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AO QF: Nadal def. Simon 6-2 7-5 7-5

Simon fought, but it can only get you so far. Lots of long rallies here, as was expected.

Simon was bad in the first set despite breaking once he lost his serve 3 times. The second set seemed to go in a similar fashion when Rafa broke for 2-0, but Simon regained his composure and broke back. Then it went pretty comfortably on serve, until 4*-5 Rafa serving when Simon got a set point at 30-40. Rafa took care of it however and took the long game. This seemed to unsettle Simon, who lost his serve and Rafa served out the set.

Rafa broke early in the third, but Simon broke back for 3-3. Then Simon faltered again at 5*-5 and Rafa took the break and duly served out.

Very often when Gilles lost the first point, he was broken to love or to 15, but when he won the first point, he usually held to love or 15 .

Gilles has a nice game IMO with mixing things up and generating surprising power for someone so skinny, but Rafa was too solid today. Gilles showed some patches of brilliance, but Rafa just wore him down. Gilles needs to work on his second serve, it's pretty poor. The first serve is okay IMO. His net game also needs improvement.

Let's hope that Nando makes it a match against Rafa.

PS: Sry for the early post, didn't think Simon would challenge the call, it was so clear

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AO QF Nadal def Simon 6-2 7-5 7-5

Gilles was in his usual "I need to be a set and a break down before I play" mode and duly lost the first with a heap of errors. Nadal, in the zone from the start, never gave him anything. Getting broken in the first game of the first set was the kick up the arse needed though and he dragged his serve up a level, managed to break back and had a SP on Nadal's serve before being broken again to leave Rafa serving for the 2nd set. The errors started creeping back though and he got broken again at the start of the 3rd only for Rafa to wobble as Gillou raised a level again to break back 3-3, and kept his concentration to hold. The Aussies love a fighter and started really getting behind Gillou But it wasn't enough and Rafa broke him again and served it out

Good entertaining competitive match, some fine shots on display (and required) from both players but overall Gillou made too mant errors and gave himself a lot of work to do in 42 degree heat too
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Re: AO QF Nadal def Simon 6-2 7-5 7-5

Disappointing from Simon, played so good at moments where he was behind but could have taken both set 2 and 3 if he played that way when he could take the set.
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Re: AO QF Nadal def Simon 6-2 7-5 7-5

How could Simon lose??? He is sooooooo fine!!!! RAWWWRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!
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Re: AO QF: Nadal def. Simon 6-2 7-5 7-5

Rafa was too consistent.

Simon had chances but it wasn't enough.

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Re: AO QF Nadal def Simon 6-2 7-5 7-5

Poor match, Rafa will need to step it up against Verdasco.

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Re: AO QF: Nadal def. Simon 6-2 7-5 7-5

Nadal played the same game which costed him defeats to Gonzo in 2007 and Tsonga in 2008. He basically outmoonballed Simon to death. Had he meet someone with more power - he would be out today. He needs to make an adjustment against Verdasco.
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How could Simon lose??? He is sooooooo fine!!!! RAWWWRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!
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Re: AO QF: Nadal def. Simon 6-2 7-5 7-5

Little bit different then Madrid, no? And how long we are supose to wait for that thread will Nadal not lose a set in AO?
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Re: AO QF Nadal def Simon 6-2 7-5 7-5

Extremely dull match...numbing baseline play, boring and flavourless. Like 95% of tennis nowadays...the artistry has gone out of the sport.
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Poor match, Rafa will need to step it up against Verdasco.

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Yes, you are right. Rafa is playing very badly this tournament.
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Little bit different then Madrid, no? And how long we are supose to wait for that thread will Nadal not lose a set in AO?
Would that not just jinx him into losing a set?
Like it has with everyone else
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Re: AO QF Nadal def Simon 6-2 7-5 7-5

Rock solid from Nadal on important points as always. This boy impresses me more and more every day. Here he is, playing on his least favourite surface and he is still kicking the living crap out of everybody.

Novak's got a ton to learn.
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Re: AO QF: Nadal def. Simon 6-2 7-5 7-5

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Nadal played the same game which costed him defeats to Gonzo in 2007 and Tsonga in 2008. He basically outmoonballed Simon to death. Had he meet someone with more power - he would be out today. He needs to make an adjustment against Verdasco.
Now that's Tier-1 analysis. I know all the Rafatards think Verdasco is going to bend over, but I predict another result. Verdasco in 3 or 4.
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