The Return of The King

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
N. DJOKOVIC (SRB)
BYE

QUALIFIER/LUCKY LOSER
S. CARUSO (ITA)
Round 2
N. DJOKOVIC (SRB)
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QUALIFIER/LUCKY LOSER
K. EDMUND (GBR)

F. KRAJINOVIC (SRB)
F. AUGER-ALIASSIME (CAN)
Round 2
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S. WAWRINKA (SUI)
QUALIFIER/LUCKY LOSER

K. NISHIKORI (JPN)
A. RAMOS-VINOLAS (ESP)
Round 2
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QUALIFIER/LUCKY LOSER
A. DE MINAUR (AUS)

BYE
G. MONFILS (FRA)
Round 2
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G. MONFILS (FRA)
M. BERRETTINI (ITA)
BYE

J. STRUFF (GER)
J. STRUFF (GER)
Round 2
M. BERRETTINI (ITA)
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T. FRITZ (USA)
S. TRAVAGLIA (ITA)

B. CORIC (CRO)
C. GARIN (CHI)
Round 2
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K. KHACHANOV (RUS)
C. RUUD (NOR)

L. SONEGO (ITA)
N. BASILASHVILI (GEO)
Round 2
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M. CILIC (CRO)
A. BUBLIK (KAZ)

BYE
D. GOFFIN (BEL)
Round 2
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D. GOFFIN (BEL)
F. FOGNINI (ITA)
BYE

K. ANDERSON (RSA)
U. HUMBERT (FRA)
Round 2
F. FOGNINI (ITA)
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S. QUERREY (USA)
QUALIFIER/LUCKY LOSER

G. PELLA (ARG)
D. SHAPOVALOV (CAN)
Round 2
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G. DIMITROV (BUL)
G. MAGER (ITA)

Y. NISHIOKA (JPN)
M. KECMANOVIC (SRB)
Round 2
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B. PAIRE (FRA)
B. PAIRE (FRA)

BYE
S. TSITSIPAS (GRE)
Round 2
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S. TSITSIPAS (GRE)
D. SCHWARTZMAN (ARG)
BYE

QUALIFIER/LUCKY LOSER
J. MILLMAN (AUS)
Round 2
D. SCHWARTZMAN (ARG)
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D. EVANS (GBR)
H. HURKACZ (POL)

QUALIFIER/LUCKY LOSER
A. RUBLEV (RUS)
Round 2
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M. RAONIC (CAN)
A. MANNARINO (FRA)

QUALIFIER/LUCKY LOSER
D. LAJOVIC (SRB)
Round 2
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BYE
P. CARRENO BUSTA (ESP)

BYE
R. NADAL (ESP)
Round 2
P. CARRENO BUSTA (ESP)
R. NADAL (ESP)





Nadal gets Busta early! Djokovic may have Stan too o_O (If Stan loses early, Novak's draw is cakery)
 

Rina

Professional
Yeah. No. Novak is going to take that and RG. Novak is beyond mad. Mad Novak=God mode Novak.
Plus, I forsee Rafa losing before he even meets Novak.
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
Idk. I have a strange feeling about that match.
Agree. And if he does get through PCB, his draw isn't easy at ALL. There's a lot of pressure Rafa will be putting on himself to quickly get ready for RG, it's not like he has a whole clay season to do it.... we saw how his clay season went last year, he was getting mopped up.
 
Agree. And if he does get through PCB, his draw isn't easy at ALL. There's a lot of pressure Rafa will be putting on himself to quickly get ready for RG, it's not like he has a whole clay season to do it.... we saw how his clay season went last year, he was getting mopped up.
This is something bad about Nadal that he always needs time and confidence in order to get into form. He is not like Thiem who can lose 6-2 6-1 to an absolute mug and then win a slam.
 

Hitman

Legend
As you see, Djokovic fans are overconfident right now.
Who exactly is overconfident?

I think the majority of Djokovic rightfully agree that Nadal is still the man and fav on clay, unless we see something different happen over the coming days. Yes, Novak stands a chance, as he is a contender, it would be foolish to think Nadal is a lock over Djokovic anywhere IMO, but on clay Nadal is still the fav.
 
Who exactly is overconfident?

I think the majority of Djokovic rightfully agree that Nadal is still the man and fav on clay, unless we see something different happen over the coming days. Yes, Novak stands a chance, as he is a contender, it would be foolish to think Nadal is a lock over Djokovic anywhere IMO, but on clay Nadal is still the fav.
All I keep reading on this forum is how Djokovic is beyond mad and will now probably win the next 3-4 slams at the least.
 

weakera

Legend
This is something bad about Nadal that he always needs time and confidence in order to get into form. He is not like Thiem who can lose 6-2 6-1 to an absolute mug and then win a slam.

This is misleading. When Nadal has been absent, it has been because of injury, which leads to Nadal having doubts about his physical condition and body. Yes, there will be uncertainty after a long absence, but it may be an entirely different feeling for Nadal than if he were returning from wrist, knee, back, etc. problems.
 

Subway Tennis

Hall of Fame
Rafa is so humble not to bagel him :p
He is looking intense. Even in the press conference after the match he was extremely sharp. You can tell how much he has missed being away from the competitive side of the sport and he is extremely excited and hungry about being back.

It's still too early to know what is going to happen, but he might end up causing a lot of problems for a lot of players.
 

TheGhostOfAgassi

Talk Tennis Guru
He is looking intense. Even in the press conference after the match he was extremely sharp. You can tell how much he has missed being away from the competitive side of the sport and he is extremely excited and hungry about being back.

It's still too early to know what is going to happen, but he might end up causing a lot of problems for a lot of players.
I saw an interview w Casper Ruud where he explains the difference with the restrictions rules between USO and Rome. USO it was guards everywhere and they had to wear this electronic chip at all times to track their whereabouts. In Rome it’s nothing like that. It’s more based on trust, so it’s more free. According to Casper Ruud it wasn’t so nice atmosphere in USO because of this.
Maybe it was good for Rafa not to play USO after all, think he would hate staying in NY under almost military environment. And just prepare for clay. In the presser after the match he said he didn’t touch a racquet for 2 months, then started to play HC, then clay. So he hasn’t been playing on clay for that long. It’s crazy though, how he can just beatdown the USO SF like that, in his first match in such a long time, after not so much practice too. And for the first time ever w no crowd.

How do you feel he was w no crowd? To me he seemed extra focused, cause no crowd interruptions.
 

Subway Tennis

Hall of Fame
I saw an interview w Casper Ruud where he explains the difference with the restrictions rules between USO and Rome. USO it was guards everywhere and they had to wear this electronic chip at all times to track their whereabouts. In Rome it’s nothing like that. It’s more based on trust, so it’s more free. According to Casper Ruud it wasn’t so nice atmosphere in USO because of this.
Maybe it was good for Rafa not to play USO after all, think he would hate staying in NY under almost military environment. And just prepare for clay. In the presser after the match he said he didn’t touch a racquet for 2 months, then started to play HC, then clay. So he hasn’t been playing on clay for that long. It’s crazy though, how he can just beatdown the USO SF like that, in his first match in such a long time, after not so much practice too. And for the first time ever w no crowd.

How do you feel he was w no crowd? To me he seemed extra focused, cause no crowd interruptions.
Originally I was very salty about him not playing USO, but once I heard what he had to say about it, I could understand it. He may have won the tournament, but he would have spent the whole time stressing out and obsessing about the details, and being concerned about the risks he was exposing his team to. As @StrongRule mentioned, I honestly don't think Rafa or Federer are as obsessed with these records as the fans are - not to the point where they want to risk the health of the people they think of as family for one major if they don't think things are safe.

Regarding the no crowd / small crowds, it seems like it didn't affect him at all. Like you say, it may aid in focus. I'm interested in how this is going to work at the French Open...... the few times I've been lucky enough to go to RG, the french crowd didn't actually support him as much as you see at the other big clay events, so maybe he won't miss it there. I think Rafa's insane competitive drive is such that he just doesn't rely on cues from the crowd to motivate him, but I think over time he might start to miss the performance aspect of being in front of crowds and getting their energy and feeling the emotional aspects of that. And obviously as a pragmatist, he would be concerned about the financial hit tennis would be taking without tickets being sold.
 

TheGhostOfAgassi

Talk Tennis Guru
Originally I was very salty about him not playing USO, but once I heard what he had to say about it, I could understand it. He may have won the tournament, but he would have spent the whole time stressing out and obsessing about the details, and being concerned about the risks he was exposing his team to. As @StrongRule mentioned, I honestly don't think Rafa or Federer are as obsessed with these records as the fans are - not to the point where they want to risk the health of the people they think of as family for one major if they don't think things are safe.

Regarding the no crowd / small crowds, it seems like it didn't affect him at all. Like you say, it may aid in focus. I'm interested in how this is going to work at the French Open...... the few times I've been lucky enough to go to RG, the french crowd didn't actually support him as much as you see at the other big clay events, so maybe he won't miss it there. I think Rafa's insane competitive drive is such that he just doesn't rely on cues from the crowd to motivate him, but I think over time he might start to miss the performance aspect of being in front of crowds and getting their energy and feeling the emotional aspects of that. And obviously as a pragmatist, he would be concerned about the financial hit tennis would be taking without tickets being sold.
Rafa seem like a player who actually cares for the tournaments, he often mention them and are interested in how they are run. Now he has his own courts and academy as well. Many things on his mind.

In RG he also has to stay in a hotel and w no family and a little team there. No crowds. Different season. Quite a big change.
But looking from first day in Rome he seems like the same. He isn’t that OCD as many have probably thought. As long as his bottles are straight and not stepping on any lines everything is under control :laughing:
 
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