Rafael Nadal vs Stan Wawrinka Preview and Prediction – Rome Masters 2015 QF

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For the first time since their infamous meeting in the final of the Australian Open in 2014, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka will cross paths on the professional tour to determine who will advance to the semi-final stage of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. Prior to their fateful encounter last year in Melbourne, Nadal held a commanding 12-0 head-to-head record against Stan and had never dropped a set to the Swiss No. 2. Check out the Nadal vs Wawrinka Head to Head.

Seeded fourth at this year’s event, Rafael Nadal furthered his campaign for yet another title win in Rome when he defeated American No. 1 John Isner in straight sets to secure his spot in the final eight of the Masters 1000 event. Nadal, who was 8-3 on clay this season before the start of this tournament, moved to 6-0 against Isner and is three wins away from another title in Rome.

“I [defended] well from the baseline,” Nadal said after the match. “I played with not many mistakes and tried to go for points when I had a chance. I recovered tough balls, had good movement and a few very good passing shots. That is very good for my confidence, too. In general, I think I played very well.”

Standing across the net from him on Friday will be Stan Wawrinka, who reached the quarter-final stage in Rome with a straight sets win against Dominic Thiem. He defeated the Austrian 7-6(3), 6-4 in a match where he struck nine aces, won 94% of his first service points and saved the only break point he faced during the entire one hour and 37 minute encounter.

This is set to be the fourteenth time that Nadal and Wawrinka will meet on the professional tour, and the first time since their infamous meeting in Melbourne in the final of the Australian Open last season. Nadal leads the series 12-1 and has only lost to Wawrinka in that Grand Slam final. Apart from that, he has never dropped a set to Wawrinka and should be the favourite on clay, where he is 5-0 against the Swiss No. 2.

Prediction: Rafael Nadal in Three Sets

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  1. Being a Exotic Veterinarian and working with Tigers and Snakes does not mean I know about the Human body. A lot Rafa fans are asking about what’s going on with Rafa, and losing on clay so much. The injuries have started to take there toll. Rafa is a great Champion but the greatest. Federer will hold that. Rafa is King Of Clay. So what’s wrong and why he has been getting beaten on the best surface. 2 simple answer. Hypothetical situation. Rafa is like the King of Pride of Lions as they get older they start to slow down, when that happens it slows the Pride down. If there cubs in the Pride they have to move and protect the cubs. So slower Lion has lost his crown and released from the Pride. They take no chances. They have to move on without the former Head of the Pride to the next one. Here’s is the situation almost a similar way, but in a human way he’s not as good as he used to be. Through the coarse of playing Rafa has had injury after injury. That will take it’s toll. Rafa is not one to quit a game so easy, you might say he is a little stubborn. His PCL ( Posterior Crucial Ligament ) that’s the latin term for it. it is connected to the knee cap. It is shaped like a sideways figure 8. He has had to pull out from so many tournaments because of the Tendinitis he gets. If that tears in any sport your career is over. There is no if, ands or buts your done. It’s like the ACL some can recover and play again, there younger so they can have the surgery and have physical therapy and it takes awhile. In July Rafa will be I believe 29, so if it tears there will be nothing he can do. His back. That has to go down , wrist and other injuries are breaking down. Best match I ever saw was the 2008 Wimbledon on TV. Tops the list. So Rafa is ignoring the signs his body is trying to relay to him and ignoring it. Federer if look and watch him play keeps himself in good shape and takes time to rest when needed. I can only say if Rafa is ignoring what his body is telling him, then the body itself will end up taking over and ending his career. I would hate to see such a great player like Rafa go out like that. When Federer calls quits and Rafa I hope will listen, there will be some big shoes the fill. Rafa and Federer made the game more exciting game to ever play the game. Djokovic in my opinion will not break any records Federer and Rafa hold. His father has a big mouth. If you can remember when Federer was playing against him and Djokovic and talking, Federer turned around and said and quote ” Would You Shut Up”. His father seems to think they are jealous of him. Uhh if I remember the winning streaks he was on, like a 52 game 45 winning Federer fixed that. 2012 Cincinnati where Federer shit him down 6-0 in the first set. His father never said another word. So Dokovic is not as classy as Federer or Rafa. I don’t think he has a chance at winning 17 GS. I would have to say if anybody could come close there would only be maybe a handful that might come close. I think top up comer Kei Nishikori has a good chance. His backhand and forehand is just to good. Isner maybe. Raonic again not sure. Kei would be my top pick. So I ending this and sorry it was so long. I wish the best for Rafa and I hope he will start to see and understand it’s time to  walk away and he will leave the game with nothing to prove and be a proud player that always came toplay the game he loved. That’s just my opinion.

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