Can Nadal win Wimbledon now?

Hard hit Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Switzerland's Roger Federer during the men's final at the French Open tennis tournament in Paris on Sunday. Full Story
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sam

United States

#1 Jun 8, 2008
Federer, times up.
Burnt out!
Guy Jones

New York, NY

#2 Jun 8, 2008
Please...Federer is 26 and has 12 Grand Slam titles to his credit. Rafa was great today and is going to add a nice number of Slams to his collection in the future since he's only 22, but Roger will get his fair share before he hangs it up. Barring injuries, Federer has at least 6 more Slams coming to him, at a minimum.
steve

Pompano Beach, FL

#3 Jun 8, 2008
Rafa is the best on clay.Djokovic will win Wimbledon and U.S open and is 2nd best on clay.Federer has lost the mental edge,Rafa feels he has a shot on faster surfaces now and Djokovic truly believes he's the best fast court player in the world.
olk

London, UK

#4 Jun 9, 2008
Federa has passed his pick, he can only maintain, but cant improve. Nadal is so desperate to be number 1, and has nothing to lose, Federa on the other hand has everything to lose. Judging from his performance in French open, he just cant pull it together. This is a test for him to see if he really is a great champion. Lets wait and see.
Dennis

Ålborg, Denmark

#5 Jun 15, 2008
Sure, Federer may seem to be burnt out, but lets not forget this: The gentleman has been no. 1 for 5 years. He has has won 12 grandslams. He has soo many records, and only need a few to complete he`s quest. It takes a lot to keep that up for soo many years.(Tennis is also a big mental game, so to be no. 1, takes a hole lot more, compared to no. 2 or 3!) This year has was sick at Aussi open, and it seems like he never has gotton fully over it. Federer dosent need to prove anything. 4 Laureus awards!! In my opinion no player on the ATP tour right know will ever reach he`s level off and on the court. A True champion and gentleman. Maby the last of his kind! All good things comes to an end, but not yet! He still has more to show!
Lindsey

Saint Clair, MI

#6 Jun 15, 2008
Nadal will win Wimbledon. Has just won Queens, beating Roddick & Djokovic in the process. Roger wins the Gerry Weber, against who?? Best player to date this season on grass is Nadal. If they both make it to the final at Wimbledon this year, it will definitely be Rafa, Roger has been choking all year when he plays him.

Since: Sep 07

Woodland, CA

#7 Jun 15, 2008
Who givers a rats ass about tennis other than the families and or agents of the players? Talk about the ultimate "me" sport. When does nfl camp open?
Federal Express

Singapore

#8 Jun 15, 2008
It is sad how fast people forget past achievements and very quickly write off a great player who has won 12 Grand Slams. So Federer was whipped at the last French Open. But that was clay and he was the underdog, not expected to win Nadal. Now that Nadal has won Queens and everyone is claiming that he will win Wimbledon. But isn't everyone forgetting that Federer also won Halle ? I watched the match Nadal against Djokovic and I noticed that Nadal was slicing his backhand alot. YOu know why? Because the grass surface is alot faster than clay and especially for a double handed backhand player like him, he needs to get into position to execute a top spin back hand. With grass, he couldn't get into a position fast enough so he resorted to a sliced backhand. That is his weakness in grass which I think Federer may have an edge over in Wimbly as Federer uses a single handed backhand that has more reach.

The man may well win a 5th Wimbly, people. Let's watch n see.
margarita

Pasig City, Philippines

#9 Jun 17, 2008
it's gonna be rafa...no question about it.,he's been playing superb right now,its only a matter of time...vamos rafa!
Dennis

Ålborg, Denmark

#10 Jun 20, 2008
Everything is a matter og time! Federer will retire some day, and some day a new guy will step forward into the spotlight! Suprised.
Dennis

Ålborg, Denmark

#11 Jun 20, 2008
Everything is a matter og time...!
Some people like Federer, and some like Nadal.
No doubt they can both play tennis. And no doubt that Federer is the more elegant and has much more talent and technique than Nadal.
Nadal is winning a lot of matches because other players has a lot of respect for him,- because of his strength.
We have seen federer win so much now, and offcourse some would like to see the king be replaced.
Someday it will happend! And maby federer is running out of steam...
But, please note, to make a great champion you not only need to win a lot - you need to be like Federer.
It`s one thing to become number one, but to stay in that pos. for 5-6 years! And a gentleman on - and off the court.
I don`t think Rafa has what it takes - sorry to say. He`s a great fighter, no doubt.
Maby he will win wimbledon, and maby some day another slam on hard, but even if he wins x slams and x turnaments he will never be a true genuine champion!- That takes a hole lot more...

Since: Sep 07

Woodland, CA

#12 Jun 20, 2008
Tennis???? Yawn
TMD

Lafayette, IN

#13 Jun 21, 2008
Dennis wrote:
Everything is a matter og time...!
Some people like Federer, and some like Nadal.
No doubt they can both play tennis. And no doubt that Federer is the more elegant and has much more talent and technique than Nadal.
Not according to results from THIS year he doesn't. You can be as elegant as you like. The only thing that matters is if you win or not. Federer has won no slams this year and was thoroughly humiliated by Nadal in the French Open. It looks to me like Nadal has every bit as much "talent" as Federer.

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Nadal is winning a lot of matches because other players has a lot of respect for him,- because of his strength.
Federer benefits from his reputation every bit as much as Nadal. Nadal is winning a lot of matches because he's better than everybody else. Period.

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We have seen Federer win so much now, and of course, some would like to see the king be replaced. Someday it will happen! And maybe Federer is running out of steam...
Maybe running out of steam? 6-1, 6-3, 6-0....Ouch!

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But, please note, to make a great champion you not only need to win a lot - you need to be like Federer.
What's THAT supposed to mean? Nadal is set to be just as dominant as Federer. Federer can't beat Nadal on a surface where he has to run down balls. He's already starting to slow down. Connors and Laver both played at a very high level through their thirties. Federer is nowhere near the tennis player either one of them were.

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It`s one thing to become number one, but to stay in that pos. for 5-6 years! And a gentleman on - and off the court.
As I just stated, Federer is nowhere near the tennis player either Connors or Laver were. Connors was #1 for 159 consecutive weeks during the era of Borg, McEnroe, Lendl, and Wilander. Laver won the Grand Slam twice in his career. Federer has a long ways to go.

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I don`t think Rafa has what it takes - sorry to say.
If I had said something that ridiculous I'd be sorry, too.

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He`s a great fighter, no doubt.
Maby he will win wimbledon, and maybe some day another slam on hard, but even if he wins x slams and x turnaments he will never be a true genuine champion!- That takes a hole lot more...
Then, I guess Federer isn't either. True champions win on ALL surfaces. Maybe Federer will get lucky some day and win the French Open. But I doubt it.
Tammy D

Oakville, Canada

#14 Jun 26, 2008
Very well said TMD,

I'm not a fan of Roger, in fact I started watching tennis again because of Rafa. To say "I don't think Rafa has what it takes-sorry to say" is riciculous! Rafa has more than what it "takes". I don't want to bash Roger, but I find him to be an arrogant, all about me, and a very sore looser. Sure he is the great for now, but he is watching what is right behind him and to say he is not is crazy. Rafa is mentally and physically fit to be number one and sooner than we think. All the way for Rafa!
Tammy D.

Since: Sep 07

Woodland, CA

#15 Jun 26, 2008
Tennis again??? YAWN!!! No one cares except their agents and their families.
deanna

Niceville, FL

#16 Jun 29, 2008
I do a lot of reading, but admit I'm not a tennis expert. I just love Roger Federer's style, versatility, and finesse. I KNOW he isn't arrogant, don't believe Rafael is either. It's just differerent cultures. Roger Federer is matter of fact, but I believe is a gentleman, VERY intelligent and cultured.

He is not overrated as a tennis player. Again I'm not an expert, but I am a fan of Roger's and have read many critiques of his game. Most say he is right at the top of all time greats.

Rafael has plenty of years to win his slams. Roger HAS been struggling this year - I firmly believe most of this has occured because of his illness not because of age or past his prime.

Here's to Roger winning his SIXTH Wimbledon.
greger67

Southfield, MI

#17 Jun 29, 2008
Dennis wrote:
Sure, Federer may seem to be burnt out, but lets not forget this: The gentleman has been no. 1 for 5 years. He has has won 12 grandslams. He has soo many records, and only need a few to complete he`s quest. It takes a lot to keep that up for soo many years.(Tennis is also a big mental game, so to be no. 1, takes a hole lot more, compared to no. 2 or 3!) This year has was sick at Aussi open, and it seems like he never has gotton fully over it. Federer dosent need to prove anything. 4 Laureus awards!! In my opinion no player on the ATP tour right know will ever reach he`s level off and on the court. A True champion and gentleman. Maby the last of his kind! All good things comes to an end, but not yet! He still has more to show!
Don't give me the shit about being sick or something....that's so old. A mark of a true champion is accepting defeat gracefully and not offer any excuses. Should I remind you of how Tiger managed to win the recent US open with a fractured leg, torn ACL, and torn meniscus? Roger lost that match because Djokovic was a better player, at least that day. And He's been losing to Rafa all these years because Rafa is a better player than him!
greger67

Southfield, MI

#18 Jun 29, 2008
One thing that Roger doesn't do that Rafa does quite a bit is acknowledge how great his opponent is after a loss. Rafa always says in his post-game interview that Roger is still the best player even after beating his (Federer's) ass. To those who say that Rafa doesn't have what it takes, c'mon.....are you from another planet? It doesn't have anything to do with elegance or fashion or anything like that. It's all about the result! The score! Coming from a humiliating defeat, if the face off in the finals again, I don't care what surface, I'm pretty sure Roger will go home with his tails between his legs. Well, he can always use the mononucleosis excuse again, should that happen.
deanna

Niceville, FL

#19 Jun 30, 2008
I still think Federer has more slams to win and will. I believe that Rafael's power game and knee problems will shorten his career.

Roger has not used his illness as an excuse for months, other fans have said that the atereffects of his illness have weakened his game - it makes sense to me. It's an opinion, not a fact.

In reference to Woods' courage in winning his golf tournament. Yes, he won it. But at what price?- he's out for the rest of the season. He is a legendary golf player, but I don't think it was necessarily wise of him to "go for it" for the record book. What are the long term consequences?

Back to tennis. I'm obviously a Federer fan. I believe him to be a wonderful person and tennis player. Hope he plays well and wins more tournaments.
Angela Hendry

UK

#20 Jul 1, 2008
If Nadal is playing well in the final I think he could beat Federer especially when Spain did so well in the football.

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