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Which Nadalīs slam would you rank highest?

romismak
12-07-2011, 09:16 PM
What do you think which slam for Rafa was most important - for his career, level of his game or just how memorable it was and so on.

RG 05- first slam
RG 06- 2nd slam
RG 07 - 3rd slam
RG 08- 4th slam, without loosing set
Wimby 08-first non-clay slam, one of best finals ever
AO- 09 - first HC slam, unbelievable finish, beating Verdasco in longest match in AO history and than taking down in another 5th setter arguably best HC player ever
RG 10- first slam after some time, without loosing set
Wimby 10 - 2nd Wimby
USO 10 - playing great HC tennis, serving better than ever before and after
RG 11 - 6th RG - equal Borgīs record

SetSampras
12-07-2011, 09:22 PM
I think both the USO and AO title. Who would have thought a few years ago, Nadal would EVER win a HC slam title? I know I didn't. That showed how determined he was to prove the naysayers wrong..

The only thing I think that could top that is him winning a YEC.

HKz
12-07-2011, 09:25 PM
I think this has been done (at least several times).

My take on what you listed-

Obviously RG 2005 is the most important one. Set his confidence. The rest of his RG titles didn't really have anything to interesting to discuss.

AO 2009 was his most impressive slam. Only slam event where he was actually dominating with his backhand consistently. Too strong mentally when it mattered most.

I don't really view Wimbledon 2008 as great as many others. Sure, a lot of drama, but it was a chokefest. Federer had plenty of chances in the first two sets and blew them, while Nadal had plenty of chances in the 3rd and 4th sets and blew them. Then Federer again had plenty of chances in the 5th to go up a break, but failed to do so. Neither of them really played their best. Just happened to be the case where the scoreline stayed even.

US 2010 was similarly nothing special. He played solid in the final, but he got there with minimal effort. Benefited from a very good draw for himself.

Wimbledon 2010 is something I would put up there with AO 2009. Great tennis throughout especially mentally, although I still despise some of the "tactics" used against Philipp. Final was pretty boring, as Berdych, who I thought would end up being a consistent challenge to Nadal, failed to do anything special just like all their other matches since 2006. Pathetic.

GOAT = Fed
12-07-2011, 09:25 PM
For me RG '11.

He struggled throughout, but still got the job done. A true sign of a champion. Many people will say the hardcourt slams, but they fail to realise that Rafa did those achievements at the height of his play. AO 2009 was when he was at his absolute peak, and US 10 his serve was at its absolute peak.

GSMnadal
12-07-2011, 09:26 PM
For his level of play the USO 2010 was the worst thing that could have ever happened to him. Took away all his motivation, and right there he reached a level he was never ever going to reach again.

For his career and legacy it was the best thing that happened.

SetSampras
12-07-2011, 09:30 PM
Reaching the 16-17 grandslam count should be enough for Nadal to keep going and wanting to achieve more. His motivation shouldn't have ceased at the USO last year

samanosuke
12-07-2011, 09:42 PM
Rg 09

n8
12-07-2011, 10:14 PM
Wimbledon 2008. Before this, Federer was winning most the non-clay slams (eight of the last nine!) and Nadal was winning Roland Garros. This made Nadal the unofficial number one and got the 'clay only' money off his back. Plus the match being a complete epic contributed to its importance.

August
12-07-2011, 10:30 PM
USO '10. Rafa may have been more impressive e.g. at '08 RG, but that was because of weaker field. I'd say he played at his top level at '10 USO, but the field was strong, too.

tektonac
12-08-2011, 01:01 AM
AO 2009, unforgettable trophy ceremony.

Topspindoctor
12-08-2011, 01:04 AM
AO 2009, BH was actually a weapon :sad:

paseo
12-08-2011, 01:13 AM
I think both the USO and AO title. Who would have thought a few years ago, Nadal would EVER win a HC slam title? I know I didn't. That showed how determined he was to prove the naysayers wrong..

The only thing I think that could top that is him winning a YEC.

If Nadal wins the YEC/WTF, it's an impressive achievement that even tops his HC slams :eek:

Fed wins YEC/WTF for the 6th time, it's a joke of a tournament and not impressive at all :sad:

SetSampras
12-08-2011, 01:15 AM
If Nadal wins the YEC/WTF, it's an impressive achievement that even tops his HC slams :eek:

Fed wins YEC/WTF for the 6th time, it's a joke of a tournament and not impressive at all :sad:

yea.. That will finally shut everyone up. First everyone said Nadal wouldn't win any hc slams.. He proved them wrong.. Then everyone says he couldn't be an all surface player, he proved them wrong.. Now people think he can't win a YEC.. That should be the ultimate mouth shutter there ;)

shiaben
12-08-2011, 01:16 AM
Nadal's U.S. Open.

He played more like a hard court player.

RafaNadal2012!!!
12-08-2011, 02:07 AM
My Personal rankings of importance:
1. Wimbledon 2008
2. Us Open 2010
3. French Open 2008
4. Australian Open 2009
5. Roland Garros 2005
6. Roland Garros 2011
7. Roland Garros 2010
8. Wimbledon 2010
9. Roland Garros 2006
10. Roland Garros 2007

Level of play:
1. Us Open 2010
2. Australian Open 2009
3. Roland Garros 2008
4. Wimbledon 2008
5. Roland Garros 2006
6. Roland Garros 2010
7. Wimbledon 2010
8. Roland Garros 2007
9. Roland Garros 2005
10. Roland Garros 2011

guga2120
12-08-2011, 03:40 AM
US Open 2010, Roland Garros 2005

tyruk14
12-08-2011, 07:32 PM
Lol. MTF muggery strikes again.

AO 2009 because he played two of the most epic matches I've seen in a while, back to back no less.

!VamosRafa!
12-08-2011, 07:49 PM
He played his best at the 2010 USO :hearts:, but who knew that after that nothing would be the same again. He will never be able to reach that level again and I'm afraid his Grand Slam winning days are over :sad:

samanosuke
12-08-2011, 07:50 PM
AO 2009, BH was actually a weapon :sad:

was that the title which fed and fiasco gifted to him . hope for more rafa's peak versions like this

2003
12-08-2011, 08:59 PM
AO 09 and US Open 010 he was a joke.

That was the worst level to win a slam ive ever seen. Joker Bitch just didnt turn up for the final, and at the AO, Granando Tobasco and Roger Federer choked the title to him.

Hell, the luck didnt stop there. His HC nemesis of the time Andy Murray lost early in both tournaments, and the player who beat him on HC earlier that year (Gail Monfills) also got injured.

But it didnt stop there, no, he needed Gonzalez to spend 7 hours coming back against Richard GasGay so he was exhaused, he would have beaten him otherwise. An epic choke from Tommy Farce.

Heck, even Gills Simon could have beaten him but choked in sets 2 and 3.

Yawn.

Gillouthe best
12-08-2011, 09:08 PM
Aussie Open 09 & French Open 08. At Australia he was incredible, as he never plays well there and survived tough players like Haas, Gonzo and Simon before reaching SF, while in other Slams he din't had to. RG 2008 was :eek:, he literally destroyed. everyone.

coonster14
12-08-2011, 09:09 PM
For his level of play the USO 2010 was the worst thing that could have ever happened to him. Took away all his motivation, and right there he reached a level he was never ever going to reach again.

For his career and legacy it was the best thing that happened.

Agreed. Now that he has won every major tournament (except WTF, but then again, not a big deal), the motivation level just isn't as high as it was before for Rafa.

Hopefully the challenge of Djokovic version 2.0 will force him to find that motivation again. :)

Adri89
12-08-2011, 09:30 PM
For me, the best performance of Rafa is RG 2008. He was just outstanding during this tournament. Best clay court tennis ever. His BH was close to the level of his FH, he plays aggressive tennis. Just outstanding.

He also was awesome in Wimbledon, and considering the circumstancies of the final, I think Wimbly 2008 > RG 2008.
I would have this ranking :

1. Wimbledon 2008 (the most memorable)
2. RG 2008 (his best slam)
3. OA 2009 (SF and Final were legendary matchs)
4. RG 2006 (Rafa came back from a foot injury and thought to stop his career during the winter, he needed this slam so much)
5. RG 2005 (Rafa's first slam)
6. RG 2010 (Rafa needed it after a very hard period of doubt)
7. US Open 2010 (finally he won the four slams)
8. RG 2011 (equal Borg's record)
9. Wimbledon 2010 (routine on grass)
10. RG 2007 (just routine here but good tournament nevertheless, he played better than in 2005 and 2006)

mystic ice cube
12-09-2011, 12:17 AM
I agree with many of you that Nadal's level at RG 2008 was frightening, but I think Nadal's most impressive slam has to be AO 2009. Federer was on top form going into the final (although admittedly not at his best in the final), but Nadal edged it in the end to pick up his first hardcourt slam.

Topspindoctor
12-09-2011, 12:24 AM
was that the title which fed and fiasco gifted to him . hope for more rafa's peak versions like this

"gifted" :superlol:

Is that why Olderer was crying like an 8 year old girl during the presentation ceremony?

MrChopin
12-09-2011, 12:28 AM
RG '08. Djokovic had just won AO, was still riding that high. Rafa decimated him in the semis, his cc BH absolutely punishing Djokovic. Then he tore Fed a new one in the F. First and only since Borg to not drop a set at RG.

leng jai
12-09-2011, 12:29 AM
AO 2009. Incredibly tough draw in the third round.

Sunset of Age
12-09-2011, 12:30 AM
RG 2008, AO 2009, and USO 2010. All of those, for different reasons, on which I feel uncapable to decide.

Topspindoctor
12-09-2011, 12:32 AM
AO 2009. Incredibly tough draw in the third round.

3rd round was a BYE :lol:

n8
12-09-2011, 12:59 AM
I agree with the poll results more than the posts.

@Sweet Cleopatra
12-09-2011, 02:03 AM
I don't really view Wimbledon 2008 as great as many others. Sure, a lot of drama, but it was a chokefest. Federer had plenty of chances in the first two sets and blew them, while Nadal had plenty of chances in the 3rd and 4th sets and blew them. Then Federer again had plenty of chances in the 5th to go up a break, but failed to do so. Neither of them really played their best. Just happened to be the case where the scoreline stayed even.



Wrong post. Lets say you're right about the match, Slam= one match? :rolleyes:
Okay let's forget the whole 2008 matches, what about 2007 and 2006, he reached 2 finals but never lost hope.
It was sure a miracle to win Wimbledon in 2008 and the best slam for Rafa. No doubt about that!!!

samanosuke
12-09-2011, 08:12 AM
"gifted" :superlol:

Is that why Olderer was crying like an 8 year old girl during the presentation ceremony?

i am also crying every time when i get a reply to your post :shrug:

Egreen
12-09-2011, 11:57 AM
AO 09.

Best performance at his worst slam.

Notice how he can't make it past the QFs there anymore.

In 2008 he had the muggiest draw ever and that is why he made it to the SF.

Plexicushion does not favor him, rebound ace was better for his game, even decoturf is better for him.

emotion
12-09-2011, 01:38 PM
why is wimby 08 winning? i know final was good, but no one else in top 10! Schuttler in semis!

thrust
12-09-2011, 01:55 PM
AO-09 - To beat Roger in 5 two days after that incredible marathon agains Verdasco, was an incredible display of determination, tennis and physical endurance.

rocketassist
12-09-2011, 01:57 PM
RG 05- he was a kid, he had the toughest field of all of his titles, and beat a top form Federer in a fine match.

He and Puerta was classic clay court stuff as well.

romismak
12-09-2011, 02:16 PM
AO 09.

Best performance at his worst slam.

Notice how he can't make it past the QFs there anymore.

In 2008 he had the muggiest draw ever and that is why he made it to the SF.

Plexicushion does not favor him, rebound ace was better for his game, even decoturf is better for him.

AO 09 was huge for Rafa, he was playing great, beating tough opponents for sure and SF-F it was just unbelievable to play in very short period of time 2x5-setters against opponents they were playing very high level of tennis. But i donīt agree with AO being his worst slam - statistically yes, because he already has W, F at USO, but AO is better HC for him for sure. It is slower and higher bouncing than Decoturf at USO. This USO 11 was slow, USO 10 Rafa was just amazing, serving amazing, but before that he never was candidate to win USO title, while in AO he was candidate for title in last 3 years, in 2010 he was injured and Andy is great HC player, AO 11 he was not ok for sure, when Ferrer beats you in straight sets.

Foxy
12-09-2011, 02:30 PM
AO 2009 by far. Loved everything about it from the outfit to the ceremony!

Sunset of Age
12-09-2011, 02:38 PM
AO 2009 was his most impressive slam. Only slam event where he was actually dominating with his backhand consistently. Too strong mentally when it mattered most.

Yep, tend to agree, especially on Rafa's mental fortitude in that match. At that time it really looked like the final nail in the coffin for Fed.

I don't really view Wimbledon 2008 as great as many others. Sure, a lot of drama, but it was a chokefest. Federer had plenty of chances in the first two sets and blew them, while Nadal had plenty of chances in the 3rd and 4th sets and blew them. Then Federer again had plenty of chances in the 5th to go up a break, but failed to do so. Neither of them really played their best. Just happened to be the case where the scoreline stayed even.

Fully agree. Of course a great victory for Rafa and it meant the world to him, but in terms of genuine tennis quality, a heavily overrated match.

RG 05- he was a kid, he had the toughest field of all of his titles, and beat a top form Federer in a fine match.

He and Puerta was classic clay court stuff as well.

The fact that the kid heavily spanked a doper's ass and sent him to kingdom come thereafter is an extra benefit to that match. Yet I still feel sad for Davydenko, who should have been in that final in stead of Puerta. Got robbed by a doper. :mad:

_Chaz
12-09-2011, 02:47 PM
AO 09 definitely.

Regarding USO 2010, against Youzhny, Verdasco (who was in his 'normal' ahit form and not the AO 09 form) etc. it is for sure easier to play at a high level. During AO 09 he definitely played better.

Macbrother
12-09-2011, 02:56 PM
Wimbledon '08 for me, easily. Everyone knew Nadal could play on clay; but to topple Federer in the twilight, in 5 sets, scoring his first non-clay slam, the first clay/grass double in nearly 30 years; this to me is where Nadal really broke out and showed he could play with anyone, anywhere, at any stage. It was Nadal's first move from "great claycourter" to all-time great.

ossie
12-10-2011, 12:38 AM
wimbledon 2008 without a doubt

abraxas21
12-10-2011, 12:42 AM
Wimbledon '08 for me, easily. Everyone knew Nadal could play on clay; but to topple Federer in the twilight, in 5 sets, scoring his first non-clay slam, the first clay/grass double in nearly 30 years; this to me is where Nadal really broke out and showed he could play with anyone, anywhere, at any stage. It was Nadal's first move from "great claycourter" to all-time great.

well, he had won queen's already and had made the wimby final in the past 2 years, taking federer to five sets the year before.

with a subpar federer in 2008 who has a match-up disadvantage v. nadal, esp. an overconfident 2008 nadal, the win over federer was to a great extent expected.

it was the way it happened that made it overly famous. if pocahontas had closed out the match in the third set, nobody would talk much about it now.

fmolinari2005
12-10-2011, 01:19 AM
AO 2009- playing 10+ hours within three days. Specially when you consider he ran out of gas in a finals a couple of weeks before.

Topspindoctor
12-10-2011, 01:36 AM
Nadal's stamina used to be amazing :sad: Now he gets tired after a couple of semi long matches :bigcry:

guga2120
12-10-2011, 03:16 AM
RG 05- he was a kid, he had the toughest field of all of his titles, and beat a top form Federer in a fine match.

He and Puerta was classic clay court stuff as well.

His play in that tournament was so impressive, especially considering his age. Arrogant Swiss at his absolute best and Puerta, even on some stimulant, I don't even know what that did for him, could not touch him.