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Murray 8 3.07%
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:50 AM   #151
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RG 2013 will be probably the most interesting tournament of the year. So many questions, very few answers. Nadal is still a puzzle. Nole is a top contender (at the moment). Even bookies agree. Murray's game style suits clay well but has never performed very well on clay and he is prone to lose to lower ranked players on clay. Guys like Berdych, Tsonga, Ferrer can easily bother Muzza on clay.

Not sure about DP at all. he is a good clay player, but his general form is questionable IMO. he gets hot and cold from one match to another.

Fed is always dangerous and will be a strong candidate for the title, after Nole and Rafa. I still give him a slight edge over Murray on clay. I also think that many guys here underestimate Murray on clay. Yes, I know he hasn't done anything significant on clay but I believe that that just might change.

Ferrer might have a decent run but if when he runs into Djokovic, Nadal and Fed he will be done.

anyway, here is my little list of favorites for RG 2013:
1. Djokovic (for obvious reasons)
2. Nadal (still the King of Clay, but his knees/form are still questionable atm)
3. Federer (always good and consistent on any surface, very strong contender)
4. Murray (I expect him to start shining on clay, he has something to prove too)
5-7 toss up between Tsonga, Berdych, Ferrer
8. Del Potro (I just don't know which DP will show up, he is capable of getting deep here but I'm not too convinced)
9. Almagro (solid/strong clay player but mentally ... he has some work to do in that department)
10. Monfils (if healthy normal Gales shows up ... really not sure about this one as Gael's been struggling lately)

We'll have a much clearer picture after MC, Madrid and Rome. however, this is my 5 cents at this moment.
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Soderling IMHO.
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:08 AM   #153
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Soderling IMHO.
All true tennis fans would love to see him back strong and healthy but it's not very likely to happen atm. What's happening with him? Is he getting better?
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:20 AM   #154
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RG 2013 will be probably the most interesting tournament of the year. So many questions, very few answers. Nadal is still a puzzle. Nole is a top contender (at the moment). Even bookies agree. Murray's game style suits clay well but has never performed very well on clay and he is prone to lose to lower ranked players on clay. Guys like Berdych, Tsonga, Ferrer can easily bother Muzza on clay.

Not sure about DP at all. he is a good clay player, but his general form is questionable IMO. he gets hot and cold from one match to another.

Fed is always dangerous and will be a strong candidate for the title, after Nole and Rafa. I still give him a slight edge over Murray on clay. I also think that many guys here underestimate Murray on clay. Yes, I know he hasn't done anything significant on clay but I believe that that just might change.

Ferrer might have a decent run but if when he runs into Djokovic, Nadal and Fed he will be done.

anyway, here is my little list of favorites for RG 2013:
1. Djokovic (for obvious reasons)
2. Nadal (still the King of Clay, but his knees/form are still questionable atm)
3. Federer (always good and consistent on any surface, very strong contender)
4. Murray (I expect him to start shining on clay, he has something to prove too)
5-7 toss up between Tsonga, Berdych, Ferrer
8. Del Potro (I just don't know which DP will show up, he is capable of getting deep here but I'm not too convinced)
9. Almagro (solid/strong clay player but mentally ... he has some work to do in that department)
10. Monfils (if healthy normal Gales shows up ... really not sure about this one as Gael's been struggling lately)

We'll have a much clearer picture after MC, Madrid and Rome. however, this is my 5 cents at this moment.
Tsonga better than DelPo on clay???? That's news to me.

I would also put all of Berdych, Ferrer and DelPo ahead of Murray on this surface.
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Tsonga better than DelPo on clay???? That's news to me.

I would also put all of Berdych, Ferrer and DelPo ahead of Murray on this surface.
I'm not saying that Tsonga is better than DP on clay per se. It's just the way I feel about their respective forms at this moment. and it's also my feeling, so it's very subjective for sure. I mean DP is very good on clay, but somehow he seems to be vulnerable and not consistent enough. I hope he proves me wrong .

As for Murray and clay, I can see where you are coming from based on their previous results etc, but again I feel that Murray is capable of doing much better on clay this season. I'm just speculating (like everyone else I guess).
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I'm not saying that Tsonga is better than DP on clay per se. It's just the way I feel about their respective forms at this moment. and it's also my feeling, so it's very subjective for sure. I mean DP is very good on clay, but somehow he seems to be vulnerable and not consistent enough. I hope he proves me wrong .

As for Murray and clay, I can see where you are coming from based on their previous results etc, but again I feel that Murray is capable of doing much better on clay this season. I'm just speculating (like everyone else I guess).
Tsonga has never made a final on clay. He hasn't even reached a SF since 2008 Monte Carlo (his only SF on clay to date). His best result has been a QF at RG last year...

We'll see, I guess.
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I see the posts regarding the "favorite" and always laugh. The favorite of a tournament or match is not subjective. The favorite means who is the betting odds on favorite.


Djokovic is the favorite right now, at the time this was originally posted, Nadal was the favorite, but that changed immediately after he withdrew from Melbourne.
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I'm not saying that Tsonga is better than DP on clay per se. It's just the way I feel about their respective forms at this moment. and it's also my feeling, so it's very subjective for sure. I mean DP is very good on clay, but somehow he seems to be vulnerable and not consistent enough. I hope he proves me wrong .

As for Murray and clay, I can see where you are coming from based on their previous results etc, but again I feel that Murray is capable of doing much better on clay this season. I'm just speculating (like everyone else I guess).
Unlike Tsonga, the king of consistency, right? His results this year prove it: AO - QF Rotterdam - R1 Marseille - W Dubai - R1. He's definitely not hot and cold
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Tsonga better than DelPo on clay???? That's news to me.

I would also put all of Berdych, Ferrer and DelPo ahead of Murray on this surface.
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Nadal will always be #1 favorite at RG until one of the top players is able to beat him there or AT LEAST take 2 sets off him. Hes playing 5 or 6 clay tournaments before RG. If that isnt perfect preparation i dont know what is

- djoko fed 50/50 because fed is playing absolute shit atm
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Everyone underestimates Federer as favourite because of his age.How is Novak more favourite than Fed? Even last year at Wimbledon Novak was favourite against Fed and what happened?!Fed has a lot of game and will be fresh after 7 weeks training/rest.He is an old fox.Now he is even more dangerous because he does not care for number one or those small tournaments.I do not think Djokovic is better on clay than Fed is,
IMO Fed did not like to play Nadal on clay because he knows it will cost my a lot of effort for nothing,Wimbledon is something else,He did not need 5 th set to defeat Novak and Murray.It depends of draw as well.
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Everyone underestimates Federer as favourite because of his age.How is Novak more favourite than Fed? Even last year at Wimbledon Novak was favourite against Fed and what happened?!Fed has a lot of game and will be fresh after 7 weeks training/rest.He is an old fox.Now he is even more dangerous because he does not care for number one or those small tournaments.I do not think Djokovic is better on clay than Fed is,
IMO Fed did not like to play Nadal on clay because he knows it will cost my a lot of effort for nothing,Wimbledon is something else,He did not need 5 th set to defeat Novak and Murray.It depends of draw as well.
I agree with you, but Novak proved he can beat Fed at RG. It was 3-0 but the match was closer than the scoreline suggests. Fed will always be favorite vs Novak on clay and grass, because his A game > Novak's A game. Djokovic always plays around the same level, very consistent high level. So, it's just a question if Goaterer will show up or not.
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Gluten-free djoko must be the favourite right now
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The only way Novak Djokovic can win Roland Garros is if someone does a Robin Soderling on Rafael Nadal.

Likewise, the only way Andy Murray can win Wimbledon is if someone does a Lukas Rosol on Rafael Nadal or a Tomas Berdych on Roger Federer.
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The only way Novak Djokovic can win Roland Garros is if someone does a Robin Soderling on Rafael Nadal.

Likewise, the only way Andy Murray can win Wimbledon is if someone does a Lukas Rosol on Rafael Nadal or a Tomas Berdych on Roger Federer.
nonsense, not true at all. empty comments like this mean nothing to me. Djokovic can win RG on his own just fine. Fed's chances of beating Nadal at RG, even half injured Nadal are not that good (not impossible but again let's be realistic here, it's not very likely). It's not 'just his age', it's an old match up issue, clay etc.

Murray can win Wibledon too without anybody's help. I'm not saying he will, but he can. I do agree that healthy Nadal is a worse match up for Murray than Fed btw.

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Easy question: Daniel Garza
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