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post #971 of 6756 (permalink) Old 08-06-2012, 06:43 AM
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Wait, what? I think it is clear that Austrailian Open is his strongest slam.
I think i must have meant surface, and mistyped! You're correct, the Aussie Open is his strongest slam at the moment. But the US hardcourt isn't so diffrent from the Aussie hardcourt is it not? The fast surface suits him so he should do pretty well in the US.

As for the argument over weather the Olympics are more important than slams. In terms of the tennis calender, coverage for the slams in comparrison to the olympic tennis tournament etc then no. But I think an Olympic gold is universal, being an Olympic champion isn't something that happens every year and very few get the opportunity to win gold for their country. I think the players will put as much importance on winning Olympic gold as they would win a slam tbh.

In terms of their own sport, winning a slam is better, but in terms of sport in general, winning an Olympic gold medal is pretty much the pinacle of any athlete. Winning gold is pretty much a once in a lifetime opportunity for most tennis players, whereas they have opportunities to win slams multiple times every single year. That's what I think anyways.

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Half of the top players aren't even allowed play in it!

Plus it's not even as big as winning Indian Wells or any such tournament...

I couldn't tell you who else has won a gold medal and I really wouldn't care, you're kidding yourself if you think its important
Everyone but Nadal played, and he only missed out because he's injured. Who are these top players who wren't allowed to play in it?

In terms of points, Indian Wells is bigger but if you actually watched it and how much it meant to them, you could see it was right up there with a slam. Look at how much it meant to Del Potro & Azarenka when they just won a bronze. Del Potro was in tears on the floor after he beat Djokovic.

You had Federer & Del Potro go all out in the semi's to get to the final in that marathon match. Playing at Wimbledon definitely helped the players but they've all been talking about wanting to do well at the Olympics for a while now.
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Re: Tennis Discussion Thread - (Olympics)

How far do you guys think Tsonga will go at the US Open?

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I think i must have meant surface, and mistyped! You're correct, the Aussie Open is his strongest slam at the moment. But the US hardcourt isn't so diffrent from the Aussie hardcourt is it not? The fast surface suits him so he should do pretty well in the US.
I don't get it. Australian court is slower than the US court so how does Fast surface suits him? Also he is not as great in the US Open as you people are making out to be. I am pretty sure he has only made 1 semis and 1 final in the Us Open. He has a better record in Wimbledon than in Us Open. Aussie Open is his best by far.

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How far do you guys think Tsonga will go at the US Open?
Quarters. Not further.





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Meh hardcourt is his strongest surface, not much difference between US and Aussie really.

Also to whoever said that winning Olympic gold was a bigger deal than winning a slam . Don't get me wrong it's a big deal that Murray won a best of 5 set match but Olympic tennis is about as insignificant as Olympic football...
hmmm, not a good comparison as football teams cant put all there best players out and they already have a cup every 4 years(the world cup) however the South American teams like Argentina and Brazil put the Olympic football very high on there priority list!!!

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Quarters. Not further.
I think Semis if he gets a good draw, and actually performs. I thought he'd do quite well at Olympics and he was poor, so hopefully he can bounce back at USO.

Del Potro vs Tsonga final would be awesome

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I think Semis if he gets a good draw, and actually performs. I thought he'd do quite well at Olympics and he was poor, so hopefully he can bounce back at USO.

Del Potro vs Tsonga final would be awesome
He will face any of top 4 in the quarters so it means he is most likely not going to make it to the semis. So I don't think he will make it into the semis.





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Pretty much yeah. But if Federer played better, Murray would probably not have won in straight sets and the match would have been closer. Federer was way below par.



I don't think anyone said Murray wasn't immense.



Wait, what? I think it is clear that Austrailian Open is his strongest slam.



Even if he does win a slam he will still act like that.

Ok, I think Murray overachieved in this tournament. He was playing so amazing. He has never been that good. I think he has been playing even better than his best. . I do not think he will play like that in US Open.

Also I find it quite ridiculous that Murray is considered the favourite by some of you to win the US Open over Nadal, Djokovic and Federer. Yeah he won the gold medal but he never won a slam. NEVER. I am not not saying that he does not have a chance. He has a big chance but Federer, Nadal and Djokovic are still more likely to win the US Open than Murray. Don't forget that Nadal is coming back and we all know how Murray fares against him.

With that being said, I predicted before the Olympics that Murray would win the US Open and I still stand by that. I think he will face Del Potro in the final.
He's far more likely to win it than Nadal is. Nadal is struggling with his knees and this isn't his best surface. I honestly don't expect him to win more than one more grandslam which isn't on clay.

Djokovic is the big favourite, I'd have Murray and Federer both after him.

Edit: And the bookies agree - http://www.oddschecker.com/tennis/us...us-open/winner
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He's far more likely to win it than Nadal is. Nadal is struggling with his knees and this isn't his best surface. I honestly don't expect him to win more than one more grandslam which isn't on clay.

Djokovic is the big favourite, I'd have Murray and Federer both after him.

Edit: And the bookies agree - http://www.oddschecker.com/tennis/us...us-open/winner
I was just stating my opinion anyway. I agree, Djokovic is the big favourite. Nadal always defeats Murray. If they face, I fully expect Nadal to beat him.





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Momentum counts for a lot in sports and there's a massive gap right now between Nadal and Murray in terms of momentum.

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