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Re: WWW: AO SF: Nadal vs Verdasco

If the same Rafa turns up as the one that faced Simon...anything goes. But I expect him to adjust and come out much stronger. So Rafa in 3, one tight set.

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Re: WWW: AO SF: Nadal vs Verdasco

Rafa in 3 sets. Nando isn't a threat to him

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Verdasco really surprised with the Tsonga win. I expected Ali to win this one. I don' dare predict anything this time around
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First Spanish finalist at the Australian Open for 40 years (Andres Gimeno) is guaranteed. I hope it will be Nando but his H2H against Rafa scares me.

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Head says Rafa
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Nadal in 4.Will be a close match for the first three sets.

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First Spanish finalist at the Australian Open for 40 years (Andres Gimeno) is guaranteed. I hope it will be Nando but his H2H against Rafa scares me.
carlos moya got there 12 years ago...
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I hope it will be Nando but his H2H against Rafa scares me.
well he had a 0:5 h2d against murray.
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Verdasco in the final would be amazing. Another player to challenge Fed/Nadal.
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carlos moya got there 12 years ago...
Amazing that I forgot about Moya! Especially I saw all his matches in Melbourne in 1997

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I really hope it's Verdasco, thath way we'd get a better final (less UEs, more winners).
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Please put sets in such a poll, so much more fun!

I say Nadal in 3, 6-4 7-6 6-2
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Re: WWW: AO SF: Nadal vs Verdasco

The outcome of this match will be as much decided by Verdasco's psychological fortitude as it will by his shot selection. In terms of athleticism, he is on par with Nadal, as the question has never been one of physical limitations or a lack of innate talent, but rather his ability to temper his game in crucial moments.

Moreover, cheap service points come in handy against a player of Nadal's mold, which means that a good indicator of how this match is going would probably be the first-serve percentage of Verdasco, as well as points won on second serve. Brad Gilbert made an interesting observation during the Verdasco/Murray match: Verdasco seems to be content with spinning his 1st serve in -- or, perhaps more appropriately -- trepid about hitting second serves.

All in all, given the surface, conditions and respective forms, the match should be dictated, win or lose, by Verdasco -- as has been the case with all players that have come close or succeeded at beating the #1. It will be his job to initiate the first strike; it will be his job to unsettle Nadal by controlling every point; it will be his job to convert when given the opportunity to break.

Often times it seems to be the case that certain players are too willing to defer to Nadal, and of course, it's no surprise that such players have enjoyed very little success against him. Such a phenomenon is rather curious for the simple fact that Nadal ought not be in control of his own destiny on quicker surfaces in the latter stages of Grand Slams. The onus always rests on the shoulders of his opponents -- whether they know it or not.

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R. Nadal in 3
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