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Wilander: Fed can't beat Rafa

Wilander: Fed can't beat Rafa

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Draw and resultsThree-time French Open champion Mats Wilander told Eurosport that world number one Roger Federer cannot beat Rafael Nadal on clay and that the Spaniard should retain his Monte Carlo title for a third-straight year. Click on the scorecentre or the red LIVE bar for full coverage of Monte Carlo.

"Nadal hasn't really lost a claycourt match since I can't remember when, so nobody can beat Rafael Nadal on clay," the two-time Monte Carlo winner Wilander said.

"Federer does not have the good combination style game to play against Nadal, he does not suit him at all in fact. And you can see it much easier on clay that it's just a bad combination for Roger Federer."

Nadal, who has now won 63 consecutive matches on the surface after easing past Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela on Wednesday, is the twice-defending champion at the Monte Carlo Masters and the French Open.

The number two ranked Spaniard has beaten Switzerland's Federer six times and lost to him three times, including defeats in their previous two matches in last year's Wimbledon final and Masters Cup semi-final.

"Nadal is left-handed he is able to find Federer's backhand all the time in the serve and it's not a good mix," Wilander said.

"Apart from the fact, Rafael Nadal is one of those young guys who really is not afraid of anybody, it doesn't matter if his name is Roger Federer and he has won 10 majors or what, Nadal is just not afraid."

Despite his belief that Federer cannot beat the 20-year-old Mallorcan on clay, Sweden's Wilander says that the Swiss star is the favourite to complete his Grand Slam collection at Roland Garros this year, just so long as he doesn't face Nadal.

"I think on paper he might be the favourite actually, because I think he will be really focused on winning Roland Garros," Wilander said.

"He knows time is running out to win Roland Garros. He is not going to win it three times and I think he knows that. He's going to win it once, maybe twice, and I think this is the year to do it."

The 42-year-old Wilander, who like Nadal won his first French Open as a teenager, says that if Federer has to face a rematch of last year's final against Nadal, the Swiss star will fail.

"Is Rafael Nadal able to come through the draw again after winning clay court tournament after clay court tournament? That's the problem for Roger Federer," he said.

"If Nadal does not go through, Federer will win the French Open."
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Re: Wilander: Fed can't beat Rafa

all true,wille is still the king

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Totally agree with Mats he knows what he is talking

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Re: Wilander: Fed can't beat Rafa

Sure Roger hasn't beaten Federer in Clay but his performance in Rome illustrated he's close, remember that Federer beat Nadal in Wimbledon and Shanghai so he's coming from the back of two successive victories against his main rival and although it wasn't clay, its a big mental advantage to go into RG with....

I think Roger wants to face Nadal he told Swiss Radio winning is important but dethrowning the champion whilst doing so is sweeter.
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Re: Wilander: Fed can't beat Rafa

Thats what I have been saying....
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Re: Wilander: Fed can't beat Rafa

Where's the link? It's not hard to provide a link to an article.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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Those tennis doctors are so funny... Right after the AO they were all talking about the calendar Slam, and yet they wonder if Federer is gonna win a match again...
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Federer will not lose in RG against anyone not named Nadal, he wont win against anyone named Nadal aswell.
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Where's the link? It's not hard to provide a link to an article.
anything else?
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Sure Roger hasn't beaten Federer in Clay but his performance in Rome illustrated he's close, remember that Federer beat Nadal in Wimbledon and Shanghai so he's coming from the back of two successive victories against his main rival and although it wasn't clay, its a big mental advantage to go into RG with....

I think Roger wants to face Nadal he told Swiss Radio winning is important but dethrowning the champion whilst doing so is sweeter.
Many Fedtards would disagree with you on this - they claim that Roger in fact did beat Federer in Rome.

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Many Fedtards would disagree with you on this - they claim that Roger in fact did beat Federer in Rome.
Sources ?

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Many Fedtards would disagree with you on this - they claim that Roger in fact did beat Federer in Rome.
wow Roger and Federer are not the same person!...Further evidence that some nadal fans think only of Federer
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You canNOT be serious.
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But I can clearly recall some rafatards gloating that Rafa schooled Roger that day and was never under pressure...
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I am serious honey

But I can clearly recall some rafatards gloating that Rafa schooled Roger that day and was never under pressure...
Because he(Rafa) schooled Roger that day it was hard lesson for Federer Subject : mental toughness

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