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Nadal doesn't have the long term endurance and consistency like Djokovic and Federer, so every year at WTF he seems to be tired and he plays bellow his standards.

This season however is shorter, plus Nadal skipped the USO, so for the 1st time ever in this part of the year, Nadal is fresh.

So is this year Nadal's best chance to win WTF, or he will instead prove once and for all that he indeed sucks on those courts regardless of how fresh he is?
 

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He should go for it, biggest shots plausibly in 2010 and 2013. A stain on his career that he as the only ATG never won it.

1 win will kill that discussion forever.
 

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Last year was his best chance. Thiem, Zverev, Tsitsipas etc have all made strides this year in winning big matches and Novak has been more dominant. Last year was winnable but he screwed himself by playing Laver Cup and all those exhos which led to a withdrawal in Paris and an undercooked Nadal going into his first match vs Zverev.
 

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His chances to win it are slim even with the Serbian pusher out, many of them can beat him, his best chance was in 2017 when he couldn't have got an easier group but was injured albeit it was his fault for trying to vulture points to finish No 1.
 
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Finally you make a thread that’s not dumb as shit 😂. This is one of his better chances for sure as Fed won’t be in it and he usually beats next gen convincingly. He still sucks here tho so he prob won’t win it.
 

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Last year was his best chance. Thiem, Zverev, Tsitsipas etc have all made strides this year in winning big matches and Novak has been more dominant. Last year was winnable but he screwed himself by playing Laver Cup and all those exhos which led to a withdrawal in Paris and an undercooked Nadal going into his first match vs Zverev.
Nadal had no business getting out of the group last year, that Medvedev choke was one for the ages.
 

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These are possibly the best conditions Nadal will ever have for winning this tournament. Nadal is coming fresh off a French Open win which gives him confidence whereas he is usually very low in confidence during this part of the season because of his poor performance during the fall hard court season. The season was shortened because of COVID-19, so he is fresh. Federer is recovering from 2 surgeries and isn't match fit yet and won't be participating. Tsitsipas is out for 3 weeks because of injury and might not be match fit when the tournament starts. Medvedev is not exactly in great form this year and is very unclutch. Zverev could go into pathetic pusher mode and be easy to beat. Depending on who are the last 2 to qualify for London, Nadal might get a super easy draw in the Round Robin. If Nadal is matched up with Tsitsipas, Medvedev, and Rublev, Nadal could actually qualify for the semifinals for the first time in 7 years. Djokovic might have a confidence issue right now given that he was robbed of a win at Wimbledon because of its cancellation, defaulted at the US Open, and brutally destroyed at the French Open. And Thiem is hardly some force on indoor hard courts. I'm not suggesting that Nadal will win, but he will probably never get a better opportunity than this one to vulture a YEC title.
 

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Yes Its His Best Chance
 

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i still think his best chance was 2005. Rafa had unlimited energy that year. he would outlast Fed.
 

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He has his chances I think. It depends a little bit on the draw. We have to be honest indoor hardcourt doesn't suit Nadal very well. I would like to see him playing Paris to prepare for the WTF. After it he has enough time to recover from it.

A lose against Djokovic at Paris or the WTF wouldn't be a problem for the AO. Everybody knows it's a different between indoor and outdoor.
 

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His chances to win it are slim even with the Serbian pusher out, many of them can beat him, his best chance was in 2017 when he couldn't have got an easier group but was injured albeit it was his fault for trying to vulture points to finish No 1.
If the Swiss ballerina is anywhere in Serbinator’s path at WTF, expect healthy payback in kind from 2019.
 
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