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There has been some talk on MTF regarding the value of having a balanced resume. In particular, Rafa's overweight towards victories on clay in general, and Roland Garros in particular, has been pointed out as a weakness. I'm not the one who questions the wisdom of MTF analysis, to the contrary, these deep insights need to be taken further. Below I offer a modest proposal for Djokovic strategy to gain the status as the GOAT in fierce competition with his main rivals.

To be specific, how should Djokovic devise his strategy in the coming 12 months to increase his chances to become the GOAT? Luckily for him, he will be seeded in the opposite half of Nadal in RG, and can just play as normal for the most part, making his best to reach the final. If he makes it against Nadal, as expected, he should obviously make sure he loses. This way he would burn Rafa's chances to get a balanced resume once and for all, and, as simple as that, there is one less contender in the race.

Novak's strategy for Wimbledon is slightly less straightforward. With a little bit of luck, though, he will be drawn in the opposite half of Federer. The old man has not looked his best for almost a year, but it is still grass and Wimbledon we are talking about. Hopefully, from Djokovic point of view, "Grandpa" finds his groove in time and makes it to the final. In that case, it is crucial that Djokovic also plays well and make it to the last round, so he can be sure to gift Federer one last major. With Roger's resume weighted so heavily towards Grass, he will have dug his own grave in the GOAT-race, obviously. The next slam, US open, is the simplest one strategic wise. Since no one has a heavy dominance here, Djokovic can actually play his best trying to win it.

For the rest of the year, only one title above masters level is left, the ATP-tour final. Should Djokovic try to take it? Maybe, maybe not. Trying to gift it to Federer, to give him a resume too heavily weighted toward indoor tournaments may backfire. After all, it could make the overweight towards grass for Federer look a little less obvious. Probably it would be wise of Djokovic to plan for the long term future. While Zverev has not established himself at the slam level, it might only be a question of time before he does. Since he is the most accomplished player among the youngsters, he could actually be a potential threat for the future. However, if Djokovic manages to meet Zverev in the ATP-tour final, he gets the chance to deliver another heavy blow at his young competitor. If Djokovic gift Zverev another tour-final victory at this young age, surely the German rival is doomed. Obviously, he will be on the path to be deemed a mere indoor specialist. His chance to challenge Djokovic in the GOAT-race would be stopped before it has even begun.

For the start of 2020, Djokovic strategy is obvious and simple. For the love of God, just don't win the AO. If he does, his legacy would be ruined, obviously, as he will forever be considered a mere "down-under" specialist. Hopefully, if Djokovic does not realize this himself, he has good advisors that keep him well-informed how the knowledgeable part of the MTF-community view matters of this sort. 0:)
 

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Go undefeated for 2 years and no one can deny he is GOAT
 

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Win 2 more slams in 2019, 2 in 2020, 1 in 2021. One of them RG. Stay No. 1 whole 2019 and most of 2020. Make sure that Nadal or Federer dosent win more than 20.

With 20 slams and about 330 weeks at no.1, he would be the goat. Better than fed on 2/3 surfaces (clay and hard) and than Nadal on 2/3 surfaces, positive h2h against them, most no.1 in history, golden masters, all 4 majors in a row, probably most master titles too.

If he could add 1 more than 20,even better
 

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I dont care about eras, only numbers. In strong era no one can acompish any record for obvious reasons (Federer would be best example of weak era vulture). And if it could, all so called experts would consider it weak, bcs they go by the numbers, not by facts and standard of play.

Also, weak era circle jerkers wouldn't know to recognise a strong era (or any era) even if it bitcslapped them over the face
 

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Djokovic doesn't win many tournaments nowadays.

His best chance is a slam where he isn't challenged by anyone early, and then can play himself into form with weak opposition later on (Millman/tired Nishikori, Pouille/walkover, those kind of draws)...

he's 30+ and in vulture status right now. Wimbledon, in retrospect, seems a one-off. Way too lucky at the USO.

Top players can beat Sousa and Millman with actual margin and not sissy 6-4 sets. But Djokovic doesn't have Nadal's energy. He's too tired and lax to be going full throttle and take sets comfortably.
 

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Go undefeated for 2 years and no one can deny he is GOAT
This. If someone is sooo good to sweep the field for the next 2 years, it's not that the field is weak, it's the guy who's above all the others. Is the field weak for the last 15 years because those three maniacs won 90% of the trophies? Don't think so...
 

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Djokovic doesn't win many tournaments nowadays.

His best chance is a slam where he isn't challenged by anyone early, and then can play himself into form with weak opposition later on (Millman/tired Nishikori, Pouille/walkover, those kind of draws)...

he's 30+ and in vulture status right now. Wimbledon, in retrospect, seems a one-off. Way too lucky at the USO.

Top players can beat Sousa and Millman with actual margin and not sissy 6-4 sets. But Djokovic doesn't have Nadal's energy. He's too tired and lax to be going full throttle and take sets comfortably.
What :weirdo:? It seems that your IQ, or what's left is deteriorating day by day. You are not even trolling any more. Now, you are completely delusional. Seriously, take your meds ...

Djokovic doesn't have Nadal's energy and what else, sissy 6-4 sets, vulture status :help::lol::lol::lol:.

What I don't understand is, you were born without the brain, yet somehow you can type. That's a medical miracle :scared:. Complete paradox :smoke:.
 

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What :weirdo:? It seems that your IQ, or what's left is deteriorating day by day. You are not even trolling any more. Now, you are completely delusional. Seriously, take your meds ...

Djokovic doesn't have Nadal's energy and what else, sissy 6-4 sets, vulture status :help::lol::lol::lol:.

What I don't understand is, you were born without the brain, yet somehow you can type. That's a medical miracle :scared:. Complete paradox :smoke:.
You're extremely triggered
 

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Recently Djokovic's focus on GS tournaments is evident: he plays his best in last stages of slams but is more vulnerable in other tournaments. IMO this trend will continue and he will maximize his slam chances. GOAT status? My advice to Novak: just focus on next tournament/next match and don't let all these discussions get into your head. After this era is over there will be no clear GOAT.
 

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Motivation will be key to whether or not he catches both Nadal and Federer. In this form, he really should catch Nadal this year, or next year. If he does not catch Federer then the two years he lost with the love guru will have cost him GOAT status. Either way, I'm glad I got to watch three giants of tennis at the top of their game. I can see him winning the French and Wimbledon, but I can't see him defending his US open title. By the time the US open comes, most players are running on fumes by then.
 

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First of all the most important for him is to stay healthy and injury-free . Because of that he should play less and concentrate at slams. Second he should have a little bit of luck in draw like Nadal and Federer had. Budadiii -budala.
 

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Come on, Johnny, if Djokovic were to go undefeated for two years in his early 30s, it could only mean one thing – the weakest-ever era.
Right - because as we've seen players in their 30's are washed-up

If anything we should expect more and more players extending their careers well into the 30's and beating young up-and-comers

Tennis is no longer a young man's sport - history has already proved that, you just need to catch up
 

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Come on, Johnny, if Djokovic were to go undefeated for two years in his early 30s, it could only mean one thing – the weakest-ever era.
I don't think he meant it literally. Don't forget that Novak was undefeated at slams for almost a year (27 consecutive matches including 5 against Fedal) in arguably the strongest period ever (2011-2012).
 
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