How long shall Nadal continue to win RG?

How long shall Nadal continue to win RG?

  • 2020. (aged 34 - this is his last title)

    Votes: 5 6.7%
  • 2021. (aged 35)

    Votes: 9 12.0%
  • 2022. (aged 36)

    Votes: 15 20.0%
  • 2023. (aged 37)

    Votes: 12 16.0%
  • 2024. (aged 38)

    Votes: 3 4.0%
  • 2025. (aged 39)

    Votes: 3 4.0%
  • 2026. (aged 40)

    Votes: 6 8.0%
  • 2027 or later. (aged 41 +)

    Votes: 22 29.3%

  • Total voters
    75

K-H

Hall of Fame
I mean this was the worst situation for him, awful conditions, lack of match play, djokovic in crazy form all year and just won Rome. Yet he won it without dropping a set. I mean that'll give him even more confidence for next year.

Next year, the ball will be bouncing higher because of the heat, the court may remain as slow as this year because of the balls, so it may all actually favour him even more. He can actually hit through the court even with the really slow speeds which we saw this year.
 

Nadal_King

Professional
2 more titles I feel as I think Thiem will start challenging and beating him there, next year Thiem will be at his peak mark my words at Rg
 

swizzy

Hall of Fame
this might be it.. i love the guy, but i thought he was going down this year. 2 more absolute most.. 23 majors total.. if he stays healthy.. which he can't.
 

wangs78

Hall of Fame
I think he has one left, if that. An in-form and well rested Thiem would have won or taken Nadal to 5 sets.

Honestly, Djokovic very uncharacteristically played like crap yesterday. That drop shot strategy was ridiculous - his coaches should be fired for that if they were supportive of it. And Nadal basically played opponents in the semi (Schwartzman) and final (Djokovic) who were both coming off 5 set matches in the previous round. And this year every player is probably a level below their normal level in terms of match fitness and endurance and so forth. Not saying Nadal got lucky - he played solid and all credit to him. But Djokovic made errors and played like a moron for two full sets which I don’t think I’ve ever seen before.
 

Thundergod

Professional
At this rate, probably long enough that even Thiem and co will start declining. And if Thiem can't do it, then I can't see anyone else getting close in the near future unfortunately.
 

topspn

Legend
Just depends on his health really. But it’s safe to say he and regardless of GOAT discussions, he will be the king of clay forever
 

Pheasant

Hall of Fame
The thing about Rafa is that he has figured out how to move so well on clay compared to anybody else that I have ever seen. He made Djoker look slow, which is an absurd concept. He could lose 2-3 more steps and still be right there in speed. Toss in his confidence there and he’d still be a tough out.

I think that he can bag 2-3 more FO titles. That’s truly incredible at his age. He’s already the oldest FO champion since Gimeno won it in 1972.

Nadal yesterday completely boggled my mind. Wow!!! What an insane performance. I am no longer convinced that Djoker will pass him. It’s going to be interesting. But I had no idea that Nadal was still this insane on clay.
 
I think he has one left, if that. An in-form and well rested Thiem would have won or taken Nadal to 5 sets.

Honestly, Djokovic very uncharacteristically played like crap yesterday. That drop shot strategy was ridiculous - his coaches should be fired for that if they were supportive of it. And Nadal basically played opponents in the semi (Schwartzman) and final (Djokovic) who were both coming off 5 set matches in the previous round. And this year every player is probably a level below their normal level in terms of match fitness and endurance and so forth. Not saying Nadal got lucky - he played solid and all credit to him. But Djokovic made errors and played like a moron for two full sets which I don’t think I’ve ever seen before.
 

Demented

Semi-Pro
Everyone needs to remember that Rafa is riding high on 6 months of vacation. If he restricts his play to Clay and grass then he might look like this full time for the next few years. Old knees don't like the 6 month hard Court season.
 
People are expecting Thiem to defeat Rafa at RG next year.

Thiem, unlike RF and Stan, is favoring slice a lot more on BH than topspin drives. On clay, Rafa will roast those slices.
 

Arafel

Professional
I think he has one left, if that. An in-form and well rested Thiem would have won or taken Nadal to 5 sets.

Honestly, Djokovic very uncharacteristically played like crap yesterday. That drop shot strategy was ridiculous - his coaches should be fired for that if they were supportive of it. And Nadal basically played opponents in the semi (Schwartzman) and final (Djokovic) who were both coming off 5 set matches in the previous round. And this year every player is probably a level below their normal level in terms of match fitness and endurance and so forth. Not saying Nadal got lucky - he played solid and all credit to him. But Djokovic made errors and played like a moron for two full sets which I don’t think I’ve ever seen before.
Nadal didnt drop a set the entire tournament, and you think Thiem, who has managed to win one set off Rafa in four matches, was going to beat Rafa? You must have some seriously good drugs in your stash
 

malbaker86

Hall of Fame
If the question is will he win it going forward EVERY year, I don't think so. I think if he plays another 4-6 seasons, he should win 3 more imo.
 

Winners or Errors

Hall of Fame
It sure looks like he has a few more in him at the moment. What is he, 100-2 at the event, just won without dropping a set in the tougher half of the draw, with the next one coming in 7 months. Someone will really have to step up, or Nadal will have to lose interest, for him to be dethroned. I think the former is improbable, and I don't know about the latter. He could retire now and rest assured that no one for the next 100 years will break his record of 13 - at least I won't live to see it broken.
 

Druss

Hall of Fame
I’m going with one more. I think by 2022 Nadal would have declined enough for Thiem to finally break through before he’s too old and the likes of Zverev, Sinner, Tsitsipas or Shapovalov will take over.
 

DSH

Legend
If he wins the next two RG trophies, in addition to reaching the unrealistic 15 titles there, it will also mean that he will be the second tennis player in the Open Era, after Martina Navratilova, who won Wimbledon between 1982 and 1987, to win the same Major tournament for 6 consecutive years. He will be the first male tennis player to do so after Bill Tilden, who won six consecutive US Open Championships in the 1920s.

Will Nadal complete this feat?
:)
 

Mike Sams

G.O.A.T.
At least 7 more RG titles on the way. Not in succession though. He will win RG2021, 2022, and 2023. Then he will lose RG2024 due to a knee injury. Then come back to win RG2025, 2026, 2027 and 2028. And then he'll lose in the QF of RG 2029 due to a foot and back injury. Then he will give it another go in 2030 but his injuries will not allow him to make the second week and he will call it a career.
 

DSH

Legend
I think he has one left, if that. An in-form and well rested Thiem would have won or taken Nadal to 5 sets.

Honestly, Djokovic very uncharacteristically played like crap yesterday. That drop shot strategy was ridiculous - his coaches should be fired for that if they were supportive of it. And Nadal basically played opponents in the semi (Schwartzman) and final (Djokovic) who were both coming off 5 set matches in the previous round. And this year every player is probably a level below their normal level in terms of match fitness and endurance and so forth. Not saying Nadal got lucky - he played solid and all credit to him. But Djokovic made errors and played like a moron for two full sets which I don’t think I’ve ever seen before.
We won't see it because Joker won't make it to a French Open final again. Even replaying a semi-final there would be problematic for the Serbian player.
The next edition of the French Open may well be the last for him when he realizes that several players can defeat him on clay.
When that happens, he will realize that it would be better to concentrate all his efforts on the remaining 3 Majors, which is where he has the best chance of winning, especially in Melbourne and at the All England Club, where he is still the top favorite to take the title in those places.
:D
 

DSH

Legend
At least 7 more RG titles on the way. Not in succession though. He will win RG2021, 2022, and 2023. Then he will lose RG2024 due to a knee injury. Then come back to win RG2025, 2026, 2027 and 2028. And then he'll lose in the QF of RG 2029 due to a foot and back injury. Then he will give it another go in 2030 but his injuries will not allow him to make the second week and he will call it a career.
:-D
 

Leandro2045

Rookie
Sincerely i can see him being Fed's age (39) and still winning the tournament.

He doesn't need any prep to destroy the field, a Rafa that plays a limited calendar will do a lot of damage if his sole purpose is to win Roland Garros in the future.

So yes 2025 it's quite possible. His only obstacles are injuries and motivation.
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
The thing about Rafa is that he has figured out how to move so well on clay compared to anybody else that I have ever seen. He made Djoker look slow, which is an absurd concept. He could lose 2-3 more steps and still be right there in speed. Toss in his confidence there and he’d still be a tough out.

I think that he can bag 2-3 more FO titles. That’s truly incredible at his age. He’s already the oldest FO champion since Gimeno won it in 1972.

Nadal yesterday completely boggled my mind. Wow!!! What an insane performance. I am no longer convinced that Djoker will pass him. It’s going to be interesting. But I had no idea that Nadal was still this insane on clay.
He made Djokovic look VERY slow actually lol
 
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DSH

Legend
Sincerely i can see him being Fed's age (39) and still winning the tournament.

He doesn't need any prep to destroy the field, a Rafa that plays a limited calendar will do a lot of damage if his sole purpose is to win Roland Garros in the future.

So yes 2025 it's quite possible. His only obstacles are injuries and motivation.
In 2025 it will be the 100th anniversary of the French Internationals, as Roland Garros is now known.
It was at that time, that the French Open opened its borders for the first time so that all the players of the world could participate.
And it will also be a special date, since if Nadal is still playing and participating, it will be the 20th anniversary of his first title in Paris.
If he wins, he may end up receiving the champion trophy from himself.
How cool would this be!
:cool:
 
Let this kids win some atp500 on clay first.. by the time Rafa won RG05, he has vast credentials on winning tournaments on clay, even 5setters on clay masters.
Sinner has lot to handle even before thinking of winning RG
Tell that to Chang and Becker...
 

USO

Professional
At least 7 more RG titles on the way. Not in succession though. He will win RG2021, 2022, and 2023. Then he will lose RG2024 due to a knee injury. Then come back to win RG2025, 2026, 2027 and 2028. And then he'll lose in the QF of RG 2029 due to a foot and back injury. Then he will give it another go in 2030 but his injuries will not allow him to make the second week and he will call it a career.
So sad about the injuries. Also will he beat Djokovic in all those finals? But I would think Djokovic would have retired in 2022 already. How do you see this unfold, please tell us more. Also Federer for sure will win the ones in 2024 and 2029. Fedal will both reach 30 slams in total and retire together in 2030. The much hyped Sinner will finally win his 1st slam in 2030. :unsure:
 
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