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Vilas critical of Nadal?

Here is the Reuters article... I think his comments (if fairly reported) are a bit stupid... I mean, it's difficult to compare eras, but Rafa has played mostly very tough tournaments and it seems like Vilas played a lot of small tournaments in his streak... and I'm getting a little sick of hearing about the spaghetti racket.. Yeah, it was unfair, but Vilas had beaten others with that racket, he was also just exhausted. He played all his matches in one year, which in some ways is more impressive, and in other ways less.

PARIS (Reuters) - Guillermo Vilas says he is not impressed by Rafael Nadal's winning streak on clay even though the Spaniard will break the Argentine's record if he comes through his first round at the French Open on Monday.

The 19-year-old Nadal has been undefeated on the slow surface in his last 53 matches and looks set to add a 54th consecutive win when he kicks off his title defense at Roland Garros against Swede Robin Soderling.

"First of all, Nadal's performance is spanning over two years, which is not the same," Vilas, who set the record in 1977, told Reuters on Monday.

"Then, I have the feeling he added easy tournaments on his schedule just for that purpose," the 53-year-old added.

Vilas, who confessed he had to call the ATP to have confirmation of a record he had ignored, had his 1977 run ended in the Aix-en-Provence tournament semi-finals by Ilie Nastase.

"I did not lose to a player but against a racket," he said, referring to the double-strung racket the Romanian was using at the time.

"I could not play him. When I was 6-1 7-5 down, I threw in the sponge," said Vilas, who had won the Tehran, Bogota, Santiago and Buenos Aires tournaments that year.
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Re: Vilas critical of Nadal?

It does seem like there is a bit of sour grapes there about Nadal doing it over two years and "adding smaller tournaments". Vilas played at a time when clay events started in March and continued up to and including the US Open, and then beyond into November so there was a bigger scope for him to do it in a shorter time. Also, the results from Vilas's streak seem to be sketchy but Peter Bodo was saying in his blog that an exhibtion was included. If anyone has the full 53 wins Vilas had in his streak it would interesting to see if the draws compare to the depth of Nadal's run which includes Roland Garros and 4 Masters Series events.

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Re: Vilas critical of Nadal?

Nobody respects this freak of nature. Not a single person. The only people whom seem to have respect for him are other Spaniards.

What a big joke Nadal is.
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Re: Vilas critical of Nadal?

Prima Donna you are so STUPID and Prejudice its not funny.

I like both Federer and Nadal. Being a fan of one player does not or SHOULD not preclude respect for others. Love him or hate him Nadal is Not a freak of nature in the negative way u mean... He is a Phenomenon... U just cant handle the fact that he kicks Feds ass.... The guy has the greatest heart and competitive spirit out there...Instead of moaning about Nadal Enjoy Feds dominance while u can... Anything can happen to Fed to knock him off his perch....
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Nobody respects this freak of nature. Not a single person. The only people whom seem to have respect for him are other Spaniards.

What a big joke Nadal is.
Federer has said many times how he respects Nadal. I guess that makes him not up to par with your standards. oh well.
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Re: Vilas critical of Nadal?

what's the link to this article please? somehow i have trouble believing vilas would be ungracious about this whole thing.
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what's the link to this article please? somehow i have trouble believing vilas would be ungracious about this whole thing.
http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/news...OPEN-VILAS.XML
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Re: Vilas critical of Nadal?

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Federer has said many times how he respects Nadal. I guess that makes him not up to par with your standards. oh well.
And Becker and McEnroe have often spoken of their admiration for Nadal. I guess that makes them "nobodies" as well.

I like a lot of players.
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Nobody respects this freak of nature. Not a single person. The only people whom seem to have respect for him are other Spaniards.

What a big joke Nadal is.
With inane posts like this, nobody here respects you.

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Re: Vilas critical of Nadal?

Vilas streak is in no way as impressive as Nadals. Vilas wasnt even close to being as good as Borg on clay. He just played alot of minor events. Nadals plays against the best, he has beaten Federer three times during this streak so far. Thats impressive. How many wins on clay did Vilas have against Borg?
Infact he lost twice on clay to Borg in 1977. Not really close either.
http://www.atptennis.com/en/players/...=Borg%2C+Bjorn

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Re: Vilas critical of Nadal?

It def is sour grapes. He's on ESPN now and he's saything the same crap. He's just jealous that Rafa doesn't need a combover.

So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.
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Re: Vilas critical of Nadal?

I agree, Mecir. Nadal has won the biggest events over 2 years against the best players -- if Vilas did the whole thing in 2 months (as he just said on TV) to me that's impressive, but not as impressive as Nadal.

Anyway, Vilas sounded gracious in his interview with ESPN, so I don't mean to make a big deal out of it. It's all very friendly.
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Sour grapes from Mr Vilas , i am not even a big Nadal fan, i dont like him but i give him credit for the streak.Vilas probably never thought that record would be broken.The old man needs to bow down.
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Re: Vilas critical of Nadal?

So you have Sampras saying Fed doesn't have any competition and now Vilas saying this. They could all take a lesson from Laver (and Borg) I think.

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Re: Vilas critical of Nadal?

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So you have Sampras saying Fed doesn't have any competition and now Vilas saying this. They could all take a lesson from Laver (and Borg) I think.
Laver is the GOAT in the class department, Borg with his ironic comment "I hope Nadal can win Wimbledon" was a bit nasty as well...

"I asked a bloke in the front row if he liked the serve-and-volley stuff," said Rafter. "He said he did but asked if he was going to get to see any rallies. 'Not today, mate,' I told him."
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