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@228 - It's likely that Nadal will add to his FO haul, possibly another USO though he struggles with fitness on hard courts in slam conditions nowadays too much.It's unlikely he'll win Wimbledon again and he won't win another AO. I think another 3 FOs is a bit optimistic too.But who knows, Federer was written off as finished in 2013.
Sorry pastwa but you are wrong. The ball comes off the court slower on clay than fast surfaces. Therefore it is far easier to hit. The faster the court the more the game becomes a matter of skill as it is harder to hit.
Thoroughly enjoyed Nadal's masterclass. Hope he beats Thiem tomorrow and passes Margret Court's eleven Australian trophies. Long may he continue to reign.
I think Rafa is now a banker to beat Roger's slam record and cement his legacy as the GOAT. Fed is unlikely to win another slam, Novak might add another 2 or 3, but I can see Nadal getting to 15 French Opens, and picking up another couple in the US or Australia. Not sure if Rafa will win Wimby again, but you never know.
Wamos Rafa on 9 June 2019 remind all and sundry who is the king of clay
@ 9Smarmy showboat Djoker is out. Bring on Thiem for a final of best clay courters.
@213. Posted by armchair59. ''Think of clay as two people bashing a balloon across the Iivingroom. Takes very little skill to hit it..''It is actually the opposite. On clay you have to be very precise (hit closer to the lines), on hard surface/grass, you can get away with less accuracy compensated by the ball speed. Plus you get more free points as it's easier to serve aces (Isner, Anderson).
@223. Excellent point re Borg and back then the grass was much quicker so the difference between grass and the clay was more extreme and his achievements even more remarkabke. Strange he never bothered with Australia which was also grass then I think and he could never win the US. Strangely retired in mid 20s. A great shame and a great loss.
I think most people talk rubbish, because when you look at players records its obvious certain types of court suit certain players - eg Nadal and Clay/Roland Garros, Federer and grass/Wimbledon, Djokovic and acrylic/australian open, Sampras and grass/Wimbledon. Bjorn Borg is the most interesting, because he has won the the 2 most contradictory grandslams more than anyone!
That is a great quote and very true. The new equipment helps the athletic more than the skillful. Ballesteros made the same point about bigger sweet spots on golf clubs. And yes touch and feel were much more important in Laver's time. I wish they still were.
@217 and 218. Fair point about the depth of competition back then but then again we cannot know to what extent Laver could have raised his game were the competition more intense. Also if Nadal etc., were playing back then they would never have seen or imagined the some of today's shots.
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