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Rafa go rest and get ready to kick more ass, but kudos to James I have so much respect for him after everything he has been through

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the usopen is over, nadal roddick out. why continue? give federer the trophy.
always easy draw for federer and difficult for everyone else.
the atp is really bored.
I like more the wta.
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I don't like James, and I like him even less now. Still, he played an amazing match and deserved the win.

There are a lot of things that Rafael needs to work on after this loss... but hey, at least he made it further than Roddick.

One thing that really annoyed me was the crowd. They're supposed to be so knowledgable in New York, but they were still cheering for Nadal's double faults and the like. Oh well.

And I agree with alexito about Roger having no competition now. Nadal has shown to be the only player that can really bother him. Oh well.

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Pobre de Rafael. He did well and fought hard but lost to an inspired James today [who could have beaten anyone]. Rafa will rest up, play DC, go to Beijing and continue on. He made one round further this year so that's a positive sign!

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Nice fight, Rafa. Have a nice rest!
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Rafael seemed to be very disappointed with this result cos I think that he really thought he would go deep in this tournament. He should recover from this loss soon, but he should be okay in two weeks time. He will be ready next time and perhaps even reach the final. Here are some things that he said and even in defeat he praised James Blake.

"To be honest, I haven't felt at my best since this tournament began," Nadal said. "I didn't feel good with the court or the balls. But those are excuses. You have to accept when you don't play well and somebody else does.

"I know James has had some difficult moments, and so I'm happy for him," Nadal added. "I like to see people do well who have suffered and been through hard things."

Nadal, who has won nine titles this year including the French Open, praised Blake for his performance but blamed himself for the defeat.

"I feel bad because I played bad," said the 19-year-old.

"I was playing very bad in the first two rounds and I improved today, but I was still not at my best. The other thing is he played better.

"I just lost one of the best tournaments in the world, so I'm not very happy right now."

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"I know James has had some difficult moments, and so I'm happy for him," Nadal added. "I like to see people do well who have suffered and been through hard things."
what a champ...full credit to Rafa for being so gracious in defeat...and i agree with what he said too. i'm sad he didn't win, but i'm also happy for James because he really did go through a lot of shit last year. now rest up Rafa and do well in Beijing!! and guess what...the next grand slam tournament you play will be in AUSTRALIA!!!!
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Rafa but what a great guy!!!! I always like to read his interviews and reactions on matches, he is just so damn sweet to everybody
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I have to agree the NYC fans in the Blake/Nadal match were very annoying...It seemed like they were at a football game (American). Thats how the typical American fans are.

As for Blake, its very hard to hate the guy considering he has had to overcome a lot of adversity. He is one of the few American players I like to cheer for. He is playing very well right now.

Rafa was a little startled by the stupid fans in NY, but I think he has had a good summer. He will be ready for the Masters Cup in Shanghai.
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Yes... His J-block are so freaking annoying!!!! It's like they have no respect for Rafa and the game...


Rafa's post-match interview (video) after is loss against Blakein the 3rnd round of the US open.

J. BLAKE/R. Nadal

6‑4, 4‑6, 6‑3, 6‑1

An interview with:


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. What are your emotions right now?
RAFAEL NADAL: I just lost one of the best tournaments in the world, so I am not very happy now.

Q. You knew he was fast. Did his speed surprise you today, his ability to get to just about everything you hit?

Q. Yes.
RAFAEL NADAL: No, he's playing well. I know that. I was playing very bad the first two days. I think today I improve a little bit, but not the best.

Q. What do you think is the difference between you and Blake today? What was the difference?
RAFAEL NADAL: I think he play better the important moments.

Q. Are you feeling okay? Was there any trouble, you know, ankles, knees, anything?
RAFAEL NADAL: I feel bad because I play bad. The other thing is he play better, and my physical is (still good?).

Q. How did the impact of the crowd, what effect did that have on you, if any, today?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, the public, good. Normal here. Support his player. The public is good. Just little bit sector in the right little bit is strong, because when I have a double‑fault, when I have a mistake, so... But the public in general is good.

Q. You broke serve to win the second set. You had momentum going into the third set, but you couldn't touch his serve in the third set. Why?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I had confidence. Because I lost the first set, I don't think I have good luck in the first set. I think I have a little bit bad luck. In the second set I can break in the 4‑3, Love‑40. I lost an unbelievable point there in the 30‑40. After, in the 5‑4, I play good game, I think I play aggressive. That's important. I get little bit confidence for the third. And in the third I begin well, but I play very, very bad one game with my serve, and after he improving a lot in his game and I come little bit down, no?

Q. In the third set when you didn't return serve very well, do you have any explanation?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't remember. Sorry.

Q. Did any part of his game surprise you?
RAFAEL NADAL: No. Of course, he has a very good forehand. He's fast. So he have ‑‑ he has confidence. He played a final in Washington. He won last week in New Haven. He won two good matches in the two first rounds here. He's play with confidence, and I play ‑‑ I was playing bad the first two rounds. I improve a little bit this round, but not...

Q. If you had to compare today's crowd here at the US Open versus the crowd in Seville when you played Andy at the Davis Cup final, how would you compare those two crowds?
RAFAEL NADAL: We can't compare. These different moments, different surfaces, different situations. We can't do any compare‑ation (sic) about this.

Q. He seemed to play a lot of balls to your backhand. What was his plan of attack against you?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't think. I don't think. He play normal. He play with his forehand with my forehand, too. He play good this shot. He serve well. He play aggressive, no? I think he play good match, and I don't play very good match. That's the really situation about the game.

Q. Can you reflect at all on your year? I know it's a difficult moment. But nine titles, three Masters Series. Can you talk about sort of how you feel the year has gone so far.
RAFAEL NADAL: Of course, I am happy for the year, but I can't say ‑‑ I can't speak now about the year because I am a little bit disappointed. I lost in one Grand Slam in third round. So is not easy for me now speak about the last tournament. Of course, when I finish the ‑‑ this season, the year, I will be very happy about the year. But, of course, now I don't feel good, no.

Q. You had no chance at all in the final set. It went very quickly. Were you tired, or did you ‑‑ were you just ‑‑
RAFAEL NADAL: I lost little bit confidence about me, and after he play very well.

Q. Did you lose your focus on how you wanted to perhaps try to come back against him in the third set?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I didn't, no. But I say I am not playing good this week. Today I begin the match with confidence, with ambition. But when I ‑‑ when the match come down in the third set, of course I return a little bit back confidence, the confidence of the last days. I'm little bit happy because I improve my game in the first two sets, so that's important for the next tournament.

Q. What was it about James Blake's game today that gave you such difficulty?
RAFAEL NADAL: He's playing with confidence. He has a very good forehand. He's serving well. He don't have a lot of mistakes. For that he won me, no? He beat me.

Q. Did his athletic skill surprise you at all, the jumping, being able to get to the ball?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, no, I watch him a lot of matches so I know that.

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Thanks for the interview.
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