Would you feel bad if you lost to 10 yr. old Nadal?

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  1. Headshotterer

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    Lets say you are a club level player, and Cousin Toni challenged you to play Rafa. Rafa beats you 6-0 6-0. Would you feel bad or not
     
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  2. helloworld

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    A 10 year old Rafa is no ordinary 10 year old, so no one should feel bad. 14 year old Rafa was already beating top pros...
     
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  3. SwankPeRFection

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    I wouldn't feel bad at myself, but I would feel bad for him if he played me like a pusher or if he actually went for his shots. He shouldn't have been that tall at 10, so I would take that challenge and see what happened.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dUV2WVv7Yc

    That's him at 12, so ya... I would take that challenge with him at 10. I'd have to totally suck not to win a single game. Either way, he'd push balls back, just watch the video. lol
     
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  4. Mustard

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    A 14 year old Nadal beat Pat Cash in 2001. Cash had been expecting to play Becker, but Becker was injured.
     
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  5. Huanita99

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    10 yo Rafa against whom? a recreational player?
     
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  6. SwankPeRFection

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    Hey, I'm not saying he sucked at 10, but 4 years makes a big difference.... both for his growth and his skill. I'd put $100 down that I could win at least 1 game and ace him at least once when he was 10. I would do it just to say I tried it with money on the line. lol
     
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  7. shawnpadro2222

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    Great video of him at 12, thanks for posting it. For Nadal from age 10 to 14 is huge. I would think he would have jumped a full level in play or more after each of those years. At his age of 10 and 11 I would love to play him. At age 12 and 13 not so much. At any Nadal age losing to him would be a win in my book!
     
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  8. helloworld

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    Yeah, this is Nadal we are talking about here. He is a guy who has been thrashing Prime Federer since the age of 16. At age 10, he's probably already good enough to beat 5.0 level players.
     
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  9. TheFifthSet

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    Dude was 2 months away from being 18 when he beat Federer. Pretty big difference.
     
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  10. SwankPeRFection

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    2 months is equivalent to 2 years in Nadal time when you consider his time-wasting techniques. ;)
     
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  11. Clarky21

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    I think an adult who is half way decent can beat a 10 year old no matter who they are.
     
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  12. diadorakuerten

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    I could probably beat Nadal until he was 12. At 13 he was pretty darn good. I'm a 5.0 who used to play D1 college tennis.
     
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  13. merlinpinpin

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    I probably wouldn't feel half as bad as any version of Nadal should he lose to 43-year old me... ;)
     
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  14. Tony48

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    Hell yeah I'd feel bad if I lost to a 10-year-old Nadal. Because I'm sure I could beat him :)
     
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  15. Sabratha

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    I'd feel pretty badly about it.
     
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  16. Magnetite

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    No way he'd win @ 10, but if I lost I would hang up my rackets for good.
     
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