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I feel like there’s a bit of PR in this tbh. For decades now French players have been incentivized to display high ambition, most likely to keep viewership up despite the lack of an actual slam prospect... It must be even worse in the US where people tend to only follow spot that their country dominates. They HAVE to win slams, or at least contend for them.
 

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Not sure why anybody would think this is so unlikely. He's basically a younger and potentially better version of Isner (a guy who has won a Masters and if he was a little bit clutcher might have had opportunities at slams) who will be playing much of his career in a much worse era than Big John ever did.

He'll have to improve, but it wouldn't be surprising.
 

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Not sure why anybody would think this is so unlikely. He's basically a younger and potentially better version of Isner (a guy who has won a Masters and if he was a little bit clutcher might have had opportunities at slams) who will be playing much of his career in a much worse era than Big John ever did.

He'll have to improve, but it wouldn't be surprising.
Yeah, he's ahead of Isner results wise at the same age.
 

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What a shock that a 22-year-old, who is already a Top 3 server on tour, believes that in the long-term (considering big servers don't peak until much later in their careers) he can win a Slam :rolleyes:

Obviously he can if he continues progressing. The speed of the courts also help him. Why do you think Isner is always feasting on those slow Sunshine Double courts, and was mostly irrelevant at Wimbledon his whole career apart from that one SF? Slower courts with higher bounce give big servers like Isner and Opelka the time to set up their groundstrokes and hides their movement issues. For sure, if surface homogenization continues at this rate then Opelka will be competing for big titles, better tell ATP to speed up the courts if you want to eradicate servebots ?
 
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