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by Wimbledon 20 27.03%
by USO 25 33.78%
by the end of the year 7 9.46%
by next AO 2 2.70%
sometime next year or longer 6 8.11%
never, Nadal drifts downward 14 18.92%
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Old 01-31-2013, 12:57 AM   #31
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Default Re: When will Nadal return to the top 4?

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Never again and I'm dead serious.

He's going to play with pain next week, how well do you guys think that's going to end?
Clearly being out from the game for what...over six months (?) is not great. But players like Roddick played with tendinitis throughout their careers - he lasted until he was thirty before calling it quits.

So it's not impossible to see Nadal getting back to some kind of form, even if he has to continue to play with the pain.

Edit: I just checked Roddick's ranking history - dropped out of top four never to return in 2007 (he must've been about 25). So maybe you're right. Obviously, I appreciate that there are some major differences in Nadal and Roddick's games, etc...

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Old 01-31-2013, 01:55 AM   #32
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Default Re: When will Nadal return to the top 4?

When Fed declines/retires, as I don't see him surpassing Ferrer any time soon...
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Old 01-31-2013, 04:10 AM   #33
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Default Re: When will Nadal return to the top 4?

Probably not going to be anytime this year, but if it does happen, most likely after Wimbledon.
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I personally think Nadal will never be the same again. He's not going to overload his body on so many tournaments, which means he could possibly be gone from the top 4 forevermore.
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Default Re: When will Nadal return to the top 4?

Maybe after the USO, a lot depends on his clay season.

I can't imagine nole and rafa meeting in the QF/SF
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Maybe after the USO, a lot depends on his clay season.

I can't imagine nole and rafa meeting in the QF/SF
Tennis will be exciting again. These days slams are so boring and predictable.
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Tennis will be exciting again. These days slams are so boring and predictable.
I agree, he will give balance to the top.

I think rafa motivate fed to push himself more and more, since wimby fed is not the same, he look less motivate
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Default Re: When will Nadal return to the top 4?

I voted "by the US Open" trying to be positive, but I think it's more realistic to bet "by the end of the year", when Ferrer loses his points from Bercy and so on ...

Nadal still has 4000 points to take back from Ferrer (only 2500 points from Federer) for the seeds for the US Open.
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I think around the USO seems reasonable. Ferrer's AO semi kinda makes it hard though, especially with Rafa having to defend so many points on Clay while coming back off an injury (I mean he's still Rafa and it's still clay, but being out for a while is always going to pose challenges).
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Nadal will fall from here on.
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I'd say before RG
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Default Re: When will Nadal return to the top 4?

It will be tough this year. Ferrer is a very consistent vulture.
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I hope I'm wrong though. I don't want to see Nadal gone from the tour.
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i dunno but something tells me it might be NEVAH
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Voted for "by Wimbledon". I don't see Ferrer performing as well and you know he'll drawn in the QF against Nadal for RG.
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