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Nadal's chance at immortality

If he wins 3 slams in 2009/2010 he would have won 11 out his first 27 equaling Borg's career mark. If he wins 7 out of the 8, then 12/27 would make him GOAT.
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Re: Nadal's once chance at immortality

... Mugboar will fall flat on his face. And winning slams was more difficult during Borg's time and nothing Mugdull does will ever compare to what Borg has done.
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Five consecutive Coupes des Mousquetaires (FO titles) would also make him immortal.

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I have often wondered why Nadal is never talked of as a potential GOAT.

He could do it over the next 5-6 years or so, but 7/8 next slams. Not a chance.

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He will prove this year his immortality, I think he could possibly win 2-3 GS titles this same year. He can sum to his credit 7-8 GS at the end of 2009; And He's ONLY 22!
Let's wait and see.
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Mansave - if he wins 3 GS this year he'll do it after turning 23.
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He's already the GMOAT.
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Mansave - if he wins 3 GS this year he'll do it after turning 23.
I meant he's right now 22, on june he will be 23.
BTW I'd like to have a comparative between both Rafa and Federer at this same stage, who had more GS titles? I'm so curious about that.
At the age 22 and half how many Slams Federer had?
Thanks in advance.
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I meant he's right now 22, on june he will be 23.
BTW I'd like to have a comparative between both Rafa and Federer at this same stage, who had more GS titles? I'm so curious about that.
At the age 22 and half how many Slams Federer had?
Thanks in advance.

it's easy : just two.

Yes Nadal is tremendous.

But Wilander also had more than Federer at the same age.

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I don't think Nadal will be able to continue playing his current style of tennis for long enough to get enough slams to be compared with Sampras and Federer in the minds of most people. I think at some point he will need to adjust his game to one that is less demanding on his body. Sampras was able to do that. As he got older he moved from an all court player to a pure serve and volleyer, and that added several more years and slams to his career. I'm not saying that Nadal needs to become a serve and volleyer, but I'd like to see him start trying to end points sooner.

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I don't think Nadal will be able to continue playing his current style of tennis for long enough to get enough slams to be compared with Sampras and Federer in the minds of most people. I think at some point he will need to adjust his game to one that is less demanding on his body. Sampras was able to do that. As he got older he moved from an all court player to a pure serve and volleyer, and that added several more years and slams to his career. I'm not saying that Nadal needs to become a serve and volleyer, but I'd like to see him start trying to end points sooner.
Spot on.

He hasn't really got a big enough serve to have a huge career, when he starts losing a yard in his step he's in trouble. He's hitting more forehand winners than ever at the moment, but it won't be enough when he slows down and can't rely on a big serve to get him cheap points. I certainly don't see him at the top of the game when he reaches 30 or so if his knees have held out until then.
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I meant he's right now 22, on june he will be 23.
BTW I'd like to have a comparative between both Rafa and Federer at this same stage, who had more GS titles? I'm so curious about that.
At the age 22 and half how many Slams Federer had?
Thanks in advance.
Actually Federer had 2 (just won the Aus open 2004)

Borg had 6 (Nadal 5, maybe 6 on sunday), Sampras, McEnroe, Becker and Wilander 4, Connors, Courier and Edberg 3, Hewitt 2, Agassi 1 ... Lendl 0

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I have often wondered why Nadal is never talked of as a potential GOAT.
Because he has only won one Grand Slam title outside of Paris... that's why.

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I don't think Nadal will be able to continue playing his current style of tennis for long enough to get enough slams to be compared with Sampras and Federer in the minds of most people. I think at some point he will need to adjust his game to one that is less demanding on his body. Sampras was able to do that. As he got older he moved from an all court player to a pure serve and volleyer, and that added several more years and slams to his career. I'm not saying that Nadal needs to become a serve and volleyer, but I'd like to see him start trying to end points sooner.
in other words you can also say that Sampras was a king of aces when he won his final slams

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All i can say is if Roger wins the AO its over for Rafa being a goat. It will then be 14-5, with Roger out of the slump and wil win at least 16 slams in total. This will be impossible for Mugdull to even come close to. Besides Rafa will inevitably burn out.
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