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The season break is another chance for the Big 4 to calibrate their games to the changing landscape. What should be the strategy utilized by each? Personally:
1. Djokovic - Has developed previously weak areas of his game. I say some endurance training and tuning of the return according to potential threat posed by people like Zverev.
2. Nadal - Has to plan his season smartly. Although tough, he should work on ways on shortening points and returning aggressively. Or it will only get tougher for him. Improvement in service not impossible.
3. Federer - Anything that he now wins is a bonus more or less. That said, something can be done with the forehand which was very average in 2018.
4. Murray - Difficult to say anything given the nature of his injury. Scheduling is probably the priority.
 

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Djokovic: Probably needs to work on the down the line backhand, and net play. Since Becker went, his net play has regressed I feel. And with the young guns able to keep up with him in the rallies, he needs better net play.

Nadal: At this point you can't look past his fitnes. The same can be said for Murray. They have to get healthy. That is their top priority. Don Toni is confident Nadal will be fully fit soon. Not sure about Murray, who has posted some images of his training sessions.

Federer: As has been said, his forehand has looked suspect for months. Is it the hand injury, or has the timing on that shot gone? Whatever it is he needs to address it.
 

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Fed needs to get back his early 2017 form if not early 2018 form atleast. With his early 2017 form, Fed can beat anyone including DJ.
 

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If you are going to say BIG 4 incude Wawrinka and call it BIG 5. There is big difference between Djoko, Nadal and Fed and Murray.
Why do you and others keep saying this? Do you not understand what the Big 4 actually means? It refers to four specific players for a very specific reason. Wawrinka has got nothing to do with it, and neither does any other player.
 

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If we talk about the BIG5 then:

Federer - there's not much Roger can do at this stage, he should just try to postpone the inevitable, but no-one can stop the time flow. He should just play only the most important events and hope for the last blast of great form and favourable draw.

Nadal - can't do much, he should completely resign playing on HC and grass and train fully for the clay season - that is his only chance for another slam, his fanboys will disagree but that's how it is and will be for the rest of his overvalued career, his days till retirement are counted.

Djokovic - he should work and improve so many things than I don't know where to start: smash, volleys, stamina, mentality, BHDTL, etc. But he may as well just stop doing anything as now that the gen next has figured him out his slam winning days are over. So he should rest more and enjoy his family life.

Murray - too many question marks to answer this question properly, will he ever come back to the TOP10, that's highly unlikely now with those recurring injuries. Probably fitness will be his first issue to address.

Wawrinka - he showed some glimpses of improvement since summertime but will he ever come close to have a really deep run in a slam? I don't think so, sadly. Too old now, this Stanimal.
 

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Why do you and others keep saying this? Do you not understand what the Big 4 actually means? It refers to four specific players for a very specific reason. Wawrinka has got nothing to do with it, and neither does any other player.

Pure disrespect for Murray, a player who has achieved so much against probably the greatest three players of all time. The guy went to number one in this era, that speaks volumes.
 

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Pure disrespect for Murray, a player who has achieved so much against probably the greatest three players of all time. The guy went to number one in this era, that speaks volumes.
Exactly. You’d think after all of these years of the term being defended and explained, of them being told what the term actually means and why it’s used for these four players, they would understand, but I guess not. I don’t know whether to be frustrated or laugh at the sheer stupidity.
 

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Djokovic-
Work on DTL BH
Fitness
Embrace Amor Y Paz

Federer-
FH aggressiveness
ROS
Net play
Difficult to improve this one-Movement

Nadal-
Prepare retirement speech

Murray-
Work on shortening points
Serve
Avoid injury

Wawrinka-
Movement
ROS
Fitness
 

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Murray has achieved some great things but to associate him with the Big 3 is mere trolling I'm afraid.

And realistically it's the Big 2 because of Nadal's clay skew.

And realistically realistically it's the Big 1 because Federer and Djokovic are from different eras.

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Federer: FH could need some improvement.

Nadal: scheduling, scheduling, scheduling, scheduling, scheduling, scheduling, scheduling.

Djokovic: 2nd serve, dropshots, slice and net play (volleys for sure).

Murray: getting back to a decent rhythm.

Wawrinka: overall fitness.
 

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Djokovic :

Play offensive tennis.
Backhand down the line.

Nadal :

Rest, rest and rest. He will get less time to make adjustement with his injury. But he has to work on 2 points: ROS and service (He has a drop in his service this year IMO).

Federer :

ROS.
Forehand.
Footwork.
 

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If you are going to say BIG 4 incude Wawrinka and call it BIG 5. There is big difference between Djoko, Nadal and Fed and Murray.
There's also a big difference between Murray and Wawrinka. Why can't there be a BIG 3, BIG 4 and BIG 5? These are simply holons.
 

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Pure disrespect for Murray, a player who has achieved so much against probably the greatest three players of all time. The guy went to number one in this era, that speaks volumes.
Calling it Big 5 is no disrespect to Murray since he's included. It's a disrespect to Wawrinka not including him, since he won 3 slams against the Big 3, beating TWO of those in two of his wins, and one in the other one.
 

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Calling it Big 5 is no disrespect to Murray since he's included. It's a disrespect to Wawrinka not including him, since he won 3 slams against the Big 3, beating TWO of those in two of his wins, and one in the other one.
And his one loss in a slam final was also to one of the bigs!
 

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Exactly. You’d think after all of these years of the term being defended and explained, of them being told what the term actually means and why it’s used for these four players, they would understand, but I guess not. I don’t know whether to be frustrated or laugh at the sheer stupidity.
The difference between Wawrinka and Murray is small. Between Murray and three ATGs it's very big. He simply doesn't belong there. That's why. Sorry if I am too straight.
 

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The difference between Wawrinka and Murray is small. Between Murray and three ATGs it's very big. He simply doesn't belong there. That's why. Sorry if I am too straight.
It's not that your "too straight", it's that you just don't understand what the term 'Big 4' means even though it's been explained to death. Wawrinka has got nothing to do with it and never will. He could win ten slams in a row from next year onwards and he still wouldn't be part of the Big 4, because it refers to four specific players and only those four players, for a very specific reason and only that reason. It's not difficult to understand so get it through your head.
 

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It's not that your "too straight", it's that you just don't understand what the term 'Big 4' means even though it's been explained to death. Wawrinka has got nothing to do with it and never will. He could win ten slams in a row from next year onwards and he still wouldn't be part of the Big 4, because it refers to four specific players and only those four players, for a very specific reason and only that reason. It's not difficult to understand so get it through your head.
It doesn't matter. You are using to say to include Murray with better players. This term just doesn't make sense.
Next time someone will say BIG 5 or 6 and he will put Cilic with them. It just doesn't make sense. No matter how much time you write this "term" he will never become worthy to be part of group with them.
 

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It's not that your "too straight", it's that you just don't understand what the term 'Big 4' means even though it's been explained to death. Wawrinka has got nothing to do with it and never will. He could win ten slams in a row from next year onwards and he still wouldn't be part of the Big 4, because it refers to four specific players and only those four players, for a very specific reason and only that reason. It's not difficult to understand so get it through your head.
it's ok man, we won't let anyone mess with your precious Big 4 definition. you should mount a campaign to have the term included in the Oxford Dictionary to ensure it remains sacrosanct til the end of days.
 
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