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Roger will win RG next year because.......

Dirk
09-12-2005, 04:24 PM
Kafelnikov won it 10 years ago. I know it doesn't make any sense but hear me out. This year Nadal dominated the clay just like Muster did in 95 (ten years ago) and Nadal like Muster (Essen 95) also won a big title off the clay this year. Muster one his way to the French Open beat Kafel in the semis, the same place Nadal beat Roger. The next year Muster was cleaning up clay titles and making it seem as if he would win RG again and have another 95-like year. He was stopped by Stich and Kafel went on to win the title. That means Roger will go on to win the title and over the person who stops Nadal like Kafel did. The only question is now who will be our Stich. We will get our answer by examining Stich as a player. Stich was a all court talent who would have been a much more successful player had it not been for head issues and injuries. Who does that sound like??????? SAFFY!!!!!!!!! :) Saffy will take out Nadal next year and lose to Ninja in the finals. :worship:

This was all written in the stars by Muster ten years ago. Thanks mate. :worship:

adee-gee
09-12-2005, 04:26 PM
One word. Rafa.

Action Jackson
09-12-2005, 04:29 PM
You are forgetting that the clay was made faster at RG and also it was very warm at that time which made it play a lot faster than usual. When there is the last 4 at RG consisting of Stich, Rosset, Kafelnikov and Sampras there is something not right there.

I don't think he will win it next year, unless he is serious about it and plays the 3 TMS events and prepares himself thoroughly for it, amongst the other reasons which I have mentioned previously.

Interesting theory Dirk.

Sjengster
09-12-2005, 04:35 PM
One word. Rafa.

I think Dirk already took that one word into account if you read his post, adee. :p

But I have to agree with George, he needs to play all three TMS events for the first time in four years and preferably win something other than Hamburg; Monte Carlo definitely seems to be the best indicator for success in Paris, the winner there has at least reached the final of RG a few weeks later for the last five years, and been successful three times. If that requires skipping IW or Miami, so be it. He has little left to prove on hardcourt anyway, and he said after Wimbledon that RG was his big priority next year.

Merton
09-12-2005, 04:37 PM
It is an interesting theory, i am not quite sure that Nadal will defend his RG title next year but that does not imply that Roger will win. There are other people that may take Roger out on clay and it is quite early to discuss that. But the pattern of Nadal losing out to some bad match up (Safin? we can only hypothesize how they match up agaist each other at this moment) and then going down to Roger might well happen, again, not necessarily next year.

Action Jackson
09-12-2005, 04:40 PM
But I have to agree with George, he needs to play all three TMS events for the first time in four years and preferably win something other than Hamburg; Monte Carlo definitely seems to be the best indicator for success in Paris, the winner there has at least reached the final of RG a few weeks later for the last five years, and been successful three times. If that requires skipping IW or Miami, so be it. He has little left to prove on hardcourt anyway, and he said after Wimbledon that RG was his big priority next year.

Yes, RG is the true test now for Federer. He has the best chance of an attacking player to win this event, if he is fit enough and uses his gifts to advantage.

Serve/volleying can be very effective if done right, though not all the time and I have said this many times before while he defends very well on hardcourts, his defensive skills on clay are not the greatest.

He could play Barcelona as well, if he failed early in Monte Carlo. Monte Carlo is the best out of the TMS for RG success as my thread at the time showed.

Just hope he can take winning RG seriously.

adee-gee
09-12-2005, 04:43 PM
I think Dirk already took that one word into account if you read his post, adee. :p

I must confess, when I see the word Roger or Federer now I tend to turn off :zzz:

Safin wouldn't beat Nadal on clay anyway.

Dirk
09-12-2005, 05:01 PM
No point in arguing here. Muster has written out this fate for all three men. :)

adee-gee
09-12-2005, 05:03 PM
No point in arguing here. Muster has written out this fate for all three men. :)

Yes. Yes he has. We'll resume this conversation in approximately 8 months shall we :)

andre the great
09-12-2005, 05:03 PM
He will win it eventually. He deserves a career slam

R.Federer
09-12-2005, 05:05 PM
Roge has come close this year, losing in the SF to the best player. Also won another important clay tournament okay faster clay, but still. maybe he is not willing to tire himself out in preparation because then grass preparation is too much physically. Problem i see is that rafa not the only one with big game on clay, so many others gaudio, coria, puerta, and others. This is much harder

Domino
09-12-2005, 05:10 PM
Though I don't agree on your theory, I agree with you about Safin. I want to see him play Nadal on Clay, because all that spin will put the ball in his strike zone anyway, just like against Berdych in Bastad, where Berdych took the first set and looked comfortable swinging away at the balls in his strike zone. It would be a very interesting matchup indeed, Nadal v Safin on clay.

alfonsojose
09-12-2005, 05:39 PM
He won't win RG

rofe
09-12-2005, 05:48 PM
That theory is all well and good but Roger needs to play Rafa before RG. He is for some reason very nervous when he plays Nadal so he needs to get Nadal out of his mind first to even make a match against Nadal competitive.

Also, as others have pointed out, he needs to concentrate on clay tournies a lot more this year if he is serious.

Thirdly - and this is my own theory, he needs to win the AO. Last year, he lost the AO so he wanted to rack up as much points as possible to stay #1 and guess where he got most of his points leading up to RG? Hardcourts. As a result his practice leading up to RG was seriously hampered. Also, because he lost AO, Wimbly became more important since he had a better chance of winning it compared to RG.

So, if he wins AO, I would expect him to change his schedule to make a good run leading up RG if he is serious about winning it. If he doesn't win AO, then sadly, it will be more like this year (sad for me since I would like him to get atleast 1 RG win).

Scotso
09-12-2005, 05:52 PM
Nadal will own RG the next few years.

Neely
09-12-2005, 06:01 PM
You are forgetting that the clay was made faster at RG and also it was very warm at that time which made it play a lot faster than usual. When there is the last 4 at RG consisting of Stich, Rosset, Kafelnikov and Sampras there is something not right there.
Stich and Kafelnikov have been among the last 4 before already, not only in 1996 and could play on all sufarces, especially Stich could beat almost any player on any surface. And Sampras has more RG achievements than some RG Champs in all of their Slams combined.

enqvistfan
09-12-2005, 06:07 PM
Roger is able to win Roland-Garros in his career, I hope for him it will be next year. To win in Paris, he'll need to have a fantastic weather, a bit of luck with his draw (Sampras has never been very lucky with his draws in Paris), and a good preparation in the clay tournaments the weeks before. He has the potential to win it and I'm sure that he'll win Roland someday. Now, next year, I really don't know !! Will Nadal confirm ?

Action Jackson
09-12-2005, 06:08 PM
Stich and Kafelnikov have been among the last 4 before already, not only in 1996 and could play on all sufarces, especially Stich could beat almost any player on any surface. And Sampras has more RG achievements than some RG Champs in all of their Slams combined.

I was specifically talking about that year and that year only. The weather was much warmer and that helped make the courts quicker and this was an idea, and excuse me I think I am aware of what goes during the clay season and have been for a while, if it was Wimbledon then you'd be right on the money. :)

Sampras made the semis once with a brutal draw. As for Stich and Kafelnikov they were very competent claycourters, but not up near the top standard, when those players are 3 of the last 4 in a given year, then it's unusual, taking into account what happened previously and what happened afterwards.

revolution
09-12-2005, 06:19 PM
Fed is perhaps the only non-clay specialist with a chance of winning it, and maybe Safin if he sorted his head out.

He has certainly the game for it, and knows how to take on the clay players on their surface. Nadal is perhaps the only one who can stop him.

Galaxystorm
09-12-2005, 06:22 PM
I have no doubt Federer will win Roland Garros in the future and also no doubt about Nadal will win Aus open and US open some day.

Action Jackson
09-12-2005, 06:27 PM
Federer has the talent for sure, but I am still yet to see him grind out ugly victories consistently on clay. I'd love to see him win a match in the 5th set on clay, at the same time he is more vulnerable on clay compared to the faster surfaces.

landoud
09-12-2005, 06:39 PM
Nadal will own RG the next few years.
i agree.... the clay court already made up its mind which is nadal

enqvistfan
09-12-2005, 06:50 PM
Fed is perhaps the only non-clay specialist with a chance of winning it, and maybe Safin if he sorted his head out.

With Safin, we never know. He also has the potential to make something big in Roland.

The great thing on clay, and especially in Roland, is that, anyone can win, except this year, because everyone said that Nadal would win. But, it's not like in another grand slam, you cannot say at the beginning that Federer will win, and it's good to see that Roger is not unbeatable. Even if sometimes, I'm fed up with his victories, I really hope that he'll win in Roland someday.

Fedex
09-12-2005, 07:19 PM
Just hope he can take winning RG seriously.
I should certainly hope that he would. I mean, what else does he have left to win?

Fedex
09-12-2005, 07:23 PM
Nadal will own RG the next few years.
It is far too competetive on clay for one player to 'own' RG.

Rex
09-12-2005, 07:27 PM
sorry mate, i have to disagree- i wont go into it, becasue i find the simplest method is usually most effiecient- and lets face it..............rafa can beat a lot of players ont he clay- and i dont see federer taking him out on the dirt- it just cant happen.

Action Jackson
09-12-2005, 07:27 PM
I should certainly hope that he would. I mean, what else does he have left to win?

That really should be the one thing that can spur him on is winning this title once.

R.Federer
09-12-2005, 07:30 PM
Roger is able to win Roland-Garros in his career, I hope for him it will be next year. To win in Paris, he'll need to have a fantastic weather, a bit of luck with his draw (Sampras has never been very lucky with his draws in Paris), and a good preparation in the clay tournaments the weeks before. He has the potential to win it and I'm sure that he'll win Roland someday. Now, next year, I really don't know !! Will Nadal confirm ?

About the draw, he has a good chance next year to be seeded 2nd after nadal (1st) so that their chances of meeting earlier than the final are not there. of course unlike grass there are many other potential mines before he could get to the final. He must really want it, but for reason best known for him he will again put Wimbledon first priority i think

Mechlan
09-12-2005, 07:41 PM
I also fear that as long as Roger has his Wimbledon / grass streaks alive, he will place more emphasis on winning Wimbledon than focusing on Roland Garros. Hope I'm wrong, but I guess time will tell.

Chloe le Bopper
09-12-2005, 07:47 PM
:retard:

vincayou
09-12-2005, 08:24 PM
I think it's a really good theory. :)
Federer would meet Nadal only in final next year because of the seeding, and he's never better than in final.

Seriously, he was only second to Nadal this year at RG, he was truly impressive, I would be very surprised if he doesn't win it once. I'd love to see an attacking player winning it.

lucashg
09-12-2005, 08:40 PM
Seriously, he was only second to Nadal this year at RG, he was truly impressive, I would be very surprised if he doesn't win it once. I'd love to see an attacking player winning it.

Watch your words or you'll be eaten alive by Rafatards.

I agree it's a really good theory and I hope it happens, but I'd like to switch Safin with Coria. I think Coria has more chances to take ou Nadal on clay and well, he's never beaten Federer on clay so he could lose to him in the final. :p

He's also beem bothered by injuries and sometimes he chokes. So, I'd like to think it's gonna be between Coria, Nadal and Federer.

Even though I think Safin is a bad match-up for Nadal (if he's playing reasonably well), I think Nadal would still win it on clay.

lucashg
09-12-2005, 08:44 PM
That theory is all well and good but Roger needs to play Rafa before RG. He is for some reason very nervous when he plays Nadal so he needs to get Nadal out of his mind first to even make a match against Nadal competitive.

Also, as others have pointed out, he needs to concentrate on clay tournies a lot more this year if he is serious.

Thirdly - and this is my own theory, he needs to win the AO. Last year, he lost the AO so he wanted to rack up as much points as possible to stay #1 and guess where he got most of his points leading up to RG? Hardcourts. As a result his practice leading up to RG was seriously hampered. Also, because he lost AO, Wimbly became more important since he had a better chance of winning it compared to RG.

So, if he wins AO, I would expect him to change his schedule to make a good run leading up RG if he is serious about winning it. If he doesn't win AO, then sadly, it will be more like this year (sad for me since I would like him to get atleast 1 RG win).

:yeah: I agree with all of that. If he wins the Australian Open, he'll have much less pressure on himself and will probably have a better preparation leading up to Roland Garros.

And he does need to play Nadal on clay and on hardcourts too before RG. He needs to have at least one comfortable win over Nadal if he's to play with confidence against him on clay.

Corey Feldman
09-12-2005, 08:50 PM
:retard:
thanks for your intellectual contribution to this debate..

Corey Feldman
09-12-2005, 08:51 PM
Hoping Dirk's theory is correct :bounce:

vincayou
09-12-2005, 08:53 PM
Watch your words or you'll be eaten alive by Rafatards.

I agree it's a really good theory and I hope it happens, but I'd like to switch Safin with Coria. I think Coria has more chances to take ou Nadal on clay and well, he's never beaten Federer on clay so he could lose to him in the final. :p

He's also beem bothered by injuries and sometimes he chokes. So, I'd like to think it's gonna be between Coria, Nadal and Federer.

Even though I think Safin is a bad match-up for Nadal (if he's playing reasonably well), I think Nadal would still win it on clay.

I'd love Coria to win it. And I seriously hope that he will be challenging next year. We don't know about the match up between Nadal and Safin, maybe Safin wouldn't like it, we can only theorize. Coria has a chance against Nadal, he would not be the favourite, but he has a chance, as he proved it in Roma. Federer is a worse match up for him. So yes, if Coria is in the way of Nadal, it would definitely improve Roger's chances.

Action Jackson
09-12-2005, 08:53 PM
Well I wonder if I am a Raftard or a Fedtard now, since it seems to change with the certain people depending on what I post.

Corey Feldman
09-12-2005, 08:57 PM
Well I wonder if I am a Raftard or a Fedtard now, since it seems to change with the certain people depending on what I post.
:lol: we are all 'Tards or bandwagon hoppers on MTF arnt we? ;)

1sun
09-12-2005, 08:59 PM
well i dont believe in fate or written in the stars stuff so i dont think he will win rg based on this theory, i do however fully believe he win rg one day, and i would prefer him to beat rafa on his way to the title, or whoever is the form player on clay.

Action Jackson
09-12-2005, 09:00 PM
:lol: we are all 'Tards or bandwagon hoppers on MTF arnt we? ;)

Yes, I am a Hewitt hater to some and a fan to others, well as for the bandwagon hoppers I know who they are :) But yes expressing that I want Federer to win RG one day and not needing a theory to back that up, but saying why he will struggle will make me a Fed Hata.

lucashg
09-12-2005, 09:01 PM
:lol: we are all 'Tards or bandwagon hoppers on MTF arnt we? ;)

According to a couple of posters, apparently. :lol: :rolleyes:

GWH, if it's related to my post, then no, you're none of both. If it's not related to that, then it's not up to me to answer you.

Corey Feldman
09-12-2005, 09:07 PM
well my thoughts are, French will still be the hardest slam for Federer to win... Rafa is the man on clay and should still be next year... but anything can happen, can get a tough draw, be tired, be injured... and as someone else pointed out earlier, there are enough good clay courters that could beat Federer, not only Nadal... so who knows,
i hope fed can win RG at least once in his career

Sam L (WTAW)
09-12-2005, 09:21 PM
Nadal will be lucky if he doesn't become another Michael Chang. So I fully expect Roger to win the French Open or Marat or even Andy.

Corey Feldman
09-12-2005, 09:25 PM
or even Andy.http://www.planetsmilies.com/smilies/confused/confused0068.gif

nermo
09-12-2005, 09:28 PM
well, i guess Federer is improving on clay..this year 's RG..he showed better ease with playing..i think, he 's defintely got the abilities to win it some day...may be next year, may be not..
and though, i am a fan of Nadal as well as of Federer's, but idon't like taking Nadal winning it next year for granted, he needs to improve and to gain some new shots, cuz improvement is the right way he could safely go along with .. . and i think Nadal is wise enough to know it himself ..

DDrago2
09-12-2005, 10:54 PM
raffa = fed killa -> see ya in ganstas paradise

Deivid23
09-12-2005, 11:45 PM
Imo next year, Coria will be tougher to beat than Federer for Nadal (on clay).

*waiting for some of the blind Federer fans to start with their usual childish crying*

Corey Feldman
09-13-2005, 12:25 AM
Imo next year, Coria will be tougher to beat than Federer for Nadal (on clay).

as long as he doesnt run into the mighty Davydenko again :o

Deivid23
09-13-2005, 12:43 AM
as long as he doesnt run into the mighty Davydenko again :o

I expect Coria to have a big year in 2006, let´s see

Sjengster
09-13-2005, 12:57 AM
The only thing I can expect of Coria is the unexpected, he's had such an up and down time of it ever since he was touted as the next King of Clay last year. Apart from the serving yips he has some mental issues to deal with, a lot of big matches have been lost including the Rome final where he had Nadal right where he wanted him and let the kid's mental intensity and the crowd get to him. Perlas must be having nightmares, he goes from watching Costa scrape through marathon after marathon in defence of his RG crown to sitting through equally lengthy Coria matches but with the wrong result.

I doubt he'll lose to the likes of Davydenko again, sure, and he seems to own Ferrero on clay for the foreseeable future, but it's now obvious that both Nadal and Federer are major hurdles for him to overcome on clay. I suppose the tightness of the score gives you the belief that you can win the next time you meet, but I don't know how anyone can come through a match like that encounter in Rome on the losing end and not have doubts about whether you'll ever be able to beat your opponent.

Deivid23
09-13-2005, 01:07 AM
The only thing I can expect of Coria is the unexpected, he's had such an up and down time of it ever since he was touted as the next King of Clay last year. Apart from the serving yips he has some mental issues to deal with, a lot of big matches have been lost including the Rome final where he had Nadal right where he wanted him and let the kid's mental intensity and the crowd get to him. Perlas must be having nightmares, he goes from watching Costa scrape through marathon after marathon in defence of his RG crown to sitting through equally lengthy Coria matches but with the wrong result.

I doubt he'll lose to the likes of Davydenko again, sure, and he seems to own Ferrero on clay for the foreseeable future, but it's now obvious that both Nadal and Federer are major hurdles for him to overcome on clay. I suppose the tightness of the score gives you the belief that you can win the next time you meet, but I don't know how anyone can come through a match like that encounter in Rome on the losing end and not have doubts about whether you'll ever be able to beat your opponent.

Good points, Sjengster. But there´re a couple of things in which Coria will be much stronger next year. His shoulder and his game itself. He knows he has been handicapped this year by that injury. He has changed a bit his game (he´s not trying to grind out their opponents that much and looks a bit more for shorter points starting from a stronger first serve and a more risky 2nd). and also has paid for it during this year: too many double faults and unforced errors, but I´m convinced this can do nothing but improve as time goes by.

I´ve seen that 5th set against Nadal around half dozen of times, and you really have to give almost all the credit to Nadal. But of course, I must admit there´s a big question mark about his mental strength for me. He chokes too often on pressure situations

R.Federer
09-13-2005, 01:10 AM
After going from 0-40 (triple CP) to holding, we can absolve Coria of choking now I think. Separate matter that he double faulted next service game, that was pressure point I dont think choking

Deivid23
09-13-2005, 01:13 AM
After going from 0-40 (triple CP) to holding, we can absolve Coria of choking now I think. Separate matter that he double faulted next service game, that was pressure point I dont think choking

Not only talking about his game against Ginepri, it just came to my mind when serving for the 2nd set against Federer in Hamburg, that overhead he dumped into center on court on mp against Nadal in that final, let alone the RG final against Gaudio, there are a lot of examples for that. He tends to choke in pressure situations, definetely

Sjengster
09-13-2005, 01:28 AM
Good points, Sjengster. But there´re a couple of things in which Coria will be much stronger next year. His shoulder and his game itself. He knows he has been handicapped this year by that injury. He has changed a bit his game (he´s not trying to grind out their opponents that much and looks a bit more for shorter points starting from a stronger first serve and a more risky 2nd). and also has paid for it during this year: too many double faults and unforced errors, but I´m convinced this can do nothing but improve as time goes by.

I´ve seen that 5th set against Nadal around half dozen of times, and you really have to give almost all the credit to Nadal. But of course, I must admit there´s a big question mark about his mental strength for me. He chokes too often on pressure situations

This has been an interesting development - certainly on hardcourts, he can sweep away a lot of lesser players he might have had grinding battles with in the past (Mantilla, Spadea etc.), but then he has to be wary of falling into the Chang Trap. If he tries to punch above his weight too much he could be punished by fellow top players, and especially on clay where unforced errors can rack up very quickly. That was what I noticed against Federer at Hamburg this year, maybe he was still fatigued from Rome but it seemed he was trying to go for massive shots to the lines to stop Federer landing the killer blow first, and once you've got Coria making those sorts of wild errors he's very beatable.

Nadal looked very fatigued at 0-3 down in that final set, but all it took was for Coria to be careless on a couple of chances to lead 4-0, and then 4-2, for him to come storming back. I mean, Coria came up with the most amazing plays to save matchpoint towards the end, including that penetrating forehand right into the corner that prompted him to chew on a ball afterwards, but that tame overhead and missed volley was a rather pitiful way to lose in the end.

victory1
09-13-2005, 01:34 AM
Imo next year, Coria will be tougher to beat than Federer for Nadal (on clay).

*waiting for some of the blind Federer fans to start with their usual childish crying*

I completely agree. Last year i thought Coria was "the king of clay", i actually got the Tennis Channel after Miami last year, they showed all the Master series, which just happen to be during the clay season. I thought he was amazing!! If it was not for injuries, I still believe he would have given Nadal a run for his money this year. It shows you how fical clay could be once you get hurt, 1st it was JCF, then Coria, who knows if Nadal will be that dominant on clay next year. The other 2 could not re-produce their clay season. In fact none of the top clay players where dominant 2 years in a row except Guga!

Ays25
09-13-2005, 02:38 AM
just because nadal, coria, gaudio, and all clay courters will retire before the tourney starts and roger will have the easiest of draws and will play vs carlsen in the final

Doctor Dance
09-13-2005, 02:46 AM
as the initial poster said, roger's only hope is if someone else like a safin or a ferrero knocks out nadal becuase roger won't beat nadal on clay over 5 sets

Merton
09-13-2005, 03:56 AM
When was the last time that #1 faced #2 at the final in RG?

Dirk
09-13-2005, 04:29 AM
Merton that probably never happened.

ExpectedWinner
09-13-2005, 06:01 AM
But there´re a couple of things in which Coria will be much stronger next year. His shoulder

What kind of an injury does he have? Shoulder injures are among the toughest ones to treat. In many cases an injured shoulder never regains the former strength.

Puschkin
09-13-2005, 06:34 AM
Kafelnikov won it 10 years ago. I know it doesn't make any sense but hear me out. This year Nadal dominated the clay just like Muster did in 95 (ten years ago) and Nadal like Muster (Essen 95) also won a big title off the clay this year. Muster one his way to the French Open beat Kafel in the semis, the same place Nadal beat Roger. The next year Muster was cleaning up clay titles and making it seem as if he would win RG again and have another 95-like year. He was stopped by Stich and Kafel went on to win the title. That means Roger will go on to win the title and over the person who stops Nadal like Kafel did. The only question is now who will be our Stich. We will get our answer by examining Stich as a player. Stich was a all court talent who would have been a much more successful player had it not been for head issues and injuries. Who does that sound like??????? SAFFY!!!!!!!!! :) Saffy will take out Nadal next year and lose to Ninja in the finals. :worship:

This was all written in the stars by Muster ten years ago. Thanks mate. :worship:

Muster determining Roger's fate ten years later :p What a theory ;) Just to make it complete: Evgenij did not play Indian Wells and Key Biscayne in 1996, but played Monte Carlo, Rome and Hamburg, with a SF in Hamburg as his best result.

I agree with those who say that Roger needs a different preparation if he wants to go the very end in RG. I remember that he was rather evasive about returning to Halle in one of his post-match interviews this year. This might be an indication of a different schedule in 2006, even if I am still not convinced that Roger is ready to "sacrifice" Wimby for RG which makes me wonder again- as I often did before - how Borg did it, winning both that is.

megadeth
09-13-2005, 06:45 AM
i think roger should sacrifice rotterdam and dubai to play in south american clay court events to prepare better for FO

nadal did that this year...

oneandonlyhsn
09-13-2005, 07:38 AM
So I fully expect Roger to win the French Open or Marat or even Andy.

Andy :rolls: or did you mean Andy Murray :confused:

propi
09-13-2005, 11:53 AM
It's great to see how many people don't count on Ferrero for RG... he will finally play healthy and without any preasure :bounce:

Neely
09-13-2005, 11:55 AM
Federer will probably come close again (QF, SF), but he won't win it next year; just too many dangerous people can beat him there (presumed they are healthy), even if he is playing very well.

guinevere_79
09-13-2005, 12:45 PM
I honestly think that Roger can eventually win the French Open. But he has to sacrifice a lot to achieve that goal. For starters, he should play more warm-up tournaments in addition to the Masters Series. The South American events aren't the solution IMO, maybe he should play in Barcelona as well?

This might sound overconfident, but Nadal really is the only hurdle in Roger's path. I think Roger's clay game is solid enough to defeat the other clay courters like Gaudio, Coria and Puerta.

Puschkin
09-13-2005, 01:30 PM
This might sound overconfident, but Nadal really is the only hurdle in Roger's path.
This is much too early to say. There may be totally different players in form next year in June.


I think Roger's clay game is solid enough to defeat the other clay courters like Gaudio, Coria and Puerta.

I would not dare to generalise that way.

Rafa = Fed Killa
09-13-2005, 03:41 PM
Next 5 years:

5 Wimbledons to Fed.
5 RGs to Rafa.

Welcome to the reality of the new ATP.