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Question Nadal's chances of the Calendar Year Grand Slam 2009?

He started off this year taking his first HC slam. His chances are strong in both the French and Wimbly. Will he be able to also take the US Open and complete the calendar year grand slam? If not the US open, will he be able to sweep three of the four grand slams this year? What do you guys honestly think are his chances?
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Re: Nadal's chances of the Calendar Year Grand Slam 2009?

Firstly, I always believed he would win this AO final. Despite the semis and 'unfair' scheduling. His game, this surface, vs Federer = victory for Rafa 99% of the time.

Roland Garros has been his, but he has a new challenger in Verdasco. He could still get Roland Garros, chances are still 99%, barring injury.

Wimbledon will be a tougher hurdle. It's not just Fed, but Murray he has to 'mow down.' He'd have to really push himself, and maybe hope Fed and Murray beat each other up on the opposite side of the draw. Chances 80-90% depending on draw.

Without the Beijing Olympics in the way this year, he can prep more for the US Open. But this is a BIG ask. I'd give him 60% or less on US Open.
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Re: Nadal's chances of the Calendar Year Grand Slam 2009?

Voted for only two slams this year...

I have a feeling something will go wrong at Wimby and he is always exhausted when hardcourt season and september comes around. USopen is the toughest of all slams to win for Rafa.

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Re: Nadal's chances of the Calendar Year Grand Slam 2009?

Not gonna happen

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Re: Nadal's chances of the Calendar Year Grand Slam 2009?

The US Open will be very difficult. It is Federer, Murray and Djokovic's best slam. Plus someone like Tsonga or Del Potro is more dangerous on the fast court to Nadal.

So no to the US this year.

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Re: Nadal's chances of the Calendar Year Grand Slam 2009?

I predict that this question (and thread) will be alive and kicking well into the second week of the US open 2009. But at that time in the future the question will be: what are the chances of Nadal of winning the next 3/2/1 matches?
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Re: Nadal's chances of the Calendar Year Grand Slam 2009?

RG - yes
Wimby - ???
Us open - no

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Re: Nadal's chances of the Calendar Year Grand Slam 2009?

He can win 3 this year most probably in my opinion

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Re: Nadal's chances of the Calendar Year Grand Slam 2009?

Nadal`s problem is that he always gets tired when it comes to the Us Open.If he wants to concentrate more on slams then he shouldn`t play that many clay court events and not try to win every MM title.
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Re: Nadal's chances of the Calendar Year Grand Slam 2009?

I think Rafa will win 2 slams total this year. I don't see him losing to anyone at French (God please let Federer lose early as I don't want to see bagels served). But Wimbledon, he could play a guy like Karlovic or Roddick and they can get hot with their serve, who knows. I think Verdasco could be dangerous on Grass too. So we shall see.

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Re: Nadal's chances of the Calendar Year Grand Slam 2009?

My bet: Australian and French (and I already predicted him to win the Aussie before the match). Wimby will be tough (I'd say 50-60% -- he needs a good draw) and US Open will be tougher (too much competition there).

My bets for the rest of the year:
French: Rafa
Wimby: Roger (if Rafa makes the final again, it's a tossup)
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Re: Nadal's chances of the Calendar Year Grand Slam 2009?

chances are good
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Re: Nadal's chances for the Calendar Year Grand Slam 2009?

Ask me after Wimbledon.

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Re: Nadal's chances for the Calendar Year Grand Slam 2009?

Well, he won 2 Slams atm.(AO+RG) He has a big chance to defend the title on green clay of London.
But if he wins the US Open this sport should be canceled immediately.
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Re: Nadal's chances for the Calendar Year Grand Slam 2009?

Wimbledon will be the easiest slam for Nadal, he won't drop a set at Wimbledon and I can see him winning many Wimbledon crowns in the coming years and challenge Sampras for all-time grasscourt greatness.

Roland Garros there is a good chance he will drop a couple of sets. Nadal is hitting the forehand with less spin and it helps his development on hardcourts but will reduce some of his dominance on clay as some of those crosscourt put-aways lack the margin for error now hence more unforced errors.

US Open Nadal be in better physical condition this time around and even last year he cruised through (in terms of not dropping sets) before he got to Murray. Nadal will cruise through again but this time Murray won't be able to stop him, and these recent wins over Murray are the key to that.
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