Re: Will Nadal skip Roland Garros?
I really thought this was a fair thread, this is how I see it.
70-30 Nadal will play.
Nadal has made a comeback to clay however seems set to skip IW and Miscami.
He has had decent results BUT has not faced any real competition yet.
Now if he wins 2/3 or more of the clay RG warm up events, he will be good to go.
BUT, given he has been playing lower level tourneys, he really will be rusty. And as beatable as hes ever been in BO3 on clay.
Say he loses early in 2/3 of the clay masters.
Then he looks at a hyperthetical RG draw that has Del Po in 4th round and Djokovic in the quarters.
How on earth could he be in any way confident going in?
His 2011 RG campaign was a trainwreck all the way through and he didn't miss much if any time going in.
2013 he could be very shaky going into RG.
This doesn't mean he will skip it. But it is on the cards if he genuinely feels he cannot win.
"I did not play my best tennis, no? And..that is what enable him to win..to win this match no? "
- Rafael Nadal, ever so "humble", - press conference after shock 4 set loss to Robeen Soderling @ 2009 French Open 4th round.
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