more years and then try out acting/entertainment etc. Murray is more like Nadal - addicted to the struggle and practice.

So think Murray will age best and last longest.
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Default Re: Of the younger "top 4" who will age the best?

interesting qn... i think murray will age better too...

adding a twist to the qn... do you think any of these 3 will age as good as agassi at least...? personally i feel that neither will age as well as federer... i consider federer age better than agassi -- unless in the next 2-3 years federer suddenly take nose dive...


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interesting qn... i think murray will age better too...

adding a twist to the qn... do you think any of these 3 will age as good as agassi at least...? personally i feel that neither will age as well as federer... i consider federer age better than agassi -- unless in the next 2-3 years federer suddenly take nose dive...


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Don't think any of these guys will have Agassi's success at age 35 as all of them will retire well before then. Agassi had long periods away from the top - these guys haven't. The battle is far more intense and physical than it was in the 90s too. It's the same guys in the SFs and Fs everytime - takes its toll.

I could see Fed retiring after next season - I don't think he'll be able to compete at the slams with the other 3 for much longer - at the end of 2 weeks, best of 5 set matches, looking at how gruelling these SFs and Fs are becoming, for him to beat 2 of Rafa/Novak/Andy is a big ask. He's also vulnerable to big hitters. Yes Wimbledon just happened but to me that was one last hurrah - like Sampras winning the US Open at the end - the trajectory will only be downwards from now and I can't see Fed wanting to stick around if winning a slam looks to be a tough proposition.
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Don't think any of these guys will have Agassi's success at age 35 as all of them will retire well before then. Agassi had long periods away from the top - these guys haven't. The battle is far more intense and physical than it was in the 90s too.
They also work on fitness much harder most likely. If Ferrer can run like Duracell's rabbit and he's almost 31, don't see why they couldn't do the same/if Nadal's knees hold.
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They also work on fitness much harder most likely. If Ferrer can run like Duracell's rabbit and he's almost 31, don't see why they couldn't do the same/if Nadal's knees hold.
Mental fatigue more the issue I think. 30 is still 5 years away for Murray and Djokovic. To stay at the top, practicing day in day out, going from tournament to tournament - there comes a point that the mental effort of staying there becomes a lot. Don't see these guys sustaining it much beyond 30. 35 is a decade for Murray/Djokovic - no way are they winning slams 10 years from now.
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Don't forget the daddy years may be coming up. Not everyone is Federer and most people will find it hard to travel with a family. They have a family after they retire but that seems unlikely for me.
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Well, I doubt Murray is going to be satisfied with 1 slam I guess it all depends what kind of competition they will face 4 or 5 years later. If we have a strong new generation by then, that could make the present one give up more easily/decide it's not worth the effort. However, if they are still cruising to semis and finals, I think it would be nuts to retire, there won't be another chance down the road
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Don't forget the daddy years may be coming up. Not everyone is Federer and most people will find it hard to travel with a family. They have a family after they retire but that seems unlikely for me.
Yeah, doubt Jelena and Kim want to wait another 10 years! 5 - maybe even 6 or 7 seems reachable. Not 10. I think both Novak and Rafa will retire around 30 - Andy maybe a bit later.
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