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~*~ VAMOS Rafa in Wimbledon ~*~

Queens Main Draw

(1) NADAL, Rafael ESP v Bye
(WC) BAKER, Jamie GBR v (WC) FISH, Mardy USA
GREUL, Simon GER v Qualifier
LEE, Hyung-Taik KOR v (14) MATHIEU, Paul-Henri FRA

(10) JOHANSSON, Thomas SWE v MIRNYI, Max BLR
(WC) LOPEZ, Feliciano ESP v BRACCIALI, Daniele ITA
Qualifier v VICENTE, Fernando ESP
Bye v (8) HEWITT, Lleyton AUS

(4) DAVYDENKO, Nikolay RUS v Bye
WANG, Yeu-Tzuoo TPE v BJORKMAN, Jonas SWE
UDOMCHOKE, Danai THA v ZIB, Tomas CZE
(WC) BOGDANOVIC, Alex GBR v (15) TURSUNOV, Dmitry RUS

(12) AGASSI, Andre USA v HENMAN, Tim GBR
DELGADO, Ramon PAR v DLOUHY, Lukas CZE
BENNETEAU, Julien FRA v MAHUT, Nicolas FRA
Bye v (7) STEPANEK, Radek CZE

(6) GONZALEZ, Fernando CHI v Bye
RUSEDSKI, Greg GBR v Qualifier
MOODIE, Wesley RSA v (WC) PHILIPPOUSSIS, Mark AUS
MINAR, Ivo CZE v (11) GROSJEAN, Sebastien FRA

(16) SRICHAPHAN, Paradorn THA v NORMAN, Dick BEL
LU, Yen-Hsun TPE v MULLER, Gilles LUX
Qualifier v CARLSEN, Kenneth DEN
Bye v (3) RODDICK, Andy USA

(5) BLAKE, James USA v Bye
GIMELSTOB, Justin USA v SLUITER, Raemon NED
MURRAY, Andy GBR v TIPSAREVIC, Janko SCG
GOLDSTEIN, Paul USA v (9) GINEPRI, Robby USA

(13) MONFILS, Gael FRA v MELZER, Jurgen AUT
KUNITSYN, Igor RUS v REYNOLDS, Bobby USA
SABAU, Razvan ROM v VIK, Robin CZE
Bye v (2) LJUBICIC, Ivan CRO

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Re: ~*~ It's grass time - vamos Rafa ~*~

oh jeeeeeeez , can i have a laugh ........all the player that wanted to "kill" Rafa are near him ...........but now we are on grass

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Naah, Lleyton didn't want to "kill" him.
And he'll show PHM who's the boss.
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I think Rafa will surprise on the grass this year, at least he'll have confidence if anything

Good luck Rafa

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I just hope hes playing more doubles on the grasss, i dont mind him losing 1st or 2nd round in singles but the doubles is more important cos U can win a singles match even on grass from the baseline, but not doubles, and the return is less effective so its more up to the serve and the net play good signs for the greatest clay courter/teenage player in history
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how many points he gain with his rg victory?
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Good Luck Rafa, I hope that you make a good transition.
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Agassi praises Nadal's grasscourt attitude

Mon Jun 12, 2006 2:09 PM EDT

By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON (Reuters) - French Open champion Rafael Nadal's determination to prove his credentials on grass was applauded by former Wimbledon champion Andre Agassi on Monday.

While many Roland Garros champions opted to put their feet up and shun the grasscourt season, Spaniard Nadal has repeatedly bucked the trend.

"I respect how much he's valued Wimbledon and what he's said about it," said Agassi, who famously boycotted the home of grasscourt tennis during the early stages of his career because of the tournament's all-white attire policy.

"It shows you the competitor's heart he has. Any time you got a ticker like that, you got to leave room for some great things."

Four-times Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman added: "I just like the attitude that he just wants to come and play and challenge himself.

"Irrespective of whether he loses in the first round of Wimbledon or makes the final, you know he's going to be out there to better himself as a player and see how good he can be."

After winning a maiden grand slam title in Paris last year, Nadal legged it to Germany to have a stab at finding his feet on the lawns in Halle.

'BUILDING CONFIDENCE'

That experiment ended in his first match and after skidding out of Wimbledon in the second round, he has opted to try a different strategy this time round.

He has entered both singles and doubles at the Stella Artois Championships in London, which is a stone's throw away from Wimbledon.

"Last year I played in Halle without any concentration," Nadal said after extending his record unbeaten run on clay to 60 matches following his four-set win over world number one Roger Federer in the French Open final.

"But this year I want to concentrate... and play good matches because that's important for building up confidence for Wimbledon."

While the 20-year-old has built an aura of invincibility around him when it comes to his claycourt feats, Agassi warned that the Spaniard had plenty of work to do if he was ever to become a force on the turf.

On current form, Nadal faces an uphill task of even coming close to becoming the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win the French Open and Wimbledon titles back-to-back.

"It's easy to see that he's going to have more difficulty on grass than any other surface from his side of the court," said the American.

Henman added: "With the extreme nature of his game, you know how much he relies on his movement, I think how much harder that will be for him on a grass court.

"But (considering) he won Madrid at the end of last year on a relatively fast court and altitude, he's going to fancy his chances on grass.

"When you compete as well as he does, it's very dangerous to write him off on any type of surface."
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I somewhat heard on ES watching Queen's Melzer vs Monfils that Rafa had booked the training court for 3 pm today.
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how many points he gain with his rg victory?

None I thought he just defended the points from last year, the one who gained was Federer i mean good on him but im upset that he is gettin further and further away. I think Rafas best chances on grass will come when he uses his angles more, Is definitaley the best in the game with coming up with angles, like he can get an angle most ppl get from sitting in the side lines persons chair, when he is just a few steps away from the centre mark. Like in the final, he got that extreme inside out forehand that bounced inside the service box and went off court then he did a cross court forehand that did the same. Hes gotta take more risks like that cos he wont be able to wear ne1 down with spin, and he will be great at approaching because of his speed just need to learn to flatten out ur shots and ur serve most of all rafa!! Ur Volleying skills are great and ur top spin lob is amazing, its got more spin than any ive ever seen.
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Vamos: Rafa/Feli

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Grass an unsolved problem for clay king Nadal

June 12 2006 at 04:08PM
By Bill Barclay

Paris - If Rafael Nadal wants to remove Roger Federer from the pinnacle of men's tennis, the hard work starts now for the double French Open champion.

The undisputed master on clay, Nadal heads straight from his best surface to his worst by preparing for the Wimbledon grasscourt grand slam at Queen's Club in London this week.

After Wimbledon the Mallorcan returns to hardcourt in preparation for the US Open which starts at the end of August. He has not been beyond round three at either slam.

Federer has won both events for the last two years - Wimbledon for the last three - and they will be the Spanish world number two's true measure of progress from now on.

Grass presents a particular challenge to Spaniards brought up on clay, even though Nadal is a tennis player like no other.

"It's very difficult to move the same on grass because I skid a lot," said the 20-year-old.

"When I go after a difficult ball and then turn back, I skid.

"I don't feel confident. But I'm going to try and need to improve on that."

Nadal's 1-6 6-1 6-4 7-6 victory over Federer in Sunday's French Open final made it 60 matches without defeat on clay.

His last loss on red dirt was in April 2005.

On grass it is a different story.

Nadal has won one just one match on tennis's fastest surface over the past 12 months, a first round win over American Vince Spadea at Wimbledon.

In the second round he looked clumsy and clueless in a four-set defeat by Luxembourg's Gilles Muller.

Nadal said positive thinking was key to his victory over Federer in Paris and he is not about to give up on grass.

Hence his decision to play for the first time at Queen's, where he will be on a hiding to nothing.

The grass at the tournament is faster even than Wimbledon's and he will be up against rested, seasoned grasscourters like Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi.

"I know the normal thing is I'm going to lose in Queen's first round because is very difficult to adapt in just two days," he said.

"I hope to play doubles in Queen's on Tuesday (because) I want to play one match before my singles.

"But this year I want to concentrate... and play good matches because that's important for building up confidence for Wimbledon."
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Missed train delays Nadal's grass education

Tue Jun 13, 2006 9:33 PM IST172
By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON (Reuters)
- A missed train disrupted Rafael Nadal's attempts to get better acquainted with grass.

The Spaniard, fresh from winning his second French Open title, was left stranded in a Paris station for two hours on Monday when he missed his connection to London.

After spending more time than he would have cared locked in the Gare de Nord's VIP lounge, Nadal dashed to London's Queen's Club to fit in a practice session as soon as he arrived in the English capital.

"We missed the train and, believe me guys, this is no good. We were there for hours waiting but what can you do? You just wait," Nadal said at the Stella Artois Championships on Tuesday.

"We arrived here at five...and I come here for practice 45 minutes.

"I was hungry to play on grass. But it was not a normal practice (because) I was very tired. I couldn't find the feelings."

Nadal and grass have never seemed compatible.

The traits that make the 20-year-old an incredible force on red dirt, his bludgeoning groundstrokes and ferocious defence, are not enough on the fast surface laid at Wimbledon.

He has won just one match on grass over the past 12 months but the world number two is keen to learn.

"I need to change a lot of things in my head," said the Spaniard, who will be playing singles and doubles this week.

"I need to change a lot of my game and my mentality too. So I gonna practise today.

"I need to play more aggressive. I need to serve with more assertion."

Despite his eagerness to prove his worth on grass, Nadal was under no illusion about his ability to replicate his record claycourt feats on the sport's fastest surface.

"My expectation is to improve but I'm not gonna win 60 consecutive matches on grass," he smiled.
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