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(Sports Illustrated)   Rafael Nadal becomes the first player since Gustavo Kuerten (1997) to win the French Open and then lose in the first round of Wimbledon   (sportsillustrated.cnn.com) divider line 17
    More: Interesting, Rafael Nadal, Gustavo Kuerten, Wimbledon, break points, centre court, Pete Sampras, Ana Ivanovic, Francesca Schiavone  
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2013-06-24 01:37:02 PM
Rafael Nadal? Didn't he write Unsafe at Any Seed?
 
2013-06-24 02:11:13 PM
Ya, I read that as Ralph Nader too
 
2013-06-24 02:26:33 PM
He left his knees in Paris.
 
2013-06-24 03:12:44 PM
His career is in clear decline.  Over the next couple of years he'll get healthy for a couple of months at a time and blast out high seeds that are unfortunate enough to draw him in the early rounds.  If he happens to be healthy in May he'll win a couple more French Open.  That'll probably be about it for him though.
 
2013-06-24 03:16:43 PM
I was all ready to make a Married with Children joke until I remembered Steve was Rhodes and Jefferson was Darcy. Oh well.

Anyway, Wimbledon was never really Rafa's thing

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2013-06-24 03:17:51 PM
He'll probably stick to clay for now on. Hardcourt puts too much stress on his knees. Doesn't look like he can win anywhere else but he's got at least a few more French Opens left in him.
 
2013-06-24 03:19:23 PM
Wonder what the payout was?
 
2013-06-24 03:22:14 PM

Ishkur: He'll probably stick to clay for now on. Hardcourt puts too much stress on his knees. Doesn't look like he can win anywhere else but he's got at least a few more French Opens left in him.


Wimbledon's grass isn't much worse on the knees than clay.  The big difference is that you can't slide on grass the way you do on clay and you need better footwork.
 
2013-06-24 03:24:05 PM
I've never played tennis at the level of Nadal but I don't think I ever got thrown off so badly by clay that I couldn't play on another surface later.
(not that I had many opportunities to go straight from grass to clay or vice versa since both are sort of a rare court to play on in High School)
 
2013-06-24 03:39:16 PM

Gunny Highway: Wonder what the payout was?


I think you could get 90.0 on Darcis st betfair.
 
2013-06-24 04:01:02 PM
Marcus Aurelius:  He left his knees in Paris.

This.  I knew he was going to be in trouble at Wimbledon after that 5-set match against Djokovic at the French Open.  But I am shocked that he lost in straight sets in the first round.
 
2013-06-24 04:06:52 PM

degenerate-afro: Anyway, Wimbledon was never really Rafa's thing


It was his second best major.  Two wins plus three more finals appearances.
 
2013-06-24 04:10:28 PM
Roger's "shiat draw" doesn't look so bad all of a sudden.  He still potentially faces Murray in the semis, but "He has to win eventually" isn't all that compelling of an argument.  Tsonga will probably beat him in the quarters anyway.
 
2013-06-24 04:13:07 PM

Hollie Maea: Roger's "shiat draw" doesn't look so bad all of a sudden.  He still potentially faces Murray in the semis, but "He has to win eventually" isn't all that compelling of an argument.  Tsonga will probably beat him in the quarters anyway.


I swear Federer's career has been declared over a half dozen times already
 
2013-06-24 05:07:33 PM

Hollie Maea: degenerate-afro: Anyway, Wimbledon was never really Rafa's thing

It was his second best major.  Two wins plus three more finals appearances.


Winner of the French in 05, 06, 07, 08 10, 11, 12, and 13

Federer owned Wimbledon and now it's Djokovic taking the front.  His 2010 victory was mostly due to Berdych matching up well with Federer the same way that Federer matches up well with Nadal.
 
2013-06-25 10:14:40 AM
Hollie Maea:  degenerate-afro: Anyway, Wimbledon was never really Rafa's thing

It was his second best major.  Two wins plus three more finals appearances.

degenerate-afro:  Winner of the French in 05, 06, 07, 08 10, 11, 12, and 13

Federer owned Wimbledon and now it's Djokovic taking the front.


Actually Federer won Wimbledon last year and Djokovic the year before.  But Djokovic has only won Wimbledon once so he's no where near as dominant at Wimbledon has Federer or Nadal.
 
2013-06-25 03:20:11 PM

browneye: Actually Federer won Wimbledon last year and Djokovic the year before.  But Djokovic has only won Wimbledon once so he's no where near as dominant at Wimbledon has Federer or Nadal.


We'll see at the end of this Wimbledon how things stand.
 
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