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watch out for youzhny..

the russian's been flying under the radar while all the focus has been on wawrinka's remarkable run to the quarters..

but let's not forget the russian is the only guy left in rafa's half who's ever beaten rafa before:

i.e., while rafa's..

10:0, 9 sets to 2 and 4:0 on hc against nando verdasco, including their only hc slam meeting ('09 aussie open in 5 sets).. and

6:0, 9 sets to 0 and 4:0 on hc against wawrinka, including their only hc slam meeting ('07 aussie open)..


the spaniard's merely 7:4 against youzhny and he actually trails the russian 3:4 on hc, including 2 hc slam meetings which they've split (rafa prevailing at the '05 aussie open in 5 sets and mikhail prevailing at the '06 uso in 4 sets).. the russian's also won 2 of the 3 tiebreaks they've played, all on hc.. and they're both tied at 2 sets apiece on hc in straight sets..

worst of all, youzhny also handed rafa his worst-ever defeat at the chennai hc event in '08 6-0, 6-1, which was also their last hc meeting..

we can safely assume rafa would much rather face stan in the semis..


meanwhile, while wawrinka and youzhny are tied at 2:2 lifetime, the russian leads the swiss 2:0 in hc meetings:

'10 miami masters: 1-6, 7-6(5), 7-5

'07 canada masters: 6-4, 6-4


again, keep an eye on the russian.. cause if anyone can stop rafa from reaching the finals at the uso this year, it is mikhail..

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Re: watch out for youzhny..

This is all news to you and you just discovered him, didn't you
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Hahahahahaha

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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This is all news to you and you just discovered him, didn't you

the op wasn't just about the russian.. but i see you didn't read any of it..

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Re: watch out for youzhny..

Yeah, he's been around the tour for the last decade or so.
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Re: watch out for youzhny..

Hey, don't jinx Misha!

Actually, I wanted to do same for my fave and seriously considered opening a thread "Wawa will get into semi and then final, you heard it here first"
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If you pay attention today, you might also learn they both have beautiful single handers. So many new discoveries, don't get overwhelmed
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excellent field work Sherlock!
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Re: watch out for youzhny..

Someone went a little crazy...

As much as I want Youzhny to beat Nadal if they play, Rafa's turned the table on their H2H. And that 6-0 6-1 win was a whipping, but it was also the day after Rafa's 4 hour match against Moya.
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As much as I want Youzhny to beat Nadal if they play, Rafa's turned the table on their H2H. And that 6-0 6-1 win was a whipping, but it was also the day after Rafa's 4 hour match against Moya.


not only that but, back then, even on a good day, rafa was still way too vulnerable on the hc against any of these heavy-hitting guys, especially when they were in the zone..

similar to what what happened to roger, albeit on clay, in the '08 french open final.. got caught with his pants down and taken to the woodshed by an in-the-zone opponent..

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I think Youzhny is a player with a huge potential. He may not win USO this year, maybe not ever. But he is going to make it tough on Nadal in the SF. And yeah, he is going to win against Stan today.

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If you pay attention today, you might also learn they both have beautiful single handers. So many new discoveries, don't get overwhelmed
i'll try not to, bud collins.. thanks for the advice..

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Re: watch out for youzhny..

I think nobody is able to beat Nadal this event, one of his few weaknesses (his serve) is as awesome and maybe even better than some of the hardhitters this tournament, he's hard to break and is a master in breaking others.
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I think nobody is able to beat Nadal this event, one of his few weaknesses (his serve) is as awesome and maybe even better than some of the hardhitters this tournament, he's hard to break and is a master in breaking others.

i agree with you, roma.. however, the fact that misha's been sneaking through the draw under the radar is what initially prompted me to start this thread.. the focus has all been on wawrinka..

btw.. no doubt rafa is an infinitely improved player since the last time he and misha met on a hc, but still.. another potential uso meeting with the russian is not to be taken lightly..

in the meantime, first things first.. let's hope stan is able to step it up and score his first-ever hc win over misha.. hopefully in 5 long, arduous sets..

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Re: watch out for youzhny..

I just Misha beats Stan today and gets there.. Then we might actually have a good semi final match!
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