The one-handers are Rafa's biggest threat at RG

Who is Rafa's biggest threat at Roland Garros?

  • Novak Djokovic

    Votes: 13 22.4%
  • Roger Federer

    Votes: 8 13.8%
  • Sureshs

    Votes: 24 41.4%
  • Andy Murray

    Votes: 2 3.4%
  • Stan Wawrinka

    Votes: 4 6.9%
  • Dominic Thiem

    Votes: 3 5.2%
  • Ernests Gulbis

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Barilla Pasta

    Votes: 2 3.4%
  • David Goffin

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Pepe

    Votes: 2 3.4%

  • Total voters
    58

TheMaestro1990

Hall of Fame
Think about it: Djokovic has just fired his entire team (except guru Pepe) and we have no idea how that will turn out, even though many on this board believe that his poor form so far in 2017 will continue. It's very unclear in what shape Djokovic will come into RG. Murray hasn't been playing well either, and he'll really have to show his worth during the two upcoming Masters tournaments. Still, just like in Djokovic's case, they have little time to go from poor form to top form.

That's why I think that Rafa's biggest threats at RG will be the one-handers. And by one-handers I'm not exactly thinking of Thiem, even though he hasn't been playing badly by any means. But is he really ready to take down one of the big 4 at a Slam? I don't think so.

I'm rather thinking of Wawrinka and Federer. We all know that Wawrinka has a switch that he sometimes find during Grand Slam tournaments. And if that Stan shows up, well, that could be one helluva match vs Rafa. Federer is playing very differently this year against Rafa and now has the confidence to continue to do so. Though Rafa will undoubtedly be the favourite if these two square off, I still think Federer would have a good shot, especially if the match takes place in the quarterfinal or semifinal.

What do you guys think? Who is Rafa's biggest threat at RG?

Just a little reminder of what Wawrinka can do when he's on song:

 
No one is really a "threat" until his level drops.

I'd say a guy like Kyrgios could have the best chance to upset him actually.

But even there the chances are poor.
 

SinjinCooper

Hall of Fame
Maybe he'll win a tournament sometime this year when the real threats are playing alongside him, but he certainly hasn't yet.
 

Rosstour

Hall of Fame
Fed to exorcise all demons by defeating Nadal in the RG Final.

We want to see La Decima for Rafa? How about La Vigesima for Federer at Wimby or USO this year?
 

Smasher08

Legend
Think about it: Djokovic has just fired his entire team (except guru Pepe) and we have no idea how that will turn out, even though many on this board believe that his poor form so far in 2017 will continue. It's very unclear in what shape Djokovic will come into RG. Murray hasn't been playing well either, and he'll really have to show his worth during the two upcoming Masters tournaments. Still, just like in Djokovic's case, they have little time to go from poor form to top form.

That's why I think that Rafa's biggest threats at RG will be the one-handers. And by one-handers I'm not exactly thinking of Thiem, even though he hasn't been playing badly by any means. But is he really ready to take down one of the big 4 at a Slam? I don't think so.

I'm rather thinking of Wawrinka and Federer. We all know that Wawrinka has a switch that he sometimes find during Grand Slam tournaments. And if that Stan shows up, well, that could be one helluva match vs Rafa. Federer is playing very differently this year against Rafa and now has the confidence to continue to do so. Though Rafa will undoubtedly be the favourite if these two square off, I still think Federer would have a good shot, especially if the match takes place in the quarterfinal or semifinal.

What do you guys think? Who is Rafa's biggest threat at RG?

Just a little reminder of what Wawrinka can do when he's on song:

Pepe may be the Guru, but sureshs is The Master, cleverly baiting fedr to greatr heights.
 
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