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dudeski

Hall of Fame
MC is Nadal's last chance to gain points before grass court season. The pressure to remain number 1 will become unbearable. Most likely outcome is new number 1 after FO. Vamos!
 

clayqueen

G.O.A.T.
MC is Nadal's last chance to gain points before grass court season. The pressure to remain number 1 will become unbearable. Most likely outcome is new number 1 after FO. Vamos!
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.
 

NADALRECORD

Banned
MC is Nadal's last chance to gain points before grass court season. The pressure to remain number 1 will become unbearable. Most likely outcome is new number 1 after FO. Vamos!
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:
 
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dudeski

Hall of Fame
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:
 

NADALRECORD

Banned
Let me remind you that Nadal hasn't been in 3rd round of Wimbledon since 2011 :lol:
That's to do with his knees. And his knees are a non-factor this year. Anyway, say bye bye to your only hope (Djokovic) because he's only a non-slam wonder these days.
 

NADALRECORD

Banned
Nadal is undefeated when he's healthy.
:roll:
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.
 

RafaIsBack

Professional
MC is Nadal's last chance to gain points before grass court season. The pressure to remain number 1 will become unbearable. Most likely outcome is new number 1 after FO. Vamos!
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).
 
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dudeski

Hall of Fame
MONTE CARLO COUNTDOWN:
2013. The 9th final in Monte Carlo. Nadal lost to Djokovic 6-2, 7-6 in the final. Nadal had to save multiple breakpoints just to avoid a bagel in the first set. Djokovic was recovering from an ankle injury sustained 2 weeks prior in a DC match and wasn't even sure he will be able to play in the tournament. He was happy he did.

 
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Murrayfan31

Hall of Fame
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.
 

RafaIsBack

Professional
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 :shock: )
- 1 Madrid Masters,
- 0 Roland Garros (beaten by Nadal in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013 :shock: )

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:
 

LazyNinja19

Banned
Some photos from Rafa's Poker match with the Female World no.1 player Vanessa Selbst, earlier today.

 
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vernonbc

Legend
Heh, most women would be quite distracted by that smile and those dimples but I don't think they had much effect on this particular woman. :wink:
 

clayqueen

G.O.A.T.
Let me remind you that Nadal hasn't been in 3rd round of Wimbledon since 2011 :lol:
Yes, that's why no one is claiming that Nadal will win Wimbledon. Of course he can win Wimbledon but I haven't seen anyone, least of all his fans, making him the favourite.
 

clayqueen

G.O.A.T.
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.
So 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.
 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
MONTE CARLO COUNTDOWN:
2012. The 8th title in Monte Carlo. Rafa defeated Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-1 in the final.
Rafa became the second male player (after Guillermo Vilas) to win the same tournament eight times during the open era.
 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
Babolat has changed the color scheme of Rafa's racket - the red color (or dark pink) has been added. His racket is similar to those in the rackets' picture:
 
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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:
:twisted::twisted:
 

RafaIsBack

Professional
So 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.
Perfect






6-1, 6-3, 6-0



 
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clayqueen

G.O.A.T.
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 ;)
Rafa also won Wimbledon in 2010.
 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
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
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. ¤¤
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/30/AR2009113002988.html
 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
Google translate
Mundo Deportivo, 10/04/2014: ¤¤ Mary, the winner of 'The Voice Kids' dedicates 'Lucia' to Rafa Nadal.
Maria Parrado, the winner of 'The Voice Kids' presented her first CD. The 12 years old Andalusian [a region in the south of Spain] stated that Rafa Nadal was her sporting idol and that "she would dedicate the song 'Lucy' to him" - the song she managed to win the Tele 5 competition with.¤¤
http://www.mundodeportivo.com/20140410/ocio/maria-la-ganadora-de-la-voz-kids-le-dedica-lucia-a-rafa-nadal_54405682630.html#ixzz2yksAkOKW
 
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vernonbc

Legend
http://postimg.org/image/69m3dligd/ is a summary of Nadal and Djokovic's records on the five big tournaments on clay. It's jaw dropping how amazing Rafa's record is.

Djokovic:
Monte Carlo: 1 title, 20-6 W/L
Barcelona: doesn't play
Madrid: 1 titles, 10-3
Rome: 2 titles, 24-5
Roland Garros: 0 titles, 36-9
4 titles, 90 wins-23 losses

Rafa:
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

I mean, Djokovic's record (79.6%) isn't actually that bad, but Rafa's (95.8%) is unheard of in tennis. Makes me laugh when I read some posters saying Djokovic is as good as Rafa on clay and that he'll win several of these tournaments this spring. Rafa is in a class of his own.
 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
Via @ MassaFelipe19
"Happy to be with Rafael Nadal today in Monaco ! Great guy ! Number 1 as a person ! Good luck Rafa !!"

Felipe Massa is a Brazilian Formula One racing driver.

 
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RafaIsBack

Professional
Rafa:
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
Impressive !

Translation 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.
Source : http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1s1cm87








 
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