Why assume that even if Nadal doesn't defend all his points that Djokovic will win all the clay tournaments? People doubt Nadal's record on clay more than they doubt Djokovic's!!!! From my recollection, Djokovic only made one clay final last year which was MC.
Djokovic doesn't win slams anymore, so its a moot point. If Djokovic doesn't beat Nadal at the slams this year, Nadal has his 4th year-ending #1 (and that's only one less than Federer btw). And let me remind you that Djokovic hasn't won a slam outside of Australia since 2011 :lol:
Let me remind you that Nadal hasn't been in 3rd round of Wimbledon since 2011 :lol:Djokovic doesn't win slams anymore, so its a moot point. If Djokovic doesn't beat Nadal at the slams this year, Nadal has his 4th year-ending #1 (and that's only one less than Federer btw). And let me remind you that Djokovic hasn't won a slam outside of Australia since 2011 :lol:
Nadal was healthy at Miami, he just didn't go down-the-line - and I respect that, because he goes down-the-line far more at slams, and that is by design. Nadal plays differently at slams, and Djokovic plays differently at slams. That's why their h2h is opposite at slams compared to non-slams: In 2013 Djokovic won 3 of their 4 non-slam meetings, while Nadal won both of their slam meetings.Nadal is undefeated when he's healthy.
Rafa has always had a lot of points to defend on clay since 2005 and he has always won at least 1 Masters 1000 On clay, Djokovic has trouble against much more players than Rafa, last year Nole lost against Dimitrov in Madrid, and Berdych in Rome. Rafa may not defend all his points on clay but it's very unlikely that he loses early in all the tournaments. He doesn't need to win everything to stay #1. He will probably stay close to Djokovic until Wimbledon where he can increase the gap even if he loses early since he has nothing to defend and Djoko a final (1200 pts).
So Nadal has lost his invincibility on clay to Djokovic????????Time for another Djokovic/Nadal showdown. And we know how the last time they played here was like. Nadal has lost his invincibility on this surface. Will likely be another win for Djokovic.
:twisted::twisted:Djokovic won Monte-Carlo last year, but he wasn't even able to reach the final of Madrid nor Rome . Rafa won both of them.
The difference between the King of Clay who won :
- 8 Monte-Carlo Masters,
- 7 Rome Masters,
- 1 Hambourg Masters,
- 2 Madrid Masters (clay),
- 8 Roland Garros,
... and Djokovic (1 year younger than Nadal), who's only won in his career :
- 1 Monte-Carlo Masters (beaten by Nadal in 2009 and 2012),
- 1 Rome Masters (beaten by Nadal in 2007, 2009, 2012
- 1 Madrid Masters,
- 0 Roland Garros (beaten by Nadal in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013
I'm not even talking about Federer who's spent his whole career losing to Nadal on clay, the reason why most of his fans root for Djokovic who's a much stronger for Nadal :razz:
PerfectSo Nadal has lost his invincibility on clay to Djokovic????????
After Djokovic won MC last year he was tipped to rule on clay for the rest of the season. He did not win a single match in Madrid, went out in the Qtrs. in Rome and the SF at the FO. Meanwhile, Nadal swept the board after being the runner-up in MC.
Some of you need a reality check.
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Rafa also won Wimbledon in 2010.Yes. To date, it's the least number of games ever dropped in a Masters 1000. He dropped on average less than 3 games per match :shock:
That 6-0, 6-1, victory in final is also the easiest victory ever in a Masters 1000 final.
That year, Rafa won all the clay Masters 1000 (Monte-Carlo, Madrid and Rome), which no other player has ever done, and he added Roland Garros to complete the first and only Clay Slam.
In 2013, he became the 3rd player in history to complete the North American Hardcourt Slam (Rogers Cup, Cincinnati and US Open) after Rafter in 1998 and Roddick in 2003
She is certainly tough!Serena Williams calls Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal ‘weenies’ for complaining about blue clay
Asked about criticism from Djokovic and Nadal over the slippery surface on the Manolo Santana show court, Williams told a news conference that women were simply tougher than their male counterparts...#132
Nobody is going to marry her. Ill be shocked if she ever gets married!:evil:She is certainly tough!
Washington Post, December 1, 2009: ¤¤ Serena Williams fined a record $82,500 for U.S. Open tirade.
Williams cursed and physically threatened a lineswoman who called her for a foot fault. ¤¤
Monte Carlo: 8 titles, 48-2
Barcelona: 8 titles, 40-1
Madrid: 2 titles, 19-3
Rome: 7 titles, 41-2
Roland Garros: 8 titles, 59-1
33 titles, 207 wins-9 losses
Source : http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1s1cm87Translation of this article http://ekstrabladet.dk/sport/anden_sport/tennis/article2261095.ece - The world's best tennis player, Rafael Nadal, has had Danish help up to the Masters tournament in Monte Carlo.
18-year-old Andreas Moltke-Leth has been Nadal's hitting partner for the last four days, and important time where the Spaniard has had to transition from hard court to the European clay season.
The young Dane is now crossing his fingers that Nadal will be in top form for the Monte Carlo clay.
"It's a tricky question, because I don't know - he hasn't played yet. I hope so. I gave it 100% and I got a lot of praise from Nadal's coach," says Andreas Moltke-Leth.
The Dane trains every day at an academy on Mallorca, but he was in Denmark when the approach from Nadal came.
"The owner of the academy knows Nadal's coach Toni who wanted to know if the academy had a player who had the level to hit with Nadal.
"They rang me and I took a plane to Mallorca. I was on the court Monday and hit for a few hours with Nadal, and afterwards they asked me if I wanted to hit the next day and possibly the rest of the week. And it went from there.
"I ended up hitting with him until Thursday, and he left Friday for Monte Carlo," says Andreas Moltke-Leth, for whom it was an excellent learning experience.
"It was exciting, difficult and fantastic to play with the world's number one, and on clay, which is his favourite surface. He's the king of clay," says the young Dane.
"All the training was built up around Nadal, and I had different tasks. I tried to remind myself that he was ordinary flesh and blood, and it went so well he wanted to hit with me the whole week," says Moltke-Leth.
He has a few things to take away from his meeting with the world's number one.
"It doesn't matter with whom he's practising or playing against, he gives 100%. He's totally on, and it's like he's playing the most important match of his life.
"I'm taking that with me, because I have a tendency to drop in tempo when I meet a player who's not as good as I am."
Nadal's method of building up his practices around small modules of 20 minutes' length followed by 10 minutes rest has also inspired the Dane.
"He cools his body down a bit, and then he has to find his level and rhythm again - and again. He does that about seven times per practice session, where I normally do it only twice, because I don't take as many breaks," says Moltke-Leth.
The Dane hopes to become a top-ten player himself. Nadal had a few parting words for him.
"He said good luck with my career, and I'd have a nice future if I gave 100%.
"I know I'm talented, but it's all about hard work. A lot of factors have to come together before I break through, so those words weren't what meant the most to me this last week," he says.
Nadal is top seeded in Monte Carlo and will see action Monday at the earliest.