Someone has to start this thread. We can't let it pass that Rafa lost to Soderling and opened up the draw to a few fascinating possibilities:
1) Not least that, if Fed can hold his nerve and win four tennis matches, he will probably be seen as the GOAT.
2) But will that GOAT title forever be tarnished by winning the French without having beaten Rafa?
3) What could it mean for Muzza? With Nadal out and Andy already in the quarters, with a draw that's as kind as it ever could be, he surely has his best-ever shot at the French. If he makes the final, can he beat Fed on clay? Will he need to?
This is the most fascinating French Open I can remember.
1) I think it's Fed's for the taking now, there's a feeling of destiny about the last couple of days. He's had his wobble against Acasuso and I think the fact that Rafa is gone will spur him on to get that RG title that looked like always eluding him. I hope I'm wrong though, as I don't like the guy much.
2) If Fed wins this tourney, the fact that Rafa wasn't around will only be noted for a while, in the end just his name next to the title will count.
3) The draw has certainly opened up on his side, but I'm not looking beyond Gonzo yet. I'm very nervous about that one, but hopeful that Andy can carry the Cilic form into the QF. If he gets through that, then I'd make him favourite to reach the final, I think he can beat Davydenko on clay over 5 sets. If he makes the final, probably against Fed, then I'd make Fed a strong favourite.
I don't like making these predictions beyond the next match, more so in this tourney than in any other before. Just a couple of days ago, we were looking at a semi final at best and a glorious defeat to Nadal - now it's gone mad and we're talking about him winning. One match at a time!