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Chile, Brazil, and Mexico 37 59.68%
Chile and Brazil 2 3.23%
Chile and Mexico 3 4.84%
Brazil and Mexico 2 3.23%
Chile 1 1.61%
Brazil 1 1.61%
Mexico 4 6.45%
None of the 3 12 19.35%
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Which South American events will Rafa win?

Will Rafa sweep all 3 events he's entered to play in?
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Re: Which South American events will Rafa win?

Probably a sweep.

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Re: Which South American events will Rafa win?

I'd be shocked if he dropped a set. Vamos

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Should win at least 2, likely 3. Look at his recent losses on clay:

2012: 1 - Verdasco - blue clay; doesn't really count/have bearing on usual clay results. Won 4 titles.
2011: 2- Novak in peak 2.0 mode. Won 3 titles.
2010: 0 - Won 4 titles.
2009: 2 - Soderling; Federer. Won 3 titles.

The top seeds in Chile: Nadal, Monaco, Chardy, Andujar.
Top seeds in Brazil: Nadal, Almagro, Monaco.
Top seeds in Mexico: Ferrer, Nadal, Almagro.

Ferrer and Almagro only real threats - would be final if in Brazil and SF/F in Mexico. He'll have been practising on clay for a month before Chile. Is practicing in Barcelona with Pere Riba etc. i.e, ATP level players back from AO rather than just juniors in Mallorca and will also play doubles as well as singles. Clearly he'll want to win too rather than just tanking like he's sometimes happy to do at Queens etc.

All in all, think it'd be surprising if he wins nothing at all. Not that shocking if wins all 3.
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Nadal starts playing with his right hand just so someone can actually get into a TB with him. Remember, he only plays when he's 100% nowadays and no one beats a healthy Nadal. Ask his fans - they know their stuff.


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Should win at least 2, likely 3. Look at his recent losses on clay:

2012: 1 - Verdasco - blue clay; doesn't really count/have bearing on usual clay results. Won 4 titles.
2011: 2- Novak in peak 2.0 mode. Won 3 titles.
2010: 0 - Won 4 titles.
2009: 2 - Soderling; Federer. Won 3 titles.

The top seeds in Chile: Nadal, Monaco, Chardy, Andujar.
Top seeds in Brazil: Nadal, Almagro, Monaco.
Top seeds in Mexico: Ferrer, Nadal, Almagro.

Ferrer and Almagro only real threats - would be final if in Brazil and SF/F in Mexico. He'll have been practising on clay for a month before Chile. Is practicing in Barcelona with Pere Riba etc. i.e, ATP level players back from AO rather than just juniors in Mallorca and will also play doubles as well as singles. Clearly he'll want to win too rather than just tanking like he's sometimes happy to do at Queens etc.

All in all, think it'd be surprising if he wins nothing at all. Not that shocking if wins all 3.
Add to the 09 losses that before the Federer match, he had the longest three set match ever lasting over 4 hours. And with Soderling he was injured.

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Re: Which South American events will Rafa win?

He could be in a wheelchair and still win those events. He'll be back above Ferrer by the clay season most probably.

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The South American slam.
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Re: Which South American events will Rafa win?

Which ones Rafa won't win?

Wherever he faces Thomaz Bellucci
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He'll sweep the, for sure..
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Which ones Rafa won't win?

Wherever he faces Thomaz Bellucci
Bellucci will crash out in R1, so that won't be a problem

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I think only Brazil.
He's probably rusty at Viña del Mar, but in form in São Paulo. Ferrer is too good for him in Acapulco.
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Re: Which South American events will Rafa win?

The only one he won't win IMO is of course Argentina because he won't be there; Ferrer wins that one.

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