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post #38 of (permalink) Old 03-17-2012, 01:03 AM
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Re: IW QF: Nadal def. Nalbandian 4-6 7-5 6-4

THIS is what makes Rafael Nadal worth following - he (and Nalbandian) are the only players who gave the crowd their money's worth. Passion; fight; grit; incredible shotmaking - this match had everything. Finally a great match at IW this year. Nalby deserved more and really Nadal will be counting himself lucky again to come through but then again he stayed focused throughout even when things looked bleak - Nalbandian didn't - that's why one has 10 majors and the other, though equally talented (actually more so) in the shots department, has none. Tennis is about executing well over a long period of time and riding through bad momentum - Rafa did that.

Excellent confidence boosting match for him to win. Back him against Fed tomorrow now - we'll deal with Djoker if and when the match arises. His ROS was still bad but the backhand was way better and in some ways it's good he's going for the FHDTL and BHDTL even if he misses them sometimes. He's trying to be more aggressive and longterm that's good.

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