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It has nothing to do with Bo3, but the lack of quality, mental toughness and commitment by the top players. Osaka and Andreescu are the two most talented players and they play less tournaments than Venus, Serena, Vika, Zvonareva, Kuznetsova etc. who have grinded out there for 15+ years and some travel with children, too.
 
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It has nothing to do with Bo3, but the lack of quality, mental toughness and commitment by the top players. Osaka and Andreescu are the two most talented players and they play less tournaments than Venus, Serena, Vika, Zvonareva, Kuznetsova etc. who have grinded out there for 15+ years and some travel with children, too.
Yeah, totally agree. The modern stars don't have the grindfest attitude. They want to play the big events only and as few of the lesser events as possible. One warm-up event before a Slam and that's it. They believe money will be thrown at them regardless so why bother trying. This is the load management version of WTA. Playing 14-16 events per season used to be called a light schedule and now it's the norm. No way the likes of Osaka or Andreescu will play 20 events per season. Ever.
 

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How many slams would the big 3 have if it was Bo3? I'm sure I've seen tweets with this stat on somewhere.
Wouldn't that be an impossible stat to come up with? Looking at the first 3 sets of a Bo5 match would change the whole outcome of a tournament including who is at the end.
 

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The WTA is always full of upsets because the format of Bo3 make all top players vulnerables. It's simple.

Fedalovic would never have been Fedalovic if GS on ATP were on Bo3. Djokovic would have just lost to Musetti for exemple and would have lost against Federer at the USO SF 2011 and against Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon 2015.
Nadal is invincible at RG because of the Bo5. I doubt he would have won 13 FO (and maybe 14) if he was playing on Bo3. Djokerer would have scored multiples wins against him IMO.
The big assumption here is that the first 3 sets of a Bo5 match would have gone the same way in a Bo3 match. The players adjust their games when playing Bo3. Also winning 2 of the first 3 sets of a Bo5 match is completely different than winning a Bo3 match. We've seen players time and again fold after getting close to a big win OR top players raising their level when they are about to lose. That isn't the case in the first 3 sets of a Bo5 match.
 

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The format is not the reason, it's the depth. Graf had 2 or 3 good opponents to win a tournament, today's players have 4 to 6. It seems to be o.k. for men but too much for women. So asking for 5 sets is the most stupid thing that can be brought into discussion when obviously the current format is already too much to give the best ones the chance to be consistent!

BO5 would make endurance the main factor. BO5 is not as hard for men as it would be for women (don't even think of discussing, just look at the records in endurance sports, in most cases the women's distances are shorter also). BO5 in women tennis wouldn't be even tennis anymore, it would be pure endurance sport.
 
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