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Who is gonna beat Rafa?

A lot of Rafa lovers in this board but I am asking the less biased more neutral people here.

Rafa has a more difficult draw than last year and if he gets to the final that in itself would be an upset.

Who do you guys think he will lose to ? if you had to put money on it, who do you think Rafa loses to.

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Re: Who is gona beat Rafa?

A lot of people who like Rafa don't expect for him to win the tournament btw. Just because we don't think he is a chump like his haters do does not mean that we can't be objective.

His draw is full of landmines for him. Robin could be tough- but I think he will pull through. Then he could lose to Youzhny. Later he could lose to Hewitt, Berdych or Djokovic. I think that Berdych would be his toughest test.

Still- as a fan- I would be very happy for him to make the final from his side. If he doesn't - I will be happy with Misha, Nole or Hewitt.

Of course- I am talking about before he even reaches the final- if he makes it- tough task against his likely opponent Federer.

Still- I do think he did well yesterday. He has a good chance to lose to a number of players and imo a 95% chance to lose to Federer. But I can't get on the train that it is a given that he will not, for example, make the semis a'la marcRD. He could get some good wins here even if he does not win the whole thing (which I really, really do not think will happen.)

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Re: Who is gona beat Rafa?

no one

he has the title in the bag, the matches will take place only because the tickets have been sold

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Re: Who is gona beat Rafa?

Söderling, then Youzhny, the Berdych, then Hewitt and last of all Federer. They will all beat him.
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Re: Who is gona beat Rafa?

well thats tough he cant lose to all of them.... he can only lose to one... so who do you think it will be?
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Re: Who is gona beat Rafa?

If anyone, I think it would be Federer - if Fed himself manages to get to that final, which might be a given for many, but not for me. Roddick could do well, you never know.

But as Clara already said, there's a chance also Youzny or Berdych could upset Rafa - in case the players manage to get that far in the first place!
I wouldn't put money on ANY of them, actually.

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Re: Who is gona beat Rafa?

Berdych most probably... He's very good on grass, on Fed stopped him last year. Then again, he is prone to some stupid off days, but against Rafa, he normally seems very fired up!

Soderling has a shout, but it's only a small one. Rafa is definatley the favourite there.

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Re: Who is gona beat Rafa?

Birdman is scary good on grass. He blazed through Halle without dropping a set, and has not lost to anyone not named Federer on grass in two years.

He's also serving like a cyborg. Birdman has more than a slim chance at the title, no doubt.
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Re: Who is gona beat Rafa?

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But as Clara already said, there's a chance also Youzny or Berdych could upset Rafa - in case the players manage to get that far in the first place!
I wouldn't put money on ANY of them, actually.
Berdych has a comfortable draw to the quarters, and almost certainly should get there. If he doesn't...

I'd say he's most likely to take Nadal out.
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Re: Who is gona beat Rafa?

I actually think that most of Nadal's fans don't expect him to win Wimbledon, not even to reach final this year. I think Berdych is a safe bet. Rafa can beat Robin and Misha (which doesn't mean he will), but if he and Berdych both reach QF, he won't go any further.

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Re: Who is gona beat Rafa?

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Re: Who is gona beat Rafa?

Despite this slow high-bouncing grass Nadal will have problems with Youzhny and Berdych. And even if he gets past them, The Man In The White Suit will take him down
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Berdych has a comfortable draw to the quarters, and almost certainly should get there. If he doesn't...

I'd say he's most likely to take Nadal out.
You are right about that, and he's in form, as he showed in Halle.
But still he has these occasional off-days when he doesn't seem to be able to hit a ball at all - if he happens to have one of those against Rafa, Rafa will take him out easily.
So it might well be 'the form of the day' that is deciding.

However, I think Rafa is playing very well, much better than last year, so I still think he'll be able to make it to the final. At least I hope so.

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Re: Who is gona beat Rafa?

If Soda plays his best than he will beat Nadal but he is unlikely to as his big stage performances are rarely good and Grosjean is not an easy match for him in the 2nd round anyway. Berdych will beat him for certain if he plays as he has been doing lately but that is far from a given. Hewitt then will have a good chance if it is he in the semis and the same goes for Djokovic. If Nadal wins that match then he would likely face Federer and again Federer would be favourite to win.

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