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It appears all the good Fed got from IW has been dismantled by this 4th round defeat in Miami. Especially if ARod flames out against the next opponent he faces.
Fed is a great bet to win Wimby or the USO. He is a good bet to make the RG finals and if Rafa and Nole kill each other during the clay season like last year Fed might sneak off with another French title. If Roger sticks to the game plan and latches on to the Nadal backhand like a rabid dog and volleys like he did at IW. A 2nd RG title over Nads would also put some distance between the Pete lovers and the claim that that Fed has a horrible record against Rafa.Like they said in the 100 greatest of all time "Roger couldn't beat just one guy at RG, while Pete couldn't beat anybody at the French." Imagine Fed dethroning the "king of clay" in his own house? Roger the Usurper!
It would be great if Roger can beat Rafa at RG. We all know, however, that rafa has an endless amount of gas in the tank. I thought Roger would have his way against Rafa in Australia a few years back after having played a whale of a 5 setter in the Semi but that didn't work too well. He will have to sustain his level of play and he's been having trouble doing that- against the two top guns especially.
Fed's best chance is at Wimby, not RG. 2nd best chance, US Open. RG is Nadal's territory. Mark T. said so. lol
Feds best chance is to get the IW bug and have to pee the whole time!
Remember that Fed beat Djoko at RG after a clay season of seeing Djoko "destroy" Rafa. Then what happened? Rafa destroyed Fed at RG. RG belongs to Rafa.
Only way probably to win the RG title is if Rafa and Nole end up in the same half and ND takes Rafa out. I like Feds chances against ND than against Rafa.
I would agree with that. But I think Rafa is in Fed's head at RG. Truly hasn't even come close. But being one and two, ND and Rafa wouldn't be on the same side of the draw.