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Part I - Schedule

week 16: Estoril (175)/Valencia (175)/Houston (175)
week 17: Monte-Carlo (500)
week 18: Barcelona (300)/Munich (175)
week 19: Rome (500)
week 20: Hamburg (500)
week 21: Pörtschach (175)/Casablanca (175)/Düsseldorf WTC (-)
weeks 22-23: Roland Garros (1000)

The clay season is a week shorter than last year and it's really hard to understand the logic behind the decision of having the four most important clay tournaments in the world in consecutive weeks. It doesn't matter if the reason was college basketball (better TV coverage of Miami) or the Olympic Games, the fact is that the ATP made a bad decision here. This will certainly have an effect on the players schedules, so let's have a look where the current Top 30 is scheduled to play according to the entry lists:

Federer: Estoril/Monte-Carlo/-/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (5)
Nadal: -/Monte-Carlo/Barcelona/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (5)
Djokovic: -/Monte-Carlo/-/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (4)
Davydenko: Estoril/Monte-Carlo/Barcelona/Rome/Hamburg/Pörtschach/Roland Garros (all 7)
Ferrer: Valencia/Monte-Carlo/Barcelona/Rome/Hamburg/Düsseldorf/Roland Garros (all 7)
Roddick: -/Monte-Carlo/-/Rome/Hamburg/Düsseldorf/Roland Garros (5)
Nalbandian: -/Monte-Carlo/Barcelona/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (5)
Blake: Houston/Monte-Carlo/-/Rome/Hamburg/Düsseldorf/Roland Garros (6)
Berdych: -/Monte-Carlo/Munich/Rome/Hamburg/Düsseldorf/Roland Garros (6)
Gasquet: -/Monte-Carlo/Munich/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (5)

Youzhny: -/Monte-Carlo/-/Rome/Hamburg/Düsseldorf/Roland Garros (5)
Mathieu: -/Monte-Carlo/Munich/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (5)
Tsonga: -/Monte-Carlo/Munich/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (5)
Baghdatis: -/Monte-Carlo/Barcelona/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (5)
Gonzalez: -/Monte-Carlo/Munich/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (5)
Moya: -/Monte-Carlo/Barcelona/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (5)
Monaco: Valencia/Monte-Carlo/-/Rome/Hamburg/Pörtschach/Roland Garros (6)
Karlovic: Estoril/Monte-Carlo/Barcelona/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (6)
Robredo: Valencia/Monte-Carlo/Barcelona/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (6)
Ferrero: Valencia/Monte-Carlo/-/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (5)

Hewitt: -/Monte-Carlo/-/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (4)
Murray: -/Monte-Carlo/-/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (4)
Almagro: Valencia/Monte-Carlo/Barcelona/Rome/Hamburg/Düsseldorf/Roland Garros (all 7)
Cañas: -/Monte-Carlo/Barcelona/Rome/Hamburg/Düsseldorf/Roland Garros (6)
Kohlschreiber: -/Monte-Carlo/Munich/Rome/Hamburg/Düsseldorf/Roland Garros (6)
Nieminen: Estoril/Monte-Carlo/Barcelona/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (6)
Andreev: Valencia/Monte-Carlo/Munich/Rome/Hamburg/Düsseldorf/Roland Garros (all 7)
Stepanek: -/Monte-Carlo/-/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (4)
Ljubicic: -/Monte-Carlo/-/Rome/Hamburg/Pörtschach/Roland Garros (5)
Wawrinka: -/Monte-Carlo/Barcelona/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (5)

If Hamburg doesn't suffer from withdrawals/tank jobs of top players, it will be a big surprise to me.

Part II - The battle for the #1 spot

This is currently a hot topic that will add some extra excitement to the clay season. As Federer still has a decent lead (670 points) over Nadal, it's almost impossible to catch him before RG, so I'll focus on the possible situation after RG:

Federer (4975 points before clay)

Points to defend: 350 + 75 + 500 + 700 = 1625
Maximum points: 4975 + 175 + 500 + 500 + 500 + 1000 = 7650
Predicted points before RG (optimistic): 4975 + 175 + 350 + 225 + 500 = 6225
Predicted points before RG (pessimistic): 4975 + 120 + 125 + 75 + 225 = 5520

-> Federer to have between 5520-6225 points before RG (average 5870)

Nadal (3305 points before clay)

Points to defend: 500 + 300 + 500 + 350 + 1000 = 2650
Maximum points: 3305 + 500 + 300 (-25) + 500 + 500 + 1000 = 6080
Predicted points before RG (optimistic): 3305 + 500 + 300 (-25) + 500 + 350 = 4930
Predicted points before RG (pessimistic): 3305 + 350 + 300 (-25) + 500 + 0 = 4430

-> Nadal to have between 4430-4930 points before RG (average 4680)

Djokovic (3825 points before clay)

Points to defend: 200 + 75 + 125 + 125 + 450 = 975
Maximum points: 3825 + 500 + 500 + 500 + 1000 = 6325
Predicted points before RG (optimistic): 3825 + 350 + 500 + 225 = 4900
Predicted points before RG (pessimistic): 3825 + 125 + 225 + 125 = 4300

-> Djokovic to have between 4300-4900 points before RG (average 4600)

Verdict: Even if Federer has a fairly poor clay season, it's not likely that his #1 ranking will be in serious danger until Wimbledon. Nadal would need to have a super-human effort over the next two months to have a chance to become #1 at RG. More likely scenario is that Djokovic will have a chance to pass Nadal at RG, if he can go a round further than Rafa.

Part III - Players to look out for

Roger Federer
-08 form: 11-4 on the season, still without a title, Roger has been playing well below his best this season
what to expect? to win his first title of the year in Estoril, to make deep runs in all of the three Masters Series. I don't expect Federer to win one this year and I don't see him beating Nadal on clay.

Rafael Nadal
-08 form: 21-6 on the season, Miami finalist, but still without a title like Federer. Form on the rise just in time for clay.
what to expect? to dominate again winning atleast Monte-Carlo and Barcelona. Might skip Hamburg to rest for RG, if he plays three weeks in a row before it.

Novak Djokovic
-08 form: 17-4 on the season, AO and IW champ, the best player on hard courts at the moment
what to expect? well rested Djokovic should be a contender for all of the three Masters, watch him take one of them

Nikolay Davydenko
-08 form: 19-5 on the season, Miami winner, Davydenko is in the best form of his career with new found confidence
what to expect? to continue having good results in Masters Series, but watch him peak at RG

David Ferrer
-08 form: 10-6 on the season, Ferrer has been running out of steam lately and haven't had the same success as in -07
what to expect? to do well in the smaller events, but fail to make latter stages (SF) in the Masters Series

David Nalbandian
-08 form: 15-4 on the season, 10-1 on clay, Nalbandian has been true to himself with some inconsistent results
what to expect? expect the unexpected, it's all about motivation for Nalbi. Watch him make one or two great runs during the clay season.

Tomas Berdych
-08 form: 12-6 on the season, Berdych finally came to life in Miami after a poor start to the season
what to expect? not too much, Berdych usually doesn't have many great tournaments in a row. Maybe a good run at the RG is on the cards this year.

Richard Gasquet
-08 form: 9-6 on the season, Gasquet hasn't shown many positive signs this year
what to expect? to regroup and make atleast one SF in the Masters Series, possibly at Hamburg

Juan Monaco
-08 form: 12-6 on the season, Monaco was in very good form until an ankle injury interrupted his good run on clay
what to expect? to see him become a threat in the clay Masters Series events, but not challenge for the bigger titles yet

Andy Murray
-08 form: 14-5 on the season, 2 titles already, but also some early losses in big tournaments
what to expect? to improve his clay results a lot under Corretja's guidance. Murray should have the game to go far in some of the tournaments, but one or two shock losses can still be expected.

Nicolas Almagro
-08 form: 16-5 on the season, 14-1 on clay with 2 titles, Almagro was the king of South American clay court swing
what to expect? expect Almagro to finally become a force also in other European events than just in Valencia. Atleast SF material in any event that he enters, but can he win one of the big ones this year?

Igor Andreev
-08 form: 9-9 on the season, some good wins here and there for Andreev, signs of improvement lately
what to expect? continue to have some good, consistent results on clay, but not able to beat the big boys in big matches

Jose Acasuso
-08 form: 14-9 on the season, 10-4 on clay, Acasuso has been getting close to his 2006 form
what to expect? dark horse material in the Masters Series events, if stays healthy. Could cause a few early shocks at RG.

Part IV - Predictions

This part is just for fun, the year 2008 in tennis has taught us to expect the unexpected, so I'll probably be way off with my predictions :lol:

Estoril: Federer def. Simon

Valencia: Cañas def. Murray

Houston: Cuevas def. Berlocq

Monte-Carlo: Nadal def. Djokovic

Barcelona: Nadal def. Nalbandian

Munich: Berdych def. Mathieu

Rome: Djokovic def. Davydenko

Hamburg: Almagro def. Gasquet

Pörtschach: Monaco def. Melzer

Casablanca: Calleri def. Monfils

Roland Garros: too early to make this one

Comment, discuss, make your own predictions! :wavey:
 

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thank you for all the infromation.

I find it hard to predict how the top 3 will perform during clay season. here's why:

Federer: he is clearly not playing as well as he once did and more than ever seems perfectly beatable. However he is ungry for clay titles, specially RG..

Nadal: has been dominating the clay tournaments and it seems difficult to do better than he did last year. He also has a too many points to deffend. Still, he is clay monster, so we never know.

Djokovic: could win some valuable points during clay season, and his position in tennis and he performances have improved a lot since last clay season, so he could surprise. However, we never know how we will act in this surface, as we haven't seen him play since he became one of the most feared men on tour.

There are also names as Davydenko, nalbandian, etc.. who could surprise.

We're gonna have to wait to know..
 

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Part IV - Predictions

This part is just for fun, the year 2008 in tennis has taught us to expect the unexpected, so I'll probably be way off with my predictions :lol:

Estoril: Federer def. Simon

Valencia: Cañas def. Murray

Houston: Cuevas def. Berlocq

Monte-Carlo: Nadal def. Djokovic

Barcelona: Nadal def. Nalbandian

Munich: Berdych def. Mathieu

Rome: Djokovic def. Davydenko

Hamburg: Almagro def. Gasquet

Pörtschach: Monaco def. Melzer

Casablanca: Calleri def. Monfils

Roland Garros: too early to make this one

Comment, discuss, make your own predictions! :wavey:




Good analysis but I disagree with djokovic winning Rome. He is not good enough on clay to win a clay MS. Sorry but Davydenko looks more likely to win Rome than djokovic. All your other predix are good.
 

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Part I - Schedule

week 16: Estoril (200)/Valencia (175)/Houston (175)
week 17: Monte-Carlo (500)
week 18: Barcelona (300)/Munich (175)
week 19: Rome (500)
week 20: Hamburg (500)
week 21: Pörtschach (175)/Casablanca (175)/Düsseldorf WTC (-)
weeks 22-23: Roland Garros (1000)

The clay season is a week shorter than last year and it's really hard to understand the logic behind the decision of having the four most important clay tournaments in the world in consecutive weeks. It doesn't matter if the reason was college basketball (better TV coverage of Miami) or the Olympic Games, the fact is that the ATP made a bad decision here. This will certainly have an effect on the players schedules, so let's have a look where the current Top 30 is scheduled to play according to the entry lists:

Federer: Estoril/Monte-Carlo/-/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (5)
Nadal: -/Monte-Carlo/Barcelona/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (5)
Djokovic: -/Monte-Carlo/-/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (4)
Davydenko: Estoril/Monte-Carlo/Barcelona/Rome/Hamburg/Pörtschach/Roland Garros (all 7)
Ferrer: Valencia/Monte-Carlo/Barcelona/Rome/Hamburg/Düsseldorf/Roland Garros (all 7)
Roddick: -/Monte-Carlo/-/Rome/Hamburg/Düsseldorf/Roland Garros (5)
Nalbandian: -/Monte-Carlo/Barcelona/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (5)
Blake: Houston/Monte-Carlo/-/Rome/Hamburg/Düsseldorf/Roland Garros (6)
Berdych: -/Monte-Carlo/Munich/Rome/Hamburg/Düsseldorf/Roland Garros (6)
Gasquet: -/Monte-Carlo/Munich/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (5)

Youzhny: -/Monte-Carlo/-/Rome/Hamburg/Düsseldorf/Roland Garros (5)
Mathieu: -/Monte-Carlo/Munich/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (5)
Tsonga: -/Monte-Carlo/Munich/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (5)
Baghdatis: -/Monte-Carlo/Barcelona/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (5)
Gonzalez: -/Monte-Carlo/Munich/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (5)
Moya: -/Monte-Carlo/Barcelona/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (5)
Monaco: Valencia/Monte-Carlo/-/Rome/Hamburg/Pörtschach/Roland Garros (6)
Karlovic: Estoril/Monte-Carlo/Barcelona/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (6)
Robredo: Valencia/Monte-Carlo/Barcelona/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (6)
Ferrero: Valencia/Monte-Carlo/-/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (5)

Hewitt: -/Monte-Carlo/-/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (4)
Murray: Valencia/Monte-Carlo/-/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (5)
Almagro: Valencia/Monte-Carlo/Barcelona/Rome/Hamburg/Düsseldorf/Roland Garros (all 7)
Cañas: Valencia/Monte-Carlo/Barcelona/Rome/Hamburg/Düsseldorf/Roland Garros (all 7)
Kohlschreiber: -/Monte-Carlo/Munich/Rome/Hamburg/Düsseldorf/Roland Garros (6)
Nieminen: Estoril/Monte-Carlo/Barcelona/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (6)
Andreev: Valencia/Monte-Carlo/Munich/Rome/Hamburg/Düsseldorf/Roland Garros (all 7)
Stepanek: -/Monte-Carlo/-/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (4)
Ljubicic: -/Monte-Carlo/-/Rome/Hamburg/Pörtschach/Roland Garros (5)
Wawrinka: -/Monte-Carlo/Barcelona/Rome/Hamburg/-/Roland Garros (5)

If Hamburg doesn't suffer from withdrawals/tank jobs of top players, it will be a big surprise to me.

Part II - The battle for the #1 spot

This is currently a hot topic that will add some extra excitement to the clay season. As Federer still has a decent lead (670 points) over Nadal, it's almost impossible to catch him before RG, so I'll focus on the possible situation after RG:

Federer (4975 points before clay)

Points to defend: 350 + 75 + 500 + 700 = 1625
Maximum points: 4975 + 200 + 500 + 500 + 500 + 1000 = 7675
Predicted points before RG (optimistic): 4975 + 200 + 350 + 225 + 500 = 6250
Predicted points before RG (pessimistic): 4975 + 120 + 125 + 75 + 225 = 5520

-> Federer to have between 5520-6250 points before RG (average 5885)

Nadal (3305 points before clay)

Points to defend: 500 + 300 + 500 + 350 + 1000 = 2650
Maximum points: 3305 + 500 + 300 (-25) + 500 + 500 + 1000 = 6080
Predicted points before RG (optimistic): 3305 + 500 + 300 (-25) + 500 + 350 = 4930
Predicted points before RG (pessimistic): 3305 + 350 + 300 (-25) + 500 + 0 = 4430

-> Nadal to have between 4430-4930 points before RG (average 4680)

Djokovic (3825 points before clay)

Points to defend: 200 + 75 + 125 + 125 + 450 = 975
Maximum points: 3825 + 500 + 500 + 500 + 1000 = 6325
Predicted points before RG (optimistic): 3825 + 350 + 500 + 225 = 4900
Predicted points before RG (pessimistic): 3825 + 125 + 225 + 125 = 4300

-> Djokovic to have between 4300-4900 points before RG (average 4600)

Verdict: Even if Federer has a fairly poor clay season, it's not likely that his #1 ranking will be in serious danger until Wimbledon. Nadal would need to have a super-human effort over the next two months to have a chance to become #1 at RG. More likely scenario is that Djokovic will have a chance to pass Nadal at RG, if he can go a round further than Rafa.

Part III - Players to look out for

Roger Federer
-08 form: 11-4 on the season, still without a title, Roger has been playing well below his best this season
what to expect? to win his first title of the year in Estoril, to make deep runs in all of the three Masters Series. I don't expect Federer to win one this year and I don't see him beating Nadal on clay.

Rafael Nadal
-08 form: 21-6 on the season, Miami finalist, but still without a title like Federer. Form on the rise just in time for clay.
what to expect? to dominate again winning atleast Monte-Carlo and Barcelona. Might skip Hamburg to rest for RG, if he plays three weeks in a row before it.

Novak Djokovic
-08 form: 17-4 on the season, AO and IW champ, the best player on hard courts at the moment
what to expect? well rested Djokovic should be a contender for all of the three Masters, watch him take one of them

Nikolay Davydenko
-08 form: 19-5 on the season, Miami winner, Davydenko is in the best form of his career with new found confidence
what to expect? to continue having good results in Masters Series, but watch him peak at RG

David Ferrer
-08 form: 10-6 on the season, Ferrer has been running out of steam lately and haven't had the same success as in -07
what to expect? to do well in the smaller events, but fail to make latter stages (SF) in the Masters Series

David Nalbandian
-08 form: 15-4 on the season, 10-1 on clay, Nalbandian has been true to himself with some inconsistent results
what to expect? expect the unexpected, it's all about motivation for Nalbi. Watch him make one or two great runs during the clay season.

Tomas Berdych
-08 form: 12-6 on the season, Berdych finally came to life in Miami after a poor start to the season
what to expect? not too much, Berdych usually doesn't have many great tournaments in a row. Maybe a good run at the RG is on the cards this year.

Richard Gasquet
-08 form: 9-6 on the season, Gasquet hasn't shown many positive signs this year
what to expect? to regroup and make atleast one SF in the Masters Series, possibly at Hamburg

Juan Monaco
-08 form: 12-6 on the season, Monaco was in very good form until an ankle injury interrupted his good run on clay
what to expect? to see him become a threat in the clay Masters Series events, but not challenge for the bigger titles yet

Andy Murray
-08 form: 14-5 on the season, 2 titles already, but also some early losses in big tournaments
what to expect? to improve his clay results a lot under Corretja's guidance. Murray should have the game to go far in some of the tournaments, but one or two shock losses can still be expected.

Nicolas Almagro
-08 form: 16-5 on the season, 14-1 on clay with 2 titles, Almagro was the king of South American clay court swing
what to expect? expect Almagro to finally become a force also in other European events than just in Valencia. Atleast SF material in any event that he enters, but can he win one of the big ones this year?

Igor Andreev
-08 form: 9-9 on the season, some good wins here and there for Andreev, signs of improvement lately
what to expect? continue to have some good, consistent results on clay, but not able to beat the big boys in big matches

Jose Acasuso
-08 form: 14-9 on the season, 10-4 on clay, Acasuso has been getting close to his 2006 form
what to expect? dark horse material in the Masters Series events, if stays healthy. Could cause a few early shocks at RG.

Part IV - Predictions

This part is just for fun, the year 2008 in tennis has taught us to expect the unexpected, so I'll probably be way off with my predictions :lol:

Estoril: Federer def. Simon

Valencia: Cañas def. Murray

Houston: Cuevas def. Berlocq

Monte-Carlo: Nadal def. Djokovic

Barcelona: Nadal def. Nalbandian

Munich: Berdych def. Mathieu

Rome: Djokovic def. Davydenko

Hamburg: Almagro def. Gasquet

Pörtschach: Monaco def. Melzer

Casablanca: Calleri def. Monfils

Roland Garros: too early to make this one

Comment, discuss, make your own predictions! :wavey:
excellent work and analysis. just as always, all the weight and the pressure in the world is on Nadal`s shoulders. i dont think he can afford to skip Hamburg. he will not be giving up the 350 points (for being the finalist there last year) unless Djokovic and Fed can falter somewhere. additionally, Nadal really needs around 25 matches on dirt before he pulls up at Roland Garros. i dont know if it is possible year after year but that seems to be the winning formula for him to snatch the Roland Garros title.

Djokovic has a huge upside during the clay season so he will be the most relaxed one. Fed, given his illness, could falter somewhere. we just dont know yet. lets see his form in Estoril against a solid player.
 

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Only players who took a set off Nadal in 2007 claycourt season were Federer and Davydenko. Since federer is ill with the mono that leaves Davydenko as the only true threat to Nadal to win in the clay MS and FO. Pretty clear. Forget about what happened on HC in 2007/2008 and think about what happened on clay in 2007....
 

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Only players who took a set off Nadal in 2007 claycourt season were Federer and Davydenko. Since federer is ill with the mono that leaves Davydenko as the only true threat to Nadal to win in the clay MS and FO. Pretty clear. Forget about HC in 2007/2008 and think about what happened on clay in 2007....
You're ignorning the fact that neither Davydenko's nore Nadal's games have improved that much on hardcourt (and, by inference, in general) over the last year. Davydenko was more under a mental cloud due to the match-fixing issue. Djokovic, on the other hand, has grown and improved quite a bit as a player over the last year. In AO 2007, Fed wiped him out. In AO 2008, he wiped Fed out. True, Fed is somewhat down at the moment - but still, Djokovic has improved quite a lot. We just don't know - his clay game may be like last year's or orse, or it may have paralleled his hard court improvements and he might be a contender, along with Nadal and Davydenko, for some of the clay events.

It is unwise to read too much into history in predicting the future.
 

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Only players who took a set off Nadal in 2007 claycourt season were Federer and Davydenko. Since federer is ill with the mono that leaves Davydenko as the only true threat to Nadal to win in the clay MS and FO. Pretty clear. Forget about what happened on HC in 2007/2008 and think about what happened on clay in 2007....

that set you speak of was one where Nadal was leading 5-2 after having won the 1st set. he twice failed to close it out and ended up losing it in a tiebreaker.

he finally had to try to wear out the Russian in the 3rd which he did. of course he wore himself out in the process as well.

Russian will be a pain in the ass to be sure but he really cannot hurt Nadal on dirt as his primary weapons are negated by dirt. his primary weapons being speed, quickness, and the ability to hit the ball early off both wings. Nadal gets the time he needs on clay to be able to run down most shots.

his (Nadal) serve is not so much of a liability on clay and his return is adequate.
 

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I love your post. Thanks for posting. I am not sure that Almagro will win Hamburg but apart from that they seem very sound predictions. But you are right expect the unexpected, so your prediction could come true :yeah:
 

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You're ignorning the fact that neither Davydenko's nore Nadal's games have improved that much on hardcourt (and, by inference, in general) over the last year. Davydenko was more under a mental cloud due to the match-fixing issue. Djokovic, on the other hand, has grown and improved quite a bit as a player over the last year. In AO 2007, Fed wiped him out. In AO 2008, he wiped Fed out. True, Fed is somewhat down at the moment - but still, Djokovic has improved quite a lot. We just don't know - his clay game may be like last year's or orse, or it may have paralleled his hard court improvements and he might be a contender, along with Nadal and Davydenko, for some of the clay events.

It is unwise to read too much into history in predicting the future.

Djoko doesn't have the stamina and resistance to win clay finals in MS and FO. He can win MM titles like Estoril but not MS and FO. The asthma and breathing problems will resurface. This is not HC. His serve and amazing HC game won't work on clay. He will reach SF or lose a final in MS or FO.
Nadal, Davy and Federer are the favorites to win the MS and FO, except for Hamburg because the important players will withdraw and someone like Nalbandian, Almagro, Ferrer or Robredo might win Hamburg..
 

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How many points does Davydenko have to defend during the clay season?
 

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Djoko doesn't have the stamina and resistance to win clay finals in MS and FO. He can win MM titles like Estoril but not MS and FO. The asthma and breathing problems will resurface. This is not HC. His serve and amazing HC game won't work on clay. He will reach SF or lose a final in MS or FO.
its obvious that djokovic is going for a best result at monte carlo , because he's already there training , and with his fitness we can expect him to tank hamburg if he wants to repeat his RG SF.
 

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:worship: Incredible job as usual ville :bowdown:

:rolls: I just hope Cañas, Monaco and Nalbi do get to where you said they will :rolls:
 

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Great work Ville, more than I would be prepared to put in for this clay season.
 

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thanks, but i read somewhere else that Estoril is in the same week as Monte Carlos? :confused:, if not, then roger plays a little bit too much as compared with his previous schedule, but in that case, he will get more points and both rafa and Novak will not be able to gain the no.1 spot any time soon :wavey:
 

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thanks, but i read somewhere else that Estoril is in the same week as Monte Carlos? :confused:, if not, then roger plays a little bit too much as compared with his previous schedule, but in that case, he will get more points and both rafa and Novak will not be able to gain the no.1 spot any time soon :wavey:
What have you been reading? Come on, the only events that are in the same week as TMS events are challengers.
 
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