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Rafa and Paris, Partie Deux

No thread for the Paris Masters which starts tomorrow? Does no-one think he'll play?


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Re: Rafa's MTF Fans Care Not For His Paris Chances

Here's hoping he beats Murray in the final...

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Here's hoping he beats Murray in the final...
I would be happy if he plays against Gasquet too. But Murray is better, cuz he has chances to go to Shanghai.


MS Paris really changed the surface this year? Is this better to Rafa or doesn't make difference?

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Gasquet can easily make it to Shanghai, in terms of points he is clearly in the mix...but his comments at Lyon made me think perhaps he doesn't particulary care if he makes it or not. Or maybe he was hoping for a rest and then to give his best at Paris. We'll see which Gasquet shows up.

Gonzalez has given Nadal trouble in the past, I'm not sure if it is the particular situation in which they played each time, or something about his game. Both have been having a tough time recently. But Haas could take out Gonzalez first.

But yeah, great draw for Nadal, but this surface is always tough for him no matter the draw.

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Obviously a very good draw for Raf - but I think we should not cheer too early, as it's still HARDCOURT (and we all know that it's not his fav surface to say the least...) but yeah, he sure has good chances here!

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Obviously a very good draw for Raf - but I think we should not cheer too early
Sadly, it is not such thing as a good draw for Rafa on this damn surface. Our hopes to see him in final are a little unrealistic. I'll only enjoy watching him.

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Gasquet can easily make it to Shanghai, in terms of points he is clearly in the mix...but his comments at Lyon made me think perhaps he doesn't particulary care if he makes it or not. .
What he said at Lyon?

Gasquet has a beautiful tennis, he is very talented. But, for now, I think Murray deserves go to Shanghai more than Gasquet. Murray is more determined. He couldn't play RG and Wimbledon, and even so, is struggling to make it to MC.


About Rafa, is a very good draw,but good for Hard court players. For Rafa, I think is always troublesome and difficult.Specially when Gonzo and Youzhny are in the draw. I'm not confident in Rafa's great performance. But I'm cheering for this.

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Rafa is playing doubles as well (with Feli).

I can't say I expect too much in this tournament despite the good draw. He has a chance to get to the final of course, but there are players in his half that can trouble him if they are in good form and Gonzo/Youzhny have some momentum reaching QF/SF this week respectively. We shall see...
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What he said at Lyon?

Gasquet has a beautiful tennis, he is very talented. But, for now, I think Murray deserves go to Shanghai more than Gasquet. Murray is more determined. He couldn't play RG and Wimbledon, and even so, is struggling to make it to MC.


About Rafa, is a very good draw,but good for Hard court players. For Rafa, I think is always troublesome and difficult.Specially when Gonzo and Youzhny are in the draw. I'm not confident in Rafa's great performance. But I'm cheering for this.
He said something along the lines of "my knees hurt, this isn't a good surface for me, I need to get to SF for any points, blah blah blah" before the Tsonga match.

I just read this, though:

"GASQUET COULD BE DONE FOR YEAR: France's Richard Gasquet of France saw his Shanghai hopes fade after a 6-4, 6-4 defeat against compatriot Jo Wilfried Tsonga, Gasquet said he felt pain in his knee and was doubtful for next week's Paris Masters Series, which would eliminate his Shanghai hopes."

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He said something along the lines of "my knees hurt, this isn't a good surface for me, I need to get to SF for any points, blah blah blah" before the Tsonga match.

Sometimes I think Gasquet isn't persistent enough to go and stay in the top 5. He is very talented, but needs more effort. Anyway, I hope he feels better till his first game.

Anyone knows when will be Rafa's first match? Probably wednesday again ?

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Anyone knows when will be Rafa's first match? Probably wednesday again ?
His first singles match is wednesday yeah, I don't know about his doubles match though
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ALL those promotional pictures are truly atrocious this year... and Raf's is no exception.

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His doubles match isn't on the schedule for tomorrow, so I'd imagine he'll play doubles Tuesday.

Rafa's pre tournament interview http://www.atpmastersseries.tv/page/...,11444,00.html

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Re: Rafa and Paris, Partie Deux

I don't like when Rafa plays just on wednesday. Is always thus. Isn't good to the players just start on wednesday. They dont have a day to rest bet the matches. Five consecutive matches is hard. I would prefer if Rafa plays tomorrow or tuesday.

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