Rafa can kiss 2021 RG goodbye

Beckerserve

Legend
No particular reason for this statement, except it worked here, so i'm not going to stop something that seems to bring results pretty reliably...

Rafa fans, thank me later...
Love it.
Rafa for me is underdog in his 1r match no? Very dangerous opponent no? Rafa has to play his very best no? Rafa does not even know who is in his half. Be great achievement t to win 3 matches and get to 2nd week no.
 
2009

2015

2021
Clear pattern

The man who was denied so many times by Nadal won:Federer

The man who was denied so many times by Nadal beat him : Djokovic (should have won)

The man who was denied so many times by Nadal beats him and wins RG: Thiem (can only meet in finals)
 

Hitman

G.O.A.T.
Kiss it good bye?

What happened, did Djokovic finally take a baseball bat to Nadal's ankles?

Unless he did, Rafa won't be kissing....he'll just continue biting as always.

I always remember that comment from here back in 2009, that by the time Federer wins RG, he won't be able to lift the trophy up over his head, because it would be full of saliva from Nadal biting the trophy so many times. LOL
 

Beckerserve

Legend
Let Djoko take RG and Nadal can have Wimbledon. Deal ?
No lol lets have it other way round. Seriously. Djokovic getting a 6th wimbledon would be awesome as puts him within touching distance of Federer so makes it exciting and would mean Djokovic will definitely hang around for 4 more years which means Rafa would. Sort of snowball effect.
 

Devtennis01

G.O.A.T.
I don't think Nole hanging around means Rafa will. I don't think Rafa is as invested in the records. In fact, I think Rafa has a much better understanding of how the GOAT game works- fans are already decided and casuals will always go with Federer.
 

NADALalot

Hall of Fame
Give up on the GOAT trash please.
We are in an era of tennis which makes it 100% impossible for a tennis player to be GOAT.
It is more impossible now than ever before.
It may have been possible in the 90s, if Sampras had won Roland Garros, maybe he'd be universally declared as GOAT.
But today because the Big3 have divided the fans so much, that even if Nadal wins 30 slams........and Djokovic/Federer are on 20 slams, there will still be too much dispute because Federer fans will say his "grace" makes him better........and Djokovic fans will brag about some trivial "weeks" record.

As for Nadal's approach to retirement........I've heard him say at least 5 times, maybe more, that he'd only retire if he was no longer a slam contender.
And passing Federer's slam record is a non-factor, because he wants at least 25 slams-
Nadal said, "I would love to finish my career with 25 [GS singles titles], if it's possible....Let's see. I hope to keep produce myself opportunities in the next couple of years."
https://www.bbc.com/sport/av/tennis/53342422
 

NADALalot

Hall of Fame
The only years I've ever thought Nadal "could" lose at Roland Garros were 2015 and 2020 (but I didn't think he "would" lose 2020).
The opposite is true this year, this victory is more clear than ever before.
 

zuluzazu

Professional
The only years I've ever thought Nadal "could" lose at Roland Garros were 2015 and 2020 (but I didn't think he "would" lose 2020).
The opposite is true this year, this victory is more clear than ever before.
Hopefully your overconfidence does not come back to bite you. I really hope Nadal wins this.
 

NADALalot

Hall of Fame
Hopefully your overconfidence does not come back to bite you. I really hope Nadal wins this.
Only a very strange person would expect Nadal to lose Roland Garros this year.
Nadal is far better placed this year than last year.
You'd have to literally forget 2020 existed (or denial), to have doubts this year.
 
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