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Nadal def Baghdatis 3-6 6-2 6-3 in Dubai First Round

Pretty good from Rafa after a poor 1st set with a lot of errors.

Stepped it up and towards the end of the 2nd it's the best I've seen him play in quite some time. A lot better than I expected after a while out.

Tough match against Andreev, but this has given me hope

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Nadal wasn't playing 10km behind the baseline as has been known to happen.

He has got past the 1st stage of the gauntlet and now it's the battle of the heavy forehands.

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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.
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Re: Nadal def Baghdatis 3-6 6-2 6-3 in Dubai First Round

Rafa did not face a break point in 2nd and 3rd sets!
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Re: Nadal def Baghdatis 3-6 6-2 6-3 in Dubai First Round

Baggy!

So much talent, but isn't quite strong enough mentally to bring it all together right now. Also the first serve percentage isn't really good enough!

Nadal played a really bad first few games but was OK after that. Well done to him.

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Re: Nadal def Baghdatis 3-6 6-2 6-3 in Dubai First Round

Good match, Nadal much better at the end than at the start. Nadal has re-entered baseline territory and once he got his timing in, Marcos was in full retreat behind his, on the chase.
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Baggy sucked in the 2nd and 3rd but Nadal played well, good win.
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Nadal is in better form than at ao. Trapped Baggy in his backhand corner very nicely. Must be a frustrating day for Baggy.
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Great play from Rafa, the best I've seen from him in a long time. Yay!

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Re: Nadal def Baghdatis 3-6 6-2 6-3 in Dubai First Round

CONGRATS Rafa!!!

A very rusty first set from Rafa , while Bagghy played brilliantly (saw his 'first services won' statistic? 100%!).
Hoever, it soon became clear that Bagghy couldn't keep up this level of playing, while Rafa highly improved his!

A very good second and third set from Rafa, if he keeps up that level, I might finally be able to get my Dream Final again!

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Bags's serve is a weakness.47 percent is not gonna get it doned.Not to mention the DF.It took Nadal almost 2 hours to finish the match.Andreev should be another tough one.
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great win from rafa . in the first set he was very rusty but as the match went on he played brilliantly . if he plays this kid of tennis i dont think anyone could beat him on any surface . he needs to be agreesive and avoid beeng over defensive .
just 4 matches to go to retain your dubai trophy

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Pretty good from Rafa after a poor 1st set with a lot of errors.

Stepped it up and towards the end of the 2nd it's the best I've seen him play in quite some time. A lot better than I expected after a while out.

Tough match against Andreev, but this has given me hope

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I didn't get to see the match

but hopefully everyting they've worked on in his game is finally starting to show

and hopefully he has his confidence back
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Re: Nadal def Baghdatis 3-6 6-2 6-3 in Dubai First Round

uh oh, when's the last time they played and who won and how badly was the other person beat
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Re: Nadal def Baghdatis 3-6 6-2 6-3 in Dubai First Round

The first set from Rafa 0 winners, 17 UEs.

Got his act very nicely together in the next two sets though! And had enormous luck on BPs on Marcos's serve.

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