Interesting he says that....why do these retired old guys predict at all?? I hope Nole does not read all this nonsense and just concentrates on his game. As far as predictions go, fans of players are as capable as these oldies. Let them talk about technical aspects of the game of the players which will help us fans understand the sport better.
I have a feeling the pros do not read much at all when it comes to this kind of stuff.
I used to think Nadal would be worn out from previous years as he ended a lot of years with injuries of some sort, but yet he bounced right back and kept at it. Curious to see how Nole does.
These guys are professional tennis players (he oldies I mean). Its unbecoming of their reputation that they should start predicting. Newcombe is doing what we do on tennis forums.....wishfully think/hope/pray/predict. All of these have no solid basis. He should put in more insight into technical aspects, what a player can do to improve a shot etc. These would be interesting to read.
"He doesn't have the same self-belief any more. All of a sudden he's having to face things, questions, that he's never doubted." --- This is exactly what Hercs had said previously, which means we, non professionals are talking this way. If a professional talks this way, you can see what their standards are.