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Thanks for showing up men's tour and doing whatever it takes to win with putting in the necessary work. Is no one ever gonna stand up say, "Alright enough of this shit. Time to take over the reigns from 3 guys in their mid-late 30s "
 

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I still won't heap too much blame onto the young guys. It is damn near impossible to break through when you have not one, not two, but three all time greats all standing in your way. I suspect over the next two years or so the big 3 will start to fall off gradually and the young guys will finally start to have some breakthroughs in slams. They are already having breakthroughs in the masters and WTF tournaments, but need just a little more time to carry that over to the slams.
 

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This current situation with Fed/Rafa still playing only favors Djokovic, as one or both of them will typically face some of the more dangerous NextGen opponents in the early rounds. I'd argue that Novak has a much easier time facing those two than Medvedev, Stan, Zverev, Thiem, likely because he knows exactly how to play against them and beat them so many times.
 

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After the Big3 will permanently decline and stop winning slams, we will have a mix of bag grand slam champions, each year vying to get that elusive trophy from each other.
That will be very unpredictable, apart from a few Thiem wins at RG, we'll always be in for a treat! ?
 

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When Big 3 are going to decline is open ended. I would not rule out them being all around for next 5 years.
It's all already way in the zone of defying physics and stereotypes.
Seriously.
Roll all the way back to new year day of 2017. Just recall what you've been thinking back then.
And try to reconcile what you've been thinking at that point with the fact that three years later Nadal has passed the Federer's total of that time, Djokovic matched that total, but Federer added 3 too and is still is a clear threat at Slams.
We completely failed wrting off these guys so many times. Why the hell should we be right about them this time ;)
 

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When Big 3 are going to decline is open ended. I would not rule out them being all around for next 5 years.
It's all already way in the zone of defying physics and stereotypes.
Seriously.
Roll all the way back to new year day of 2017. Just recall what you've been thinking back then.
Better recall that not even Federer won a slam after 36 or any other ATG in last 30 years.
So him or Nadal being around in 5 years is possible, just not in slam winning form. Djokovic will follow them suit with 2-3 years delay, it feels that his biological age is that much "backwards" from his real age.
 

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Federer should have won it last year. That rare case at Wimbledon where a better player lost. But it is not unfair to Federer career-wise. He himself was on the other side of such equation in 2009 final, where Roddick was a better player, but lost.
Regardless, to me Federer can still win.
 

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Federer should have won it last year. That rare case at Wimbledon where a better player lost. But it is not unfair to Federer career-wise. He himself was on the other side of such equation in 2009 final, where Roddick was a better player, but lost.
Regardless, to me Federer can still win.
No disrespect, just Federer feels like he is living in a 40 years old body with a 45 year old's mental toughness. No wonder that he didn't win Wimbledon last year.
 

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No disrespect, just Federer feels like he is living in a 40 years old body with a 45 year old's mental toughness. No wonder that he didn't win Wimbledon last year.
And three something years ago, when he went slamless for like 5 years, did it feel different?
Yet he added 3 after that.
Federer has one problem winning Slams. It is not called "age", it's called Djokovic. It's not necessarily going to be an obstacle every time.
 

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Remember when everyone told us Nadal's knees would be dust by the time he hit 30? These guys are medical marvels.
Haters and Mtf fans in general predicted 24-26 way back when he was 18
 

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Ok A slam wouldn't be the same without Set Sampras ' appearance , rant and moan .
 

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Federer has one problem winning Slams. It is not called "age", it's called Djokovic. It's not necessarily going to be an obstacle every time.
His exits and injuries at his last 2 hardcourt grand slam tournaments tell us otherwise, even if at this AO he lasted somehow to reach Djokovic...
 

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Consider Pete lucky that he doesn’t play in this era cause he’d be behind Stan in slam count.
 

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And what is even more impressive is 55 out of 65 since 2004 for Fedalovic

And 33 out of 49 since 2008 for Djokodal.
 

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People fail to realise – and will probably only get it in like 10 or 20 years from now – that we are witnessing a true anomaly in sports in general. 3 legends, 3 top players of the game overall playing in the same era is just insane.

It's like having Jordan, Kobe, LeBron and Chamberlain playing at the same time in the NBA.
 

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Ok A slam wouldn't be the same without Set Sampras ' appearance , rant and moan .
Yep... always emerges & whines when Federer wins and now has made a special guest appearance to rain in on Novak's parade.


Rafa though....nope.Whenever Nadal bulldozers his victims at the French each year.. not a mouse's fart from him.
 
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