Which player has had the most impressive victory over Rafael Nadal on clay in the 2017-2020 period?

Which performance was the most sensational against the clay GOD?


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Rafa4LifeEver

Hall of Fame
The greatest warrior and fighter of tennis world, the clay God Rafa has lost only 6 clay matches in 4 seasons. Ofcourse, all of them were in Best of 3 sets format, he didn't lose any match at Roland Garros and is riding a 28 match winning streak in best of 5 sets' clay matches, dropping only 3 sets along the way with 25 straight set wins.

So, It was a quite impressive feat to take him down on clay in the last 4 years, despite the Spaniard warrior not being at the peak of his clay powers like 2005-2013.
Needless to say, that half of those losses were handed to him by Dominic Thiem. The other losses include matches vs Fognini, Tsitsipas & Schwartzman.

Which one to you, was the most impressive one?? Which player was the most impressive in his victory??
I've given the scoreline of each and a highlight video in the second video.
Discuss and vote in the poll. Also, I'm a relatively new to this forum, so please forgive any mistakes or errors I make in the post.
Thanks for reading and responding, love you all.
 

Rafa4LifeEver

Hall of Fame
Scorelines and Highlights of all matches

2017 Rome masters 1000 Quarter Finals :- Dominic Thiem def. Nadal 6-4 6-3


2018 Madrid masters 1000 Quarter Finals :- Dominic Thiem def. Nadal 7-5 6-3


2019 Monte Carlo masters 1000 Semi Finals :- Fabio Fognini def. Nadal 6-4 6-2


2019 Barcelona Open ATP 500 Semi Finals :- Dominic Thiem def. Nadal 6-4 6-4


2019 Madrid masters 1000 Semi Finals :- Stefanos Tsitsipas def. Nadal 6-4 2-6 6-3


2020 Rome masters 1000 Quarter Finals :- Diego Schwartzman def. Nadal 6-2 7-5

 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
Seems like you two are great friends.
Shall we make a trio?? It'll be like Djokovic-Murray-Nadal sort of.

On the topic though, what's your choice out of the options given here in thread??
I went for Fognini. It's almost impossible to get past Nadal at Monte Carlo (his 2nd most successful event after RG) especially when he gets to the semis (Murray tried it 3 times at the same stage but could never do it).
 

StrongRule

G.O.A.T.
I went for Fognini. It's almost impossible to get past Nadal at Monte Carlo (his 2nd most successful event after RG) especially when he gets to the semis (Murray tried it 3 times at the same stage but could never do it).
That was probably the worst match on clay in Nadal's career. He also said that in an interview. Even in 2015 he wasn't THAT bad.
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
I'm going with an unconventional pick: Diego beating Rafa in Rome this year. Rafa is 34, coming back from the lockdown, skipped a slam to prepare for clay and was obviously highly motivated to show the field, "I'm still a factor on clay." Nobody knew how he was going to play after such a long hiatus. Of course he emphatically showed everyone his form a few weeks later in the RG final, but the little guy beating Rafa in straights raised some eyebrows.
 

StrongRule

G.O.A.T.
I'm going with an unconventional pick: Diego beating Rafa in Rome this year. Rafa is 34, coming back from the lockdown, skipped a slam to prepare for clay and was obviously highly motivated to show the field, "I'm still a factor on clay." Nobody knew how he was going to play after such a long hiatus. Of course he emphatically showed everyone his form a few weeks later in the RG final, but the little guy beating Rafa in straights raised some eyebrows.
That was a GOAT performance from Schwartzman. It's good that Nadal got a chance for a revenge in RG semifinal though.
 

BackhandDTL

Hall of Fame
I'm going with an unconventional pick: Diego beating Rafa in Rome this year. Rafa is 34, coming back from the lockdown, skipped a slam to prepare for clay and was obviously highly motivated to show the field, "I'm still a factor on clay." Nobody knew how he was going to play after such a long hiatus. Of course he emphatically showed everyone his form a few weeks later in the RG final, but the little guy beating Rafa in straights raised some eyebrows.
Granollers would have beaten that version of Nadal.
 

socallefty

Hall of Fame
Fognini - it was a Monte Carlo semifinal where Nadal is almost unbeatable. Plus if my failing memory is right, I think he had a point to bagel him and blew it before recovering to win the set.
 

Rafa4LifeEver

Hall of Fame
I went for Fognini. It's almost impossible to get past Nadal at Monte Carlo (his 2nd most successful event after RG) especially when he gets to the semis (Murray tried it 3 times at the same stage but could never do it).
Murray had a real shot in 2016 but The warrior was absolutely determined.
 

StrongRule

G.O.A.T.
Fognini - it was a Monte Carlo semifinal where Nadal is almost unbeatable. Plus if my failing memory is right, I think he had a point to bagel him and blew it before recovering to win the set.
Lol, "almost unbeatable". Nadal played arguably the worst claycourt match of his career. (and he also said that himself)
 

NADALalot

Hall of Fame
I don't count 2019 as legit results, because Nadal's team didn't let him practice his defense in January (recovering from ankle surgery), so it took a while to get his game in order, and it cost him in the clay season (SF exits at Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid).
Playing without defense was more possible on hardcourt (as long as he didn't face someone who made him defend - Djokovic was the only player to expose the lack of defense), but you can't even beat Tsitsipas clay without defense.
 
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