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Nadal def. Eschauer 62 64 61

l_mac
06-28-2007, 08:18 PM
I suppose he was as good as he needed to be.

Good Luck against Soderling, Rafa. :)

yana
06-28-2007, 08:31 PM
From now on the going gets tough. Let's go, Rafael! ;)

dijus
06-28-2007, 08:35 PM
:zzz: stuff

connectolove
06-28-2007, 08:36 PM
Well done, one match at a time.

GO RAFA!!!

bokehlicious
06-28-2007, 08:36 PM
Already drooling over the Rafa vs Marat finals :inlove:

RonE
06-28-2007, 08:42 PM
Already drooling over the Rafa vs Marat finals :inlove:

Vamos! OINK! :rocker2:

Neely
06-28-2007, 08:54 PM
Really shockingly boring :crazy: Especially poor of Eschauer IMO because he would be the one who must do something to test Nadal. I have seen Eschauer already much better, but not on grass. I watched Davydenko vs Guccione instead, was at least a bit better.

NYCtennisfan
06-28-2007, 09:00 PM
I was shocked that Nadal was broken and lost 7 games to be honest. Eschauer played some nice points, but they could've played a 100 sets and he wouldn't have a chance to win one.

Castafiore
06-28-2007, 09:02 PM
I suppose he was as good as he needed to be.
That's what Connors figured on the BBC as well (that's one reason for me to look forward to Wimbledon each year: to be able to listen to the commentary of John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors.)

I was only able to watch the end of the second set and the third set which wasn't exciting to be honest. Eschauer made a lot of mistakes. The commentator figured that it has to do with trying too hard: he knew that his shots had to be very good against Nadal so he often overhit his shots. The weather can't have made the match more enjoyable for the players but at least, it didn't rain.

Jimmy said that one the one hand, Rafa will be happy to have won it in straight sets but at the same time, he was hardly challenged so it's probably hard for Nadal himself to judge what level he's playing at. Sometimes, it's good to have a tough match in the early rounds just to test out your level.

By the way, I read that Eschauer was playing on old grass court shoes he borrowed from Florian Mayer. He doesn't have a clothing sponsor so he has to buy his own gear and he couldn't find grass shoes so Mayer lend him tennis shoes he used before.

NYCtennisfan
06-28-2007, 09:05 PM
That's what Connors figured on the BBC as well (that's one reason for me to look forward to Wimbledon each year: to be able to listen to the commentary of John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors.)

I was only able to watch the end of the second set and the third set which wasn't exciting to be honest. Eschauer made a lot of mistakes. The commentator figured that it has to do with trying too hard: he knew that his shots had to be very good against Nadal so he often overhit his shots. The weather can't have made the match more enjoyable for the players but at least, it didn't rain.

Jimmy said that one the one hand, Rafa will be happy to have won it in straight sets but at the same time, he was hardly challenged so it's probably hard for Nadal himself to judge what level he's playing at. Sometimes, it's good to have a tough match in the early rounds just to test out your level.

By the way, I read that Eschauer was playing on old grass court shoes he borrowed from Florian Mayer. He doesn't have a clothing sponsor so he has to buy his own gear and he couldn't find grass shoes so Mayer lend him tennis shoes he used before.

It didn't really have anything to do with Eschauer trying too hard. It was simply that he had NOTHING that could hurt Nadal. Not his serve although he hit some aces, not his Fh, not his BH, nothing. It was basically a practice match for Nadal, but his next opponent will be completely different.

Voo de Mar
06-28-2007, 09:06 PM
Really shockingly boring :crazy: Especially poor of Eschauer IMO because he would be the one who must do something to test Nadal. I have seen Eschauer already much better, but not on grass. I watched Davydenko vs Guccione instead, was at least a bit better.

Exactly.

mallorn
06-28-2007, 09:08 PM
Rafa started the match half-asleep and pretty much broke himself in the second game (he made three UEs in that game, Eschauer hit one winner). After that he was always in control, smartly pacing himself and not playing anything special - he really didn't have to.

Eschauer is a bit of a character - apparently he never sits at changeovers. Also, he doesn't own grass-court shoes or a white shirt and played in borrowed ones. That does not send the right message to the opponents, does it? ;)

Rafa will need to really step it up now - so far it's been smooth sailing for him, but it's about to change.

gusman890
06-28-2007, 09:08 PM
after going up 2-0 in the first set, i thought he *might* win...umm nope.

Roddickominator
06-28-2007, 09:09 PM
Wow what a match! Eschauer was amazing today(dare I even say, Oscar Hernandez-esque?) with the pinpoint accuracy on his serve....that devastating forehand....and that mauling backhand. I honestly don't know how Rafa even took a game off of him. Congrats Rafa, you have done the impossible in taking out this future multiple Grand Slam winner in Eschauer.

Castafiore
06-28-2007, 09:10 PM
It didn't really have anything to do with Eschauer trying too hard. It was simply that he had NOTHING that could hurt Nadal. Not his serve although he hit some aces, not his Fh, not his BH, nothing.
Sure, he had nothing with which he could hurt Rafa, I agree. It was more like a practice session.

However, I saw him miss quite a few shots after preparing them carefully and that's because he was nervous about getting the timing right and trying to hit the corner. Part of it was indeed due to overhitting.
Eschauer himself said that he doesn't really like playing on grass so that's another factor.

but his next opponent will be completely different.
No kidding.

NYCtennisfan
06-28-2007, 09:33 PM
Sure, he had nothing with which he could hurt Rafa, I agree. It was more like a practice session.

However, I saw him miss quite a few shots after preparing them carefully and that's because he was nervous about getting the timing right and trying to hit the corner. Part of it was indeed due to overhitting.
Eschauer himself said that he doesn't really like playing on grass so that's another factor.


No kidding.

Eschauer after playing a few rallies with Nadal knew he had no chance and so did everyone in the stands and people watching at home.

Castafiore
06-28-2007, 09:38 PM
Eschauer after playing a few rallies with Nadal knew he had no chance and so did everyone in the stands and people watching at home.
No idea why you add this because it's not as if I'm not disagreeing with you there, NYC. :shrug:
It wasn't a tough opponent and he hasn't played much this year at all.
So, I don't think that our opinions differ much but we see a few details slightly differently.

Let me quote one journalist who saw the same thing I did see:
"Time and again, Eschauer had a look at a half-chance but would snatch at it, rush it and miss it. Terrified to let anything pass him by, he overcooked his few opportunities. But that is what Nadal can do to a chap – he applies the thumb screws and forces the opposition into errors."
From the official site:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/match_reports/2007-06-28/200706281183059227062.html

Metis
06-28-2007, 09:44 PM
Midway in the match Connors was already saying how happy he was for Eschauer finally getting a nice paycheck of $16,000 :lol:.

:secret: Werner be careful in the locker room!

cmurray
06-28-2007, 09:45 PM
Already drooling over the Rafa vs Marat finals :inlove:

Vamos! OINK! :rocker2:

Wow. You two are on fire today. Nothing's funnier than telling the same joke 2 dozen times in every thread that mentions Safin or Nadal. :hatoff:

TankingTheSet
06-28-2007, 09:45 PM
Where are you guys getting your info from on Eschauer ("has has barely played this year", "what a poor player" etc).

Eschauer has played his his last 397 matches on clay and won a shitload of Challengers on clay, for somebody at his age of 33 it's amazing achievement to get that high up the rankings. He never played on grass, absolutely NOTHING could be expected of him on this surface. All considered he did OK.

Expect to see some good things from Eschauer some of the summer ATP clay tourneys in Europe.

Marek.
06-28-2007, 09:50 PM
Wow. You two are on fire today. Nothing's funnier than telling the same joke 2 dozen times in every thread that mentions Safin or Nadal. :hatoff:

It's payback from all the bs we have to read from R=FK.

On the match: once Nadal went down 2:0 in the first set, I knew he'd have no trouble in this match. Sure enough, he won the next six games but I was surprised at how close the second set was. His next match should be very difficult if Soderling shows up.

t0x
06-28-2007, 09:50 PM
Certainly not a great grass court match.

But Rafa did what he needed to do in order to win, and from now on, the real challenge starts now for Rafa (although I can't see Robin even taking a set, he'll at least push him).

cmurray
06-28-2007, 09:54 PM
It's payback from all the bs we have to read from R=FK.


riiiiiggghhhhhhhtttttt. So what you're trying to tell me is that JMPower and Ron are trying to join the ranks of RFK? Oh goodie.

musefanatic
06-28-2007, 10:10 PM
Good win Nadders, Eschauer was good at times but Nadal was just too good for him :)

R.Federer
06-29-2007, 12:23 AM
Good win for rafa. It does get trickier here on. I don't see any "straighforward" matches, but I also wouldn't count him out. Nice debut for eschauer, on cc.

squidi
06-29-2007, 03:30 AM
I Can't stand Nadal. That guy denies Roger of Two FO. Plus I don't think he is playing fair.

FedFan_2007
06-29-2007, 04:14 AM
I Can't stand Nadal. That guy denies Roger of Two FO. Plus I don't think he is playing fair.

Well shouldn't TMF be able to live up to his bllling????

Kolya
06-29-2007, 04:49 AM
Apprantly Eschauer came to his match with no shoes. Florian Mayer gave him a pair :lol:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article2002726.ece

4th paragraph.

tennisgal_001
06-29-2007, 09:47 AM
Did Eschauer sit at least once during the changeovers? I don't think so.
I thought that was a weird habit...

Action Jackson
06-29-2007, 09:53 AM
Eschauer was unlucky.

test
06-29-2007, 10:01 AM
Eschauer was unlucky.

unluckiest man alive.

Kalliopeia
06-29-2007, 10:35 AM
I Can't stand Nadal. That guy denies Roger of Two FO.

I know! Can you believe the sheer nerve of that guy, actually having the temerity to beat Roger not once, but twice! Eight times, if you count them all up. What a jerk!

:rolleyes:

bokehlicious
06-29-2007, 10:37 AM
I know! Can you believe the sheer nerve of that guy, actually having the temerity to beat Roger not once, but twice! Eight times, if you count them all up. What a jerk!

:rolleyes:

Roger is evil, he denied Rafito of the most important slam :mad: Roger is a bad bad person...

DhammaTiger
06-29-2007, 01:59 PM
Vamos Rafa :yippee: :banana:

clay_god_rafa
06-29-2007, 06:44 PM
Vamos Rafa :yippee: :banana:

indeed :worship: :banana:

I Can't stand Nadal. That guy denies Roger of Two FO.

:wavey:

But what about his famous ass?