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Can Rafael Nadal win Wimbledon? Give reasons for your answer please

It's that time of year and in the long run it seems grass is and will continue to be Nadal's weakest surface and winning Wimbledon his greatest challenge.

He is very young- only 20. Time is on his side- the question is can he adapt his game well enough in the future and use the tools he currently has to be able to build a gameplan that works well enough for grass?

He has shown he can become more agressive in his play and flatten out the shots when he needs to. He is becoming very competent at the net, the serve has improved but will need to continue improving to increase his chances. But the main question is can he adapt his footwork and be able to move well enough. Will he be able to step in closer when receiving and take the return earlier?

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Re: Can Rafael Nadal win Wimbledon? Give reasons for your answer please

I think we have all learned over the last year that there are no reasonable grounds (no pun intended) to underestimate him. There were doubts he could play on hard, but boy did he show he could in Montreal and then in Doha.
There are so few tournaments on grass that he has not had too much opportunity to show his skills there, but I don't underestimate that he can "do well" --perhaps not win it, this year, ever, whatever, but do well nevertheless.
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I don't think he has the game for grass right now, or if he does he just doesn't have enough time to adapt his game to the grass court considering how close it is to RG and watever. I can't see him being a major challenger in the next few years but he is only 20 so i wouldn't rule him out in a few years time.
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Someday he could win it. I'm not saying this year but, why not? Yeah, Federer rules on grass but he's not gonna last forever. Nadal's progression is gonna be steady and maybe in 3 years when he's 23 and Fed 27 he could do better.

All what I'm saying is speculation. Of course I have complete faith on this kid. He has the most powerful weapon that is the best of the circuit: his mentality. I think if he's strong enough in this area he could win Wimbledon.

By the way, if Bjorg won it then Nadal also can. :P

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I think that Nadal will learn fast, how to play on grass. He is very determined to win Wimbledon and would be a great accomplishment if he were to win it. I believe that he has the game to win it one day, perhaps sooner than we all think.

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Yes, simply because of his sheer determination.


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Are you crazy? NADAL WILL NEVER WIN WIMBLEDON,NEVER!!!!!! REMEMBER THAT!

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One more factor to take into account- considering how good he is on clay no doubt more often than not he will be around for the closing stages of RG which leaves him precious little time to really get used to playing on the grass. I wonder if at some stage of his career he might do what Lendl did in 1990 and skip RG to prepare for Wimbledon? Although judging by what i have seen from him I don't think he is as obssessive in character as Lendl was.
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Without a doubt... His game needs some serious fine tuning but his sheer mental strength will see him through. The guy just doesn't know how and when to quit.
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yes! He's eager enough, willing to learn....give it time, he'll win it

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Are you crazy? NADAL WILL NEVER WIN WIMBLEDON,NEVER!!!!!! REMEMBER THAT!
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Yes, simply because of his sheer determination.
Determination is only part of it though, Andy Roddick has had 'sheer determination' the past few years and been stopped by Federer.
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Determination means little when you just can't. The answer is: NO.

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Determination is only part of it though, Andy Roddick has had 'sheer determination' the past few years and been stopped by Federer.
Rafa determination > Roddick determination

Rafa works a bit harder, never gives up, etc. Andy doesn't really do that.


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If Raffa works so hard, than how comes that his game is so one-dimensional? You would expect from a hard-working guy to master more aspects of the game

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