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Can Nadal be beaten on clay at the French Open?

It seems like it is almost impossible to beat Nadal on clay he's won 60 matches over two years on the surface. This year only Jarrko Neimenen and Federer had a real shot at stopping the streak. Jarrko had a set and a 4-1 in the second set in Barcelona but he choked. And shockingly Federer collapsed in Rome he had a few match points but couldn't close it out. Next year will be very interesting because the South Americans and the Spaniards have dominated the French Open this decade. Agassi was the last non Spaniard or South American to capture the French open title almost eight years ago.
The dominance of the Spanish and Portuguese players at the French Open is incredible. I wonder if next year finally someone else will breakthrough. Besides Federer does anyone have a real chance against Nadal on clay? It seems like Nadal is supreme on clay he cannot be stopped?
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Re: Can Nadal be beaten on clay at the French Open?

If he can win the four big events for a third consecutive year then hats off to him, I remember thinking this year that he would defend the vast majority of his clay points but perhaps lose once somewhere, it should have happened in Rome but didn't. It'll take a combination of a quality player with sustained aggression and rock-solid belief against a slightly off-par Nadal to get a defeat, and even then it will be far from easy. And of course doubly unlikely at the event where it matters the most, considering the best-of-five format at the Slams.

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Re: Can Nadal be beaten on clay at the French Open?

If he is healthy then no.

None of the current players can beat Nadal unless they play their best and Nadal is off.

One more perfect season should be enough prove to the haters that Nadal is the best clay player ever.

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Re: Can Nadal be beaten on clay at the French Open?

If Rafa is healthy and playing well, then it will be very difficult to beat him in a best of 5 match. In a best of 3, he can be beaten by players like Fed. However at the french, a healthy Rafa will be a formidable task.
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Re: Can Nadal be beaten on clay at the French Open?

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If he is healthy then no.

None of the current players can beat Nadal unless they play their best and Nadal is off.

One more perfect season should be enough prove to the haters that Nadal is the best clay player ever.
I thought according to a lot of people, this era is full of clowns. If that's the case, then this doesn't speak much for Rafa does it? Most players already lost the match before they stepped on the court, and they are scared of Rafa's never say die fighting attitude, no?
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Re: Can Nadal be beaten on clay at the French Open?

It strikes me that an awful lot of good claycourt players are going to end up wishing they had taken their chance at RG before Nadal's rise to dominance. I can think of one choker/tanker/claycourt specialist who won't, though.

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It is too early to even think about the claycourt season of 2007. We will get a much better sense of where players stand after Montecarlo.

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Re: Can Nadal be beaten on clay at the French Open?

Cute LCeh

But players try their hardest against Rafa and there are many good clay court players.

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Re: Can Nadal be beaten on clay at the French Open?

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If he is healthy then no.

None of the current players can beat Nadal unless they play their best and Nadal is off.

One more perfect season should be enough prove to the haters that Nadal is the best clay player ever.
Preposterous.
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Well even if Nadal wins 10 straight RGs it wont be enough to convice GlennMirnyi. Federer fandom has just rotted the poorguys brain

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Well even if Nadal wins 10 straight RGs it wont be enough to convice GlennMirnyi. Federer fandom has just rotted the poorguys brain
He will never do that. Come back later and mock me if I guessed wrong.
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Re: Can Nadal be beaten on clay at the French Open?

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If he is healthy then no.

None of the current players can beat Nadal unless they play their best and Nadal is off.

One more perfect season should be enough prove to the haters that Nadal is the best clay player ever.
Nadal has a long way to go before he even approaches the best clay player ever.

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Re: Can Nadal be beaten on clay at the French Open?

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But players try their hardest against Rafa and there are many good clay court players.
good clay court players?

in 2006 the clay field was probably more pathetic then the grass one

the french open favourites were nadal, federer and outside chance almagro who lost to Blake (BLAKE!!!! at the french open)

it says it all when all the major finals were between federer and nadal yet when both withdrew you get robredo and stepanek

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almagro who lost to Blake (BLAKE!!!! at the french open)
maybe it's because Blake was... yyy... good?

but I agree, there aren't many good clay court players like in the 90s (Spaniards, Yevgeny, Muster)
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Like i have said numerous times

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