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Couple of observations. Rafa was totally focused, he did not waste any energies on yelling Vamos or making any animated fist pumps, when he won big points with a spectacular shot, he forgot it and focused on next point. I never saw him this totally focused before. He also used minor stall tactics twice, early in the first game on the 40-30 Djokovic game point he went to his towel and made Djokovic wait for him. He also did this again on the break point late in the third set, making Djokovic wait for him though he was the one returning and should have been ready. Nadal won both of those critical points too. Nadal was superior on every level today, it was a perfect performance and he knew it had to be to beat Djokovic. I also think the training on clay skipping Cincy and US Open was an advantage for Rafa. Another critical mistake by the Djokovic team was when Goran said in the media if they play in the final, Rafa has no chance to beat Djokovic. This kind of disrespect fuels Nadal and Goran saying it served no positive purpose except to give Rafa more incentive. Some costly errors by Djokovic team but Nadal was absolutely flawless today and this performance deserves recognition as possibly the finest clay court match ever played. - Scoop Malinowski
 
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Rafa played great for his age but let's not go overboard. 2008 Nadal would beat his current self in 4 sets, maybe even in straights.
 

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I disagree with your theory about age and agree with the assertion this could be Rafa's finest hour.. He did not lose a set this year, total domination for two weeks. Fresh body from skipping US Open and Cincy and not having the backlog of all those red clay masters. Rafa was fresher, sharper, quicker, everything was ON. Djokovic was so extremely confident he let his own coach (Goran) say Rafa would have no chance to beat him in the final. Djokovic did not disavow that Goran statement or trash talk, whatever you want to call it. Djokovic was supremely confident. Rafa let his racquet do all the talking today It's hard to say what his finest clay match was, there have been so many. But with the stakes on the line today - 13 and 20 and with the world no. 1 across the net, desperate for 2 and 18, Rafa was near perfection. Which Rafa clay match would you say was his greatest @Pirao666
 

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I disagree with your theory about age and agree with the assertion this could be Rafa's finest hour.. He did not lose a set this year, total domination for two weeks. Fresh body from skipping US Open and Cincy and not having the backlog of all those red clay masters. Rafa was fresher, sharper, quicker, everything was ON. Djokovic was so extremely confident he let his own coach (Goran) say Rafa would have no chance to beat him in the final. Djokovic did not disavow that Goran statement or trash talk, whatever you want to call it. Djokovic was supremely confident. Rafa let his racquet do all the talking today It's hard to say what his finest clay match was, there have been so many. But with the stakes on the line today - 13 and 20 and with the world no. 1 across the net, desperate for 2 and 18, Rafa was near perfection. Which Rafa clay match would you say was his greatest @Pirao666
Mate, the Dull of 2008 was simply a superior player to the Dull of today. In 2008 Dull basically retrieved every shot, it was impossible to hit winners against him. That's partly why Roger suffered so much, there was no way for Roger to implement an attacking gameplan against Dull, and Roger does not know how to play any other way. And in 2008 Dull was also much more brutal with his FH. The only ways he has improved since then are in his net game, serve (not so relevant on clay), and his BH, slightly. But he has lost most of his speed and his FH power and spin, his two biggest assets on clay.
 

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I stopped reading when you said Roger Federer is one dimensional.
 
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