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Many would say Djokovic played better in the Wimbledon SF than he played at the US Open.

This can't be a good sign for Djokovic if he meets Nadal at Roland Garros next year.

Its also now obvious that Nadal can beat Djokovic at Wimbledon next year.

Not sure how to assess their future AO/USO meetings, because of Nadal's injuries on hardcourt.

 

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Many would say Djokovic played better in the Wimbledon SF than he played at the US Open.

This can't be a good sign for Djokovic if he meets Nadal at Roland Garros next year.

Its also now obvious that Nadal can beat Djokovic at Wimbledon next year.

Not sure how to assess their future AO/USO meetings, because of Nadal's injuries on hardcourt.

Four months later...

 

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1. Yes, I do believe he played better in this match than he did at USO, this imo was the best match of the year.

2. Nadal will always be a favourite to beat Djokovic at RG if he's in any kind of form, that's not exactly a news flash statement.

3. Of course Nadal can beat Djokovic at Wimbledon, but Djokovic will always be favourite on grass, plus Nadal is still very upset prone at that tournament.

4. Nadal hasn't beat Novak on HC since 2013, injury this year or not Novak is a better player overall on HC so will be favoured in any AO/USO match.
 

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Nice avatar.

On topic: I don't think it tells us anything. The most probable scenario is they'll never meet again in a slam - they won't be good enough to both reach SF/F at the same slam. The only possibility is if one of them drops low enough to meet the other one in the 1st round max 2nd round.
 

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That match was so close because Nole was not at his best, yet good enough to make the match itself a classic. USO 2018 Nole wouldn't have taken 5 sets to beat Nadal. While at RG Rafa will be the favourite, the clay swing would be a much better indicator to judge that. But if the controverted reasoning used keeps you happy till RG, then suit yourself. Just don't expect people to agree with you.

PS: Nothing that far is 'obvious' in tennis. Anything can happen in the middle that completely changes things.
 

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Yes, OP, on this much we agree!!

I always took the Wimb Sf as a sign Rafa could beat Djok on a slow HC if healthy and super exhausted when Djok wasn't super exhausted.

Not sure about AO either but look how close 2012 final was.

But also, either could get upset before the final, a Djokal AO final is not a foregone conclusion at all.
What Khach did to Djok in paris was very telling and proof Djok is not invincible.
 
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