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RG QF Nadal defeats Almagro 7-6 7-6 6-4

Awful from Nadal. 35 UE's, forehand and backhand being dead, unable to return Almagro.

There are no progress in his game. Rounds afters rounds this is the same bad play. Why can't he play well here? Is he injured like last year?

He has not played a good match since the beginning of the tournament. I start to have doubts on his ability to get his level of plays. back for the latest rounds.
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Re: RG QF Nadal defeats Almagro 7-6 7-6 6-4

Shut up, Surcouf.

You've been saying he's playing like crap since the 1st round and he's into the SF w/o dropping a set

Almagro was stunning today, Nadal had to play some ridiculous defense at times and played better in the breakers, when it mattered most. I liked when Nadal s/v on break point down

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Re: RG QF Nadal defeats Almagro 7-6 7-6 6-4

tennis made a few steps backwards compared to yesterday

very bad from Nadal, very bad from Almagro who made the worst performance on BH return I've ever seen (probably Bolelli has had similar stats)
Nadal was doing S/V, can you imagine

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Almagro the BETTER player today
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Re: RG QF Nadal defeats Almagro 7-6 7-6 6-4

Result NID. Fairly good effort from Almagro, though(relative to his score in the QF 2 years ago).

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Re: RG QF Nadal defeats Almagro 7-6 7-6 6-4

Nadal isn't playing at his MC or RG 08 level, but he's still managed to escape every tight situation he's found himself in which is encouraging I guess Still can't imagine anyone stopping him except for Soderling but there's no guarantee Soderling will get past Berdych who's been playing very well too.

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Re: RG QF Nadal defeats Almagro 7-6 7-6 6-4

Closer than expected.

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Mugro redefined the expression "bend over". Still good tournie for him. Pretty bad from Nadal from what I saw.
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Yikes, that was tight. Rafa was pretty darn bad in the first set, but picked it up just in time and was once again the far better player in the pressure moments in the next two sets. Credit to Almagro, he fought all the way but Nadal found some good form in the end. Won't be enough to get the job done against Soderling, but he still has some time to find another couple of gears.

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Soderling is going to win this title
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Re: RG QF Nadal defeats Almagro 7-6 7-6 6-4

Almugro showed up when it mattered. Result was NID although I assumed Mugro might manage to take a set.

If we get a Soderling-Nadal final, I think Sod will take it.

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Not very convincing from Nadal
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I didn't like Rafa's game at all, but a win is a win I can't see him beating Soderling with this form( if he gets that far, that is )
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Re: RG QF Nadal defeats Almagro 7-6 7-6 6-4

Congrats, Rafa!
A match a lot tighter than many expected. Almagro had a blistering start, applying the correct tactics, Rafa a slow one, and it remained very very tight all along the way. Rafa eventually raised his level during the TBs, hence the result.

Kudos to Almagro for not 'bending over/trowing the towel' when it became very clear that the match wouldn't be going his way, whatever he tried out. Kept on fighting till the bitter (for him, that is ) end. I think he's grown a lot as a player, mostly mentally, and he'll be a genuine force to recon with in the near future.

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Almagro played his best, yet not enough to beat Rafa

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