Originally Posted by veroniquem
Well, for one, he didn't build up a reputation of choking away important matches. Overall skill level is one thing, mental weakness another. In the Ferrer match, Almagro had the game, he was playing way better than Ferrer even but he kept folding mentally on important points. Can't see why it would be different against Nadal even if he played well but I guess we'll see sooner than later. I am not saying Rafa will win Brazil (I'm gonna be cautious this time!). Obviously, the indoor part won't help. But if somebody beats him, I just doubt it will be Almagro, that's all. At the last minute, Almagro will remember who is across the net and his arm will shake.
Hmm wasn't there some other Spanish choker who somehow beat a match sharp Nadal on clay last year after losing 12 matches out of 12 vs him? It was something like Fiasco... oh but that was ice right?
Even chokers win sometimes and now that Nadal has lost that could dent the aura. I give Almagro a decent chance, but we'll see.
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