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slicefox
05-14-2009, 07:17 PM
You have to face it, one day, Nadal will no longer be number one, and he will no longer win tournaments. It will happen, I guarantee it.

But what will happen after that?

Well, I can confidently say that we will have cleaner boards on TT and also better tennis to watch on TV.

It will be great.

Serendipitous
05-14-2009, 07:18 PM
I don't think he will get dethroned unless he retires

veroniquem
05-14-2009, 07:19 PM
That day is so far ahead we really don't need to think about it yet.

Clay lover
05-14-2009, 07:19 PM
Um I don't think it appropriate to wish for anybody's death. This thread should be banned.

egn
05-14-2009, 07:23 PM
I don't think he will get dethroned unless he retires

what Rafa will be number 1 until he is 50 if he chooses not to retire?

TheTruth
05-14-2009, 07:33 PM
Most Nadal fans will enjoy the memories of his achievements, and the spectacular way in which he performed them. They will hope to see another star rise up who is as unorthodox, creative and original as he was. They will wait with expectancy for the emergence of another gladiator who enjoys the true meaning of competition. They will be thankful for the memories he gave them, and wish him well in his retirement.

VivalaVida
05-14-2009, 07:36 PM
Most Nadal fans will enjoy the memories of his achievements, and the spectacular way in which he performed them. They will hope to see another star rise up who is as unorthodox, creative and original as he was. They will wait with expectancy for the emergence of another gladiator who enjoys the true meaning of competition. They will be thankful for the memories he gave them, and wish him well in his retirement.
and Many of them will troll this website constantly and bag on the newer generation of players.

egn
05-14-2009, 07:38 PM
Most Nadal fans will enjoy the memories of his achievements, and the spectacular way in which he performed them. They will hope to see another star rise up who is as unorthodox, creative and original as he was. They will wait with expectancy for the emergence of another gladiator who enjoys the true meaning of competition. They will be thankful for the memories he gave them, and wish him well in his retirement.

That and probably join the fed fans, sampras fans, borg fans and laver fans in the never ending my guy is better than your guy battle.

Bottle Rocket
05-14-2009, 07:39 PM
That day is so far ahead we really don't need to think about it yet.

Never heard that one before... Never heard that when Federer was #1.

veroniquem
05-14-2009, 07:41 PM
Never heard that one before... Never heard that when Federer was #1.
You're kidding right? When Fed was #1 people were saying he was gonna stay there until 35!

egn
05-14-2009, 07:42 PM
Never heard that one before... Never heard that when Federer was #1.

Yes I do have a flash back........

2007 US Open Finals championship every single sports writer the next day...
"It is performances like these that show us that Federer is truly the best and will rule tennis for years to come. Next year he might truly break that curse he has on clay and beat Nadal.."

2008 US Open finals following day
"Fed is not dead contrary to popular belief. Yet this may very well be his last slam"

man how things changed lol.

THough I imagine Nadal has a few more years ahead of him.

dincuss
05-14-2009, 07:46 PM
You're kidding right? When Fed was #1 people were saying he was gonna stay there until 35!

Yah but fed made everyone look like a fool on the courts back then. Nadal has harder competition.

bruce38
05-14-2009, 07:47 PM
Roger Federer will dethrone Rafa way before Rafa retires. It's only a matter of time. 2008 he was sick (mono), 2009 he's just rusty still, after a bit more play the old Roger (or close to it) will be back.

egn
05-14-2009, 07:50 PM
You're kidding right? When Fed was #1 people were saying he was gonna stay there until 35!

Failure to sense sarcasm.

vtmike
05-14-2009, 07:52 PM
He will jump back into the pool with...

http://kthanxbye.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/novakk66.gif

egn
05-14-2009, 07:54 PM
He will jump back into the pool with...

http://kthanxbye.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/novakk66.gif

OH GOD. That is one creepy picture.

Tennis_Monk
05-14-2009, 08:04 PM
I become the new #1. nothing to worry about. Its pretty normal in tennis for a #1 player to step down after a few years.

grafselesfan
05-14-2009, 08:54 PM
I am sure in 6 years or so he will be dethroned. It happens to everyone someday. Tennis will move on, and Nadal's career will still continue after losing #1 too.

vndesu
05-14-2009, 09:04 PM
I am sure in 6 years or so he will be dethroned. It happens to everyone someday. Tennis will move on, and Nadal's career will still continue after losing #1 too.

just like fed.
i can really see how nadal would have competition against possibly federer, murray, gulbis etc but who knows if someone knocks down both federer and nadal the world will end haha

OddJack
05-14-2009, 09:13 PM
What will happen is this: French open is the first to go, in 2010. Then the signal will alert other players to take his titles one by one. Murray will be number one for some period of time in the same year. Nadal will face more injuries as he is now 24 and it takes him longer to heal, so the downfall in rankings will be somewhat swift. He will be remembered for the greatest clay court player and will return to capture the title in france, possibly2011. He will win title here and there but nver again the number 1 status. He will continue his streaky performances here and there till he hits 26 or 27, then noone will take him seriously any more. At this point he will retire.

Nadal_Freak
05-14-2009, 09:13 PM
Tennis will be really boring unless some other great clay talent with a humble personality comes along.

grafselesfan
05-14-2009, 09:13 PM
Nadal wont lose at the French Open until 2015 atleast.

samster
05-14-2009, 09:15 PM
Any athlete is just one injury or one illness away from retirement, unfortunately.

iriraz
05-14-2009, 09:19 PM
The probable scenarios are either:he won`t win that many tourneys but he will still win be a threat just like Federer in the slams or he will face injury problems just like Hewitt and will struggle

rafan
05-14-2009, 09:32 PM
Can't bear to even think back to those wilderness years before Nadal when I was bored with tennis being so predictable. When I think about WHAT that guy has brought to tennis - he deserves a medal just for that

JoshDragon
05-14-2009, 09:36 PM
and Many of them will troll this website constantly and bag on the newer generation of players.

Unfortunately, that's probably true.

TheNatural
05-14-2009, 09:40 PM
Yes I do have a flash back........

2007 US Open Finals championship every single sports writer the next day...
"It is performances like these that show us that Federer is truly the best and will rule tennis for years to come. Next year he might truly break that curse he has on clay and beat Nadal.."

2008 US Open finals following day
"Fed is not dead contrary to popular belief. Yet this may very well be his last slam"

man how things changed lol.

THough I imagine Nadal has a few more years ahead of him.

You do realize that Nadal busted his knee in 07 USO and sacrificed the USO in 08 for the Olympics. So I hope you didn't take the sports writers comments too seriously in 07. You have to read between the lines sometimes and look at the context in which things are written. The inevitable was delayed a while with Fed cashing in on a few extra slams but Nadal was always going to overcome him once he got over the injuries.


Long after Nadal retires we'll still have all those dvd's of him spanking Fed in all those slam finals to remind us who the greatest of the era was.;-)

Bud
05-14-2009, 09:43 PM
What will happen is this: French open is the first to go, in 2010. Then the signal will alert other players to take his titles one by one. Murray will be number one for some period of time in the same year. Nadal will face more injuries as he is now 24 and it takes him longer to heal, so the downfall in rankings will be somewhat swift. He will be remembered for the greatest clay court player and will return to capture the title in france, possibly2011. He will win title here and there but nver again the number 1 status. He will continue his streaky performances here and there till he hits 26 or 27, then noone will take him seriously any more. At this point he will retire.

He's 22, not 24. He'll be 23 in early June.

OddJack
05-14-2009, 09:55 PM
He's 22, not 24. He'll be 23 in early June.

Read. I was talking about second half of 2010, when he hits 24.

Toxicmilk
05-14-2009, 09:58 PM
Another bandwagon will be availible for a bunch of weirdos to jump on and then they will accuse nadal and federer of being in weak eras, making this new guy 100x better than both combined.

Chelsea_Kiwi
05-14-2009, 10:07 PM
You have to face it, one day, Nadal will no longer be number one, and he will no longer win tournaments. It will happen, I guarantee it.

But what will happen after that?

Well, I can confidently say that we will have cleaner boards on TT and also better tennis to watch on TV.

It will be great. Yes I agree all the *******s will leave as they only support him not tennis. Those will be the days...

Bud
05-14-2009, 10:39 PM
Read. I was talking about second half of 2010, when he hits 24.

The way it's worded... it's a bit nebulous, IMO.

That aside, he's injured much less frequently now than 3-4 years ago. It seems he and his camp have discovered a way to manage his play and schedule to reduce injury frequency and severity.

I see him going strong for at least 3-4 more years prior to heading down hill. That will put him at 27... and within the normal time frame of when the great players start falling behind the youngsters.

Of course, this assumes no other phenoms, like Nadal, coming along to knock him down even faster.

OddJack
05-14-2009, 10:49 PM
Nothing's normal about the way he plays. I hope you're right tho, but historically grinders have had shorter life expectancy. We all know it takes 2-3 more shots to take a point from him, he brings back balls many others give up on. This does not come free, and he's only human.

BorisBeckerFan
05-14-2009, 11:02 PM
The world will keep turning.

TheNatural
05-15-2009, 12:55 AM
Nothing's normal about the way he plays. I hope you're right tho, but historically grinders have had shorter life expectancy. We all know it takes 2-3 more shots to take a point from him, he brings back balls many others give up on. This does not come free, and he's only human.

Historically the smartest players between the ears have a long life expectancy, so Nadal's high tennis IQ will put him at an advantage over his contemporaries here.

Secondly, even if he takes longer to end points, I don't think that's a problem.I think hes smart enough to balance his off court activities well enough and keep them very light so that the overall effect on his body is no more straining than the other top guys. For example he does things like golf, fishing, swimming etc off court which are not very straining and are a good balance for the body and the mind.

Thirdly, don't forget Nadal most enjoys the competition and the challenge , so he wouldn't freak out and panic one day if his ranking down. Its much much harder to lose motivation when just competing is such a high enjoyment factor. Nadal plays doubles a bit and doesn't win nearly as much but still just enjoys the challenge, so he already knows exactly what its like to not be the best.

It will be even more satisfying when hes lower ranked and not a favorite some day and end up winning a Grand Slam final. Nadal doesn't mind being the underdog so it won't faze him if hes not the king. It wouldn't surprise me if Nadal decided to become a Verdasco type player when he became older and didn't want to run so much. Now I think he gets a lot of pleasure in making the opponents suffer, testing the opponent physically, and also making them play his style of tennis.

rubberduckies
05-15-2009, 01:24 AM
I will rename myself GameNadal and haunt these boards forever, with no purpose other than to promote the Nadal generation of players at the expense of the current generation of players.

Pirao
05-15-2009, 01:30 AM
What I wish is this: French open is the first to go, in 2010. Then the signal will alert other players to take his titles one by one. Murray will be number one for some period of time in the same year. Nadal will face more injuries as he is now 24 and it takes him longer to heal, so the downfall in rankings will be somewhat swift. He will be remembered for the greatest clay court player and will return to capture the title in france, possibly2011. He will win title here and there but nver again the number 1 status. He will continue his streaky performances here and there till he hits 26 or 27, then noone will take him seriously any more. At this point he will retire.

Fixed that for you ;)

roysid
05-15-2009, 02:01 AM
Fed dominated the tour for 4 and half years. Nadal might do the same or less.
One day it has to end. I don't know when, but I will be very happy then.

Not that I dislike Rafa, i like him as a person but I am on opposite camp.

P_Agony
05-15-2009, 02:09 AM
You have to face it, one day, Nadal will no longer be number one, and he will no longer win tournaments. It will happen, I guarantee it.

But what will happen after that?

Well, I can confidently say that we will have cleaner boards on TT and also better tennis to watch on TV.

It will be great.

Possibly the same thing that happens now with Federer - lots of bandwagon fans of the new top guy, lots of flames and bashing of Rafa, and not a huge amount of true Rafa fans left to defend him.

Ronny
05-15-2009, 02:16 AM
sigh, thread made just to flame rafa

cucio
05-15-2009, 02:18 AM
What will happen when Nadal is dethroned?

At that point he will have demonstrated that his style and attitude can be tremendously successful. As we are talking, there are hundreds of juniors busting their asses to try to capture his technique and attitude in the hope of emulating his success.

Bottom line: in a few years we will have more than enough Nadal clones swarming the top #10 so we won't miss the original. Won't that be a blast?





(Not that I think seriously that this is necessarily coming to pass, but if we are going to make predictions this is as good as any and it is going to be funny to watch the reactions of some posters here from both camps to this scenario.)

THESEXPISTOL
05-15-2009, 02:32 AM
Knowing rafa behavior as we do... when he feels that he can't win anymore he just retires..
He will not struggle against the situation (like federer is doing)
He's a natural born winner.

Josherer
05-15-2009, 02:42 AM
Um I don't think it appropriate to wish for anybody's death. This thread should be banned.

Lol what? Where did anyone dying come from?

Turning Pro
05-15-2009, 03:05 AM
I think the dominance may stop after his 25th birthday but will probably grab a French and maybe that year (2011). A slam or 2 per year after that for the next couple of years is likely and Nadal coud end up with a minimum of say 11-13 by then (2013) not including hard court slams. If he can win the U.S Open this year, he may reach it that tally by the end of 2012.

FlamEnemY
05-15-2009, 03:14 AM
What will happen when Nadal is dethroned?

Just take a look at the boards now and replace the "Federer" with "Nadal" and "Nadal" with the guy who beats him. That's it :)

Dutch-Guy
05-15-2009, 03:28 AM
It's too early to be talking about Rafa getting dethroned.I'll bump this thread in august 2012 when i'll lose his # ranking to...

raiden031
05-15-2009, 03:36 AM
I can't wait for the days where Nadal receives the same criticism on the boards that Fed is receiving. The players change, the board NEVER changes.

Gorecki
05-15-2009, 03:40 AM
sky's will become a firing hell, the earth will revert it's axis spin, animals will burst in a screaming cacophonic orchestra, and there will be a complete armaggedon with riots in the streets...

Pirao
05-15-2009, 03:42 AM
That another player will be #1, maybe? Just saying.

Zaragoza
05-15-2009, 03:43 AM
You have to face it, one day, Nadal will no longer be number one, and he will no longer win tournaments. It will happen, I guarantee it.

But what will happen after that?

Well, I can confidently say that we will have cleaner boards on TT and also better tennis to watch on TV.

It will be great.

You have to face it, he will be a tennis legend by the time he retires.
Most players won't be tennis legends by the time they retire.
We have cleaner boards now than 2-3 years ago, except for some bitter anti Nadal fans like you and tennis-hero who start pointless threads like this.

DarthMaul
05-15-2009, 03:47 AM
What will happen when Nadal gets de-throned?

The world would end!



















for *******s.

babbette
05-15-2009, 03:55 AM
the world will move on and hopefully the person that dethroned him will be a consitent force in the game. That's the only right way a torch can be passed when the dethroner is deserving of it.

Like when Roger beat Sampras in Wimbledon. That was passing of the torch done in the right way.

Rafa's reign shouldn't be pooped on by some one hit wonder

ksbh
05-15-2009, 06:39 AM
Dearest OddJack! A dozen more times of repeating the Nadal injury claim that you've made a mantra of, and you'll be there. Just make sure you wait a few months between each utterance of the mantra! LOL!

What will happen is this: French open is the first to go, in 2010. Then the signal will alert other players to take his titles one by one. Murray will be number one for some period of time in the same year. Nadal will face more injuries as he is now 24 and it takes him longer to heal, so the downfall in rankings will be somewhat swift. He will be remembered for the greatest clay court player and will return to capture the title in france, possibly2011. He will win title here and there but nver again the number 1 status. He will continue his streaky performances here and there till he hits 26 or 27, then noone will take him seriously any more. At this point he will retire.

Blade0324
05-15-2009, 08:45 AM
While the OP is obviously trolling they are also correct that Nadal will at some point fall from #1. No one really knows when that will be. I do have to say that tennis will not be nearly as exciting to watch without Nadal playing. He is about the most exciting and dynamic player playing today so it will be a bit of a let down when he is no longer there.

svijk
05-15-2009, 09:04 AM
To the OP

Whats the point of this post???

Are you just trying to say the message boards will be cleaner, how so??? and better tennis ?? you don't think Nadal plays good tennis? your post is very juvenile.

Guess you will have to wait for some time to get your fantasy to come true

jackson vile
05-15-2009, 09:26 AM
You have to face it, one day, Nadal will no longer be number one, and he will no longer win tournaments. It will happen, I guarantee it.

But what will happen after that?

Well, I can confidently say that we will have cleaner boards on TT and also better tennis to watch on TV.

It will be great.


Hopefully stupid post like this will stop LOL

Life will go on and he will still be our favorite player as his fans stick with him no matter how good or how bad he does. We admire Nadal for who he is, what he has, and will do is only a plus.

All-rounder
05-15-2009, 09:46 AM
I think that what happened to federer now is going to happen to nadal in a few years time someone will beat him in like a hardcourt slam then eventually it will spread to grass and clay and the rest is history.

TheNatural
05-15-2009, 10:32 AM
I actually think Fedtartds would all cry and mourn because the only way their Hero Fed gets in the news or in the forums these days is with reference to the great Nadal. Without Nadal Fed becomes almost obsolete now.

tonyg11
05-15-2009, 10:36 AM
If Fed and Nadal both quit tennis this board would be dead. Tennis would really be nothing without them right now. And that's a scarry thought.

Murray number 1 tennis player in the world? Lol, i wouldn't buy that for a dollar.

ignigena
05-15-2009, 02:53 PM
Possibly the same thing that happens now with Federer - lots of bandwagon fans of the new top guy, lots of flames and bashing of Rafa, and not a huge amount of true Rafa fans left to defend him.

That could be true, and it will be sad. I really hope people dont make a god of Rafa, i mean, i think lot of people became rafa's fans not because he managed to win everything, but because he was a new dinamic force in the field, and the nearly exact opposite to Federer, who already was a legend. Its like an statement, hard work, strong will, and keep being humble can overcome the greatest talent ever. I think is a good lesson for children, if thats what happens by the end of their careers.

Anyway, we will need time to fully understand what he meant for the sport, because he can make history, as Federer and others did before. I still dont see the value on these threads, we should be glad we are living in a time in which tennis history is being rewriten, and probably will stay that way for quite a while, no matter if Rafa became a legend or Federer exceed that level, history is being writen at this era.