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  • Nadal in 3

    Votes: 19 26.4%
  • Nadal in 4

    Votes: 29 40.3%
  • Nadal in 5

    Votes: 8 11.1%
  • Wawrinka in 3

    Votes: 4 5.6%
  • Wawrinka in 4

    Votes: 9 12.5%
  • Wawrinka in 5

    Votes: 3 4.2%
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Wawrinka's level was simply amazing throughout. Djokovic didn't even play bad, he just simply couldn't do much in the match.

Could Peak Nadal have beaten Wawrinka at his level today? Probably a pretty close match, despite the H2H Wawrinka has played Djokovic really tough recently at slams, and Nadal matches up better with Wawrinka in general. I voted Nadal in 5, but definitely Wawrinka would have his chances.
 

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2008/2012, maybe also 2010 Dull in 4. 2005/2009/2011/2014 probably loses. 2006/2007/2013 tight.
 

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peak dull would've crushed stans body and then mind, in 3, 4 at the very max
 

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Peak Nadal was unbeatable at RG and had a good matchup against Wawrinka.

Djokovic beat the shadow of Nadal this year, we all know it.
 

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Maybe a 5 setter but Rafa would've won it.Because peak Nadal was mentally a monster.
 

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Peak Nadal in 4, I agree.
 

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No, GODwrinka cannot be troubled by mere mortals
 

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The way Wawrinka was saving break pts and breaking Djokovic's will, I'd say he'd have taken Nadal to the limit but Nadal would have ultimately prevailed in '06-08 and possibly 2012. I think Wawrinka would have beaten Nadal in 2013-14 and maybe 11.
 

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I'd say Nadal in 4 or 5, but I'm talking 2006/2008 clay Nadal. Not "peak" 2012/2014 clay Nadal. In any other surface, Wawrinka would have won today.
 

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Obviously. The biggest factor is that Nadal is a bad matchup for Wawrinka compared to Djokovic.
 
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