Nadal: Is it possible?

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What do you think?

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  1. MEAC_ALLAMERICAN

    MEAC_ALLAMERICAN Legend

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    That he can go his entire career undefeated at Roland Garros, or have a record of over 90% winning percentage at this prestigious Grand Slam ? :confused:

    I personally think that he has an excellent chance, aside from Roger Federer to bring the percentage into the 90's. :twisted:
     
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  2. CyBorg

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    The Nadal bandwagon is at full swing. By June he'll be the greatest player to have ever lived.

    By September he'll be back to a mere bum.

    Good old TTW. Wouldn't be the same without all of this.
     
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  3. Nadal_Freak

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    You're kidding right?
     
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  4. CyBorg

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    You'll never know.
     
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  5. P-Town Tennis

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    90% is achievable, but I don't think he can go undefeated his entire career.
     
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  6. flyer

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    90%, doubtful, undeafeated neraly impossable....he would have to lose sometime other wise he would never stop playing it
     
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  7. Cup8489

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    yep... right now everyone is google eyed over nadal, but soon he will be off his surface, and people will have to come back to reality.
     
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  8. ledor

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    somehow the streak has to end...but i won't be sad that he'll lose in whatever round he loses, and he loses with heart.
     
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  9. Nadal_Freak

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    If Nadal loses, I hope it isn't to Fed at RG. Hopefully Fed's time will end by than.
     
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  10. MEAC_ALLAMERICAN

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    You see, this is the reason I started this thread is because I believe that Rafa is the best on this surface. I also believe that the best man to take him out is Roger Federer.

    Let the battle of words begin, but we will never know until the draw unfolds. :shock:
     
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  11. flyer

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    I'd have to say Ferrer is a better clay courter at the moment....
     
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  12. MEAC_ALLAMERICAN

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    That is ********!!!

    Is that because he is the only person to take a set from Nadal in 2008? Or the fact that Ferrer grinded out more victories than Federer on clay in 2008?

    What’s the basis? :-?

    I could post his clay court record and consistency over the past 4 years, but his consistency within itself, but that's enough to hold his number one ranking and status in the history in the game?
     
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  13. Vision84

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    I'd like to see Ferrer play Federer on clay. Fererr is playing well but it takes longer to prove yourself.
     
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  14. gj011

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    You will likely have a chance very soon in QF in Rome.

    About Nadal. There are too many unknown variables to be able to say one way or another. He may play another 10-12 years.
     
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  15. rafan

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    What do you mean by June? He IS one of the greatest players that ever lived
     
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    I don't see how the outcome will be any different from their past meetings. They have played 8 times and all 8 times Federer won. In fact the vast majority of the meetings were a comprehensive beatdown. He's only managed to win 1 set in all of those meetings, 3 of which were on clay.
     
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  17. Vision84

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    Thanks. I didn't realize Federer has played him so often. Only 1 set is pretty impressive.
     
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  18. FedForGOAT

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    I see no reason why Nadal would stop playing while he is still winning slams. I don't think he'll lose love for the game/burn out. So, barring a career-ending injury, he is not going to retire while he has won RG for the last however many years. He'll retire after he's declined somewhat, like most players do, which would lower his stats. I think he does have an excellent chance of keeping his percentage in the 90's.
     
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  19. MEAC_ALLAMERICAN

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    Don't get me started on that:

    Federer leads 8-0:

    2007 Tennis Masters Cup
    China Hard F Federer 6-2 6-3 6-2
    Stats
    2007 ATP Masters Series Hamburg
    Germany Clay Q Federer 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
    Stats
    2007 ATP Masters Series Monte Carlo
    Monaco Clay Q Federer 6-4 6-0
    Stats
    2006 Basel
    Switzerland Carpet Q Federer 6-3 7-6(14)
    Stats
    2006 ATP Masters Series Monte Carlo
    Monaco Clay Q Federer 6-1 6-3
    Stats
    2006 ATP Masters Series Miami
    FL, U.S.A. Hard S Federer 6-1 6-4
    Stats
    2005 Doha
    Qatar Hard R32 Federer 6-1 6-1
    Stats
    2003 Vienna
    Austria Hard R32 Federer 6-2 6-2
    Stats
     
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  20. tennis_hand

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    just like the last 2 years.

    after the FO, he failed to win any title all the way to the next year's march.
    This happened already twice in the last 2 years. and this year, he didn't win anything until Monte Carlo since the last clay match.
     
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  21. mypod4900

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    I'd agree but rafa is safe for now. At least thats how I see it.
     
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  22. robin7

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    Undefeated is very unlikely but not impossible.

    Well, Rafa has to reach the finals in the next n years to maintain at least 90% winning ratio.

    2008: 27/28 = 96.4%
    2009: 33/35 = 94.3%
    2010: 39/42 = 92.9%
    2011: 45/49 = 91.8%
    2012: 51/56 = 91.1%
    2013: 57/63 = 90.5%
    2014: 63/70 = 90.0%
     
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  23. edberg505

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    Ummm, wrong! And in honour of ninman

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  24. drakulie

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    90% perhaps. undefeated>>> no way. Unless of course he wins it this year and then never plays it again.
     
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  25. Defcon

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    If he decides to walk away at his peak, ala Borg, then he has a good chance. If he retires like most players when he's old, the results are declining and motivation is no longer there, then obviously he'll have lost a bunch of times.

    Even the great Sampras lost at Wimby, and he was just as invincible on grass.
     
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  26. TheTruth

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    As a Nadal fan, some posters don't realize that we like our boy for his character, not simply his results. His ranking doesn't define him, nor does his titles. The boy is pure class which is why you don't Nadal fans jumping ship after every loss, or crying foul. We understand that adversity builds character, and our boy has plenty of that!
     
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  27. Tennisguy777

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    TheTruth speaks The Truth
     
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