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by Wimbledon 20 27.03%
by USO 25 33.78%
by the end of the year 7 9.46%
by next AO 2 2.70%
sometime next year or longer 6 8.11%
never, Nadal drifts downward 14 18.92%
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post #1 of 47 (permalink) Old 01-30-2013, 06:58 AM Thread Starter
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When will Nadal return to the top 4?

How long can Ferrer hold him at bay?
As Rafa has nearly all the clay points to defend the earliest possible seems WImbledon, where Nadal defends R2 and Ferrer defends a quarter, but that seems like a stretch unless Ferrer misses it or Rafa wins it.

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How long can Ferrer hold him at bay?
As Rafa has nearly all the clay points to defend the earliest possible seems WImbledon, where Nadal defends R2 and Ferrer defends a quarter, but that seems like a stretch unless Ferrer misses it or Rafa wins it.
Depends on the clay season, if Rafa defends it all and is fit to play the hard court season, and does relatively well (better than Ferrer), the should clinch it sometime after USO.

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Re: When will Nadal return to the top 4?

I voted By Wimbledon because I want it to come truth,but I'm actually not that optimistic anymore given his recent complaints about the knee and his too busy new schedule.

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Re: When will Nadal return to the top 4?

It`s tough to say,really.A lot deppends on how well he plays but also on his schedule.When he comes back,he might not play all his scheduled events.After such a big layoff,he doesn`t know how his body will feel after playing 1 or 2 competitive events,so cutting some events of his schedule is always possible.
Also,i doubt his goal is to get back into top 4 right now.For someone who hasn`t played in 6-7 months,it`s about getting into some rhythm and play as well as possible without thinking of rankings and other stuff.

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Re: When will Nadal return to the top 4?

Hard to imagine Ferrer saves all of the accumulated points from 2012 while Nadal underperforms so significantly.
Seems like a mtter of months at best.
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Re: When will Nadal return to the top 4?

Never I think. He will stop playing hardcourt and grass and play only clay tournaments .

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Outstanding play on that bp. Djokovic was ahead in that point at the start.

If Berdych can't keep a double break lead I'm done with tennis.
Djokovic took set 6-4 against Berdych.

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“Does Djokovic resemble myself?” Agassi said. “No, he is even better. He defends really well, while I struggled more in that element of the game. Novak looks totally relaxed when defending, completely calm and the quality of his return is incredible. He is also extremely flexible in his game, which is facilitated by his ability to anticipate his rival’s moves. That is why I think he is a much more versatile player than I was and he is also much more athletic.”
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Never I think. He will stop playing hardcourt and grass and play only clay tournaments .

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If you look here: "Race to Paris" you can see that Ferrer is about 3000 points ahead when considering only points gained from the start of RG 2012 until now, so it looks unlikely until after Wimbledon unless Ferrer hardly picks up any points in the next few months.
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I like Nadal, but I dont see how can his knees recover so he can play hardcourts again without pain/problems.

Unfortunately he has too much health issues to get back into best 4 players

To be in best 4 you must play all major tournaments - year around.

A Nadal with his health issues simply cannot do that now even Uncle Toni admitted that.

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Outstanding play on that bp. Djokovic was ahead in that point at the start.

If Berdych can't keep a double break lead I'm done with tennis.
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I voted By Wimbledon because I want it to come truth,but I'm actually not that optimistic anymore given his recent complaints about the knee and his too busy new schedule.
this. I am sad but his recovery process doesnt go good. I wish him all the best.

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Outstanding play on that bp. Djokovic was ahead in that point at the start.

If Berdych can't keep a double break lead I'm done with tennis.
Djokovic took set 6-4 against Berdych.

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After AO 2014.
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Re: When will Nadal return to the top 4?

If he doesn't defend his RG title, and it might be a tough task if he gets a sick draw (having to beat top 3 in QF, SF and F) he will stay at number 5 for a while...
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Probably after Acapulco. But Ferrer will probably take it back again after IW.

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If he doesn't defend his RG title, and it might be a tough task if he gets a sick draw (having to beat top 3 in QF, SF and F) he will stay at number 5 for a while...
If he doesn't defend RG, he's not likely to hang onto #5 either. It's not that far down to Berdych and Del Potro.
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