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Who is the favorite if Fed and Djok meet in Roland Garros?

Djok's baseline game looks more solid than Fed's, but Djok has been humiliated by Nadal every time they met on clay, while Fed is the only guy who's been a challenge to Nadal in RG for three years.

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Re: Who is the favorite if Fed and Djok meet in Roland Garros?

I'll go with Federer. He moves better and he's in better condition. I would definitely root for Djokovic, though, and I would expect to see no less than 10 drop shots per set.
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Novak for sure
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Re: Who is the favorite if Fed and Djok meet in Roland Garros?

Wait till the clay court season starts.

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We'll know in Estoril, I guess !!!



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Re: Who is the favorite if Fed and Djok meet in Roland Garros?

I think Djokovic has already surpassed Federer on clay. But we'll see. He will really need to build up his endurance and perhaps modify his game a bit for it to work against Nadal. I wonder if mirroring Nadal's game is the solution on clay?
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Federer obvisouly. Federer is not at his best atm, he needs a coach big time. Djoko is on a run atm who says hel be like this forever

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I think Djokovic has already surpassed Federer on clay. But we'll see. He will really need to build up his endurance and perhaps modify his game a bit for it to work against Nadal. I wonder if mirroring Nadal's game is the solution on clay?
What makes you think this?

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What makes you think this?
I just feel like his (Djokovic's) movement is very well adapted/adaptable to clay. Federer first won Wimbledon and then also the hardcourt slams, and it just feels like his success in the FO is more a result of hard work and talent in other respects than an innate feel for the surface.

I feel like Djokovic innately moves well on clay. Grass, however, seems to be an issue. He did quite well in Wimbledon but when he tried to continue the movement he had been doing on clay, he was slipping a lot.
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Re: Who is the favorite if Fed and Djok meet in Roland Garros?

[QUOTE=Aloimeh;6503628]I just feel like his (Djokovic's) movement is very well adapted/adaptable to clay. Federer first won Wimbledon and then also the hardcourt slams, and it just feels like his success in the FO is more a result of hard work and talent in other respects than an innate feel for the surface.

How many sets has roger lost on the way to the final since 2004?

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I just feel like his (Djokovic's) movement is very well adapted/adaptable to clay. Federer first won Wimbledon and then also the hardcourt slams, and it just feels like his success in the FO is more a result of hard work and talent in other respects than an innate feel for the surface.

How many sets has roger lost on the way to the final since 2004?
I don't know and I don't care. I just gave an opinion, which may be ill informed, but I'm not going to waste time thinking about sets lost and such. Roger simply hasn't produced the same level of success at RG as at the other slams. This is something undeniable. He's reached many semifinals/finals in the other three slams and won many of them, whereas he's only gotten to two RG finals and lost both (and it wasn't even close).

Now, I'm not going to compare Novak to Roger at the moment, as the difference between their accomplishments thus far is vast, but I would just point out that Novak has reached semis already at all 4 tournaments, 2 finals, and won one of the finals. He will always remain best at hardcourt - I am sure of that - but the fact that he already reached at age 20 both the FO and Wimbledon semis (and fell to Nadal in FO and was worn out/injured at Wimbledon when he retired) suggests that he is perhaps more innately versatile across the surfaces than Roger.
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Let the dead king recover from that illness and he'll spank the arrogant brat again
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Re: Who is the favorite if Fed and Djok meet in Roland Garros?

It's hard to say. Both are great players on clay as well as great movers on the surface. Roger is very at home sliding but Novak is also equally adept and the clay only enhances his retrieval capability because of his tendency to slide. I think I have to give the slight edge to Novak at the moment simply because he is playing the more solid and consistent tennis which is rewarded on clay.

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