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Rafa 'can't play on grass' Nadal destroys Tomas 'piggy roaster' Berdych 7-6 6-4 6-2

Himura
07-06-2007, 01:13 PM
I feel for him, his game is affected by the wind. Credit to him for not complaing and credit to Nadal for playing good.

If the conditions is like this then he`ll win Wimbledon for sure. The wind does not affect his game so much.

Too bad about the match....quite booring

Marek.
07-06-2007, 01:13 PM
He can't really complain about it. Wind is part of the game.

jenanun
07-06-2007, 01:15 PM
I feel for him, his game is affected by the wind. Credit to him for not complaing and credit to Nadal for playing good.

If the conditions is like this then he`ll win Wimbledon for sure. The wind does not affect his game so much.

Too bad about the match....quite booring

can you explain a little bit more about how the wind affects berdych game but not nadal game?

Geniey2g
07-06-2007, 01:17 PM
Feel what for him? It's not like it's just him being affected by the wind.

Rafael has actually managed to make adjustments to his game to accommodate the wind such as use a particularly whippy serve, or just play it safe (see hawkeye stats). If Berdych, or anyone else for that matter can't make the adjustments, then he's not ready to be a champion.

l_mac
07-06-2007, 01:17 PM
I always thought the wind would affect Nadal. But I'm no expert and Rafa has definitely handled the conditions better today.

sigmagirl91
07-06-2007, 01:17 PM
can you explain a little bit more about how the wind affects berdych game but not nadal game?

Economy of shot-making maybe? Rafa has been able to adjust his strokes to compensate for the wind-something Berdych has not been able to do at this point.

RonE
07-06-2007, 01:17 PM
can you explain a little bit more about how the wind affects berdych game but not nadal game?

Nadal's game has a lot more margin for error, a lot of topspin to keep the ball in court with great depth. Berdych's game is more hit and miss. He plays well when he has the opportunity to use big penetrating strokes to dictate the play with. A lot of the times when he tried to do it in these conditions with Nadal's depth and spin he ended up missing many shots and just could not cope with the conditions as wel as Nadal.

sykotique
07-06-2007, 01:18 PM
I doubt the wind is only blowing on Tomas' side of the court. The grudge match is a dud. Bah. I expected at least a 4-setter.

adee-gee
07-06-2007, 01:19 PM
Absolutely fantastic display from Rafa in very tough windy conditions.

Served brilliantly, hit his forehand as well as he can and showed some delightful touches at the net.

Berdych was very disappointing, all he did was moan about the wind.

Seems like Rafa thrives on making people eat their words. I'm sure he has convinced everyone that he can play on grass now, I expect the compliments to come flooding in, especially from Mr Mirnyi and Byrd :smoke:

trixtah
07-06-2007, 01:19 PM
His game is less affected by the win because he hits a low flat ball.

bokehlicious
07-06-2007, 01:20 PM
And most of MTF clowns thought Birdman had a chance... :rolleyes:

l_mac
07-06-2007, 01:20 PM
Fast! Match not over :lol:

Oh, wait I'm on live stream. It's probably behind!

trixtah
07-06-2007, 01:20 PM
Didn't expect this at all. I voted for Berdych looking at the matchup in 4 but very very good from Rafa. Suck it down, haters. I'm still giving the title to Roger, though.

marcRD
07-06-2007, 01:20 PM
Is this the best excuse you can find?

Seriously, Nadal is playing Berdych around, Berdych should play better, he can play better. But his brain is fcked up after the 1st set.

RonE
07-06-2007, 01:20 PM
Kudos to Rafa- he played very very well, dictated play, always in control of the baseline rallies. He did not let Tomas really get into any rythm and the only thing that kept it relatively close was Berdych's serves.

He proved to be more versatile and flexible, successfully handling the tricky windy conditions. His first serve % was simply outstanding, some of his returns were magnificent.

All in all a clinical display from the world #2. Just too good :hatoff:

Shuukaido
07-06-2007, 01:20 PM
Wow, I didn't expect this.

But please, now don't be too over-confident against Djoko/Baggy.

Action Jackson
07-06-2007, 01:20 PM
Too good from Nadal today, he just went out there and played his game and didn't worry about the windy conditions and after a tough 1st set, he kept the pression on and Berdych crumbled.

Good tournament for Berdych, but Berdman complaining about the wind isn't going to make it stop.

ReturnWinner
07-06-2007, 01:20 PM
I told you He is overrated, very good player but hyped as hell
we could call him PMS=poor man safin (well the safin of other times, not the current one :tape:)

HelenShivers
07-06-2007, 01:20 PM
BWAHAHAHAHAHA

nadal haters get a life

dijus
07-06-2007, 01:21 PM
much more easier than expected, Rafa

L James
07-06-2007, 01:21 PM
Well done Rafa, a class above Berdych

sigmagirl91
07-06-2007, 01:21 PM
Well.....the match is over. Rafa wins 7-6 6-4 6-2.

scarecrows
07-06-2007, 01:21 PM
expected win for Rafa, I had it in 4 sets though

Naranoc
07-06-2007, 01:21 PM
:woohoo:

Worth taking the day off school to see the match ;)

Bibberz
07-06-2007, 01:21 PM
I just might get that $10 yet....

The Freak
07-06-2007, 01:21 PM
Way too good from Rafa. :bowdown:

anon57
07-06-2007, 01:21 PM
I did not expect Nadal would win and especially not this easily. His play today was very impresive at least the little bit I got to see. He's a major threat for the title.

Marek.
07-06-2007, 01:21 PM
Didn't think Nadal would win, but I'm not really surprised at the moment. :hatoff: to Nadal for proving people wrong again.

TheBoiledEgg
07-06-2007, 01:22 PM
Bird brain played like bird shit :help:

no guts, just pathetic complaing, whining about the wind.

he was 2ft 5 out there.

wormchow
07-06-2007, 01:22 PM
Tomas looks like he's swatting flies instead of playing tennis. well, it's over now. nadal has won 7-6 6-4 6-2

nhissan
07-06-2007, 01:22 PM
Berdych is way overrated me thinks

Sofonda Cox
07-06-2007, 01:22 PM
Rafa cheated by holding up play all the time - what a low life :retard:

Geniey2g
07-06-2007, 01:22 PM
vCash!!! COME TO ME!!!!!!!!!!!! :D:D :woohoo:

RonE
07-06-2007, 01:22 PM
Didn't expect this at all. I voted for Berdych looking at the matchup in 4 but very very good from Rafa. Suck it down, haters. I'm still giving the title to Roger, though.

If Nadal can dictate play the way he did today and stay aggressive keeping Roger off balance I am not entirely sure about that.

Of course there is still the semifinals to play for Nadal and it is no given Roger will make it to the final before we begin to speculate about a potential final encounter between them.

trixtah
07-06-2007, 01:23 PM
It was either Berdych brings his brain or Rafa wins this easily.

ASP0315
07-06-2007, 01:23 PM
expected win. :yeah: i voted rafa in 5 but it was very easier than i thought.

_pyromatic
07-06-2007, 01:23 PM
:hearts:

I was convinced he was going to lose to Soderling, so this is a great surprise!

l_mac
07-06-2007, 01:23 PM
Awesome from Rafa today in very difficult conditions. The wind was US Open bad.

Berdych's movement, touch and mental strength all very, very suspect.

sykotique
07-06-2007, 01:23 PM
Looks like Rafa is the One. Which probably makes Berdych the Two. Actually amazed that the Toad and Youzhny put up more of a fight than Birdman. Congrats Nadal. You've earned it.

AnnaK_4ever
07-06-2007, 01:23 PM
Amazing stuff, Rafa, just amazing!
:bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:

Probably the best he's ever played on fast surface.

Action Jackson
07-06-2007, 01:24 PM
I am a Berdych fan and don't feel sorry for him. He has to deal with the conditions on that day and he wasn't able to do that today.

Yes, he is shit in the wind and also Nadal's footwork makes it easier for him to adjust. Nadal too strong and no need to feel sorry for Berdych.

Naide
07-06-2007, 01:24 PM
Vamooooooooos Rafalito !
Tomas :hug:

Ales_Alessandra
07-06-2007, 01:24 PM
Congrats Rafa!! :bigclap:
The match wasn't what I expected, but still a good performance of Nadal, attacking most of the time! He did a great job and now SF! Will see what happens next!!:)

ReturnWinner
07-06-2007, 01:25 PM
exactly what i always think, he got lucky in wimbledon with that cakewalk draw
Berdych is way overrated me thinks

Fergie
07-06-2007, 01:25 PM
Well played Tomas, very good! :hatoff:

martine2
07-06-2007, 01:25 PM
:eek: :eek: :eek: didn't expect this

CONGRATS Rafa

RonE
07-06-2007, 01:25 PM
Awesome from Rafa today in very difficult conditions. The wind was US Open bad.

Berdych's movement, touch and mental strength all very, very suspect.

Yes, Rafa did an excellent job of exposing all the holes in Berdych's game particularly his movement. I feel he used the wind very smartly, keeping the ball deep with spin and yet with a lot of pace, he didn't hit too close to the lines but moved Berdych around a lot not letting him dictate the rallies.

Johnny Groove
07-06-2007, 01:25 PM
very surprising. I thought this would me much tougher than it was. Nadal really kicked his ass from the baseline and didnt let Berdych do much. Rafa also served extremely well, i think 70% winning % on 2ND serve points, thats incredible.

Im sure im going to read some windy condition bullshit, but please people, credit where its due. Ron is right

Vamos

Himura
07-06-2007, 01:26 PM
can you explain a little bit more about how the wind affects berdych game but not nadal game?

I remember when I was playing tennis and had similar game that Berdych have (not at the same level though:P).
It was very nasty to play in the wind when you are hitting the ball flat with both backhand and forehand and it is worse when you have the power to kill the ball imidietly as Berdych.

My close friend who still is playing tennis use topspin quite much and his game was not as affected as mine and we meet 5 times and the 2 times he beat me has when it was windy like that....and i was VERY frustrated. The topspin is a safer shot then the flat one so....

Maybe you don`t agree but i`m just talking about exp....

Kolya
07-06-2007, 01:26 PM
Getting easier for Rafa.

Action Jackson
07-06-2007, 01:27 PM
Im sure im going to read some windy condition bullshit, but please people, credit where its due. Ron is right

Vamos

Read the thread and what windy bullshit are you on about?

Sofonda Cox
07-06-2007, 01:27 PM
very surprising. I thought this would me much tougher than it was. Nadal really kicked his ass from the baseline and didnt let Berdych do much. Rafa also served extremely well, i think 70% winning % on 2ND serve points, thats incredible.

Im sure im going to read some windy condition bullshit, but please people, credit where its due. Ron is right

Vamos

but it was windy :confused: Berdych was put off by it so Rafa just got lucky today

Kolya
07-06-2007, 01:27 PM
Nadal has more margin for error than Berdych. Thats why.

sykotique
07-06-2007, 01:27 PM
If Nadal can dictate play the way he did today and stay aggressive keeping Roger off balance I am not entirely sure about that.

Of course there is still the semifinals to play for Nadal and it is no given Roger will make it to the final before we begin to speculate about a potential final encounter between them.

Will be a different match-up. Roger has enough variety to change game plans should Nadal play him more aggresive than usual. Berdych couldn't adjust for the wind or for the fact that Nadal was just attacking him. I think he was more surprised by that that anything else and just had no Plan B for it, especially since he might have been expecting to dictate the majority of the rallies. Couldn't play it safe, cause he doesn't know how to and he couldn't hit out, because the conditions weren't helping.

Nadal was simply tactically superior.

trixtah
07-06-2007, 01:29 PM
but it was windy :confused: Berdych was put off by it so Rafa just got lucky today

The wind blows for both players.

MCL
07-06-2007, 01:29 PM
I'm a bit suprised but pleasantly so. :bounce: Based on the comments and the scoreline, Rafa's play was very impressive. :woohoo: I really hope I'll find somewhere to watch the full match.

Or Levy
07-06-2007, 01:29 PM
Well, hell.

My livestream was jumpy as hell (and it better buffer itself before the Fed match) but hell, great performance from Nadal but what happened to Berdych?

Hopefully, Djoko would have the balls to make a match of it.

Who would have ever thought THIS would be Rafa's easiest match?!

Action Jackson
07-06-2007, 01:29 PM
Berdych is a shit player in the wind and have seen this many times personally.

Considering with the wind the footwork is even more important than on still days and Berdych struggles with that at times, not hard to work out with Berdych's game and low margin for error, if he is out with his footwork, then he is going to make more errors.

This being said. Players have to deal with the conditions and complaining about them is going to help and Nadal played a very intelligent match and knew what he needed to and went out there and got the job done.

It's Ok Tomas, big parties waiting for him next week.

Sofonda Cox
07-06-2007, 01:29 PM
The wind blows for both players.

really? :eek:


Rafatards are dirty people :o

Deivid23
07-06-2007, 01:30 PM
Very well done Rafa :yeah:

Good tournament for Berdych, hope he keeps it up and can qualify for Shangai

Excellent tournament for Nadal, Djokovic will be a tougher rival though, hes dealing pretty well with the windy conditions so far against Baggy so far

Im eagerly waiting for the excuses now :D

RonE
07-06-2007, 01:30 PM
Will be a different match-up. Roger has enough variety to change game plans should Nadal play him more aggresive than usual. Berdych couldn't adjust for the wind or for the fact that Nadal was just attacking him. I think he was more surprised by that that anything else and just had no Plan B for it, especially since he might have been expecting to dictate the majority of the rallies. Couldn't play it safe, cause he doesn't know how to and he couldn't hit out, because the conditions weren't helping.

Nadal was simply tactically superior.

Yes it is true that Roger is more versatile and yet tactically some of his decisions in the past against Nadal have been questionable to say the least. Besides, if it is windy I feel Rafa's game is better suited for those conditions because he can also keep the ball in play with enough margin for error and also keep the opponent off the backfoot and neutralize his strengths as he did today.

trixtah
07-06-2007, 01:31 PM
really? :eek:


Rafatards are dirty people :o

Um, you're the one bitching about the wind...No one likes a whiny bitch

adee-gee
07-06-2007, 01:32 PM
Why did my thread get merged with this pile of junk?

CyBorg
07-06-2007, 01:34 PM
Silly me for contemplating the idea of Berdych making his first major final.

Hoping for a Nadal-Djoko semi. Huge - I'm actually starting to like Nadal's chances there. Djokovic, as clutch as he has been so far, doesn't seem to be a great finisher of matches. I don't see a big haymaker from him - he just seems to hang close and pull one out of a hat. I love his groundstrokes, but I would like to see him dominate more. The five consecutive tiebreak wins are admirable but feel somewhat unnecessary (especially the first tiebreak win today after leading 5-2).

What I like from Nadal is his killer instinct. Djokovic is more laid back and I think this may cost him. We'll see.

Johnny Groove
07-06-2007, 01:34 PM
Read the thread and what windy bullshit are you on about?

read some live score and posts about the wind, but its pretty weak argument. Nadal simply outplayed Berdych today

but it was windy :confused: Berdych was put off by it so Rafa just got lucky today

:rolleyes:

ReturnWinner
07-06-2007, 01:34 PM
Berdych=PMS=POOR MAN SAFIN
that is his new nickname

cc2monac
07-06-2007, 01:34 PM
cangrats rafa!!! this is his best win at wimbledon!!! realy proud and happy for him!!

LocoPorElTenis
07-06-2007, 01:34 PM
Where is GlennMirnyi saying "fluke" and "cakewalk draw" :haha: :haha: :haha:

Tnn74
07-06-2007, 01:34 PM
:lol: best thread title ever!!! :yeah:

:woohoo: way to go Rafa!!!
First to reach the Semi's baby!!! :banana:

Sofonda Cox
07-06-2007, 01:34 PM
Um, you're the one bitching about the wind...No one likes a whiny bitch

i wasnt bitching just stating that Rafa got lucky :D and that Rafatards are lower forms of life :wavey:

yana
07-06-2007, 01:35 PM
This is the only Wimbly match that I was able to watch entierly and it's worth it. Congrats Rafa! :worship:



Who would have ever thought THIS would be Rafa's easiest match?!

Good point.

vincayou
07-06-2007, 01:35 PM
berdych brain let him down. I guess he was just happy to be in his first QF.

CyBorg
07-06-2007, 01:35 PM
Yes it is true that Roger is more versatile and yet tactically some of his decisions in the past against Nadal have been questionable to say the least. Besides, if it is windy I feel Rafa's game is better suited for those conditions because he can also keep the ball in play with enough margin for error and also keep the opponent off the backfoot and neutralize his strengths as he did today.

If Nadal makes the final and beats Roger I will eat my bandana.

ReturnWinner
07-06-2007, 01:37 PM
that is what Berdych quarters is: a fluke with a cakewalk draw :)
Where is GlennMirnyi saying "fluke" and "cakewalk draw" :haha: :haha: :haha:

adee-gee
07-06-2007, 01:37 PM
Where is GlennMirnyi saying "fluke" and "cakewalk draw" :haha: :haha: :haha:

It's not even funny anymore, I would've thought he would be tired of being made to look like an idiot but clearly not.

I think the last time he was right about something was in 1999.

Geniey2g
07-06-2007, 01:37 PM
Too good from Nadal today, he just went out there and played his game and didn't worry about the windy conditions and after a tough 1st set, he kept the pression on and Berdych crumbled.

Good tournament for Berdych, but Berdman complaining about the wind isn't going to make it stop.

:kiss:

Fapmeister
07-06-2007, 01:37 PM
Well, I was impressed and have to gibe Nadal props. Nadal did get a lucky break as far as the weather being so windy and his heavy topspin shots are much less affected by it. Nonethless, he won convincingly. Keeping composure and playing well in crappy weather is just one aspect of winning slams and berdych failed today.

trixtah
07-06-2007, 01:38 PM
i wasnt bitching just stating that Rafa got lucky :D and that Rafatards are lower forms of life :wavey:

Lucky because? Obviously you're bitching about the wind. No need to make excuses.

Where is GlennMirnyi saying "fluke" and "cakewalk draw" :haha: :haha: :haha:

nono you have it all wrong. AO, Roland Garros, and now Wimbledon is the latest in his list of are joke tournaments! As long as Rafa can reach the final, even a 5 year old can win in this clown era!

Action Jackson
07-06-2007, 01:38 PM
read some live score and posts about the wind, but its pretty weak argument. Nadal simply outplayed Berdych today


You play tennis, you should know how the wind can impact. Bottom line is and has been explained already and shown that Nadal was clearly the better player and handled the conditions and was tactically superior when it counted.

Enjoy the win.

Johnny Groove
07-06-2007, 01:38 PM
Berdych=PMS=POOR MAN SAFIN
that is his new nickname

PMS means something else, mate :tape:

CyBorg
07-06-2007, 01:39 PM
Well, I was impressed and have to gibe Nadal props. Nadal did get a lucky break as far as the weather being so windy and his heavy topspin shots are much less affected by it. Nonethless, he won convincingly. Keeping composure and playing well in crappy weather is just one aspect of winning slams and berdych failed today.

What, Berdych has never played in windy conditions?

I think it's obvious that he was simply not tactically prepared, while Rafa did his homework.

Johnny Groove
07-06-2007, 01:39 PM
You play tennis, you should know how the wind can impact. Bottom line is and has been explained already and shown that Nadal was clearly the better player and handled the conditions and was tactically superior when it counted.

Enjoy the win.

I will :banana:

Action Jackson
07-06-2007, 01:39 PM
:kiss:

Don't try and slip the tongue in when I am not looking. :)

Berdych tanked to get to Bstad.

Bjrki
07-06-2007, 01:39 PM
well done Rafa :cool:

bye, bye Tomas :wavey:

Geniey2g
07-06-2007, 01:40 PM
Don't try and slip the tongue in when I am not looking. :)

Berdych tanked to get to Bstad.
Ahahahaha, nice one.
And you'd love me to slip my tongue in, go on, admit it ;)

CyBorg
07-06-2007, 01:41 PM
The pression got to Berdych.;)

trixtah
07-06-2007, 01:42 PM
I'm still waiting for Byrd to come in this thread. He was all up in arms in the saying Rafa would get obliterated in the Soderling match. Then the Youzhny match. Then the Berdych match. Probably has his face in his momma's breasts crying his eyes out.

NYCtennisfan
07-06-2007, 01:42 PM
Very good performance from Nadal and not so good from Berdych. Nadal gained a tremendous amount of confidence from the last three sets against the Colonel.

Nadal is too physically tough for either of his possible oppoents in the SF. As it stands, the match will last at least 3 hours and neither of Djoke or Baggy will be ready to go for the third straight day.

mallorn
07-06-2007, 01:43 PM
The conditions were awful and Rafa dealt with the wind exceptionally well, but the turning point was definitely the TB. Had Tomas won it, I doubt Rafa would've run away with the next sets as easily as he actually did. As it was, Tomas lost it mentally and Rafa stepped it up and played a very clean and sufficiently aggressive game in the conditions.

Unexpected result, and I'm very proud of Rafa. :woohoo:

Also, nice to see they seemed to have patched things up - some very nice interviews before and after the match. :yeah:

ReturnWinner
07-06-2007, 01:44 PM
what it means? sorry i do not know
PMS means something else, mate :tape:

yana
07-06-2007, 01:44 PM
If Nadal makes the final and beats Roger I will eat my bandana.

I wonder how that could taste. Maybe you can tell us sunday. :)

CyBorg
07-06-2007, 01:45 PM
what it means? sorry i do not know

Clearly Berdych was menstruating at the time of the match.

Sunset of Age
07-06-2007, 01:45 PM
Excellent playing by Rafa, once again. Well done!!! :worship: :worship: :worship:

Ah, of course the wind was troubling the players - but that goes for BOTH of them. It was obvious that Rafa was able to deal with the circumstances a lot better than Toms, due to his athleticism, and not to forget: his awesome mental strength. So all credits to the deserved winner of this match!

As for Toms: after losing that first set with a terrible TB performance he lost all of his momentum. Body language just awful: as if he wanted to leave the court right after blowing that first serve game in the second set. He'll have to work on his mental strength, so much is clear.
Still: kudos to him for a very good Wimbly run, and if he manages to get his head screwed on in the future, I'm sure we'll see him back on track.

And was I the only one who was delighted to see the warm handshake at the net? Toms even waited for Rafa to leave the court. WOW gentlemen! :hug:

Neely
07-06-2007, 01:46 PM
Very nice job of Nadal, most of all quite easy! Yesterday, I thought he was going to lose that because Berdych took the matches against Nadal on the fast courts so far and was himself enjoying a good tournament.

BTW, I'm believing it was only to a little part due to the wind, Berdych played well and on even level with Nadal until 6-6 in the first set and there was enough wind before. Then finally the wind came in the next six points as Nadal took a commanding 5-1 lead in the tiebreak, or what? The break in Berdych's game was Nadal's serve that made it 1-0 in the tiebreak, which Berdych challenged and then complained as he could not believe it. This was still in his head because he quickly gave away the next points in a fashion which were not Berdych-like so far up to this point, and two bad bounces on Berdych's side which were in Nadal's favour added to that. After that only one player played in the next two sets.

ReturnWinner
07-06-2007, 01:46 PM
ah well, after all he is a girly boy so that is possible
Clearly Berdych was menstruating at the time of the match.

sigmagirl91
07-06-2007, 01:48 PM
what it means? sorry i do not know

:tape: :o

TFan1156
07-06-2007, 01:48 PM
can you explain a little bit more about how the wind affects berdych game but not nadal game?

It effects both but more so a player like Berdych. The wind works against big servers, especially ones like Tomas that use high ball toses. It also works against flat hitters, is more margain for error in the type of shots Nadal hits. Nonetheless, Tomas pretty much wimped out, not making a fight of it when it became obvious things weren`t going to go his way.

A_Skywalker
07-06-2007, 01:49 PM
I really cant believe Rafa won :eek:

Action Jackson
07-06-2007, 01:49 PM
Ahahahaha, nice one.
And you'd love me to slip my tongue in, go on, admit it ;)

Nah, nah you wish.

scarecrows
07-06-2007, 01:49 PM
I really cant believe Rafa won :eek:

you had predicted rafa in 4 sets

trixtah
07-06-2007, 01:50 PM
It effects both but more so a player like Berdych. The wind works against big servers, especially ones like Tomas that use high ball toses. It also works against flat hitters, is more margain for error in the type of shots Nadal hits. Nonetheless, Tomas pretty much wimped out, not making a fight of it when it became obvious things weren`t going to go his way.

No...the wind works against those who don't have the movement to get in position.

adee-gee
07-06-2007, 01:50 PM
Rafa's route to the SF:

R1 def. Fish - Mardy has been out for a while with injuries and wasn't fully fit.
R2 def. Eschauer - Werner is a challenger player.
R3 def. Soderling - Terrible gamesmanship and Soderling choked.
R4 def. Youzhny - Would've been hammered in 3 sets if Youzhny hadn't got injured.
QF def. Berdych - Wind was terrible, and affects Berdych much more.

I wish he'd finally play a worthwhile opponent :rolleyes:

trixtah
07-06-2007, 01:51 PM
Rafa's route to the SF:

R1 def. Fish - Mardy has been out for a while with injuries and wasn't fully fit.
R2 def. Eschauer - Werner is a challenger player.
R3 def. Soderling - Terrible gamesmanship and Soderling choked.
R4 def. Youzhny - Would've been hammered in 3 sets if Youzhny hadn't got injured.
QF def. Berdych - Wind was terrible, and affects Berdych much more.

I wish he'd finally play a worthwhile opponent :rolleyes:

Total cakewalk to the finals. What a mickey mouse tournament :D

Bjrki
07-06-2007, 01:51 PM
Rafa's route to the SF:

R1 def. Fish - Mardy has been out for a while with injuries and wasn't fully fit.
R2 def. Eschauer - Werner is a challenger player.
R3 def. Soderling - Terrible gamesmanship and Soderling choked.
R4 def. Youzhny - Would've been hammered in 3 sets if Youzhny hadn't got injured.
QF def. Berdych - Wind was terrible, and affects Berdych much more.

I wish he'd finally play a worthwhile opponent :rolleyes:

he will next round :p

jasmin
07-06-2007, 01:52 PM
I'm disappointed but Berdych clearly isn't ready. Nadal has that dude's number on any surface.

TFan1156
07-06-2007, 01:52 PM
BTW, I'm believing it was only to a little part due to the wind, Berdych played well and on even level with Nadal until 6-6 in the first set and there was enough wind before. Then finally the wind came in the next six points as Nadal took a commanding 5-1 lead in the tiebreak, or what?

Berdych still only got in 44% of his first serves in the first set, way below his norm. the wind a factor sure, Berdych wimping out a factor as well, plus Nadal played well.

CyBorg
07-06-2007, 01:52 PM
No...the wind works against those who don't have the movement to get in position.

Moving well is part of excelling on grass. Matches have been played in the wind at Wimbledon for more than a century. The Byrd has no excuses.

Action Jackson
07-06-2007, 01:53 PM
No...the wind works against those who don't have the movement to get in position.

It's not exactly hard to work out, is it?

Deivid23
07-06-2007, 01:53 PM
Rafa's route to the SF:

R1 def. Fish - Mardy has been out for a while with injuries and wasn't fully fit.
R2 def. Eschauer - Werner is a challenger player.
R3 def. Soderling - Terrible gamesmanship and Soderling choked.
R4 def. Youzhny - Would've been hammered in 3 sets if Youzhny hadn't got injured.
QF def. Berdych - Wind was terrible, and affects Berdych much more.

I wish he'd finally play a worthwhile opponent :rolleyes:

Excuses will never end till Nadal finishes his career, many people love to downplay his merits and talent. Im sure even if he quits at 35 some people would say "he burnt-out as expected". If somehow Nadal goes past Berdych, well, blame it on Tomas having an off day, rain, wind or crazy scheduling:D

;)

CyBorg
07-06-2007, 01:54 PM
I'm disappointed but Berdych clearly isn't ready. Nadal has that dude's number on any surface.

Are you serious? Up until Roland Garros Berdych was owning Nadal. That's exactly what made this match so exciting and the outcome so befuddling.

cmurray
07-06-2007, 01:54 PM
Rafa's route to the SF:

R1 def. Fish - Mardy has been out for a while with injuries and wasn't fully fit.
R2 def. Eschauer - Werner is a challenger player.
R3 def. Soderling - Terrible gamesmanship and Soderling choked.
R4 def. Youzhny - Would've been hammered in 3 sets if Youzhny hadn't got injured.
QF def. Berdych - Wind was terrible, and affects Berdych much more.

I wish he'd finally play a worthwhile opponent :rolleyes:

I KNOW. Freaking cupcake draw. :rolleyes:

cmurray
07-06-2007, 01:55 PM
It's not exactly hard to work out, is it?

You'd be surprised. What amazes me is how the wind knew when to switch sides. England must have some VERY clever weather.

Pfloyd
07-06-2007, 01:55 PM
Rafa's route to the SF:

R1 def. Fish - Mardy has been out for a while with injuries and wasn't fully fit.
R2 def. Eschauer - Werner is a challenger player.
R3 def. Soderling - Terrible gamesmanship and Soderling choked.
R4 def. Youzhny - Would've been hammered in 3 sets if Youzhny hadn't got injured.
QF def. Berdych - Wind was terrible, and affects Berdych much more.

I wish he'd finally play a worthwhile opponent :rolleyes:

Adam, fuck em'. Who gives a crap what they say.

I also got pissed at times with these comments, but they simply have no clue what they are saying, and the results speak for themselves.

You get lucky, once MAYBE twice in a tournament, anyone who claims otherwise is talking nonsense.

This is about as hard a draw possible, and Nadal is in semi's in Grass. :)

Geniey2g
07-06-2007, 01:55 PM
Nah, nah you wish.
You haven't seen my picture.
Or tongue ;)

shotgun
07-06-2007, 01:57 PM
Nadal had an excellent serving performance for his standards (the best I've ever seen) and totally outplayed Berdych on the rallies. Not much to say really, the wind wasn't a key factor as much as Berdych's shitty attitude, let's not forget that conditions were also very windy at their match in Toronto last year where Berdych won. Suddenly a Wimbledon title doesn't seem as far-fetched for Nadal as it did one week ago.

trixtah
07-06-2007, 01:57 PM
You'd be surprised. What amazes me is how the wind knew when to switch sides. England must have some VERY clever weather.

hahahah definitely. It seemed to always be on Tomas's side ;)

Action Jackson
07-06-2007, 01:58 PM
You'd be surprised. What amazes me is how the wind knew when to switch sides. England must have some VERY clever weather.

That would almost be funny if you were serious, but I know you aren't.

Baghdatis72
07-06-2007, 01:59 PM
Nadal played better than Berdych and beat him in straights. That's the whole story in my book.

I expected Berdych to win to be honest.

Geniey2g
07-06-2007, 01:59 PM
Nadal had an excellent serving performance for his standards (the best I've ever seen) and totally outplayed Berdych on the rallies. Not much to say really, the wind wasn't a key factor as much as Berdych's shitty attitude, let's not forget that conditions were also very windy at their match in Toronto last year where Berdych won. Suddenly a Wimbledon title doesn't seem as far-fetched for Nadal as it did one week ago.
Indeed. But I think he served better still against Myrni at Queens this year, though; he only lost like 9 points on his serve the whole match- insane.

guga2120
07-06-2007, 02:00 PM
Congrats to Rafa, I actually thought Bedych could beat him :scratch:. Nadal is just a legend. It was fairly boring though, b/c Nadal just completly kicked his ass.

Action Jackson
07-06-2007, 02:01 PM
You haven't seen my picture.
Or tongue ;)

I mean if you aren't 2,5m tall contortionist, then you are going to have use other methods.

A_Skywalker
07-06-2007, 02:02 PM
you had predicted rafa in 4 sets

Yeah, just for fun.

l_mac
07-06-2007, 02:04 PM
Indeed. But I think he served better still against Myrni at Queens this year, though; he only lost like 9 points on his serve the whole match- insane.

You have to think about the opposition. Mirnyi is awful nowadays :lol: I thought today was the best he'd served since last Wimbledon.

Action Jackson
07-06-2007, 02:04 PM
Glenn, is going to be slightly irritated by this result.

Geniey2g
07-06-2007, 02:06 PM
I mean if you aren't 2,5m tall contortionist, then you are going to have use other methods.
I'm sure I'll find a way.

jasmin
07-06-2007, 02:06 PM
Are you serious? Up until Roland Garros Berdych was owning Nadal. That's exactly what made this match so exciting and the outcome so befuddling.

It was boring because Berdych got his *** handed to him. To me it wasn't even close.

l_mac
07-06-2007, 02:07 PM
Glenn, is going to be slightly irritated by this result.


I'm thinking his posts will consist of cursing, choking, moonballing, cheating and roids. He is nothing if not predictable.

Action Jackson
07-06-2007, 02:08 PM
I'm sure I'll find a way.

2m is acceptable as well.

Djokovic/Baghdatis they are going to be out there for a while, they will want it to rain after their match is completed.

Ales_Alessandra
07-06-2007, 02:09 PM
I'm thinking his posts will consist of cursing, choking, moonballing, cheating and roids. He is nothing if not predictable.

:lol: :yeah:

CyBorg
07-06-2007, 02:11 PM
Glenn, is going to be slightly irritated by this result.

He'll go into exile if Nadal wins this. To a small island somewhere - I can foresee a serious mental breakdown. Muscle twitches and all.

Action Jackson
07-06-2007, 02:11 PM
I'm thinking his posts will consist of cursing, choking, moonballing, cheating and roids. He is nothing if not predictable.

Admit it, you love his sharp analysis on the Nadal subject?

Action Jackson
07-06-2007, 02:12 PM
He'll go into exile if Nadal wins this. To a small island somewhere - I can foresee a serious mental breakdown. Muscle twitches and all.

On this island, they will be picking their arse.

holagirl56
07-06-2007, 02:14 PM
Tomas :bigcry:

I really thought he had a chance with his big game, but I guess he's just not ready yet. *sigh*

Kudos to Rafa who really proved me wrong about his grass court game. I really didn't expect him to handle Tomas so handily.

adee-gee
07-06-2007, 02:15 PM
I'm thinking his posts will consist of cursing, choking, moonballing, cheating and roids. He is nothing if not predictable.

Don't forget diva and wind ;)

CyBorg
07-06-2007, 02:15 PM
On this island, they will be picking their arse.

Haha. He'll have visions of arse picking for years.

cmurray
07-06-2007, 02:16 PM
That would almost be funny if you were serious, but I know you aren't.

Gee. Is that your way of insulting me, George? :sobbing: I'm crushed. Sniff.

And who says I wasn't serious? :angel:

Sunset of Age
07-06-2007, 02:16 PM
He'll go into exile if Nadal wins this. To a small island somewhere - I can foresee a serious mental breakdown. Muscle twitches and all.

I guess Menorca is a good candidate island.

Ales_Alessandra
07-06-2007, 02:17 PM
He'll go into exile if Nadal wins this. To a small island somewhere - I can foresee a serious mental breakdown. Muscle twitches and all.

VAMOS RAFA!!! :woohoo: :woohoo:

:angel:

l_mac
07-06-2007, 02:17 PM
Admit it, you love his sharp analysis on the Nadal subject?

Yup. Sharp like cotton wool. He needs to mix it up a bit more to make it interesting.

l_mac
07-06-2007, 02:19 PM
Don't forget diva and wind ;)

I'm not sure if he'll bother with the wind, because it actually was a factor and his analysis tends to ignore actual fact. :)

Action Jackson
07-06-2007, 02:19 PM
Gee. Is that your way of insulting me, George? :sobbing: I'm crushed. Sniff.

And who says I wasn't serious? :angel:

No, I am going to give you credit actually, you want to be insulted by me or something?

Fumus
07-06-2007, 02:19 PM
Unexpected victory! Vamos Rafa...mouth watering prospect of him facing Fed in the final.

Action Jackson
07-06-2007, 02:20 PM
Yup. Sharp like cotton wool. He needs to mix it up a bit more to make it interesting.

You saying he needs to be more like Santoro and less like Roddick in variation?

Action Jackson
07-06-2007, 02:21 PM
Unexpected victory! Vamos Rafa...mouth watering prospect of him facing Fed in the final.

Come on, spare me the bullshit. The only good match they have had was the Rome F 2006.

CyBorg
07-06-2007, 02:22 PM
Somewhere Uncle Tony is performing some serious voodoo - I can feel it. His black magic brought these winds at an opportune time.

Explains those cauldrons he carried with him all the way to Wimbledon. Federer's balls are shrinking as we speak.

l_mac
07-06-2007, 02:23 PM
You saying he needs to be more like Santoro and less like Roddick in variation?


:lol: Santoro's far too much to hope for.

sykotique
07-06-2007, 02:24 PM
Somewhere Uncle Tony is performing some serious voodoo - I can feel it. His black magic brought these winds at an opportune time.

Explains those cauldrons he carried with him all the way to Wimbledon. Federer's balls are shrinking as we speak.

Does it even matter? The way Fed is playing right now, we could be looking at an all-Spanish final (I am, of course, over-exaggerating).

bayvalle
07-06-2007, 02:27 PM
Congrats to Rafa, I actually thought Bedych could beat him :scratch:. Nadal is just a legend. It was fairly boring though, b/c Nadal just completly kicked his ass.
Nadal has been unbeatable so far. Which makes fans wonder what his special weapon is. One weapon, I suppose, is his "I will kill you" look. You cannot miss him sporting this look everytime an opponent converts a point against him. A very good tool or weapon (however barbaric in the eyes of others) if I may say so. In fact, Nadal was particularly seen "disseminating" this look at RG against Federer. Speaking of Federer, it would be nice for him to finally be able to hoist that elusive trophy before he hangs up his jersey,or racket, whatever.

LocoPorElTenis
07-06-2007, 02:27 PM
I'm thinking his posts will consist of cursing, choking, moonballing, cheating and roids. He is nothing if not predictable.

You forgot cakewalk draw and fluke win.

star
07-06-2007, 02:27 PM
Silly me for contemplating the idea of Berdych making his first major final.

Hoping for a Nadal-Djoko semi. Huge - I'm actually starting to like Nadal's chances there. Djokovic, as clutch as he has been so far, doesn't seem to be a great finisher of matches. I don't see a big haymaker from him - he just seems to hang close and pull one out of a hat. I love his groundstrokes, but I would like to see him dominate more. The five consecutive tiebreak wins are admirable but feel somewhat unnecessary (especially the first tiebreak win today after leading 5-2).

What I like from Nadal is his killer instinct. Djokovic is more laid back and I think this may cost him. We'll see.

You can't be serious. :p

Djokovic is a courageous fighter He's not laid back at al.

FedFan_2007
07-06-2007, 02:27 PM
Frankly, I'm beginning to feel the real possibility that Nadal will win Wimbledon. I think Roger will be helpless in the final against this kind of mental toughness on every single point.

CyBorg
07-06-2007, 02:28 PM
Does it even matter? The way Fed is playing right now, we could be looking at an all-Spanish final (I am, of course, over-exaggerating).

Uncle Tony wouldn't let that happen. He's toying with Federer right now - making him sweat, but he'll let him win today and tomorrow and then some serious voodoo shit will take place. It'll be a strange brew with dragons and midgets and various furry animals who will go right for Roger's balls.

scarecrows
07-06-2007, 02:29 PM
neither Djokovic nor Baghdatis will be a problem for Rafa

jasmin
07-06-2007, 02:29 PM
I'm starting to wonder.

Tennis is just not the same for me. May need to give this a break.

CyBorg
07-06-2007, 02:29 PM
You can't be serious. :p

Djokovic is a courageous fighter He's not laid back at al.

He likes the tiebreak too much.

FedFan_2007
07-06-2007, 02:30 PM
Nadal will crush Djokerbitch in 3 easy sets.

Action Jackson
07-06-2007, 02:31 PM
neither Djokovic nor Baghdatis will be a problem for Rafa

Djoko will need rain for 2 days.

scarecrows
07-06-2007, 02:32 PM
Djoko will need rain for 2 days.

or 3 injury time outs

anyway Baggy might turn things around

CyBorg
07-06-2007, 02:32 PM
Djoko will need rain for 2 days.

And what else? Personal hitman?

Bilbo
07-06-2007, 02:32 PM
never ever will i bet against a mentally weaker player in a grand slam. doesn't matter how the record is.

SBruguera
07-06-2007, 02:36 PM
exactly what i always think, he got lucky in wimbledon with that cakewalk draw

Congrats Rafa! :worship:

And a question to the Fedtards: Which kind of draw do you need? Im sick of your "cakewalk draws". Nadal has roasted two roasters in a row. Tell me which 10 players are worse matchups for Nadal than these.

trixtah
07-06-2007, 02:36 PM
never ever will i bet against a mentally weaker player in a grand slam. doesn't matter how the record is.

Yeah seriously. This could be the year for Rafa.

I guess Menorca is a good candidate island.

Or Mallorca...Glenn can experience ass picking in its purest form

Geniey2g
07-06-2007, 02:38 PM
Djoko will need rain for 2 days.
Hehe, true. He still strikes me as somewhat frail.
Anyway, as you already know, I'm just waiting for our friend Rafa to paste Rog in the final :cool:

And exactly how tall are you? :confused:

anon57
07-06-2007, 02:38 PM
Congrats Rafa! :worship:

And a question to the Fedtards: Which kind of draw do you need? Im sick of your "cakewalk draws". Nadal has roasted two roasters in a row. Tell me which 10 players are worse matchups for Nadal than these.

I'm not a fan of Nadal by a long shot but anyone who still dares say that this is luck or an easy draw is being an idiot. Nadal has proven he can play on faster surfaces.

Action Jackson
07-06-2007, 02:40 PM
And what else? Personal hitman?

Well playing all these days in a row isn't for the young Serb, this is almost Ferrero like at the 2003 US Open, lucky for him it's grass and not clay.

Nadal loves it, he could play 25 days in a row.

Bilbo
07-06-2007, 02:40 PM
never ever will i bet ON a mentally weaker player in a grand slam.

now the sentence is correct.

Mansave_75
07-06-2007, 02:41 PM
C'MON C'MON MAN YOU ARE ON THE WAY!
Yestersay I wrote here, I felt he can do this,NOW he's going to shut up all Fedtards!
I've never have seen nothing like this before, Rafa you're simply stunning all time!
You're becoming in one of the BEST ever, a TRULY Champion!
My respects for all your great performances and achievements!
You're simply THE BEST!
Thanks Rafa!

CyBorg
07-06-2007, 02:42 PM
Well playing all these days in a row isn't for the young Serb, this is almost Ferrero like at the 2003 US Open, lucky for him it's grass and not clay.

Nadal loves it, he could play 25 days in a row.

I'm wondering how Federer will handle the layoff - it's the opposite side of the spectrum. So far he's rusty, but I think it's partly the massive wind.

Nadal's such a freak, eh? I wonder if he can climb the Everest on determination alone.

CyBorg
07-06-2007, 02:43 PM
he's going to shut up all Rafatards!

Freudian slip?

Action Jackson
07-06-2007, 02:44 PM
I'm wondering how Federer will handle the layoff - it's the opposite side of the spectrum. So far he's rusty, but I think it's partly the massive wind.

Nadal's such a freak, eh? I wonder if he can climb the Everest on determination alone.

Fed will still win.

Bilbo
07-06-2007, 02:45 PM
Berdych just has no fighting spirit at all

Sofonda Cox
07-06-2007, 02:46 PM
C'MON C'MON MAN YOU ARE ON THE WAY!
Yestersay I wrote here, I felt he can do this,NOW he's going to shut up all Rafatards!
I've never have seen nothing like this before, Rafa you're simply stunning all time!
You're becoming in one of the BEST ever, a TRULY Champion!
My respects for all your great performances and achievements!
You're simply THE BEST!
Thanks Rafa!

obsessed perv anyone? :tape:

CyBorg
07-06-2007, 02:46 PM
Fed will still win.

I am honestly hoping to see a beatdown on Nadal. I am more of a Bill Tilden guy than a Sergi Bruguera guy. I miss tennis as art and Nadal is a complete 180 - as much as I like him.

Action Jackson
07-06-2007, 02:48 PM
I am honestly hoping to see a beatdown on Nadal. I am more of a Bill Tilden guy than a Sergi Bruguera guy. I miss tennis as art and Nadal is a complete 180 - as much as I like him.

Well as for what I prefer, it depends on the mood, but as well as Nadal has played this week, if he plays Gasquet in the final, then he will win.

trixtah
07-06-2007, 02:48 PM
C'MON C'MON MAN YOU ARE ON THE WAY!
Yestersay I wrote here, I felt he can do this,NOW he's going to shut up all Rafatards!
I've never have seen nothing like this before, Rafa you're simply stunning all time!
You're becoming in one of the BEST ever, a TRULY Champion!
My respects for all your great performances and achievements!
You're simply THE BEST!
Thanks Rafa!

whaaa...?

obsessed perv anyone? :tape:

How was his comment perverted at all? I think you need to go back to your specialty--bitching and moaning.

ReturnWinner
07-06-2007, 02:48 PM
i was talking about Berdych :retard:
Congrats Rafa! :worship:

And a question to the Fedtards: Which kind of draw do you need? Im sick of your "cakewalk draws". Nadal has roasted two roasters in a row. Tell me which 10 players are worse matchups for Nadal than these.

Pfloyd
07-06-2007, 02:52 PM
I don't know.....I think Nadal has a chance to beat Federer this time around....

CyBorg
07-06-2007, 02:54 PM
I don't know.....I think Nadal has a chance to beat Federer this time around....

You mean... Uncle Tony has a chance to beat Federer?

He's Cthulhu, man. It's the only explanation.

l_mac
07-06-2007, 02:55 PM
Nadal isn't in the final yet. I'm still suprised he's done as well as he has this year.

bokehlicious
07-06-2007, 02:56 PM
I don't know.....I think Nadal has a chance to beat Federer this time around....

...and finally show the world who's the real tennis boss :cool:

Rafa = Fed Killa
07-06-2007, 02:56 PM
Rafa thas was unbelievable.

Heart of a Lion.

:worship: :worship: :worship:

Pfloyd
07-06-2007, 02:56 PM
You mean... Uncle Tony has a chance to beat Federer?

He's Cthulhu, man. It's the only explanation.

Sorry, I don't understand this abbreviation...

jasmin
07-06-2007, 02:59 PM
never ever will i bet ON a mentally weaker player in a grand slam.

now the sentence is correct.

I'm with cha on that one. Shaking head at Berdych.

trixtah
07-06-2007, 03:02 PM
Sorry, I don't understand this abbreviation...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cthulhu

:p

Pfloyd
07-06-2007, 03:04 PM
Hahahahaha, that was random

brent-o
07-06-2007, 03:05 PM
Rafa's route to the SF:

R1 def. Fish - Mardy has been out for a while with injuries and wasn't fully fit.
R2 def. Eschauer - Werner is a challenger player.
R3 def. Soderling - Terrible gamesmanship and Soderling choked.
R4 def. Youzhny - Would've been hammered in 3 sets if Youzhny hadn't got injured.
QF def. Berdych - Wind was terrible, and affects Berdych much more.

I wish he'd finally play a worthwhile opponent :rolleyes:

You could say the same thing about Federer. So I guess they really are in a league by themselves? :p
Btw, it's not Rafa's fault his opponents cave mentally when they face him.

Naranoc
07-06-2007, 03:06 PM
You could say the same thing about Federer. So I guess they really are in a league by themselves? :p
Btw, it's not Rafa's fault his opponents cave mentally when they face him.

Hang on...a few months ago it was that Federer's opponents were beaten before they faced him, and Nadal's always played the match of their lives :scratch:

CyBorg
07-06-2007, 03:21 PM
Sorry, I don't understand this abbreviation...

Cthulhu, man. Cthulhu. The force, man. The unexplained, man. It will consume us all, man.

bayvalle
07-06-2007, 03:22 PM
Hang on...a few months ago it was that Federer's opponents were beaten before they faced him, and Nadal's always played the match of their lives :scratch:
What motivates Nadal really to collar as many wins as possible? Looks like he is after the money so he can get to settle something back in Mallorca. Just kidding. Kidding aside, I hope he invests all his earnings in worthwhile activities, and not waste them away in some karaoke bars he reportedly frequents (as reported in the media a while back). Kingfed is known as having invested his earnings ($33,000.000 as of the last accounting) wisely. It is a common knowledge that he has real properties all over the world, including the exlusive one in Dubai. Rafa, save your earnings (reportedly reaching $10,000,000 as of last count). Learn from the Swiss maestro.

l_mac
07-06-2007, 03:25 PM
What motivates Nadal really to collar as many wins as possible? Looks like he is after the money so he can get to settle something back in Mallorca. Just kidding. Kidding aside, I hope he invests all his earnings in worthwhile activities, and not waste them away in some karaoke bars he reportedly frequents (as reported in the media a while back). Kingfed is known as having invested his earnings ($33,000.000 as of the last accounting) wisely. It is a common knowledge that he has real properties all over the world, including the exlusive one in Dubai. Rafa, save your earnings (reportedly reaching $10,000,000 as of last count). Learn from the Swiss maestro.

Do you know anything about the Nadal family? I wouldn't be worrying about Rafa's investments.

tangerine_dream
07-06-2007, 03:29 PM
Brilliant again, Rafa. :worship:

Nadal once again silences the Berdych bandwagoners :devil:

http://i17.tinypic.com/6cichhy.jpg

Mechlan
07-06-2007, 03:30 PM
Nadal handled the match perfectly, well done to him. Berdych did not, but you can't moan about the conditions at this level, just have to go out there and adjust. Major props to Nadal, I for one did not think he would make it through his draw, but now he has a great chance at another Wimbledon final.

rafagirlno1
07-06-2007, 03:41 PM
i just love to see Nadal proving his haters wrong again :wavey:
congrats champ on a great performance and deservingly into the semifinal :worship:
best of luck for the semifinal and final(if possible):cool:

Deivid23
07-06-2007, 03:43 PM
Btw, Rafa has NEVER been a good handler of the wind. Today he did it pretty well, this kid is a freaking fast learner

Amazing
07-06-2007, 03:45 PM
I also was pleasantly surprised by this result.

However,I don't know what to make of this match. Quite strange to see Tomas so subdued, not fired up against Rafa like we've seen in their previous matches. Tension between them is gone and extra motivation is gone, too?

Anyway, happy for Rafa. Good luck in the semis!

bokehlicious
07-06-2007, 03:46 PM
this kid is a freaking fast learner

Agreed. He learned enough from last year to go all the way this year :rocker2: :cool: VAMOS !

tangerine_dream
07-06-2007, 03:52 PM
However,I don't know what to make of this match. Quite strange to see Tomas so subdued, not fired up against Rafa like we've seen in their previous matches. Tension between them is gone and extra motivation is gone, too?
That Soderling tool must have ruined it for him. ;)

Andre'sNo1Fan
07-06-2007, 04:07 PM
I wonder if Thomas Berdych has ever heard of karma :lol:

bayvalle
07-06-2007, 04:07 PM
Nadal is indeed a fast learner. Perhaps he should also learn to confine himself within the time allowed in releasing the ball (when serving). Looks like the umpire closes his eyes everytime Nadal starts to serve, and opens his eyes after the serve is completed. Indeed, too much time is consumed before he completes the serve. During the heat of the match, this delay could be disconcerting to the opponent and to the audience alike. He can pick his butt part of the time, but delay the serve all the time, this is no-no. A beginner in tennis knows this. Could the organizer (if not the umpire)not do anything about this? Perhaps they should fine Nadal $100 for every "delayed" serve he "produces".

Metis
07-06-2007, 04:08 PM
It's all Youzhny's fault! :mad:

:rolls:

Unexpected win (I post a prediction for once and it ends up wrong :rolleyes: ) but that makes it even sweeter :D. After the first set I was almost sure he would win. Good job Rafa!

DhammaTiger
07-06-2007, 04:08 PM
Absolutely phenomenal match from Rafa, "the one-dimensional player". I wonder if someone is eating his words. Vamos Rafa!!!!

l_mac
07-06-2007, 04:08 PM
Nadal is indeed a fast learner. Perhaps he should also learn to confine himself within the time allowed in releasing the ball (when serving). Looks like the umpire closes his eyes everytime Nadal starts to serve, and opens his eyes after the serve is completed. Indeed, too much time is consumed before he completes the serve. During the heat of the match, this delay could be disconcerting to the opponent and to the audience alike. He can pick his butt part of the time, but delay the serve all the time, this is no-no. A beginner in tennis knows this. Could the organizer (if not the umpire)not do anything about this? Perhaps they should fine Nadal $100 for every "delayed" serve he "produces".

Aw, you're going to fit right in here!

star
07-06-2007, 04:11 PM
Aw, you're going to fit right in here!

:lol:

Forehander
07-06-2007, 04:17 PM
ok... Federer is not handling the conditions very well lol if he plays nadal like this he will lose!!

rofe
07-06-2007, 04:20 PM
Nadal played intelligently in the wind and Berdych did not. 2nd time around he has proven that he can play on grass.

connectolove
07-06-2007, 05:17 PM
WHAAATTT!!!!! I was looking for the results of this, I can't believe it!!!!!!!

CONGRATS RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:worship: :worship:

GlennMirnyi
07-06-2007, 05:31 PM
What a joke, Berdych go home, this is too embarassing, losing to a moonballer.

World Beater
07-06-2007, 05:32 PM
credit to rafa for dealing with the conditions better. Rafa played it smart and hit with good spin and loop. The wind made the bounce unpredictable and berdych couldnt adjust. I dont know if nole can physically holdout tomorrow against nadal. Another federer vs nadal final?

The_Nadal_effect
07-06-2007, 05:49 PM
"Never in Doubt!" :rolls:

Great win for Rafa. I wouldn't be surprised if Rafa makes a complete transformation into the behemoth Rafzilla against Nole!:lol: That would be a first time outside his real territory (clay). :aplot:?

On a serious note, I think (as some posters have said), Berdych can't complain about the wind at this level. But :hug:s to him.
Both kids showed great spirit even after the match. They even walked out together. Now I feel "Bad Boy" and "Good Boy" will make great friends.

BTW, Where is Byrd? Glenn only turned up on the last page. JMP was the only troll here, supporting Rafa ;) as usual!

Scotso
07-06-2007, 05:50 PM
very poor match from Tomas :sad:

continues to not realize his potential :(

DhammaTiger
07-06-2007, 05:54 PM
Great win for Rafa. I wouldn't be surprised if Rafa makes a complete transformation into the behemoth Rafzilla against Nole!:lol: That would be a first time outside his real territory (clay). :aplot:?


Excuse me, I wonder where were you when Rafa thrashed Djokovic in Indian Wells, 6-2 and 7-5? or Am I deluded and I.W. was a clay court tournament?

star
07-06-2007, 05:56 PM
Excuse me, I wonder where were you when Rafa thrashed Djokovic in Indian Wells, 6-2 and 7-5? or Am I deluded and I.W. was a clay court tournament?

That doesn't count because it was Nole's first Master's final and he was nervous and choked and IW is practically clay anyway.


:p

DhammaTiger
07-06-2007, 05:56 PM
very poor match from Tomas :sad:

continues to not realize his potential :(

and I suppose, it's Rafa's fault.

rocketassist
07-06-2007, 05:58 PM
Rafa the grass clown has a surface record of 18 wins and 6 losses (one by retirement).

The_Nadal_effect
07-06-2007, 06:16 PM
Excuse me, I wonder where were you when Rafa thrashed Djokovic in Indian Wells, 6-2 and 7-5? or Am I deluded and I.W. was a clay court tournament?

I.W is almost clay, as Star said :p. We saw in Miami against Nole that Rafa's best on hard-court can be challenged.:)

But I too am counting his hard-court numbers (check the TMS in my signature). A day will come when his consistency will peak. Then we will have a Rafzilla on hard-courts too. Till then, lets be contended with one mammoth in clay, and hope he can come of age on grass too. :devil:

bokehlicious
07-06-2007, 06:20 PM
Absolutely phenomenal match from Rafa, "the one-dimensional player". I wonder if someone is eating his words. Vamos Rafa!!!!

Still not swallowed ? :confused: :lol: too funny :haha:

rmb6687
07-06-2007, 06:22 PM
ouch. I will say that although I wanted Berdy to win, I had no idea who would just that the match would be very close. But looky here...Berdy got schooled. This is just sad

DhammaTiger
07-06-2007, 06:22 PM
I.W is almost clay, as Star said :p. We saw in Miami against Nole that Rafa's best on hard-court can be challenged.:)

But I too am counting his hard-court numbers (check the TMS in my signature). A day will come when his consistency will peak. Then we will have a Rafzilla on hard-courts too. Till then, lets be contended with one mammoth in clay, and hope he can come of age on grass too. :devil:

Star was being sarcastic, iin cas you missed that.

bokehlicious
07-06-2007, 06:22 PM
JMP was the only troll here, supporting Rafa ;) as usual!

:rocker2: Nothing can happen to our boy yet, VAMOS !

A_Skywalker
07-06-2007, 06:32 PM
Thats what Tomas says about Nadal, I post it for the people that think he wins just because he delays a little.
Q. Do you have to change your routine between points because Nadal has such a long preparation to serve?

TOMAS BERDYCH: I don't know why different. I mean, I'm doing the same all the time since I start to play tennis. I think he's doing the same, too. We are different persons. That's what he's doing and I'm doing something different.

DhammaTiger
07-06-2007, 06:35 PM
Thats what Tomas says about Nadal, I post it for the people that think he wins just because he delays a little.
Q. Do you have to change your routine between points because Nadal has such a long preparation to serve?

TOMAS BERDYCH: I don't know why different. I mean, I'm doing the same all the time since I start to play tennis. I think he's doing the same, too. We are different persons. That's what he's doing and I'm doing something different.

Good on Berdych for saying that. But, sadly, it will not make any difference to some of the posters on mtf, who are so prejudiced that they cannot see the truth even if it rams into them.

jcadam2003
07-06-2007, 06:41 PM
Rafa the grass clown has a surface record of 18 wins and 6 losses (one by retirement).

And what was Federer's grass court record after his first 3 grass court seasons on the pro tour? This is only Rafa's 4 grass court season (he was injured in 2004)

adee-gee
07-06-2007, 07:14 PM
What a joke, Berdych go home, this is too embarassing, losing to a moonballer.

Don't worry son, he is going home :haha:

GlennMirnyi
07-06-2007, 07:15 PM
Don't worry son, he is going home :haha:

Soon the luck will go away. Let's see who'll laugh last.

adee-gee
07-06-2007, 07:17 PM
Soon the luck will go away. Let's see who'll laugh last.

Even if he loses to Djokovic tomorrow, Rafa has done considerably better than you thought he would. You can gloat all you like if he loses to Djokovic or to Federer in the final but he's proven you wrong whether you care to admit it or not :)

fenomeno2111
07-06-2007, 07:23 PM
Kudos to Rafa- he played very very well, dictated play, always in control of the baseline rallies. He did not let Tomas really get into any rythm and the only thing that kept it relatively close was Berdych's serves.

He proved to be more versatile and flexible, successfully handling the tricky windy conditions. His first serve % was simply outstanding, some of his returns were magnificent.

All in all a clinical display from the world #2. Just too good :hatoff:

RonE is this you??? The last couple of days you've been giving credit to Rafa:sad: Are you alright?:p

sawan66278
07-06-2007, 08:39 PM
Tremendous performance from Rafa...case closed, he has PROVEN he can defeat the likes of Misha and the Birdman (i.e. players with flat strokes who take the ball early) on even the fastest of courts. He annihilated Berdych...gave him a lesson in grand slam tennis.

After the first set, you just knew it was over for the Birdman. And, after all the doubters, and haters, ridiculing Rafa's draw from last year. WHERE ARE YOU NOW? Yes, he is not in the finals (yet?)...but if he does reach it, I think he has an INCREDIBLE shot to win the whole thing!!! And if he does win, he is the #1 player in the world...if not in the rankings, then in 2007.

One thing was nice to see. It appears there was genuine respect between the Birdman and Rafa. Their handshake at the end of the match was sincere, and more than just a the required handshake. I know that Rafa even mentioned this when he was interviewed following the Soderling match (that Berdych was NOT like Soderling).

Vamos Rafa!

Marek.
07-06-2007, 08:41 PM
Tremendous performance from Rafa...case closed, he has PROVEN he can defeat the likes of Misha and the Birdman (i.e. players with flat strokes who take the ball early) on even the fastest of courts. He annihilated Berdych...gave him a lesson in grand slam tennis.


That made me laugh.

trixtah
07-06-2007, 09:01 PM
What a joke, Berdych go home, this is too embarassing, losing to a moonballer.

bahahahahahaha just like everyone predicted

RonE
07-06-2007, 09:04 PM
RonE is this you??? The last couple of days you've been giving credit to Rafa:sad: Are you alright?:p

I don't have to like a player to give them credit when its due and appreciate their performance as much as I abhorr the style in which its done :p

trixtah
07-06-2007, 09:07 PM
I don't have to like a player to give them credit when its due and appreciate their performance as much as I abhorr the style in which its done :p

you are 10 times the person Glenn is..

Eden
07-06-2007, 10:15 PM
Wasn't able to see the match and was more than surprised as I found out the result. Too bad that Tomas failed to deliver the high expectations in him :sad:
Congrats to Rafa for beating his second consecutive feared opponent and achieving his second Wimbledon SF :yeah:

Pfloyd
07-06-2007, 10:16 PM
you are 10 times the person Glenn is..

Glenn is not a person, he is a troll.

Corswandt
07-06-2007, 10:29 PM
Bird brain played like bird shit :help:

no guts, just pathetic complaing, whining about the wind.

he was 2ft 5 out there.

Too right. He looked as if he had never played on grass before. Seemed scared to death of going for his shots.

Corswandt
07-06-2007, 10:35 PM
credit to rafa for dealing with the conditions better. Rafa played it smart and hit with good spin and loop. The wind made the bounce unpredictable and berdych couldnt adjust.

Indeed.

But the effect Nadal's loopy junk had on Wimbledon grass settles the discussion - the surface has been tampered with, and far too much than it should have been.

Kalliopeia
07-06-2007, 10:41 PM
he will next round :p

Man I really wish I'd been keeping track of how many times people have predicted he'd lose in the next round. It's just funny now. :)

You'd be surprised. What amazes me is how the wind knew when to switch sides. England must have some VERY clever weather.

Uncle Toni is crafty! You know he did it somehow!

I'll admit it, I didn't think he'd win this. I was happy when he won the first set and when he got the break in the second, but still not convinced. Then I had to go to work (thank God it's Friday and there will be no more of that nonsense getting in the way of my tennis watching). Honestly, even then I didn't quite think he would do it, and if he did I figured it would be four or even five sets. I haven't watched the rest of the match yet but the scoreline is impressive. Thank you, Rafa, for proving me wrong again. :)

Now I have to worry about Djokovic tomorrow. Ugh.

NYCtennisfan
07-06-2007, 11:10 PM
All the other young guns laid it out on the court today. Baggy, Djokovic, Gasquet, Nadal...Berdman was just sad. Completely owned today.

Nadalfanatic
07-06-2007, 11:45 PM
Vamos Rafa. King of Grass? Maybe. He definitely is playing the best tennis right now. Hopefully he can sustain it to his first Wimbledon.

Jim Courier
07-06-2007, 11:47 PM
Expected Glennmirnyi shit post, never in doubt.

sykotique
07-07-2007, 12:18 AM
Vamos Rafa. King of Grass? Maybe. He definitely is playing the best tennis right now. Hopefully he can sustain it to his first Wimbledon.

Me thinks Gasquet would not appreciate your sentiments...

Veronique
07-07-2007, 12:59 AM
Well done, Rafito! One match at a time!

Merton
07-07-2007, 03:32 AM
Rafa :hatoff: Apart from how the windy conditions affected the players, the key here relative to their hard court matches was that Tomas was not able to put pressure on the return of serve after the 1st set.

guille&tati4life
07-07-2007, 11:55 AM
The wind really didn't help Tomas, his serving was a little off and to beat Nadal, he needed it to be on fire.

Nadal won this match fair and square, but still, during the first set tie-break it took him almost 3 minutes to change ends. Why umpires don't do something about this i don't know. With injury time-outs or bathroom breaks, no-one can know if a player is cheating but Nadal does it right in front of the umpire. It is just blatant. :zzz: the delays between points isn't just a form of cheating, but it also makes Nadal matches more boring to watch. Don't get me wrong, i find him a very entertaining player, but this part of his game should be stopped.

yomike
07-07-2007, 12:18 PM
Tomas played so well but Rafa was just too good day:bowdown:. I dont think Berdych could have played this match any better. Some of the weird shots he had to hit just to win points:eek:. Congrats Rafa moonball yourself to the title.