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Rafael Nadal would blast him off the court in straights. 32 55.17%
Rafa would win, but Stich would take a set. 3 5.17%
Stich would blast Nadal off the court in straights or 4. 10 17.24%
The match would go 5 sets with 50/50 either player winning it 3 5.17%
Are you out of your mind? NOBODY beats 2010 Rafael on clay. 10 17.24%
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Who would win a French Open final between 1996 Michael Stich and 2010 Rafael Nadal?

I have always wondered how well Michael Stich would match up against Nadal on modern clay, say on an overcast heavy day.

Michael was 6'4, and a good baseliner. One of the kinds of players Nadals has nightmares about i.e Del Potro, Solderling etc.

Some key points for consideration in hyperthetical matchup;

The clay in 2009 and 2010 is much faster than the clay in 1996.

Michael Bitch only just got beaten in straights in 1996, losing in 2 tiebreak sets.

2010 Nadal was not playing his best clay court Tennis. On the history sheet it was his best clay season, but he did look very beatable against Almugro.

Michael Stich was an all surface player, like Soderling. Could do well on grass winning Wimbledon.

The 1996 French Open was seen as mickey mouse by many, not having a CC specialist in the last 4.

The crowd would be firmly behind Stich..the French crowd has been hostile toward Nadal.

Stich was much fitter than your Soderlings or your Del Potros. He could keep up a level of play against Nadal for as long as the match went on.

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Re: Who would win a French Open final between 1996 Michael Stich and 2010 Rafael Nada

Technology rackets and strings in 90's were differents,

in 2010 Nadal ( with his big babolat racket and sophisticated strings ) can control the ball and give it multiples effects, if Nadal uses old technology rackets/strings I'm sure he would not be so dominant on clay court,

so if these 2 players use old technology rackets Rafa would have to change his game style ( less top spin/defensive game ), otherwise Stich will have great chance to beat him
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Surely this thread is a joke, right?
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What happened to the option 2003 should be banned from making threads. It's the only reason I opened this one and I can't vote I thought you started a trend and it will be an option in all of your numerous fascinating threads. It won the last time.
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Stich of course.


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Why is 2003 still allowed to make these ridiculous threads?

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Technology rackets and strings in 90's were differents,

in 2010 Nadal ( with his big babolat racket and sophisticated strings ) can control the ball and give it multiples effects, if Nadal uses old technology rackets/strings I'm sure he would not be so dominant on clay court,

so if these 2 players use old technology rackets Rafa would have to change his game style ( less top spin/defensive game ), otherwise Stich will have great chance to beat him
Well say Michael Bitch uses the new technology rackets given that it is being played on fast clay. But i's the same for Bitch, think what he can do and create with the new strings too.

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Stich had a one-handed backhand. End of thread.

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Re: Who would win a French Open final between 1996 Michael Stich and 2010 Rafael Nada

Nadal is volunarable in clay..don't fool yourselves kids, just because Soderling was too tired to execute, he showed in that second set how to dismantle Nafael Capsical, and he would have done just that if he wasn't tired from the 5 set semi.

Someone like Michael Bitch would dismantle him!

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12 year old nadal would destroy stich on clay.

2008 RG nadal was more dominant than 2010 RG nadal.

2008 RG nadal is the most dominant he has ever been, even more than monte carlo 2010.

in the 2008 RG semis vs djokovic, the first 2 sets rafa was just in god mode.


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