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(CBS Sports)   Rafael Nadal drops The Friendly Ghost with a Rude Awakening, winning his 22nd Grand Slam event   (cbssports.com) divider line
    More: Cool, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, top of the French Open mountain, Bjrn Borg, Casper Ruud, next-closest man, first round, Grand Slams  
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2022-06-05 3:50:29 PM  
He is now 112-3 at the French which is insane. He's won 109 of those matches in 4 sets or less.
 
2022-06-05 3:57:23 PM  
Woohoo!
 
2022-06-05 4:00:14 PM  
The Nadal fans at BW3s were going nuts after he won.
 
2022-06-05 4:08:51 PM  
It's funny.  I remember when he was the young upstart to Federer who could only consistently win on clay. But he became pretty well rounded (still 14 of his 22 Grandslams are on clay) and is the most entertaining of the big three.  Federer is very technical cerebral and Djokovic (who is an ass) is like...perfect tennis by the numbers - Great but uninspiring.
 
2022-06-05 4:53:05 PM  
while not surprising, good christ that was more like first round qualifying of a 250 than a major final. there are a great many reasons most of the early- to mid-20s-ish crowd hasn't broken through, one being that clay is the best surface for several of the top ones.

Alcaraz is going to win heaps of slams but needs more experience with best-of-5s. FAA can be proud he took Nadal to 5 sets, something not even the Joke managed. early Dx on Zverev is multiple torn ligaments in his right foot.
 
2022-06-05 4:56:48 PM  

Shotgun Justice: It's funny.  I remember when he was the young upstart to Federer who could only consistently win on clay. But he became pretty well rounded (still 14 of his 22 Grandslams are on clay) and is the most entertaining of the big three.  Federer is very technical cerebral and Djokovic (who is an ass) is like...perfect tennis by the numbers - Great but uninspiring.


that depends on one's definition of entertaining - I'll take the grace and beauty of Fed's game every time.

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2022-06-05 7:06:07 PM  
I was so happy to see this as it happened. Ruud on clay was not as powerful as Nadal in France, but I hope we are starting to see a beginning.
 
2022-06-05 8:10:14 PM  

virulent_loser: Shotgun Justice: It's funny.  I remember when he was the young upstart to Federer who could only consistently win on clay. But he became pretty well rounded (still 14 of his 22 Grandslams are on clay) and is the most entertaining of the big three.  Federer is very technical cerebral and Djokovic (who is an ass) is like...perfect tennis by the numbers - Great but uninspiring.

that depends on one's definition of entertaining - I'll take the grace and beauty of Fed's game every time.

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I swear I was about to say something about Federer playing tennis ballet. You're now farkied accordingly.
 
2022-06-05 9:16:49 PM  

Internet Meme Rogers: virulent_loser: Shotgun Justice: It's funny.  I remember when he was the young upstart to Federer who could only consistently win on clay. But he became pretty well rounded (still 14 of his 22 Grandslams are on clay) and is the most entertaining of the big three.  Federer is very technical cerebral and Djokovic (who is an ass) is like...perfect tennis by the numbers - Great but uninspiring.

that depends on one's definition of entertaining - I'll take the grace and beauty of Fed's game every time.

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I swear I was about to say something about Federer playing tennis ballet. You're now farkied accordingly.


awesomesauce. ☺
 
2022-06-06 11:35:26 AM  

virulent_loser: while not surprising, good christ that was more like first round qualifying of a 250 than a major final. there are a great many reasons most of the early- to mid-20s-ish crowd hasn't broken through, one being that clay is the best surface for several of the top ones.

Alcaraz is going to win heaps of slams but needs more experience with best-of-5s. FAA can be proud he took Nadal to 5 sets, something not even the Joke managed. early Dx on Zverev is multiple torn ligaments in his right foot.


You... said everything I was going to say.

Nadal went through a murderer's row (FAA...and then Chokabiatch... and then Zverev) just to get to the Final, so you can't say he didn't earn his 14th.

But Nadal is Ruud's hero -- he grew up watching him play and trained at his academy. So it's almost like he played too passively and bowed out in the Final out of respect.
 
2022-06-06 12:43:50 PM  

Ishkur: virulent_loser: while not surprising, good christ that was more like first round qualifying of a 250 than a major final. there are a great many reasons most of the early- to mid-20s-ish crowd hasn't broken through, one being that clay is the best surface for several of the top ones.

Alcaraz is going to win heaps of slams but needs more experience with best-of-5s. FAA can be proud he took Nadal to 5 sets, something not even the Joke managed. early Dx on Zverev is multiple torn ligaments in his right foot.

You... said everything I was going to say.

Nadal went through a murderer's row (FAA...and then Chokabiatch... and then Zverev) just to get to the Final, so you can't say he didn't earn his 14th.

But Nadal is Ruud's hero -- he grew up watching him play and trained at his academy. So it's almost like he played too passively and bowed out in the Final out of respect.


Nadal definitely earned it - the top half was just brutal, and that quarter in particular. Tsitsipas was the only one in the bottom with a realistic chance of winning, and once he crashed out it was kind of a forgone conclusion that the final would be a dud.

I did forget at least one thing - Rune is one to keep an eye on.
 
2022-06-06 10:49:25 PM  

virulent_loser: I did forget at least one thing - Rune is one to keep an eye on.


He took out Shapo with zero trouble at all in the first round so I had a hunch he is gonna do things.
 
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