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  1. tatso7

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    I'm a Fed fan but I have a feeling that Nadal will win all the Slams in 09. I root for Fed to at least tie Pete's 14 this year but the way he's playing at AUS Open and Indian Wells, theirs no way he'll beat Nadal in any surface this year. Nadal is just amazing both mentaly and physically whereas Fed is not focus at all. I saw the semi final match between Fed and Murray and I think Fed beat himself with those errors. What you guys think ?
     
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  2. Underhand

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  3. theduh

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    To early to say that Nadal will win all the slams this year, for sure Nadal is lock on FO but not Wimby and definitely not USO. So to feel that Nadal will win all slam this year is ludicrous.
     
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  4. Cup8489

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    he can't win a golden slam this year, no olympics.
     
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  5. theduh

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    Opps thanks for the clarification. Edited
     
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  6. tahiti

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    Rafa's year in 2008 was exceptional. I'm not sure if he'll be able to defend his title at Wimbledon, but I think RG is pretty safe. I'm hoping he sets his sights on USO. I still think he has a chance there.... it should obviously be his next goal.
     
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  7. tudwell

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    Nadal won't win another slam this year. You heard it here first.
     
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  8. clayman2000

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    I say Nadal definitely has a shot. An even better shot than federer had in 2005, 2006, 2007. We know that if Nadal and Federer face of, Nadal will be favoured. We know Nadal does not loose to unknown players. However, he is known to loose to people who hit through the court (Berdych, Murray etc).

    We all know Nadal is as close as you can be to a write in for the French. We all know that only Federer can hurt him on grass. we all know he can win a slam on a hardcourt. But..... can his body hold up
     
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  9. charliefedererer

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    Nadal will win the French Open.
    He probably will repeat at Wimbledon.
    He seems to be getting better on hard courts (AO and IW).
    He should have a good chance at the US Open, especially if he goes in realizing it is for the Slam.
    Even more than he likes winning, he refuses to lose.
     
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  10. Tennis_Monk

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    I wouldnt worry too much about it.
    Nadal has a good chance of winning it all but by no means its a done deal.

    Hold on to u r feelings...
     
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  11. The Don

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    I agree with you there charlie :D
     
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  12. paulorenzo

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    he is a shoe in at the french, that is almost certain.

    logic would lead to say that he has a decent chance at Wimbledon again. out of the top four, federer has the best chance of hurting him on grass. it was almost a toss up after the rain delay last year. murray has the flat groundies to take him deep, and it has to an extent, but has yet to proven himself at this stage. Novak has done well on other grass tournies(queens) but unless something happens with his consistency between tournies, he may not even be a contender for a favorite spot.

    the USO, however, rafa has yet to have proven himself. he has left a mark that has been growing each year, dont get me wrong, but the question of whether he'll have the gas at this point of the season comes to mind.


    it's a definite possibility, but it is far from certainty.
     
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  13. LOOSeDAWG

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    Obviously Nadal is going to be a better grasscourt player this year than he was last year, it is one of those surfaces that always give the player room for improvement be it volleying, serve variation, movement etc., so you'd be a fool to suggest Nadal won't improve on grass, so I don't give Federer a chance at Wimbledon unless Federer improves his game, and as we know Federer doesn't work on weaknesses so Nadal is the heavy favorite at Wimbledon and very unlikely to drop a set at least before the semis.
     
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  14. LOOSeDAWG

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    And also recall how Nadal was looking like a straight sets Wimbledon winner before the rain came last year, it should surprise nobody if Nadal wins in straight sets this year.
     
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  15. RoddickAce

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    Everyone was talking about how Fed was gonna win all 4 grand slams for like 2-3 years straight. Result? Didn't happen. But the difference is, Nadal doesn't have someone that can consistently beat him right now. So this is a tough one to call.
     
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  16. Blinkism

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    You're right about that. I guess the only difference is the timing of the USO being at the end of the year, whereas Federer's incomplete slam was apparent in the middle of the year.

    So Nadal, assuming he wins the FO and Wimby, will be coming into the USO with more momentum than Federer had going into the FO in his 2004, 2006, and 2007 three-quarters slam years.

    That and Nadal's beating his toughest competition consistently, whereas Federer could not beat Nadal on clay when it really mattered (and only really did it once in 2007 in Hamburg).

    The hype over Nadal's potential grand slam is a little soon, but is not as unfounded as the hype over Federer's potentials grand slams as the FO is a lock for Nadal and he is the heavy favourite in Wimby. And he's show that he can win a hardcourt GS, even though he exited in the semi's in unusual fashion the year before (lost to tsonga in 2008 AO, but won 2009 AO = lost to murray in 2008 USO, wins 2009 USO?)

    If Nadal does go on to win FO and Wimby, and then goes on to meet Fed in the USO final we'll all have to get ready for the ultimate hype in the tennis media as we'll have the brink of history in the final match of the USO; Nadal complete a Grand Slam or Federer matches the Slam Record and wins USO 6 consecutive times.

    Makes the year alot more interesting, i'd say!
     
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  17. LOOSeDAWG

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    The fortunate thing about Nadal at the US Open is that even if he is playing the for the Calender Year Grand Slam he won't ever be under the maximum pressure because it seems like nobody expects Nadal to win the US Open because of all the talk about him being tired at the end of the year and also the long dominance Federer has had in US makes it hard for Nadal to actually enter the US Open as the official favorite, so that works well and it seems every slam he plays there is always somebody else called the favorite never Nadal except for at RG.
     
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  18. TheTruth

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    That's a good point. The more they say he isn't the favorite, the less pressure on him. The "favorites" will be under a lot of pressure to perform and knock him out. This could get very interesting.
     
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  19. batz

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    I think Rafa has a really good chance of doing the slam this season.
     
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  20. jms007

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    I wouldn't take anything for granted. Sure, he's got a 28-0 record at the FO, but the longer a streak keeps going the more likely it is to broken. One thing at a time.
     
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  21. LOOSeDAWG

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    I think Wimbledon is the key slam this year for Nadal, because obviously merely reaching par at Roland Garros will be winning it, so Wimbledon is a bigger focus because he knows Federer is suited to grass, and while the US Open won't be easy I honestly don't see Nadal losing that if he wins the first 3 slams, because can you imagine how much extra adrenaline Nadal will have when he plays the US Open? There really is no chance of him running out of energy because the adrenaline of playing for history will be so strong. He will win the US if he wins the first 3 slams unless he actually breaks a bone (a muscle strain won't stop him).
     
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  22. drive

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    It's still march, we will see..
     
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