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Queen's Club? Beijing? Basel? 2016 or beyond? Never again?

So far he's only winning some 250 title(s) (i.e. Buenos Aires and likely Stuttgart now).

It seems like once it's a 500, 1000, or Grand Slam, it's too stacked with good enough players to beat him.
 

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I mean come on, Monaco and Troicki. I admit Rogie got Cuevas (who is good enough on clay), but Raonic and Djokovic are both better quality opponents in a final (and both have beaten Rafa in 2015). Rafa winning Stuttgart will not mean much of anything. Rafa will lose to someone in Queens (even if Mugray in the F) and will NOT win Wimbledon. This will likely be Rafa's last title in 2015. I just don't think he can win anything above a 250 event for the time being.
 

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Acapulco 2016.
 

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Queens, Wimbledon, Canada, Cincy or US Open.
He's currently on a 17 match winning streak in US Summer.
:spit:

:haha:

:superlol:

Now I am convinced you are definitely not a Rafa fan. Just annoying others here in the name of his fan.
 

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Queens, Wimbledon, Canada, Cincy and US Open.
He's currently on a 17 match winning streak in US Summer.
Fixed

He will win all matches/titles from now until US open and 1 masters 1000 in indoor Paris or Shangai.
 

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When will Nadal win his next 500 title?

Ok Nadal won already 500 titles?
 

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Queens, Wimbledon, Canada, Cincy or US Open.
He's currently on a 17 match winning streak in US Summer.
They will all be on his racquet once he hits his form.
 

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I mean come on, Monaco and Troicki. I admit Rogie got Cuevas (who is good enough on clay), but Raonic and Djokovic are both better quality opponents in a final (and both have beaten Rafa in 2015). Rafa winning Stuttgart will not mean much of anything. Rafa will lose to someone in Queens (even if Mugray in the F) and will NOT win Wimbledon. This will likely be Rafa's last title in 2015. I just don't think he can win anything above a 250 event for the time being.
Then be prepared to be SHOCKED.

He isn't even in second gear yet. If Federer could make a WIMBLEDON final playing like he does now. Nadal certainly can now that he has set his sights on it.

Remember we are talking about a CLAYCOURT specialist who won the AMERICAN HARDCOURT treble. (Something Djokovic hasn't done) If I had come on this forum in July 2013 and said RAFA is about to a Win Montreal,Cinni and of COURSE the U.S open.

What do you think the reaction would be? Pretty much what it is now, with me saying he can make a Wimbledon final again. Just watch the next month.
 

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He's had three 1R losses in a row in the US summer.

Not even turning up to a mandatory = 1R loss, or arguably worse.
The last 3 events Nadal has played at US Summer were-
2013 Canada = won
2013 Cincy = won
2013 US Open = won

Nadal has been superior to Djokovic in the US summer since 2012 despite not playing the US summer in 2012 and 2014.
 

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Well, you (the OP) were absolutely sure Nadal wouldn't get past the quarters at any of these grass events so pardon me if I completely ignore your prognostications on his more general prospects.

I myself have low expectations for Nadal, though I've thought since the AO that he should be focusing on faster events to avoid grinding even if his progress might me slow and I'm pleasantly surprised that grass has agreed with him thus far. A few good wins strung together against top opposition could do wonders for his big event results but at this point I see Tokyo and maybe Basel as realistic goals for 2015. He really should be going to Japan if he chooses to play that week but he'll undoubtedly take the money from Beijing again if it's offered (no sure thing given his recent form). A Washington WC would also be wise if he crashes out of WB early and that's a possible 500 title depending on the field.


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Nadal's playing Basel this year too?

Well I doubt he'll win it. It's indoor HC, and last year he lost to Coric.

and it generally has a decent field.
 

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Nadal's playing Basel this year too?

Well I doubt he'll win it. It's indoor HC, and last year he lost to Coric.

and it generally has a decent field.

He played there last year with an operation looming and significant rust. I wouldn't read too much into his aborted comeback results from 2014.

Title wins in general are still still improbable going in at this point but any event where Fed is likely to take out top competition and also likely make it to the late rounds is a plus for Nadal. Thus Basel is relatively doable when compared to Masters/slams.


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He played there last year with an operation looming and significant rust. I wouldn't read too much into his aborted comeback results from 2014.

Title wins in general are still still improbable going in at this point but any event where Fed is likely to take out top competition and also likely make it to the late rounds is a plus for Nadal. Thus Basel is relatively doable when compared to Masters/slams.


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Not on Indoors HC where I'm pretty confident of a Federer victory.

Nadal losing to players that he used to own big time like Berdych, Wawrinka and then losing to Fognini and Berrer makes me more confident of Federer winning against Nadal, outside of clay. Fed is not that bad against Nadal as some people think, he did get 10 wins against him...

You could say the past few years have been leaning to that case, but this year Nadal is shadow of what he used to be.
 

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Not on Indoors HC where I'm pretty confident of a Federer victory.

Nadal losing to players that he used to own big time like Berdych, Wawrinka and then losing to Fognini and Berrer makes me more confident of Federer winning against Nadal, outside of clay. Fed is not that bad against Nadal as some people think, he did get 10 wins against him...

You could say the past few years have been leaning to that case, but this year Nadal is shadow of what he used to be.

I honestly have no idea how Nadal would do against Fed off clay right now. I'm certainly not predicting a likely Nadal win against Fed in Basel, just saying the matchup problems are still there and I'd take Fed as a late round opponent over a bunch of other top ten guys right now. That's more likely to happen in Basel than pretty much any event other than Halle at this point in the old man's career, and thus I'd say Nadal's chances are relatively better there even if they're still poor no matter how favorable the field.


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