Ok..... place your bets.

Will Nadal win #20 at Roland Garros?

  • Yes, im backing the bull

    Votes: 49 57.6%
  • No... He will lose this year

    Votes: 36 42.4%

  • Total voters
    85
  • Poll closed .

Linelicker

Rookie
Backing the Bull, always!

Djokovic looks like he has extra gears, as shown in Rome so far. He might be better at the moment than we
 

Start da Game

Hall of Fame
he will lose before the final.......his greed for #20 will cost him.........he should have played the us open and skipped this roland garros in cooler climate.........comeback fresh and match fit in 8 months time and destroy everyone in warmer climate next year........that is the plan that he needed to follow........
 

chjtennis

G.O.A.T.
Nadal is more vulnerable than before simply because of his age, but it would be insane to not make him the biggest favorite at RG.
 

ND-13

Professional
Draw plays a big part. Does he get Stan->Diego->Thiem->Djokovic and still win ?

Or will he get Raonic->Nishikori->Zverev->Fried Djokovic ?
 

Sysyphus

Talk Tennis Guru
"this is the year nadal will finally show signs of decline at the French"
– TTW, years XYZ




Narrator: "It wasn't."
 

Beckerserve

Hall of Fame
Wow a lot of people thinking he will lose! (not saying you're wrong) just surprised!
Rafa is unlikely to win FO and here is why
1) not close to match fit
2) physically lacks endurance of old
3) movement is that of a middle aged player. He now actually is slightly slower than Roger around the court who is 39
4) he is mentally nowhere near the player of old. He will get tight and nervous from QF onwards.
5) his FH is a shot of yesteryear. Used to be one of biggest on tour now is not top 5 speed wise perhaps not even top 10. Many players have much bigger FHs.
6) his serve is poor. Low percentage now he goes for bigger 1st serves but also too predictable.

Time moves on. Nadal has finally succumbed to the passage of time. Yes it was one match but Nadal of old even at 50 per cent would not get beat on clay by a guy with an average serve who is 5ft 7. If Rome has not been a wake up call for Rafa fans nothing will be. As for him being rusty, that is on him so not an excuse.
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
Rafa is unlikely to win FO and here is why
1) not close to match fit
2) physically lacks endurance of old
3) movement is that of a middle aged player. He now actually is slightly slower than Roger around the court who is 39
4) he is mentally nowhere near the player of old. He will get tight and nervous from QF onwards.
5) his FH is a shot of yesteryear. Used to be one of biggest on tour now is not top 5 speed wise perhaps not even top 10. Many players have much bigger FHs.
6) his serve is poor. Low percentage now he goes for bigger 1st serves but also too predictable.

Time moves on. Nadal has finally succumbed to the passage of time. Yes it was one match but Nadal of old even at 50 per cent would not get beat on clay by a guy with an average serve who is 5ft 7. If Rome has not been a wake up call for Rafa fans nothing will be. As for him being rusty, that is on him so not an excuse.
 

weakera

Legend
Nadal could definitely be in trouble, I'm not rushing out to bet the 401k on him. He is more vulnerable than perhaps any year other than 2015/2016 given the expected conditions and his lack of match play leading in. It's normal to have doubts.

However, I think the odds still favor Nadal, simply because I believe there are more players in the draw capable of defeating Djokovic than Nadal. Djokovic is something like 10-8 vs. the NextGen Big 4 (Medvedev, Tsitsipas, Thiem, Zverev) since 2018, and in that time he has an 85% win percentage lol. That's a pretty big contrast. Thiem is probably the second favorite, given the edge he has enjoyed vs. Djokovic of late.

So, who knows what will happen - Nadal could potentially lose to someone unexpected as well, but I think most people would agree that despite Thiem and Djokovic looming as big threats, Nadal has less to worry about in the draw than they do.
 

mika1979

Professional
Don't be a chicken.... what do you expect to happen? Poll closes in 5 days.

Very draw/weather dependant. If on his days it is sunny yes, if he gets cold night draws then no. This one is very tough to call, the toughest one of all possible GS this year, as he is so dominant in his element there.
 
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