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MEAC_ALLAMERICAN
05-06-2008, 08:28 PM
That he can go his entire career undefeated at Roland Garros, or have a record of over 90% winning percentage at this prestigious Grand Slam ? :confused:

I personally think that he has an excellent chance, aside from Roger Federer to bring the percentage into the 90's. :twisted:

CyBorg
05-06-2008, 08:34 PM
The Nadal bandwagon is at full swing. By June he'll be the greatest player to have ever lived.

By September he'll be back to a mere bum.

Good old TTW. Wouldn't be the same without all of this.

Nadal_Freak
05-06-2008, 08:35 PM
The Nadal bandwagon is at full swing. By June he'll be the greatest player to have ever lived.

By September he'll be back to a mere bum.

Good old TTW. Wouldn't be the same without all of this.
You're kidding right?

CyBorg
05-06-2008, 08:36 PM
You're kidding right?

You'll never know.

P-Town Tennis
05-06-2008, 08:38 PM
90% is achievable, but I don't think he can go undefeated his entire career.

flyer
05-06-2008, 08:39 PM
90%, doubtful, undeafeated neraly impossable....he would have to lose sometime other wise he would never stop playing it

Cup8489
05-06-2008, 08:41 PM
yep... right now everyone is google eyed over nadal, but soon he will be off his surface, and people will have to come back to reality.

ledor
05-06-2008, 08:42 PM
somehow the streak has to end...but i won't be sad that he'll lose in whatever round he loses, and he loses with heart.

Nadal_Freak
05-06-2008, 08:47 PM
If Nadal loses, I hope it isn't to Fed at RG. Hopefully Fed's time will end by than.

MEAC_ALLAMERICAN
05-06-2008, 08:52 PM
If Nadal loses, I hope it isn't to Fed at RG. Hopefully Fed's time will end by than.

You see, this is the reason I started this thread is because I believe that Rafa is the best on this surface. I also believe that the best man to take him out is Roger Federer.

Let the battle of words begin, but we will never know until the draw unfolds. :shock:

flyer
05-06-2008, 08:59 PM
You see, this is the reason I started this thread is because I believe that Rafa is the best on this surface. I also believe that the best man to take him out is Roger Federer.

Let the battle of words begin, but we will never know until the draw unfolds. :shock:

I'd have to say Ferrer is a better clay courter at the moment....

MEAC_ALLAMERICAN
05-06-2008, 09:02 PM
I'd have to say Ferrer is a better clay courter at the moment....

That is ********!!!

Is that because he is the only person to take a set from Nadal in 2008? Or the fact that Ferrer grinded out more victories than Federer on clay in 2008?

What’s the basis? :-?

I could post his clay court record and consistency over the past 4 years, but his consistency within itself, but that's enough to hold his number one ranking and status in the history in the game?

Vision84
05-06-2008, 09:31 PM
I'd like to see Ferrer play Federer on clay. Fererr is playing well but it takes longer to prove yourself.

gj011
05-06-2008, 09:58 PM
I'd like to see Ferrer play Federer on clay. Fererr is playing well but it takes longer to prove yourself.

You will likely have a chance very soon in QF in Rome.

About Nadal. There are too many unknown variables to be able to say one way or another. He may play another 10-12 years.

rafan
05-06-2008, 10:11 PM
The Nadal bandwagon is at full swing. By June he'll be the greatest player to have ever lived.

By September he'll be back to a mere bum.

Good old TTW. Wouldn't be the same without all of this.

What do you mean by June? He IS one of the greatest players that ever lived

edberg505
05-06-2008, 10:36 PM
I'd like to see Ferrer play Federer on clay. Fererr is playing well but it takes longer to prove yourself.


I don't see how the outcome will be any different from their past meetings. They have played 8 times and all 8 times Federer won. In fact the vast majority of the meetings were a comprehensive beatdown. He's only managed to win 1 set in all of those meetings, 3 of which were on clay.

Vision84
05-06-2008, 10:39 PM
I don't see how the outcome will be any different from their past meetings. They have played 8 times and all 8 times Federer won. In fact the vast majority of the meetings were a comprehensive beatdown. He's only managed to win 1 set in all of those meetings, 3 of which were on clay.

Thanks. I didn't realize Federer has played him so often. Only 1 set is pretty impressive.

FedForGOAT
05-06-2008, 10:44 PM
I see no reason why Nadal would stop playing while he is still winning slams. I don't think he'll lose love for the game/burn out. So, barring a career-ending injury, he is not going to retire while he has won RG for the last however many years. He'll retire after he's declined somewhat, like most players do, which would lower his stats. I think he does have an excellent chance of keeping his percentage in the 90's.

MEAC_ALLAMERICAN
05-06-2008, 10:49 PM
I don't see how the outcome will be any different from their past meetings. They have played 8 times and all 8 times Federer won. In fact the vast majority of the meetings were a comprehensive beatdown. He's only managed to win 1 set in all of those meetings, 3 of which were on clay.

Don't get me started on that:

Federer leads 8-0:

2007 Tennis Masters Cup
China Hard F Federer 6-2 6-3 6-2
Stats
2007 ATP Masters Series Hamburg
Germany Clay Q Federer 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
Stats
2007 ATP Masters Series Monte Carlo
Monaco Clay Q Federer 6-4 6-0
Stats
2006 Basel
Switzerland Carpet Q Federer 6-3 7-6(14)
Stats
2006 ATP Masters Series Monte Carlo
Monaco Clay Q Federer 6-1 6-3
Stats
2006 ATP Masters Series Miami
FL, U.S.A. Hard S Federer 6-1 6-4
Stats
2005 Doha
Qatar Hard R32 Federer 6-1 6-1
Stats
2003 Vienna
Austria Hard R32 Federer 6-2 6-2
Stats

tennis_hand
05-06-2008, 10:55 PM
The Nadal bandwagon is at full swing. By June he'll be the greatest player to have ever lived.

By September he'll be back to a mere bum.

Good old TTW. Wouldn't be the same without all of this.

just like the last 2 years.

after the FO, he failed to win any title all the way to the next year's march.
This happened already twice in the last 2 years. and this year, he didn't win anything until Monte Carlo since the last clay match.

mypod4900
05-06-2008, 11:33 PM
90%, doubtful, undeafeated neraly impossable....he would have to lose sometime other wise he would never stop playing it

I'd agree but rafa is safe for now. At least thats how I see it.

robin7
05-07-2008, 09:52 AM
Undefeated is very unlikely but not impossible.

Well, Rafa has to reach the finals in the next n years to maintain at least 90% winning ratio.

2008: 27/28 = 96.4%
2009: 33/35 = 94.3%
2010: 39/42 = 92.9%
2011: 45/49 = 91.8%
2012: 51/56 = 91.1%
2013: 57/63 = 90.5%
2014: 63/70 = 90.0%

edberg505
05-07-2008, 04:00 PM
I'd have to say Ferrer is a better clay courter at the moment....

Ummm, wrong! And in honour of ninman

http://i31.tinypic.com/x1kpxt.jpg

drakulie
05-07-2008, 04:09 PM
90% perhaps. undefeated>>> no way. Unless of course he wins it this year and then never plays it again.

Defcon
05-07-2008, 04:10 PM
If he decides to walk away at his peak, ala Borg, then he has a good chance. If he retires like most players when he's old, the results are declining and motivation is no longer there, then obviously he'll have lost a bunch of times.

Even the great Sampras lost at Wimby, and he was just as invincible on grass.

TheTruth
05-07-2008, 07:18 PM
As a Nadal fan, some posters don't realize that we like our boy for his character, not simply his results. His ranking doesn't define him, nor does his titles. The boy is pure class which is why you don't Nadal fans jumping ship after every loss, or crying foul. We understand that adversity builds character, and our boy has plenty of that!

Tennisguy777
05-07-2008, 08:22 PM
TheTruth speaks The Truth