in addition, we have already established that fed and nole`s chances skyrocket with all the others not producing their best tennis or worse, not even showing up...........
I'm not sure what this means, HERCULES.
Are you saying that only Federer / Djokovic's chances improve if others stay away or aren't playing well or that the chances for all players improve if their opponents are off form or absent, including Federer / Djokovic.
If the former, I disagree that this scenario holds true only for Federer / Djokovic. Everyone in the draw benefits. If the latter, then there is no argument, as it is self evident.
In relation to Nadal, if anyone can come back from injury and have the determination to get deep into a tournament, it is he. A significant aspect of his ability is that iron will of his. This recurrent injury can't be easy for him, but he has exceptional self belief. MASTERCLASS
- Your analysis on Federer's likely chances is an interesting read. One factor with Federer now is his inconsistency. He can blow hot & cold in a match for seemingly indecipherable reasons. Against a "lesser" player, it causes less problems but any of the top players could easily capitalise. This was all too evident against Djokovic at last years USO. By all accounts, Federer played outstanding tennis. Yet he lost from a winning position. I agree that he is a better player since that loss, having improved his game & playing more consistently this year, but he still has his lapses of focus etc. In my analysis, if he can play to his strengths, stay relaxed & focused, he has a great chance of winning the USO. If his focus & serenity goes, so will his game, resulting in defensive play, devoid of a game plan & he'll struggle.
Djokovic looks good. I liked his game in Toronto & he seems confident & up for the challenge. And Murray is primed for a win too. If confidence was a problem before, one would expect it to be much improed now.
This years US seems more exciting than for a while. With each of the top 4 players having won something substantial this year so far, it realy could be anyone's title. Who knows, Rosol might decide to show up in a winning mood!