Nadal wins record 13th French Open
11/10/2020 | sport | tennis | 836
Rafael Nadal produces one of his finest French Open displays to stun Novak Djokovic and equal Roger Federer's record of 20 Grand Slam men's titles.
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11/10/2020 16:00:21 132 15
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Rafa just tore Djokovic a new one! Sheer class!!
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11/10/2020 17:25:42 8 4
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Ha ha ha!!
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raj
12/10/2020 13:43:10 0 0
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Novak has torn him a new one several times over last few years. The fact is they are both superb players. When one is totally on their game and the other a bit off they can wipe the floor with each other.
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11/10/2020 16:01:24 43 22
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The best player of all time.
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11/10/2020 16:36:48 7 24
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Nope
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12/10/2020 02:11:41 0 0
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There are still a few more years left for the three Top Guns to play Grand-Slams - to decide who will ultimately win the most - and be declared the 'best player of all time - before they all retire ! -
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11/10/2020 16:02:12 31 3
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Brutal
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11/10/2020 16:02:42 313 7
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For one player to win the same Grand Slam tournament 13 times is unbelievable, almost superhuman. Congratulations to Rafael Nadal.
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11/10/2020 16:12:50 130 5
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Its unreal and the manner of his victory was something else too.
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11/10/2020 16:42:15 15 7
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Not just win but in straight sets. It was wonderful to watch - and not just because I'm a Rafa fan! A good day for me, Hamilton won the GP and Rafa the tennis!!
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11/10/2020 16:52:47 10 37
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No, it just shows you are very good on one surface. Both fed and Novak are better all round players than Nadal.
"For one player to win the same Grand Slam tournament 13 times is unbelievable, almost superhuman"

It is isn't it ?

Hmmmm.
Removed
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11/10/2020 17:31:28 8 4
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The best clay court player ever to have played the game. If all tennis was played on clay then we wouldn't be calling Federer 'The Greatest'.
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11/10/2020 16:03:05 5 35
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I still don’t rate him. I don’t know why
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11/10/2020 16:20:25 1 11
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surprised he's allowed to make so much noise. would continuously divert my concentration
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11/10/2020 16:33:56 4 1
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i assume then you are either a Federer or Djokovic fan
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11/10/2020 16:34:30 9 1
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Hes won 20 slams..... Im sure he will have sleepless nights because YOU don't. Rate him.......
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11/10/2020 18:47:58 3 0
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Like he knows you or care whether you rate him or not? Stay off the drugs son.
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11/10/2020 16:03:30 95 4
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Dominant performance. 13 wins at a single Grand Slam tournament is quite ridiculous.
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11/10/2020 16:03:48 11 1
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Great match
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11/10/2020 16:04:04 197 31
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Djokovic just got absolutely destroyed. Fantastic to see.
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11/10/2020 16:37:06 82 4
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A nice revenge for the australian open defeat
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11/10/2020 16:44:09 35 8
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No faux medical timeouts were going to help shift momentum this time.

Djokovic's gamesmanship over the years has been tedious and oh-so predictable.

I enjoy seeing him lose too.
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11/10/2020 17:56:20 3 0
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It’s is lol
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11/10/2020 18:39:39 20 6
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I enjoyed seeing him disqualified in the US Open and enjoyed it even more seeing him destroyed today. Hopefully it will puncture his insufferable arrogance. He'll never have the class of Federer or Nadal and he knows it.
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11/10/2020 16:04:23 59 4
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Well. They said it yesterday, if Nadal is going to win, he's got to up his game. Man he did IP his game to an unbelievable level.
I wonder if two of the big three never played tennis, the other one would have won 50 grand slams.
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11/10/2020 19:18:22 0 0
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30++
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12/10/2020 01:39:57 0 0
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Yes, I often though about that too. It just shows how amazing any one of the three top player truly is. And, no doubt they pushed each other - to play better and better throughout the years the faced each other ! - And it is not over yet . . .
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12/10/2020 08:03:26 0 0
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Well no, as they wouldn,t have had each other to continually raise standards, motivate & have such long careers.
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11/10/2020 16:04:25 35 10
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Some things are guaranteed in support.

Nadal winning the French Open
Usain Bolt winning at a canter
Man U getting a penalty each game.
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jh
11/10/2020 16:41:05 4 2
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Nice one.
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11/10/2020 16:04:46 9 8
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Like a recently crushed cockroach, Djokovic still had some fight. I was hoping the fourth set would measure such fight. In the end, history wouldn’t be harsh at all to regard Nadal as arguably the Goat while noting his legendary status on clay!
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11/10/2020 16:04:50 58 22
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Some things never change. Vamos Rafa!
20 times. Joint-GOAT.
Can't say I feel anything other than delight towards Novaxx Djocovid's disappointment. He's rotten.
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11/10/2020 16:49:43 44 25
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As much as I enjoyed this beating of Djokovic - because I am a nadal fan and Djokovic is his biggest and most dangerous rival - Djokovic is by no means "rotten". Passionate? yes, annoying? maybe, makes-mistakes? definitely , but you only have to listen to his post match speech to see he is really a class guy.
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12/10/2020 01:57:17 4 1
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Novak is Not Rotten - Your Comment certainly is !
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11/10/2020 16:05:09 11 8
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If the grand slams were two slow and two hard surfaces, Nadal would have 30 titles and everyone else 15 or less.
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11/10/2020 16:05:20 41 19
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It's confirmed, Rafa is the goat!
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11/10/2020 16:36:14 4 14
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Hahahahahahahaha
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11/10/2020 17:03:09 1 6
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Behave. On clay, certainly by a country mile. But on all other surfaces, Roger and Novak are better.
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12/10/2020 02:09:11 0 0
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Not Yet, Not Yet - No - it is not confirmed at all! - ONE Win does not a GOAT make! There are still a few more years left for the three Top Guns to play Grand-Slams - to decide who will ultimately win the most before they all retire ! -
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12/10/2020 10:57:30 0 0
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No it is not. He is the clay court GOAT and is untouchable on that surface.

However the GOAT debate is far from over and may not even be settled once they have all retired.

The GOAT is not just about GS titles, but includes no of year end No1's. other major titles, H2H's, ability on different surfaces and so on.
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11/10/2020 16:05:26 20 8
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Top man. No wonder there is no Lewis Hamilton HYS.

Nadal's is the GOAT.
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11/10/2020 17:31:35 9 10
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Lewis Hamilton is a spoiled diva who has the fastest car on the grid and cries racism whenever a decision goes against him.
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12/10/2020 02:29:14 0 0
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Not Yet ! - There are still a few more years left to play by the top three - to decide who is the Ultimate GOAT ! -
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11/10/2020 16:06:03 72 4
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Brilliant Rafa!

A thorough beating of Djokovic in a very tough situation for another French Open.

I really goes to show just what an incredible lily tough and determined athlete he has been throughout his career.

Vamos Rafa!
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11/10/2020 16:06:08 5 9
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Don’t you there right off the best ever. Should of win more different slams if it wasn’t for his injuries. Number 20
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11/10/2020 16:10:54 7 1
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Brilliantly put.
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11/10/2020 16:20:47 3 1
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Indeed, couldn't have written it better myself.
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11/10/2020 16:06:08 189 59
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Great!

The rude, petulant player lost!
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11/10/2020 16:22:15 29 127
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You are rude. Otherwise will not use rude words.
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11/10/2020 18:00:03 15 13
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He is an elegant man, gracious in victory and defeat. And a fantastic player.
I think the problem may be yours.
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11/10/2020 20:26:26 1 17
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The rude, unpleasant player won!
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11/10/2020 22:13:10 0 0
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Maybe you can supply us with some examples of this during the match.
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12/10/2020 00:16:45 2 3
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Nadal won with his usual display of butt pick
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12/10/2020 01:21:23 3 1
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Instead of making low snide remarks you should say: Thank you for being able to watch such a fabulous match between Nadal and Djokovic ! -
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11/10/2020 16:06:21 4 4
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A giant with feet of clay.
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11/10/2020 16:06:34 17 11
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Nadal is the greatest no doubt about it
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11/10/2020 16:09:05 6 17
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Should of won more Australians and Wimbledon’s to be honest
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11/10/2020 16:19:48 4 6
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Federer for me. More wins, more weeks as No1, better style of play.
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11/10/2020 16:06:52 18 2
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much though i'd like to i cannot see Federer getting another slam ... and clearly nadal is set for at least one more french title ... at this rate maybe even 5 more ;-)
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11/10/2020 16:06:55 62 3
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Really a surprise to me. I support Rafa, but didn't think he was well prepared enough, and given the different conditions this year, thought that Djokovic was the favourite. Why did I ever doubt the great man!
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11/10/2020 16:54:53 13 10
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Why did you ever doubt? Because the press wanted you to doubt and click.
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11/10/2020 16:07:08 226 21
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Don’t be fooled by that score line - Novak played unbelievably well too. Rafa just took it into the stratosphere those first two sets. Probably the best he’s ever played in a final, and right when he needed it. 34 years old and still the king of clay.
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11/10/2020 16:52:55 64 64
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'Novak played unbelievably well too.'

No he didn't. What planet are you on? Djokovic only really cranked up the intensity of his serve in set 3.

Well played to Nadal though - humble and quite incredible.
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11/10/2020 17:20:39 2 2
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Very true.
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11/10/2020 21:17:26 3 4
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Well done Nadal!?????????? beating Djokovic ??in straight sets. You gave the arrogant Djokovic a thorough thrashing as many would have hoped. Djokovic’s SF victory over Tsitsipas was totally undeserved and just lucky. Pity Tsitsipas didn’t make the final but he will in 2021. Congrats Nadal!????
NATURAL JUSTICE served!
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12/10/2020 01:14:04 2 0
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Indeed, Djokovic played very well, but Rafa just played one or two classes better - he was in 'the zone' . -
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12/10/2020 01:15:20 1 0
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You are wrong : Djokovic played very well, but Rafa just played one or two classes better - he was in 'the zone' . -
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11/10/2020 16:07:46 4 6
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Djokovic needed his A+ game to compete with Nadal in Paris. He didn't have it.
A hugely disappointing ending to a strange and soulless tournament.
Some sports have been ok without a crowd, but tennis isn't one of them.
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11/10/2020 16:07:53 26 3
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When they said yesterday, that Nadal has to up his game to have a chance to beat Novak, man he upped his game to an unbelievable level.
I guess if two the great three never played tennis, the other one would have won 50 grand slams
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11/10/2020 16:08:57 6 15
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Nadal inflicted the worst defeat of has-been Andy Murray's career at Roland Garros and Djokovic. What a beast. Commiserations to Novak, unbelievable from Nadal.
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11/10/2020 16:06:34 17 11
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Nadal is the greatest no doubt about it
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11/10/2020 16:09:05 6 17
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Should of won more Australians and Wimbledon’s to be honest
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11/10/2020 16:15:07 8 2
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Unlucky with injuries at both Wimbledon and the Australian Open
A fully fit and firing Nadal is very very difficult to beat
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11/10/2020 16:16:24 9 1
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Should he of?
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11/10/2020 16:09:52 23 13
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The best clay court player ever without a shadow of a doubt. I did not expect such a margin. Re GOAT: I still prefer Federer over both Nadal and Djokovic and for me he is the best ever, subjective that opinion though is
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11/10/2020 16:29:44 15 1
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Unbelievable never though anyone would get near Federers record. What an absolute privilege to have witness the 3 greatest male players of all time. In the same era!
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12/10/2020 02:32:16 0 0
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There are still a few more years left to play by the top three - to decide who will be the Ultimate GOAT ! -
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11/10/2020 16:10:36 11 33
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Just 7 grand slam titles outside of the French. Really poor return to be honest.
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11/10/2020 16:18:41 14 2
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McEnroe won 7 total. Does that make him poor?
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11/10/2020 16:19:47 6 2
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A bit of a sad comment...only 7 slams outside of Paris..... Pathetic comment.
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11/10/2020 16:21:23 5 2
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Roger has only one RG... as well as Djokovic. 7 GS just like Wilander, McEnroe or Edberg already qualifies you as a legend...
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11/10/2020 16:25:21 7 2
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You need to check how many men have won 7 or more grand slams in the history of Men's Tennis (well over 100 years now). I can tell you it's not many. Yours is typically ungracious hater comment.
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11/10/2020 16:10:50 2 5
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Awesome stuff from Rafael. Here's hoping both players can go on to pass Roger's total. Strangely I think Novak has the better chance of doing so!
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11/10/2020 16:06:08 5 9
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Don’t you there right off the best ever. Should of win more different slams if it wasn’t for his injuries. Number 20
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11/10/2020 16:10:54 7 1
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Brilliantly put.
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11/10/2020 16:12:06 16 1
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Difficult conditions, eh? King of Clay lives up to the name once again ??
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11/10/2020 16:12:16 29 10
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First of all, congratulations Nadal. 13 French Opens, 20 Slams. Just unbelievable. Still winning at 34!

Also, delighted the science denying, line judge smacking blight on tennis was ripped apart in such style. A good day for the sport!
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12/10/2020 02:22:09 1 1
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BBC123: ...delighted that the line judge smacking blight on tennis was ripped apart ??? - That is a lousy comment. It was an accident not a planed 'attack' on a line judge! - And as long as YOU are perfect all is well ! -
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11/10/2020 16:12:33 184 3
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Nadal fans, including myself, felt very apprehensive about this one particularly with the way Novak can nullify Rafa's heavy forehand from the backhand side. And then he comes up with one of his best ever performances for a very surprising demolition. Lucky 13 lucky for brilliant Rafa.
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11/10/2020 17:23:45 9 2
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Agree.
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11/10/2020 18:54:04 3 0
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Yes, my heart was with Rafa, but I thought Novak would win. Their recent record was in Novak’s favour and I thought Rafa might get nervous. Maybe too many drop shots from Novak, I’m not sure of the stats but it seemed to indicate he wasn’t prepared to slug it out with Rafa.
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11/10/2020 16:12:42 8 2
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Awesome from my twin favorite, usually I pray for divine intervention to choose from these three LEGENDS of our time, awesome match Nadal, well done,we want you trio up there forever. Congrat great one.
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11/10/2020 16:02:42 313 7
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For one player to win the same Grand Slam tournament 13 times is unbelievable, almost superhuman. Congratulations to Rafael Nadal.
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11/10/2020 16:12:50 130 5
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Its unreal and the manner of his victory was something else too.
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11/10/2020 16:12:54 55 12
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Well done Nadal, defeated the Joker again.
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11/10/2020 16:13:03 24 4
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Next year again a lot of fans will try to talk up Djokovic that he will beat Nadal & that Djokovic will have the highest tally of slams & then it will be French Open number 14 for Nadal again & we all will be shaking the head again in disbelief.

Number 13 French Open, this is ridiculous! Players don't even win a single slam, let alone 13 times of one particular slam and 20 in total & counting.
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11/10/2020 16:13:22 20 2
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Delighted with this.
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11/10/2020 16:13:33 23 2
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13 and 20.

Absolutely nothing else to add as Rafa has said it all.
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11/10/2020 16:14:16 51 1
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Its incredible really,between Nadal,Federer and Djokovic,they have amassed 57 Slam titles,or 14 calender years of slams.
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11/10/2020 16:47:04 11 1
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Yes.
They show what real determination and true grit can achieve.
The only thing in theirs minds is the will to win and dismiss setbacks when it doesn't go right.
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11/10/2020 17:47:52 5 1
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Think about how many of Federer's slams were won while Rafa and Novak were teenagers....so much for his goat status.
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11/10/2020 16:14:55 8 1
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Awesome.
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11/10/2020 16:15:02 13 1
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Just give him the bloody trophy !!!
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11/10/2020 16:15:04 27 8
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Great to see Nadal winning on the surface that favours his game the most. He has kept a low profile to the final. I could never stand Novak, hope this is terminal decline from here.
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12/10/2020 02:15:51 1 1
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...hope this is (Novak's) terminal decline ??? Shaibal you need to check, in contrast to you, how the three top players respect each other ! -
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12/10/2020 23:05:53 0 0
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It appears that one certain thing which is in terminal decline is your intelligence.
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11/10/2020 16:09:05 6 17
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Should of won more Australians and Wimbledon’s to be honest
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11/10/2020 16:15:07 8 2
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Unlucky with injuries at both Wimbledon and the Australian Open
A fully fit and firing Nadal is very very difficult to beat
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11/10/2020 16:15:39 80 8
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Another great win by a great player. With the beaten finalist being Djokovic was the cherry on top.
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11/10/2020 16:15:54 0 0
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For anyone who understands this kind of stuff, so, why does one surface suit a player better than others? Is it to do with their reaction time, speed, centre of gravity, muscle mass? What is it?
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11/10/2020 16:24:52 5 2
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Clay is the slowest surface.
Longer rallies, complete Tennis.
Grass and Hard courts, more serve and volley robot Tennis.
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11/10/2020 16:25:23 2 0
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It’s primarily to do with style of play, players strongest from the backcourt with great ground strokes tend to favour clay and slower courts like the French; serve and volleyers with a good net game tend to favour faster courts like Wimbledon. Some are great on both - Borg springs to mind - but Roger has I think won only one French and many great Wimbledon champs have never won the French.
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11/10/2020 19:10:55 0 0
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Clay: bounces are higher, more so with top spin - hence people call it "slower". It also requires you to slide on the surface and can have odd bounces
Hard: Medium bounce, ball take average/more uniform effect from spin
Grass: Another uneven surface and can be slippy, but this has the lowest bounce (therefore more forward movement/speed). Slice shots can really skid through the court low and fast
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11/10/2020 16:15:59 8 8
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Congrat nadal but federer is still my all time best tennis player
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11/10/2020 16:16:23 3 0
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Congratulations incredible Rafa. 13wins at Roland Garros. Opponent's new drop shot ploy a non starter. Amazing victory!
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11/10/2020 16:09:05 6 17
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Should of won more Australians and Wimbledon’s to be honest
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11/10/2020 16:16:24 9 1
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Should he of?
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11/10/2020 16:16:37 7 0
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Bravo!
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11/10/2020 16:17:49 97 2
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Nadal..a legend, what a performance, and such a humble guy.....Magnificent.
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11/10/2020 17:31:32 3 1
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Yep!
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11/10/2020 16:18:00 27 1
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The greatest era of mens tennis, with 3 outstanding champions and one or two brilliant players along side.

Probably never see the same again in my lifetime
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11/10/2020 22:46:26 0 0
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how many slams would wawinka or murray have if they had played in a diff era espesh murray hes like the berger of tennis
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11/10/2020 16:18:07 6 10
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The picture is wrong. GOAT doesn't mean most grand slam wins. There's lots more to it than that - total tournament wins, weeks as world number 1, style of play. Everyone will have their favourite. For me, it's Federer.
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11/10/2020 16:28:13 6 0
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, yeah and olympic gold medals and Davis cup wins right ? ;).
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11/10/2020 19:14:59 0 0
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Agree that there is more to it then just grand slam wins - but that is one of the key factors, also win loss ratio, master 1000 titles, maybe even quality of opponents, etc... but style of play?... not really a factor
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11/10/2020 16:10:36 11 33
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Just 7 grand slam titles outside of the French. Really poor return to be honest.
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11/10/2020 16:18:41 14 2
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McEnroe won 7 total. Does that make him poor?
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11/10/2020 16:40:29 0 2
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Well said! Andy Murray has won fewer grand slam titles than Mac so according to @Enemy of the State Andy is a poor player too!
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11/10/2020 16:18:50 10 0
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Fabulous - well done Rafa!
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11/10/2020 16:18:55 25 1
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13... One of the greatest achievements in any sport. My hero!
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11/10/2020 16:19:01 52 7
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Absolutely fantastic victory for Nadal.

That result will dent Djokovic.

Nadal dismantled Federer like that in 08 French Open final and the very next slam beat Federer on his turf at Wimbledon.

The very next slam is Australian Open, Djokovic's turf.

Nadal to beat Djokovic in 5 and set a new record of 21 slams.
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11/10/2020 16:43:00 14 9
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I had the same thought. I think this means he won't be dominated by djoko easily like before in the A.O. He will rip the backhand + go down the line with backhand. And Djoko will be. a toothless Lion. Just roaring.. no bite
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11/10/2020 18:39:02 2 0
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Funny I was only thinking this afternoon, if Rafa won today then managed to nick the Australian with the French to follow he makes it very hard for Novak to catch him. That said I do see Novak playing on longer and still winning slams, so Rafa needs to play another couple of years matching Novak in slams.
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12/10/2020 01:51:44 1 1
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THE CLUDGIE 77: "The very next slam is Australian Open, Djokovic's turf. Nadal to beat Djokovic in 5" ---
I would not be so certain! - The Australian Open is not Roland Garros and Djokovic is not the Nr. 1 rated Player for nothing! - Nor is it likely that Rafa could repeat his (once or twice in a life) stellar performance of his 'In the Zone' win against Novak ! -
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12/10/2020 10:47:44 0 0
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Not convinced about that. At Australian open in 2019 Novak completely blew Rafa off the court 6-3 6-2 6-3. Everyone was saying at that time that will dent Rafa and he would be vulnerable rest of year. He ended up playing some great tennis at next 3 GS's winning two of the, okay he didn't face Novak but his confidence was just fine.

I think Novak will feel confident when on a hardcourt/grass
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11/10/2020 16:19:35 6 9
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Federer is the greatest ever in my eyes - appreciate everyone has their favourites.
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11/10/2020 16:10:36 11 33
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Just 7 grand slam titles outside of the French. Really poor return to be honest.
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11/10/2020 16:19:47 6 2
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A bit of a sad comment...only 7 slams outside of Paris..... Pathetic comment.
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11/10/2020 16:06:34 17 11
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Nadal is the greatest no doubt about it
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11/10/2020 16:19:48 4 6
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Federer for me. More wins, more weeks as No1, better style of play.
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11/10/2020 16:20:05 48 10
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Good to see Djokovic get destroyed like that and winning 13 Slams at one place? Incredible achievement.

As a sidenote, why didn't the BBC make more of a deal about young Briton Alfie Hewitt winning his 4th Grand Slam title yesterday?
What is an Alfie Hewitt? Like a real player on smaller. Subbuteo Tennis rocks! Removed
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11/10/2020 22:44:32 0 0
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its on the page, just isn't the big game is it
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11/10/2020 16:20:18 3 0
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Imagine how many they would have won if only one or two had been around at the same time
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11/10/2020 16:20:23 149 29
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Djokovic is a brilliant player, but he is no where close to Federer or Nadal when they are playing at their peak

RF & RN will go down as the greatest two to have played the game. They have done so much for the sport, got the interest going of the followers for well for 15 years now

It's not the tally of match wins /Slams only which decides who the greatest is, it's the whole package which counts
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11/10/2020 16:32:50 63 50
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I'm a huge Federer fan and will always think he is the greatest but Djokovic is formidable. Better head to head against both and took down Nadal at the French as well as holding all 4 slams at once at one stage, that's exceptional by any measure.
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11/10/2020 16:38:00 9 37
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Roger, Novak then Rafa anyone who thinks any different knows nothing about the game of tennis.. all 3 men will go down as GOAT and rightly so but roger takes the mantle as the greatest no question.
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11/10/2020 17:02:38 21 13
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Huge Nadal and Federer fan, but Djokovic's hit a height better than both IMO. I personally rank Nadal as the best player over their respective careers so far, but Djokovic in 2011 (holding 3 slams) and 2015-16 (holding all 4 grand slams) was essentially peak performance overall. Nadal - greatest on clay by a million miles, but Djokovic's been more dominant all-round at times during a strong era.
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11/10/2020 17:57:48 6 4
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It will always be a great debate who was the GOAT. All amazing players but if the GOAT is not just slams them for me it’s Federer. He plays the most beautiful tennis, that has to count for something. Also doesn’t take 40 seconds between points either, which can be annoying with Rafa and Novak
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11/10/2020 19:29:06 1 2
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At RG yes Nadal is unbeatable but in 2011 neither of them could live with Novak when all three were at their peak.
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11/10/2020 19:54:11 2 1
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Complete bias. You can prefer the other two players but don't act like you haven't witnessed Djokovic go near full calendars unbeaten and clean up at tournaments.

He was borderline untouchable in 2011.
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11/10/2020 20:15:07 1 2
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I’m a fan of Nadal and Federer over Djokovic to, I don’t get how you can say this. While Nadal has been unbeatable on clay on the other surfaces, Djokovic has had the beating of both of them over the last decade.
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11/10/2020 21:57:10 1 2
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What a nonsense statement. He's no where near Nadal and Federer when they are on form. People are so one eyed
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12/10/2020 01:33:23 1 0
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I think you also need to look closer at the "Djokovic Package" - to see how close ALL three top player are to each other - in their brilliance. -
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12/10/2020 01:50:21 1 0
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Come on, I love Nadal, he is inspiring. The big three are just that. I hope for each of them. Power, grace and tenacity, you pick who I mean.
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12/10/2020 10:44:12 1 0
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Completely wrong i am afraid. I remember posters on here saying the same thing about Novak when he crushed Rafa at Australian open final 2019. People were raving it was the complete tennis masterclass.

The fact is at their peak they are all very similar, if one is slightest bit off then on their favourite surface the other one is capable of destroying his opponent like yesterday.
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12/10/2020 11:05:02 0 1
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"No where close to Federer or Nadal when they are playing at their peak"....really? You honestly believe that? Clearly you missed Roger's comment where he once said that, when Novak's at his best, he can't beat him. Both Rafa and Roger have losing records against him, yet Djokovic can't compete, apparently. I admire and respect all three of them for what they bring the game.
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11/10/2020 16:03:05 5 35
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I still don’t rate him. I don’t know why
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11/10/2020 16:20:25 1 11
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surprised he's allowed to make so much noise. would continuously divert my concentration
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11/10/2020 16:06:08 5 9
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Don’t you there right off the best ever. Should of win more different slams if it wasn’t for his injuries. Number 20
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11/10/2020 16:20:47 3 1
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Indeed, couldn't have written it better myself.
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11/10/2020 16:20:54 86 2
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A true Champion. Relish these days, they may never re-appear.
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11/10/2020 16:10:36 11 33
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Just 7 grand slam titles outside of the French. Really poor return to be honest.
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11/10/2020 16:21:23 5 2
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Roger has only one RG... as well as Djokovic. 7 GS just like Wilander, McEnroe or Edberg already qualifies you as a legend...
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11/10/2020 16:21:28 9 4
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GOAT. Vamos!
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11/10/2020 16:06:08 189 59
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Great!

The rude, petulant player lost!
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11/10/2020 16:22:15 29 127
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You are rude. Otherwise will not use rude words.
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11/10/2020 16:59:38 5 10
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Better luck next time, Novak.
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11/10/2020 19:41:31 5 5
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But Novak is petulant and so are you.
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11/10/2020 16:22:16 4 20
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Congratulations to Nadal.
Djokovic was not up for it today, but he still fought hard and showed sportsmanship until the end. No crying like Fed or feigning injuries like Raf when he is beaten.
Novak will be back!
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11/10/2020 16:37:06 4 1
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ND is the king of feigned injury
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11/10/2020 22:17:27 0 0
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Why is it so difficult for people to praise the 3 greatest players of this era/all of history without putting down one or more of the others? It's pathetic. They're all a credit to the sport.
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11/10/2020 16:23:05 12 1
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Novak not at the races today, didn't serve well enough & dropped way too many balls mid court, I guess Rafa owed Novak a beating as he'had a few himself over the years
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11/10/2020 16:23:27 7 3
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GOAT
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11/10/2020 16:15:54 0 0
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For anyone who understands this kind of stuff, so, why does one surface suit a player better than others? Is it to do with their reaction time, speed, centre of gravity, muscle mass? What is it?
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11/10/2020 16:24:52 5 2
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Clay is the slowest surface.
Longer rallies, complete Tennis.
Grass and Hard courts, more serve and volley robot Tennis.
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11/10/2020 16:40:57 4 0
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Nonsense. No one could seriously accuse McEnroe or Becker or many primarily serve volleyers of playing robot tennis. The moans go in cycles - on clay “there’s too much rallying , the points are too long, it’s boring” - will be followed a few years later by on grass “it’s all serve, the points are too short, it’s boring”. If you like tennis you’ll realise there’s merit in both.
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11/10/2020 16:24:58 2 9
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I still think Roger has to be classed as the best of all time, he's Roger and at his best it's just a fact that he was better, even if Rafa goes on to win his 21st, 22nd which I am sure he will. But maybe the argument for the second best of all time has now been settled, relentless, timeless, and pure class on and off the court.
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11/10/2020 16:45:39 1 0
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For me Roger may even be 3rd best. Certainly for me behind Rafa considering his inferior head-to-head and inability to beat him at Roland Garros. 2008 Wimbledon final particularly edges Rafa ahead of him and he beat Roger at the Aussie Open too. Yes the slam record for nadal is skewed but 13 at any major has to be considered as great if not greater than 13 spread across 3 or 4 majors
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11/10/2020 19:28:20 0 0
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"I still think Roger has to be classed as the best of all time" - fair enough.

But... "he's Roger and at his best it's just a fact that he was better" - not so much.

beaten more by both players across over all three surfaces - this is hardly a fact and more a fiction
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11/10/2020 16:10:36 11 33
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Just 7 grand slam titles outside of the French. Really poor return to be honest.
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11/10/2020 16:25:21 7 2
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You need to check how many men have won 7 or more grand slams in the history of Men's Tennis (well over 100 years now). I can tell you it's not many. Yours is typically ungracious hater comment.
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11/10/2020 16:15:54 0 0
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For anyone who understands this kind of stuff, so, why does one surface suit a player better than others? Is it to do with their reaction time, speed, centre of gravity, muscle mass? What is it?
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11/10/2020 16:25:23 2 0
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It’s primarily to do with style of play, players strongest from the backcourt with great ground strokes tend to favour clay and slower courts like the French; serve and volleyers with a good net game tend to favour faster courts like Wimbledon. Some are great on both - Borg springs to mind - but Roger has I think won only one French and many great Wimbledon champs have never won the French.
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11/10/2020 16:25:36 16 1
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Rafa ....EL REY DEL TENIS !
Goodbye, Fed
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11/10/2020 16:26:18 0 7
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The game is called lawn Tennis. Clay is not relevant in real terms.

French needs to be dropped as a slam.
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11/10/2020 17:06:21 1 1
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Errr...the game is called Tennis and was invented in France infact. So the most relevant tournament is French Open.
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11/10/2020 16:26:34 22 0
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Congrats Rafa! 13 victories at the same GS is inconceivable, and will probably never be repeated. A true champion.
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11/10/2020 16:26:41 2 9
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The king of clay definitely but to compare him to either Federer or Djokovic is insane.. 13 of Rafa’s 20 grand slams have come on clay, Federer is the GOAT and Djokovic will cement his legacy tucked in firmly behind roger...
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11/10/2020 16:26:48 4 9
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Had injuries not have dogged him over the years Nadal would have a few more I'm sure. Bit of a one trick pony mind.
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11/10/2020 16:27:13 24 1
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Rafa on clay is just sports dominance on another level. Genuinely think he could be contending for titles there in to his 40s.
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11/10/2020 16:28:03 1 1
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His big arm makes me laugh
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11/10/2020 16:28:08 4 1
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Strange match from NJ. All that great form, was fresh after the semi-final, roof was closed, but he didn't show up and was soundly beaten.
What happened?
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11/10/2020 16:30:17 4 0
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Served. Badly & too many mid court balls
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jh
11/10/2020 16:31:37 3 0
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What happened was he got his backside handed to him. Vamos Rafa......
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11/10/2020 16:31:50 1 0
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Couldnt replicate the level hes shown in 2020 that was all.
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11/10/2020 16:32:27 2 0
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He was outclassed
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11/10/2020 16:33:23 3 0
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Feel like the level we saw from Nole was forced upon by Rafa. Returned almost every serve and put ND on the back foot and once behind Djokovic fought a little too late. Looked like a lot of energy was sapped out of him when he needed it early in the 3rd set
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11/10/2020 16:18:07 6 10
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The picture is wrong. GOAT doesn't mean most grand slam wins. There's lots more to it than that - total tournament wins, weeks as world number 1, style of play. Everyone will have their favourite. For me, it's Federer.
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11/10/2020 16:28:13 6 0
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, yeah and olympic gold medals and Davis cup wins right ? ;).
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11/10/2020 16:28:53 14 0
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Outstanding!
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11/10/2020 16:09:52 23 13
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The best clay court player ever without a shadow of a doubt. I did not expect such a margin. Re GOAT: I still prefer Federer over both Nadal and Djokovic and for me he is the best ever, subjective that opinion though is
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11/10/2020 16:29:44 15 1
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Unbelievable never though anyone would get near Federers record. What an absolute privilege to have witness the 3 greatest male players of all time. In the same era!
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11/10/2020 17:24:55 2 0
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hang on.... I never thought anyone would beat Sampras's record! - FFwd a few years... roger: 20, Rafa: 20, Novak: 17 ... Rafa on clay alone nearly beating it! ... you never really hear much of Sampas any more, his incredible feats are more like a side note now.
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11/10/2020 17:36:43 2 0
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Great isn't it..and I'm old enough to have enjoyed the Borg, Mac and Connors era. Of course in those days you could only view one slam, Wimbledon on tv, but as a tennis fan I feel SO lucky to have been around for both eras, and this one is not finished yet!
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11/10/2020 16:28:08 4 1
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Strange match from NJ. All that great form, was fresh after the semi-final, roof was closed, but he didn't show up and was soundly beaten.
What happened?
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11/10/2020 16:30:17 4 0
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Served. Badly & too many mid court balls
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11/10/2020 16:30:31 14 0
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Rafa has played 102 matches at Roland Garros and won 100 of them. Just think about that level of consistency over 15 years. Even if more people feel that Roger is the GOAT, that statistic alone makes Nadal a complete legend and worthy of our admiration.
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AML
11/10/2020 16:31:18 3 1
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Rafa and Roger are so different with such different styles, approach, etc. it's difficult to compare them and I think they are on a par as GOAT. Novak has a LOT to do to come near.
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11/10/2020 19:38:28 0 0
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Really? "a lot"? - I love R&R, but Novak is a badass (annoyingly) - more masters the anyone, catching up with Feds 300-odd weeks at no 1. catching up fast in GS count, 83.2% win ratio compared to Rafas 83.3% - I think the only thing ND needs to do to become GOAT is to match the slam count and/or maybe win RG - then again if RN wins Aus Open he becomes out-right GOAT - so the race is still on!
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11/10/2020 16:31:35 0 0
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There was never really the ‘Big four’ - Federer, Nadal & Djokovic are so slams ahead of anyone else. They are all Greats. #GOAT
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11/10/2020 16:28:08 4 1
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Strange match from NJ. All that great form, was fresh after the semi-final, roof was closed, but he didn't show up and was soundly beaten.
What happened?
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jh
11/10/2020 16:31:37 3 0
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What happened was he got his backside handed to him. Vamos Rafa......
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GC
11/10/2020 16:28:08 4 1
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Strange match from NJ. All that great form, was fresh after the semi-final, roof was closed, but he didn't show up and was soundly beaten.
What happened?
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11/10/2020 16:31:50 1 0
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Couldnt replicate the level hes shown in 2020 that was all.
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11/10/2020 16:32:01 0 0
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https://arcader.com/tennis-game/

Now the tennis has finished, you can play some here online, like i am.
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11/10/2020 16:32:02 5 0
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As a neutral,I,ve always liked Nadal as my favorite player with his shy personality and good nature.I,m Scots.
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GC
11/10/2020 16:28:08 4 1
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Strange match from NJ. All that great form, was fresh after the semi-final, roof was closed, but he didn't show up and was soundly beaten.
What happened?
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11/10/2020 16:32:27 2 0
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He was outclassed
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11/10/2020 16:35:47 1 0
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As a player and a person.
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11/10/2020 16:20:23 149 29
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Djokovic is a brilliant player, but he is no where close to Federer or Nadal when they are playing at their peak

RF & RN will go down as the greatest two to have played the game. They have done so much for the sport, got the interest going of the followers for well for 15 years now

It's not the tally of match wins /Slams only which decides who the greatest is, it's the whole package which counts
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11/10/2020 16:32:50 63 50
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I'm a huge Federer fan and will always think he is the greatest but Djokovic is formidable. Better head to head against both and took down Nadal at the French as well as holding all 4 slams at once at one stage, that's exceptional by any measure.
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11/10/2020 16:45:40 44 9
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"took down Nadal at the french" - the year Nadal had 1 leg. Nobody counts it
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11/10/2020 17:13:06 19 3
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Yep think Federers inferior records to both hurts his campaign for being the GOAT. The fact Rafa has beaten him in a Wimbledon final and Roger hasn't at RG is also huge and now looks certain that Nadal will end up with more slams than Fed. ND isnt dominant in his h2h against Nadal and coupled with 3 fewer Slams I would say right now Nadal is the greatest- certainly things could change in 2021
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11/10/2020 17:26:46 1 1
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Agree with that.
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11/10/2020 17:45:41 3 0
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'it' s killing me'... (Roger while crying after losing to Nadal and not in French open.... )
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11/10/2020 21:56:18 2 0
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But where it matters, on GS Rafa is 10-6
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12/10/2020 12:36:48 0 1
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47 down-votes in response to your fair, perfectly balanced observation about Djokovic's achievements only reveal the ridicuous, pro-Rafa/pro-Roger bias at work because they're clearly worried. If Djokovic ends up with the most Slams (and he's already broken all records in the Masters 1000 events), he still won't get the credit he deserves. At least not from the immature, blind and biased, anyway.
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JLB
11/10/2020 16:33:08 1 0
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Congratulations RAFA unbelievable performance !
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VRS
11/10/2020 16:33:13 5 0
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Hallelujah to the King of Clay Vamos Rafa