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    Re: Random 2018 Predictions?

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    Didn't we do something similar last year? It would be fun to see how we did.
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    Re: Random 2018 Predictions?

    might as well give it a go...

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    I don't know if everyone else finds this as fun as I do, but I enjoy looking back on these types of things at the end of the year. What are your predictions on the following in 2018? Feel free to add intriguing players/questions to my list!

    1. Jack Sock will win another masters
    2. Denis Shapovalov will make the 4th round of the AO
    3. Nadal will end his season early due to injury, Federer will continue to play as long as his back holds up, Djokovic will return to form and win at least 1 major, Murray will retire if he can't rehab from the hip injury
    4. Serena will win Wimbledon
    5. Sasha Zverev will have a deep run at a major
    6. Jelena Ostapenko will be completely unpredictable.
    7. Cici Bellis will be overhyped and underperform
    8. Maria Sharapova will be back in the top 20
    9. Breakthrough men's player in 2018? Hyeon Chung or Tiafoe
    10. Breakthrough women's player in 2018? Vondrousova
    11. Highest ranked player on each tour who will retire in 2018? Radwanska, Murray
    12. Which players will win their first majors? Dimitrov, Pliskova
    13. Who will finish as year end #1s? Wozniacki, Djokovic
    14. Who will Nadal lose the #1 ranking to (can predict "nobody")? Djokovic
    14. One random unlikely prediction (anything related to pro tennis) Ash Barty wins the AO
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    Re: Random 2018 Predictions?

    1. Jack Sock - Why is he at the top of the list to predict? Unless the Big 4/5 completely implode, he'll be returning to the road to nowhere fast.
    2. Denis Shapovalov - Back to Scrubsville for you.
    3. Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, Murray - Nadal wins RG, Fed - Achy Breaky Back will do him in, Djokovic will continue to be lost in the tennis desert, Murray - won't win anything, assuming he can even play
    4. Serena - Loses interest in tennis
    5. Sasha Zverev - The new Raonic
    6. Jelena Ostapenko - Won't win the French
    7. Cici Bellis - Who?
    8. Maria Sharapova - Won't win jack, unless she starts dating Jack.
    9. Breakthrough men's player in 2018? Goffin by winning a slam
    10. Breakthrough women's player in 2018? None, carousel of mediocrity has plenty of fuel left in it
    11. Highest ranked player on each tour who will retire in 2018? Ferrer
    12. Which players will win their first majors? Goffin, Svitolina, Pliskova, Halep
    13. Who will finish as year end #1s? Nadal (barely), Mugu, Pliskova, Halep
    14. Who will Nadal lose the #1 ranking to (can predict "nobody")? He may lose it at some point in the year but will eek out by the end of the year
    14. One random unlikely prediction (anything related to pro tennis) The wackiness will continue in 2018 and we will tire of it.
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    Re: Random 2018 Predictions?

    It wasn't a ranking, just a top-of-my head which stories were the most compelling/surprising in 2017, so what will they do in 2018? Also, some were based on Award winners (Newcomer of the Year Bellis). Like I said, please add your own too

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    Re: Random 2018 Predictions?

    1. Jack Sock - continued success up to the clay season - AO SF?
    2. Denis Shapovalov - top 20, deep run at USO
    3. Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, Murray - RN loses epic FO final to Thiem, no non-clay titles; RF loses AO and Wimby finals and gets leapfrogged for #1 at Miami (see 13), ND gets divorced, no titles; AM no titles
    4. Serena - returns at IW, struggles with form and fitness, retires after USO
    5. Sasha Zverev - Top 5
    6. Jelena Ostapenko - Top 50
    7. Cici Bellis - See Oudin, Melanie
    8. Maria Sharapova - deep runs at Wimby and USO, top 10 finish
    9. Breakthrough men's player in 2018? - I leave this to you guys
    10. Breakthrough women's player in 2018? - same
    11. Highest ranked player on each tour who will retire in 2018? Ferrer, Venus
    12. Which players will win their first majors? Thiem(AO) and Querrey(W), Halep(FO)
    13. Who will finish as year end #1s? Nadal, Wozniaki
    14. Who will Nadal lose the #1 ranking to (can predict "nobody")? Jack Sock! This is a combination of math and some deep runs at AO, IW, Miami.
    14. One random unlikely prediction (anything related to pro tennis) - Top 10 ATP player fails doping test.

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    Re: Random 2018 Predictions?

    1. Jack Sock : Out of Top 20
    2. Denis Shapovalov : Top 30 at best
    3. Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, Murray : Only Djokovic will win a Slam or two. Murray to struggle winning matches at 67%. Federer biggest title will be at Basel while Nadal will be at Monte Carlo.
    4. Serena : Retire earlier than expected and will be short of Court's record.
    5. Sasha Zverev : Still struggle at Slam
    6. Jelena Ostapenko : Will fall outside Top 20
    7. Cici Bellis : Will be Top 20 at best
    8. Maria Sharapova : Quarterfinal will be her best result at Slam. May win a Premier 5 or Premier Mandatory
    9. Breakthrough men's player in 2018? Chung
    10. Breakthrough women's player in 2018? Jang
    11. Highest ranked player on each tour who will retire in 2018? ATP : Ferrer WTA: Jankovic
    12. Which players will win their first majors? ATP: A Zverev or Thiem WTA: Svitolina
    13. Who will finish as year end #1s? ATP: Djokovic WTA: Svitolina
    14. Who will Nadal lose the #1 ranking to (can predict "nobody")? Djokovic
    14. One random unlikely prediction (anything related to pro tennis) Wozniacki to win a Slam
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    14. One random unlikely prediction (anything related to pro tennis) - Top 10 ATP player fails doping test.
    This one is bold. Better remember it, although I hope you will be wrong.
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    Sock: continues to struggle in slams because of his fitness. Finishes in the 15-20 range
    Shapovalov: isn't used to going deep in tournaments. Overplays and deals with injuries
    Big 4: wins 2 or less slams. Federer announces 2019 will be his last year.
    Serena: comes back at Miami. Retires at the end of the year
    Zverev: finally makes a slam semi, but dips down to the 8-12 range
    Ostapenko: sophomore slump, especially without AMG as her coach
    Cici: continues to improve. Moves from 60ish to 30ish.
    Sharapova: solid year. Makes a slam semi and wins a Masters. Top 15 finish.
    Breakthrough players: how is this defined? I'll say Vondrousova and Sakkari make some noise at a slam, either a R16 or a solid upset. For the guys, I'll say Dzumhur.
    Retiring: Venus, Serena, Karlovic, Robredo, the Bryans
    First Major: Dimitrov, Thiem (the French), Halep
    #1: Muguruza (wins another slam), Dimitrov
    Nadal: has some injuries, loses #1 after the USO
    Unlikely prediction: an ATP player comes out as gay, there's another big steroid scandal

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    Re: Random 2018 Predictions?

    So far our Women's Breakthrough picks are looking pretty good - a couple Osakas, a Sabalenka, a "Halep at a slam"
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    Re: Random 2018 Predictions?

    Wozniacki getting a slam also counts (he mentioned, selfishly).

    Looks like I've done fairly well, and am on track for others, except for a big Dimitrov miss.
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    Re: Random 2018 Predictions?

    Quote Originally Posted by James7 View Post
    Wozniacki getting a slam also counts (he mentioned, selfishly).

    Looks like I've done fairly well, and am on track for others, except for a big Dimitrov miss.
    Yeah, on my first quick skim I had James7 leading this so far. I'm losing faith in Suliso's call that Ana Konjuh will be top-10... Wow, I didn't notice how much trouble she's had coming back!

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    Re: Random 2018 Predictions?

    I only made one prediction (that Roger would retire) and he is still with us, although pretty much in name only.

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    Re: Random 2018 Predictions?

    My interim assessment (give yourself a score of 1-10 for each item based on how close you think you came):

    1. Sock - (edit: very pending. Currently top-20 but 155th in the Race)
    2. Shapo - Modest climb (40 to 20), no major breakthrough
    3. Nadal and Federer - one slam each, less than 2017, Djoker 2 slams, Murray struggled, no big wins
    4. Serena - 2 major finals, otherwise inconsistent
    5. Sasha Z - maintained, performed at Masters, not at majors
    6. Ostapenko - maintained top 10, no big wins (W semi, Miami RUP)
    7. Bellis - serious decline
    8. Sharapova - cusp of top-20, decent FO run, beat Serena
    9. Tsitsipas, Khachanov, Basilashvili - feel free to argue for others!
    10. Osaka, Sabalenka, anyone else?
    11. Ferrer so far, and... anyone?
    12. Nobody for men, Woz, Halep, Osaka
    13. Nadal and Halep are in the lead
    14. Federer
    15. All I see is Patrick called Woz for a major. I'm not sure how "unlikely" that was though...

    I've given myself about 31 so far.
    Last edited by Woody; 09-14-2018 at 07:35 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drop-shot View Post
    1. Jack Sock: hovers in the 10-20 ranking. Currently ranked 17, so a 10. Probably bound to change once his fall points drop of
    2. Denis Shapovalov: a few flashes here and there, but still in the 30-50 range. Ranked 34, so 10, though he could very well exceed expectations
    3. Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, Murray: Rafa and Roger continue to dominate until the USO. Novak might win the USO. Murray will have a critical year deciding whether he plays on or not. 9
    4. Serena: returns to her Slam winning ways. 1 or 2 for her. 7
    5. Sasha Zverev: not unlike Thiem, he doesn't improve upon his breakthrough season. 10
    6. Jelena Ostapenko: clings to the 20-30 ranking Ranked 10 so a 5
    7. Cici Bellis: Pass
    8. Maria Sharapova: unless she puts in some decent results, I see her considering retirement. Unless Serena shocks us first; then she sticks around hoping to prey on the feeble.
    9. Breakthrough men's player in 2018?: Medvedev / Rublev combo 3
    10. Breakthrough women's player in 2018?: no idea
    11. Highest ranked player on each tour who will retire in 2018?: Ferrer, Lopez. Radwanska, Stosur So far only Ferrer so a 3
    12. Which players will win their first majors?: no new male players. Take a name out of a hat for the women.
    13. Who will finish as year end #1s?: Serena, Federer or Nole
    14. Who will Nadal lose the #1 ranking to (can predict "nobody")?: Roger
    14. One random unlikely prediction (anything related to pro tennis): Azarenka wins a Slam
    The rest are pending. Right now 57
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    Re: Random 2018 Predictions?

    Weird, not sure where I looked up Sock's ranking. But boy does he have a lot of late-season points coming up! His 52-week is 17, but he's 155th in the Race.

    Also, Drop gets full points for Q.14, Roger was #1 in the spring.
    Last edited by Woody; 09-14-2018 at 07:34 AM.
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