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    Nadal's success at the US Open feels even more astonishing now

    People have been denigrating some of his recent US Open wins as "cakewalks". The "Berretini Open", where he best Danil Medvedev in the final was dismissed as an easy title, despite Medvedev being the clear form hardcourt player of that year. . Yet Medvedev destroyed Djokovic, the "hardcourt...
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    The real slam race is between Federer and Djokovic for 2nd & 3rd

    I lose interest when Rafa isn't playing. I congratulated Novak when he beat Rafa at the French and congratulated him for winning Wimbledon again yesterday (search for my post. It's there). Otherwise if Rafa ain't playing, I got no need to hang on this board. Or did you want me...
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    Congrats to Novak & his fans

    Djokovic is the GOAT right now as far as I'm concerned....it can change, but it would require Nadal to step up in a huge way, and I'm not sure he has enough left in him to do it. But it ain't over. As great a year as Djokovic is having at slams, if Nadal has a surge and finishes ahead of...
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    Nadal is unplayable at the moment.

    It was a good call at the time. Novak hadn't beaten Rafa on clay since Obama was president. Good for Novak, but it's hardly the end of the world for Rafa, who never needs to win another match at Roland Garros to have unprecedented dominance at a single slam. And Novak needs to beat Tsitsipas in...
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    RG 2021 SF: Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic

    Congrats to Novak! I'll be rooting for Tsitsipas in the final though.LOL! Rafa was pretty inconsistent in this match. And getting to prone to inexplicable mental collapses.The story of his clay season to be honest. He needs to regain that consistency, at least for the slams. But I won't write...
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    2nd most important match in Novak’s career

    They are already using an excuse in anticipation of Novak losing. "Clay Skew" Same old false idol GOAT excuses the Federinas used.
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    Nadal is unplayable at the moment.

    I know this is a jinx thread. But.... ....Diego woke up God Mode Rafa by winning that set. The last 6-0 Bagel set by Nadal was virtually flawless. If he goes into the semi-finals with the form and mood of today's final set, it will be an ugly outcome for whomever his opponent is. I want...
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    Rafa fans: Chill and have some faith in your guy

    You sure it's not just a lot of Strongrule posts that make it seem like more than it is? LOL!
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    Rafa fans: Chill and have some faith in your guy

    Ummm....way to generalise OP. I'm a Rafa fan, and I don't panic or lose any sleep over him losing a set to a historically tough match- up for him in Diego (who snapped Rafa's last consecutive sets won streak at RG). I fully believe Nadal is winning his 21st slam on Sunday, and no one can stop him
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    Nadal beat TWO RG champions as a 16 year old in the same clay season

    It's why old arguments about Federer having the most talent and Nadal just being a less talented workhorse never made any sense to me. To be doing what Nadal did at such a young age requires incredible talent.
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    Naomi Osaka IS women's tennis

    Honestly, I think there should be an escalating punishment for skipping a certain amount of press conferences. A 15K fine each time obviously means nothing to someone as wealthy as Osaka. But getting a tournament ban for skipping say 3 to 5 press conferences consecutively might make Osaka...
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    Naomi Osaka IS women's tennis

    You could say the same thing about several female players in the last decade though, not just Muguruza. Sloane Stephens could probably have been even bigger than Osaka if she had any consistency. Osaka has the star quality and consistency. Winning 4 slams will do that. There were a bunch of...
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    Naomi Osaka IS women's tennis

    If Swiatek defends the French Open title and starts to get results at other slams, I can easily see her rivaling or surpassing Osaka as the new face of female tennis. She has that likability and rooting factor that makes a star. Unfortunately, the likes of Ashleigh Barty don't have that...
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    Rafa's statue at RG

    "Don't give him no statue...give 'im guts!!"
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    The Djokovic - Nadal rivalry has become more surface dependent than ever before

    Bingo. It's almost comical how Djokovic fans ignore this crucial reality and act as if all hardcourts are the same. Nadal's best hardcourts are in the North American Summer hardcourt swing. Djokovic often fails to meet Nadal in that part of the hardcourt season, where Nadal's game would have a...
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    Djokovic: "I felt no fatigue. Could have played for another few hours"

    This post is utterly delusional. Nadal looked even far more shakier last year (and in other years pre-RG). He didn't win a single clay warm-up. Then he won RG without dropping a set This year, he's won 2 clay tournaments, and beat every single potential threat to him (aside from Thiem) along...
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    In less than a months time, Nadal can make Tennis history ....

    With more US Open titles than Djokovic...the so-called "hardcourt GOAT"!?! (and a better H2H at that slam as well). We should all be so one-dimensional.lol!
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    Man Of Steel

    Maybe. I suppose seeing Djokovic's wife put out an Instagram post trying to insert Novak into a journalist tweet about Rafa being great just kind of put me in mind of your post. I'm sure you didn't mean it to take away from Rafa's win, but when even Novak's wife is doing that kind of thing...
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    Man Of Steel

    He lost the match. This this kind of shameless propaganda isn't neccesary to prop Novak up. Allow Rafa his moment. We all know Djokovic is a great player. Wait for him to win a title or score a great win against Nadal again to do this sort of thing. Trust me, it'll happen.
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    Djokovic: "I felt no fatigue. Could have played for another few hours"

    If you know how to watch a tennis match with your eyes, the insight isn't all that impressive. Just obvious. Both played a very high level first set. Nadal's level dropped massively in the second set, while Novak' s didn't. Novak's level continued to stay consistent for most of the third set...
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    Does djokovic have issues...

    Djokovic himself said he felt fresh as a daisy and could have played for a few more hours. Stahp it!
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    Djokovic: "I felt no fatigue. Could have played for another few hours"

    Yeah, so why did he say he felt he only lost to Rafa in the Rome 2019 final because he was tired because of the scheduling? The amount of mental gymnastics many (particularly Novak fans) are doing to try and dismiss what he said is downright hilarious
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    Djokovic: "I felt no fatigue. Could have played for another few hours"

    What are you talking about? First set was incredibly tight. Could have gone either way, but Rafa snatched it. Rafa went on a mental walkabout for the entirety of the second set, which Novak steamrolled. Novak was solid for most of the third set, but Rafa picked up his level to win. Novak...
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    Djokovic: "I felt no fatigue. Could have played for another few hours"

    Stop it. Djokovic said he was tired immediately after Nadal beat him in the 2019 Rome final. He blamed the scheduling then. He didn't this time because he wasn't tired. Maybe both times, he was simply giving a honest assessment of how he felt. So calm down with the mental gymnastics. Djokovic...
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    Djokovic: "I felt no fatigue. Could have played for another few hours"

    Where was the graciousness in 2019 when Rafa beat him in Rome and he said he was tired? There is nothing notable about Novak's graciousness in defeat. Sometimes he'll say "well done, the better player won" and other times, he'll have an excuse for why he lost. So basically, he is no different...
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    Djokovic: "I felt no fatigue. Could have played for another few hours"

    That was a general statement given in a general interview. Djokovic gave a specific statement about his physical condition during a specific match, immediately after the match. Federer's statement was wishful thinking because he was an ageing player. Djokovic has zero reason to lie about feeling...
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    Djokovic: "I felt no fatigue. Could have played for another few hours"

    Straight from the man himself. So the fans can stop making excuses. Rafa beat him fair and square once again, because he is simply the better player on the surface. Novak played as well as he possibly could on clay at this stage of his career (while Rafa did not reach his best level on clay)...
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    2021 Rome masters final :- (1) Djokovic [SRB] v/s (2) Nadal [ESP]

    Nadal skipped the entire North American Summer hardcourt swing (his best performing hardcourts) last year because of Covid-19, so we simply don't know. You can only know how good Nadal's current hardcourt level is when he plays on his best hardcourts. So you are kinda gloating over nothing...
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    2021 Rome masters final :- (1) Djokovic [SRB] v/s (2) Nadal [ESP]

    LOL! If you think Novak played the best level of clay Nadal can play at today, you are deluding yourself. He was subpar and taking a mental walkabout for half the match, and Novak still lost. Good fight by Novak. As a fan, you should be pleased. But you also need to be realistic about what you...
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    2021 Rome masters final :- (1) Djokovic [SRB] v/s (2) Nadal [ESP]

    Well yeah...c'mon dude. Nadal has lost to Rublev in best of 3 on clay this season. He lost to Schwartzman last season. He is not the same animal in clay Best Of 3 that he is in RG. Any fool knows this. Pushing Rafa in best of 3 on clay these days is not some rare or amazing feat. Yet Novak still...
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