RG 2021 SF: Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic

Who will win?


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Third Serve

Talk Tennis Guru
Was cheering for Nadal but super insane, insane win for Djokovic.

Still reeling from all of this.

And the fact that I have to be a Zverev fan for the next six months.
 

octogon

Hall of Fame
Congrats to Novak! I'll be rooting for Tsitsipas in the final though.LOL!

Rafa was pretty inconsistent in this match. And getting to prone to inexplicable mental collapses.The story of his clay season to be honest. He needs to regain that consistency, at least for the slams. But I won't write any post-mortems for Rafa in terms of winning slams. He's too good and too determined.
 

Ray Mercer

Hall of Fame
Great win for Djokovic and props to Nadal for a ridiculous run at the French. Age and decline finally caught up to him. I thought it would happen years before it did. Djokovic has put an old Fed and an old Nadal out to pasture. Hopefully Tsitsipas can do the same to him.
 
OMG. Definitely one of the best matches I’ve ever, ever seen. All credit to Djokovic for being the better player at the crucial moments, he really was. But I don’t care, huge respect to Rafa for giving his all. He could have taken it at a few points but did not pull it off. Not tonight. Congrats to Djokovic for an incredible, awesome night of tennis! These guys are the bomb. We are so blessed to be able to witness this level of tennis! Love you, Rafa! Go get ‘em at Wimbledon!
 

dapchai

Legend
Congrats Djokovic. You have done the unthinkable. Great champion. Nadal, this match revealed all of your problems which you hadn't resolved. And I'm deeply disappointed.
 

lordlosh

Semi-Pro
I think Djokovic focus is beyond 100%, and he is looking for revenge here. I think he will absolutely give it all, and will turn this into war.
I don't think this will be the repeat of last year. I have to go with Djoker this time.
I have this match was a good preparation for Nadal. Djokovic return will be super dangerous against Nadal, and i think he will servebotting on Friday.
Djokovic also shows that he can stay on a super high level for 3 whole sets(almost), and while he drop a bit of his level after that, he was still super strong, and he can turn back to that level in a no time.
Also Nadal won the last 2 meeting between them, and the last time Nadal won 3 straight matches against Djokovic was back in 2013, 8 years ago.
I also think this match prepared Djokovic way better, than Diego prepared Nadal. First Diego return of serve was garbage, and second his serve was garbage, and Nadal was pretty bad on his ROS.
This alone will give Djokovic a huge advantage. But in order to make the win, Djokovic needs to make a statement and put Nadal into pressure, he needs to play high level tennis and be very clutch, and not miss every BP and GP opportunities as last year. He also need to start strong and be sure to take the first set. Playing aggressively will bring Djokovic the win.
How dumb some people are feeling now ? For million times already i'm right that people know very little about tennis.
There was like 3-4 Nadal fans, that was laughing at me, and my Prediction for Djokovic in 4. As well as saying they will safe this post. Where are you now ?
You can post it on the wall in your room, to get it in your head, that i watch tennis pre 99, and know this sport very, very well !!!
 

Krish872007

Talk Tennis Guru
The mark of a champion. Extraordinary moment - did we ever dare to believe?!

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The_Order

G.O.A.T.
What a legend this Djokovic is. Hidden bagel given at the end. Fitting way to end Nadal's career :)

If he wins the final, he is the indisputable GOAT. I don't know how anyone deny at this point.

Relax bud, he struggled to beat a heavily declined Nadal. Just like he did with Fed at Wimbledon.
 

joekapa

Legend
Great win for Djokovic and props to Nadal for a ridiculous run at the French. Age and decline finally caught up to him. I thought it would happen years before it did. Djokovic has put an old Fed and an old Nadal out to pasture. Hopefully Tsitsipas can do the same to him.
Nadal and Djokovic are the same Gen. 11 months difference.
 

RF6777

Semi-Pro
Man
Novak was hardly making any errors in 3rd set & yet nadal playing above average pushed him to Tie breaks...
Just confirms that how much difficult it is to beat Rafa at French open...
I was too harsh on federer for all those 2006/2007/2011 losses
 
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Deleted member 771911

Guest
I want to hear match analysis but eurosport is just giving me some brainwashing.
 
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Deleted member 779124

Guest
Novak gets through in 4 sets. He played well but he got a LOT of help from Nadal tonight. 55 unforced errors from Nadal at RG is unheard of and clearly shows that he is nowhere near his best.

He sure does love pounding on 35+ year old Fed and Nadal but could never get the job done against them at their pet slam in their prime.
Somebody a little bitter.
 
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