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AO R1: Rafa beats C.Rochus 6:0 6:2 6:2

Ripping forehand winners from all over the court.
Backhand could be better though.

Karanusic is lucky if he wins 5 games.


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Re: AO R1: Rafa beats C.Rochus 6:0 6:2 6:2

rafa in a practice session. he should go to the practice courts to train a little more after that match
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Re: AO R1: Rafa beats C.Rochus 6:0 6:2 6:2

The worst night match in GS history?
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Re: AO R1: Rafa beats C.Rochus 6:0 6:2 6:2

the last two sets weren't as close as the score indicates
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Re: AO R1: Rafa beats C.Rochus 6:0 6:2 6:2

The score is misleading... Rafa was just bored out of his mind for 4 games Seriously, impossible to tell anything definitive from this match, but the courts seemed to suit him fine and he's hitting the ball MUCH better than during last year's Open already. Some of those forehands (like the 2nd to last point) were And he played a stunning JesusFed(Rafa) point which ended with a lob in that third set

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Re: AO R1: Rafa beats C.Rochus 6:0 6:2 6:2

Rochus gets paid about $20k for being a spectator
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Re: AO R1: Rafa beats C.Rochus 6:0 6:2 6:2

Forehand, forehand, forehand, forehand.

Smooth start from Rafa
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Re: AO R1: Rafa beats C.Rochus 6:0 6:2 6:2

Rafa without breaking a shadow of a sweat.

Absolutely pathetic performance from C.Rochus. This, my friends, is someone who is only in it for the money. Absolutely no inspiration whatsoever. Made Rafa look like Karlovic.

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Re: AO R1: Rafa beats C.Rochus 6:0 6:2 6:2

Nadal seemed to be very confortable in this court. And yes, hard to be 100% focused in a match like this, that's the only reason Rochus could hold serve a few times.

Past years Rafa wasn't such a killer player in hardcourts, even with such inferior rivals he would never finish a match so quickly, due to less aggressive game he would spend 2 hours and end 63 64 63. If he wants to win a HC slam, he really needs to play like this. And he's #1, so he's supossed to play like this, with many more winners than his rival.

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sizzling start from Rafa to start his AO campaign.

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I wish Rochus didn't finish his career as he had announced some time ago.

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That was a bit painful to watch
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Re: AO R1: Rafa beats C.Rochus 6:0 6:2 6:2

rochus didn't even try. he made renquist look like a top 10 player.

cant determine rafa's form yet. its easy to stroke fh winners when the other guy is a sitting duck and when there is absolutely no pressure.

rafa is moving and striking the ball well. He seems fresh and will be a threat.
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Re: AO R1: Rafa beats C.Rochus 6:0 6:2 6:2

Nice start for Rafa, he's doing well to not being exhausted in last rounds, we all know he wants to win he has to come fresh to the second week of the GS.
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Re: AO R1: Rafa beats C.Rochus 6:0 6:2 6:2

The Top 100's Bagel Boy knew going into the match that he was going to be cannon fodder, and that is exactly what he was. It is not that he wasn't trying; he just already resigned in the fact that he would be demolished beforehand and it showed. Rochus really isn't someone to show a lot of smiles on court, so when he did it when winning his first game it was telling.

Nadal was impressive, but needs to wait until the 3R for at least some sort of opposition. If he meets counterpunchers without a big serve, without a lot of power and without a lot of variety to their game (Rochus and Karanusic both qualify for this description, IMO), he will breeze. If anything, I think losing four games is more than I expected. Would not have been shocked at all had this been a triple bagel.

Anyway, this should never have been a night match.

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