Is Nadal a lock for Wimbledon 2013?

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Nadal will win Wimbledon 2013

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  1. tennis_hack

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    He's easily the greatest grass court player in present form - and he mentally he owns Federer and Murray (especially these two), as well as Djokovic. He is much superior than Djokovic on grass anyway.

    His confidence will be soaring right now, and the green clay of Wimbledon won't take much transitioning to.

    I can't see anyone that can even take a set off Nadal - he has to be the easy favorite (by a huge margin) for Wimbledon 2013, right?
     
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  2. TenTan

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    Yes I'll put him heavy favourite. Probably even US open too.
     
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  3. Incognito

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    He better wish, Juan Martin is not on his half of the draw. The gentle giant will be waiting to unload the most ferocious forehands anyone has ever hit on a grass court *:)



    Murray has been practicing on grass for two weeks already and fed arrived in Halle yesterday..
     
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  4. big ted

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    i think djokovic might have the edge at wimbledon, nadal barely squeaked by him on his favorite surface and djokovic is probably better on grass than clay. i also think its possible for an inspired murray or maybe federer to beat him too, depending on court conditions
     
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  5. magnut

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    I would be very suprised to see him win Wimbledon. You can never count Nadal out though. If he is healthy I will say he is one of three that can do it. I think he probably wants it more than any of the other three but thats always the case with Rafa.

    Personally I would love to see him win it unless somebody new came out of nowhere to take the title. I dont see it happening though as this era is very weak depth wise. I guess Berdych and a few others are somewhat in contention but most will be satisfied with a good showing. I dont think Federer has a realistic chance right now. Last year I did.
     
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  6. Incognito

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    If Nadal wins FO, Fed will probably win wimbledon. He can't stand that someone wins something 8 times.
     
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  7. oscar_2424

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    NO, he is not, can' you people keep it real?
     
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  8. tennisaddict

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    As long as he doesnt draw Rosol, i think he has a good chance.
     
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  9. WhiskeyEE

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    Nadal is a lock for a 2nd round exit.
     
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  10. Mike Sams

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    Nadal is one of the best grass court players on the tour obviously but he's no lock to win Wimbledon going by the last 3 years that he's performed on grass. He's been having more and more difficulty transitioning from clay to grass as he's gotten older.
     
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  11. ledwix

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    His present grass form is nonexistent. We'll have to see. His most recent grass form, however, is a 2nd round Wimbledon loss.

    He's at most as much of a lock as Federer is.
     
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  12. Mike Sams

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    Winning RG won't help Nadal much. Each Wimbledon he's played has been getting worse and worse since 2010. It's going to take more than confidence to win on grass. The transition takes longer than it used to from clay to grass. It's a surface where anybody can get knocked out at anytime.
     
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  13. firepanda

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    The danger is in the early rounds. He generally loses a set or two when the grass is fresh and gets comfortable when the surface is a bit more worn-down.

    I would definitely not call him 'a lock'. He isn't even a lock in the French Open final. Too much that can go wrong.
     
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  14. Mike Sams

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    I don't think I can see Nadal going through 2 of the top 4 guys back to back. And if he gets the likes of Tsonga or a power hitter like Kevin Anderson, Jersey Janowicz, Del Potro or John Isner in an earlier round....Nadal will really have to earn this Wimbledon. It's not really green clay. If it was green clay, Nadal would not have been smoked by Djokovic in 2011 and by Rosol in 2012.
     
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  15. President

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    Definitely the favorite, not by a huge margin though. Murray is probably 2nd favorite.
     
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  16. Mike Sams

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    I have a suspicion Nadal just may not be ready for grass this year. He's looked like he's peaked at RG after the numerous clay court events he's played. And the draws at Wimbledon have far higher upset potential with all the power hitters who can pull a surprise.
    Players aren't intimidated by Nadal on grass as they are on clay.
     
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  17. PaulFCB

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    Favorite? Conclusions after the clay season?
    You know that after clay season it's Rosol season!
     
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  18. BorisBeckerFan

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    Not a lock. It is a 2 man race. Obviously Novak and Rafa will be giving each other fits.
     
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  19. Tennis_Monk

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    Let me know if you want me to lock him in.. its a bit tight but ..
     
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  20. The Dark Knight

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    Even I had to vote no.

    I don't think Nadal stands a chance with the roof .
     
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  21. Day Tripper

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    Worth remembering that nadal has not won a slam off clay since 2010.
     
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    Wow I am clearly totally confused by this thread as I don't see clay and grass so easily transitional..
     
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  23. Costagirl

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    No but he will win the French of 3013 in a matter of hours
     
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  24. Atherton2003

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    I think Gulbis will announce he guarantees a victory at Wimbledon...and then Djokovic will say the same thing - so I'd go with either Gulbis or Djokovic to win Wimbledon this time. After a while, they are going to stand behind their words.
     
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  25. Day Tripper

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    the good news for tennis is that nadal is becoming increasingly vulnerable to big hitters on grass and hard courts. i dont expect him to win either wimbledon or us open thank god.
     
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  26. Costagirl

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    Are you serious????? I am the biggest Rafa & clay fan ever but he aint winning Wimbledon...and that's a fact.
     
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  27. Atherton2003

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    Nadal has just as good a chance as anyone else. He plays well on grass and won Wimbledon twice and was runner up as well.
     
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  28. Costagirl

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    Gul isn't winning a thing past the quarters but Kujo certainly has a shot
     
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  29. 90's Clay

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    I think he's due for knee issues. Seems like every time he has a 10 hour epic with Nole he starts getting injured. Jeesh these guys can't have a short match. ROFLMAO

    To be frank, I think he will get hurt before or during wimbledon. I hope I'm wrong though
     
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  30. Clarky21

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    No. Not even close as a matter of fact.
     
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  31. Goosehead

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    i'd say he wont win..because I keep thinking he is bound to get tired after so many matches after so long out, but he never does seem to get tired so who knows about Wimbledon..maybe he could win. :shock:
     
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  32. mandy01

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    Yes he is. I don't see anyone beating him this year unless he has another 'Rosol' moment.
     
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    their matches in the USO 2010 final, wimbledon 2011 final and USO 2011 final were far from long matches, though USO 2011 was an intense one
     
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  34. Nostradamus

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    YES, if you mean Nadal's Knee will LOCK at Wimbledon. His knee will be very sore from winning the French open and working so hard.

    He will be lucky if he reaches the semi. expect Berdy or Tsonga to take him out in the Quarters.
     
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  35. Sentinel

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    Then it's settled. Rafa is the favorite for WO.

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    Federer will be lucky to make the QF.

    How is Andy doing ? Has he recovered ?
     
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  36. Incognito

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    I think Nadal will tank in the second round of Halle again..
     
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    Right, he is too afraid of facing Federer in the final.
     
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    Yes, they should lock Nadal up during Wimbledon, somewhere in Mallorca, or as far away as possible :D :D
     
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  39. jeu Sampras

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    Nadal sucks indoors. If it rains he will lose. If not, he will win.
     
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  40. Incognito

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    yeah, he is very afraid of Fed :)
     
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  41. The_Order

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    LOL how can he be a lock for Wimbledon?

    Sure he's got a good chance, but to say that he's definitely going to win before we see the player's grass court form, before we see the draw and before he's even won RG is ridiculous.

    Probably another clarky style thread...
     
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  42. monfed

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    Not a lock especially after what happened today(winning by the skin of his teeth) and being prone to upsets, he's the favourite imo closely followed by Murray. I believe that if Murray stays mentally strong then he has the tools to win his first Wimby and given that his sole focus has been Wimby and it's the one tournament he wants to win, this could be his time. Murray vs Ralph is the only unknown quantity and I think that might determine who wins Wimby.(Another SF?)
    But the way things are falling in place for Ralph, this year has a 2010 feel to it. I also predict an early loss for Nole at Wimby, QF perhaps against a more natural grasscourter/big hitter.
     
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  43. sbengte

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    So true. I can see Novak getting an overall **it draw with all the big hitters. So much for being #1.
     
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  44. magnut

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    I can see Novak being really hungry for Wimby this year. That doesnt really matter though. Players become true greats by beating other great players. This is also a reason why so many quetion Federers head to head record against Nadal.

    Take a look at Edberg's draw in the 1992 US Open. That one tournamnet was probably his biggest accomplishment (with a hurt back) and gave him the highly reguarded status he carries with him even to this day. He faced dangerous young up and comers along with multiple grand slam winners and still came through on top. Not bad for someone who was considered hit or miss and lacked the heart of a champion. I still consider that the greatest run in the open era. It was an amazing performance filled with contrasting styles, 5 setters, down breaks in the fifth, looooong matches etc. etc. I still dont know how he did it. The guy was a warrior.
     
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  45. monfed

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    Yea. I predict that Ralph will have a Wimby 2010 like performance, having close shaves in the first week but then dominating in the 2nd. Gamewise, I can't see anyone other than Murray stopping Ralph, though my gut feeling is that Murray will fold yet AGAIN. To top things off, Ralph might yet again get a cakedraw.
     
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  46. sbengte

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    Ah, good times. He defended his USO title playing three 5 setters back to back before the final. Went through Krajicek, Lendl, Chang and Sampras. It is bit of a blur what with it happening over 2 decades ago, but the good feeling stays :)
     
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  47. Sabratha

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    No, he's too unpredictable on grass.
     
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  48. tata

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    Someone asked the same question last year after RG and look what happened. So the answer is no.
     
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  49. monfed

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    And the odds of getting Rosoled again are slim to none. Just saying.
     
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  50. ultradr

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    yes, this has been the pattern. For example, in 2009, when soldering beat Nadal at French, and Federer won it. That year, Nadal had to retire after Wimbledon early exit. The real damage was done in Madrid, before French, at semifinal by Djokovic.
     
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