2023 Australian Open R128: [1] Rafael Nadal vs Jack Draper

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junior74

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Go watch the Shapo match from last year and tell me that guy looked like he still had multiple slams in him.
With the amount of luck it took to beat Med in AO and the choke-injury from Zed in RG last year, the chances he can keep on winning tight matches like those while being in worse physical shape and clearly worse tennis shape are next to none. At least outside RG and with a fit Novak in the draw.
 

Kralingen

Bionic Poster
Even the set point was mega ugly

and with that I’m off to bed. Thanks for everything Rafa. This was perhaps the lowest quality match I’ve ever seen you play but I’ll take the money
 

NeutralFan

G.O.A.T.
Jesus. As bad as this match has been since the 1st set I still think there's a real chance Nadal makes the final. I just have so little faith in Meddy and Stef after last year.

Don't worry son your hero will be there in final with a cupcake draw to stop him.
 

socallefty

G.O.A.T.
When was the last time Nadal looked this bad in a Slam match particularly against an opponent who is not even playing well? The unforced errors are coming out of nowhere and some are major shanks.
 

MeatTornado

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With the amount of luck it took to beat Med in AO and the choke-injury from Zed in RG last year, the chances he can keep on winning tight matches like those while being in worse physical shape and clearly worse tennis shape are next to none. At least outside RG and with a fit Novak in the draw.
Again, I understand the logic of it, I just need to see it to believe it.

His legs looked completely shot at the 2019 USO but what do you know, the typical chokers kept choking. In 2020 after sitting out for most of the year he looked like a player with 1 foot already in retirement, but then pulled out one of his greatest finals performances out of nowhere. And then again in 2022 it was rinse & repeat.

When it happens, it happens. I'm just so done talking about how clearly the end is near when he keeps finding ways to win.
 

MichaelNadal

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Again, I understand the logic of it, I just need to see it to believe it.

His legs looked completely shot at the 2019 USO but what do you know, the typical chokers kept choking. In 2020 after sitting out for most of the year he looked like a player with 1 foot already in retirement, but then pulled out one of his greatest finals performances out of nowhere. And then again in 2022 it was rinse & repeat.

When it happens, it happens. I'm just so done talking about how clearly the end is near when he keeps finding ways to win.

Slay bestie
 

Bud

Bionic Poster
With the amount of luck it took to beat Med in AO and the choke-injury from Zed in RG last year, the chances he can keep on winning tight matches like those while being in worse physical shape and clearly worse tennis shape are next to none. At least outside RG and with a fit Novak in the draw.
I thought many were saying Novak is injured
 

TennisFan3

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You can't bank on that kind of level winning slams with Djokovic around and the field improving. Nadal has also visibly declined since early last year and even then he barely scraped through. Draper is Shapovalov lite with zero physicality and he's about to push this contest into a fourth hour in a first round match. At least Nadal was able to build a lead and outplay Shapovalov for periods of that match before succumbing to heat stroke or whatever it was. He just can't seem to put any daylight between himself and Draper here. It's not a good sign.
Even if Nadal was at his 2022 AO level, he would have little chance vs Novak. And not even Alcaraz perhaps.

Thing is Nadal is not at his 2022 level, and the field is much stronger. So obviously his chances are much worse.

Nadal goal is not to win the AO, but to get enough practice to be able to peak at the French Open.
 

Mustard

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Even if Nadal was at his 2022 AO level, he would have little chance vs Novak. And not even Alcaraz perhaps.

Thing is Nadal is not at his 2022 level, and the field is much stronger. So obviously his chances are much worse.

Nadal goal is not to win the AO, but to get enough practice to be able to peak at the French Open.
Why even talk about Djokovic at this point? If he and Nadal meet in this tournament, it won't be until the final. That's some way away, and they'd both have to get there first.
 
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