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aww. That's very sweet.
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Yes. I BELIEVE IN HIM TOO.

Put me down for the win! I BELIEVE Rafa has had enough of losing, it's for mere mortals anyhow.

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Re: Rafa in IW - Come and play the guessing game!

If it hasn't been posted here yet - from the PL website:

2008 Qualifying Draws To Be Posted Sunday, March 9 (WTA) and Tuesday, March 10
2008 Main Draws To Be Posted Monday, March 10 (WTA) and Tuesday, March 11 (ATP)

*puts colored glasses on*
he pulled it together in time for IW last year

*closes eyes and crosses fingers*
I'm hoping for W, but I'd settle for SF.
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Yes. I BELIEVE IN HIM TOO.

Put me down for the win! I BELIEVE Rafa has had enough of losing, it's for mere mortals anyhow.

Mark my words.
i like the spirit but unfortunately he has allowed his overall game to drop too much and in all 3 critical areas---the the movement, the serve, and the return of serve. his movement is a function of his fitness and flexibility. he has suffered some casualties there as well.

he really should have hit the south american clay circuit so he could at least get his ground game tuned up. he has little or no confidence off the ground either at the moment.

in short, he is fucking up big time and it is costing him. still no title since last july. there is no way he is going to pull it off in Indian Wells or in Miami. i am just hoping that he makes the quarters in both and escapes without any injuries. its time to start getting ready for the clay circuit. hopefully he will have learned his lesson and he will avoid going to rotterdam and dubai and head to south america instead next year.

way too much is riding on the clay circuit for him. he basically has to win every single tournament which means every single match. quite frankly, its not going to be easy this time. i pray like hell that i am wrong.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uS9_ngRLctY

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I want to bring some winning IW spirit into this thread. Cheerz!

i saw that match. he was fit and moving well. in addition, he was solid off the ground and particularly assault minded. he just took djokovic apart in the first set and coasted home for the title in the second.

semis was good too where he just demolished Roddick. he needs to find that form somehow before heading into the clay circuit.
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ClayD, so are you R=FK or not?

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Re: Rafa in IW - Come and play the guessing game!

When we seriously think about it, his 2008 results (for a claycourter on hardcourts) isnt that bad.

Lost in Chennia final to Misha, a much better hard court player than him.

Lost in AO to Tsonga, who was en fuego, like Gonzalez in 07.

Let's throw out the Seppi loss

And Lost to Roddick, a player who has won a hard court slam, been ranked #1, is currently 6, who went on to win the title.

This is all on his least fave surface.

I mean, i dont see Roddick playing in Buenos Aires. I dont see Volandri playing indoors in Memphis or SJ, etc. etc. etc.

For a player on his worst surface, not too shabby.

But he should play more clay

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ClayD, so are you R=FK or not?
no. rfk has joind t4u. i have talked to him there. he seems like a reasonable person to me.

i am Hercules at t4u.
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no. rfk has joind t4u. i have talked to him there. he seems like a reasonable person to me.

i am Hercules at t4u.
So now you suddenly know who RFK is

Before, you denied it heavily

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When we seriously think about it, his 2008 results (for a claycourter on hardcourts) isnt that bad.

Lost in Chennia final to Misha, a much better hard court player than him.

Lost in AO to Tsonga, who was en fuego, like Gonzalez in 07.

Let's throw out the Seppi loss

And Lost to Roddick, a player who has won a hard court slam, been ranked #1, is currently 6, who went on to win the title.

This is all on his least fave surface.

I mean, i dont see Roddick playing in Buenos Aires. I dont see Volandri playing indoors in Memphis or SJ, etc. etc. etc.

For a player on his worst surface, not too shabby.

But he should play more clay
i hear you. i am just worried. the form is just not there and neither is fitness and his usual movement. he is nothing without his fitness and accordingly his movement.

also the fighting spirit seems to be absent. even now he is screwing around in Mallorca when he really should have left for Indian Wells straight from Dubai.

he will try to play doubles to to quickly get acclimated to the conditions and the courts. that is just not working out. no less than 500 points are at stake and he is fucking around in Mallorca.

i am just not believing what i am seeing. he could have already taken over the #1 spot. just too stupid to know how to do it.
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no. rfk has joind t4u. i have talked to him there. he seems like a reasonable person to me.

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Oh it's a dead giveaway.



I want to see the draw before I guess.

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Oh it's a dead giveaway.



I want to see the draw before I guess.

i dont understand. whats a dead giveaway? why not visit that site--t4u--and check for yourself. rfk is rfk there and i am Hercules.

that should settle it.
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i dont understand. whats a dead giveaway? why not visit that site--t4u--and check for yourself. rfk is rfk there and i am Hercules.

that should settle it.
No one other than RFK could possibly consider him reasonable.

As if creating multiple accounts has ever been a problem.

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