The Robbie Koenig Blog: Can Anyone Beat Rafa In Paris?

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Anyway, the clay court season thus far, one word….” NADAL”….the kid is from another planet!!! Mentally and physically, on this surface, he’s the greatest I’ve ever seen, and probably the best of all time…and he’s only just 23 (in a few days)!!!

Can Anyone Beat Rafa In Paris?

Can Anyone Beat Rafa In Paris?

For me, what makes him so good are a few things. Firstly, his ability to “compartmentalize” his thoughts. He NEVER gets ahead of himself. He only focuses on the present. He only ever talks about his next opponent, never who he might meet later in the draw and potential match-ups down the line, thereby giving respect to each guy he faces and taking nothing for granted. And on the match court, its more of the same. He rarely lets the previous point affect the next one and he has this ability to play each point like there was none before, or none to follow.
Secondly, he loves the battle more than anyone! It’s the “process” of winning that seems to consume all his effort and he constantly rewards himself with a “Vamos,” sometimes as early as the second or third game, if he’s had a tough hold. And coupled with the joy he takes out of each victory, again often early on in a tournament, is so refreshing and just goes to show how much he enjoys the “small” victories. Let’s face it, anyone can enjoy the big or classic wins!

From a physical point of view, his movement is “two days on horseback” ahead of his peers.(Must be said, Djokovic has been impressive with his challenge). I’m sure good genes help, given the athletic ability of his uncles, it obviously runs in the family. His footwork is the key to his shot-making, both in attacking and defending. It’s so easy to get a little slow with your feet when attacking because you generally got time on the ball, but Rafa never lets his intensity wane, and always makes sure he’s perfectly setup to pull the trigger!!!

Can anyone beat him in Paris? Not unless they cut off his left arm…and even then, he’s pretty damn good with the right one as we all know! The problem for the chasing pack is doing it over five sets. The semifinal against Djokovic in Madrid was an epic, but remember that was at altitude, quick clay courts and best-of-three sets and the Serb still couldn’t get the W!!! I can’t see him hanging with Rafa over five sets. I think Murray can hang with him over five sets, but he doesn’t move well enough on this stuff. Firstly, he’s gotta get far enough to meet Nadal, and secondly, I can’t see him handle the Spaniard, because Rafa will out-maneuver him over the distance. Hard court, different story, it just shows how important movement is at the highest level, and clay is unique in that regard!

What about Roger? I can’t see it happen. I don’t read much into the Madrid win for the obvious reasons already discussed. Wimby and the US Open are his best bets to bag another major, but even those are gonna be a lot tougher than previous years.

Djokovic is the main challenger, no question – the results don’t lie! Hopefully he and Nadal are in separate sections of the draw. That would be my preferred final.

Watchout for: Stan Wawrinka, Juan Monaco, Fernando Gonzalez, Fernando Verdasco and Marin Cilic

Hope you all looking foward to Rafa being challenged at Rolland Garros as much as I am.

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  • Old Pro says:

    Your analysis above is sound all way round, except for the comments about Federer. Nobody in the game – and that goes for clay's golden boy – is Federer's equal in the shotmaking department. Nobody has Federer's innate tennis gifts.

    Two things have been missing in Federer's performance against Nadal at Roland Garros these past few years. One, especially as of late, is conviction. The other is a tactically sound gameplan: i.e., disrupting Nadal's rhythm, hitting drop shots, serving & volleying as a surprise tactic, bringing Nadal to net, hitting the inside-in forehand, etc. I think when Federer walked onto court in Madrid he actually believed he could beat Nadal; he felt less pressure, took freer swings, and well, we all know what happened. Secondly, his tactics were the right ones.

    You overlook the fact that only Federer (of the top players) has ever beaten Nadal on clay, and also that Federer has outperformed Djokovic in slams. If Federer could show up with conviction and execute the right tactics, and if Nadal is only slightly off his game – 2 huge "ifs" to be sure – Federer can defeat Nadal. He and only he alone among the current crop.

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  • Robbie says:

    OLD PRO, Thanks for your feedback…what you have failed to mention in both of Roger's win over Rafa on clay, is that they were both at the tail end of the clay court season (exact day pretty much, Finals of Hamburg and Madrid which has replaced Hamburg) where Rafa, especially this year has played a lot more tennis than Roger, and both finals came off the back of Nadal beating Djokovic in epic matches! The kid had no break on both occassions and had to come out the next day and play a fresh Federer.They ALSO played at altitude on a fast, bad-bouncing court! No wonder Fed thought he could beat him. Given 24 hours rest, i'm sure the outcome would have been different. We know how the schedule at the Slams work….and we also know how different the conditions are in Paris compared to Madrid, that also by the way, plays like an indoor venue(as did Hamburg).
    As far as current form goes, for me there is no doubt that Djokovic is more of threat to Fed than Nadal…Fed's win over Rafa in Madrid has about 4asterix's next to it, if look at the reasons i mentioned above.
    Personally, i'd love Roger to win, but i just don't see it happening even if Rafa is more than "slightly "off his game(Fed got 4 games in last year's final!!!)

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  • Old Pro says:

    Robbie, last year's French final was an anomaly. Most of Federer's losses to Nadal on clay have been closely contested affairs: e.g., the 05 French semi loss, the 06 Rome final, the French finals of 06 and 07, the Hamburg final of 08. Maybe the residual effects of mono figured in last year's result?

    I agree that the surface at Roland Garros favors the uber-grinder Nadal over the shotmaker Federer. But what if Federer made the match more a duel at the net than a baseline battle? What if he hit 50 or 60 drop shots in the match, bringing Nadal to net and forcing him to volley or half-volley? What if he ran around his backhand and swatted every Nadal second serve with his forehand? What if his inside-in forehand were working like it was in Madrid? (That shot is the ultimate weapon against Nadal: it forces him out wide to his backhand and opens up the court beautifully for Federer's forehand.)

    Remember what Victor Hugo famously said: no one can resist an idea whose time has come. The spectacle of Federer hoisting the trophy over his head on Court Philippe Chatrier is now upon us.

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  • Piero says:

    I really don't see Federer -or anyone- beating Nadull here.

    So far I think Djokovic could be competitive enough to grab a set, but not more.

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  • KGiz says:

    Hey Robbie, just wondering whether the tennisTV team of yourself, goodall and wilkinson cover the french open and if so, where can we find that coverage?

    With regards to the French Open, I can't see how anyone could beat Nadal at his beloved clay slam. He's too smart on the court. Even when players find a seemingly successful gameplan against him, he makes adjustments to his own game to counter it.

    Unless nadal catches swine flu, I don't think anyone else win win this year…

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  • KGiz says:

    Hey Robbie, just wondering whether the tennisTV team of yourself, goodall and wilkinson cover the french open and if so, where can we find that coverage?

    With regards to the French Open, I can't see how anyone could beat Nadal at his beloved clay slam. He's too smart on the court. Even when players find a seemingly successful gameplan against him, he makes adjustments to his own game to counter it.

    Unless nadal catches swine flu, I don't think anyone else will win win this year…

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  • Robbie says:

    Old Pro, nice words! I like your finish. I remember the early battles on clay being tight, but That was when Roger was at his absolute best….and yet that still wasn't good enough. Nadal has got a lot better, and Federer has dropped off quite a bit since then….
    I'd also love to see Roger come in a bit more, but i just can't see it happening, i also like the drop shot option, not as much as 50 or 60, cos Nadal will start to read it,but use it wisely and effectively. The agressive game plan on the 2nd serve is a must as you suggest!
    The inside-in forehand is massively crucial! Its the one shot that has cost him big time in his losses in the last 18 months, and that shot has to be "spot on". But just take a look at how many things need to fall in to place for Roger to get the Win…..If you were betting all your money in that potential final, would you place it on Federer???
    Thanks for the discussion
    Robbie

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  • Robbie says:

    KGiz, i don't work the French Open, the international feed is done by the Aussie commentators, Wally Masur , Mark Woodford and Fred Stolle. Guillame Raoux the Former French player also does it, but not sure why cos he struggles so much with his English…
    RK

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  • KGiz says:

    The Robbie Koenig Blog: Can Anyone Beat Rafa In Paris?……. Yes, apparently…..

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  • Robbie says:

    KGiz…. Who would have picked that??? Certainly not me…and Soderling of all people, who can be so fragile mentally AND playing on his worst surface ( his win/loss career record on clay is terrible!). Thats an unbelievable result!!! I guess thats the beauty of our sport. It certainly makes the French a lot more exciting for me now….. Enjoy the 2nd week.
    RK

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  • Daniel says:

    Ha-ha Robbie, I picked it after second set stake 11.00 bet365 for Robin. Bookmakers and all around don't believe it. To beat Rafa you got to be crazy I mean to swing at your shots, hit them with huge power, to be free-minded, no pressure. Soderling's fragility is the case when he's playing against guys of his level, but here he simply surely didn't give a f**k ( you'll see Davydenko is going to beat him next round ). Monfils and Soda showed what you need to beat Rafa: huge serve, big forehand, aggressive attitude. Nadal was more aggressive in 2008 as I said after AO.

    Who's gonna take the title ? I'm still not sure about Roger's chances. He's the favourite, but you never know what to expect from guys like Del Potro or Monfils, when in top form. Also Murray, the Scotish "fox". Davydenko also waiting his chance. So Robbie if you had 100 $ what would be your bet ?

    Roland Garros rules !

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  • Robbie says:

    Jeez DANIEL, Thats a great call!! You gotta be crazy to make it! I was just thinking Roger may be more nervous than ever , now that the door is wide open. Will be a fascinating 2nd week…..
    I was so sur Nadal was gonna win that i'm not sure who to put my money on…Apart from Roger, i'd go with Davy, Gonzo and Murray, in that order

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  • Daniel says:

    Robbie yeah It's simply impossible. Tommy Haas leding 2-0 againts former No.1 just take him at 3.75 stake in the middle of set, if he put another upset, I don't know what to say. Actually Haas is old, slow, without big serve, only decent forehand, oh God what's going on in France, I'm losing my conciousness…

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  • Mike says:

    Hey Robbie, Mike here again.

    Great article mate as usual I love reading your stuff because you seem to think exactly the same as me about everything haha. I must admit I was a little bit too cocky about Nadal this year too. I didn't think he would drop a set in Paris unless he was severely hampered by an injury. Still can't believe what happened. Like you said though that is the beauty of the sport and probably the loss he needed. I wouldn't wana be his next opponent whoever that may be. Poor fella.

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  • Mike says:

    You might recall me writing about Monfils in one of your previous blogs. How do you rate his chances now? he was very impressive against Andy last night. Although Andy isn't great on clay I think he is getting better so I do take a bit out of that victory. If he can use his brain I think this is his best shot yet at a major. His match management skills still remain his greatest enemy and as a fan of his it is so frustrating but I really think Roger is doing a great job with him. You can see him finally maturing and making better decisions. I hope we get to see his full potential because he just has so much raw talent its scarey. Anyway he is my tip to win now. He can do it IF he can handle the home pressure and IF he doesn't beat himself! (the majority of times he loses). I know he is by no means a favourite but I just have a feeling. Just wondering what your thoughts are Robbie?

    Regards, Mike

    P.S dissapointed you aren't commentating the French! I'm from down under and I can tell you I'd much rather listen to you than woody and wally haha.

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  • Daniel says:

    Mike, I agree with you there is potential in this guy Monfils. May be sometimes he plays casual, but he love big crowds, home support, he has confidence really nothing to lose against Federer. His game also is good, much better than year before when he managed to take one set from Roger. Equation is simple: Roger was better last year, Gael is better this year. I think chances are 50 %/50 %, but for sure we will enjoy it.

    P.S. As you I'm disapointed about the fact you're not commentating FO. Just a question ? When will we hear you again, you Jason and Doug ?

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  • KGiz says:

    How can anyone call at this stage who will win it? I would have to say Federer now, but not just because he is Roger Federer. You just have to look at his record at grand slams (19 consecutive semi-final or better appearances I think). It seems that Federer, over the course of five sets, can almost always find a way to win, which we saw yesterday against Haas. Who would you back to beat Federer?

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  • KGiz says:

    Davydenko as he has a good record at FO and were it not for injury he would have been seeded higher aswell. But I think Davydenko has a bit of a mental block against Federer and really stuggles to compete with him. Then there's Murray, who probably is the least scared of Federer as his record against him is great. But I dont think he has a great chance of getting to federer. Gonzalez has a good shout but it would hard to call between him and Davydenko. I also think Robredo is a bit of a dark horse. He is behind only Federer and Nadal in terms of match wins at FO and as a clay court specialist he has a good chance but his record against fed suggests that may be a hurdle he won't overcome.
    But I will definately be going with Federer's experience in this one and I think he'll have enough to scrape through against anyone left in the draw and get the 'W'.Consider this though. If Roger wins here, then at Wimbledon he will be attempting to beat Sampras' record grand slam haul whilst Rafa will be desperate to defend his title there or his No 1 ranking will be under threat for the first time. That really is exciting!!

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  • Josh says:

    Robbie, its great that I found this blog, you're my favourite tennis commentator. Here in Canada we get those Aussie international feed commentators, much worse than you guys are on the ATP events (even worse than the ESPN guys, and some of them are hard to listen to). I'll be reading this whenever I get the chance for sure.

    For the record I picked Verdasco to beat Nadal in the quarters, doesn't mean much now since neither made it out of the fourth round I guess. Federer has to be the favourite now, and I get the feeling that if he doesn't win it this year, he never will.

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  • Rob says:

    MIKE,DANNY and KGiz what the hell is going on here??? I know this is easy to say now, but i never thought Monfils was gonna beat Roger, he's still got a long way to go mentally to compete with the Top 4 men REGULARLY….thats the key word( How good was he against Nadal in Doha!!!) Cosistency at the highest level, is SO TOUGH. KG, love your stat on Fed's 19 consecutive semis at Major Level….Thats ridiculous!!! Lendl was the next best with 10!
    Enjoy the banter, guys. Please keep the mails rolling in.
    Rob

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  • Daniel says:

    Rob, yeah you were right mean Monfils has the potential, just his mentality is very bad. It comes from chararcter.
    I'm impressed by the swede. he's awesome. Roger will get some trouble against him. Pressure is on Federer. And I wouldn't tell Federer plays better tennis tahn Soda at the moment. Watch out for upset here. Soderling is reilshing the prospect to take another scalp. If he serve well and be aggressive I predict a long hard day…

    What are your thoughts about the final guys ?

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  • KGiz says:

    I think Sunday's final is virtually impossible to call… The kind of tennis Soderling is playing right now is good enough to beat anyone, if he can still keep it up in the final. But Federer has wanted this for so long and I'm sure his desire will be greater, but that in itself adds pressure.
    Federer has a good record against people who play like soderling though (aggressive, attacking players) as over the years he has developed a way of soaking up all of the attacking and counter-attacking. But the way Soderling is playing right now I wouldn't even fancy Fed's chances. It's ridiculous how he seems to go for a winner every single shot, but still not giving a way a high number of unforced errors.
    I think Federer with the crowd behind him and the knowledge that he's is on the brink of confirming his status as the greatest, will be enough to see him lift the trophy. But only just… I wouldn't be surprised by a five set final.

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  • Old Pro says:

    Robbie, what did I tell you? "No one can resist an idea whose time has come." <teasing> Roger looked majestic in the French final, didn't he? I've played and watched the game for a long time, and must say that I think Federer is the very best I've seen. Better than Sampras, better even than Laver.

    Didn't mention this before, but I really enjoy Jason's and your commentary of the Masters Series events. You both do a wonderful job! I look forward to your broadcasts in the fall.

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  • Robbie says:

    OLD Pro, that's a fantastic call!!! Well done. Everyone i've chatted with, is over the moon that Roger won, and so am i……I just honestly believed Nadal was gonna be there on Sunday and for me, in that contest, there was only gonna be 1 winner. But great to see Roger bag a French
    What were your thoughts on The French crowd supporting Soderling so much in his match against Rafa? Given all that Nadal has achieved there, i thought they should show him a little more respect/love???
    Thanks for the compliment RE: the commentating. Always appreciated.
    RK

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  • Stephanie says:

    Hi Robbie:
    I hate to spoil the "Roger is King" party and granted he had tough matches at the FO, but the fact remains he did not beat Rafa in winning. He beat Sodeling, first slam finalist with a 9-0 record against. Don't get me wrong Fed is a fantastic player, but he he grabbed most of his Slams early in the 2000's when he competed and won against the likes of Roddick, Safin, Hewit, Blake, Philipoussis etc.. His real competition has been only recently 2006 on with the new crop of Rafa, Murray and Djokovic in the last couple of years and history as well as his results speak for themselves. Another lucky thing for Fed is that the man NEVER gets injured, unlike Rafa, or Novak or Murray -so he's always there competing. Rafa is most probably out of FO because he had knee issues and didn't want to let on earlier or during FO due to the media harassment. And now probably he won't defend W, which means more slams for Fed. see next comments.

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  • stephanie says:

    Cont from above:
    This reminds me of the Seles-Graf story, when Seles was stabbed, Steffi swept several Slams in her absence. I happen to think Steffi is the greatest female player of all time, but still the truth is the truth.Who knows Steffi may have won 18 VS. 22, if Seles had't been out.
    Federer had a game plan, had to stay patient, show up year after year, hoping either Rafa would get beat or hurt, and that would be his chance, as we know Fed is always healthy. So it happened. Persistence finally paid off. Honestly, I was sad about Roger winning it, not that I am a Soderling fan. Mainly because of the circumstances surrounding it.
    As for the French crowd not supporting Rafa, what do you expect? they want to see an underdog win. Wonder if they'd do that if Monfils had won 4 FO and was playing Soderling. They might have, they are fickle enough.

    Robbie-Great job commentating and really looking forward to hearing you and Jason in August. Love your comments!

    Stephanie

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  • Old Pro says:

    Robbie,
    I think the French fans cheered for Soderling for reasons other than the fact that he was the underdog. Some of it has to do with Nadal v. Federer. The French fans see elegant, stylish, French-speaking Federer as a specimen clearly superior to macho, workmanlike, blue-collarish Nadal; the fact that Nadal has denied Federer 4 French titles really rankles them.

    Someone who was at the Nadal/Soderling match wrote a blog post on one of the tennis sites and said that some of the fans were calling Nadal names like "peasant". That's very unfortunate, but gives us some insight into how much the French fans disdain Nadal.

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  • KGiz says:

    Hey Robbie,
    Just wondering why – as a UK resident – our coverage of Queen's and Wimbledon, which is done by the BBC, has Jason Goodall in their team but only for Hawk-Eye analysis?
    Do they not think he's appropriate for the commentating side of things? Personally my favourite tournaments are the masters series because the banter is much better between you guys.
    With the exception of Pat Cash, I find the BBC's commentator's really quite dull!

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  • Robbie says:

    KGiz, i can't believe they don't use Jason at Queens and Wimbledon. The BBC is an "old boys" club and the same guys get the same gigs irrespective of their preformance. Most of the guys are dull and generic. I personally don't rate Cash. The BBC loves to use big names. It doesn't matter they can't commentate. they should use those guys as studio guests. Mark Petchy is great! As for John LLoyd and David Mercer, i've had my say. I enjoy Andy Castle as well, at least he has good use of the english language!
    Stephanie-As for Roger winning, you can only play who's in front of you….tough to say Roger is "lucky" because he doesn't get injured. Thats sport …..Don't write Nadal off…he's only 23, he could still add a bunch of Slams to his trophy cabinet yet!

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  • stephanie says:

    This is an excerpt of a Reuters inteview. Sounds like Fed considers himself "lucky"too!! Stephanie

    REUTERS: People have almost started to see you and Rafa as a double act in tennis because of the epic finals you have contested. Do you feel like you have lost your sidekick here this year?

    FEDERER: "A little bit maybe, it just shows that it's not normal to play finals week in and week out for both of us. It's a statement to me that what I've accomplished, being so injury free and so lucky for all these years, you can't take it for granted. It just shows how hard it really is.

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  • Daniel says:

    A lit of Wimby off-topic if u allow me.

    I'm in funeral mood right now. I wanted to say how well Del Potro adapted on grass, how good was Simon today, but I don't care since Marat Safin goes out of Wimby.

    He doesn't go out bcoz of Levine or bcoz abt his bad game. He goes out bcoz of f**king umpires and linejudges. If you saw the match you know what I'm talking about.
    First set, set point and the judge don't say a word abt 2 serve that was clearly out. Tie-break 4-4 third set Safin hits a backhand winner down the line… half of the ball was in and the judge …. out !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Damn it.
    I mean I saw how judges cried "footfault" last year when Safin played Spadea in US Open. And replays showed there was no ******* footfault. Do u think it's normal ? And why it happens to Safin, I remember also such matches this year. And who the **** puts such a legend like Safin on court No.18 ???

    Wimby was never my favourite Grand Slam, but this another reason to not like it. And of course one bravo for Levine no offense to him he did his job. But it's a shame legends are treated this way. It's a shame for all fans who didn't stop cheering for Marat one minute. Shame on you ! You ruined my Wimby dear ladies and gentlemens.

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  • Jake says:

    Wats up Robbie

    Say if i want to have a career in tennis such as working for the atp tour, Im South African its difficult here, any advice for me?

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