"I can see a Federer Nadal final at Wimbledon".

Zebrev

Hall of Fame
Andrew Castle during the Cilic Verdasco match today. What do you make of this, can Nadal reach the final and provoke a rematch of 2008?
 

Steve0904

Talk Tennis Guru
His own career shouldn't matter one way or the other when ATGs make stupid claims all the time.
I know. I'm just trolling because it's Andrew Castle. Though I really do think he's well off the mark here. Federer in the final is an obvious choice, though not guaranteed either, but Nadal matching him across the net just screams of a commentator overblowing things once again. I'm not saying it's impossible, but at this point even the most diehard Nadal fans would be shocked and they'd tell you so.
 

TMF

Talk Tennis Guru
I can't see him winning 6 matches at Wimbledon because too many players can beat him.
 

cc0509

Talk Tennis Guru
I think he should play because you never know how the draw will turn out and with this weaker field, why not? He's lost early for the past six years and expectations are lower for him on this surface. He has nothing to lose and everything to gain.

If Nadal is playing well enough that he actually manages to reach the final, he'll win it
Didn't you say that at the AO 2017? ;) (P.S. I thought Federer would lose that match by the way!)

I personally would love to see a Fedal Wimbledon rematch and would love to see Federer take it this time.
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
Already practising on grass. He'll play unless seriously injured.
There were endless photos of him practicing on HC's prior to Acapulco, IW and Miami as well and we all know what happened then. I'm not saying Rafa is not playing Wimbledon, I am merely saying I believe there is a chance he won't. He certainly telegraphed that during his post-match presser at the FO, opening the door to an "injury" issue.
 

fmadej

Semi-Pro
Depends heavily on the draw. Nadal is a confidence player, maybe if he gets a tough match early on and wins it, he'll build up on this? You just never know with him. Of course, an early exit to some big server getting red hot(vide Muller last year) would not be suprising at all
 
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Deleted member 512391

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There were endless photos of him practicing on HC's prior to Acapulco, IW and Miami as well and we all know what happened then. I'm not saying Rafa is not playing Wimbledon, I am merely saying I believe there is a chance he won't. He certainly telegraphed that during his post-match presser at the FO, opening the door to an "injury" issue.
I hope you're wrong, but I won't be surprised at all if he skips it. He's aware that his best chance to win another slam this year is at the USO (and yes, of course he's chasing Federer's record, no matter what he says), so skipping Wimbledon would help him to recover physically and emotionally after the grueling clay season, and he will be as fresh as ever at the start of US summer series.

And I don't believe that he's injured, he's just more careful with the scheduling unlike last year.
 

stephenclown

Professional
Slowdal needs the wide open-range of a clay court to get to balls. He is too slow for grass these days.
Agree, he would get thrashed. No way he can deal with Federers serve & volley on faster grass and his own serve and volley is weak. Literally no hope. Losses to 4 players outside top 100 in the last 5 attempts.
 

Firstservingman

Talk Tennis Guru
If Nadal is playing well enough that he actually manages to reach the final, he'll win it
Unless it's Federer in the final. If Fed is also good enough to make the final Nad is screwed.

Against anyone else, yeah. Basically everyone else are mugs and would p00p themselves against Nadal in a final guaranteed.

Fed isn't Rafa's main problem at Wimbledon though.
 
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