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He hasn't picked a racket for three months, he needs to restart slowly, why risk an injure at this point?
 

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Well, other spanish players and Djokovic are playing exo tornaments so they are some weeks ahead of Rafa. Considering that he didn't touch a racquet in 2 months and he's practicing twice a week, I'm not sure about his competitive level on Sept.
 

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He is a smart guy. He is 34 and needs to get back to top form step by step to fine tune his shape for September when RG rolls around.
Too bad Dominic will take it away from him. 💪
 

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What is interesting is Rafa strikes me as a player who needs a few tune ups to get into his groove. He has the whole clay season normally to do this. If RG does go ahead with, max, one warm up we could see some strange results, Nadal included.

Basically what I am saying is a Frenchman will win this year.
 

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What is interesting is Rafa strikes me as a player who needs a few tune ups to get into his groove. He has the whole clay season normally to do this. If RG does go ahead with, max, one warm up we could see some strange results, Nadal included.

Basically what I am saying is a Frenchman will win this year.
Yeah I wouldn't begrudge a Frenchman winning it, for the first time in 37 years.
A shame it is so unlikely, and more chance of me flying to the moon.
But Nadal does normally need time , esp after a layoff like this.
Last year he didn't "click" until Rome.
He won't have that luxury of being able to play himself in this year, assuming it still goes ahead.
 

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Rafa got injured several times in Australia because he had a break in November-December and then rushed his training.
Never rush your training after a break.
 

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Yeah I wouldn't begrudge a Frenchman winning it, for the first time in 37 years.
A shame it is so unlikely, and more chance of me flying to the moon.
But Nadal does normally need time , esp after a layoff like this.
Last year he didn't "click" until Rome.
He won't have that luxury of being able to play himself in this year, assuming it still goes ahead.
In that 2019 Australian Open Final press conference, Rafa said his doctor didn't let him practice his defense since ankle surgery in late 2018, so at the AO he was only able to play offense (you can see in his matches he was ending the points very quickly to avoid running, and you need to run to play Djokovic - hence Rafa lost a slam final in straight sets for the first time ever).
So his defense wasn't quite ready for clay season, whereas he'll be allowed to practice his defense right now.....even if its only 2 days per week at the moment (although we don't know what the truth is, he could be practicing 7 days per week).
 

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What is interesting is Rafa strikes me as a player who needs a few tune ups to get into his groove. He has the whole clay season normally to do this. If RG does go ahead with, max, one warm up we could see some strange results, Nadal included.

Basically what I am saying is a Frenchman will win this year.
Dafuq? Rafa has been the player most equipped to good form after layoffs more than anyone ever
 

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Dafuq? Rafa has been the player most equipped to good form after layoffs more than anyone ever
Can you give me any examples of when Nadal came back from a long layoff and won?
 

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2013 Indian Wells, he won it after missing 7 months.
2017 Australian Open, he almost won it after missing 3 months.
 

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2013 Indian Wells, he won it after missing 7 months.
2017 Australian Open, he almost won it after missing 3 months.
After bad losses to Horacio Zeballos and Milos Raonic, respectively
 
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After bad losses to Horacio Zeballos and Milos Raonic, respectively
Rafa's first ever loss to Raonic was 2015.
As for losing to Zeballos, that was because Rafa was limping, his doctor said Rafa's knee will be stiff for the first few months of 2013.....he still won Indian Wells shortly after.
 

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Can you give me any examples of when Nadal came back from a long layoff and won?
2013? 2018? 2019?

Can you do the same for Federer and Djokovic?

After bad losses to Horacio Zeballos and Milos Raonic, respectively
Those weren't bad losses. They were high quality matches after having trounced good players within that tournament.
 

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Can you give me any examples of when Nadal came back from a long layoff and won?
He’s right. Nadal always seems to comeback as good as ever after a long lay off. He didn’t play after USO 18 and was already back to making the AO final. Likewise in 2018 after his AO injury, came back in MC goating already. And the best example is of course 2013.
 
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