The King of clay was finally dethroned!

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  1. Goosehead

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    but rafa still won though..:confused: so steady on with the drama.
     
  2. NADALRECORD

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    There is no indication that healthy Nishikori would win. Nadal stopped Nishikori's onslaught midway through the 2nd set, and only after that did Nishikori go all soft. Nishikori would have won in 2 sets if Nadal was not in-form.
     
  3. crazyups

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    Players less than 6 feet can not win slams anymore since the poly strings era was established. It's just too physically demanding over the long run. Look at Darcis and Nishikori. They can beat the top players but then physically they are done for a while.
     
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    Another infamous buckethead thread :twisted:
     
  5. crazyups

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    Ferrer can't win slams but he is a physical anomaly.
     
  6. NADALRECORD

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    Ferrer would have won Roland Garros in the 90s, big time.
     
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    Really good article, except for the last sentence. I think the author fails to realize that Kei did not win the match due to injury and that "going all the way" at RG requires 7 best of 5 wins, which seems unlikely for him, regardless of how brilliantly he put it to Nadal for a set-and-a-half. Excellent analysis. Impossibly bad forecasting.
     
  9. irishnadalfan1983

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    Any other Nadal fans frightened by how poorly Nadal played? Never seen him play so badly in all the time I have been watching him - I am very afraid for the next few months!
     
  10. fecaleagle

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    Not as worried as I was before Madrid started. There were a few lapses, but better intensity than we've seen since Australia. That said, I missed the opening set of the final due to Mother's day brunch and only saw the fight-back/injury in the second.

    Definitely have some concerns going forward, but a win at Rome would do a lot to ease my mind.
     
  11. bullfan

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    Nadal has definitely lacked motivation this year. He must have announced this some how, at AO. Gilles Simon would not have made the statements he made at AO, had the top guys not indicated a lesser dedication than in previous years, for whatever reason.
     
  12. NADALRECORD

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    But Nadal only played poorly for ONE set (and a lot of that had to do with Nishikori). Considering Nadal has lost Madrid more times than he's won it.....is ONE bad set frightening? :lol:

    Nadal dropped sets regularly last year on clay, and in 2011 Nadal lost 2 sets to Isner at Roland Garros. Hope this puts things into perspective.

    You can be afraid, while I enjoy Roland Garros title #9.
     
  13. irishnadalfan1983

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    Yeah there were some good moments from the week but you did miss the first set!

    Honestly it was really, really bad - as I said the worst I've ever seen from Nadal - only for a set but it was truly awful.

    The draw is Rome is nice - should be able to get through the first couple of rounds relatively ok and I am hoping that continues to boost his confidence.
     
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    "Ease your mind"? Lol, so what if Nadal doesn't win Rome or RG ever again, he's won both tournaments more than enough already! Don't you think it would be nice to see a new champion at these events for once? IMO you should be more concerned about his performance at Wimbledon this year given that he's stunk the place out the past 2 times he's played there. I just don't understand fans like you at all.
     
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    One set isn't frightening on its own. However this has been accumalating over the past few weeks - that was the poorest set I've ever seen from him.

    The dogs on the street know there is something up with Rafa!
     
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    Wimbledon is on a part-time surface, so I can see why people don't value it as much as Roland Garros.
     
  17. irishnadalfan1983

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    No we want RAFA to win EVERY tournament!

    5 times in the final of Wimbledon ain't bad for a guy they thought would never be able to play on grass.
     
  18. NADALRECORD

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    You and the dogs will learn some new things in early June.
     
  19. tistrapukcipeht

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    I have to say that this year's RG will be a treat, Nadal provided 2 of the best matches of the year, and the final was just the icing on the cake.
     
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    Well, according to his autobiography, the KOC himself is not one of them!
     
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    That's complete revisionism. Nadal was getting his *** handed to him on a plate by Nishikori, until Kei injured his back. No question about it.

    Ask Uncle Toni.
     
  22. Firstservingman

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    Who is "people"? It certainly isn't Nadal.
    RG is the second-best event for sure, but who, even for a fleeting moment, doesn't believe that Wimbledon is the premier event on the tour?

    The courts are only used for two weeks a year at both RG and Wimbledon, so what difference does the usability of the surface outside that time make?
     
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    2016 Olympic tennis will be in London, again. Or you think the Brazil construction work will be complete in time?
     
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    Removed...
     
  25. tistrapukcipeht

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    Job has been done, though Nadal wasn't at his best like in the previous years.
     
  26. Fiji

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    About frigging time.
     
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    Djokovic was Soderlinging! :) Well done to Nole, I'm hoping to see a Djokovic Vs. Wawrinka final!
     
  28. dunlop_fort_knox

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    OP wasn't wrong. he was just 4 years too early.
     
  29. dunlop_fort_knox

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    and at 29 now he won't be at his best again...
     
  30. PaulFCB

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    Djoker is 28, yet he plays his best tennis ever, I think he will probably do it for another 2-3 years.
     
  31. Agassifan

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    If by "people" you mean the 1% of butt picking tennis fans, sure.
     
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    it is about time to get that CYGS, it is now or it might not happen at all.
     
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    Just enough time to eclipse Nadal and arguably Federer.
     

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