Only Federer can stop Nadal from winning this RG

Gazelle

G.O.A.T.
Now that Nadal has easily navigated through what was supposed to be his first real test, I don't see anyone stopping him from reaching the final.

Uncle Gilles might be in-form, but lacks the baseline game to stay with this rejuvenated Nadal.

Cilic is also in-form, but his hitchy-wristy groundstrokes will probably produce a shank-fest against Nadal's heavy topspin.

Murray is in Binman mode, but will reach the semis anyway through a draw of choking mugs. Then Nadal will build on his 3-0 H2H at Wimbledon against the Scot, Scott? Whatever.

If Amor y Paz is in the final, he might smother Nadal to death, unfortunately only after the last point is played. While that might protect the slam record, it won't stop this particular Wimbledon from falling into the wrong hands.

So I think only Federer has a chance to stop the Earth's Mightiest Bull. A combination of his sexy rebuild backhand and some old-school servebotting might just do the trick. But he's the only player I could see beating Nadal, and he's not yet assured a place in the final.

I'd like to take this opportunity to complain about the courts at this edition of Roland Garros. Traditionally these courts are in good condition, but today I spotted a few patches of grass shooting through the surface. That's really bad management of the courts, and reminds me more of my local clay courts than of those of a grand slam.

Last but not least, people shouldn't bother with the winner of this tournament. David Goffin is the moral victor anyway.
 

Qubax

Professional
Muller has zero chance. Anyone who says otherwise (not that you are) is crazy.

However, Cilic represents a significant threat.

My feeling is that Nadal will be too much for even Cilic, once Nadal gets control of the points his offense is amazing. And his defence on these slowish courts is going to give him enough time to use great movement and footwork to go on the offensive. Once he does I think even Cilic will severely struggle.

That being said, I do think Cilic is about the 5th most likely favourite outside of the Top 5. And I would back Cilic to beat Murray or Djoko (but not necessarily beat 2 or 3 of the Top 4 which would be needed to win the tourney.
 

Backspin1183

G.O.A.T.
Wait. The jury is still out on whether it's clay or grass. Federer wins, it's super fast grass. Nadal wins, it's green clay.
 

fednad

Hall of Fame
Now that Nadal has easily navigated through what was supposed to be his first real test, I don't see anyone stopping him from reaching the final.

Uncle Gilles might be in-form, but lacks the baseline game to stay with this rejuvenated Nadal.

Cilic is also in-form, but his hitchy-wristy groundstrokes will probably produce a shank-fest against Nadal's heavy topspin.

Murray is in Binman mode, but will reach the semis anyway through a draw of choking mugs. Then Nadal will build on his 3-0 H2H at Wimbledon against the Scot, Scott? Whatever.

If Amor y Paz is in the final, he might smother Nadal to death, unfortunately only after the last point is played. While that might protect the slam record, it won't stop this particular Wimbledon from falling into the wrong hands.

So I think only Federer has a chance to stop the Earth's Mightiest Bull. A combination of his sexy rebuild backhand and some old-school servebotting might just do the trick. But he's the only player I could see beating Nadal, and he's not yet assured a place in the final.

I'd like to take this opportunity to complain about the courts at this edition of Roland Garros. Traditionally these courts are in good condition, but today I spotted a few patches of grass shooting through the surface. That's really bad management of the courts, and reminds me more of my local clay courts than of those of a grand slam.

Last but not least, people shouldn't bother with the winner of this tournament. David Goffin is the moral victor anyway.
Very well put.
So slow and so much bounce that i thought they have painted clay courts some green....
 
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