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Ok - this is not bandwagon jumping, but after seeing this epic final I have to hand it to Nadal. He's a superhuman dynamo, with quite possibly the best mental strength ever.

Roland Garros is a shoo-in and I fear that Federer, although capable of upsetting Nadal at Wimbledon, may be too mentally scarred to deny Rafa. He's clearly suffered a massive emotional body blow here - witness the trophy presentation.

The only problem is the US Open where Rafa will be tired and struggle with the faster surface.
It may be that Rafa eventually get's more than Fed and Pete... and surprise us all. He can only improve. Grand Slam 2009 anyone...?

I think Roger will get 15, but it'll be tough. Probably 2 more US Opens.
He may be the last of a dying breed - the traditional one-handed backhand finesse player...
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Re: Nadal could surpass Roger and become GOAT...

Epic? Learn tennis, speedy

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Re: Nadal could surpass Roger and become GOAT...

Of course he can and he will !!!

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Re: Nadal could surpass Roger and become GOAT...

Nadal destroyed the one handed backhand. Seriously I more and more doubt any boys or girls would take the risk of playing with a one handed backhand.
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Re: Nadal could surpass Roger and become GOAT...

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justin bieber is not the best in history.
funk was better than rap.
techno not better than classic rock.

numbers are not everything.

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Re: Nadal could surpass Roger and become GOAT...

If he wins all four GS this year he is in the goat discussion. Otherwise he has to reach 14 GS
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Re: Nadal could surpass Roger and become GOAT...

Yes, I need to wait until 2009 US Open to see if I can
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Re: Nadal could surpass Roger and become GOAT...

Of course it's bandwagoning.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
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Re: Nadal could surpass Roger and become GOAT...

He will cos we know french open is virtually a guarantee every year as long he plays to above 20% of his ability. (Thats 6 "guarantees" from now until he is 28)

However he needs to be at his best to win the other 3 majors which he will be probably the favourite for all of them.
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Guess I need to look up bandwagoning, and "epic".

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Seems kind of inevitable at this point, given his age and dominance on all surfaces.
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Re: Nadal could surpass Roger and become GOAT...

even if nadal wins more slams than any other player in history, he will never be the GOAT
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even if nadal wins more slams than any other player in history, he will never be the GOAT
Exactly why is that?

If he wins 10 French opens, 5 wimbledons, 3 oz opens and 1 us open (my prediction), then he will be the best player of all time by a mile.
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Re: Nadal could surpass Roger and become GOAT...

It's impossible for Roger the become the GOAT now. Rafa has beat him in 3 of the 4 slam finals where Fed so far only has the Wimbledon finals.

If Rafa beats Roger in a USO final (and avoids defeat in the FO) he will be the GOAT no matter how many slams they win.
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