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Yeh its a big ask but could be do-able..I don't remember how many Nadal had won at 21? *Just checked he had won a few french titles but no other majors.
These two guys could be dominant forces for a little while at least.

Not sure on that hardcourt theory you could be right but as he has already won the US I think he won't be just clay dominant.
Interested to see how he goes at Wimbledon next month(and Sinner too), there was a report his right arm still wasn't 100% but will get some rest in the next couple of weeks i suppose.
Definitely Nadal at Clay and Grass. People tend to forget how good Nadal actually was at Wimbledon between 2006 - 2008. Vice versa for Fed at Clay in the same time period.

They played 3 consecutive FO and Wimbledon finals and Nadal took Fed all the way in 2 of those finals winning one of them. Absolutely no chance Alcaraz goes anywhere near that close to a prime Fed

Djokovic as good as he is, is still a shadow of his prime and still took Alcaraz to 5.
 

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Definitely Nadal at Clay and Grass. People tend to forget how good Nadal actually was at Wimbledon between 2006 - 2008. Vice versa for Fed at Clay in the same time period.

They played 3 consecutive FO and Wimbledon finals and Nadal took Fed all the way in 2 of those finals winning one of them. Absolutely no chance Alcaraz goes anywhere near that close to a prime Fed

Djokovic as good as he is, is still a shadow of his prime and still took Alcaraz to 5.
Carlos also has had a fair few injuries, he needs to make the most of this poor era where he can get some easier Slams and yet I still think Novak will win another 1 anyway, probably Wimbledon actually. It's a surface he can not worry too much about others, and just gets some luck with someone taking Carlos out.

Sinner will be the better between Carlos and himself anyway.
 

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Carlos also has had a fair few injuries, he needs to make the most of this poor era where he can get some easier Slams and yet I still think Novak will win another 1 anyway, probably Wimbledon actually. It's a surface he can not worry too much about others, and just gets some luck with someone taking Carlos out.

Sinner will be the better between Carlos and himself anyway.
I actually think apart from clay Sinner is already the better between Carlos and him. People forget that a really raw Sinner took a two set lead against Djokovic in Wimbledon 2022. In terms of injury i don't think anyone has a bigger claim than Nadal, he missed 06 AO, 08 US as well.

The fact that Djokovic is still able to dominate and Nadal was in 2022 should really tell you that despite the new gen in Sinner and Alcaraz being good they are still nowhere near the Big 3 and are unlikely to ever reach their heights.
 

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I actually think apart from clay Sinner is already the better between Carlos and him. People forget that a really raw Sinner took a two set lead against Djokovic in Wimbledon 2022. In terms of injury i don't think anyone has a bigger claim than Nadal, he missed 06 AO, 08 US as well.

The fact that Djokovic is still able to dominate and Nadal was in 2022 should really tell you that despite the new gen in Sinner and Alcaraz being good they are still nowhere near the Big 3 and are unlikely to ever reach their heights.
Sinner is also a very good claycourter, he actually grew up on the Italian clay, was weirdly a question in his early career whether he'd be anything other than a claycourter. His question will be the grass where he's terrible on and looks like he's barely run on the thing usually and that's despite that one Wimbedon where he did push Novak, been surprising how mediocre he's been on that surface. We won't see any of these reach the heights of Nadal-Fed-Novak (with Novak being the GOAT by a fair way). Carlos' body and body type won't allow him to last long anyway, every year he's copping an injury or two and that's when his body is meant to be at it's most durable years. I expect both to win 8-10 or so slams, but winning 20 plus I'd be shocked.
 

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Sinner is also a very good claycourter, he actually grew up on the Italian clay, was weirdly a question in his early career whether he'd be anything other than a claycourter. His question will be the grass where he's terrible on and looks like he's barely run on the thing usually and that's despite that one Wimbedon where he did push Novak, been surprising how mediocre he's been on that surface. We won't see any of these reach the heights of Nadal-Fed-Novak (with Novak being the GOAT by a fair way). Carlos' body and body type won't allow him to last long anyway, every year he's copping an injury or two and that's when his body is meant to be at it's most durable years. I expect both to win 8-10 or so slams, but winning 20 plus I'd be shocked.
Agreed. My favourite is Nadal and subjectively i do not like Djokovic at all but objectively speaking he is most definitely the best there is by some metric. Federer lost this crown a fair while ago, bit hard to be the goat when you have a losing record against the other two in the conversation. Alcaraz will need some luck, people said the same thing about Nadal early in his career, that his playstyle and body composition would lead to early retirement but he ended up with 22 slams.

Sinner v Alcaraz will definitely keep tennis interesting for the next few years. Sinner is definitely a good clay courter but i do think at this point in time Alcaraz just edges him
 

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Never liked this bloke early doors but as arguably member 4 of the greatest era in tennis, Andy Murray he grew on me over time.
Absolutely STIFF to be present at the same time as Nadal Feds and Djokovic..wins maybe 10 slams with even 1 of them not around.Plus he suffered a lot of injuries in his late 20s so was very unlucky on two counts.

Thoroughly enjoyed his farewell speech on court after his doubles match, twas a beautiful thing.
 

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Never liked this bloke early doors but as arguably member 4 of the greatest era in tennis, Andy Murray he grew on me over time.
Absolutely STIFF to be present at the same time as Nadal Feds and Djokovic..wins maybe 10 slams with even 1 of them not around.Plus he suffered a lot of injuries in his late 20s so was very unlucky on two counts.

Thoroughly enjoyed his farewell speech on court after his doubles match, twas a beautiful thing.
Wawrinka and Murray really went to war with their bodies to match the Big 3. The ferocity of their matches in their primes were insane, Murray’s peak on grass for those 2-3 years in the early 2010s were even better than Federer imo
 

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Choke now finished(it was fairly shortlived), the other dude tanking his way to a comfortable 4th set loss and that's match.

Needs to go up a level at least in the quarters at this time idk who he plays tbh.

*hold up just lost his serve at 5-2 haha, have seen this film before(i.e in the last set)
 

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Looks like he pulled something De Minaur on match point(clutch volley too).Almost certainly injured himself.
 

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Oh likely plays Djokovic..that's the end of his week how much is a losing quarters cheque i wonder?
 

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Oh likely plays Djokovic..that's the end of his week how much is a losing quarters cheque i wonder?
Will joker like a heavy retriever like demon a month after knee surgery? Demon is lucky 2024 grass is closer to clay than 90s grass, would be hit off the court normally
 

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Courts are reportedly very slow yes.
Alex is injured I'm sure of it, what problem he has and how bad idk at this time.
 

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Courts are reportedly very slow yes.
Alex is injured I'm sure of it, what problem he has and how bad idk at this time.
Joker holding his tummy all match but still up 2-0. Demon will need his best to even beat a hampered 37 year old joker on grass, shame he is injured
 

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Novak called out the crowd hard for booing him. Very rare a player does it as direct as that wow
 

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Sinner is goneski! Alcaraz hopefully looks on track to meet his conqueror Medvedev in the semi's.
 
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Yeh such a shame, it didn't look good and sadly wasn't..onwards to the US Open I presume he will be fit in time for that.
Don't know if he was playing at the Olympics but that won't be a possibility either.

Fukn Djokovic now gets a free ride too, will be fresh as a daisy for his semi which he was already a good thing to win.
 

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Yeh such a shame, it didn't look good and sadly wasn't..onwards to the US Open I presume he will be fit in time for that.
Don't know if he was playing at the Olympics but that won't be a possibility either.

Fukn Djokovic now gets a free ride too, will be fresh as a daisy for his semi which he was already a good thing to win.
Apparently the two times Djokovic has had a walkover at this stage in a GS he’s gone on to lose. There’s is a big difference to him playing Federer in the 2011 French open to Musetti or Fritz though lol
 
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