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Its time for Novak to focus on increasing his grand slam count instead of Masters title count, which he has plenty of. He only has a few years of peak tennis left, and he should focus on utilizing this time to maximize his slam count so that he can get into GOAT discussion and match the 14 of Sampras and Nadal. He should also try to avoid burning his body and play a smaller number of non-slam tournaments so that he plays for a longer time and wins more slams.

Its pretty tough to win 3 tournaments in row -- which are close to each other, like Montreal, Cincinnati and US Open. Djokovic, if he plays in all 3, will likely win the first two, and fall just short of winning the US Open. Basically, if you win two in a row, somehow chances of loosing start increasing in the third. You just become due for loosing, and your mind may start making mistakes.

I somehow feel that if Djokovic skips Montreal, he then has a very high chance of winning both Cincinnati and US Open. Winning 2 tournaments in a row is something Novak keeps doing again and again, has done dozens of times in his career. (I am not sure he ever won 3 tournaments in a row close to each other??)

This is a strategy he used for RG as well this year (and even last year). He skipped Madrid, and tried to focus on Rome+RG double. (Though he fell just short in the finals in RG, I think it helped him still I think)

He should strongly consider it now for US Open. He has been loosing in the US Open SFs and Fs for many years now -- its almost embarrassing for the world's best hard court player and the holder of the highest match win percentage on hard courts in history (83.33%).

Skipping Montreal means that he looses a paltry 90 points. He does not need those. He has a lead of 4000+ points over Roger.

He needs slams. And he needs them ASAP.
 

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Should skip the rest of the year as well, while he's at it.
 

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Novak used his 1 exempt already for Madrid, so unless he has an injury he needs to play Montreal.
Why? He could decide to just loose the 90 points.
 

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He won it and reached the Cincinnati final in the only season where he had success at the US Open. His form in the big tournaments at this point in the season is superior to 2011, so no.

Players in their prime don't skip prestigious, mandatory historical tournaments without a legitimate reason.
 

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Not totally skip it .. but play a match or two to get himself going on hard as preparation for Cincy and tank the third match to preserve energy
 

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He should win Montreal, Cincy and the US Open.
 

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Answer: No.
 

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He did that last year (went out early in Montreal), and it didn't help him in Cincy nor at USO; he should play Montreal.
Yeah but last year he was distracted from the wedding and form of 2015Nole >>> 2014 Nole
 

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Novak used his 1 exempt already for Madrid, so unless he has an injury he needs to play Montreal.
This. He could tank it after playing couple of warm up matches, though. However, he never does things like that.
 

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Yeah but last year he was distracted from the wedding and form of 2015Nole >>> 2014 Nole
This. So many people refuse to realize why was Novak playing sub-par tennis during USO summer swing last year. He was too anxious due to wedding and his wife being in late stage on pregnancy.

Simply his mind was not focused on his tennis.
 

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It seems reasonable for him to skip one of North American Masters1000. It could be good not only for the US Open but also for the rest of the season. Remember that in 2011 Djokovic ran out of fuel after the US Open. In my opinion he should skip one of them to prevent that scenario this year.
 

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He just can't skip Masters 1000 after Madrid. And losing Montreal will help him how? He needs to get into form on the hard courts, what if he loses early at Cinci? Then he should play Winston Salem?

He's 1 time US Open champion because he's got beaten every year by some other player who was better that day, not because he overplayed himself.
 

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He should play first 2 rounds, but sharp, then tank for Cincy. IF other top players skip Montreal and go for Cincy, he should win Montreal and tank Cincy, bcs it is better to have more than a week rest from USO. He can chase Cincy some other time.
 

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No. He should earn as many points as he can in the 2nd half of the season as this will determine how robust his defense of no.1 will be in the 1st half of 2016. There is no way to win more points in the 2nd half so the battle for no.1 is usually determined during Wimbledon or Garros. But if you have many points in the 2nd half, failing to defend some points in the 1st half won't immediately translate into losing no.1. I mean look at Fed's season this year. He is 4th in the race but remains no.2 because he played the 2nd half of 2014 well.
 
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