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I don't know what the record for a single season is..Anybody does? We are barely past the mid-part of the season :eek: and Nadal has notched his 13th win after losing the 1st set including 6th at the majors so far (Dimitrov @ AO, Ferrer and Djokovic @ RG, Klizan, Rosol and Kukushkin @Wimbledon)...

Rafa has been having more than a usual pattern of slow starts in 2014...Don't think he can spot any more sets from here on to more accomplished opponents..Especially not on Grass where the margins are way thinner.....
 

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...and therefore it begs for the question to be asked.























SO WHAT?!

Stop hanging on to every pathetic excuse possible to make a thread droning on about the dullest man in our sport.
 

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On topic, I noticed that Rafa takes a lot of time until he finds the right spot to return. He test various distances until finds one that he feels comfortable. In all those matches all his ROS stats improve with the pass of time.
 

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After losing 1st set % * W–L
1. Australia Rod Laver........... 48.70.... 93–98
2. Sweden Björn Borg............. 45.16.... 84–102
3. Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl...... 44.80.... 138–170
4. Spain Rafael Nadal..................... 44.44.... 84–105
5. United States Jimmy Connors.... 43.90.... 166–212
6. United States Pete Sampras..... 43.70.... 122–157
7. Germany Boris Becker................. 42.10.... 110–151
8. Serbia Novak Djokovic............... 41.88.... 80–111
9. Switzerland Roger Federer...... 40.75.... 108–157
10. United Kingdom Andy Murray..... 40.00.... 74–111

There is a list of this on wiki. I think Rafa knows about it and want this title also.
 

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Spartan effort as usual!
Rafa is Life. Rafa is Love!
 

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I don´t see nothing special about it, only RG vs Novak was good achievemnt in other matches he just came back vs weaker opponent - so once he start to play his normal level he won
 

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After losing 1st set % * W–L
1. Australia Rod Laver........... 48.70.... 93–98
2. Sweden Björn Borg............. 45.16.... 84–102
3. Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl...... 44.80.... 138–170
4. Spain Rafael Nadal..................... 44.44.... 84–105
5. United States Jimmy Connors.... 43.90.... 166–212
6. United States Pete Sampras..... 43.70.... 122–157
7. Germany Boris Becker................. 42.10.... 110–151
8. Serbia Novak Djokovic............... 41.88.... 80–111
9. Switzerland Roger Federer...... 40.75.... 108–157
10. United Kingdom Andy Murray..... 40.00.... 74–111

There is a list of this on wiki. I think Rafa knows about it and want this title also.
But I am looking at a single season record, not career..I know this is hard to dig but maybe could Lilotes :help:
 

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On topic, I noticed that Rafa takes a lot of time until he finds the right spot to return. He test various distances until finds one that he feels comfortable. In all those matches all his ROS stats improve with the pass of time.
I think he's fighting against himself when playing on grass. I mean, he's no longer used to it after playing like four matches in two years, so he comes out and plays just like he usually plays on clay. It takes him long to adjust, but as we're seeing, once he's adjusted he's looking more like his 2007/2008/2010 self than his 2012-2013 self.
 

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...and therefore it begs for the question to be asked.


















SO WHAT?!

Stop hanging on to every pathetic excuse possible to make a thread droning on about the dullest man in our sport.
Then GTFO this thread. Kthxbye.
 

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He only tries a little bit in the first set, and if he lost it, then he tries his best.

I think he has declined a bit, in the past he even wins the first set without much effort.
 

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It's been known for years that Nadal works his way into matches and plays better as matches go on, especially after losing the first set.
 

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I think he's fighting against himself when playing on grass. I mean, he's no longer used to it after playing like four matches in two years, so he comes out and plays just like he usually plays on clay. It takes him long to adjust, but as we're seeing, once he's adjusted he's looking more like his 2007/2008/2010 self than his 2012-2013 self.
Well spotted, and that being the case no one has a prayer IF he maintains that form throughout the remainder of the tournament. He doesn't care if its a three set blitz or a five set knock down drag out grind. When his mind and body are in the same place, he isn't losing.

Go and check Nadals reaction to winning the third set in the 2013 US open, if you want to witness in a moment what separates him from the rest. There is no player in history that has ever had a greater will to win.

Oh the Federer devotees cry it's not pretty, it's not majestic. It's NOT MEANT TO BE. Nadal is chasing history not soppy fan approval.
 
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