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Who could beat Nadal at the French if...

They were spotted a point 15-0 or 0-15 in every game? I still think very, very few people could do it.
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Re: Who could beat Nadal at the French if...

Is it the off season yet? To answer the question, this would help more than the 2-0 sets in my opinion, Rafa usually lets an awful lot of games get to deuce

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Hmmmm maybe Soderling...

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Re: Who could beat Nadal at the French if...

It depends on how Nadal plays. If he plays well then no one.
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Sara Errani

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It depends on how Nadal plays. If he plays well then no one.
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It depends on how Nadal plays. If he plays well then no one.
You forgot to add he has to be fully healthy and fit. If he's fit, even Berdych can beat him.

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Re: Who could beat Nadal at the French if...

Nole, and a few others

getting gifted 1 point to start a game would be a lot more helpful that people think.

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Nole, and a few others

getting gifted 1 point to start a game would be a lot more helpful that people think.
this. Stupid thread, but if it actually happened a lot of guys could beat him
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Re: Who could beat Nadal at the French if...

Every other top50 player. Have you noticed how few points that differ in many pro matches. Even in "routine" wins. Imagine every 30-40, 15-40, 0-40 being the actual break instead. And in reverse a safe hold for the same player. Players get to that situation all the time vs Nadal.

Soderling could do it without. Isner could take 2 sets without. With an advantage like that even his fellow spaniards like Almagro could straight set him. Player like Andujar would take 1-2 sets from Nadal, maybe even win
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what a bizarre topic, lets make one for Djokovic too.
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Donald Young.
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Re: Who could beat Nadal at the French if...

A lot of players. 1 point in every game makes a huge difference.
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Agreed. Most tight matches are decided by just a few points. Granted, few people play Nadal tight on this court. But 1 free point per game would be very difficult to overcome even for Clay Warrior.
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Even in blowouts, players rarely win more than 60% of total points. Nadal won 65% of points vs Monaco for instance, his maximum at this year's RG. Had Monaco been gifted a free points every game, he could even beaten Nadal.

The margins are much finer than people think in matches between top 50 players, Nadal would basically have 0 chance of reaching semis if his opponent had a free point every game, let alone win the title.
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