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Post by sirfredperry on 26/11/2018, 11:14

Now the 2018 season is over we can look forward to next season. Reading thru the 2018 predictions (see earlier topic), I and others predicted a return to form for Djoko, with one or two posters being spot on with Nole's two GS victories.
I think Djoko could well add to his Slam titles in 2019 and could conceivably win two of AO, Wimbledon and the USO. I always plump for Rafa for the French and I think he and Djoko will take the top two places next year, injuries permitting.
I didn't think Fed would do as well in 2018 as he had in 2017 and so it proved. But he still had a good year. Winning a slam and finishing third in the rankings was no mean feat. I think Fed will be top 10 in 2019 but a Slam may be beyond him. He should, at least, pick up his 100th title and remain competitive.
What about the others ? All British fans will be hoping Murray can make a comeback. His first target is to play regularly and feel reasonably OK. Zverev showed what he can do at the 02 earlier this month. The fact that he's managed to get as high in the rankings he has in the last two seasons despite poor showings at the Slams shows how consistent he's been in other tournaments. Now is the time for him to go deep at GS.
Thiem will be a top 10er again, possibly top five. Anderson has had two fantastic years late in his tennis life and could well be top 10 again. Likewise Cilic and Nishi. Let's hope delpo is not out for too long.
Of the younger players, Tsitsipas had a terrific season and may well push on. Shapovalov did well to defend most of his points from 2017 and is a terrific prospect. De Minaur is one to watch and Khachanov could finish quite high, too.
Kyle Edmund is likely to drop points at the AO but could make up for it afterwards. A top 20 position for him in 2019 would be a fine achievement. Thoughts on all the above, please.

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Re: 2019 Predictions

Post by MrInvisible on 26/11/2018, 13:03

I agree that Djokovic looks like winning 1 or 2 (long shot at 3) slams and Federer looks more likely not to win a slam - outside chance of Wimbledon but nowhere else. Here's how I see the slams panning out:

Australian Open: Djokovic has to be red hot favourite, with the other semi-finalists likely to come from Nadal, Federer, Nishikori, Cilic, Zverev, Thiem or Khachanov.

French Open: I see Nadal, Djokovic and Thiem as the contenders, in that order, followed by Zverev. The draw will be of huge significance, as Nadal may be more vulnerable if he has to get past both Djokovic *and* Thiem to win it.

Wimbledon: If Djokovic doesn't make the final at Roland Garros, I actually make him favourite for Wimbledon. If he gets to final and plays a gruelling match I really don't see him winning Wimbledon despite the extra week between the tournaments added a few years ago. We saw after Djokovic won Roland Garros a couple of years ago that it took a lot out of him mentally, and I don't see anyone else matching Nadal and Federer's achievement of winning both titles in same year anytime soon. Other contenders will include Cilic, Nadal or even the likes of Dimitrov or Kyrgios could make a run there. Out of the younger players Tsitsipas looks best equipped for grass and could make quarters or even semis.

US Open: I think Djokovic may struggle to keep up momentum over the whole year and don't see Nadal or Federer winning it again, so will either go for Cilic finally closing his matches out, or a maiden slam win for Zverev. Nishikori, Del Potro and Khachanov may be in the mix.

Agree that top 20 end-of-year would be fantastic achievement for Edmund - I reckon though he'll be bit lower, but within top 30.

Unfortunately I think Murray will call it a day, but have a reasonable run at Wimbledon - maybe 4th round to end his career on reasonably positive note. Would like to be proved wrong.

The womens has been wide open in 2018 with 4 different slam winners. Osaka may struggle, due to the Serena fall-out, whilst I think one of Kerber, Muguruza or Halep is capable of winning 2 slams. I expect Serena to make a final but maybe come short again.

Will have a go at the rankings later. Maybe we can have a fun contest, with points awarded for each correct player in top 10 and bonus points for getting near the right position...

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Re: 2019 Predictions

Post by sirfredperry on 26/11/2018, 15:48

Points-for-rankings sounds fun. Didn't mention the women in my OP but Halep, injuries apart, tends to be the most consistent of the top players. Mug had a comparatively poor year but could well bounce back. Kerber and Wozniacki will be top 10 again, IMHO. Sabalenka could do well, too.

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Re: 2019 Predictions

Post by Born Slippy on 26/11/2018, 17:18

Edmund is currently 14 in the world. Whilst I appreciate he is likely to lose points at Oz, I think it would be a very disappointing season for him to end outside the top 20 in 2019. Remaining top 20 would be par and I’d only describe making the top 10 as a fantastic achievement.

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Re: 2019 Predictions

Post by No name Bertie on 26/11/2018, 19:35

Jack Draper has yet to turn professional yet is currently ranked 428.  He is 16 years old (turns 17 towards the end of December).   I wonder if he will turn professional in 2019 (which would mean he would have to be privately tutored to get his academic qualifications).  He has the advantage of a 6'2" frame already and weighs 75 kg (according to ATP).

Boris Becker was 17 years and 228 days when he won Wimbledon in 1985.

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