2014 French Open Men’s Final Open Thread: Rafael Nadal v Novak Djokovic
by Staff | June 8th, 2014, 6:14 am
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For the third straight year Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic meet at the French Open. This will be their second clash in the championship match after Nadal denied the Serb in 2012 in a 2-day, 4-set win.

Nadal leads 22-19 in their head-to-head and 8-3 in the Grand Slams.

Djokovic has won their last 4 meetings but Nadal has won their last 3 Grand Slam meetings and all 4 of their previous encounters at Roland Garros.

This is their 7th meeting in a Grand Slam final, with the 2 players tied at 3-3 in major finals. Djokovic won at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2011 and at the 2012 Australian Open, while Nadal won at the 2010 US Open, 2012 Roland Garros and the 2013 US Open.

This is the 42nd meeting between Djokovic and Nadal. This is the most matches played in a head-to-head at Tour-level in the Open Era.

ITF NOTES
Defending champion NADAL is bidding to become the first man in history to win 5 consecutive Roland Garros titles. While no player has won 5 successive Roland Garros titles, there have been 9 occurrences across the other 3 majors (see table overleaf).

Nadal is bidding to extend the record he set at 2013 Roland Garros and become the first man in history to win 9 titles at any Grand Slam event. He is the only player to have won 8 Grand Slam titles at one event.

Nadal is bidding to extend his all-time record to 9 Roland Garros singles titles. He currently heads the Roland Garros title leaders list, with 2 more titles than Bjorn Borg.

Nadal is looking to win his 14th Grand Slam title and equal Pete Sampras on the list of all-time Grand Slam title holders. He is currently 3rd on the list behind Roger Federer (17) and Sampras (14).

If Nadal wins his 9th Roland Garros crown, to add to his 2008 and 2010 Wimbledon, 2009 Australian Open, 2010 and 2013 US Open titles, he would become the 2nd youngest man in history to win 14 Grand Slam titles after Roger Federer. Nadal will be 28 years, 5 days old on the final day of the tournament.

At the 2010 US Open, Nadal became the 7th man in history to win all 4 Grand Slam titles. He was the 3rd-youngest in history and the youngest man in the Open Era, to do so.

This is Nadal’s 20th Grand Slam final. He has a 13-6 win-loss record in Grand Slam finals but has never lost in the final here.

DJOKOVIC is bidding to win his 7th Grand Slam title and complete the career Grand Slam.

Djokovic is looking to become just the 8th man – and 5th youngest – in history to complete the career Grand Slam after Andre Agassi, Don Budge, Roy Emerson, Roger Federer, Rod Laver, today’s opponent and Fred Perry. He is one of 11 men to have collected 3 of the 4 major titles in the Open Era.

Of the 7 men to possess a career Grand Slam, 4 of them ‘completed the set’ at Roland Garros: Perry in 1935, Budge in 1938, Agassi in 1999 and Federer in 2009.

Roland Garros is the only Grand Slam title that Djokovic has not won. He has won titles at the Australian Open in 2008 (d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga), 2011 (d. Andy Murray), 2012 (d. today’s opponent and 2013
(d. Murray), 2011 Wimbledon (d. today’s opponent), and the 2011 US Open (d. today’s opponent). This is his 38th consecutive appearance at a Grand Slam.

Djokovic is bidding to win his 7th Grand Slam singles title and move into joint-13th place for the most majors won with the other 8 men who have won 7 Grand Slam titles in history – Henri Cochet, Rene Lacoste, William Larned, John McEnroe, John Newcombe, William Renshaw, Richard Sears and Mats Wilander.

Djokovic is bidding to win his 7th Grand Slam title and join John McEnroe and Mats Wilander in joint-8th place on the list for most Grand Slam singles titles in the Open Era.

If Djokovic wins his 7th Grand Slam title at 2014 Roland Garros he will be the 4th oldest player to win 7 titles at the Grand Slams in the Open Era.

SUNDAY FRENCH OPEN SCHEDULE
Court Philippe Chatrier 12:00 PM Start
1. Women’s Doubles – Final
Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE)[1] vs. Sara Errani (ITA)[2]
Shuai Peng (CHN)[1] Roberta Vinci (ITA)[2]

Not Before: 3:00 pm
2. Men’s Singles – Final
Rafael Nadal (ESP)[1] vs. Novak Djokovic (SRB)[2]

WEATHER.COM SUNDAY PARIS FORECAST
Lots of sunshine. Warm. High 81F. Winds light and variable.

WILLIAM HILL ODDS
Rafael Nadal 1.73 v Novak Djokovic 2.20

US TV SCHEDULE
NBC will have live coverage of the men’s final starting at 9am ET.


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2014 Wimbledon Men’s Final Open Thread: Roger Federer v Novak Djokovic

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308 Comments for 2014 French Open Men’s Final Open Thread: Rafael Nadal v Novak Djokovic

Giles Says:

Vamos Rafa!
Stay Healthy!
#9


JD Says:

Go and get it Rafa!!!!!!!!!!!!!


van orten Says:

Vamos champ take a medical time out when facing set point…


van orten Says:

us the greeady ones need more more more…pls win with ur ailing back injury..herooo stay healthyyyyy vamos


Michael Says:

Good luck to both the players. As a Tennis fan, what I want is a marathon match with thrills and chills. Ofcourse, I want my favourite too to win and would cheer for him. But I hold no grudge for his opponent who I consider to be in the Pantheon of Greats, nothing much to prove literally. I am over awed by Nadal’s presence on court and he has earned my respect through his achievements.


Okiegal Says:

@Michael 7:24

Yeah, totally agree…….as my TX friend from England says…..”I hope we see a cracker of a match”………can not wait. It is raining cats and dogs in Ada, America. What does Paris, France have to offer weather wise?? Any Parisians out there with a weather report?


Okiegal Says:

Oh, and my TX friend happens to be Hippy Chic.


roy Says:

this is a very important final for federer fans.
if nadal managed to get to 15 GS, he’d probably be considered GOAT by the majority of the tennis world.
this would put him 1 slam away…

and nadal probably has 16 slams left before he considers quitting (age 32+).

then imagine if something horrific happened, like hitman djoker got injured for a year!

oh, boy. nadal could clean up 3-4 in a stretch.


FedExpress Says:

hahahhaha roy. i liked that one


van orten Says:

Ahhahahah dream on


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Looks like it’s quite sunny now. Big advantage for Nadal.


Daniel Says:

Djoko open great but made 3 returns mistakes.


Daniel Says:

2-1 Djoko with all points played on his service games. Let’s see if he can make Nadal play on his game now.


FedExpress Says:

i like how novak flattens his shots out.


Daniel Says:

2 UE by Djoko on 30-30.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Though no one has started playing great, Novak for sure is playing brave tennis. Good to see.


FedExpress Says:

wow novak


Daniel Says:

Djoko is not sharp with returs yet. Giving too many free points to Nadal.


Daniel Says:

Nadal’s FH DTL is working fine.


FedExpress Says:

nadal moonballing quite often


FedExpress Says:

15-30

novaks chance

lucky to have made it off the net cord

break points


FedExpress Says:

ajde nole

serving for the set


mat4 Says:

I just can’t watch that match.


FedExpress Says:

i can mat4 hehe


Daniel Says:

Novak again having problems to close sets no first serve at all in is game.


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Keep the updates coming, I’m stuck on a train for the duration. Well, for Novak/ Rafa, one can never be sure.


FedExpress Says:

BP for nadal still

saved

wow what tension in the arms from both

so tensed, 2nd serve tocuhed the line

nadal mishitting everything


FedExpress Says:

SP nole
and he makes it

first set to nole

nole is along with nadal the mentally toughest on the tour

saved two BPs like nothing really. Nadal showed signs of tension, mishitting and moonballing

two sets to go


kriket Says:

6-3 first set for Novak


mat4 Says:

Novak is playing badly. Rafa looks great. It was just pure luck for Novak.


Daniel Says:

It was tense but he got it. Nadal seems more nervous and making FH errors when trying to run his BH. He sense tht he has to go for too mcuh and be agressive but it’s not working. Djoko managed only 1 first serve and still hold.

This second set is critical for Nadal, if he doesn’t win it he can indeed go down in 3.


FedExpress Says:

mat4, biggest overstatement ever ROFL


Daniel Says:

mat4v, imagine if he starts playing great…


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Though Rafa lost, he has some positives. It was really a bad set played by him with lost of mistakes. Still he lost a very close one. I expect Rafa to be back like he did against Ferrer in the 2nd set. Start by being consistent, rather than being too flashy.

As such, first set was more crucial to Novak than Nadal.


kriket Says:

mat4 are you just a Rafa fan watching the match with bi asked eyes? Novak had more than twice the winners in that set.


FedExpress Says:

hahahah

nadal complaining about time between points. nadal get a life.


mat4 Says:

I hope that Novak will relax now, and play better, with more confidence.


FedExpress Says:

ohh

that second serve on BP was DF from novak which was called good hmmm


Sirius Says:

@fedexpress,

nadal complaining? What happened?

Can’t watch the match, missing FO 3rd straight year


Nirmal Kumar Says:

First 3 games are going to be crucial for Novak in this set. If he can stop Nadal from breaking his serve, Nadal could be in trouble in the later part of the 2nd set.


FedExpress Says:

the commentators said that nadal was talking to the umpire after the first said. probably he talked about novaks time between points. if its true its a lol moment.


calmdownplease Says:

He’s just taken the first 6-3 Mat!
Novak seems fairly comfortable with everything being thrown at him, so far.
Not a good sign for Nadal.
Both are shanking quite a bit.
I still think it will go to five but it just might be Novak’s day after all.


mat4 Says:

Novak is playing bravely, with heart, tempting a lot of shots. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work against the king of clay, but the good will is there.


calmdownplease Says:

`probably he talked about novaks time between points`

Surely not hohoho
Although they are both terrible at this.


Sirius Says:

“if its true its a lol moment”

agreed


Daniel Says:

Damm, body serve literally;-)


van orten Says:

Mat what ur smoking?


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Rafa is getting better. He is measuring up now with his shots. curious to see how Novak is going to react now.


Sirius Says:

Daniel/mat4, could you guys keep updating about the match?


mat4 Says:

@Sirius,

just the results. 3-2 Nadal in the second set.

He plays very well, just is a bit unlucky. Missed to break points at 5-3 in the first.


Daniel Says:

Nadal’s inside out FH is not working as he would like but his FH DTL is the best he ever played in years. He is just going for this shot and is wroking perfectly.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Nodal’s FH on fire. Not sure if it’s due to lack of depth from Novak or Rafa has upped his FH.


mat4 Says:

@van orten:

Lucky Strike.


Daniel Says:

This set They are holding serve with let’s say ease.


calmdownplease Says:

another thing the weather has favoured Rafa so far
If this does go to a fifth, chances are for rain
Great Point Novak!


kriket Says:

Đoković going through the motions until it’s 4-3 then he will put pressure on Rafas serve, as usual.


FedExpress Says:

first BP for nadal


mat4 Says:

Break Rafa 4-2


calmdownplease Says:

I find this match a little bit dull I must say
Rafa breaks!
No he doesnt
The tennis gods are smiling on Novak


FedExpress Says:

Lol

Rafa made a backhand on the line all thought and had broken nole

but nole checked the line it was out

deuce


mat4 Says:

The umpire was joking. No break. The BH went long.


FedExpress Says:

mat4, are we watching the same match


FedExpress Says:

another BP for nadal

very agressive play from him

nole has to come through this game


Daniel Says:

Nadal’s moonballing landed always inside the court


gonzalowski Says:

Ooooooh Pascal Maria…. embarrasing decision.
Protected by tv production.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Looks like something wrong with Novak physically. He is not able to sustain in long rallies.


FedExpress Says:

break for 4-2

novak is lacking first serves


Polo Says:

I can’t understand why Djokovic is playing this second set poorly after winning the first set. Losing focus again?


FedExpress Says:

@nirmal

murray and nole make u look that they are tired. but arent in reality

nole will play 5 hours of he has to


Polo Says:

Give Nadal one set and he’ll take the whole match. I would worry if I were a Djokovic fan.


calmdownplease Says:

DF, Unforced errors, poor quality match compared to what they are capable of.


FedExpress Says:

2 BPs for nole now

and there was only one now


FedExpress Says:

Nole breaks back

nadal u r finished i am afraid

nole can gon 1-2 down and still win it. rafa cant sustain the advantage


courbon Says:

and Novak breaks back!!


kriket Says:

Not really worried


mat4 Says:

CDP:

Yes, you’re quite true. Nole is playing subpar.

Debreak, anyway. 4-3


Nirmal Kumar Says:

@FE, I understand Nole can go on. Just wondering can he do it today, considering his sickness couple of days back.


FedExpress Says:

Did rafas sister hit her mom after that rebreak


Okiegal Says:

WTA……break…..get broke…..what up wid dat???


FedExpress Says:

another BP for rafa and he shanks it with his forehand


mat4 Says:

Not one first serve when it matters… Hopefully, Rafa is very tense too.


FedExpress Says:

and now every1 is asking how on earth did rafa win 8 times RG?


courbon Says:

Very even so far. Nadal is serving better


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I thought if Novak could survive first 3-4 games in the 2nd set, he would have upper hand. Looks like that’s not the case in this set so far. Nadal looks tough. Most likely, it’s time for Novak to get broken.


mat4 Says:

I am very disappointing by Novak’s game. OK, here there was that BH that landed on the line. But I expected that he would loosen up in that set and gone for his shots.

The match is very tense, perhaps in a key moment now.


calmdownplease Says:

The thing about this rivalry is that it’s an enormous thing, one of the biggest over 40 matches.
Novak has evolved his game in the same way Nadal had evolved previously by playing Federer, with the same single minded objective, & it seems outcome. The more things change…
Right now, I personally don’t think Nadal is playing well enough Today to overcome the Djokovic teams long term plans for world domination.
For this set all it would require is for one of them to ACTUALLY PLAY WELL.


hn Says:

Neither of them played well so far, which made the game a bit boring.


FedExpress Says:

hmm

one wrong shot and open court, rafas FH says thank you


Margot Says:

Lol Nole has borrowed his first serve from Andy and it has disappeared down a plug hole. ROS good though.
Rafa serving very well isn’t he?
Uh oh, even as I type Nole’s serve has picked up!


calmdownplease Says:

Over the last 52 weeks Novak is 2nd on TBs
Nadal is 4th
Even enough.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Rafa doing all the right things so far in this set.


FedExpress Says:

hold at least serve nole so then you can serve first in the next set regardlees if you lose TB or not


FedExpress Says:

@ nirmal

he did one bad thing, he got rebroken


calmdownplease Says:

I think the stakes might just be 2 high for either of them not to be nervous & play at their best lol
Lets face it for tennis this is huge.
In the mean time Novak might quietly steal it if Rafa is not careful.


FedExpress Says:

two SPs for rafa


calmdownplease Says:

Oh I take that back haha
level sets


FedExpress Says:

second set to rafa

game one


mat4 Says:

Novak cracked. 1-1. He played an awful set. Will look at the stats, but he basically offered it to Rafa.


Okiegal Says:

Rafa buckled down……a set apiece!! Vamos Rafa!


Daniel Says:

Djokovic is not going for his game as he can and Nadal is crsuhing his FH DTL doing damage all matchdjoko survived this entire set and lost in the brink of the breaker.
Open match with slight edge to Nadal.


Polo Says:

I think it’s over for Novak. The second set was more lopsided towards Nadal than the score indicates. Terrible service games. That would not do it against Nadal on clay, in Roland Garros.


calmdownplease Says:

Courier thinks Novak was distracted by some Nadal fan or something


Margot Says:

Ooh, Nole’s level dropped right down. Can’t do that against Rafa.
@Mat4
Courier just said that in some moments, as when someone in the crowd interrupted his serve, Nole gets very fragile. Said it happened last RG.
Do you agree?
Shades of Andy missing that volley at Wimbles against Rafa.


Daniel Says:

Djokohas to i prove his serve he can break nadal but he is not beijg able to defend his serve as he had in the past.


FedExpress Says:

nole will fight till the last point

he wont fade away like ferrer. even an insult to compare nole with ferrer.


calmdownplease Says:

If Novak loses this i think his best next chance is the US Open.
As long as he gets over losing this (if he does)
Nadal seems rickety so I do not expect him to repeat last year.
Nadal is starting to play better now.


Daniel Says:

30-30 and Djoko missing shots he usually does. He is not playing hos best whereas Nadal apart from a few shanks is playing great. Seems Nadal is winning the mental batoe after second set.


mat4 Says:

@Margot:

It works that way for most of the players. Sabatini did it to Graf in her time, asking for more time to disrupt the German when serving.


calmdownplease Says:

What. A. Shot!
Novak needs to get back into this now.


Daniel Says:

Nadal is in te zone now


calmdownplease Says:

super crucial hold now required


FedExpress Says:

OUCH

Break for nadal


Margot Says:

Nole looks whacked now. Too hot for him perhaps. In contrast Rafa looks fresh as a daisy.
Cheers for response mat4.


Okiegal Says:

Rafa did a racquet clap for Novak. You don’t see that too often……if I’ve ever seen it……Is Rafa yellowing in his old age??

Rafa breaks Novak just now…….and WOW!!


Daniel Says:

Bizarre mistakes. Total momentum with Nadal now. After 5-5, 4-0 Nadal and seems Djoko is feeling the heat, which is too soon in the match


mat4 Says:

The match is virtually over, with that break point. Novak started to play not to lose in that second set, hoping for a chance. Unfortunately, that’s why he lost last year too.

Kudos to Rafans. There is nothing to see here any more.


calmdownplease Says:

oh dear that was a sad potentially disastrous loss.
positive. still early in the set but Novak looks a little lost.


van orten Says:

Why on earth not one time someone can play a level tennis vs Nadal…this is disgusting to watch…tags as greedy as ever..come on nole u r better than this


Daniel Says:

Well indeed this FH is amazing today. He is hitting FH winners at will.


FedExpress Says:

wth

the FHs from Nadal


Polo Says:

This match is turning out to be very lopsided. Djokovic looks like he is following Ferrer’s line of thinking. He probably realized and accepted who’s the boss.


van orten Says:

What u see often is Nadal fistpumping when nole making mistakes


Daniel Says:

Only thing for Djoko is try to play frelly and go for his shots because Nadal is going for his form the get go and once he stoped missing he is control. Nothing has to improve first serves percentage as well.

This is still clay, 1 break and firts thing for Djoko is stop the bleeding and win a game. He lost 5 straight games now.


calmdownplease Says:

Boris needs to run back into the hallway and perform a rain dance or its over
And with a whimper it has to be said.


Polo Says:

Although it does not look good, there is no rule against fistpumping. Besides, fistpumping is not the stroke that wins the point.


Margot Says:

@Daniel
It was bloody amazing against Andy too.


FedExpress Says:

lol nole couldnt sit on his bench properly


calmdownplease Says:

It looks as if Nadal has had a pretty much resistance free tournament.
Everyone has basically collapsed in front of him haha
Novak also wasnt great last year at Wimbledon when it was even hotter than Today & not a great surface for him.


Daniel Says:

Finally a good sevre for Djoko.
If Nadal misses a few serves Djoko can have a chance he still has hos ROS to save him.


Okiegal Says:

Nole looks like he’s sucking wind……Rafa not so much…..


Daniel Says:

Djoko is not hitting the ball hard. Just redirecting


Okiegal Says:

Rafa likes the way he set that last point up.


Okiegal Says:

Then a double……yikes!


FedExpress Says:

novak has to do gamermanship and use a MTO


calmdownplease Says:

signs of life


FedExpress Says:

BP nole

but looks tired

grunting his life out


FedExpress Says:

and wasted


FedExpress Says:

4-1

nole needs physical strength right now


calmdownplease Says:

Apparently its Rafa’s turn to feel the heat.
But he did hold.
This match feels like two old boxers forced out of retirement for one last brawl.
Rafa however has the memories of winning it to get him through.
Nice catch by Rafa!


Daniel Says:

Hehad BP at least he is slowly getting back in match readyness. As long as he holds his serve he can have another shot. Mertis to Nadal who is serving consistant all day.


van orten Says:

Nole gifting it so badly to Nadal…way to many errors and bad body language..Nadal looks like always very angryyyy…what a shittyyyyyyy finalllllll


courbon Says:

Nadal is serving well, Novak not.Nadal will win…also Nadal looks physicly better, Novak looks tired.


Polo Says:

Agree. It’s time for Novak to call for a MTO. His brain is fractured and needs to be fixed.


Daniel Says:

Another great hold by Novak. Two more shots to try breaking


Polo Says:

This thread is more interesting than the match!


FedExpress Says:

even nadal is tanking?!?!?


Daniel Says:

Djoko is missing too many returns. He knows he is not playing great when those are not working. Hitting the net a lot


calmdownplease Says:

Rafa is managing his court behaviour very well.
If Novak is playing possum he needs to snap out of it soon.


FedExpress Says:

come on nole smash the racket


calmdownplease Says:

Rain is coming soon (will it be soon enough?)
So Novak best offer up all of the resistance that he can now.


calmdownplease Says:

momentum momentum


FedExpress Says:

BP nole

nole needs it and he will be fired up after that one


FedExpress Says:

this game could break down nole mentally maybe

u never now with nole

game nadal

wth novak hit so many good shots

5-2


van orten Says:

Hahahahahaha nadallll as always on the lucky sideeee…what is wrong wiith noleeee


Daniel Says:

Djoko is missing this shot all day. BH cross court he is hitting the net. This usuallu is the shot that he spanks but totday he is not hitting hard enought and Nadal is smaclimg FH DTL.

Good for him is tat he is having chances and the sun got away. He hod with ease 2 times and had chances in nadal’s game.

He has to hold and force 1 last try. At oeast start serving fourth set.


FedExpress Says:

the sight of nole said it all

“he has to be doped”


van orten Says:

To win Roland Harris u need a bit of luck. And Nadal so far was never unlucky there except for soederling


FedExpress Says:

at least nole can run down drop shots


courbon Says:

Novak took hat off and smash the raquet-now the fight starts!


FedExpress Says:

sadly the player who beat nadal at RG is out of the tour


calmdownplease Says:

You make your own luck in life, and Nadal has certainly earned it.


FedExpress Says:

SP nadal

ffs hold the serve


Patson Says:

What ? It was 30-0 and 2-5 for Nole…now I checked it and the set is over ? What the hell man. What the hell did Nole do !


FedExpress Says:

he is done or he has a plan. we will see

nadal bringing the goods shots back whoch makes it tough


van orten Says:

He would be more likeable if he showed to be human..but he is a monster..and when he is no longer..I will enjoy tennis again


Patson Says:

@11:46 van orten

On a lighter note, I like the name ‘Roland Harris’. Sounds cool.


Polo Says:

Nadal may need a bit of luck to win all those French titles but for anybody else to win it while Nadal is still active, he will need a ton of luck, like Federer. And I am not complaining about that.


Daniel Says:

40-15 and he loses the game and set. He had to at aleast force Nadal to serve the set.


van orten Says:

Nadal 2 break points 2 breaks. Nole 2 break points guess what ….0breaks


WTF Says:

“Nadal may need a bit of luck to win all those French titles but for anybody else to win it while Nadal is still active, he will need a ton of luck, like Federer. And I am not complaining about that.”

It’s hard to call 8 titles luck, but you’re right that someone else will need a ton of luck. Less so Nole, because he is Rafa’s greatest threat in Paris. And it’s still not over yet.


Patson Says:

The problem is, now Rafa will be serving first in the 4th. I a high pressure game, and trailing by 2 sets to 1, and then you’re not serving first, it’s a disadvantage.

Nole needs to regroup. He’s got the game !


WTF Says:

Was there a rain delay?


Eric Says:

This match just isn’t that good, right? It’s not just me?


van orten Says:

Just frustrating and a shame…Nadal simply unbeatable. Hats off. This is how it is


calmdownplease Says:

Yes, it is just YOU
No, haha how disappointing it all is.
But there were moments at the end of the last set …little moments, that promised a comeback from Novak.
Thank goodness it’s over Today


FedExpress Says:

when will nadal show fatigue????


WTF Says:

“Just frustrating and a shame…Nadal simply unbeatable. Hats off. This is how it is”

Can you give a summary of how, for those of us who can’t watch it? Is he playing really good, or is Nole playing bad and missing a lot? What happened in the first set? Because obviously Nadal wasn’t unbeatable that set. How did things turn around?


Polo Says:

Eric asks, ” This match isn’t that good, right?’

Rafa fan says, “Yes, it is very good!”
The rest: “No, it isn’t very good!”


FedExpress Says:

after collecting the trophy rafa will cancel halle and lose in the first week of Wimbledon and prepare for US open


van orten Says:

15:30 and 3 easy missed shots..it’s all in the head nole all in ur head


Polo Says:

WTF, Rafa is playing like he always does in a French final and Novak is playing just like everybody else against Rafa in a French final.


Daniel Says:

15-30 and he misses 3 straight returns. You can’t win like this.
At least his serve is clicking again but there was no single time of the match when everything was working for him. Always one part of the game is missing.

He needs to find the level he is able to for a few games.


van orten Says:

Nole missing routine shots he didn’t for a long time and Nadal same level as always..just his normal play


calmdownplease Says:

One would have to think that there would be some kind of response from Novak at some point.
He is just sleep walking to defeat right now.
Nadal is playing freely without much pressure, but I’m not convinced he is unplayable here at all.


WTF Says:

Polo Says:

“WTF, Rafa is playing like he always does in a French final and Novak is playing just like everybody else against Rafa in a French final.”

Well, he came very close to beating Rafa at least twice.. Last year he was up an early break in the 5th. The year before that, he was up a break in the 4th to force a deciding set. If you’re betting money on Rafa, those would have been two very nerve wracking matches to watch.


van orten Says:

It is not over yet though


FedExpress Says:

he has to do what he did to federer at US Open 2010 and 2011 and show that wasnt a two-off


Daniel Says:

Djoko’s return is pissing me off today. OK, Nadal is serving body to avoid angle but even so he should be puttimg more returns on court


courbon Says:

Novak is outplayed in every aspect of the game…and rafa is fantastic.


FedExpress Says:

they all put their effort in beating federer but against nadal nobody does? WHY?


Daniel Says:

Jesus he can’t play 5 decent points in a row


Daniel Says:

Desperation. Nadal is lucky with his moonballs and it always pays off


courbon Says:

That is it! Novak just lost the match….


Daniel Says:

The only consolation I have is that in 5 years time I won’t have to watch Nadal play anymore. GOAT or not as long as I don’t see this retrieve ad infinitum…


WTF Says:

What happened to Nadal during this year’s clay season? He was written off by analysts and bookmakers. He only won one clay title leading in. Did anyone have a better clay season overall though?


van orten Says:

Oh folks..3 game points nole and what happens then..this match didn’t win Nadal nole lost it he just couldn’t handle the pressure


Krishna Says:

MoonBall Nadal


WTF Says:

Daniel Says:

“The only consolation I have is that in 5 years time I won’t have to watch Nadal play anymore. GOAT or not as long as I don’t see this retrieve ad infinitum…”

What style do you actually want to see, and do you think that style is conducive to playing on clay courts?


van orten Says:

Moonballing and fistpumping..Nadal is pure class..but the stars seem to align always in his favour


JD Says:

look who moon balled


kriket Says:

Novak saying “Unbelievable, what he’s hitting. Unbelievable”

But to me it’s unbelievable what Novak is missing the whole match.


Daniel Says:

WTF some retrieve is Ok But this game Djokohad it done and some how lost it. How many today that he lost with game points?! I rather see he wins with that insane FH dtl than just moonballing


FedExpress Says:

at least nole is not giving up


Daniel Says:

Somehow Djoko returned the break. Let’s see if he can hold. He definetely needs a good string of games. And play more consistant.
He hit a Nadal shor that landed in the baseline moonball and gave him 15-30.
Djoko needs this crucial hold
Also Nadal stretched a few time, maybe he is feeling a bit of the back


FedExpress Says:

Break nole

Does nadals back hurt or what happened

this has to turn djokovic on


JD Says:

no one gives up at this level even players injured..


Daniel Says:

If it goes to 30-30 Nadal will break and win. He needs to serve big


FedExpress Says:

who is more injured right now? nole or Rafa?


Okiegal Says:

The commentators are talking about Rafa’s back…..I guess they saw something there during his last service game just like I did.


Daniel Says:

This next Nadal game is do or die for Djoko. If he breaks he serve for the set if not he serve to stay alive and last two times he served under pressure he lost the sets 2 and 3. So far Nadal didn’t have to serve for the sets he wo


FedExpress Says:

if novak wins the set i hope the rain stays away


FedExpress Says:

novak helping big time

tough ask now to serve to stay in the championship


van orten Says:

He had him there …let him out because of short play


Daniel Says:

Djoko even throw up on court at some point. Now moment of the truth, serve to stay alive, let’s see if he can hold


Polo Says:

How bad is Djokovic playing? All these easy second serves from Nadal and he could not do anything?


Polo Says:

Finish it Nadal.


Daniel Says:

Rain is expected only by after 9 pm Paris time. Is just the sun that got away


Daniel Says:

Te se game now. 30-15. Good serves Dioko!!


Daniel Says:

This is it. 30-30


WTF Says:

Daniel Says:

“WTF some retrieve is Ok But this game Djokohad it done and some how lost it. How many today that he lost with game points?! I rather see he wins with that insane FH dtl than just moonballing”

I don’t understand the elitism of play styles in sport. What is he supposed to do, leave balls and not retrieve them? A smart player plays to their strengths, or the opponent’s weaknesses. Rafa isn’t built to conjure clean winners at a whim. His style is built upon attack when the opportunity presents itself, and biding his time by staying in the point as long as he can until the opportunity does come. If he forces opponents hit an error, that’s good enough for him. It’s a legit way to play.


Daniel Says:

Hate being right


courbon Says:

Congratulations to Nadal fans.He deserved to win, nothing else to say…


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Great win for Nadal. What a champion!!!


calmdownplease Says:

lost on a df how apt
Novak should never had made his plans on RG so clear to one and all.
He is suffering the consequences of that now 2 years running.
Congrats nadal fans on your man’s singular achievement!


Polo Says:

That’s just right. Nobody else deserves to win this match but Nadal. Djokovic played terribly.


van orten Says:

Shows the true colours of the Nadal camp and fans…last time I watched Roland garros as long as Nadal still plays..wixxer


WTF Says:

I’ve made the mistake of writing off a 7 or 8 time champion before. These days, my stance is, until that player is beaten, they are favorite, regardless of who beats them before the tournament begins.

How someone can bet against stats like that is baffling. He’s been beaten only once in best of 5 on clay, and he had to take a several month long injury layoff after that game, giving up his Wimbledon defense. You don’t fake injuries if it means giving up a Wimbledon defense. Soderling got very lucky.


Daniel Says:

Jesus. He was broken again. He didn’t add pressure once to nadla to serve for a set or for the match.

Congats Nadal, truly unbeatable on Chatrier unless injured.

And the worst thought is that had Djoko being able to level the match he would be favoured on fifth set as I think Nadal was starting to feel his back again.

Nadal the deserving Nimber because he wins the matches the matter. If you look as their last 6 matches Nadal won 2 Slams (US Open and RG) and Dkoko wins the smaller ones.
Regardless of poor clay he won the one that matter.

I am still not believing how poor adjoko play regardless of Nadal’s killer FH DTL. He had other part of his game that disn’t work.

Somebody even scream in his last serve before his second set.

Someday he will have to lose, and I can’t wait for this day to come regadless of how lomg it takes. LOL.


Polo Says:

This must be painful for Djokovic and his fans. How many straight majors finals has he lost now? Three?


WTF Says:

calmdownplease Says:

“Novak should never had made his plans on RG so clear to one and all.
He is suffering the consequences of that now 2 years running.”

What did he say exactly?

van orten Says:

“Shows the true colours of the Nadal camp and fans…last time I watched Roland garros as long as Nadal still plays..wixxer”

Could you elaborate on these colours? What happened? What did the fans do? What did his camp do?


Patson Says:

Congrats to all Rafa fans.

As for us Nole fans, Nole just didn’t play well enough to beat the greatest clay court player of all time. I don’t feel bad because I just feels Nole can do better. May be emotions got better of him.
May be he was thinking ahead of the moment, rather than thinking in the moment.

Rafa remains on track to match Fed’s record of Grand slams. Well done Rafa.


Polo Says:

WTF, it was Federer who got very lucky. Soderling was his stepping stone to complete his majors collection. I am extremely happy for that. It looks like Novak’s waterloo will be the French, just like Federer until that one lucky break.


Margot Says:

Congrats to Rafa, THE GOAT of clay, and all his fans.
Commies to Nole and all his fans.
Not a gr8 match, in fact rather a weird match TBH but certainly one of high intensity.


skeezer Says:

Congrats to Rafa fans and to Rafa. Nine years of owning Clay. A undeniable fabulous feat no matter how you interpret it.
King of Clay.


josh Says:

If Rafa can win one of the next 2 grand slams, I believe he’ll be in good position to take over Roger’s 17 next year. I’ve been denying it, but I believe Rafa has a great shot of at least getting 17 grand slams in the next few years.

Unbelievable, just to think we all thought Roger would be the greatest of all time. At the end of the day, I feel that Rafa will have the grand slam wins and the stats to shut up the Roger supporters.


skeezer Says:

What happened to Nole post match on court interview . ….Did he decline?


calmdownplease Says:

What did he say?
He made it clear on many occasions that he was ready to take RG from rafa putting all the pressure that means.
And clearly it showed in his play.


calmdownplease Says:

*on himself


courbon Says:

@ Polo: Very painful. My wife is putting me on suicide watch…


FedExpress Says:

@josh

we will see


calmdownplease Says:

I will say that this was a missed opportunity.
Had Novak played more robustly with less UE
And if he could have no DF on the last point & somehow got to a 5th,
Well…


Polo Says:

@courbon: just like what my wife did to me each time Federer lost to him at the French. When Roger played Soderling for the finals, she had a straight-jacket ready in case Roger lost that one.


Margot Says:

Some gr8 comments here:
Roland Harris..loving it! and Polo, I think, “This thread is better than the match!”


Okiegal Says:

Sorry to all Novak fans, he battled hard but Rafa got him today. Rafa had lost the last four, as he just told the interviewer, so I guess Rafa thought it was his turn! I know Novak is kicking himself for the DF……I saw that coming……too much pressure…it gets to the best of athletes at some time other.

The French crowd is giving Novak the big “O”….Rafa not so much……but look who is holding the trophy! Bite that thing Rafa, and start dreaming of the green green grass of Wimby. I want one more slam to your resume…..being the greed fan I am!!


tennis fan Says:

Nadal ver 1.0. wins Rolland garros for the first time
Nadal ver 2.0 wins Wimbledon 2008
Nadal ver 3.0 wins US open 2010
Nadal ver 4.0 comes back after injury wins French & us open 2013
Nadal ver 5.0 wins Rolland garros after a poor 2014


calmdownplease Says:

Here’s my great comment to you margot.
WIMBLEDON!


Giles Says:

skeezer. Many thanks. :))))


Patson Says:

As a Nole fan, I don’t feel that bad to be honest. It seems that close matches hurt you more than losing it say in 4 or 3 sets. I guess there are less regrets because the other guy simply played better in that match.

Love Nole’s spirit.


jatin Says:

I would be one of the first Roger fan to congratulate rafa if he do cross the Roger GS tally one day. He is an incredible champion and yeah KING OF CLAY.
He is just amazing. I have no words to describe his greatness, his hard work, his dedication to achieve such glory. I may be a Roger fan but the only person who deserve to cross his Gs tally is rafa ( If there is any)..
It’s 14th Gs. And now he has officially tied Pete Sampras Gs Tally

Many many congratulations to his fans. You guys can enjoy now .
As for Novak. I am sad for him. Tough luck again.


Giles Says:

Commiserations to joker fans. Don’t worry guys he will win the FO eventually!


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gonzalowski Says:

Ooooops design failed


jamie Says:

Told you so.


Colin Says:

Polo, there’s no such thing as a straight-jacket.


calmdownplease Says:

Courier is talking about the french crowd now.
That’s another thing i personally won’t miss.


tennisfansince76 Says:

To quote from apocalypse now, “the horror, the horror”


Sean Randall Says:

Rafa’s just too good at Roland Garros. As close to unbeatable as there ever has been.


Margot Says:

@CDP
Rather nervous now that Rafa will go on a confidence boosted tear and win Wimbles……..eek!


jatin Says:

Wish Roger could win the 8th wimby now. He certainly can :)


FedExpress Says:

one day will arrive when nadal will lose at french open

now he has to live the moment and enjoy it

clay season now over, lets move to grass


Eric Says:

Rafa’s success at the French Open is almost impossible to believe. Time and again, his rivals have risen to the occasion only to shrink back down. It seems no one believes they can really win. Roger 2011 outplayed Rafa through three sets and still found himself down 1-2 after collapsing mentally when it counted. Novak started strong today, came back, just couldn’t do it. Rafa is just too strong.

Yet, Rafa’s game isn’t just about never giving up and hitting the ball really hard with a lot of spin, the way a lot of people think. His instincts, I think, are unparalleled — just great shot selection. Maybe only Hewitt comes close. And he can construct points like Andy Murray, too. But despite all that, it’s really just matches like this–and let’s be honest, this was a pretty boring final–that cement just how ODD Rafa is, to me. It’s as if he just…wins. Somehow, the points end up in his column. An endless surprise.


Okiegal Says:

@Skeezer

Thanks…..Rafa was due to beat Novak, after all he had been beaten by him the last four times. No doubt Novak will win it one day. I guess you could say Roland Garros is truly home sweet home for Rafa just like the green green grass of Wimby is home to Roger.


calmdownplease Says:

I think it might just be a Fed/Murray wimbledon final.
With a reverse outcome from the last time.

`Rather nervous now that Rafa will go on a confidence boosted tear and win..`

No, Rafa will not be a huge factor in Wimbles and if he does make it to the semi’s somehow, Andy will be ready,& it will not be on Rafa’s terms this time.


Eric Says:

Also, is Novak just going to double-fault on every championship-point-down he faces at RG?


Polo Says:

I wonder, did many really think that the outcome would be different? Or was that just wistful thinking?


Eric Says:

” just like the green green grass of Wimby is home to Roger.”

It’s actually not at all like that, since Rafa has a 66-1 (or whatever) win record at RG… It’s debatable whether Wimbledon is even Roger’s best major in the last 4-5 years, although it does have a pretty strong claim (what with the title and everything), I suppose.


WTF Says:

Sean Randall Says:

“Rafa’s just too good at Roland Garros. As close to unbeatable as there ever has been.”

I think I said that 6 years ago. You could have asked me.


Margot Says:

Just a tiny thought…wasn’t the Women’s final a lot better than the men’s?
Leaves forum very hastily………….!


WTF Says:

Funny how Mat4 has just disappeared. In another thread he said, “I have at least 12 excuses ready if Novak, somehow, loses, which won’t happen.”

Mat4 where are you? And what are the 12 excuses?


Okiegal Says:

@Chic

I read your post that if Rafa won you weren’t gonna blog…….hey, get on here and at least say hi to Okiegal……and yes, I saw the match live and missed church. It was raining hard so I decided to stay in.

Johnny Mac said Novak threw up twice on the court….I did not see that and Rafa wasn’t aware of it either. I knew from his play for the most part he had some issues.


Patson Says:

@Margot

You’re right ! The fact is it was because it was close and went till the end, this didn’t.

From a selfish point-of-view, if I were to given the option of seeing Nole lose 10-8 in the 5th set vs losing hastily in the 4th set, I’d choose the latter. Close losses hurt MUCH more; enjoyable to watch, sure but they hurt a lot.


calmdownplease Says:

Novak is, despite not coming through in multiple finals, only a few hundred points from Nadal (the holder of 2 slams presently) in the rankings.
Lets hope for his sake that he can do the business soon.


Hamza Says:

Super win for Nadal. Commies to all Nole fans, but Nole will eventually win, there’s no denying that.

Onto Wimbledon now. Last year was a disappointment of biblical proportions. Hope that Nadal puts up a good show this year. He needs to be fit enough to trust his strengths when he goes to Wimbledon. It really is his second best major in terms of making the finals. I guess turning up for Wimbledon after you’ve won the French two weeks before requires extreme fitness. With time, the body gets older and it gets harder. He needs to recover quickly.


Karthick Says:

Vamos Rafa!!! LE9END!!!! Happy for you! Stay healthy and excite us for many more years to come! Records are just numbers for me, Watching you play and win is what matters at the end of the day for me like fans!


van orten Says:

I am So sorry for being so harsh on Nadal at times but I want him to lose so badly just to make him more likeable . He seems like a monstermachine on court and he wins so many matches tearing the heart apart of his opponents ..so contrary to other players.. I want him to loseeeee .. he is not that good …well he is it seems and I will no longer watch any matches of him..I need to move on grow up fully and enjoy sports..not possible with Nadal around..really sorry but those are my true dark feelings towards the player..don’t know how he is in private. But gamewise the worst and a real nightmare since 2006…so good luck everyone and keep enjoying this blog.. I did at least. But now I need to chill out…fed will be always the coolest to watch..for many reasons but Nadal will be the most successfully player though nowhere near as regular..but rg made the difference…


Perfect fan Says:

Let me say this….I m desperately trying to fight back my tears here. I m so moved and touched by rafa’s passion and fighting spirit that its being tough, holding my composure.

Even being an ardent roger fan, I love rafa for being such a fighter and his never-say-die attitude and for being a down to earth person at the same time. People say, rafa is a one surface wonder and his game is only good for clay. But to have 9 titles in a single surface and still going strong plus having a 66-1 record there….u gotta be kiddin’ me!! this is freakish stuff, not of this world. U gotta bow down to this incredible athlete, this unbelievable person he is.

I dnt know if rafa will surpass fed’s slam numbers or not….but he will always hold a very special place in my heart. There is one thing that I miss so badly in roger which I find in abundance in rafa….its the “adrenalin rush, the feistiness”. I know that roger and rafa are so very diff personalities and possess diff style of play….but TBH, I would love to see a lil’ bit of that spirit in roger too.

I will also like to say this….IMO, its easy playing in hostile conditions or where u r not expected to do good. But to repeat and keep defending titles, winning year after year is no kid’s play….doesn’t matter how good u r on that surface. Fan’s expectations and the passion for greatness, can bring in tremendous pressure….too much for anyone to bear. That’s the reason I feel, rafa’s 9+(I DNT KNOW HOW MAY MORE) titles at RG, will stand the test of time on any SLAM surface.

I wish rafa all the best for the rest of the season. I believe this feat of him will be respected by even his strongest of critics and rebels.

VAMOS RAFA :)


the DA Says:

@Margot – I concur. The women’s final was of a higher level consistently. Today’s match had it’s moments but much too up and down. The SF last year was miles better. Commiserations Nole fans. I have no doubt whatsoever he’ll take it one day. And vamos Rafa fans. 9 titles is incredible.

I wouldn’t get too excited about a rematch at Wimbledon. I think this match took a physical and emotional toll on both of them. They were both weeping during the prize ceremony. How often does that happen?


Hippy Chic Says:

Okiegal@1.43pm hiya just a quickie post especially for you,im delighted for Rafa,but i feel for Novak,as it looked like this was gonna be his year,id resigned myself to the idea that surely Rafa wouldnt/couldnt win it this year?i cried actually seeing his face after the match was over a picture of heartbreak so sad he must be bitterly dissapointed?and sorry to all the lovely fans especially Courbon,Ma4,Harry,Patson,Contador,Michael and abscent friends Jane and Wogboy it gets more difficult every year,but im positive Novak will eventually crack the case,anyway im taking a break but i will be back in a week ot two,over and out for now take care Oky over and out :))xxxx….


Giles Says:

@Perfect Fan. That was an extremely generous post from you. Thank you.


Perfect fan Says:

I really feel for nole and his fans….he will have his chance for sure, he is an unbelievably good player and its only a matter of time.

AJDE NOVAK !!


Perfect fan Says:

@ Giles: :))

LIVE the moment bro’. These are priceless moments.


RafaFan Says:

@sean randall…waiting for your article :)


WTF Says:

calmdownplease Says:

“Novak is, despite not coming through in multiple finals, only a few hundred points from Nadal (the holder of 2 slams presently) in the rankings.
Lets hope for his sake that he can do the business soon.”

To be #1 with no slams over a #2 with 2 slams is a hollow victory if you ask me. I’d rather not have it. This is how women players like Safina, Wozniacki and Jankovic did it.


calmdownplease Says:

@DA and Margot

I thought it was terrible.
It felt like a last man standing kind of thing.
Not the way to top off a slam.
And the fact that shriekapova can deliver the match of the tournament says it all really.


calmdownplease Says:

` This is how women players like Safina, Wozniacki and Jankovic did it…`

Yeah, I almost agree, but it’s not quite the same is it?
Big difference is that Novak is a truly great player and a slam winner to boot.
Anyway it’s all gravy for Nadal for the next few weeks, so it probably won’t happen for a while at least.


Purcell Says:

Excuse me Josh. As a Federer fan and above all a tennis fan I am not inclined to take too kindly to your ‘shut up’ comment. Let me remind you that greatest of all time is an impossible concept and actually a figment of imagination borne of extreme fandom. However, just in case you are determined to stick with the notion, it might be useful to look beyond slams and statistics and think about other attributes and achievements that might consolidate your opinion.


jane Says:

thank you calmdownplease. he’s a little different, i’d say.


Purcell Says:

Van Orten: I do sympathise with you. Believe me you are very grown up for having the courage to express your thoughts so boldly whilst at the same time, not causing offence. I wish you luck in your future viewing and your support of ‘cool Roger.’


calmdownplease Says:

@jane

Trust me,
If I didn’t mean, I wouldn’t have posted it.


calmdownplease Says:

*it, mean it
oh dear hahaha


Polo Says:

Colin @1:17PM: Sorry about that, but you know what I mean, “straightjacket”, the hyphen was not needed. Straightjacket can also be used interchangeably with straitjacket.


Daniel Says:

Let’s see if Nadla will play Halle. I think if he go he will lose early to rest. Seemed he had some physical issues in the match as well.

And how Djoko will react in Wimbledon. Althpugh Murray played eat in patches I am not overly confident of him defendo g his title. No one knows which form Fed will be in so could be a n open Wimby.

The only downside for us not Rafa fans is knowing tat next year will be the same again. Only time and age will stop Nadal in RG.


Giles Says:

I do hope Rafa plays Halle if only to get a couple of matches under his belt in preparation for Wimby. He didn’t play Halle last year understandably so as the FO final finished on the Monday.


Daniel Says:

Djoko is losing too many finals latelly. There was one point he was 5-2 after AO 12 and after he he is 1-5. He has to be winnigng Slams which are what matter most. He needs to make an impact either Wimbledon (last 3 years he is champion, smeis and finalist) or US Open (last 3 years reaching final winning 1). He is playong ggod enough to win several Masters but not Slams.


Okiegal Says:

@Eric 1:36

I made that comment because Roger has 7 titles there…….just two shy of Rafa’s RG titles. I don’t know the number of Roger’s total grass titles but would imagine he has a bunch……I will check Wiki for my answer. Hasn’t he always been knighted the master of grass??


Steve 27 Says:

Jamie you said that Djokovic will win Wimbledon, right?
Let see if your mambo jumbo is correct this time.


Okiegal Says:

@Perfect fan 2:04

That was such a nice post…….Rafa, Roger and Novak, all incredible players!


SG1 Says:

Rafa is better on clay than any player has ever been on any surface. To my mind, he’s the best player I’ve ever seen. He is quote simply, a relentless force of nature. How can anyone truly dislike a guy who leaves out on the court every single time? As a fan, what more can you ask of anyone, let alone pro athlete? Nadal is nothing less than inspirational. He may not be the most gifted ball striker but he never, ever gives up. Never gives anything less than 100% and never takes anything for granted.


SG1 Says:

Rafa truly appreciates his position and will never have to look back and regret anything about his career.


Perfect fan Says:

@Okiegal at 7:32

Many thanx :)….hope rafa does good at wimby this time.


Josh Says:

@Purcell beyond slams and stats? Rafa beats Roger in that too. You’re response is making my point exactly.


Okiegal Says:

@SG1 10:14

That’s just how I feel. I love the way he never gives up……his mental strength leaves me scratching my head…..how does he do It time and again?? I guess the will and drive to keep on keeping on!!

VAMOS RAFA!!


Okiegal Says:

@Perfect fan

I have learned one thing in being a loyal fan of a favorite…..you don’t take anything for granted. My guy could crash out at Wimby like last year. These guys play tough schedules and have to get physically fatigued and exhausted. I really don’t know how they do it……not to mention staying strong mentally! I think they can do it because tennis players are very disciplined individuals, they have to be.


Eric Says:

People always say that Roger is the king of grass like Rafa is the king of clay, but it’s just a holdover meme from five years ago. In the past 4 years, Rafa has won almost every important clay tournament (except for this season), while Roger has gone down to everyone from Andy M to Sergiy Stakhovsky on grass. It’s statistically his best surface, true, but Roger and Wimbledon hasn’t been like Rafa and RG for a long time.


Purcell Says:

Josh: clearly you have no understanding of what I’ve written.


Josh Says:

@Purcell I have every right to have an opinion. Why are you so sensitive? Look, I’m not hating on Roger, I think he’s a great champion too, but sports are meant to be debated and discussed, that’s what makes it fun.

I’m sorry if I offended you. “Shut up” was probably a little harsh of me to say. We actually need more people to speak up!


bbsocrates Says:

I felt early on that this was Nadal’s day. Djokovic doesn’t seem to play well in warm weather like Wimbledon final in 2013. Though Nadal started to fall apart at end of 4th set when the sun went down and temperatures were a bit cooler. If Djokovic would have held to force 5-5, it would have gotten interesting. Double fault to end match was terribly disappointing.

On to Wimbledon, it is very wide open.


jamie Says:

@Steve 27

Djokovic will win Wimbledon but US Open winner will be somebody else.

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