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"In the last few years, Rafael has had many problems with the knees when he has been playing at Wimbledon," Toni said. "It has been difficult for him to play at Wimbledon. Last year was a little different, and this year his knees are so much better. I believe he can win Wimbledon this year. For me, yes, that is possible, but it's true that he's not one of the biggest favorites.
Source: http://espn.go.com/tennis/wimbledon15/story/_/id/13151225/wimbledon-why-uncle-toni-believes-rafael-nadal-win-wimbledon



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Toni is alpha.
 

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For all the good a healthy knee has done him this year...
 

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For all the good a healthy knee has done him this year...
Rafa's court coverage was OUTSTANDING at Roland Garros, but he hit the ball too short, so it didn't matter.
Not enough confidence.
It was similar to 2011 US Open Final, except Rafa didn't quite finish off the 1st set (but broke Djokovic twice in the set).
The 3rd set of 2011 US Open Final was like the 1st set of 2015 Roland Garros QF, Rafa was running down balls superbly (but hitting too short, which allowed Djokovic to dictate).
 

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Uncle Toni: "Rafa's level is enough to win Roland Garros"

OP is the only one in the world to fall into Toni's bait...
 

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Every player who entered the field can win Wimbledon
Kind of, but it would depend on the draw of each player.
For example, Federer won't be able to beat Rafa, so for Federer to win Wimbledon he'd have to avoid playing Rafa.
Rafa going for his 7th straight win over Federer at slams (and in that 6 match winning streak only 2 of them were at Roland Garros).
 

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Why so confident, after a dismal season. What does Toni know we don't? :secret:
 

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Uncle Toni: "Rafa's level is enough to win Roland Garros"

OP is the only one in the world to fall into Toni's bait...
Actually Toni said that just after Monte Carlo.
Rafa's confidence was hurt more and more each week during the clay season, so by the time we got to Roland Garros, Rafa had less confidence than ever.
So I think Toni was correct when he said it, but circumstances changed in the weeks that followed his comment.
 

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Why so confident, after a dismal season. What does Toni know we don't? :secret:
Stuttgart.
Rafa played better at Stuttgart than he played at Wimbledon last year.
Like I've said before, if you watch Murray-Troicki at Queens and then watch Nadal-Troicki at Stuttgart, you will have trouble figuring out which is the 10th seed and which is the 2nd favorite, because Rafa played just as well as Murray and maybe better.

Rafa made the 4th Round of Wimbledon last year.
So he wouldn't have to improve much to get into the QF.
And Toni understands the dynamic between Murray-Nadal better than anyone, so he can assess that and probably sees that Rafa will very possibly win.
And the semi is Federer, which might as well be referred to as 'heaven'.
 

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Kind of, but it would depend on the draw of each player.
For example, Federer won't be able to beat Rafa, so for Federer to win Wimbledon he'd have to avoid playing Rafa.
Rafa going for his 7th straight win over Federer at slams (and in that 6 match winning streak only 2 of them were at Roland Garros).
Federer won 2 Wimbledon title beating Nadal in the final, and Nadal was much playing amazing tennis back then unlike right now.
 

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Kind of, but it would depend on the draw of each player.
For example, Federer won't be able to beat Rafa, so for Federer to win Wimbledon he'd have to avoid playing Rafa.
Rafa going for his 7th straight win over Federer at slams (and in that 6 match winning streak only 2 of them were at Roland Garros).
Fed can and will beat Nadal on grass and on other surfaces aswell (maybe even clay). The problem is, that they only meet, when Nadal is in shape. And then Nadal of course wins most of the time. But when Nadal is off, he usually looses in early rounds.
It's no surprise that the last time they met AO 2014, when Nadal was on fire...
 
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