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The Frenchman double faulted his way to disaster.

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Julien played the better tennis for two sets, but failed to make it count in the end.



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cincy 16 : nadal beats benneteau 5-7,7-6,6-2

weird match!
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Awful. 11 breaks of serve.
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Bennetau deserved this win. Rafa has a long way to go, best part is he'll live to play again.
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The Frenchman double faulted his way to disaster.
That and playing the third set on one leg.

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Re: A very lucky Rafa gets past Bennetau

what luck? benneteau was always gonna choke.
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Title should be "Nadal manages to beat one leggend cripple in 3 set disaster".

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Re: cincy 16 : nadal beats benneteau 5-7,7-6,6-2

Rafa's stamina and fitness saw him through - well, he probably would have won that third set without the Benneteau cramping but it would have been tougher.

Julien had his chance, had a MP in the tiebreak, couldn't quite get it done and a poor point to hand the set to Nadal, and that was pretty much that.
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That and playing the third set on one leg.
The third set isn't even worth mentioning.



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Damn. Julien looked like he was gonna cry for all the effort he did. I think he'd sacrifice an arm for this win.

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what luck? benneteau was always gonna choke.
I'm pretty sure cramping isn't considered as choking.

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Re: cincy 16 : nadal beats benneteau 5-7,7-6,6-2

Agree, but once the match went to the third set the result was never in doubt. The worrying thing for Rafa is that Benneteau was only a point away from taking this in straight sets but as long as he keeps coming through matches like these I'll always rate his chances of going deep on hard courts. In the end it was Rafa's physical and mental strengh that brought him home but the opponents aren't going to get any easier.
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Re: cincy 16 : nadal beats benneteau 5-7,7-6,6-2

Poor Benneteau. I thought he would lose 2-6 4-6. It would be better for him than this.

I have to finally ask you: do you agree with me that Benneteau has exceptionally long hands? I know him for many years and I've been wondering many times whether his body build is proportional...

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That tiebreak is going to haunt him for sure.

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