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Analyzing Rafa, Del Potro, Murray, and Roddick...

Who would you say looks most vulnerable of these 4 based on their 1st round performances and who looks the least vulnerable? I'd have to say that Del Potro's the most vulnerable because of the wrist, he did go 4 sets against Russell. I'd say least Vulnerable is Murray, he went right through his opponent. Roddick had some close sets and Rafa, while he won 7-6(0) 6-1 6-4, did have two close sets and the match was 2 hours and 34 minutes (he was fortunate it didn't go 4 or 5 sets because if he spent over 4 hours out there, it would've been very bad for Rafa for the later rounds to have enough left in the tank to beat the top guys).
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Del Potro by far...

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Re: Analyzing Rafa, Del Potro, Murray, and Roddick...

Murray looked great, Roddick-- OK, Del Potro looked bored and impatient, Nadal looked vulnerable in the 1st set. Fortunatelly I had to leave at 5-6 to finish this dreadful day at AO.
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Re: Analyzing Rafa, Del Potro, Murray, and Roddick...

can't tell a thing yet cuz they haven't started to swing yet....
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I don't believe in analyzing unless I'm paid for it. Try asking Mats Wilander.

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Re: Analyzing Rafa, Del Potro, Murray, and Roddick...

Murray allways starts strong. It's still too early.
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Re: Analyzing Rafa, Del Potro, Murray, and Roddick...

You dont win anything based on a 1st round performance. They are all in the next round so are all equally vulnerable.

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Re: Analyzing Rafa, Del Potro, Murray, and Roddick...

Isn't it too early still?

Murray looked on fire till he went out in the 4th round last year.
Roddick the same,but he came up against Fed.
Delpo always looks tired/injured whatever,but he won the U.Sopen last year
Rafa had a 5 hour match,won the final the day after.

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Re: Analyzing Rafa, Del Potro, Murray, and Roddick...

Potro didn't look too clever in the US Open until the semis really - he was fairly fortunate he didn't drop the opening set to Melzer, dropped a set to Koellerer, and Cilic was a set and a break up before he exploded and beat himself. He did the same in Washington, was very poor in the early rounds, even dropped a set to Lu, but went on to win it.

Of course, the wrist may be a genuine problem he can't get past, just saying a wobbly early round doesn't mean much for him.
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Re: Analyzing Rafa, Del Potro, Murray, and Roddick...

Del Potro looked flustered by his interaction with the umpire and I think that is the main reason he lost that set. Otherwise I thought he looked fine. He was hitting the forehand as well (and hard) as ever.
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Murray looked great, Roddick-- OK, Del Potro looked bored and impatient, Nadal looked vulnerable in the 1st set. Fortunatelly I had to leave at 5-6 to finish this dreadful day at AO.
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Isn't it too early still?

Murray looked on fire till he went out in the 4th round last year.
Roddick the same,but he came up against Fed.
Delpo always looks tired/injured whatever,but he won the U.Sopen last year
Rafa had a 5 hour match,won the final the day after.
Two days after. SF was on friday, the final was on sunday.

How come everyone keeps saying it was the very next day?

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Actually, I thought Murray looked the most vulnerable. His serve percentage was terrible and his groundstrokes lacked top end pace.

DP still brought the heat, despite the UEs and injuries. Nadal still can run, his serve looked pretty good and is jsut a question of shaking off the dust. He'll be fine

Roddick looked jittery, but that also looked like match experience, so I think he'll be fine.

I think the courts are playing slow though, and that favors Rafa more than any of the others listed.
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Re: Analyzing Rafa, Del Potro, Murray, and Roddick...

I have seen only Del Potro and Nadal's matches.
JMDP was playing far from his best tennis, but Mike Russel had a pretty good match.
Nadal was playing ok. Peter was just playing the best tennis of career until 5-4* in the 1st set.
Roddick must have been playing his usual tennis without much effort.
Murray must have played a good match, or Anderson was awful? Have not seen the match at all.

As for their following matches:
JMDP is in the biggest danger out of this 4, having to play Blake or Clement. If James gets past Arnaud, he will be definetely be the biggest threat for JMDP as well as Cilic.
Nadal will win next match easily, but then will have to work a bit more vs Kohlschreiber. Still, don't Kohli taking a set of Rafael. Karlovic could win a set though.
Roddick will easily reach R4 if he plays his average tennis. Then it will be much more difficult.
Murray will have some challenge vs Melzer or Nieminen and then vs Isner of Monfils. R4 could be tricky for him.

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Re: Analyzing Rafa, Del Potro, Murray, and Roddick...

So practically all 4 of them will face a test before the Quarters, that's good

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