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The Most Important Victory of Nadal's Career

After reflecting upon Nadal's career, I'm convinced that the Roland Garros final on Sun/Mon against Djokovic was the most important victory of his career. First, here are the top 3 victories of his career:

1) Roland Garros 2012 (Djokovic)
2) Roland Garros 2010 (Soderling)
3) Wimbledon 2008 (Federer)

When we speak of most important victories, we have to factor what can be gained/lost over a win/loss. If Nadal had lost RG 2012 to Novak, it would have been devastating to his career. He'd forever be known as the Non-Calendar Reverse Slam Winner (losing all four finals to the guy who achieved a Non-Calendar Slam). His reputation, pride, and fan base would have been severely affected. Over the top Novak fans would have mocked Nadal the rest of his career and beyond.

But, he won, and eclipsed Borg, and is officially the Clay GOAT, and is 6-3 against Novak in Slams (19-14 head to head). No one really cares much about the the last three Slam finals he lost, as no one expects Nadal to dominate fast/hard courts anyway.

What do you think are the most important matches of Rafa's career?
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Rome 2005 finals. And 06.

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affirmative. i have to agree with that.

this was a record that he needed to break this year. would have done it already if he had not fucked up his knees in 2009.

this may work out for him in other ways as well. this could change the dynamic at the top of the sport. he may play more relaxed and more freely than he ever has.

he may have given himself the mental edge and the confidence he needs in slam finals.

this win has clearly brought his competitive fire to the forefront again.

a warrior within has reawakened. now we will see how far he can run with this.

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Certainly RG 2010 is one of them. This was the only other time, apart from yesterday, that I've seen him so emotional after a GS victory. It obviously removed a lot of doubts he must have had since mid 2009 and allowed him to win the next two slams.

What impact RG 2012 will have is yet to be seen but it clearly meant a great deal to him and had massive meaning in terms of the record books. An ultra confident Nadal could return, Djokovic may lose some confidence or maybe nothing will change.

Wimbledon 2008 was so impressive as he had come so close the year before and it allowed him to take the #1 soon after and then go on to beat Fed in five sets in Melbourne.

His first RG victory over Puerta is obviously very important, his repeat over Fed the next year as well.
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His first Slam off clay, Wimbledon 2008 final.

Followed by the US Open 2010 final.
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His first Slam off clay, Wimbledon 2008 final.

Followed by the US Open 2010 final.
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(1) FO 2012
(2) W 2008
(3) US 2010
(4) AO 2009
(5) FO 2010
(6) FO 2005
(7) W 2010
(8) FO 2011
(9) FO 2006
(10)FO 2007
(11)FO 2008


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Certainly RG 2010 is one of them. This was the only other time, apart from yesterday, that I've seen him so emotional after a GS victory. It obviously removed a lot of doubts he must have had since mid 2009 and allowed him to win the next two slams.

What impact RG 2012 will have is yet to be seen but it clearly meant a great deal to him and had massive meaning in terms of the record books. An ultra confident Nadal could return, Djokovic may lose some confidence or maybe nothing will change.

Wimbledon 2008 was so impressive as he had come so close the year before and it allowed him to take the #1 soon after and then go on to beat Fed in five sets in Melbourne.

His first RG victory over Puerta is obviously very important, his repeat over Fed the next year as well.
2010 rg was huge too general. no doubt about it.



this one is the biggest of them all. this record has no chance of being approached, let alone being ever equalled.

also all the weight of losing those 3 slams to nole is off. his career is revived in a way now. he may really start working on his game with little more focus.

the sport has become too demanding and becomes more so with each passing year. 7 or 8 or even 9 french opens is a record that will stand forever.

in fact with #7 in the back pocket, the next 2 RG titles may have just become a little easier for him.

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Re: The Most Important Victory of Nadal's Career

Nadal's most important victories:

2008 Wimbledon final
2009 Australian Open final
2010 US Open final

Simply because they are slam wins off of clay.
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valid arguments there hipolymer. those 3 were crucial in overall scheme of things.

we knew he was going to snatch wimbledon sooner or later but those 2 hard court titles were little more suspect.

especially the u.s. open.

so they had to be done.

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Nadal v. knee tendonitis 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, ...

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Re: The Most Important Victory of Nadal's Career

oh Wimbledon 08 for sure or possibly Wimbledon 07', because at one of the two Nadal knew and believed he could win big off of clay.

most significant. without those finals he would probably never have become what he is today. I suppose the Soderling 10' victory was key too but considering that match was never really in doubt I would not credit it so much, Nadal knew he could beat Robin when healthy

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Re: The Most Important Victory of Nadal's Career

Wimbledon 2008 - finally dethroning "GOAT"

RG 2012 - denying Novak a HUGE historic achievement and destroying Borg's RG record

USO 2010 - Career grand slam

RG 2011 - played like shit, BS'd his way to a title. Must have been satisfying.
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