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Barna R3: Nalbandian def Almagro 6-3 6-4

Good stuff Dave.

Looks like the long awaited clay match with Nadal is happening.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Re: Barna R3: Nalbandian def Almagro 6-3 6-4

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Re: Barna R3: Nalbandian def Almagro 6-3 6-4

Good stuff Dave. Hope for a good one tomorrow.
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Re: Barna R3: Nalbandian def Almagro 6-3 6-4

Of course Nalbandian had a double break in the 2nd, but couldn't serve it out, though second time around he held to love.

Problem now this place will go over the top with massive hype and Nalbandian will gain some more fans if he manages to pull it off.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Re: Barna R3: Nalbandian def Almagro 6-3 6-4

Looked pretty routine from the scoreboard, in the past Nalbandian had trouble with Mucho's serve.

Now David is facing the winner of Nadal vs. C. Rochus.

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Re: Barna R3: Nalbandian def Almagro 6-3 6-4

Yes, el cabezon in their previous two matches served very well mixing his heavy kickers with the big flat one to keep Nalbandian off balance.

Almagro had two escapes this week from Hanescu and Chela, not today and Nalbandian won't ask for Nadal's autograph like Almagro would before the match.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Re: Barna R3: Nalbandian def Almagro 6-3 6-4

C.Rochus leads 1/0 against Nalbandian.
Surely David prefers playing against nadal.

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Re: Barna R3: Nalbandian def Almagro 6-3 6-4

Expected, since Dave looks to be the more solid of the two at the moment (no pun intended ).

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oooooh what a match in prospect!!!!!

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Nalbandian lost the mental edge over Nadal at IW after blowing all those match points. He will probably not beat Nadal on clay or ever again.
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good win for Nalby
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Re: Barna R3: Nalbandian def Almagro 6-3 6-4

You are so going to be disappointed by tomorrows match. Of course I haven't seen how David played in his last 2 matches, thanks to Spain TV great coverage of this so called 500 event, but judging from stats his serve is even worse than it was in MC (today looks a little better but still nowhere near good enough). So awful serve, clay in Spain, I am afraid that this time he is going to be humiliated.
But then again it is Nalbandian we are talking about, with him absolutely nothing is certain.

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don't think nalbandian will be destroyd...he won't win,,,that's no big deal

I don't think that he will never beat nadal again...especially the end of the season where nadal plays usually not that good
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Re: Barna R3: Nalbandian def Almagro 6-3 6-4

He won, lets see what happens next.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Re: Barna R3: Nalbandian def Almagro 6-3 6-4

Does anyone really think Nalbandian has the mental strength to compete with Nadal over an entire match on clay? He might come up with a few brilliant points here and there, but the end result should never be in doubt.

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