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Post by MrInvisible Sun 11 Oct 2020, 11:33 am

So, after Thiem finally broke through to win US Open, who do people think will be the next player to win their 1st slam? Got a feeling this poll may not last quite as long as the previous one, but who knows!

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Post by sirfredperry Sun 11 Oct 2020, 11:48 am

MrI - I've gone for Tsitsipas. Yes, this wait for a new Slam champ may not be as long as the previous one.

But I still think this topic could be up and running for a while. Thiem, to me, seemed the likeliest to break thru and has now done so.

He could now add to his GS new York triumph, but I also think that
Rafa and Djoko will continue to chalk up Slam titles. Normally I would add Federer to the list but we don't know how he's going to play in the new year after being out for so long. He's also going to be 40 in 2021.

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Post by MrInvisible Sun 18 Jul 2021, 12:38 pm

Having reached the final of Wimbledon Berrettini is now the obvious other candidate to be added to this list. If we look at the last 4 slams, the runners up have been:
Zverev (US Open)
Medvedev (Aus Open)
Tsitsipas (Roland Garros)
Berrettini (Wimbledon)

So it stands to reason one of these 4 is the most likely to break through and win their first slam. I voted for Tsitsipas on this, but with the 2 hardcourt slams coming up next in sequence, Medvedev probably has the best chance coming up, as out of the 4 he is arguably the best on the hard courts.

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Post by No name Bertie Sun 18 Jul 2021, 1:39 pm

MrInvisible wrote:So, after Thiem finally broke through to win US Open...
With Federer & Nadal absent & Djokovic defaulting in fourth round, it was not the sort of break-through envisaged.  It was just the best of the rest at that time.

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Post by laverfan Sun 18 Jul 2021, 7:20 pm

Mr. I... you have two Canadians in that list - AA and Shapo. Very Happy

Temperamentally, Medvedev is strongest of the four, IMO, but Clay and Grass are not his forte. Thiem would have been my choice, but injuries and not keeping it together for a full season seem to be his Achilles' heel.

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Post by sirfredperry Mon 19 Jul 2021, 8:49 am

I can't see Berrettini reaching another GS final, not with such a poor BH and poor returns.

I see that back in October I opted for Tsitsi. Well, he did reach the French final and went two sets up, so he has been close.

Zverev will have to improve his serving - he was dreadful in that respect in his Wimbledon defeat - before he has a chance.

I'm not sure about Medvedev. He's reached two GS finals and did fantastically in the first. But I don't think he has any more of a chance than the other maiden-slam chasers.

As for the Canadians, Shapovalov has the talent but still, to me, plays like a kid who wants to show off his shots rather than grind out a win.

F AA looks to have a good all-round game and has a chance.


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Post by Born Slippy Mon 19 Jul 2021, 1:37 pm

laverfan wrote:Mr. I... you have two Canadians in that list - AA and Shapo. Very Happy

Temperamentally, Medvedev is strongest of the four, IMO, but Clay and Grass are not his forte. Thiem would have been my choice, but injuries and not keeping it together for a full season seem to be his Achilles' heel.

Thiem has won a slam - although the US was fairly forgettable last year.

I think I’ll go for Shapovalov. He has more of an X factor about him that the other options and he looked so close to putting it all together in the SF at Wimbledon. He will hopefully have learnt from that and won’t make the same mistakes next time.

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Post by laverfan Wed 21 Jul 2021, 5:24 am

Born Slippy wrote:
laverfan wrote:Mr. I... you have two Canadians in that list - AA and Shapo. Very Happy

Temperamentally, Medvedev is strongest of the four, IMO, but Clay and Grass are not his forte. Thiem would have been my choice, but injuries and not keeping it together for a full season seem to be his Achilles' heel.

Thiem has won a slam - although the US was fairly forgettable last year.

As you said, it was indeed forgettable (and forgotten). Wink

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Post by sirfredperry Thu 16 Sep 2021, 11:20 am

And the answer is.....Medvedev. I suppose it had to be him after I'd kinda written his chances off.

Reckon we could start this all over again and if we did the favourites for their first slam would have to be Zverev and bog-break Tsitsipas.

Is there anyone else? F AA is moving in the right direction and it will be interesting to see how well Alcaraz does.

If Murray, Stan the Man, Rafa and Thiem can get themselves fit enough to play in Melbourne, the men's draw might actually include a reasonable collection of Slam winners.

At the moment, even a first round match in the women's can feature two GS champions.

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Post by sirfredperry Tue 23 Nov 2021, 9:56 am

Have to reckon that if we ran this competition again, Zverev would be on most people's lists.

Next up I guess would have to be Tsitsipas whose extravagant bog breaks last summer have at last prompted the ATP to limit toilet time.

Outside these two, who next? Is it too early to talk about Sinner or Alcaraz? May be, but they will surely be serious contenders ere long.

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