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Implications of a potential Nadal-Djokovic RG final...

Johnny Groove
01-29-2012, 06:54 PM
It would be truly Rafa's last stand, Rafa's surely last good chance to beat Djokovic and turn around the rivalry. For Rafa to deny the CYGS and the Nole slam, and claim his 7th French, 11th overall, and gain confidence for a Wimbledon run.

For Djokovic, a chance to get his 6th slam, close in on the top 15 of all time, win 4 in a row for the Nole slam, bury Nadal completely, complete his Career Grand Slam, beat the best clay courter of all time on clay at the RG finals, and still have the chance for the Holy Grail, the CYGS.

Not to mention the fact that if it takes them 4 hours to play 3 sets on clay, then 5 sets on clay may take 7 hours or more. Will one of them die on court from the pure physical and mental grind?

Much at stake, much on the line this clay season and Roland Garros in particular.

Time Violation
01-29-2012, 06:58 PM
Let's see them making to the finals first, you don't want to look silly some months later, when someone bumps this :p

rocketassist
01-29-2012, 07:05 PM
Let's see them making to the finals first, you don't want to look silly some months later, when someone bumps this :p

It's nailed on unless Djokovic gets Fed in his half.

MuzzahLovah
01-29-2012, 07:10 PM
I'm not sure they'll be a such a final, but the one thing I don't want to see is Fed losing another Roland Garros final to Nadal.

EddieNero
01-29-2012, 07:16 PM
At this point Djokovic would get the job done in 4 because as you said it's Nadal's last stand and he would definitely feel the pressure and Rafa always emerges as the favourite on this particular surface whoever the opponent is.

In my opinion off-clay matches are usually tight cause Djokovic knows he's the man to beat not Nadal who loves to come to a match from an underdog position.

ballbasher101
01-29-2012, 07:24 PM
Too early to predict what is going to happen at RG. There are more players who can beat the Djoker at the French than can beat Nadal. Nadal should reach the final as usual but the Djoker might not make it. I hope Federer will be in Nadal's half so that Federer does not donate another major to Nadal. If it is another Djoker-Nadal final then Nadal will have to win otherwise this rivalry could turn into a Federer-Roddick type of rivalry. Nadal is no Roddick though but losing at RG against the Djoker would be a huge psychological blow that might actually tip Nadal over the edge.

Time Violation
01-29-2012, 07:28 PM
It's nailed on unless Djokovic gets Fed in his half.

For example, either of them could pick up some minor niggle that would be nothing serious, but which could prevent them competing at the top, it's a lot of time till then. Anyway, I would rather have Fed than Murray in Nole's half there, now that you mention it ;)

Johnny Groove
01-29-2012, 07:30 PM
Too early to predict what is going to happen at RG. There are more players who can beat the Djoker at the French than can beat Nadal. Nadal should reach the final as usual but the Djoker might not make it. I hope Federer will be in Nadal's half so that Federer does not donate another major to Nadal. If it is another Djoker-Nadal final then Nadal will have to win otherwise this rivalry could turn into a Federer-Roddick type of rivalry. Nadal is no Roddick though but losing at RG against the Djoker would be a huge psychological blow that might actually tip Nadal over the edge.

That's what I'm sayin' man.

Nadal and Borg's careers are so similar, but I think Rafa is more mentally tough. Still, a loss at RG may be something even he cannot overcome.

So he just has to win.

selyoink
01-29-2012, 08:23 PM
Djoko winning RG over Nadal would be the final stake in his heart and totally change the narrative of his career. Just as Nadal's dominance over Fed in slams changed the narrative of Fed's career.

ssin
01-29-2012, 08:25 PM
Murray winning FO would be interesting :D

ballbasher101
01-29-2012, 08:33 PM
That's what I'm sayin' man.

Nadal and Borg's careers are so similar, but I think Rafa is more mentally tough. Still, a loss at RG may be something even he cannot overcome.

So he just has to win.


Djokovic is to Nadal what Mcenroe was to Borg, his achilles heel. He needs to stop the bleeding one way or another.

kyleskywalker007
01-29-2012, 08:37 PM
Murray winning FO would be interesting :D

Not to mention a highly imaginary scenario:wavey:

Yolita
01-29-2012, 08:37 PM
I'm hoping Novak gets Roger in his half. The tennis world deserves a re-match. :)

shiaben
01-29-2012, 08:37 PM
The way I see it. Djokovic will win most grand slam matches against Nadal from now on. His style or match-up is just difficult for Nadal. Nadal would have to grind the hell out of it since he has a difficult time flattening out his shots against Djokovic.

If Djokovic wins Roland Garros, Nadal will be demoralized for a period of time being. But I expect after then, he'll eventually defeat Djokovic at a slam, however the trend will be Djokovic taking 3/4 titles for each of their future meetings.

shiaben
01-29-2012, 08:38 PM
I'm hoping Novak gets Roger in his half. The tennis world deserves a re-match. :)

Lets hope it happens at Roland Garros first :p

tyruk14
01-29-2012, 08:43 PM
I thought Clay Death had been banned?

Jovard
01-29-2012, 08:44 PM
Nadull will crash out in R1 against Golubev.

MuzzahLovah
01-29-2012, 08:48 PM
Murray winning FO would be interesting :D

The world would explode and I would die from happiness.

buzz
01-29-2012, 08:55 PM
Would have something sad to it, same final same winner four consecutive slams. No good for tennis?

Jimnik
06-11-2012, 12:43 PM
Once again people overreacting to Nadal's AO letdown. It happens every year.