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  • Wimbledon full tournament picks: Djokovic vs. Nadal in final

    2013-06-23 21:07:51

     

    First round
    Djokovic over F. Mayer in 3, Johnson over Reynolds in 4
    Struff over Kavcic in 4, Harrison over Chardy in 5
    Simon over Lopez in 5, Berankis over Mathieu in 5
    Odesnik over Wang in 4, Haas over Tursunov in 3
    Gasquet over Granollers in 3, Soeda over Haider-Maurer in 4
    De Bakker over Blake in 4, Tomic over Querrey in 5
    Anderson over Rochus in 3, Przysiezny over Petzschner in 4
    Brands over Gimeno-Traver in 4, Berdych over Klizan in 3

     

    Ferrer over Alund in 3, Bautista Agut over Gabashvili in 4
    Giraldo over Zeballos in 4, Dolgopolov over Elias in 4
    Raonic over Berlocq in 3, Sijsling over Al. Kuznetsov in 4
    Kudla over Duckworth in 4, Kohlschreiber over Dodig in 4
    Nishikori over Ebden in 3, Bedene over L. Mayer in 5
    Nieminen over Llodra in 5, Seppi over Istomin in 3
    Dimitrov over Bolelli in 3, Zemlja over Russell in 4
    Levine over Pella in 3, Del Potro over Ramos in 4

     

    Nadal over Darcis in 3, Kubot over Andreev in 4
    Falla over Robert in 4, Paire over Ungur in 3
    Isner over Donskoy in 4, Andujar over Mannarino in 4
    Brown over Garcia-Lopez in 5, Wawrinka over Hewitt in 5
    Almagro over Zopp in 3, Matosevic over Rufin in 4
    Stepanek over Reid in 4, Janowicz over Edmund in 4
    Melzer over Fognini in 4, Rosol over Reister in 4
    Stakhovsky over Dutra Silva in 4, Federer over Hanescu in 3

     

    Tsonga over Goffin in 3, Gulbis over Roger-Vasselin in 4
    Malisse over Verdasco in 5, Benneteau over Kamke in 3
    Monaco over Knittel in 3, Ram over Lacko in 4
    De Schepper over Lorenzi in 5, Cilic over Baghdatis in 4
    Troicki over Tipsarevic in 5, Montanes over An. Kuznetsov in 4
    Pospisil over Gicquel in 4, Youzhny over Haase in 3
    Robredo over Bogomolov in 3, Mahut over Hajek in 4
    Lu over Ward in 4, Murray over Becker in 3

     

    Second round
    Djokovic over Johnson in 3
    Harrison over Struff in 4
    Simon over Berankis in 4
    Haas over Odesnik in 3
    Gasquet over Soeda in 3
    Tomic over De Bakker in 3
    Anderson over Przysiezny in 3
    Berdych over Brands in 3

     

    Ferrer over Bautista Agut in 3
    Dolgopolov over Giraldo in 4
    Raonic over Sijsling in 4
    Kohlschreiber over Kudla in 3
    Nishikori over Bedene in 4
    Seppi over Nieminen in 5
    Dimitrov over Zemlja in 3
    Del Potro over Levine in 3

     

    Nadal over Kubot in 3
    Paire over Falla in 4
    Isner over Andujar in 4
    Wawrinka over Brown in 3
    Almagro over Matosevic in 3
    Janowicz over Stepanek in 4
    Melzer over Rosol in 4
    Federer over Stakhovsky in 3

     

    Gulbis over Tsonga in 5
    Malisse over Benneteau in 4
    Monaco over Ram in 4
    Cilic over De Schepper in 3
    Troicki over Montanes in 4
    Youzhny over Pospisil in 4
    Robredo over Mahut in 4
    Murray over Lu in 3

     

    Third round
    Djokovic over Harrison in 3
    Haas over Simon in 3
    Gasquet over Tomic in 4
    Berdych over Anderson in 3

     

    Ferrer over Dolgopolov in 3
    Kohlschreiber over Raonic in 4
    Seppi over Nishikori in 4
    Del Potro over Dimitrov in 5

     

    Nadal over Paire in 3
    Wawrinka over Isner in 4
    Almagro over Janowicz in 5
    Federer over Melzer in 3

     

    Gulbis over Malisse in 4
    Cilic over Monaco in 3
    Youzhny over Troicki in 4
    Murray over Robredo in 3

     

    Fourth round
    Djokovic over Haas in 3
    Berdych over Gasquet in 4
    Kohlschreiber over Ferrer in 5
    Del Potro over Seppi in 4

     

    Nadal over Wawrinka in 4
    Federer over Almagro in 3
    Gulbis over Cilic in 4
    Murray over Youzhny in 3

     

    Quarterfinals
    Djokovic over Berdych in 4
    Kohlschreiber over Del Potro in 4

     

    Nadal over Federer in 5
    Murray over Gulbis in 3

     

    Semifinals
    Djokovic over Kohlschreiber in 3
    Nadal over Murray in 4

     

    Final
    Djokovic over Nadal in 4


    Comments and your own predictions are appreciated!

     

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RickyDimon , 6/23/13 9:12 PM


Quarters:
Nadal over Fed in 3

Semis:
Nadal over Muzza in 4

Final:
Nadal over Djokovic in 5

rafaisthebest , 6/23/13 9:22 PM


According to Ricky's pick, Federer will be ranked #5 after Wimbledon.

nadline , 6/23/13 9:39 PM


^^and Rafa will emerge ranked #3 according to Ricky. I have him emerging ranked #2.

rafaisthebest , 6/23/13 9:44 PM


Rafa will be unstoppable if he makes it to this Final.

#Momentum
#Suffering

Conspirator , 6/23/13 9:54 PM


^^^Yea. If Rafa makes it to the final, he bites the trophy.

nadline , 6/23/13 9:57 PM


Agree with picks generally. On paper given the draw Nole is the favourite but I'd take Rafa in a final.

Also doubt Gulbis has the chops to take down Tsonga at Wimby.

#VamosGOAT

Conspirator , 6/23/13 10:02 PM


Conspirator, 6/23/13 10:02 PM.

I agree about Gulbis. I simply don't see him having the physical or mental strength to take down Tsonga and go that far.

I also agree regarding Rafa not losing to Nole in the final.

Hey maybe Fed should consider the Golden swing! :)

Nativenewyorker , 6/23/13 10:42 PM


Can see both Murray and Rafa beating Djokovic in the final. Depends on how tired Rafa is if he gets through Murray. Think Djokovic would stand a slightly better chance against Rafa than Murray in the final, however both Muzza and Rafa have the edge over the serb on grass.

willmw101 , 6/23/13 10:46 PM


I also don't think that Rafa/Fed in the quarterfinals will go five sets. This is not the 2008 Wimbledon. Fed is not the player he was back then.

Nativenewyorker , 6/23/13 10:56 PM


I agree with willmw101 ... willmw101, i read u were there in the rafa nishikori exho, how was rafa's backhand? I know I would be able to watch it live in a few hours but just to know how aggressive rafa was with his backhand when playing freely..

I am confident rafa's forehand is going to be LETHAL..in 2011, rafa's forehand let him down esp in set 4...backhand was the main issue though...

If rafa passes the 2 two tests before the finals with some steam left, I see him biting the trophy..if he is slightly off, novak to win ! We should not discount the possibility of novak not reaching the final too ! Its novak's weakest surface and there are dangerous players floating around.

vamosrafa , 6/23/13 10:57 PM


vamosrafa,

Nice to see you here! I do agree with willmw's thoughts @ 10:46 pm. However, I am also pleased that you reminded us not to assume that Nole will make it to the final. It's true that he has avoided the other top three, but there are players in his draw who are dangerous.

After what happened at RG, where so many assumed that Fed had a ticket to the final, we shouldn't make that mistake this time with Nole.

Nativenewyorker , 6/23/13 11:04 PM


Can't see Rafa/Fed going to 5 either. Four is most likely, though I wouldn't be entirely surprised by a straight sets victory as well. As for Djokovic v Rafa in the final, yeah don't see Rafa losing that one either. His victory over him in the SF of RG will be a HUGE confidence booster. If he makes it to the final, Rafa will ride that wave to the biting of the trophy.

TuesdayChild , 6/23/13 11:06 PM


Assuming Novak himself makes the final. No guarantees.

TuesdayChild , 6/23/13 11:08 PM


well said NNY ! I am confident about rafa's chances if he escapes week 1 playing great tennis...rafa can really become 'unstoppable' ..i hope the backhand can reach the height it did in RG's later stages.... Rafa is serving well too nowadays...The most difficult part would be ROS , that requires HUGE adjustment from rafa...I hope he adjusts fast :) VAMOSS !!!

Read somehwere today that rafa is 12-1 against top 10 players this season ! WOW ! novak is 7-3 ..

vamosrafa , 6/23/13 11:09 PM


Rafa's 5 set victory in RG was HUGEE...when set 4 finished, I was wondering how the heck was the match tied because I thought rafa was clearly the better player..he was hitting much more winners (usually novak hits more) , dictating play more and outplaying novak in so many departments...i guess it was lack of confidence ! rafa had sooo many 0-30 15-30 30-30 points he could not capitalize on ...there was also a rare double fault at a really bad time in set 2 i guess and there were some nervous forehand mistakes too that proved to be almost too costly... everyone has his/her own perspective but my take is that rafa lacked confidence in some occassions...the gladiator in rafa allowed him to fight and win set 5 and that must have been a good bye to his demons ! He wont doubt himself against djokovic now... VAMOS RAFA

vamosrafa , 6/23/13 11:17 PM


vamosrafa,

I think you summed up what happened in the semis at RG perfectly! I do think it was lack of confidence. Rafa had a few chances to serve out the match in the fourth set and couldn't get it done.

I do think that the semifinal match did get rid of whatever demons Rafa may have had regarding playing Nole. I don't see him having any problems facing up against Nole moving forward.

Nativenewyorker , 6/23/13 11:27 PM


very true NNY..any one who plays any competitive sports would know what difference conidence can make...it was lack of confidence that prevented rafa from winning Oz 2012 final ! that missed backhand at 30-15 3-1 was......ahh its past now :)

I think nole's ROS was ridiculous when rafa was serving for the match so it was really tough , however losing the second set after being a break up and surrendering his first break in set 4 were stranger...lack of confidence !

vamosrafa , 6/23/13 11:38 PM


Rafa is a formidable tennis player!!! I dont see anyone beating Rafa except Rafa himself......and that usually happens whenever he lacks self confidence!!!

However, Ricky's repdiction makes me a bit sad. He was almsot spot on about every prediction for RG!!!................ummmmm!!

Monalysa , 6/24/13 12:13 AM


vamosrafa

BH looked good, he was taking it very early and regularly stepping into the court. He will still be hurt when opponents attack that shot this fortnight but going on the Nishikori match, which admittedly isn't THAT conclusive, he looked very sharp and confident off that side. And his FH..... it was huge and flat, he's so so confident off that side at the moment (even more so than usual).

willmw101 , 6/24/13 12:44 AM


THANKS !! sounds positive :)

vamosrafa , 6/24/13 12:55 AM


No problem. So looking forward to these two weeks, we're going to see some amazing tennis and maybe a few upsets. I feel V V lucky to be going to the semi's.

VAMOS RAFA

willmw101 , 6/24/13 1:00 AM


OH MY GOD ! lucky you ! I wanna go too :( I hope and pray you get to see rafa against muzz :) keep your temperament under control though :P lol jk

vamosrafa , 6/24/13 1:02 AM


LOL, live matches stress me out a lot less than watching on TV. Thankfully for the players sake :)

willmw101 , 6/24/13 1:08 AM


thank you so much ! just wanted to get an idea of rafa's intention ! He is in aggressive mode so thats great ! bring it on VAMOS

vamosrafa , 6/24/13 1:12 AM


oops ignore the last comment !! was supposed to be posted earlier...

haha, glad you are calmer when watching tennis live :)

vamosrafa , 6/24/13 1:14 AM


First round
Djokovic over F. Mayer in 4, Johnson over Reynolds in 4
Struff over Kavcic in 5, Harrison over Chardy in 5
Lopez over Simon in 5, Berankis over Mathieu in 5
Wang over Odesnik in 5, Haas over Tursunov in 3
Gasquet over Granollers in 3, Soeda over Haider-Maurer in 4
De Bakker over Blake in 5, Querrey over Tomic in 5
Anderson over Rochus in 3, Petzschner over Przysieznyin 4
Brands over Gimeno-Traver in 4, Berdych over Klizan in 3

Ferrer over Alund in 3, Bautista Agut over Gabashvili in 4
Giraldo over Zeballos in 4, Dolgopolov over Elias in 4
Raonic over Berlocq in 3, Sijsling over Al. Kuznetsov in 4
Kudla over Duckworth in 4, Kohlschreiber over Dodig in 5
Nishikori over Ebden in 4, Bedene over L. Mayer in 5
Llodra over Nieminen in 5, Seppi over Istomin in 4
Dimitrov over Bolelli in 3, Zemlja over Russell in 4
Levine over Pella in 4, Del Potro over Ramos in 3

Nadal over Darcis in 4, Kubot over Andreev in 4
Falla over Robert in 4, Paire over Ungur in 3
Isner over Donskoy in 4, Mannarino over Andujar in 5
Brown over Garcia-Lopez in 5, Hewitt over Wawrinka in 4
Almagro over Zopp in 3, Matosevic over Rufin in 4
Stepanek over Reid in 4, Janowicz over Edmund in 3
Melzer over Fognini in 4, Rosol over Reister in 3
Stakhovsky over Dutra Silva in 4, Federer over Hanescu in 3

Tsonga over Goffin in 3, Gulbis over Roger-Vasselin in 4
Malisse over Verdasco in 5, Benneteau over Kamke in 3
Monaco over Knittel in 4, Ram over Lacko in 5
De Schepper over Lorenzi in 5, Cilic over Baghdatis in 4
Tipsarevic over Troicki in 5, Montanes over An. Kuznetsov in 5
Pospisil over Gicquel in 4, Youzhny over Haase in 4
Robredo over Bogomolov in 4, Mahut over Hajek in 3
Lu over Ward in 5, Murray over Becker in 3

Second round
Djokovic over Johnson in 3
Harrison over Struff in 4
Lopez over Berankis in 4
Haas over Wang in 3
Gasquet over Soeda in 3
Querrey over De Bakker in 3
Anderson over Petzschner in 4
Berdych over Brands in 3

Ferrer over Bautista Agut in 3
Dolgopolov over Giraldo in 4
Raonic over Sijsling in 4
Kohlschreiber over Kudla in 3
Nishikori over Bedene in 4
Llodra over Seppi in 4
Dimitrov over Zemlja in 3
Del Potro over Levine in 3

Nadal over Kubot in 3
Paire over Falla in 4
Isner over Mannarino in 4
Hewitt over Brown in 3
Almagro over Matosevic in 3
Janowicz over Stepanek in 4
Rosol over Melzer in 4
Federer over Stakhovsky in 3

Tsonga over Gulbis in 5
Benneteau over Malisse in 5
Monaco over Ram in 4
Cilic over De Schepper in 3
Tipsarevic over Montanes in 4
Youzhny over Pospisil in 4
Mahut over Robredo in 4
Murray over Lu in 3

Third round
Djokovic over Harrison in 3
Haas over Lopez in 4
Gasquet over Querrey in 4
Berdych over Anderson in 3

Ferrer over Dolgopolov in 3
Kohlschreiber over Raonic in 4
Llodra over Nishikori in 4
Del Potro over Dimitrov in 4

Nadal over Paire in 4
Hewitt over Isner in 4
Janowicz over Almagro in 5
Federer over Rosol in 3

Tsonga over Malisse in 4
Cilic over Monaco in 3
Youzhny over Tipsarevic in 5
Murray over Mahut in 3

Fourth round
Djokovic over Haas in 3
Berdych over Gasquet in 4
Kohlschreiber over Ferrer in 4
Del Potro over Llodra in 4

Nadal over Hewitt in 5
Federer over Janowicz in 3
Tsonga over Cilic in 4
Murray over Youzhny in 3

Quarterfinals
Djokovic over Berdych in 4
Del Potro over Kohlschreiber in 4

Federer over Nadal in 4
Murray over Tsonga in 4

Semifinals
Djokovic over Del Potro in 4
Murray over Federer in 5

Final
Djokovic over Murray in 4

chr18 , 6/24/13 2:07 AM


Ricky's two blogs contradict each other. In one he thinks Federer's Quarter final streak isn't ending at the All England club, in the other he says Rafa will end it!!!!!

holdserve , 6/24/13 2:32 AM


Correction above post. Rafa is meeting Fed in QF so he isn't ending Fed's QF streak. Fed's streak will end only if he loses in the pre-Quarter round. So no contradiction. Sorry Ricky!

holdserve , 6/24/13 2:35 AM


Gulbis over Tsonga in 5

I like the prospect of these two kamikaze players battling it out. Definitely a match to watch.

PS: Maybe Ricky's early faith in Gulbis might still be justified.
http://preview.tinyurl.com/kqmep5g

ed251137 , 6/24/13 6:16 AM


I dont just believe Fed will win his Qfs, I know he will defend his hometurf.

#Common Roger
#Show us God mode once more

sabs , 6/24/13 7:49 AM


Quarterfinals
Djokovic over Gasquet in 3
Dimitrov over Ferrer in 4
Nadal over Federer in 4
Murray over Tsonga in 4

Semifinals
Djokovic over Dimitrov in 4
Murray over Nadal in 5

Final
Djokovic over Murray in 5

netcord , 6/24/13 8:17 AM


I think Rafa vs Murray if it happens will be the blockbuster match of the slam. I really hope it takes place, really wish to see how Rafa squares off against the new improved Murray.

sanju , 6/24/13 8:25 AM


No one is tipping Federer to match Rafa's 8 titles at one slam. Not even die hard Fefans.

nadline , 6/24/13 8:25 AM


nadline
, 6/24/13 8:25 AM


I am more surprised how is Djoko getting 50% plus picks. I thought he will get majority pics but not like at 50%. Guess its the draw that is influencing their decision.

sanju , 6/24/13 8:26 AM


However, Ricky's repdiction makes me a bit sad. He was almsot spot on about every prediction for RG!!!................ummmmm!!
Monalysa, 6/24/13 12:13 AM


Don't get worried. Ricky never picks Rafa outside clay. I'm even surprised he's picked Rafa for the final.

nadline , 6/24/13 8:28 AM


I am not upset by Ricky's prediction. As Rafa said so well, it has to happen on the court. It is interesting how Nole is getting picked by so many. Rafa will love not being the favorite!

Nativenewyorker , 6/24/13 8:40 AM


Quarterfinals
Djokovic over Berdych in 5
Ferrer over Del Potro in 5
Nadal over Federer in 3
Murray over Tsonga in 3

Semifinals
Djokovic over Ferrer in 4
Nadal over Murray in 5

Final
Nadal over Djokovic in 5

Vamos!

phoenix , 6/24/13 8:45 AM


Monalysa, Ricky picked Murray over Federer in 2010 and guess who was the champion.

Picks are just guesses, nothing more.

nadline , 6/24/13 9:32 AM


phoenix
, 6/24/13 8:45 AM


Ahh, if this comes to pass, most of us wont have nails or hair left and wll age by 10 years in 2 days. 5 setters back to back means too much stress for fans.

sanju , 6/24/13 9:34 AM


Pheonix my friend, make that one nadal over federer in 5 sets too to avoid critical fedfarts calling you biased. LMAO.

The frazzling is about to starts for Rafans in a few more hours.

You can do it Rafa....VAMOS.

Raindrops , 6/24/13 9:44 AM


Excellent article Rafans, read it

Key lines: Rafa is not passve defensive, he is agressive defensive. Second is he is best at forcing the unforced errors (Ask Fed )

sanju , 6/24/13 9:47 AM


Actually this was Ricky's pick in 2010:

Wimbledon picks: Federer over Murray
2010-06-20 14:30:24

nadline , 6/24/13 9:48 AM


Oop here is the article

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/the-times-sport/nadal -the-man-who-refuses-to-bow-to-anyone/story-fniiw3ie-1226668632542

sanju , 6/24/13 9:48 AM


sanju, you have to have an account to be able to read the article.

nadline , 6/24/13 9:52 AM


http://straightsets.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/24/bollettieri-calls-djo kovic-the-games-most-complete-player-ever/

http://www.independent.c o.uk/sport/tennis/nick-bollettieris-wimbledon-files-dont-think-for-a-m inute-djokovic-has-it-easy-8670423.html

sanju , 6/24/13 9:55 AM


No nadline I dont have an account, and I could read it and now suddenly it does ask for login details..damn

The Times Sport Nadal, the man who refuses to bow to anyone by: Simon Barnes From: The Times June 24, 2013 9:54AM

HOW can you look vulnerable when you're a break up in the fifth set? Answer: by playing Rafael Nadal.
I was pondering that question in the Court Philippe Chatrier in Paris just a few weeks ago. Novak Djokovic was leading 4-2 in the final set in the semi-finals of the French Open, but it was clear to me and to everyone else that one break was never going to be enough.

If you want to beat Nadal, you have to beat him at least half a dozen times, and all at the same time. That's what lies at the heart of Nadal's game, Nadal's nature. It's a truth that you can find at every level of analysis, a trait you find when you examine a point, a match, a career.

So here's my conclusion: don't get into a fight with him. You'd have to kill him.

And here's the great mystery of it all: how can a man who stands so far away be so intimidating? If you want to win a tennis match, the first step is to take control of the court. To seize space and time. To own the place. That's a psychological truism of the sport, and also basic tennis strategy. You make your opponent feel like an interloper on his own side of the net. With weight and depth of shot, with reach and power and angle and spin, you crowd him out of his own space.

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But that's not Nadal's way. You want the court? Help yourself. Nadal gives it all to you. You've got your own side of the net, and he gives you all of the other side to put the ball in. Where's he gone? He's miles away, somewhere near the stop-netting, tripping over the ballboys and the towels and the umpires' chairs. It seems that you can do what you like. You're up against an absentee landlord.

But that's not how it works out. You've helped yourself to the court but there's no triumph in it. The ball keeps coming back to you. Then comes the dizzying, dismaying understanding: your winners aren't winners any more. Your best shot comes back to you. It's like trying to knock over the wobblyman in the nursery.

Let's look at a characteristic point from that fifth set. Towards the end of a long and convoluted rally, Djokovic hit three successive winners. Or they should have been winners, three shots that came singing out of the sweet spot to find the edge of the line right in the place where Nadal wasn't. Certainly they'd have been winners against anyone else. But each one came back.

No, it's not like playing the wall. Nadal isn't passive-defensive. He's aggressive-defensive. It's something to do with that forehand, something to do with top spin. He rolls his racket into the ball with ferocity, the ball is struck with full power, it's steaming well beyond the baseline but no, it dips, lands in, then kicks like Eric Cantona. I've read that most players put 3,000 revolutions per minute into a forehand top spin; Nadal is closer to 5,000. That's one hell of an edge.

There are three ways of failing when Nadal puts you under that sort of pressure. In this case, Djokovic was pushed into a tiny error, and he caught the net. A couple of inches higher, though, and the ball would have landed in - but well short. In this second case, Nadal comes in, take the ball high on the bounce and buries it. And in the third case, you are so frustrated by Nadal's tenacity that you try to beat him with something even better than your best shot. And inevitably miss.

And that in a microcosm, in a point, is Nadal. It's not just that he has the best defence. He is also the best ever at making defence an act of aggression, either by turning defence into attack or by forcing - rather than merely waiting for - the error. More than any other player I've seen, Nadal forces the unforced error.

So let's look at Nadal in the context of a match, rather than a point. And he shows the same thing time and again. Against Djokovic in that semi-final in Paris, he was two sets to one up, but lost the fourth to a brilliantly resurgent Djokovic. The momentum was all against him. The break of serve in the fifth made that quite clear. But it still wasn't enough. Nadal had been defeated but he hadn't been defeated enough. So Nadal took the match and went on to a straight-sets victory over David Ferrer in the final.

Ferrer is at present ranked fourth to Nadal's fifth. Yeah, right.

But that's because we now need to look at Nadal at the level of career. It's a fact that he's wrecking himself every time he steps on to a tennis court. He's had tendinitis in both knees. What do you expect if you spend your life running like a madman from side to side? Last season he was out for seven months trying to get his knees fixed.

So the rankings system gave up on him because he wasn't playing.

Meanwhile, we Brits also gave up on him a little, not least because it was nice to think that Andy Murray had one fewer god to beat every time he set out on the grand-slam trail.

But Nadal did not give up on Nadal. Not, as I think we've established, his way. He made a comeback that first stuttered and spluttered, then burst into flame, with victories on the clay in Barcelona, Madrid and Rome before he cleaned up in Paris.

So now he's back at Wimbledon, where he won in 2008 and 2010. Grass is easier on the knees than some surfaces. No one is writing him off. He is seeded to meet Roger Federer in the quarter-finals and, if he wins, the possibility of Murray in the semis. How much longer can he carry on? He played each match in Paris as if it were his last, but that's nothing new. He'll play Wimbledon the same way. Savour every day of it.

sanju , 6/24/13 10:01 AM


I could manage to get to it again, so pasted it. Sorry for the long article but it is well written and all Rafans will enjoy it, hence pasting it . I wasn't sure which thread to post on, this looks most active as of now :-)

sanju , 6/24/13 10:03 AM


I don't think it matters who comes out of the bottom half. Novak is winning the final in straight sets.

with that he will have equalled or bettered nadal's title count on both grass and hardcourts. ofcourse he is better than nadal indoors. he should also be equalling nadal's weeks at no.1 this year.


Here is an interesting stat regarding murray from another site. If murray was as good as djokovic is on clay, he would be having a 5-25 h2h against rafa. If Novak sucked on clay like murray did, he would be having a 12-10 h2h against rafa.

Nole is the better player all things considered. He would be 12-10 against rafa if he sucked on clay like murray and sampras.

He pays the price for being a more complete player than toni's puppet. Just like Federer did against nadal and borg did against mcenroe.

JamesDjokovicFan , 6/24/13 11:59 AM



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nadline , 6/24/13 12:31 PM


that's a lot of ifs...try looking at the real stats above.

phoenix , 6/24/13 12:37 PM


Nadal over Fed in 4
Nadal/Murray - 50/50 - in 5
Djok eventual champion

DeadManWalking , 6/24/13 12:39 PM


jamesdjokovicfan,

The fact that you believe djokovic to be a superior grass court player than both Murray and Nadal illustrates how laughably poor your tennis knowledge/analysis is.

willmw101 , 6/24/13 12:43 PM


@willmw101, don't waste your time. He is part of the hydra whose sole objective is to vilify Rafa in the vain hope his hate will be transmitted to Rafa by osmosis and make him lose. Rafa is in his head hence every post he writes is about Rafa.

He needs our prayers so he can be cured of Vamos syndrome.

rafaisthebest , 6/24/13 12:47 PM


McEnroe has repeated his coronation of the Twin GOATS -Rafael Nadal & Roger Federer.


#Twin GOATS

nadline , 6/24/13 1:00 PM


Obviously, it's becoming more and more ridiculous to call Federer the GOAT when he is owned by Nadal. How long will it be before Nadal is anointed The GOAT?

nadline , 6/24/13 1:06 PM


nadline, really? so now even mcenroe thinks that way..do you have any link ? would like to show it to some friends etc

vamosrafa , 6/24/13 1:26 PM


ROFL @ jamesfederevicfan !!!

You are singing the same tune during RG aren't you tired? You are no different to a broken record LOL LOL LOL.

Where is your stat that only counts Year 2011 onwards? LOL whatta sick unsportman fan you are.

All loses of Rafa to Nole were part of the past and part of the sport of course. As long as Rafa is competitive and still winning against Nole then everything is just fine with Rafans. You keep on rubbing that 7 loses of Rafa to Nole to make the Rafans commit suicide??? haha, it's not gonna happen. You will end up in vain trying but the Rafans will remain gracious win or lose.

Raindrops , 6/24/13 1:48 PM


Vamosrafa, he's just said it on BBC Wimbledon.

nadline , 6/24/13 2:23 PM


Inconvenient facts be banished!

I hereforth declare upon my faith and my best ken
that all playing of the glorious game of tennis
on the odious surface of clay
that long standing tradition notwithstanding
be banned forevermore
and all past games played on it
especially professional ones
be deemed null void and never having existed
any memories records and trophies of them
be reduced to naught void emptiness and empty holes

There, that feels a lot better!
We can breathe (sic) now!

chlorostoma , 6/24/13 3:42 PM


wAtch Nadal Vs Steve Darcis live wimbledon match
http://ez.analog.com/groups/ims2012/blog/2013/06/24/watch-rafael-nad al-vs-steve-darcis-live-wimbledon-2013-with-live-stram-online-hd

unipro4urs , 6/24/13 4:48 PM


Ricky, will you update this prediction now?

sabs , 6/24/13 7:25 PM


I can see Rafa limping suddenly but grabbing the wrong knee in the third set against Darcis.Lol.

stratocast51 , 6/24/13 11:03 PM


Though I was torn over who I'd rather have in the final, given all the historical stakes, I was at least looking forward to FEDAL quarters. Now we don't even have that to look forward to.

*sadface*

mara002 , 6/24/13 11:11 PM


Wimbledon is over...

grafight , 6/25/13 1:41 AM


....said the non-tennis fan.

chr18 , 6/25/13 3:41 AM


.....sayz da bitter, twisted, bored housewife called chrap18

Zaare , 6/25/13 12:26 PM


Don't count your CHICKENS before they are hatched!!!!!

hrsikesa , 6/25/13 4:31 PM


hrsikesa u THUNDERCUNT

Zaare , 6/25/13 5:49 PM


Djokovic IS a hard court specialist and nothing else, so yes he does excel on one surface and suck on all others, especially compared to Nadal. Lets do some comparisons shall we:

Djokovic: 5 slams on hard courts, 1 on Grass, 0 on Clay

Nadal: 2 Slams on Hard Courts, 2 Slams on Grass, 8 on Clay

Considering the above evidence, which is irrefutable, Nadal is the FAR superior all around player. Its not even close!

willmw101 , 6/26/13 6:55 PM


The only non tennis fan here is pathetic redneck homophobe who only know how to laugh at players who lose or get injured:

Now we get to watch the shot makers and thirty somethings like Rusty, Fed and Haas show the younger guys how to play on grass.
crap20, 6/25/13 3:17 AM

jean , 6/27/13 3:46 AM


Something is wrong with the person who celebrates the loss rather than the victory. It goes against the grain of any sport...

phoenix , 6/27/13 5:05 AM


In view of the current trend, here's my updated picks:

Quarterfinals
Berdych over Djokovic in 5
Ferrer over Del Potro in 4

Brown over Janowicz in 4
Gulbis over Murray in 4

Semifinals
Berdych over Ferrer in 5
Gulbis over Brown in 5

Final
Berdych over Gulbis in 4

phoenix , 6/27/13 7:06 AM


@ 5:05 AM Chapeau to you

7:06 AM That's quite a funny scenario except for Gulbis over Murray :-(
I'll settle for Murray over Berdych in the final

#LurkingInTheShadows


ed251137 , 6/27/13 10:10 AM


ed, that's my wish so karma will be restored to those who have it coming...would you, deuce, and alex accept to be collateral damage to Twingey's sins? :-)

phoenix , 6/27/13 10:36 AM


@phoenix
naughty ;)
Fortunately I don't believe in jinxes. What will happen will happen.
Andy over Nole in the final! Yay!

deuce , 6/27/13 11:41 AM


deuce, i will enjoy the match if it happens. BUT i have a strong feeling that Rafa and Fed's upset were not the last this Wimby. :-)

phoenix , 6/27/13 11:57 AM


This is crazy.It seems like a whole different tournament since Nadal And Fed are out.
QF: Djoko over Berdych in 4
Ferrer over NIshikori in 5
Almagro over Paire in 4
Murray over Gulbis in 3

SF: Djoko over Ferrer in 3
Murray over Almagro in 3

F: Murray over Djoko in 4 (something like 7-5 7-6 2-6 6-4)

Ice , 6/27/13 10:24 PM



I don't agree with the assessment of some that Rafa is a one dimensional/one surface player.
Rafa has two Wimbies and two HC slams and eight RG titles. He's been three more times in the finals of Wimby, couple of times in the finals of USO, has the Queens title and I don't know how many HC masters. Now, if he had, say 2 Wimbies, two HC slams, and two - three RGs, we would be saying he is the master of all surfaces. But since he is SO dominant on clay, it looks like he can perform only on clay. Clearly, if he didn't know how to play on grass or HC, he wouldn't have won all those big titles. Lets keep it fair and give credit where it's due.

Also, diminishing Roger's titles and wins just because he has loosing H2H against Rafa, is unfair. Rafa is a bad matchup for him, but most other players are not and 17 GS titles is 17 GS titles = huge. Again, credit where it's due.

As for the final, wouldn't it be interesting to see, say, Gulbis - Dimitrov/Tomic? :)

danica , 6/27/13 10:47 PM


@danica,

This is why I said that you were a real Nole fan and a decent one. You have always been fair here and when you defend your guy, you do it in a respectful and reasonable manner.

Thank you for the facts you presented to make the case that Rafa is definitely not a one dimensional player. I don't really know why it even had to be done at this point. His record speaks for itself. Winning the career slam, Olympic gold medal, the record for most Masters titles and that's not even including his records on clay. He is also a 12 slam champion, one of only five players to achieve that feat. I believe the others are Laver with 11, Roy Emerson with 12, Sampras with 14 and Fed with 17. You can't argue with an accomplishment like that. Rafa is in great company!

I also think you made an excellent point in reminding everyone that it's only because he is so dominant on clay that it causes some to claim that he can only win there. But that is not the case.

As far as the argument that Rafa has the huge advantage in his h2h record against Fed, I do think it is significant. If he just had a slight advantage in the h2h, then maybe it wouldn't be such a big deal. Also, Rafa fans who bring it up do so when some Fed fans start trotting out the whole GOAT argument. I don't believe in this GOAT business. I've said that many times. So Rafa fans can quite rightfully bring up that stat to make the argument that Fed is not the GOAT. I believe that a player can only be the best in his own era.

I would never demean or disrespect Fed's 17 slams. I also would not disrespect his record for consecutive semifinals at slams and consecutive quarterfinals at slams. It's interesting that Rafa was asked in an interview some time ago which record of Fed's he thought was most impressive. He mentioned his streak of consecutive semifinals at slams. He said that this record may well never be broken.

The weak era is another argument, but I don't like to go there. Fed can't help who he faced when he was in his prime. It is what it is. As you said, credit where credit is due for his consistency over a period of many years.

Regarding your final suggestion, all I can say is that would certainly be quite surprising. We will see.

Nativenewyorker , 6/28/13 12:16 AM


If by diminishing Roger's Slam haul you mean people mentioning the caliber of players he played to win them I think this is a valid point in the context of adding context to say, what players have to go through to win a Slam today. A Slam is a Slam, none is more important than the other. Roger won his Slams within the rules of the game and they are legit. However, it is fascinating to speculate how he would have fared if the field at the time had Murray's, Rafa's and Djokovic's in it. And as part of that speculation one cannot help comparing the caliber of players in the different eras and yes the present era can be termed stronger than say 10 years ago. But that can not diminish Roger's Slams, that is nonsense.

The same applies to the argument or suggestion that Rafa's Slam count is "weak" because it is predominantly clay. I mean, is RG a lesser Slam compared to Wimby, Oz Open or USO? Nonsense.

The H2H is a fact, but it does not make Rafa a more accomplished player than Roger. But it is an inescapable fact which has to be considered when people trot out the ill considered GOAT argument. To simply pronounce Roger GOAT on the basis of one statistic, the Slam count, ignoring other factors is tunnel vision and deserving of the short shrift this gets.

People lace their arguments with their own biases and this is normal. The important thing is we are all able to analyse situations and make our own contributions, with our own biases of course!

rafaisthebest , 6/28/13 7:38 AM


I wanted to make a clarification regarding my post @ 12:16 AM. I meant to say that Rafa is one of only four other players to get into double digit slam titles. That's pretty exceptional company.

Nativenewyorker , 6/28/13 8:17 AM


It's funny how the poll is still about the FO. I think TT is slowly winding down. There seems to be a general malaise about it.

nadline , 6/28/13 8:32 AM


We Rafans should all move en masse to another site like changeovertennis.com. Other than some great posters plus Ricky and Cheryl, this place has gone to the dogs.

Conspirator , 6/28/13 3:28 PM


Tenniswarehouse message board is not bad either. I think the fan base is evenly spread out.

nadline , 6/28/13 3:43 PM


I would certainly be willing to go to another site if we can all decide on which one. One thing I do want for sure is moderation. I don't want to read obscene filth. There have to be some rules so that things don't get out of hand.

It does seem as though this site is falling apart.

Nativenewyorker , 6/28/13 6:59 PM


The problem with changeover tennis is it looks like it's run by part-timers for fun! There are no logical threads, they all seem to be more concerned about tweets than daily routine...........

rafaisthebest , 6/28/13 7:15 PM


Final: Melzer over Anderson

ts38 , 6/29/13 12:16 AM


44% of the 3R matches feature a player who has benefitted from a walkover or retirement.

ed251137 , 6/29/13 9:03 AM


Anderson's plucking Big Berdy!

rafaisthebest , 6/29/13 3:24 PM


Nadline the hater.What al loser.

stratocast51 , 7/3/13 10:31 PM


ztratocazt ztupid azzhole dumbazz bookend of zeeveeenteeeeen bookend.

heheheh

rafkovic18 , 7/3/13 11:55 PM


He may be seeded fifth ahead of this year's Wimbledon Championships, but Rafa Nadal still has plenty to smile about after winning tennis' ?Best Smile' title.

In a survey conducted ahead of Wimbledon, the British Dental Health Foundation asked 300 members of the public which male tennis player had the best smile.

Spaniard Nadal aced the poll with 43 per cent of the votes, while world number one Novak Djokovic could only serve up a quarter (25 per cent) of the votes. One in five people (20 per cent) backed Swiss supremo Roger Federer's smile, while home favourite Andy Murray double faulted with 12 per cent.


http://www.dentalhealth.org/news/details/718

nadline , 7/4/13 5:39 PM


Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova are the most tweeted about players of 1st week at Wimbledon
JUN 30

Despite his early exit Rafael Nadal is the most talked about player from this year?s Championships so far, with 108,585 mentions on Twitter since the tournament began. More than 67,000 of these posts occurred on Monday when the No.5 seed was knocked out by Steve Darcis, ranked No.135 in the world. However Nadal?s talkability continued to remain significantly above average for the days following his defeat, resulting in his title spot.


Top 5 male players in terms of volume of tweets:

1. Rafael Nadal 108,585

2. Roger Federer 84,385

3. Andy Murray 73,569

4. Novak Djokovic 48,588

5. Steve Darcis 38,887

nadline , 7/4/13 5:49 PM


'Top 5 male players in terms of volume of tweets:

1. Rafael Nadal 108,585

2. Roger Federer 84,385

3. Andy Murray 73,569

4. Novak Djokovic 48,588

5. Steve Darcis 38,887' (nagline)

NeverendingNagline!
It was because he was dumped out by Darcis that the twitter world or whatever the f**k it's called was a flutter, that's how he received by far the most tweets!
Jeezus we are not the sharpest knife on occasion are we dear?
That and the 20,000 tweets you make about him weekly explains it ALL
Back to bed dear I'll wake you up when it's time
I promise.

Twinge , 7/4/13 11:57 PM



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