If Djokovic were to play Nadal at RG now, who wins?

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Nadal vs. Djokovic RG

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  1. uncooling

    uncooling Semi-Pro

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    So both of them just won their ATP 500 title.

    If they were to play RG now, who do you think will win?
     
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  2. Steve0904

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    Djokovic would clobber Nadal. That is the truth. Nadal seems to be making strides, but Ferrer is nowhere close to Djokovic an any surface.
     
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  3. rommil

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    Rafa is scaredy of darkness and it's night in the Paris now. Novak wins.
     
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  4. Retra

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    If it doesn't rain, Nadal in three. Maybe Novak can put a tie-break, but nothing more.
     
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  5. Mighty Matteo

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    easily djoker
     
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  6. tennis_pro

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    Are you kidding me, Djokovic in straight sets.
     
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  7. malbaker86

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    pretty much this
     
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  8. boredone3456

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    Now Novak..but as the French is in 2 months anyway whats the point?
     
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  9. tennisaddict

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    Novak is 2-12 versus Nadal on clay, that should tell us something.
     
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  10. tennisaddict

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    Nadal kept stopping Fed SLAM, he also looks like he will be the one to prevent a career slam for Novak.
     
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    Which 500 title was on clay? OK, you got your answer. For the trivia, both Novak and Rafa won their title in straights this week. I cannot wait for the next clash against each other. Hopefully as soon as IW. It's gonna be grand!
     
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  12. ktid

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    Probably Novak in 4 but come the French open who knows should be interesting
     
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  13. ark_28

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    Would be a really tight match before this week I would have said Djoko and I still give him a chance but Nadal has regained the favourites tag for his form this week

    We also should not look at this match up in isolation on the basis that there could be some spoilers. In 2011 for instance John Isner took Nadal to 5 sets in the first round of the French Open it remains the only time that Nadal has ever been taken to 5 sets at the French Open!

    That match had the potential to shake up the whole tournament!
     
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  14. spperry

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    Djokovic, their matches on clay are usually close and not sure Nadal is moving as well as he was last year.

    Couple more months of playing and fully fit for RG and I think Nadal would win.
     
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  15. ctoth666

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    Who cares who would win right now. Come French Open final Sunday, my pick is Nadal. He's the best clay courter now and that there ever has been by some margin.
     
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  16. always_crosscourt

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    lol, didn't read.

    Anyway, Nadal would crush Djokovic if they were to play at the French Open right now. And, when it actually happens in 2 months, he's gonna crush him even more.
     
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  17. Clarky21

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    Cvac. It should be obvious by now.
     
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  18. Netspirit

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    If they played today, Djokovic would win.

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  19. The-Champ

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    Federer had to play Peak Nadal on clay. Djokovic doesn't have to worry about that, because peak Nadal on clay is long gone.
     
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  20. SassyRamirez

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    Yup.

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  21. SassyRamirez

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    Federer is the one that stopped Nole in his peak year at RG, not Nadal; given how things were shaping up that year/clay season Nadal would've bent over big time.
     
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  22. xan

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    at this point, Djokovic easy. in 2 months time, who knows...
     
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  23. spinovic

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    I'll take Djokovic now and later barring injury. I think he gets his career slam this year.

    He was off during the whole French Open last year and still made the final and pushed Nadal to 4 sets. When he finally found his game prior to final rain delay, he was dominating Nadal winning an unheard of 8 straight games against the King of Clay.
     
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  24. President

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    I think Nadal is actually already back in form, on clay at least. We will see at IW if this was just a one-off or not but you don't destroy two top 10 players back to back without some great playing.
     
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  25. ultradr

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    +1.

    It won't be straight set though, looking at the way nadal handled ferrer lately.
     
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  26. Love_No1e

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    It's funny that Djokovic is winning the poll because aright now I don't think Novak is ready for clay season at all, and he's definitely not playing in a form that would destroy anyone. His Dubai final was closer than the scoreline indicated and although a lot of aspects of his game have improved, in the Dubai final atleast he wasn't hitting as cleanly as he usually does. On clay that would definitely not be sufficient BUT by RG I feel like he'll be ready. So I actually think the time left is going to be an advantage for Novak just as much as it will be for Nadal and his recovery.
     
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  28. spinovic

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    He doesn't have to destroy anyone, just beat them...like he's done in all of his matches in 2013.

    He's the best player in the world without question. He's the only player in the world who can go mano-a-mano with Nadal on clay from the baseline and win points on a consistent basis. He's at the top of his game. There's no reason to believe he won't win the French this year. That's the missing jewel in his resume, and he's going to be highly focused and motivated to get it done in 2013.

    He will complete his slam this year, and if that entails beating Rafa, whether in the finals or earlier, it is going to happen.

    Let's not forget. Rafa was up 2 sets and a break last year and in about an hour, Novak practically had him begging to leave the court reeling off 8 straight games against the King of Clay.

    The only thing that prevents Djokovic from winning slams right now is himself. The simple fact is that his best is better than everyone elses. If he can play his best, he wins. Heck, he doesn't even have to play his best the whole match. Just 3 of 5 sets at most.
     
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  29. Love_No1e

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    I'm not doubting Novak's abilities, I'm just saying I don't really think he's ready to beat Nadal on clay YET. I do however think he'll be ready come RG. The clay masters will be extrememly important in his preparation.
     
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  30. Hodgey20

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    Right now djokovic

    two months djokovic again. Hes on another level right now and i still dont think nadal will be 100% for the french.
     
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    27 -19?

    How come you can't vote more than once? What a ripoff.

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  32. cc0509

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    Tough to say, but if Nadal keeps improving and playing the way he has after only three tournaments, my money is on Nadal to win the FO. Very hard to discount a guy who is clearly the best on clay and has won the event seven times unless he is really off somehow.
     
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  33. Cup8489

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    Rafa would win in 5. He'd drop two of the first 3 sets, but would raise his level throughout the match.
     
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  34. xan

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    really? because I can see it the other way around. nole is the one who is a slow starter, but if he sinks his teeth in I don't see him letting go.
     
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  35. Cup8489

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    He almost let go in AO, and i figure it would go something like that. rafa might win the first with a late break, djokovic the next two, but then Rafa would fight very late until Djokovic broke mentally.
     
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  36. MichaelNadal

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    If Rafa is gonna get it done, it doesn't need to go 5. It's not 2005-2008 anymore. Rafa isn't as fit as he used to be and 2011 will still give Novak confidence at this point in any 5-set match with Rafa.
     
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  37. monfed

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    Ralph will get it done in 4(as usual).
     
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  38. xan

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    well now that's just wishful thinking on your part.
     
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  39. Cup8489

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    Is it? Djokovic has broken mentally before, you know.
     
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  40. xan

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    before being the key word.
    at this point in time I think that no one comes close to Djokovic when it comes to mental toughness and self belief that you can win every match.
     
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  42. DRII

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    Nadal could be less injured or more injured by French open time; who knows...

    We all know who would win if both are healthy and fully fit...
     
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  43. spinovic

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    If it goes 5, I feel like Djokovic is the favorite.
     
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  44. intrepidish

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    One of the silliest posts I have seen on here.

    It was RAINING when Djokovic played well relatively. On a normal day, Djokovic gets beaten down by a healthy Nadal on clay just as he did before and after that rain.

    That season was a clay sweep for Nadal against Djokovic with the only set lost coming in the rain in 3 whole matches.
     
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  45. vladap

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    I presume that would be his general tactics-take him to the fifth set
     
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  46. MichaelNadal

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    Careful, this makes too much sense lol. To be honest, i've never seen a clay match continue for so long in the rain. It should have BEEN stopped by that point.
     
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  47. uncooling

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    soo??

    what's your thoughts after his emotional IW win?

    do you STILL think Nadal doesn't stand a chance against Novak in red clay if they face now? :)
     
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  48. Clarky21

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    Yes.

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  49. veroniquem

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    On current form? Nadal, no contest.
     
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  50. DropShotArtist

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    Peak Nadal 2008 vs. Djokovic from 2011?

    Djoker 2.0, no contest.
     
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