This is much harder to do in current conditions. That 2013 semifinal was played on a very hot day, and the bounce was very high. That was real clay. On the other hand, this year Djokovic's hardcourt tennis works better than Nadal's topspin. What a joke. There is a reason why I call it red hardcourt.This is what I hope to see.... Nadal hitting his shots ON the baseline and moving Djokovic around.
Oh, please. It looks nothing close to AO 2019. Then Djokovic played his absolute best in the 1/4 final and semifinal. The likes of @Yugram will always hype Nadal, no matter what. But for me it was clear that Djokovic will win this match easy.The closer we get to this match the more it's feeling like Australia 2019 for me.
All the signs were there for the challenger to upset the favorite. Then the match started and you instantly remembered why the favorite is the all-time leader at that court.
Yes, and it came out of nowhere.
Rafa: "I played at my highest level when I needed ..."
It's hard to be humble. I'm only disappointed I never picked Rafa in 3.Looks like some Nadal fans are in fact handwringers. LOL.
Anyway, I'm pretty sure Nadal has this barring a disaster. Clay is Nadal's playground. Always has been and will be until he officially retires. Upon which time his records will likely stand for eternity.
I won't get into the x's and o's of the matchup, I just think if both guys play their A game Nadal wins in 4 or less. Djoker is dangerous obviously, but I can't escape the idea that he's a hard courter at heart playing a HC style at RG. Nadal is a clay genius on the other hand.
I had a group of people around to watch the final, and the timezone means it finished super late in Australia, so i missed all the fun of the match threads here!Everything worked today
Just saw this comment on youtube on one of the highlight videos:just wow........awesome display of clay court tennis, not much anyone can do when rafa plays like that on clay........phenomenadal at his best........congrats to all the nadal fans including myself on this great victory equaling the tally of highest no of grandslam titles in tennis history.........
Its exactly what we were hoping he would do, what we KNOW he can do and something he literally didnt start doing this RG until the final. He was hiding it from DjokovicLooking back at this, Nadal may not have been hitting aces, but that serve was hitting the corner PERFECTLY.
He never played a semifinal at such a late time though. Also, the last time he played Djokovic in RG semifinal he almost lost it.Please don't mess this up Rafa 21 is waiting and you've never lost a RG semi. No reason it should happen today. Go out there and crush that ball.