Nadal in 4.
Rafa didn't drop a set at 2017 Roland Garros, and only dropped ONE set at 2018 Roland Garros.Is it good or bad for Nadal that he have played so little up until now?
I've always felt he likes to play his way into form. Something he sure haven't been allowed to do now.
True. As Djoko fan although confident, I’m aware he still has a couple of tricky matches to navigate past. Going through Zverev then Thiem/Khachanov back to back won’t be easy. These next gen stars are getting better all the time.I wouldn't pencil on Djokovic for the final.
Its physically impossible for Rafa to look like he did at the AO, because Rafa was unable to train properly at the AO, whereas he's been training properly since thenI'll be very in tune to each of their body languages at the start. Will Nadal look like he looked against Djokovic in Rome or AO? Will Federer look like he looked against Djokovic for most of Paris last year (sans the choke at the end) or Cincinnati where he lost before the match started? I'm already nervous.
https://ausopen.com/articles/interviews/rafael-nadal-f-interview"I think I was playing great during the both weeks in offensive positions. In defensive positions, I practiced what I practiced. I practiced well, very well I think, but because of the things that happened to me in terms of surgery, then what happened in Abu Dhabi, I was not able to work that much the defensive game. I worked a lot on the offensive game, but not that much on the defensive game.
To play against a player like him, playing the way he played tonight, I needed that defensive game to finally have the chance to be offensive, no?"
If Rafa were still the superior player, he would have beaten Fed sometime in the last few years.That's what can happen when Federer skips the clay
So if Federer withdraws right now, he can keep that streak alive....
How can you seriously compare Kei to Fed? Roger is so much the greater and better player there can be no comparison there. Kei is a piece of crap compared to Fed in every single department, as you know very well.I love the way people think Nadal losing 5 games to Nishikori and Federer playing a tough 4 setter is somehow a good argument that Fed will win.
I was sort of half curious because I really dont remember in 2017. I know Diego pushed him a bit in 2018 I just sont recall anyone else doing anything but also in 2017 I do think he was on a tear. 2018, maybe someone with more clay court prowess could have since I dont think he was omg amazing but he doesnt need to on clay.Point taken.
Even in the only thing Keith excels at (endorsements) Roger smokes himHow can you seriously compare Kei to Fed? Roger is so much the greater and better player there can be no comparison there. Kei is a piece of crap compared to Fed in every single department, as you know very well.
P.S. -- Fabster's into the top 10!
Nadal needs to improve his game a lot. Nishikori is the biggest joke of an opponent you can get, he was barely walking today and yet Nadal had some problems. Against Federer who plays his best clay tennis since RG 2011 he will have to play much better. I think Federer might win it.
Federer in 4. He will be rested come Friday, Nadal will be shaky to start as it has been 5.5 years since he beat Fed in any match. Fed will take advantage and jump to an early lead. Nadal will respond strongly by taking the second set, but won't sustain the level. Fed will win the next two sets, one tough (7-5 or 7-6) and one straightforward.
And Djokovic will be watching and laughing!
That's certainly true, but there is a magic word that is not being considered "CLAY". That fine red dust where everything unravels for Fed.If Rafa were still the superior player, he would have beaten Fed sometime in the last few years.
Instead he is 0-5 starting with Basel 2015. And so he no longer scares Fed like he used to.