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5 minutes ago, I Am A Swede said:

 

True, but if you overlook his win at the 2017 US Open, where, among others, Djokovic, Murray and Wawrinka were absent, you would have to go all the way back to 2013 to find another win away from Paris for him.

And things will only get tougher for him. He's just turned 33, and has not exactly been injury-free during his career, and there are younger players knocking on the door.

I'm not going to completely rule him out, but personally I don't see him winning 3 more titles to equal Federer. That being said, I don't see Federer winning any more either.

I think his window is closing at the other Slams, but the only folks 25 or younger who look imminently ready to win majors are Thiem and Tsitsipas. And Rafa’s main competition (Novak, Stan, Roger, Delpo) are all getting older too. It’ll be an interesting couple of years for sure. I don’t think the window’s closed at RG for another 1-3 titles, but time will tell. 

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Roland Garros hasn't really been all that interesting for me for quite some time (other than a few matches, here and there) and neither final did anything to change my mind but I have to give Rafa his "props" for playing a really smart final match to get the title. 

Roger and Rafa know their age and the state of their bodies and they schedule their tournament participation for optimal achievement.  I can't be mad at either one of them for that. 

 

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Serena has not said one word in all of this so I don't believe that this can be called a row, a feud or a dispute or whatever the press insists on calling this mess. 

 

Edited by DramatistDreamer

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The tennis industry (as well as some tennis fans) chooses to focus on the wrong things. 

 

Instead of focusing on stupid things like conference rooms for post-match press conferences and who took a (missed) swipe at blades of grass on a tennis court, why won't tennis focus at the rule bending and match-fixing issues that are eating away at the game?  Tennis has some definite issues with corruption and malfeasance. How the hell else can you explain Justin Gimelstob being allowed to linger at the game's highest administrative echelon while on trial for felony assault?

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