As players continue waiting, hoping father time makes Rafa mortal at RG. Now a peak clay Rafa who just straight setted his rival might only have to wait 7 months for the inevitable 21.
25 slams I doubt. 22--23 is possible yes. We dont know when the permanent decline will come. Injury has always been Nadals Achilles heel.He would probably already have 23 to 25 slams. Had he never been injured.Nadal is good for another 3-4 titles at RG plus 1-2 hard court slams if the draw opens up for him. 25 slams is very much possible by the time he hangs up his racquet. While it seems so routine for him to win at RG every year, this kind of dominance deserves a special kind of respect. If all it took was for a player to just show up at his favorite slam, every player would do it.
What kind of handicap did he have this time around? Don’t quote his draw because first of all, in hindsight, its difficulty was massively overestimated, second of all, he made light work of Cilic, Sock and Ruud, beating all of them in straight sets. If having to beat Gaston and Schwartzman are considered a handicap/tough draw, how do you expect him to beat Nadal in the first place? Because he will have to go through Nadal to win the FO, no matter what. He is also much younger than Nadal and one of the fittest players on tour, I don’t accept a busy schedule as an argument in his case either. At his age Federer played over 80 matches per year while battling with a peak Nadal on big tournaments regularly.I wonder what kind of handicap will Dominic Thiem have this time around?