For Fed fans - would you rather have Nadal or Murray in Fed's 2013 AO half?

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Would you rather have Fed-Murray or Fed-Nadal in one half?

  1. I take Murray!

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  2. I take Nadal!

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    53.8%
  1. tennis_pro

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    We know what Murray can bring to the table, although he has never beaten Federer in a major, he surely is a threat these days. Nadal, on the other hand, if in form can handle Federer, as shown in 09 and 12. I think everyone agrees that if "casual" Nadal was taking into consideration, most would pick him to be a bigger threat for Fed (therefore Fed would rather have Murray in his half), however, that's not the case as Nadal has been out for a long time and there's no way to tell in what form he shows up at the AO.

    Who's your pick?
     
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  2. joeri888

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    Murray. Because against him, I feel that if Fed plays well he's got a good chance. Against Nadal I feel that if Fed plays well, he'll certainly win, but he won't play well.
     
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  3. Seventeen

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    I'd go with Nadal on the assumption he'll be struggling with match form.
     
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  4. tennis_pro

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    I'm sure he'll be in full flight by the time he gets to Federer:rolleyes:
     
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  5. Tennis_Hands

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    Nadal.

    Always have, always will.

    I enjoy Fed being challenged. Especially by things, that are beyond his control.
     
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  6. NatF

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    I want to see Nadal in Fed's half. Would be nice for Federer to get a grand slam victory over Nadal, might be his best chance to with Nadal's long layoff.
     
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  7. Sabratha

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    I'd rather have Murray in Federer's half. At least he has a chance then.
     
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  8. Totai

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    I'd like them both to be in Djoker's half :D
     
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  9. kalyan4fedever

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    we want murra we want murraa but i dont think fed goes that far quarters may be max
     
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  10. Clarky21

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    Nadal probably will not play the AO.
     
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  11. joeri888

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    Why? And how do you know?
     
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    saying this as a fan of all the top 4, i think in terms of who is easier to beat would be nadal..

    only because of rafas 6 month lay off..its gonna be amazing if nadal even reaches the semi finals..im sure a qf for nadal is probably much more acheivable..

    if fed n rafa meet in the semi..rafa will be v tired after his long absense (tired in having 4 potential 3/4 /5 set matches), his level not high enough (match tough ?)..so fed to win a potental semi at the 101st australian open.
     
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  13. Clarky21

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    Because we are in mid November and he has still not even started practicing yet,and hasn't been on court for months now. There is also no time table for any kind of return whatsoever from his bumbling team. Until something concrete comes out that he is actually going to show up at the AO,I will choose to believe he won't be there. It's probably for ther best he doesn't show up there anyway.
     
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  14. Steve0904

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    I'd still take Murray. He's never beaten Fed in a slam, Nadal on the other hand obviously has. I don't care how long Nadal's been out, he'll always be a nightmare at any slam for Federer.
     
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  15. tennisaddict

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    It does not matter who is the opponent. It just matters on which Fed mode shows up that day.
     
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  16. tacou

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    Nadal QF Murray SF
     
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  17. Prisoner of Birth

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    I'm fine either way.
     
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  18. kishnabe

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    Nadal since he would have poor match toughness and poor itensity being away from the sport for 6 months.

    Most likely he won't reach the SF to face Federer.....if he does it would be a beatdown.
     
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  19. Pouet156

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    Ferrer is the obvious choice !
     
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  20. beast of mallorca

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    It really doesn't matter anyway. Cvac is gonna win his 3rd straigh AO :twisted:
    (Clarky mode)
     
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    Rather have Nadal:
    - Even if he announces he will play, Nadal might pull out last moment if he is not ready
    - If he plays, he is unlikely to make it to SF (let's not forget 2 out of the last 3 years he failed to make semis, and that's without a 6 months layoff before)
    - If he somehow gets to semis, he will be tired and worn out since he is not match fit.

    On the other hand, Murray is in form, and has shown he can take it to Fed.
     
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  22. Hood_Man

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    Murray. It doesn't seem to matter what form either Fed or Nadal are in, Fed won't pull it off. As much as I enjoy the prospect of a looming Fedal match, I'd much rather see Federer reach the damn final :evil:

    Despite Murray's improvements this year, the result isn't set in stone between him and Roger.
     
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  23. veroniquem

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    It really doesn't matter if he gets Berd in quarters :twisted:
     
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  24. dudeski

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    I would love if Nadal was in Fed's half and then if Nadal lost in the 1st round.
     
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  25. tistrapukcipeht

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    Nadal, if He makes that far.

    If nadal had a severe injury like del Po had, it will take at least 4-5 months competing hard for him gain his old form, if already shows up playing perfectly, and make a run at AO, He was up to something that we don't know.

    So I'd rather have Nadal that won't get to latter stages of the match and have Murray going against Djokovic (good match up for Murray) and have Fed deal with Ferrer.

    In equal conditions Murray is a better opponent for Federer.
     
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  26. monfed

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    Umm neither? ;)
     
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  27. Sabratha

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    Federer has a good chance against Murray most of the time, but against Nadal he is beaten more often than not.
     
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  28. Sabratha

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    You would rather have Djokovic dismantle Federer?
     
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  29. DolgoSantoro

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    The Muzz, hasn't beaten Fed in a slam yet, and if Fed wins he'd crush whoever "won" the 7 hour Djonadal semi
     
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  30. 90's Clay

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    Isn't Nadal returning in December? He should have some match play under his belt by the AO (maybe it won't be enough though).. I dont like Fed's chances anymore vs either on slow hard courts regardless. Unless Murray self destructs which of course is always possible knowing him
     
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  31. Sabratha

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    Even if Nadal returns in December, he won't be match fit by January. I still predict a big run from him, though. At least to the quarters.
     
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  32. Federer20042006

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    I'm hoping for Nadal. The long layoff should hurt him...at least you'd think it would.

    Even apart from that, Murray is not a guy Federer wants to face at the AO at this point. With the monkey off Murray's back, it's a mismatch on that surface.

    Federer at least had a chance in the match against Nadal this year, but just couldn't sustain his first set level of play.

    But I think there's a decent chance Nadal loses before the SF.
     
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  33. Clay lover

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    Nadal ALWAYS finds a way to get into Federer's head in slams. ALWAYS.

    A sane man must choose Murray.
     
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  34. August

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    Nadal. I want to see another Fedal match but not in a final. And Murray is easier to beat in the final than in the semis.
     
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  35. tudwell

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    It really doesn't matter at this point. Federer is more vulnerable than ever before the semifinals, so it's possible he doesn't even make it. Nadal will just be coming back on tour (hopefully), so it's possible he doesn't even make it. Murray hasn't had an early round upset in a while, but it's still possible he as well might not even make the semifinal. If we assume all three will make it, I want Nadal in Federer's path so he can start evening up that head-to-head.
     
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  36. Shangri La

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    Nadal will pull another Rosol at AO so it doesnt matter.
     
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  37. Netspirit

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    Not in his prime, 2004-2007, see Wimbledon 2006 and 2007 (and even their clay matches before 2008 ). He only got into his head after Federer self-destructed in the FO 2008 final, which affected his confidence in the Wimbledon 2008 and AO 2009 finals, after which they never met again before Federer was way, way past his slam-winning age.
     
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  38. underground

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    I want to have Nadal:

    - because he probably wouldn't be fully fit
    - because even if he wins I still want to see Federer to fight
    - because if Federer wins it will be great that he finally beats him in a slam
    - because I live in the UK and I can't stand anymore of the Murray hype.
     
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  39. Feather

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    It doesn't matter if he gets Rosol in the second round :wink:
     
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  40. Clay lover

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    Even in the matches he lost, no one got as close to winning against Federer in slams with the exception of Safin who in fact beat him in AO2005.

    Off the top of my head, I can think of at least 10 matches in which Fed was leading/the score was close before Nad got into Fed's head:

    06 Dubai
    06 FO
    07 FO
    08 Monte Carlo
    08 Hamburg
    08 FO
    09 AO
    11 Madrid
    11 FO
    12 AO

    Nadal is a slow starter but usually picks up his consistency and heaviness of shot over the course of the match, whereas Federer's focus and consistency declines as Nadal's consistency increases. That is how most of their matches in which Federer lost have been played out.
     
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  41. VPhuc tennis fan

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    Nadal (I can't believe I say it), but at this point, Rafa is less match-ready than Murray. Plus, Murray had now a taste of what winning a GS was like, he's just hungrier. Let him devour Djoker!
     
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