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

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lrdrdy

Rookie
I dont understand why the AO wanted these balls. Theyre dead on contact but bounce high, gonna be exhausting to play with and watch
 

junior74

Talk Tennis Guru
RLA always looks slow (camera angle/ lens depth adds to the feeling), but this looks dead slow. Perhaps both guys are almost dead.
 
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.
Yeah, but he was within his norm every single time he did this.

Heroic feats are only possible if you are capable of them.

Last year he started with 20 wins, not just the AO win and let's not bring in how much better he was in 2019-2020 compared to the last 2 years. Nadal hasn't been the same since around the clay season in 2021.

And now it's not just the physical decline which will keep on happening, he has been completely out of shape and lost the last 6/7 matches he played, mostly to players he would beat in his sleep.

It's like saying 2015 Nadal has a good chance of winning Slams because he is Nadal, he is gritty and always finds a way
 

lrdrdy

Rookie
Nadal on HC and Clay are two different animals. We cant say hes not the RG favorite until its absolutely clear otherwise, but on HC hes done.
 

Terenigma

G.O.A.T.
According to the commentators, during that changeover Nadal looked to his team and pointed to his stomach maybe implying a problem? Or he's hungry. Who knows?
 

junior74

Talk Tennis Guru
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Kralingen

Bionic Poster
Now that it’s capped, I gotta say that anyone who actually thought this guy would beat Rafa is officially on StrongRule level. Draper can’t even stand up
 

MeatTornado

Talk Tennis Guru
deja vu all over again

Nadal playing some of his worst possible tennis but will still get away with it because his opponent cannot play more than 3 sets.
 

weakera

Talk Tennis Guru
Now that it’s capped, I gotta say that anyone who actually thought this guy would beat Rafa is officially on StrongRule level. Draper can’t even stand up

Draper at his best would have been all Rafa can handle today. Even with serious cramping this is going to be a four hour match.
 
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