Originally Posted by EliSter
Nadal is huge favorite for RG ofc, and if he plays at his best no one will be even close, but behind him is Nole and that makes him a fav too, maybe next year Nadal crushes early too at RG? Its possibile, not likely but it is...
The only way Rafa loses a 5 set match on clay right now is if he's injured or the clay is like it was in 2011, which was not normal, clearly. Novak is the second best clay court player, and injuries are apart of tennis, and especially clay tennis b/c of the how close the tournaments are together. Looking at what Federer did in 2009, and Novak is better than that on clay. If Rafa was out of the way, he could go through without a doubt. He will get Roland Garros, eventually, he is too good of clay player, not to take it.