Surprised no poll on this one given that Igor was the last person to beat Nadal on clay and leads their h2h 1-0.
Another potential bananaskin in the Rafa draw and Igor's current ATP ranking is a result of knee injury requiring surgery. Certainly Igor has big enough strokes on both fh and bh to hit past Rafa.
70:30 to Rafa then but if he's not near his best (as with Marcos in the last 2 sets) then he might just be in trouble.
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Contrary to popular belief, I am not a Rafa hater. I am, however, a RAFATARD hater and therefore take endless delight in each Rafa loss as it allows me to sock it hard to his tards. Do try and understand the difference (TARDS)! Don't get me started on Choke-ovic though. Him I do despise. And his TARDS are the lowest of the low .
Igor's been kinda unstable still after his comeback and great DC matches in Chile so who knows. Besides it's not clay ... oh right, GlennMirnyi & Co will rush here to say Dubai is [insert the suitable adjective] clay.
Actually, Igor is the last person to beat Rafa on clay..
yaah i know tht but tht was 2 years ago and rafa was just 18 , he has really improved and now he has started attacking more than waht he used to do before . and also igor is returning after injury so all this would definitely favuor rafa