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Rog vs. Nole vs. Rafa - Who will be first to lose at R1 of a slam?

Not including Murray in this thread for obvious reasons.

Federer and Nadal came close vs. Lopez (Wimbledon) and Isner (Roland Garros).

Can't remember Nole 2.0 being taken to 5 sets.

Obviously R1 losses early in their careers before they became multiple grand slam champions don't count.

Who? When? And where?

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Re: Rog vs. Nole vs. Rafa - Who will be first to lose at R1 of a slam?

I think Nadal is the most vulnerable one amongst Top 3 to lose in first round, but I would not expect it to happen because of the small possibility of drawing a tricky opponent in R1 these days. Yet when it occured, Nadal was in big trouble and came back from 1-2 sets down against Isner.
Federer seems the most reasonable choice due to obvious reasons like aging.
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Re: Rog vs. Nole vs. Rafa - Who will be first to lose at R1 of a slam?

Nadal is still yet to lose in the first round of a Slam.

I choose Federer for the same reason given by EddieNero.
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Re: Rog vs. Nole vs. Rafa - Who will be first to lose at R1 of a slam?

So.. umm.. Federer at RG 2013?

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Re: Rog vs. Nole vs. Rafa - Who will be first to lose at R1 of a slam?

Nadal or Federer. Federer because of the age, and Nadal because he is less all-rounded. He is unplayable on clay but more vulnerable on fast courts, so...
And btw, be sure that when this day comes that one of them loses in R1, it's NOT happening in RG.


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Re: Rog vs. Nole vs. Rafa - Who will be first to lose at R1 of a slam?

I think if a top guy loses in R1,it`s a higher chance at Wimbledon then the rest of the slams.Two years ago both Federer and Djokovic had to come back and win in 5 sets on the opening day.
With no practice on the center court at Wimbledon prior to the first match,it`s easy for a top player to struggle to find his range and can easily find himself down a couple of sets.And regardless of how great these players are,beeing down 2 sets to love is no guarantee they will turn it around.
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Re: Rog vs. Nole vs. Rafa - Who will be first to lose at R1 of a slam?

Federer because of his age.

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Re: Rog vs. Nole vs. Rafa - Who will be first to lose at R1 of a slam?

you guys realise it's more likely Fed will retire before he loses in r1 of a slam right?
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you guys realise it's more likely Fed will retire before he loses in r1 of a slam right?
Possibly. But this is just a hypothetical question, it reality its unlikely we will see any of these three lose in R1 again before the retire..

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Re: Rog vs. Nole vs. Rafa - Who will be first to lose at R1 of a slam?

While the age question makes Fed the most vulnerable, faster conditions at any of the slams would mean Rafa and Nole in trouble.

Out of the three, Fed can handle all types of conditions at least well enough to clear R1.

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Re: Rog vs. Nole vs. Rafa - Who will be first to lose at R1 of a slam?

Roger due to age, but I hope he retires before that has a chance of happening.

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Re: Rog vs. Nole vs. Rafa - Who will be first to lose at R1 of a slam?

I can't imagine any of them lose at R1 anytime soon.
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won't happen unless they cut the field to 4 players

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