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Nadal won his 5th Rome Masters in 06 years, impressive. Glad to see him winning few titles before he goes to Roland Garros. So far Clay is looking good for him. He should win RG this year again.
Henin wins 1st title in return from retirement. She made few finals but lost. This title will certainly give her confidence and try to win her favorite title on her favorute surface=> Roland Garros.
Nadal has now won the most Masters titles; 17. One ahead of Federer and Agassi. In 5 years he has won 17 masters, whereas Agassi took 14 years to win 16. Scary...
he's tied with agassi for 17
Nadal brought a complete new way of playing compared to how Agassi played his game. The aggressive top spin play with the counter-punches from a lefty isn't a play that is easy to adapt to as an opponent. Especially not on clay.
Agreed. Nadal has certainly improved his backhand a lot. It used to be a defensive shot but now he can earn some winner from that wing as well.
Yeah, his backhand is way better than before. Before he could be pushed towards backhand because he can't hit as hard, and then have him cornered. Now he's just brilliantly playing both hands.
He's also improved his run shot a lot.
Does anyone of you guys know, or have an idea of who could be the "next nadal"?
I personally don't think Nadal will have a long career because of his physique and the way he continuously pushes his body. As to a successor, I don't know. I don't think we'll have anyone who plays like him for a few years yet.
Did anyone read what Ernest Gulbis said about Nadal after his defeat to him in Rome(i think?) He said that he was going into the match hoping for something special from Nadal but it turns out there was nothing outstanding or impressive from him. If anyone can find the article please link, I can't remember where I read it from for the life of me.
I personally found it to be quite distasteful...
at a certain point nadal actually ruled recently he is actually down .
as for federer this guy is a legend , he has that unique style and freedom in playing .
Nadal won 18th Masters Series title, surpassing Andre Agassi. The chance of winning another French Open is looking good for Nadal, given he stays fit and injury-free.
I have my money on Djokovic. Even though he hasn't gone all the way or played nearly as good as he usually does, I think he's got more potential than he's shown and that he will be a really tricky opponent for Nadal, given that they both will meet. It feels like he's been saving up for the French Open... We'll see this weekend how it starts
I would love him to go back to his former self. He has a complete all around game. The year before the last one, he was the only one giving Nadal any resistance.
Nadal will be back to No. 2. We wont see him or Federer colliding, not before a final. Given, they both make it.
You can count on Federer to at least reach the semis, and I'm guessing the final too. My money is on Nadal after he won the last Masters, I can't believe he's beaten Federer 13 out of 20 times O_O astonishing.
Not really, most have them have been on clay, Nadal is a bad matchup for Fed and Fed exposed the power of the dropshot...Nadal is like the greatest claycourter of all time the fact Fed has kept it close is astonishing.
While most of his victories are on Clay, Nadal has beaten him on Hard surface of Australia and Grass of Wimbledon. Nadal has certainly improved on other surfaces as well. If we get more Nadal vs. Federer on surfaces other than Clay, I am sure Nadal can beat him. But I expect all these matches to be evenly contested. Perhaps, decided on the day who plays well.