What Nadal achieved this week...

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Tiki-Taka

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5th Madrid title

30th Masters - now level with the all-time leader Novak Djokovic



 
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Gazelle

Legend
Yeah while Fed slogs his guts out through tough back to back sunshine double Nadal strolls through 250 draw with help of umpire in SF for easy 1000 points and another masters.

Seems unfair but that's how it goes in sport.
Monte Carlo should only be 500 points, given that it's not mandatory.
 

Rafa the King

Hall of Fame
He beat Fognini-Kyrgios-Goffin-Djokovic-Thiem, those are the players (the Fog excluded) that y'all been saying could take him out. Just give credit where credit is due. And about grass Masters? Rafa would have more masters if there ever was a grass master instead of the 2 indoor ones or Miami, Claycourts should absolutely maintain 3 Masters and even if there was a Grass Masters replacing a HC Master, doubt Rog would have won more than 2-3 in total.
 

Thorondor

Rookie
He beat Fognini-Kyrgios-Goffin-Djokovic-Thiem, those are the players (the Fog excluded) that y'all been saying could take him out. Just give credit where credit is due. And about grass Masters? Rafa would have more masters if there ever was a grass master instead of the 2 indoor ones or Miami, Claycourts should absolutely maintain 3 Masters and even if there was a Grass Masters replacing a HC Master, doubt Rog would have won more than 2-3 in total.
Definitely an impressive year for Rafa so far! If he maintains this level, he'll likely win Rome and the French Open as well. This has truly been a great and refreshing start to the tennis year.
I agree that a grass masters should definitely replace hard court instead of clay. My ideal distribution would probably be 4 HC, 3 clay, 2 grass.
If there was a grass masters, I disagree. Rafa might win 2-3 total at most, but Roger would do at least as well as in Cincinnati.
 

dh003i

Legend
He beat Fognini-Kyrgios-Goffin-Djokovic-Thiem, those are the players (the Fog excluded) that y'all been saying could take him out. Just give credit where credit is due. And about grass Masters? Rafa would have more masters if there ever was a grass master instead of the 2 indoor ones or Miami, Claycourts should absolutely maintain 3 Masters and even if there was a Grass Masters replacing a HC Master, doubt Rog would have won more than 2-3 in total.
Nadal has had an incredible year thusfar irrelevant of what anyone says about Djokovic and Murray having down years. The tour is more than just the big 4. All of the guys Nadal beat are tough newer players. And you can only beat who is in front of you.

I'm hoping that Federer can do the unexected and win the FO, but I think Nadal has to be every reasonable person's pick to win the FO at this point. The main question mark will be if he overplays or has an unfortuante injury like in 2016, where he was playing well enough to at least challenge Djokovic and possibly beat him.
 

Rafa the King

Hall of Fame
Definitely an impressive year for Rafa so far! If he maintains this level, he'll likely win Rome and the French Open as well. This has truly been a great and refreshing start to the tennis year.
I agree that a grass masters should definitely replace hard court instead of clay. My ideal distribution would probably be 4 HC, 3 clay, 2 grass.
If there was a grass masters, I disagree. Rafa might win 2-3 total at most, but Roger would do at least as well as in Cincinnati.
I agree with 2-3 at most, but that still would mean more Masters no? ;)
Anyway I think they can't really push the US Open further and otherwise Wimbledon and US Open get too close so for the moment I think 1 Grass Masters is a slighty realistic great chance for the fans. Also I think that if they were to introduce a 1,5K Masters like they want to they should do it in China, altough IW is a bigger Masters for me. So just add one more week to the Grass season, make Halle a Masters or build a completely new one.
 

veroniquem

Bionic Poster
These are all mugs according to Nadal haters, don't you know. ;)
Fognini is one of those top 20 quality players who have taken a nose dive recently.

List of R.I.P. or getting there (ranked from youngest to oldest) with either recent drop or freefall for a while:

- Tomic: up to #17, currently 39 (May 7th ranking)
- Paire: former #18, currently 52
- Delpo: #4 pre-surgery, now #34
- Dolgo: #13, down to #87
- Fognini: 13, now 29
- Gasquet: #7, now 24
- Troicki: ranked 12, now 33
- Granollers: 19, now 73
- Anderson: 10, now 57
- Isner: former #9, now 23
- Baghs: who remembers he got to #8? Wasted potential, dilettante at #64
- Almagro: #9, now 76
- Simon: #6, down to #32
- Monaco: #10, out of top 100
- Seppi: 18, all the way down to 72
- Tipsy: former #8 (no kidding), trying a come back, #62
- Kohl: #16, currently 37
- Dasco: #7 (gasp), dropped to 35
- F. Mayer: #18, now 51
- Garcia-Lopez: 23 to bye bye top 100
- Ferrer: #3 to #30
- Youzhny: #8, current 83
- Mathieu: #12, out of top 100
- Lopez: #12, now 38

Murray: #1, turned to crap overnight, Djoko: former #1, now sect member ( just kidding :D)

Note that I left Gulbis out, poor sod :oops:: #10 to... nowhere to be found ha ha.

The miraculous Fedal resurgence is hiding the fact that there IS a change of guard below them. So who is this new elite that replaced all the sunken ships?
Well: Zverev, Kyrgios, Pouille, Thiem, Sock, Dimitrov, Carreno Busta, Raonic, Goffin, Nishikori, Cilic, Ramos-Vinolas

The good news for the old guard is that none of those rookies or semi rookies have ever won big, except Cilic. An army of one that shouldn't threaten Rafa on clay too much :p
Among the ones who are still young but have been around for a while: headcase Dimi and permanently injured Nishi/Rao. Waiting for those guys to break through is like waiting for hell to freeze lol.
That leaves Rafa as overwhelming favorite for la decima at RG. Ole, I believe :) This is the perfect time to do it!
 
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Bergboy123

Semi-Pro
Off topic, but the jacket that Nadal is wearing in that first picture of this threat (the blackish one) is that gear that's available on TW? Or is that even a tennis specific jacket?
 

Thorondor

Rookie
I agree with 2-3 at most, but that still would mean more Masters no? ;)
Anyway I think they can't really push the US Open further and otherwise Wimbledon and US Open get too close so for the moment I think 1 Grass Masters is a slighty realistic great chance for the fans. Also I think that if they were to introduce a 1,5K Masters like they want to they should do it in China, altough IW is a bigger Masters for me. So just add one more week to the Grass season, make Halle a Masters or build a completely new one.
I agree. While two would be ideal, one grass masters is much more feasible given the current tournament scheduling.
 
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Tiki-Taka

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Just like the speaker during Nadal's first round warm-up said:

Deux mille cinq
Deux mille six
Deux mille sept
Deux mille huit
Deux mille dix
Deux mille onze
Deux mille douze
Deux mille treize
Deux mille quatorze
Deux mille dix-sept

Titular de La Decima, el rey de la arcilla,
El Espanol,
RAFAEL NADAL!



 
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Charlie

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I actually enjoyed Nadal's display today. That says a lot.

Congratulations on winning 10 French Open titles, Bull.
 
I am still waiting on that post that @Mustard was going to make, if Nadal wins another Major.

I guess he will now, as he is called on his BS yet again, but the temerity is equal only to the Nadal's humbleness.

:cool:
 

Djokovic2011

Bionic Poster
That just doesn't feel right. :oops:
Lol, I know exactly what you mean. Didn't Nadal start the year at #9 in the rankings? If someone had told me then that he'd be back to number 1 by the summer you could've knocked me down with a feather. Tbh everything that's gone down over the past 12 months or so in the tennis world has left me kinda stunned. I really haven't been able to process it all yet.
 
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Tiki-Taka

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The one trick pony who can't play outside of clay just won his third US Open title, making him joint 5th best in the Open Era with Ivan Lendl.

Further cemented himself as the second most decorated player at Slams tournaments by winning his 16th title.

A 4th multi-Slam season after 2008, 2010 and 2013. He was the YE #1 on each of those previous occasions and the 4th trophy is within his grasp.

EL MEJOR JUGADOR DEL MUNDO, RAFAEL NADAL!




 
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irishnadalfan1983

Hall of Fame
Lol, I know exactly what you mean. Didn't Nadal start the year at #9 in the rankings? If someone had told me then that he'd be back to number 1 by the summer you could've knocked me down with a feather. Tbh everything that's gone down over the past 12 months or so in the tennis world has left me kinda stunned. I really haven't been able to process it all yet.
I still don't half believe it....Same for Federer really....
 
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Tiki-Taka

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2008, 2010, 2013 and now 2017 YE #1. A truly remarkable turnaround after majority wrote him off during the previous two seasons. Today he received the trophy for his insane 2017 accomplishments.

El numero uno del mundo - RAFAEL NADAL!


 
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Tennisanity

Legend
Just like there are no top grass court players
For this year? I agree. But generally there is more competition on grass than there is on clay, because players care more about winning Wimbledon since it is the most prestigious slam. It was Nadal's greatest dream to win Wimbledon, NOT the French open.
 

aman92

Hall of Fame
For this year? I agree. But generally there is more competition on grass than there is on clay, because players care more about winning Wimbledon since it is the most prestigious slam. It was Nadal's greatest dream to win Wimbledon, NOT the French open.
Wrong... there are a lot more clay court specialists than Grass court players going around so that alone makes the competition that much tougher.
And you can stop with the Wimbledon is the most prestigious nonsense. Every top player views all majors equally
 

Tennisanity

Legend
Wrong... there are a lot more clay court specialists than Grass court players going around so that alone makes the competition that much tougher.
And you can stop with the Wimbledon is the most prestigious nonsense. Every top player views all majors equally
No, you are wrong. The whole field is more up for winning Wimbledon since it is the most prestigious hence much more competition.
 
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Tiki-Taka

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A 5th Rogers Cup, 14 years after winning his first, as well as a new record 35th Masters.

83rd career title, and for the first time, a successful defense of a non-clay tournament. At the age of 33...

Not done yet.

 

thrust

Hall of Fame
For this year? I agree. But generally there is more competition on grass than there is on clay, because players care more about winning Wimbledon since it is the most prestigious slam. It was Nadal's greatest dream to win Wimbledon, NOT the French open.
NONSENSE! Nadal wanted to win Wimbledon because he knew he was the greatest of his time or all time on clay and wanted to prove he could also win on grass. Nadal was very good today, but Medvedev was terrible after the first set, and erratic in the first.
 
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Tiki-Taka

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Remarkably, he is the first man to win five Slams after the 30th birthday.

Fifth season with multiple Majors, tying Novak Djokovic in 2nd place.

Oldest US Open champion since Ken Rosewall in 1970.

Four titles at the US Open, tying John McEnroe for the second best tally in New York.

And most significantly, nineteenth Grand Slam title, now only one short of Roger Federer's record.

El mejor...




 
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Tiki-Taka

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Most weeks in the top 2. 529 and counting.

And by winning the 2019 Race to London, he has returned to the top of ATP.

197th week as the best player in the world...

 
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octobrina10

Talk Tennis Guru
This week, Rafa returned to the top of the ATP Rankings for the 8th time in his career! (y)

 
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Tiki-Taka

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After 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2017, he has now finished 2019 as world number one, tying Connors, Federer and Djokovic in second place with five YE #1 trophies.


And once again, the oldest YE #1, at 33 and a half years of age. Still competing at the highest level.

El mejor jugador del mundo - Rafael Nadal


 
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