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I think the chances he wins another slam or even a masters or a 500 off clay are pretty low. With more and more injuries, ageing and generation next rising his winning days off clay may be finally over.

So the best strategy for him might be to specialise even more and concentrate almost entirely on clay as of 2019. Maybe he should even skip non-clay slams not to risk his health and trying to prolong his career on the tour.

I think the smart move by Nadal should be to focus 100% on clay and treat other events only as secondary or redundant especially if they mess up his clay season preparation.

What do you think?
 

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This year Nadal was asked which tournament he'd want to win if he could only win ONE more tournament.
Nadal said the Australian Open.
So the only tournament we know Nadal will play each year is the Australian Open.
 

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As long as he can manage his injuries during the clay season and get 4k-5k points easily, he is free to ambush any non-clay tournament at the opportune moment.
 

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As for the other slams, nobody was better than Nadal at Wimbledon this year (but obviously Djokovic was equal to Nadal).

And at the US Open we saw prime Del Potro struggle with injured Nadal in the SF, needed a tie-breaker in the 1st Set before Nadal donated the match....

So next year we've got Nadal winning Roland Garros as usual, Wimbledon and the US Open.

The Australian Open is his biggest challenge, and its also his top priority.
 

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Not sure next year but something he will have to consider from age of 34 or 35. It was around that age Federer decided clay was too much trouble for his worth and the transition from clay to grass is only going to get harder for Nadal.

Can see him skipping Wimbledon to have one last tilt at US open where his record is simply better than AO where all sorts of bad luck have befallen him.

Just playing clay is too premature considering he's still making semi finals in the other slams.
 

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As for the other slams, nobody was better than Nadal at Wimbledon this year (but obviously Djokovic was equal to Nadal).

And at the US Open we saw prime Del Potro struggle with injured Nadal in the SF, needed a tie-breaker in the 1st Set before Nadal donated the match....

So next year we've got Nadal winning Roland Garros as usual, Wimbledon and the US Open.

The Australian Open is his biggest challenge, but its also his top priority.
3 slams for Nadal in 2019? I think you are probably the only Nadal fan who believes it... he did it only once (Fed did it 3 times, Djokovic 2 times) and it was in a very weak year (Fed beginning to decline and tired mentally after breaking Sampras record/ Djok pre-prime)
 

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3 slams for Nadal in 2019? I think you are probably the only Nadal fan who believes it... he did it only once (Fed did it 3 times, Djokovic 2 times) and it was in a very weak year (Fed beginning to decline and tired mentally after breaking Sampras record/ Djok pre-prime)
Sadly for you, Nadal's career is completely unpredictable :eek:
You can't bank on anything, only surprises.
 

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Same boring Nadal bashing that we got in 2015, and basically same as Nole bashing latest May or Roger bashing before Basel...

Pure speculation and no evidence of a decline he was SF in USO and Wimbledon and won Canada MS.

Only injury had darken up this digest.

Could you please stop displaying hate and bashing. It is just embarrassing for you.
 

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Same boring Nadal bashing that we got in 2015, and basically same as Nole bashing latest May or Roger bashing before Basel...

Pure speculation and no evidence of a decline he was SF in USO and Wimbledon and won Canada MS.

Only injury had darken up this digest.

Could you please stop displaying hate and bashing. It is just embarrassing for you.
It's none of the two. I seriously think maybe it's a good option for him to more focus on clay since 2019. If he doesn't do it in 2019 he'll surely do it in 2020. Many posters would agree with me.

And it's not my fault you see "bashing" and "hate" in everything that tries to discuss your favourites in a more objective manner. Maybe you are just too sensitive, mate.

EDIT: and please, don't derail this thread. It's an attempt to seriously discuss a certain possibility.
 

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It's none of the two. I seriously think maybe it's a good option for him to more focus on clay since 2019. If he doesn't do it in 2019 he'll surely do it in 2020. Many posters would agree with me.

And it's not my fault you see "bashing" and "hate" in everything that tries to discuss your favourites in a more objective manner. Maybe you are just too sensitive, mate.
You have no idea about Nadal or his future.
And the only sure thing in tennis, is that MTF won't be able to predict the next year.
Majority of MTF failed to predict Murray would be year-end-#1 in 2016, and failed to predict Nadal would be year-end-#1 in 2017.
MTF is utterly clueless when forecasting each year.
 

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You have no idea about Nadal or his future.
And the only sure thing in tennis, is that MTF won't be able to predict the next year.
True. I guess nobody here has any even remote idea to know and determine the future of a tennis player. But it doesn't mean we are not allowed to discuss it. The entire MTF is about discussing the unknown future.
 

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Nadal can really just take some time off whenever he's injured (as he's done this year), and still be in the running for #1 all the way to the last week of the season.
Heck, the only reason why he hasn't wrapped it up is because of the 10-8 5th Set at Wimbledon.
 

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Sounds like a terrible plan when you are making the quarters or better in every slam.
Fair point. But, what I think might be a bit worrying for Nadal is that he looks to get more tired by the latter stages of the slams (something you didn't see in him yet in 2017).

Even some Nadal fans were saying by the Roland Garros that he was looking more and more tired as the tournament progressed. He still won it comfortably but next year may not be such one-way traffic.

You've seen it too in Wimbledon but especially in the USO when he was struggling physically since the very early rounds.

So maybe he should do everything to not overplay and be 100% for Paris. He did fine in 2018 in that regard: skipped the sunshine double, played no grass warm-up and only Canada of the 2 American masters and still looked tired in the USO and Wimbledon to a lesser extent.
 

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It's none of the two. I seriously think maybe it's a good option for him to more focus on clay since 2019. If he doesn't do it in 2019 he'll surely do it in 2020. Many posters would agree with me.

And it's not my fault you see "bashing" and "hate" in everything that tries to discuss your favourites in a more objective manner. Maybe you are just too sensitive, mate.

EDIT: and please, don't derail this thread. It's an attempt to seriously discuss a certain possibility.
How would you react if I open a thread about 38 y.o. Federer just focusing on grass in 2019 ?

You perfectly know those type of Threads are just baiting and provocative, above all when Rafa is 32 and wil probably overpass Federer Slams in the next three or four years.
 

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How would you react if I open a thread about 38 Federer just focusing on grass in 2019 ?

You perfectly know those type of Thread are just baiting, above all when Rafa is 32 and wil probably overpass Federer Slams in the next three years.
No, it's not a baiting thread.

As for Fed - I think he's done winning slams anyway. But at Wimbledon he's got the biggest chance - so focusing on grass might be an option for him. He's already skipping clay, etc. No, that would be a fair point.
 

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I hope he will. In 2018, his margin on clay is less than in 2017 AND Nadal has less matches in his legs. We can add the come back of Djokovic so... If Nadal will win one M1000, Barcelona and RG in 2019, that will be positive for him and a plenty success.
 
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