Nadal French Open - Will he win w/o losing a set

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How many sets will he lose?

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    20.4%
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  1. vtmike

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    We all know Nadal is the red hot favourite to win the French...hell its a foregone conclusion he will win the French unless he gets mono or something :)

    Created a poll to see how many sets you think he will lose in this years French Open?
    I think he has a good chance of making it without losing a set considering the fact that he is so high on confidence right now...esp since Murray isn't that great on clay, Djokovic's fitness level is always suspect, and Fed just goes into LaLa land when he plays Nadal...

    I still hope Fed finally wins his first French but not sure if he can regain his confidence in time for Roland Garros :(
     
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  2. saram

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    I didn't see a poll. And he will lose more than one set.
     
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  3. vtmike

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    sorry just added the poll...
     
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  4. soyizgood

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    Nadal will probably drop a set just to get his motivation level up. He won last year's FO without dropping a set if I'm not mistaken.
     
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  5. OddJack

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    He will lose 3 sets, all in one match.
     
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  6. GameSampras

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    Nope I say he gets injured and either forfeits or gets upsetted. IM STICKING TO IT!!:)
     
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  7. tennis_hand

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    not looking good for nadal this FO with the knee injury.
    he has to play a lot of masters before FO.
    and knee injuries are never good for a tennis player.
     
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  8. GameSampras

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    Maybe the knee problems wont pose an issue for Nadal at RG, but I do believe they will. He played some heavy tennis on the Hardcourts and had a quite a bit of court time there late AO. He may not be fully recovered at RG.
     
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  9. miyagi

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    Think he will be fine if he feels a twinge in that Knee he will retire....

    But I think he will lose a 2/3 sets
     
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  10. federerdomination

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    I think I should add:

    to federer :)
     
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  11. saram

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    Thanks...I voted 3+.

    I don't think Rafa wins RG this year...
     
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  12. tahiti

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    He'll lose one set. But my bet is Rafa is pacing himself this year, he's learnt his lesson and the rests are just that, "rests"
    precautionary measures. My bet is he's going for the US Open more than the FO.
     
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  13. cknobman

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    Nadal will be lucky to make finals much less win this year.

    Injuries will ruin it, mark my words.
     
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  14. tahiti

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    Well aren't you a bundle of joy:twisted:
     
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  15. VivalaVida

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    Nadal is gonna lose in straight sets to Tsonga :twisted:
     
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  16. icedevil0289

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    how is tsonga on clay?
     
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  17. JoshDragon

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    Not a chance. Federer's one chance to win the French came in 2006 when he was up 1 set to love in the finals. After losing that match I don't think he had the confidence needed to win the French Open. Roger's lost four times in a row to Nadal at the French. Last year he was embarrassed. What makes you think this year will be any different?
     
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  18. VivalaVida

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    hasnt proved himself on the red stuff yet. My comment was not serious, I just said it because Tsonga is really entertaining to watch
     
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  19. icedevil0289

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    lol I know. I was just curious. I think he's very entertaining to watch as well. I just became of a fan of his recently.
     
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  20. edberg505

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    He's ok. Nothing like he is on grass though. He pretty much missed the entire clay and grass season last year. I only saw a few of his matches on clay. We'll see how he is this year with his improved backhand.

    As to the OP, if he shows up, I don't think he drops a single set.
     
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  21. ksbh

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    It'll be a tall order for anyone to just take a set off the world's No 1 on his favorite surface after grass.
     
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  22. icedevil0289

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    :confused: Nadal's favorite surface is grass? He wins one wimbledon and all of a sudden it comes his favorite surface and then comes clay?
     
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  23. ksbh

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    What has result got to do with fav surface? Using the same logic, Wimbledon should not have been the slam that Nadal desired the most considering that he had never won there prior to 2008.

    You're getting favorite surface and best surface mixed up. Clay is Nadal's best surface but grass is his favorite surface.

     
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  24. icedevil0289

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    oh sorry, I guess I was confusing best surface with favorite surface. I just assumed clay was rafa's favorite surface just like fed's favorite surface is grass as well as his best surface, well it was anway.
     
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  25. ksbh

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    No problem, ID0289! Rafa never made a secret of the fact that he loves grass. It's one of the reasons he does so well on grass. He's a great player on any natural surface, such as clay or grass.

    I won't be too surprised if he retires with 4 or more Wimbledon titles.

     
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  26. OddJack

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    Rafa Nadal has peaked out, just sit and watch. Tendons are spent, left knee is screwed up, pain killers dont work anymore. You shine the faster and brighter you burn out sooner, period. Just like shooting stars, lovely but short lived. Nothing the freaks can do about it.
     
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    You don't have to go around sharing your Sunday Church prayer with everyone.

     
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  28. icedevil0289

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    I wouldn't be too surprised either, but as long as those wimbledon wins aren't at federer's expense.
     
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    I dont believe in prayers actually. Best it can do is just sooth your mind. But if you do you better go to work cuz you gonna need it.
     
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  30. janipyt05

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    Nadal will lose sets but he will win it again, Rafa is just a different beast when he gets on the clay, yes at some point his going to lose but this year its not going to happen
     
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  31. OddJack

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    BTW, Nadal is the record holder for two things in history:

    1- Number of the same type injuries by age 22.

    2- Lost every poll in TT forums.
     
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  32. tahiti

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    he's also the record holder for the most consecutive wins on clay.
     
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  33. TheTruth

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    That distinction might belong to Tsonga, no?
     
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  34. edberg505

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    Nah he's had a ton of different injuries, shoulder, back, stomach, knee...
     
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  35. TheTruth

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    Wow! I thought the back was the only recurring injury.
     
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  36. Cloudy

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    depends on his knees
     
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  37. edberg505

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    Yeah, that was the main injury that prevented him from making a smooth transition from the juniors to the ATP tour and then it just started going down hill from there. That's the reason he's played so few slam events.
     
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  38. Cloudy

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    Rafa has always said clay is his favourite surface. He likes grass and wanted to win wimby but he loves playing on clay.
     
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  39. tennis-hero

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    Interestingly i was just reading and messing with some numbers of Borg and Nadal at the FO

    in 2008 Nadal lost a total of 41 games

    In 1976 Borg lost 32 games
    in 1978 Borg lost 38 games

    also to reinforce how good Lendl actually was, in 1981 before the final, borg hadn't lost a SINGLE set, and had lost a total of ONLY 39 games- Lendl pushed him to 5 sets- and this was 4 years before Lendl's prime!!!

    I think the best way to determine how dominant a player is during a slam is to see how many games they lost, not just sets

    EXAMPLE

    in 1995 Agassi lost a set at the AO (against Sampras) but lost only 60 games total- pretty impressive

    ESPECIALLY when you consider that when Roger Federer was RED HOT in 2007 and won the Australian open without dropping a single set, he STILL lost 72 games!!
     
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  40. P_Agony

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    Anyone who thinks Nadal will lose the FO this year isn't living in reality. He's going to win, and he will probably do it with losing just 1 set or none at all.
     
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  41. NamRanger

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    He's losing to Davydenko, so it doesn't matter.
     
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  42. Ronny

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    WOW u really hate him...bitter fedfan? go cry:cry:
     
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  43. edmondsm

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    I don't think it will be as easy as last year. He very well might be hurting a bit. He'll drop 2 sets, in the early rounds. Then he'll be on a roll and run the table. Of course this is all IF his knee(s) are ok.
     
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  44. thalivest

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    If you ask a question if he will win without losing a set why once would you not even include your own thread question as an option in the poll.
     
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  45. thalivest

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    If Davydenko actually had the nerves for a slam semi I would probably give him the best shot of anyone currently vs Nadal at the French. Of course the operative word is "if" in this case.
     
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  46. saram

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    I simply love it!
     
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  47. RoddickAce

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    Law of probabilities-wise, around 2 or 3, but based on past performances and going by my instincts, probably 1.
     
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  48. Blinkism

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    Nadal has as good a chance as he's had for the last 4 years. Hopefully, if he does win again this year, it will be more challenging than before and if he does meet Fed in the final, hopefully it'll be more exciting and unpredictable as last year's final (something closer to the Wimby 08 and AO 09 finals, but no choking in the fifth set!).

    What's this knee injury I keep hearing of? When did Nadal get injured? He complained about knee pains after losing in Rotterdam, but we'll only know if he's actually injured pretty soon when the Davis Cup comes up.

    No need to speculate so soon, guys!
     
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  49. Cyan

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    I can see Nadal winning the FO. How many sets will he lose? Dont know.
     
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  50. arnz

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    Wow talk about going out on a limb with your prediction :)
     
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