Well i don't post here much often , however couldn't stop myself when my champ lost ...
Well this French Open has been surprising and I started to wonder why the heck as it been so unpredictable. Almost all predictions, analysis have been shattered .It also made me wonder as to why my champ (Nadal) lost at his backyard.
Reading this may sometimes cause frustration among Federer supporters however mind u I am not trying to belittle his achievements what so ever. This is something like what the press did last season “101 reasons as to why Nadal is doing well in grass” …
Every tennis supporter who went to see any of last year’s grand slams would have wanted to witness one thing i.e. the GOAT being established and the king taking the throne. Hell, Even I was looking forward to it. However if u ask an Aussie or a Brit or an American they all wanted one thing “A Federer Nadal fiasco”.
All of them wanted to see what the Brit`s saw or Aussie`s of the current year saw. They want to see both of them giving blows to one to another every point every game every set.
For them, for us, for every one a grand slam match between Nadal and Federer has been like a Boxing match. Even though Nadal got the better of Federer recently, the crowd was a little upset on not seeing the milestone. However what they wanted was “May the best man win” …
Last year French Open was a real eye opener for me in many ways. The Finals was a major upsetting moment. The crowd belittled Nadal`s achievement and the only cheer I heard was in the post match when McEnroe in the court mic said “Nadal , u r the greatest clay courter I have ever seen” .I thought “ok maybe it was one sided match and that’s why it happened”..
The crowd support in Nadal Soderling match was an utter disgrace. Almost every one sitting in the stands wanted one thing, Nadal to lose.
During the 4th set, the crowd went berserk every time soderling got a point. The French crowd realized that their best chance for their dream scenario to come true,
“Nadal loses, Federer wins, Federer lifts the cup, Federer thanks the crowd in French “Merci pour le soutien” and GOAT is established. They did not want a classic all they want is their super hero to win it!
The crowd support is every important especially when a player is not playing at his peak, just ask roger himself about the way the crowd literally raised from the dead against Haas in the third set last few games .
Nadal himself said in the press:
“Maybe at one stage they supported Soderling more than me, and that was a bit sad.”
Today his coach Toni said:
"There is only one set of supporters that are worse than the French and that is the Parisians. They say it themselves and its true, the Parisian crowd is pretty stupid. I think the French don't like it when a Spaniard wins," he added. "Wanting someone to lose is a slightly conceited way of amusing yourself. They show the stupidity of people who think themselves superior."
2)The Court :
Last year too much importance was given to how the Wimbledon grass has been changed. This according to the press and few of the hooligans of opponent side was advantage Nadal .I did not initially agree however after seeing a lot of the past classics I realized it has indeed been slowed .
One of the most important notices which the entire tennis population made of last year’s French open was the spin produced by Nadal. It was very clearly evident in the finals when Federer himself was shocked by the spin and bounce which Nadal created. A huge amount of shots would go misplaced in the air.
This year the clay has been totally remodeled & none of the press what so ever never laid emphasis on the point. A buddy of mine said “If Gonzalez is serving at 226 KMH in a clay court there is something wrong”. The average speed of the serve has gone up tremendously when compared to last year’s French Open and this year’s Australian open.
The average speed of the fastest 20 servers this season is around 234 KMH compared to last season`s 221, mind you we have not yet entered the semis.
The court has made the slice totally ineffective. One of the main advantages Nadal and Federer over the mid table guns in clay court is their ability to spin the ball.
Every time Nadal tried to slice and spin the ball, soderling would move aside hit a cracking forehand. Federer in the last 3 sets against Haas hit just about 7 slices. The First serve points won has increased so as the number of aces. The court looks more and more like a carpet with the ability to slide.
Nadal was complaining about High Altitude in Madrid before the tournament started and threatened to pull out from the tournament. However he carried on and lost to Federer in the finals. Madrid masters have caused a certain amount of damage to the physical conditions of good clay courters like Nadal, Verdasco and Djokovic
. It will be interesting to see if any of the above will participate in next year’s Madrid masters if it is conducted just before French Open. (Hail Federer, he will)
Well all this analysis will not help us digest Nadal`s loss
but still we all have a great slam to forward to, will he defend his Wimbledon successfully, will he stop Federer from reaching the magic number 15, only time will tell …..
If u any logical reason as to why our kiddo lost other than wearing pink shirt please share the knowledge