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Nadal sets sights low

"I'm on cue with what I want here. I'm aiming for the quarterfinal," he added. "I don't care about losing there. I'll be satisfied by reaching that."


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I am genuinely dissapointed with that kind of approach. All the more, I think that in reality, he wants to win it, but is trying to lower expectation for himself just as attempted to do by calling Federer the favorite in their French Open matchup. I just don't like that kind of attitude. Face up like a man, don't try to lower the pressure on yourself by trying to convince people that you don't really care about going further than the QFs.
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Has Nadal ever done well on a fast hardcourt? He has already achieved one objective already.

Here is the problem, he plays it down. Then people are whining why doesn't he strut around like he is the big man and if he says the opposite, then it's what an arrogant sod he is.

Non-issue.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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it think he just want to be realistic..... but he should aim for the SF.... considering his draw.....
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Calling Fed the favourite on clay was just . But who can blame him for wanting to lower expectations here? He has big wins on hardcourt, but he is obviously beatable on the surface. Personally I also think he feels pretty sure about reaching the SF, his opponents in R4 and QF can hardly hurt him.


I don't like hypocrites, but even worse are the ones who think it's OK to be an asshole as long as you are not hypocritical.

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Has Nadal ever done well on a fast hardcourt? He has already achieved one objective already.

Here is the problem, he plays it down. Then people are whining why doesn't he strut around like he is the big man and if he says the opposite, then it's what an arrogant sod he is.

Non-issue.

Yes, he plays it down. Which is cowardly.

And come on... So what that he has never done well on a fast hardcourt. The #2 player in the world, one that has beaten the #1 on a hardcourt and took a set off of him on a faster grass court, is going to set his sights for the QF? What kind of all-court player (which is what he is) who is ranked #2 and has beaten the "best ever" does that? We're not idiots, but he makes comments like he assumes we are.
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I think it's bullshit. I'm sure he's aiming sth more than "just" a quarterfinal. Look at the draw, people. Who can knock him down? Robredo?
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Yes, he plays it down. Which is cowardly.

And come on... So what that he has never done well on a fast hardcourt. The #2 player in the world, one that has beaten the #1 on a hardcourt and took a set off of him on a faster grass court, is going to set his sights for the QF? What kind of all-court player (which is what he is) who is ranked #2 and has beaten the "best ever" does that? We're not idiots, but he makes comments like he assumes we are.
Why are you over reading this? He says what he wants to say. You don't have to believe it and for what it's worth I don't either.

It's not cowardly at all, he has to find the right way for him to be successful and if this is the tactic, then go ahead. Considering this is the best he has ever done at the US Open and Dubai is a lot slower than the US Open, or has that slipped your mind?

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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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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I remember reading in the paper during the second week of Wimbledon that 'Nadal admits he has no hope of reaching the final', yet he managed to do it anyway. He probably doesn't want to get everyone all hyped up about another clash with Federer, but I still think he'll fight 100% in every match.
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Rafa should make at least the semis and I think he has a very strong chance of him beating whoever he faces there.
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Why are you over reading this? He says what he wants to say. You don't have to believe it and for what it's worth I don't either.

It's not cowardly at all, he has to find the right way for him to be successful and if this is the tactic, then go ahead. Considering this is the best he has ever done at the US Open and Dubai is a lot slower than the US Open, or has that slipped your mind?

Nothing slipped my mind. Simply, I am a Nadal fan and I don't want to hear him taking pity on himself as if he isn't a top-3 contender in this tournament. And I believe that it IS cowardly if his real goal is something greater (which I already said I believe it is). If he says he only wants to reach the QF, this means that any match from then on, the pressure is off him since he's "overachieving". He is lowering everyone's expectations. There is a pattern with this manner, just as I pointed out with the French Open.

And I am not really "taking issue". This is a tennis message board so I thought I'd post that because for me, it's having the effect of making me gradually lose respect for Nadal.
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If he says he only wants to reach the QF, this means that any match from then on, the pressure is off him since he's "overachieving". He is lowering everyone's expectations. There is a pattern with this manner, just as I pointed out with the French Open.
Who cares if 'the pressure is off him'', thus making it easier for it to win? I'd rather he performed well under less pressure than displayed some 'gallantry' and then, under the sheer expectation, got knocked out promptly on the next match. Whatever works for him is fine; if he feels he'll get less media attention this way and so can focus on his game, so be it.
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Re: Nadal sets sights low

another case of overanalysing
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I think it's bullshit. I'm sure he's aiming sth more than "just" a quarterfinal. Look at the draw, people. Who can knock him down? Robredo?
Acutally Robredo is playing very well but yes i do think that Nadal is gonna beat him if they were to collide. But all the players that have a good chance of beating him is in the upperside of the draw and can only meet him the final. www.usopendraw/admin/tonynadal.org
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It should be http://www.usopendraw/admin/uncletoni.org rather
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it would be to obvious :P
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