Nadal's Lost Clay Season

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  1. winstonplum

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    Hey, all you tennis scholars, well, all two of you . . . uh, well, Mustard, what kind of noise do you think Nadal would have made during his lost clay season of '04? What a shame. He took MC, Rome, and RG the next year as an eighteen year old (nineteen on the day of the RG semi), but what do you think he would have done as seventeen year old? He had already beaten Costa and Moya as a sixteen year old in MC and Hamburg respectively in '03. Speaking of that--why didn't he play Hamburg in '05?

    And does anyone know if Nadal tried to qualify for RG as a sixteen year old in '03? One would think so considering he beat the defending champion the month before in MC (Costa in straight sets).
     
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    Hard to say. My personal opinion is that he'd have been making further inroads and building on what he had done in 2003. He'd have been making semi finals, possibly a final, but Coria would have still been the best clay-court player that year.

    Of course, this is all hypothetical, subjective speculation.

    Regarding the 2003 French Open, that was supposed to be Nadal's debut at a major (he didn't have to qualify), but a couple of days before the tournament was due to start, he fell over the net while he was messing about with his mates, and fractured his elbow. That injury forced Nadal out of the 2003 French Open and 2003 Queen's Club, but he was back in time to make his debut at a major at 2003 Wimbledon.
     
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    Interesting.
     
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