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No1e was the obvious favorite to win this tournament depleted of slam winning players, qualifiers, and fans, but he is now the overwhelming favorite.
In his 34th year, he is still just a blur on the court, his gluten free, gymnast flexible, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT*) maintained body getting to almost anything hit at him.
As long as he drinks various potions to keep himself from dehydrating in the New York City heat, and doesn't violate COVID rules, it appears he will be very difficult to beat by the other COVID bubble participants, no?




Betting Odds: Djokovic 1/2 , Medvedev next at 11/2, Thiem next at 7-1, Zverev at 15-1, FAA at 25/1

Competitive Class: No slam winners in the draw except No1e himself.
Form: Returning, hitting, and directing the ball almost as well as ever. Mentality/confidence off the charts.
Competition History: Nobody left in the field has beaten No1e in best of 5 on hard court. Nobody except Medvedev has beaten No1e on outdoor hard court (Once - Cincy '19)

Top competitors: Top half: Zverev, Goffin. Zverev 2 wins came on clay (Rome) and indoors (TC). Goffin's win came on clay (MC) Bottom half: Thiem, Medvedev. Thiem's 4 wins came on clay (3) and indoors (TF). Medvedev's 2 wins came on clay (MC), and [email protected] Nobody else in the draw has won a match vs. No1e.

Unknowns: 6 players in the draw have never played No1e. Thompson, Fokina in the top half. I can't see them advancing to face No1e. Rublev, Tiafoe, De Minaur, FAA in the bottom half. If one of those made the final, it might be quite interesting and a breath of fresh air, but their chances vs. No1e are admittedly slim, even though it should be their time.

Predicted remaining path and (No1e H2H):
R16: Busta (3-0) - potentially No1e's eventual skunked pigeon, ala Pospisil, Shapovalov, etc..
QF: Goffin (7-1) - No1e's goose must first beat No1e's skunked pigeon Shapovalov, before No1e can cook him again.
SF: Zverev (3-2) - must beat Fokina + Coric

F: Medvedev (4-2) /Thiem (7-4). Neither has won a major final despite knocking on the door.

Can anyone honestly give another player more than a minuscule chance to beat the Spartan King?



Please tell us if you do and who that may be. 馃槑

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*In 2006, the World Anti-Doping Agency's ethics committee ruled that such hyperbaric chambers or hypoxic tents enhance performance and violate "the spirit of sport," but the executive committee refrained from adding them to their list of prohibited substances and methods, instead asking for studies to look further into health implications.
 

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Mastertroll strikes again :D
 

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Novak is the big favorite, although thiem and medvedev are not an easy opposition by any means. Zverev might threaten novak as well.

Of course from a psychological aspect its not easy, everyone put a lot of pressure on him. If he wins the title, it will speak a lot of his mental toughness. Its not a done deal by any means.
 
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Courageous that Masterclass puts his highly estimated reputation on the line claiming it will be a walk in the park for Novak.

To answer your question: there are 3 players who have already beaten Novak and are younger: Medvedev, Thiem, Zverev.

At any point one of these 3 may become a GS winner, they are hungry like crazy. Novak may crumble to the pressure or his age fatigue at any time in a tough final, as he has done before.
 

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Just hand him the damn title already - Nole could be losing 6-0, 6-0, 5-0 with medvedev serving at 40-0 for the championship and Nole would still emerge the us open champ
 
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Courageous that Masterclass puts his highly estimated reputation on the line claiming it will be a walk in the park for Novak.

To answer your question: there are 3 players who have already beaten Novak and are younger: Medvedev, Thiem, Zverev.

At any point one of these 3 may become a GS winner, they are hungry like crazy. Novak may crumble to the pressure or his age fatigue at any time in a tough final, as he has done before.
Yes, it is quite naive to extrapolate from the past and assume that the only slam champion, who has decent h2h's against the rest of the draw, will automatically win again. Long-time fans know it doesn't work like that. At some point these new players will win and it could very well be this time. Djokovic might be the favorite against any other player on the draw, but I would put his overall chance of winning the title well below 50%.
 

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Zverev has beaten Novak in some pretty big matches, Thiem has a great chance if they play. I鈥檓 looking forward to some really good stuff in the SF and final actually.
 

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I don鈥檛 see anyone in his half being remotely threatening.

Medvedev or Thiem would make an interesting Final. Of course, it鈥檚 possible that they both make the semis and beat the hell out of each other, giving Djokovic a soft final. He鈥檇 be the favorite there, regardless, and would thus still deserve a Slam.

FAA is looking good - but going through Thiem and Medvedev to make the final - don鈥檛 really see it.
 

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Not looking past Busta Rhymes.
 
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