Peak Rafa vs Peak Byrditch on hardcourt
Partly making this thread because Birdy gets hardly any love for his GS semi and final back to back this year, but also because I think when Birdy is on he is really on.
We have never really seen peak Birdytch the full length of a hardcourt tournament like we have Rafa, but what Birdytch is capable of on HC is scary - much more than on grass and clay where he has only really come into his own in 2010.
Some will say Rafa always in best of 5 because birdy has a tendancy to choke, but I think peak Birdytch takes the first 2 sets, and I dont see Rafa coming back from there.
2009 AO 4th round Birdytch would be tough for Nadal. What does everyone else think? I know Rafa has 2 HC slams to Birdytchs 0 HC slam finals, but on paper I think peak birdytch takes Nadal out on hardcourt, but not in a slam final. I think it has to be early in the tournament.
"I did not play my best tennis, no? And..that is what enable him to win..to win this match no? "
- Rafael Nadal, ever so "humble", - press conference after shock 4 set loss to Robeen Soderling @ 2009 French Open 4th round.
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