I highly doubt Rafa would skip USO, it just doesn't make sense. He's the defending champion, and defending 2000 pts, and he would just walk away from it? Why would anyone want to trade the opportunity of playing grand slam for a masters event? Most likely Rafa would play Cincy, USO, then RG. Rafa doesn't need tune up for clay season; Rafa IS the clay.Djokovic will play the US Open, but I wouldn't be surprised if Nadal chose the clay. He probably doesn't want to miss Madrid and Rome. Djokovic's schedule will most likely be Cincinnati, US Open, and then Roland Garros.
They did take rest for almost 7 months in a row, did not they? They can play 7 weeks in a row and actually, call it a year, since they will be playing the most important events left/salvaged in the year so far during those 7 weeks, bar ATP finals.Can one realistically play Cincinnati, USO, Madrid, Rome, AND the FO?? That's 7 weeks in a row!!
I don't think he is. I think the draws were very kind to him over the years. There are rumours that Nadal will just focus on clay, but nothing has been confirmed.Well Madrid and Rome add nothing to Rafa's legacy at this point. Dude needs slams, just like Novak and Roger. If Rafa skips USO just because he thinks he has zero chance against Novak, then it's not the Rafa I've known for the past 15 years. Last time they met at USO, Rafa was victorious, and Rafa is the defending champion. Also Rafa has more USO titles than Novak, why? Because Rafa is simply better player than Novak at USO, simple as that.
You make your own luck. Rafa is a better player at the US than Djoker. Djoker could of course address that by winning the US again this year, but I expect Thiem to take the title.I don't think he is. I think the draws were very kind to him over the years. There are rumours that Nadal will just focus on clay, but nothing has been confirmed.
I would love to see Thiem or Zverev win the title. I hope you're right. We shall see. My prediction remains Djokovic because he has won five of the last seven slams and is close to breaking Federer's records, which he is very motivated to do.You make your own luck. Rafa is a better player at the US than Djoker. Djoker could of course address that by winning the US again this year, but I expect Thiem to take the title.
USO surface suits Rafa style very well, and if Rafa were to have any better chance at beating Novak on a hard surface, it will be USO.I don't think he is. I think the draws were very kind to him over the years. There are rumours that Nadal will just focus on clay, but nothing has been confirmed.
former Plexicushion? What do you mean? Are you referring to the Rebound Ace courts (1988-2007)?This year’s USO surface is Laykold which has been described resembling AO’s former Plexicushion more than the previous USO Decoturf & w/ the difficulty Nadal had disposing Medved on his preferred Decoturf surface, doesn’t bode well for Claybots like himself & Thiem.
The US Open has always been a different story in this rivalry.Because he has way better chances to gain points on clay than on hard court. He could potentially not have any competition at Madrid and Rome considering Djokovic and Thiem will play the US Open and will likely skip the clay masters.
Also, as long as Djokovic is healthy, Nadal's chances to win the US Open are zero. He hasn't taken a set against Djokovic on a hard court in seven years. So, maybe he will just focus on clay.