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View Poll Results: Who Can Challenge The Mighty One?
JMDP 23 30.26%
Steve Darcis 0 0%
Gilles Simon 22 28.95%
JWT 3 3.95%
Marin Cilic 5 6.58%
Ernest Gulbis 9 11.84%
Schwanky 2 2.63%
Nishkori 3 3.95%
Chardy 1 1.32%
Super Bol 8 10.53%
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post #1 of 80 (permalink) Old 12-02-2008, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
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We Need Someone To Challenge Rafa Nadal On The Clay-The Chances Of The New Genaration

Someone has to do something about Nadal's dominance on clay, i wish another special clay player would be born so we could see Nadal under severe pressure on the clay, it would be aswesome to watch nadal getting spanked on clay but will it ever really happen in our lifetime?

It is highly unlikely a new star will be born next year so we must look to the current new genaration crop.

Forget about Federer, Davydenko, Murray, Djokovic, Berdych, bandy ect ect ect...they wont bt him, we need someone new to suprise him, or someone to simply STEP UP.

Someone has to BRING IT to Rafa Next year

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Here are the contenders.

Del Potro, Juan Martin (ARG)



Gulbis, Ernests (LAT)



Schwank, Eduardo (ARG)



Nishikori, Kei (JPN)



Chardy, Jeremy (FRA)



Darcis, Steve (BEL)



Bolelli, Simone (ITA)



Cilic, Marin (CRO)



Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried (FRA)



Simon, Gilles (FRA)


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Can't really see any of those guys beating him to be honest

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if we're talking about 2009, the only one who might have a slim chance is JMDP if he can make another leap

in the long view I don't know, maybe Chardy, the others don't seem to have that much potential on clay to me

it's far more likely, however, that neither reaches Nadal's current clay court level, but that some might have chances as he probably will not play on this level for 10 more years
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IMO, the names in this poll has less chance beating Nadal than Federer and Djokovic.
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IMO, the names in this poll has less chance beating Nadal than Federer and Djokovic.
Seconded. So Fed and Djoko don't have any chance (dixit OP), and the players mentioned in the poll... would?

With Raf being in good form I don't see ANY current player beating him on clay, btw.

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the answer you are searching for is none of the listed players
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Davydenko is the one, trust me if he is playing his best he can take rafa on clay.
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Federer, Djoko, Davydenko playing his best as Alexio said...for the options you put, I need to see a little of the 2009 clay season first.
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Federer, Djoko, Davydenko playing his best as Alexio said...for the options you put, I need to see a little of the 2009 clay season first.
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Seconded. So Fed and Djoko don't have any chance (dixit OP), and the players mentioned in the poll... would?

With Raf being in good form I don't see ANY current player beating him on clay, btw.
I wanted to focus on the new generation, which one of these players could maybe up there game on the clay and challenge rafa.

I know what roger, novak, muzza and the rest are capable of.
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I still say that, bar a big injury where he falls out before the semi-/finals, Djokovic will be the first to beat him at RG. That said, Simone might have a chance, if he improves his clay game.
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I don't think any of these players defeat Nadal on clay, but if I were to choose who would give him more trouble I would pick Del Potro. For me, the players that can beat Rafa on clay are Djokovic, Federer and Davydenko.
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