Originally Posted by vahep
I am not sure about 05, but in 06 he lost to a Russian player. I did not see the match, but it would be very surprising if the crowd was pulling severly for MY and not Nadal. I don't think his loss to Youzhny had anything to do with the crowd. He just ran into a talented player, who was playing out of his mind at the time, on a surface the he has not yet fully adapted to.
I think they wanted to pull for Rafa at first, but as you say Youzhny was indeed playing out of his mind, and eventually the crowd really did get behind him. It probably bothered him but as Rafa himself said, his biggest problem was that he didn't take advantage of the chances he had. In '05, he lost to James Blake, so yeah I would guess the crowd was a factor then too.