2008 Nadal vs 2019 Nadal - who'll win on Hard Courts?

Who'll win

  • 2008 Nadal

    Votes: 15 62.5%
  • 2019 Nadal

    Votes: 9 37.5%

  • Total voters
    24

aman92

Hall of Fame
2008 was perhaps the first great year for Nadal on Hard Courts when he reached the semifinals of USO and AO for the first time. He also won the gold medal at Beijing Olympics.
2019 Nadal obviously did much better at slams, winning USO and being runners up at the AO though against much weaker competition?

Who'll win a hypothetical match up? Will Olddal's superior serve and flatter groundstrokes be enough to overcome Peakdal's raw pace?
 
2008 was muscling everything. Murray played ingeniously to win that 2008 USO SF, smartest tennis I know of. And Nadal was tired there having played so many tourneys before.

2008 at it's best would probably be able to keep it close long enough for 2019 to start failing physically.
 

NoleIsBoat

Hall of Fame
2017-2019 Nadal had his highest ever HC win % and most consistent slam showings. That is peak HCs Nadal and would straight set the baby 08 version.
 

Druss

Hall of Fame
2019 Nadal has no hope whatsoever against his younger self. I expect a demolition similar (perhaps not as bad) to the beat down he got at AO F 2019.
 

Rafa4LifeEver

Hall of Fame
2008 was perhaps the first great year for Nadal on Hard Courts when he reached the semifinals of USO and AO for the first time. He also won the gold medal at Beijing Olympics.
2019 Nadal obviously did much better at slams, winning USO and being runners up at the AO though against much weaker competition?

Who'll win a hypothetical match up? Will Olddal's superior serve and flatter groundstrokes be enough to overcome Peakdal's raw pace?
Tennis is all about matchups, and 2008 nadal is a very brutal and tough matchup for 2019 nadal. 2019 version was agressive off the ground and relied on outblasting his opponents, which wouldn't work against 2008 nadal. He was atleast 3 steps faster, much much more fit back then; he'll make it a war of attrition and wear down his older version. The only advantage 2019 nadal has over 2008 nadal is a better serve, but he was never an elite server anyways, and 2008 rafa was great at returning, soI doubt that'll be much helpful for olddal.

2008 rafa in 4 not so close sets
 
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