Originally Posted by PamV
What do you mean about Barcelona Final ? Nadal didn't have any great contenders in his draw.....that was an expected outcome.
Here's an interesting point to remember......Agassi was 29 when he won RG and he wasn't the favorite going into it. He also didn't even play Monte Carlo and he lost in the 3rd round of Rome that year. Granted I don't think Agassi's opponent in the RG final was as tough as Nadal. Agassi was lucky to be in the right place and the right time.
However, we can also see that some times titles and streaks don't tell the whole story. In other words, Agassi could have easily lost that RG final or if he were facing a tougher opponent like Nadal that year he probably would have lost it. So in reality to have won all 4 majors in a career doesn't necessarily mean more than winning 14 or more majors in a career.
I'd be happy for either outcome for Roger an RG or a Wimby. I think we can all agree that at the least we want Roger to win one more major this year no matter which one it is because that will help him retain the #1 spot.
Let's keep up the good vibes for Roger and maybe he will win both RG and Wimby this year! Why not? Borg did that a bunch of times.
I know Pam, but I didn't mean my statement in such a context. I meant, having to watch Nadal win another title on clay without anyone to seriously challenge him made me roll my eyes and simply declare this clay season a complete bore and let down........plus, I was still reeling from the MC final
There is presently no one, except Roger, that has given Nadal any serious challenge on clay this year...........nor do I think there is another player, other than Roger, that can presently present a serious challenge to him. So for me to say that him not facing any tough opponents was unique to Barcelona is unrealistic............then again, Roger wasn't there
Part of me wants to ask, where are the so called clay court specialists???? When Roger came up through the ranks, he had to contend with some serious opponents. On a hard court, there are still many dangerous opponents for Roger and there are times when we have to see Roger lift the level of his play in order to win a match..........and of course, some can offer an objection by saying the same can be said of Roger on grass as is said of Nadal on clay. My response, the grass season isn't as long as the clay season, so give me a friggin break
With Nadal, on clay, there's no one but Roger. I want to see one of those "specialists" at least give Nadal a good match. Right now, TTC is replaying the 05 Roma Final.........and I'm semi glancing at the television once in a while...........fantastic final and one of the best matches of 05, in my opinion. Coria presented a solid challenge as a fellow clay court specialist. Nevertheless, I entered the clay season excited and expecting to see fantastic matches among the clay specialists..........with Roger trying to stick his nose into the mix to cause some upsets. Is that happening?? Hell no. At this point, just hand Nadal the trophy in the tournaments that Roger has not entered and in the ones where Numero Uno y Dos are present, just skip to the final and have them play it.........giving Nadal the edge, of course
And for those that want to tell me that what I'm saying is dismissive of the other players?? My response, WHAT PLAYERS??? In the clay season, there's Nadal and Roger with Marty
serving a bit of Fish as an appetizer.........Marty who'd most likely earn only bagels from Roger and Rafa. So this Clay Season SUCKS....................plus Roger losts MC final
Well, I had to rant...........so........
P.S. I think Agassi got "lucky", in a lot of respects, in earning his FO title. Nevertheless, I was extremely happy that Andre won and I hope I can feel just as happy this year.......... After all the debates are finished, all that matters is the closing statement.......which is: "Andre won the FO"