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Tom, thank you for the fan add. You've contributed so much with your tennis knowledge and perspectives, and I've appreciated this.
Great recent comment posts Tom, really enjoyed reading them.
Devil here. We discussed a few things earlier in a topic about Federer -but the discussion started to stray from the point and I thought it best to separate those two disparate subjects.
You made this point:
"You used Nadal's 2010 season to argue the point [that Nadal could've won Wimbledon in 2009], but you have no definitive proof."
It's true I have no proof; what I do have though is evidence to how poor the field was that year (Roddick made the final) and how vulnerable Federer was (he made a meal out of the final). End of his tether? Add to this, that prior to winning Wimbledon 2010, Nadal had played only 3 matches on grass in 2 years. I have no definitive proof that Nadal would've won in 2009 but I have the closest that one can get to that.
You also say:
"Even at the FO, every time Federer made a final against Nadal, people still thought this could be the year he could finally beat Nadal."
Yes, they possibly thought that -but they didn't believe it. Personally, I think that if I keet my game tight enough, I could take a set off Nadal -I don't believe it though.
"If Nadal has another great year in 2011, does it prove your point then? Nope. It could be that he had learnt to manage his schedule and body better."
It could also be that he hasn't learnt to manage his schedule and his body better if he plays the exact same number of tournaments -which he looks set to do.
It could also signify -certainly with all that went on in 2009- that since 2008, Nadal has been the foremost player on grass.
A chunk of post by you, Rafa, Peter, Anders, SR et al attesting to Penn=Ruffin in the Penn article has been deleted.
My last piece before the tonight's final
My new piece on Djokovic win:
Tom, I took your advice and wrote an article on Nadal with no Fed. Fed's name is mentioned but he isn't in the story. So let me know what you think.
Please do look at my article http://bleacherreport.com/articles/472086-sir-roger-and-sir-rafa-set-out-on-the-quest-for-the-holy-grail
and let me have your feedback.
If you like it, you can read Part 2 which is also up.
I am hoping you have time to read my new piece.
Thank you so much,
Title: 2010 US Open Semifinal: 2nd Best Novak Djokovic To Topple Roger Federer
Thanks for your comment. I guess my article was more overly critical than a mistake.