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Nadal finally defeats PHM: 5-7 6-4 6-4 6-4

Amazing, possibly the best match of RG so far.

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Mathieu I am so proud of him today, he fought so hard and was a little unlucky at times. He looked so cute out there I just wanted to hug him

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Mathieu fought way better than I thought he would.
Very impressive.

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HUGE CONGRATS TO RAFA!! What a warrior!
Mathieu did have the chance today, but he did not surrender and let him take this match.

That's a big vamos and a huge fistpump for Rafa!

It will cost him some energy, but in the long term, I think it will only make him stronger.

and of course props to Mathieu for playing such a very high level and keeping that such a long time...

Shame on the people at this match and who booed Nadal after he had won and that they couldn't accept Nadal was better despite Mathieu playing very well. it's seldom I see half of the crowd booing a winner, even if that means he eliminated a home player.


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nice use of topspin mathieu
too bad you beat yourself at crucial times

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Paulo just choked on very crucial momnets by hittnig easy ues three times at 4-4 in last 3 sets,but overall he is a fighter,he keeps trying to take bps and holds his serve.I like he held the serve by lagging 0-40 in 1st set the most! And he pumped like Hewitt today,love to see he has passion again!

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Excellent match but it was so exhausting watching it I can't imagine what it must have been like playing it. These guys must have the cardio-vascular fitness of Sherpas.

I was amazed how Mathieu just hung in there- he never really faded just kept on pounding away. And I guess it shows us yet again how impossible it is to roast a pig in claypot yet again as the intensity of Nadal just never fades. As if there was not enough reason anyway, this match for any player who watched it will have made them even more depressed about the prospect of having to face Nadal.
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Congrats to Nadal.

Those two UEs in his last serve game cost Mathieu the match. Instead of 40:15 the score was 15:40. But despite that, the frenchman played great tennis! BOTH of them. Most points were decided by either winners or forced errors.

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Yes awesome- and a FIVE HOUR match and only four sets played.

Can you imagine if Mathieu would have somehow won the fourth set how long this match would have lasted???
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Congrats Rafa!!

Great match Mathieu

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to both players!

I'm glad Rafael won, but Paulo deserved to win as much!!

and that French crowd should know when to stop

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Best match of the tournament so far...incredible level from PHM (and, of course, Nadal, but that was more expected)

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93 minute first set and it didn't even go to a tiebreak

Nadal played great in the first set but Mathieu was too good. If someone played as Mathieu did in the first for five sets they would beat Rafa even on clay. It's just insanely tough to keep it up.

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Amazing match, wow. Congrats to both of them, they really gave a hell of a show out there.

I'm very happy about the outcome of the match, anyways.
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Congrats to both !! that was a good match to watch

Mathieu great fight

Well done Nadal, good luck in the next round


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