I predict a draw from Hell for Nadal at RG 2021

terribleIVAN

Hall of Fame
This time no cakewalk given by the organizers like in 2020.

Rafa's playing for the Slam record, they won't let him bury Plastic_Facerer so easily off the record books.

They know this year might be Rafa's last chance to take that record, so they will stuff his draw hoping he drowns in it.
 

Backspin1183

G.O.A.T.
Lol if they had their ways, they will make his draw very easy so he can break the record at RG.
The tournament director is a lot more pro Nadal than pro Federer.
 

Backspin1183

G.O.A.T.
WTF ?

It's common knowledge Guy Forget's a huge Fed fan.


Guy Forget hasn't been very happy with Federer skipping Paris Masters the last few years.
 

Start da Game

Hall of Fame
they can try their best but unfortunately for them there is no hard draw for nadal at roland garros.........they have to mess up his playing schedule somehow and make him play on consecutive days on suzanne glenglen, then they might have a small chance of accomplishing their mission.........otherwise #21 in the bag and bye bye wodgie........
 

zagor

Bionic Poster
This time no cakewalk given by the organizers like in 2020.

Rafa's playing for the Slam record, they won't let him bury Plastic_Facerer so easily off the record books.

They know this year might be Rafa's last chance to take that record, so they will stuff his draw hoping he drowns in it.
If organizers/powers that be cared about "protecting" Fed and his records, they wouldn't have slowed down everything under the sun, nor given Nadal so many cakewalk draws in the past. Nor would they have shafted Thiem with the scheduling few years back at the FO.

So you can relax, Fed's slam record is going down and you'll be able to sleep easier at night. Maybe you'll even start making threads/posting about players other than the 40 year old fossil who's one foot in the retirement.
 

NADALalot

Hall of Fame
How does a tough RG for Nadal even look these days? Something like Isner-Nishikori-Sinner-Karatsev-Zverev-Djokovic-Thiem?

it's hard to make the first 2 rounds seem challenging
And Thiem has only won ONE set from Nadal at Roland Garros of the 13 sets they've played.
And Djokovic got bagelled twice in their last 2 clay meetings.
Its so hard to even make the SF or Final tough....
And that Barcelona Final vs. Tsitsipas was close, but Nadal had championship points to win 6-4 6-4, and that is what would have happened if they played it at Roland Garros.
 

topher

Hall of Fame
If organizers/powers that be cared about "protecting" Fed and his records, they wouldn't have slowed down everything under the sun, nor given Nadal so many cakewalk draws in the past. Nor would they have shafted Thiem with the scheduling few years back at the FO.

So you can relax, Fed's slam record is going down and you'll be able to sleep easier at night. Maybe you'll even start making threads/posting about players other than the 40 year old fossil who's one foot in the retirement.
They changed the grass at Wimbledon before Rog even won one. Before Rafa came along Roger had the best baseline game on tour and his competition was big server/power games like Roddick so he was being helped by the slow down.

The court thing I think has been a bit overrated anyway, racquets and balls have a bigger effect.

Rafa’s draw at RG always looks easy cause he’s Rafa. Also it tends to open up I think because seeing you’ve got Rafa in your quarter/half can be pretty demotivating.
 

RoS

Rookie
Naah, it's gonna be regular FO Nadal draw like every other year:

1rd Unknown French WC
2rd Qualifier
3rd Carbales Baena
4rd Munar
QF Nishikori/Goffin/Garin
SF Shorty
Final "battle tested" Thiem.
This

The luck of Nadal about draws is unlimited.
 
N

Nuclear Warhead Sinner

Guest
I think we will get an upset, from a player ranked between #10 and #20.
By the time Rafa plays a top 5 player, the title will be a lock.
 

NADALalot

Hall of Fame
Roland Garros has less upsets than anywhere.
We got the perfect Final in 2020 with Nadal vs. Djokovic, and we even gave Djokovic an advantage by closing the roof.

And 2019 was the ultimate example-

Australian Open 2019, Quarter-Finals = 1, 2, 8, 14, 16, 22, 28, unseeded
Australian Open 2019, Semi-finals = 1, 2, 14, 28

Roland Garros 2019, Quarter-Finals = 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 24
Roland Garros 2019, Semi-Finals = 1, 2, 3, 4

Wimbledon 2019, Quarter-Finals = 1, 2, 3, 8, 21, 23, 26, unseeded
Wimbledon 2019, Semi-Finals = 1, 2, 3, 23

US Open 2019, Quarter-Finals = 2, 3, 5, 13, 20, 23, 24, unseeded
US Open 2019, Semi-finals = 2, 5, 24, unseeded

The only top 8 seeds to miss the Roland Garros QF were Tsitsipas (lost to French Open Champ Wawrinka-24) and Del Potro (lost to Khachanov-10).
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
How can it be a draw from hell if nobody can beat him? Who cares if he faces Kyrgios or Fognini early on, if people don't think Djokovic can beat him then what does it matter if some low ranked player is drawn in R2?
 

ibbi

Legend
Seriously, what's a realistic draw from hell look like? There's a handful of guys (at most) you think might have the game to 'realistically' beat him. Most of those guys are ranked in the top 8 and won't be factors till the quarters (Novak, Thiem, Zverev, Tsitsipas, Rublev) other than them? The best chance is a big server who can get hot for some period of time as he experienced in early rounds in 2011 and 2013, but even they couldn't keep it up for anywhere near long enough. Like, Berrettini is playing well, but again, he wouldn't be an issue till the second week either, and he's just shown a tendency to be unable to hang mentally in best of 3 against Zverev, which is a different level of proposition to what he'd face in Paris.

There's a couple of good players in decent form who are happy on the surface - Sinner, Goffin, Ruud, Pablo, even Diego, but unless the sun vanishes from sight it seems tough to imagine any of them troubling him over best of 5.

Aslan is the one real wildcard out there. Interesting that his one real stumble on clay came at the tournament you'd assume would be most conducive to his aggression. Will be interesting to see how he does this week, but prior to that losing to two big hitting top tenners in Monte Carlo and Belgrade isn't nothing to sniff at. Nadal don't play that way.
 

Hitman

G.O.A.T.
Draw from Hell...For Nadal...At Roland Garros?...... :D Not unless the opponents are also named Rafael Nadal.

A moderate to reasonable draw, yes, that is possible but draw from Hell is fantasy.
 

Krish872007

G.O.A.T.
Frankly a consistently tough draw does nothing for Nadal. If anything he's battle hardened and better prepared. And is able to find his best level and the right solutions very early on

Would be more interesting to see 4 absolute cakewalk opponents followed by 1 dangerous player in the QF (not sure who that would be, maybe Schwartzman, Zverev or Tsits). Maybe throw in a R2 walkover or something.
If he gets through that he wins the title anyway
 

Beckerserve

Legend
This time no cakewalk given by the organizers like in 2020.

Rafa's playing for the Slam record, they won't let him bury Plastic_Facerer so easily off the record books.

They know this year might be Rafa's last chance to take that record, so they will stuff his draw hoping he drowns in it.
Too little too late. Nadal got his 20 Majors which was what we Nadal fans wanted and his haters had nightmares over.
Anything from now on is gravy. He is Slam record holder for life probably either jointly with the Great Federer who most fans really like or on his own. Either way job done. The Nadal fans are basking and can get the proverbial cigars out.
 

chjtennis

G.O.A.T.
At Tennis Talk Warehouse, I'm sure you will post a very hateful comment toward Nadal.

You always post negative and dismissive comments toward Nadal.
Do you want everyone on the board to sing praises of Nadal or what? Just go and check my last few posts and tell me where you see any unreasonable Nadal hatred from. I don't need to prove anything to you, but just trying to be kind one more time.
 

Winner

Semi-Pro
Naah, it's gonna be regular FO Nadal draw like every other year:

1rd Unknown French WC
2rd Qualifier
3rd Carbales Baena
4rd Munar
QF Nishikori/Goffin/Garin
SF Shorty
Final "battle tested" Thiem.
This draw is tougher than most of his draws in the past. Has he ever bagelled one of these players in RG? He has bagelled Fedovic, so maybe Djokovic in the final might be weaker.
 

Djokovic2011

Bionic Poster
I predict it'll be as mind numbingly predictable a tournament as it usually is. I have to say I find it strange that even the most ardent tennis fan can get so invested in the French Open every year when we all know exactly who will be lifting the trophy at the end. As soon it rolls round I've already got one eye on the grass court season and just hope that we'll see some nice weather here in miserable Blighty(and Lord knows we need some at the moment).
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
I predict it'll be as mind numbingly predictable a tournament as it usually is. I have to say I find it strange that even the most ardent tennis fan can get so invested in the French Open every year when we all know exactly who will be lifting the trophy at the end. As soon it rolls round I've already got one eye on the grass court season and just hope that we'll see some nice weather here in miserable Blighty(and Lord knows we need some at the moment).
How do you think the AO feels?

 

D.Nalby12

G.O.A.T.
Tough draw for Nadal in current field - Sinner/Karatsev/Rublev or Sisipas/Zverev/Thiem.

If he meets 3/5 - i would say it's pretty difficult draw.
 

Rafa4LifeEver

Hall of Fame
This time no cakewalk given by the organizers like in 2020.

Rafa's playing for the Slam record, they won't let him bury Plastic_Facerer so easily off the record books.

They know this year might be Rafa's last chance to take that record, so they will stuff his draw hoping he drowns in it.
No draw is a tough draw for a decent playing nadal at RG.
He is head and shoulders above everyone on that court Phillipe chatrier.
Looking forward to #14 #21
#VAMOS
 
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