We were drinking coffee and discussing upcoming Australian Open and new tennis season with a high qualified tennis coach after a workout yesterday.
Rafael Nadal is going to return to the ATP tour. Do you think he will be able to play on his previous level?
Rafael Nadal can still win majors, but I think he is on a downward slope. You don’t grow new joints.
Who is the favorite to win the Australian Open? Does anyone outside the big four have a chance?
Novak Djokovic is probably favored, but any of the big four can win. Juan Martin Del Potro and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga can beat one of the big four, but not three in a row.
Do you think Serena Williams will continue her successful career in the upcoming season? Who are the main probable candidates to win the Australian Open on the women’s side?
Serena Williams will be the player to beat as long as she maintains her drive. Athletically she has no competition. But don’t overlook Vika Azarenka or Maria Sharapova if Serena Williams falters.
Can one of the American players reach the top 10 in 2013? Will Harrison or Sock be able to do that in 1-3 years?
Ryan Harrison has been on the tour long enough to have made his mark, and he hasn’t. I see no reason why next year should be any different. He can’t outslug the sluggers or out grind the grinders.
Jack Sock, on the other hand, can win a major. He is the first American male or female that I have thought could do this since I saw Andy Roddick at nineteen. But he does everything better than Roddick, and his belief in himself reminds me of Pete Sampras.