I have to disagree with you on that. Nadal has crushed Novak's spirit now. Novak played out of his mind and still couldn't put the ball in play on a match point. That shows you he doesn't believe he can beat Rafa on clay. Roger has defeated Rafa on clay. At least he has that going. Novak can beat Roger. I give you that. But he has lost to Rafa on clay way too many times. I like someone to challenge Rafa but let's not forget Rafa has not lost in Paris forever. There is no threat to Rafa. Title is Rafa's to lose. But between Roger and Novak, I give the edge to Roger. Roger's ace is more potent and he actually has more variety and that new found drop shot. I think if Novak and Roger play as a team (2 on one), we may see a five setter.
Depends which way you look at it. Obviously Djokovic will be very disheartened to have lost that match, and yes, it could have broken his spirit...equally, it is a good confidence booster, that he came so close. If he can get that close again, luck could work in his favour. Besides, I thought he had Nadal on the ropes in a couple of those match points? Should have finished him off on one of them (ball was long by a few inches?), and Nadal came up with a stunner on another? Couldn't have done much more if you ask me.
I think we'll have to agree to disagree.
For me, Roger has had his chance to beat a fit Rafa in clay court matches...indeed, as far as I'm concerned, he has yet to beat a fit Rafa on clay, and never will. Would love to be wrong, but I just don't see it.
Djokovic COULD beat a fit Rafa over a 3-set match on clay imo...but probably not in the slowest conditions.
But, yeah, Rafa is still currently unbeatable over a 5-set clay match...doesn't matter who he faces.
Originally Posted by l_mac
He said there was no pain on Sunday.
I'll be interested to see if he wears the knee straps in Paris.
Thanks for the clarification.
If I was reading correctly, and he had been taking cortisone shots for his knee earlier in the week (?), he will suffer the repercussions before too long (talking a few years probably).