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Re: Nole only 1090 points behind Rafa

Good position to be in with not a great deal to defend.

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Re: Nole only 1090 points behind Rafa

Rafa hasn't got too much to defend either, is it? Some MM tourneys and stuff...

Anyway, it's obvious Nole took a great leap towards the #2 position.

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Re: Nole only 1090 points behind Rafa

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Rafa hasn't got too much to defend either, is it? Some MM tourneys and stuff...

I think he only has the QF at Madrid to defend, plus the MC. Nole has about 300 points to defend. But basically neither of them have anything significant.
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Re: Nole only 1090 points behind Rafa

In GS Nadal has AO QF while Fakervic has just 2nd round or something like that. It will be nice to see how it goes after the AO.

Fakervic also didn't play in Shanghai last year.
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Re: Nole only 1090 points behind Rafa

Rafa's problem is that, in 2007, you'd expect Djokovic to be the one gaining more points than Rafa on the remaining hardcourt and indoor swing.

That gap could look awful narrow by the time the Australian Open rolls around.
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In GS Nadal has AO QF while Fakervic has just 2nd round or something like that. It will be nice to see how it goes after the AO.

Fakervic also didn't play in Shanghai last year.
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R16 - losing to Federer at the Australian this year.
I forgot Fed beat him in Australia this year. So only Fed and Rafa have beaten him in Slams this year. Not bad.
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I think he only has the QF at Madrid to defend, plus the MC. Nole has about 300 points to defend. But basically neither of them have anything significant.
Yep, neither have a lot to defend - but I'd say the outlooks for Nole even improving further look a lot better than for Rafa, with the indoor HC season coming up now.

Pfew. Who could've thought it during the first half of this year - the gap between Nole and Rafa seems to be closing a lot quicker than the gap between Fed and Rafa...
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R16 - losing to Federer at the Australian this year.
He did get that far? Well, I don't expect Nadal gettin' to the QF again anyway.
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Rafa hasn't got too much to defend either, is it? Some MM tourneys and stuff...

Anyway, it's obvious Nole took a great leap towards the #2 position.
You'd expect Nole to outperform Rafa though on the faster courts. And 0 to defend at TMC.

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You'd expect Nole to outperform Rafa though on the faster courts. And 0 to defend at TMC.
Indeed... and that makes me as being a Rafafan rather worried.

Oh dear. Hope Rafa's team will chose a different schedule for him next year - his bold attempt to pile up as many points as possible during the first half of this year (Stuttgart? Hamburg?) might well cost him the #2 position around AO 2008...

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Re: Nole only 1090 points behind Rafa

all of a sudden Rafa's excessive match plays seem necessary. His bid for #1 helps him maintain #2.
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Indeed... and that makes me as being a Rafafan rather worried.

Oh dear. Hope Rafa's team will chose a different schedule for him next year - his bold attempt to pile up as many points as possible during the first half of this year (Stuttgart? Hamburg?) might well cost him the #2 position around AO 2008...
without stuttgart and hamburg he would be less than 500 points ahead of Djokovic
He then, definately wouldnt not end year no.2.

It's as dangerous as it is now at 1000.
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all of a sudden Rafa's excessive match plays seem necessary. His bid for #1 helps him maintain #2.
Yes, exactly.
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