Rafael Nadal v Novak Djokovic Meet In The Miami Final, Who’s The Pick?
by Sean Randall | March 29th, 2014, 3:56 pm
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The two best tennis players in the world – Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic – collide Sunday in the men’s final at the Miami Tennis Masters. It’s the 40th edition of their great rivalry and it’s a fitting conclusion to a wild first three months of the tennis season.

Nadal has the edge here in the series leading 22-17, however Djokovic has gotten the better of Rafa of late. Djokovic has won two straight post-US Open and since the start of 2011 he’s 10-6 against the Spaniard, a run that includes an incredible Miami title over Rafa in 2011.

“My thoughts are always the same,” Nadal said about Novak. “The only chance to win against Novak is to play to the limit, play my best. I will see. I know I have to be solid with my serve. I need to play aggressive, no doubt about that.”

And after a shaky start to the season, Djokovic seems to have found his game after winning Indian Wells over Roger Federer. And without new coach Boris Becker – who Djokovic keeps defending every chance he gets! – the Serb has run off 31 straight match wins since the US Open.

Nadal began the year in excellent form taking Doha, but then his season got derailed by a back injury in the Australian Open final. He fought through a Rio title in his return but then got bitten by the dog, Alexandr Dolgopolov, at Indian Wells. He’s playing better now, though.

“In general, I think I played more solid than what I did in Indian Wells and Rio and I played with better movement too,” said Nadal. “I lost my serve only one time during the whole tournament and that’s very important for me on this surface.”

With the back issue in the rearview, Nadal looks downright nasty on these slow, heavy courts in Miami. But it’s a place he’s surprisingly never won at while his opposition has been crowned champion three times.

“Miami is a very important tournament that I never had the chance to win in the past,” said Nadal. “It is my fourth final, by the way. Positive results. To be able to play four finals in one tournament is because you did well, and I’m going to try to be ready for Sunday.”

At the start of the event I had Djokovic winning here. And even though I think Nadal is playing better now than Novak, I just think Djokovic somehow wins this. But it will start with Novak’s serve and then with his backhand down-the-line. If neither of those are clicking Nadal will win this easily. He’ll need both to be online if he’s to take a fourth Miami title.

“I have seen a couple matches of Rafa’s [this week],” said Djokovic. “He’s hitting the ball really well, feeling confident on this court. He’s never won this tournament, so I think that is extra motivation for him.

“It’s going to be interesting,” Djokovic said. “I’m going to be very well rested and physically prepared for Sunday.”

And the rest part is somewhat worrisome. Djokovic has played just three matches in Miami after two his guys withdrew. And he now hasn’t played since the Andy Murray win on Wednesday. So there is some concern there – we remember when Fognini withdrew from the French in 2011 and I still think that hurt Novak’s rhythm!

But Nadal also had a withdrawal yesterday so maybe they offset, it’s hard to say though I think both would rather have played and won than to have advanced via a walkover.

That said, I think this is a huge statement match for both players. It’s their first meeting of the season and for my money this single match will ultimately determine who takes the No. 1 ranking at the end of the year. It will either validate Novak’s return to form or it will validate Nadal is still the best player as we head into the clay.

And here I think it goes Novak’s way for the simple reason that he’s the better player on the hardcourts. But he’s going to absolutely have to play well, because we know Nadal will.
The pick: Djokovic in three

ESPN2 has live coverage of the men’s final starting at 2:30pm ET.


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168 Comments for Rafael Nadal v Novak Djokovic Meet In The Miami Final, Who’s The Pick?

van orten Says:

sean ..what is your problem with boris becker ???


Ben Pronin Says:

The Miami match in 2011 definitely went a long way in determining how the rest of that year played out. I think that’ll give Nadal even more motivation.


Hippy Chic Says:

Nole in 3,yeah pretty much what i wouldve expected Sean to say,and i agree Rafas crap on HCs anyway,and Noles invincible,not only on HCs but everywhere else too,last years HC wins for Rafa were vastly overated anyway,lets just give the trophy to Nole now,and not even bother with the final..


Hippy Chic Says:

Disagree though,Novak in two 6-2,6-2,it will probably be a crap game,with Rafa suffering a beatdown.


Hippy Chic Says:

Why would a W/O be worrisome for Novak,hes had them before,and its never bothered him before,so why would it now??


Ben Pronin Says:

Alison, your constant whining about Sean’s picks is getting annoying. It’s a prediction. It means nothing to the actual match. Sean picked Nadal to beat Djokovic in the US Open final, why don’t you praise him for it? He even called it in 4 sets.

As for the withdraw, who knows? Nadal told the commentators yesterday to ask him after the match how it affected him. Sean and others think it hurt Djokovic at the French in 2011. I personally think it hurt Federer in 2012 at the US Open when Fish withdrew then he lost to Berdych. Sometimes it disrupts rhythm, sometimes it doesn’t. There’s no way of knowing for sure, even for the players themselves.


Hippy Chic Says:

Yeah all right Ben point taken,well done Sean..


James Says:

Coach Becker or not, Djokovic is the same player. Hopefully Nadal in 3 or 2.


Hippy Chic Says:

I dont think the BB thing was ever an issue for Novak IMO,it might seem like a coincidence,but i just think there were players that were better than he was on the day.


Hippy Chic Says:

James like Sean says Rafas only lost serve once,so hes looked very good all week,and served very well all week,it was only a DF that gifted the set to Raonic the other night eventually,i havent really seen much of Novak to judge how well hes playing or serving..


Giles Says:

Vamos Rafa!
Good luck for tomorrow!


Patson Says:

Nole in 3 ? No, Nole in 2 comfortable sets :)

May the better player win.

Adje Nole !


Slice Tennis Says:

Meelosh Raonich played really hard and deep especially with his forehand and troubled Rafa a bit.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfBwTVTkL4w

Nole plays very consistent and strong on both wings with solid robotic defense….but he doesn’t have a huge weapon to hit Rafa off court (which is the only way to beat today’s Rafa).


Hippy Chic Says:

Yeah may the best man win,unlike some i dont believe whichever player wins or loses means its testament to which way that the rest of the year will go though,as alot can happen between now and the end of the season,Roger has looked very good so far this season,and Andy and Stan have another level to go up yet,and there are some young players begining to make some noise now.


Hippy Chic Says:

Patson i think you will get your wish,as im not too hopefull about Rafas chances,enjoy..


Giles Says:

Alison. You are just unbelievable sometimes. What’s wrong in showing a bit of confidence in your supposed favourite player, eh? And why aren’t you “hopeful” may I ask??
#Vamos Champ!


Hippy Chic Says:

Sometimes i dont like to get my hopes up about things,that way im not too dissapointed,nor do i want to give people the satifaction of gloating,ill leave all that to others,sometimes its the way to live peacefully on this forum,and i cant be bothered with the hassle anymore.


A Tango Lad Says:

If both players entered this match at the same levels of confidence, I’d give the edge to Nadal but he showed some mental lapses against Raonic especially double faulting twice that gave away the first set.

I think Djokovic will win it but I thought the same last summer in Montreal (which I was lucky enough to attend) and we all know how that one turned out.

:humblebrag:


Okiegal Says:

The way I see Rafa/Novak matches……they are so equally matched up as players it’s really hard to predict who will win if both are playing lights out tennis. A little luck here and there can change the complexion of a real close match. I won’t predict the winner…….I will watch calmly….and hope my guy is playing like I know he can. They both bring out the best in each other imo…….kidding about being calm!! Lol

Vamos Rafa!!


Hippy Chic Says:

Okiegal i wont actually see the final,as im going to see my in laws for the day,my father in laws not too good he has dementia,so i will record the match and watch it when i get home,i have no unrealistic expectations,and im not getting my hopes up,whatever will be will be..


John Says:

Lol HC, what’s going on?

No space after commas and it definitely seems unusual of you to post such comments. Relax, enjoy life. Haven’t been on for a while, but I hope all ok. If TX is bothering you, just take a break.
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As for tomorrows match: Get the beers in the fridge and get the popcorn popping!

Prediction: Nole wins 7-5 4-6 6-3 or Rafa Wins 4-6 6-4 6-4. :) I know it doesn’t work this way, but heck, this way I have it covered. Cheers Folks and enjoy the match.


pigoonse Says:

It is time one of them gets the boss on and wins this match in sharp sets.

Whichever one comes out the more aggressive with the guts and balls will win. It’s tough to call when one player is a favorite. My man to get the IW/Miami double.

Ajde, Nole!


Hippy Chic Says:

Id just like to wish all the lovely mums on the forum a HAPPY MOTHERS DAY for tomorrow,and to the men please be good to your partners on this very special day :))..XX


Hippy Chic Says:

Oh and if you live in GB,dont forget to put your clocks forward 1 hour,as BST starts tomorrow..


Ben Pronin Says:

I’m excited. As nervous as I am, these two have played some ridiculously amazing matches more often than not. I hope it’s a great one.


lylenubbins Says:

Rafa really needs to bring it to beat Nole on hard courts. But Nole someitmes does not show up mentally in the big matches. Very hard to call this one.


Hippy Chic Says:

Thanks John,i think your right it is all getting a bit much lately TBH,i am saying things i wish i hadnt,but when you hit the submit button its all too late,the joy sometimes goes out of posting,and i end up taking it out on other players and posters,also issues in the real world,time for a sabatical i think,thanks for the post,and i hope you enjoy the tennis too,speak soon :))..


Okiegal Says:

@Chic

I will receive your Happy Mum’s day wish and forward it to May 11th and thanks! So sorry about your father-in-law. My mother-in-law will be 97 in July. She knows us all but just lays in bed.

You have a good day tomorrow and I totally understand where you are coming from about being realistic about the match. These two are so equal in talent it could go either way. I also understand your feelings about TX……think I’m done for awhile myself!!


van orten Says:

too hard to tell. depends on how solid and firm nole plays in my opinion…nadal will play like nadal. so he will not give anything away till the last point…he is nadal and will look with angry face from the start. focused point for point


Hippy Chic Says:

Thanks Okiegal :-)),your very sweet,ill take a break but ill be back soon,i just need a detox for a while..


Steve 27 Says:

Rafa is better on hc than djokivic is on clay, I have no doubt about it.
the extra pression here is for the serb who is the king of these slow hc. but Rafa wants win Miami badly and this is an extra motivation for him, also, until now, this tournamnet is a maldition for all the spanih players.
Somehow, Rafa will win 3 tights sets.


Tennis Fan Says:

This tournament has turned into a joke. Rule should be that if a player cannot complete a tournament they lose their points for the level they didn’t play and they are replaced by other player in previous bracket that they played. Ridiculous that two players pulled out. Makes the whole tournament a joke IMO


Michael Says:

It is 50:50 with the way Rafa is playing in this tournament. Novak might have the slight edge but it will boil down ultimately to the form of the player at the moment. Just one or two UEs at crucial junctures could change the contours of the match just like what happened with Novak Vs Andy. So, luck too plays an important role in such close encounters. But, both for Novak and Rafa, this Miami win would be special since Novak would be completing the coveted double for the second time while Rafa if he goes on to win will be treasuring his first Miami Masters title. So, it is indeed a special day for both the players.


skeezer Says:

Rafa in 2. He has beaten nobodys mostly, playing on the slowest hc court on tour, and is not complaining about anything. Unless he mis-aligns his water bottles and forgets to bring a change of shirt on court, he will win.
However, if by chance he loses, his hc results in the annals of history will continue to prove the weaknesses of his style. No worries, Mud and dirt is around the corner. Vamuesli.


James Says:

Slow hard court favors Djokovic more than Nadal. The Serb is 5-1 against Nadal on such courts. No wonder Sean and others have picked him. Nole is like the king of slow hard courts.

I still think Nadal will take title though.


James Says:

“However, if by chance he loses, his hc results in the annals of history will continue to prove the weaknesses of his style.”

Yes, skeezer, it would mean he fluked 3 HC Grand Slam titles.


Steve 27 Says:

Rafa Nadal is definitely a top 10 on hard courts in the open era. The one who is decreasing its achievements on the surface or is a troll who hates everything he does or does not know anything about tennis and how to win games.
Bill Tilden (besides his horrible behavior) was a genius. once said:
“Never change a winning game, always change a losing one.”
Enough said.


Gordon Says:

@Tennis Fan -

Injuries and pull outs are part of the game; it does get gruelling sometimes and these things happen.

What would have been a joke is Nole and Rafa pulling out and Nishikori and Berdych playing for the title. THAT would have been a travesty. What we have is an inevitable final, the two best – who would have wound up here anyway; do you really doubt that? – and they are both very well rested.

It has all the makings of an awesome match.


James Says:

@Steve, Rafa’s won 5 hard court titles in last 12 months or so, including 3 Masters 1000 and a Grand Slam title. In 12 hours, he’ll have his chance to win his 3rd title of 2014.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I would go with Rafa on this one. He seems to be hitting the DTL FH much better, When that shot is on, he pretty much neutralize Novak’s BH CC, which was THE shot of 2011 against Nadal. It would be tighter, but I would not be surprised if Nadal takes this in 2 sets.


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jatin Says:

I think.. novak will take it in 2 tight sets. These are the slowest hard courts around and nole usually play amazing against Rafa in such courts.

Hoping for the great show. Bring it on


Bad Knee Rules Says:

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I would go with Rafa on this one. He seems to be hitting the DTL FH much better,
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Yes, against lesser players who can’t apply pressure and move him around as Novak can. I’ll go with van Orten on this one.
“Too hard to tell. Depends on now solid and firm Nole plays in my opinion…”
If Novak does one of his walkabouts, then Nadal is winning his first Miami title.


James Says:

“Yes, against lesser players who can’t apply pressure and move him around as Novak can.”

I wouldn’t call Federer a lesser player. He’s one of the best players on tour IMO.
Also, Novak isn’t much of a big hitter himself.


metan Says:

Vamos, Rafa! You can do it champion.


Giles Says:

Joker has been practising with Wayne Odesnik. Is this good for his image??


Slice Tennis Says:

Nole was basically putting the ball back and hoping for an error from Murray. But whenever Murray was aggressive in his groundstrokes Nole was unstable. But Murray’s FH was not consistent enough to attack Nole’s FH.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmR6K-zqP1Q

If Rafa finds his IO FH and puts pressure on Nole’s FH then advantage Rafa.

If Rafa’s groundstrokes are not consistenly aggressive then advantage Nole. As of today Nole is the better defender of the two.


Giles Says:

Vamos Champ!
Stay Healthy!


ID Fan Says:

Good preview Sean! I think this match is on Nole’s racquet, he is the superior Hard Court player 13-7 H2H. If he doesn’t play good, Nadal gets the win. Our analyst is going with Rafa in 3.
http://sportzcosmos.com/2014/03/30/miami-masters-final-rafa-vs-nole/


Ben Pronin Says:

Djokovic isn’t a big hitter and has no big weapons… OK this thread has certainly gone off the deep end already.


Okiegal Says:

If Rafa is hitting shots like he did against Istomin I think he has a good chance of beating Novak on his best surface.Rafa was really on target that night with everything. But these two are so equal to each other talent wise, predicting a winner??? I can’t do it. We will see. I hope for a good tight match. If my guy wins….I will be a happy camper!!

Vamos Rafa!


Dan Martin Says:

I think this should be a good one if not a classic


the DA Says:

“Joker has been practising with Wayne Odesnik”

He was playing with him because he was the only left-hander available to practice with. However, it wasn’t the best decision especially after all the Troicki controversy. And to have his photo snapped with him! I bet you the rest of the top players would’ve avoided Odesnik like the plague.

Novak really needs to get a more pro-active PR man on his team.


Slice Tennis Says:

Nole will be completely rattled if Rafa finds a couple of shots like this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UtGR0FJoqQ


A Tango Lad Says:

“However, if by chance he loses, his hc results in the annals of history will continue to prove the weaknesses of his style. ”

Poor chap can’t seem to make up his mind whether or not Masters 1000 results are remembered in history or not.

Both selective and unfortunate.


Colin Says:

“Rafael Nadal v Novak Djokovic Meet In The Miami Final”

What a great sentence. Another nail in the coffin of the English language.


Lesego Says:

Variety is Novak’s kryptonite. Hence his problem’s with Federer’s game. If Nadal ever falls to his “hit forehand to opponent’s backhand” strategy, he. Will lose. So varying his serve, groundstokes will net him his first Miami title.


Gordon Says:

Colin,

Who are you – the Internet English Language Police?

When I was 17 my foster father borrowed $40 from me. He paid me back with a cheque where he had written “Fourty” instead of “Forty.” I told him he had spelled the word wrong to which he replied, “If the bank won’t accept it then I’ve spelled it wrong.”

Do you not know what the title of Sean’s article means Colin? Really? Is it really another nail in the coffin if the English language? How smug you are.

If you are looking for perfection in language please go elsewhere; you won’t find it here; this is a tennis blog for goodness sakes.


tfouto Says:

What a boring game… 9 minutes maybe 3 games of game played…


tfouto Says:

3 minutes of game played…


Maestro Fed Says:

Nadals off forehand is clicking as of now.


courbon Says:

Switch off Tv then if is boring…


Daniel Says:

Nadal inside out is working fine.


tfouto Says:

courbon, relax.


Daniel Says:

A lot of second serves and Djoko breaks. One BH he hit was amazing.


courbon Says:

Tfouto, Too tense, to relax…-(:


tfouto Says:

Courbon :) Djokovic is playing good. You should be calm. He’s solid, focus, good net game.

Nadal started good, but lost some focus.


Maestro Fed Says:

Djokovic on fire.
Difficult to see Nadal coming back here.
Positive signs for Djokovic before the clay season.


Maestro Fed Says:

Djokovic is doing it easily at the moment.


courbon Says:

@ tfouto:He is calm, that’s true. Still, I can never relax when I watch him..


Skeezer Says:

Shocked and appalled that Mr. Nadal using slow tactics. Abusing time violation left and right!!!! C’mon Ump!


tennisfansince76 Says:

Wow! Rafa just lost a 6-3 set to a player who doesn’t hit hard and has no weapons. How’d that happen?


Salleh Ahmed Says:

Nadal getting owned

fed was better even in losing

already break up in the second

nadals is done


courbon Says:

@tennisfansince76: Novak is using voodoo…that’s way.


van orten Says:

we all know djoker self destruct at roland garros 2013 and above all self destruct at us open 2013 when having the 3rd set practically in his pocket, it is on his racquet almost all the time when playing nadal,. at least since 2011


Maestro Fed Says:

Nadal is just putting the ball back without any conviction.
He is done.


John Says:

A bit one sided atm. This match is not living up to the hype as Nadal is being outplayed.

Hope Nadal can Fight back and make this interesting. Otherwise, I won’t even be able to finish my beers and popcorn lol.


tennisfansince76 Says:

@bourbon Serbian voodoo?


Salleh Ahmed Says:

nadal wont win the french open this year.


Daniel Says:

When the Djoko is on, not much Nadal can do on this court. When Djoko is bpnot on his best we have competitive matches. Right now Djoko dominating but Nadal trying to be more agressive.


John Says:

lol, Salleh Ahmed is the equivalent of Giles/Volley/Slice. Its brilliant we have some balance here on tx now.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

rafa has only one top 10 win this year lololol


madmax Says:

cannot find a link anywhere, fromsports.com is not playing ball. Any help anyone? Only have your commentary for comfort.


tfouto Says:

if you install sopcast or acestream you’ll be able to watch it on HD.


tennisfansince76 Says:

Match pt djoker


Salleh Ahmed Says:

what a laughing number from nadal


tennisfansince76 Says:

Clutch ft rafa


Colleen Says:

you can try sportsnet.ca, if you go to their tennis section sometimes they broadcast matches.


courbon Says:

tf76:Ye;Its like Tahiti one, but instead of chicken we use pigs ( Serbs love pork!). We cut the pigs head and then..well, its rader messy so I will not go in to details.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

think nole will lead the h2h one day against nadal


van orten Says:

shalleh you are very entertaining


Salleh Ahmed Says:

the vamoses and fist pumping from nadal is so useless today


Salleh Ahmed Says:

van orten, appreciated


John Says:

van orten Says:

shalleh you are very entertaining

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Ditto!


Salleh Ahmed Says:

three match winning streak nearing for nole

22-18

could have been closer if he handt choked the french and the us open


Salleh Ahmed Says:

for the record, i hate both. but i hate nadal a little bit more


Skeezer Says:

TF76,
Lol @ 3:24 post! Won’t forget that one;).


van orten Says:

hahahahha well i like nole a lot even more with my hero boris in his box..


Hippy Chic Says:

Just a sporadic post,as i have been away for the day,and not bailing out on Rafa before people say anything,and just to say congrats to all the lovely Nole fans on the forum Courbon,Patson and abscent friends Harry, Jane,Wogboy,Mat4 etc etc,no complaints the better player won the match,if i dont blog for a while its due to my father in law been quite ill,and nothing to do with bailing out on Rafa,congrats again..


Gordon Says:

Well that was not as exciting as most of us hoped.

Djokovic played awesome. Good for him.

About all that is left is hearing what Rafa’s injury was, as in -

“Well you know, he played unbelievable, no? But if not for [ on see injury excuse here ] I would have done better.”

That’s all that’s left… No?


Salleh Ahmed Says:

hahaha

novak wins

nadal getting thrashed big time. nadal wont win a GS this year #boldprediction


van orten Says:

what a match poointtt hahahha nole hats off … play like that and everything except for wimby will be yours this year


Ben Pronin Says:

Everyone was talking about how Djokovic hadn’t won a title in the first 2 months or whatever but for the 4th straight year, Djokovic has won at least 2 of his first 4 titles. IW-Miami double is never easy. Djokovic definitely finding his game again.


courbon Says:

YESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Salleh Ahmed Says:

so if federer should retire, then nadal should reitre with him


jatin Says:

I was quite correct in my prediction but man i didn’t expected such level from Novak. This guy just knows how the outplay RAfael Nadal…
Congratulations to him and his fans..


Okiegal Says:

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE NOVAK FANS!! He did a number on my guy today. He played fantastic……bring on the RED DIRT…WOOT WOOT!!

VAMOS RAFA…..and, oh, in your spare time figure out what it takes to beat Novak…..please!!


Salleh Ahmed Says:

we should also thank nishikori and berdych for a wonderful tournament


madmax Says:

Thanks tfouto, colleen, john for the links. :)


A Tango Lad Says:

A masterclass from Djokovic. Outstanding level. Congrats to his fans today!!! Could make a difference on clay.

Colin, know won kares.

Salleh Ahmed, hating tennis players? Really? Well, I guess at least you admit it. Kudos to you.

Djokovic and Nadal No. 1 and 2 in the Race to London and now own all nine Masters titles, four to Nadal and five to Djokovic.

Top Four is over. It would seem we are down to a Top Two!

Onto the clay!


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Salleh Novak Is winning the head to head against Rafa if you exclude clay. I believe he has won 2 hc matches for every match lost against Nadal.


Salleh Ahmed Says:

@a tango lad

not the person, but the style of play nadal and nole have and the fact they beat my federer way too often hehehe


A Tango Lad Says:

Yes and Roger dominates Nadal if you exclude all outdoor events!


Giles Says:

And the cheat wins! Boooooo!’


Bob Holtz Says:

Would be interesting to think what Fed and Rafa’s H2H would be if there were as many grass Masters as there are clay ones.


Gordon Says:

Salleh – you are being a troll. Check out who is number 1 in the world. Instead of insulting Nadal how about complimenting Djokovic for how well he played today?

If you really think Nadal is on the decline, maybe you should go back to the basics…

http://www.kids-sports-activities.com/basic-rules-for-playing-tennis.html


Salleh Ahmed Says:

boah novak has won the last three meetings against nadal without dropping a set


Salleh Ahmed Says:

@gordon

taking it too personal. i like it


tennisfansince76 Says:

I would also point out that djoker played an absolutely brutal 5 set match in the duo semis against wawa. That helped Nadal. Nadal fans should definitely have sent wawa a nice Xmas gift last year for that match.


A Tango Lad Says:

Gordon, I disagree. He is just being honest.

There are much bigger trolls here.


courbon Says:

Commiseration to all Rafa fans but specially to Spice Girls ( you know who you are…), Brando and James.Well, clay season is starting so that’s your silver lining.
Vurtual high-five to Nole fans , Patson , Harry, Mat4 and all others


John Says:

Salleh Ahmed Says:

@gordon

taking it too personal. i like it

LMAO


Okiegal Says:

I don’t know how other Rafa fans feel, but I’m so ready for Boris to be back in the box!! LOL

@Courbon

Congrats to you on your guys win, his play today was excellent!! I know you are a happy camper……Baby Spice…….not so much…….sigh…..LOL

I am ready for the red clay!!


Giles Says:

@Salleh Ahmed. I can understand your hatred towards Rafa. He keeps whipping your fav’s butt time and time and time again! And may Rafa continue to do so!!
Vamos Rafa!


courbon Says:

Thanks Hippy.Wish you all the best with your father in law.


courbon Says:

It,s so quite in Oklahoma right now…(-:


Salleh Ahmed Says:

@giles

you got it. but i repeat i dont hate the person nadal, i hate the player nadal.


Okiegal Says:

@Courbon

You be nice to Baby Spice!! LOL I don’t post anything while Rafa is playing but I sent you a congrats a minute ago. Did it not make it overseas? LOL Novak was too good today. I’m going to watch my recorded match of last year’s USO!! Ha ha…..then I will feel better! Congrats again!! I’m a good loser, just like Rafa???


Giles Says:

Gordon. I think you are the troll here. Rafa lost fair and square, Rafa wasn’t injured so why should he give an injury excuse?


Hippy Chic Says:

This is just one game,Rafa will bounce back,hes beaten Nole before and he will do it again,all credit to Nole as he played a fantastic match in the final,but lets not make it bigger than what it is,the seasons still young,and im sure Rafa,Andy,Stan etc,all have another level to go up yet.


courbon Says:

@Okiegal:I just seen your post! You are very good loser, indeed.Novak was in the zone today-nobody could beat him today.Well, good luck next time-I’m sure Rafa will come back from this loss.He always does.


Giles Says:

Get ready for the CC Rafa. Wish you lots of success and good health.
Vamos Champ!


James Says:

Congrats to the lovely Nole fans @Courbon, Patson, and others. Today Novak was just too good for Rafa.


salleh ahmed Says:

Dont forget fed. He has also some levels to go up. Something big is around the corner


harry Says:

@HippyChic: Thanks. All the best to your father-in-law.

@Courbon: Thanks! Ajde ;)


pigoonse Says:

Novak Djokovic bossed the court. Nole!


James Says:

I guess, there’s a reason why Nadal has never won Miami, even when he was fitter and faster.

Despite another final loss to Nole, Rafa is lucky that the next big tournaments are on clay.


Hippy Chic Says:

Salleh Ahmed yeah sorry forgot Federer too..
Harry your welcome and thankyou too..


Giles Says:

Salleh Ahmed. Keep dreaming. The only big thing around the corner for Fed is the birth of his newborn!!


pigoonse Says:

Sorry to Nadal fans. Clay court season next.

Nole played aggressive and was not to be denied the IW/Miami double.

Ajde Nole!


Bom Kelvin Says:

Interestingly, it is Djokovic’s fourth title in Miami while it is Nadal ‘s fourth final losses. What a funny opposite.


skeezer Says:

“And the cheat wins! Boooooo!’”
No, that guy lost.


tfouto Says:

Novak was superb today. Djokovic was playing good on every aspect of his game. Congrats to his fans..

To Nadal fans, clay is coming, so that’s good news…


skeezer Says:

Nole seems to be the only guy that I can see that handles Rafa’s major weapon, his FH. His tactics (when “on”) are fantastic from the back court and for the most part plays Rafa’s FH well.
On a side note, wonder how good Rafa would be with just a normal FH? The rest of his game is not that impressive imo.


Giles Says:

There was only ONE cheat in Miami. Ask the journos and the media. Geez! Peter Fleming said he knew the net rule at the age of 7. A former world #1 pleads ignorance to the rule. Absolutely pathetic!


Dc Says:

Nole played at an amazing level . After a few jittery games , he was all over Nadal.thre match point was the point of the match as well.Fairly high level of tennis from Nadal – good enough to give a tight fight to anyone else bar Nole.
If Nole carries the same level of play to the clay courts , expect some very tough competition for Nadal.


Bad Knee Rules Says:

———-
“And the cheat wins! Boooooo!’”
No, that guy lost.
———-
:))


courbon Says:

skeezer:Very funny at 4:54 post


El_Flaco Says:

Fed will go to #4 in the rankings.


salleh ahmed Says:

@giles
I like you


Bad Knee Rules Says:

Novak took Nadal to the cleaners … without major weapons!


tfouto Says:

Indian Wells Final was WAY better than this…


Okiegal Says:

@Courbon

Do you think your guy knows the rule about hitting the ball on the other side of the net? If you posted an opinion about this I guess I missed it. Just curious what you think. I don’t think he’s a cheater by any means, but think it rather odd that the rule was in question….since he’s played tennis for years.


the DA Says:

That was a complete drubbing. Rafa was flummoxed. Well deserved win by Nole. Now this makes 2 losses with Becker in the box and 2 wins with Vajda in the box. Interesting. Bring on Monte-Carlo.


Klaas Says:

The clay season could become very interesting….


Gordon Says:

Face it Federer fans and Murray fans and fans of the up and comers – there is only 1 real rivalry amongst the best tennis players, and it is between these two guys.

Rafa leads Nole 22 – 18 overall

Nole leafs Rafa 11 – 9 in finals

Rafa leads Nole 7 – 3 in Slams
(5 RG & 2 US vs 1 each of AO, US & W)

Nole leads Rafa 2 – 1 in Year End Masters

Rafa leads Nole 2 – 0 in non tour events counting for something (non-exhibitions) 1 Davis Cup and 1 Olympics.

Nole leads Rafa 14 – 10 in straight set wins.

Out of 107 sets played, there have only been 12 tiebreakers played; Rafa leads Nole 8 – 4

Nole has stopped playing and resigned 2 Grand Slams to Rafa: 2006 RG and 2007 Wimbledon.

Longest set streak:

Rafa twice went 6 winning consecutive sets against Nole, in 2008 and in 2012.

Nole went 7 winning sets in a row against Rafa in 2011. He once went 6 in 2009, and he currently is on a 6-win streak.

Pretty even with not much to choose from. Good for the game.


Ben Pronin Says:

I don’t agree. I think the Federer-Djokovic rivalry is as epic as any and the Murray-Djokovic rivalry is still young but also well contested. The Djokovic-Nadal rivalry carries more weight as the two are close in age and are currently the cream of the crop. But to say there’s only 1 real rivalry is selling the other guys short.


Gordon Says:

Ben – Federer still has to prove he can get in a position to play Djokovic; there’s a 50-50 chance he winds up against Nadal, and we all know how that turns out. Great IW final, true, but he didn’t get out of the quarters against Nishikori in Miami, so really – how many more do we expect to see?

The way Rafa and Nole are playing I predict we see more finals (that’s the only place they can meet) between them than Nole-Fed matches. We might get one of the latter, if we’re lucky.

And Murray’s head still allows him to collapse like a cheap tent. Until he proves otherwise I am selling him short.


Patson Says:

Thanks to all Rafa fans for their congrats.

I’m super confident about Nole’s chances in the French open. This man is on a mission this year.
Nole has set-up the perfect launching pad to lead his French open assault.

This year, it seems the ball is in Nole’s court.

Onto the clay season we go.


tennisfansince76 Says:

@tango lad good point!


Okiegal Says:

@Patson

Congrats to you and your guy. He played lights out today, on to clay…..maybe Rafa has a chance there!!


Margot Says:

@gordon
I think Andy and Nole are much closer than you suggest. That first set was highly competitive. And Andy’s collapse probably had more to do with the after effects of his back operation tbh. eg He didn’t collapse at the USOpen against Nole. I just don’t think he’s fully fit yet. Jez Green is on record as saying it’ll be a couple more months before he’s fully fit.
I can’t wait for the clay season. There’s no pressure whatsoever on Andy and the chance to pick up some points. He did well at the Davis Cup, so here’s hoping.
Big, big congrats to Nole and hugs to Rafa fans.


Okiegal Says:

@Margot……….yeah, thanks for the hug! Rafa couldn’t get it done yesterday. I got through the loss by watching the 2013 US Open one more time! LOL


Okiegal Says:

@Margot……..totally agree with you that Andy is not quite there yet, but when he is, watch out, he will be a force to be reckoned with!! Good luck to Andy for a full recovery……he’s my second choice!!


A Tango Lad Says:

Gordon very comprehensive summary in tennis’ current main rivalry.

To many here, one might say that Nadal’s 7-3 advantage in slams is the only stat that matters in history. I believe he’s 8-2 vs Roger in that department.

I don’t particularly agree with that limited assessment.

Just the way Djokovic can disarm Nadal on a hard court more often than not where Roger is unable proves to me that there is no GOAT like I used to believe before Nadal.

All tennis greats have their respective strengths and weaknesses and we should simply enjoy witnessing such a golden era in the history of the game!

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