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Rafa "the quintessential hard court mug" loses to the Duck in QF!!

tennizen
02-21-2008, 09:33 PM
This thread is to yank all the Rafatards out of their latest misery and urge them to move on:hug:

Edit: On Linda's insistence, I have changed the thread title:lol:

Edit2: Changed title after today's win.

Edit3: Changed again:)

Edit4: Changed again:). This is a whiny losertard's title. If people have problems with it, I will edit it:)

Sunset of Age
02-21-2008, 09:38 PM
Good initiative! :hug:

Tnn74
02-21-2008, 09:47 PM
:hug: As Karin stated in the Rotterdam thread,
we expect him to be back full guns blazing for Dubai! :yeah:

Johnny Groove
02-21-2008, 10:20 PM
Well, lets put that #1 bullshit on the shelf until Wimbledon time.

Guarding #2 is more important now

Johnny Groove
02-21-2008, 10:28 PM
I also want to know the reason for pulling the plug on the SA clay swing this year.

Whenever he plays on clay, of course, he always wins, but more than that, he seems to get confidence that remains even after the clay season. After RG, he switches straight to grass and has great confidence in Queens and Wimbledon :shrug:

In 05 when he made his mark, he skipped IW before reaching the Miami final, and this was after a mini clay season.

Not only is it easy points, but the money is also there, and of course, confidence, which has no price.

Sunset of Age
02-21-2008, 10:46 PM
I also want to know the reason for pulling the plug on the SA clay swing this year.

Good question, I've been asking that myself as soon as I heard he'd indeed be appearing in Rotterdam... :shrug:

Can only think of two reasons:

1) - He believes that playing this tournament + Dubai is a good practice/may enhance his HC performance, etc.
2) - Both of the tournaments pay excuberant appearance fee/prize money. Rumours are that Krajicek (or at least the sponsor) indeed pulled his wallet to have Rafa contend in Rotterdam, and well, as for Dubai, it's no secret that they have cash like oil.

If anyone can come up with better reasons I'll be glad to hear them - as I can't!

l_mac
02-21-2008, 10:50 PM
This thread is to yank all the Rafatards out of their latest misery and urge them to move on:hug:
OMG, change the thread title :bigcry:

No rankings mention in the thread titles, please. We have a rankings thread.

Well, lets put that #1 bullshit on the shelf until Wimbledon time.

Guarding #2 is more important now
Tried to tell you that on the Rotterdam thread :p

I also want to know the reason for pulling the plug on the SA clay swing this year.

Whenever he plays on clay, of course, he always wins, but more than that, he seems to get confidence that remains even after the clay season. After RG, he switches straight to grass and has great confidence in Queens and Wimbledon :shrug:

In 05 when he made his mark, he skipped IW before reaching the Miami final, and this was after a mini clay season.

Not only is it easy points, but the money is also there, and of course, confidence, which has no price.

Good question, I've been asking that myself as soon as I heard he'd indeed be appearing in Rotterdam... :shrug:

Can only think of two reasons:

1) - He believes that playing this tournament + Dubai is a good practice/may enhance his HC performance, etc.
2) - Both of the tournaments pay excuberant appearance fee/prize money. Rumours are that Krajicek (or at least the sponsor) indeed pulled his wallet to have Rafa contend in Rotterdam, and well, as for Dubai, it's no secret that they have cash like oil.

If anyone can come up with better reasons I'll be glad to hear them - as I can't!

You guys we have been over and over and over this on the schedule thread :shrug:

Sunset of Age
02-21-2008, 10:55 PM
You guys we have been over and over and over this on the schedule thread :shrug:

True. But as genuine Philosophers, we like to rehash things over-and-over again. Especially when the subject is pretty worthless, no? ;)

l_mac
02-21-2008, 10:59 PM
True. But as genuine Philosophers, we like to rehash things over-and-over again. Especially when the subject is pretty worthless, no? ;)
But what's the point? It just makes us all :mad: Everything has been said. Want me to bump the schedule thread for you? It's only about 10 down :p

tennizen
02-21-2008, 11:14 PM
No rankings mention in the thread titles, please. We have a rankings thread.

Will think of a better one tomorrow, Linda. Kinda tired now.:)

Johnny Groove
02-21-2008, 11:15 PM
Well what else are we gonna do? :o

We've had 2 matches of Nadal in the past month and we have to wait another 2 weeks for his Dubai thrashing :o

l_mac
02-21-2008, 11:17 PM
Will think of a better one tomorrow, Linda. Kinda tired now.:)


You could just edit the "Nowhere near #1" out :sad:

Here's a couple of suggestions:

The Dud Does Dubai
Aiming for 2nd Round in Dubai

:sobbing:

l_mac
02-21-2008, 11:18 PM
Well what else are we gonna do? :o

We've had 2 matches of Nadal in the past month and we have to wait another 2 weeks for his Dubai thrashing :o

I'm not saying don't talk about it, just do it in the relevant thread :lol:

Just as Rafa starts his decline :o, his forum is more active than ever. Oh, the irony :lol: :lol:

l_mac
02-21-2008, 11:37 PM
Edit: On Linda's insistence, I have changed the thread title:lol:

You could have been meaner (he deserves it :lol:) but thanks :hug:

Sunset of Age
02-22-2008, 12:38 AM
But what's the point? It just makes us all :mad: Everything has been said. Want me to bump the schedule thread for you? It's only about 10 down :p

Worthless, as I said.

:boxing: :boxing: :boxing: :lol:

Okay, enough of that. Keep up the spirit, people! :rocker2:

Tnn74
02-22-2008, 01:51 AM
oh my gosh l_mac, your sig. is :sad:

Tnn74
02-22-2008, 02:08 AM
Okay, enough of that. Keep up the spirit, people! :rocker2:

:lol: Karin, once again, I am truly in awe of all the
wonderful displays your avatar provides :worship:

Metis
02-22-2008, 02:17 AM
Dubaiiiii :banana: :lol:


I have to say I have already forgotten Rotterdam :shrug:

Johnny Groove
02-22-2008, 02:25 AM
Dubaiiiii :banana: :lol:


I have to say I have already forgotten Rotterdam :shrug:

What is there to remember?

He got beat on a hard court by a player he should be beating blindfolded.

Not an original tune

Metis
02-22-2008, 02:49 AM
I meant 'forgotten the disappointment' :)

hra87
02-22-2008, 04:15 AM
I looked up the score just now and laughed. It would have bothered me more if he lost in the final or something.

yana
02-22-2008, 09:46 AM
Well, lets put that #1 bullshit on the shelf until Wimbledon time.

Guarding #2 is more important now

Oh, noooo! :sad:

platinum
02-22-2008, 03:35 PM
Well, lets put that #1 bullshit on the shelf until Wimbledon time.

Guarding #2 is more important now

Exactly.

tennizen
02-22-2008, 03:39 PM
I meant 'forgotten the disappointment' :)

Me too. I even joked about it with my advisor. He and I became addicted to tennis at the same time:lol: He is an American and a Roddick fan:p

yana
02-24-2008, 10:15 AM
So when is Dubai begining? And what are Rafa's hopes to still make it to no.1? :mad:

Johnny Groove
02-24-2008, 02:44 PM
So when is Dubai begining? And what are Rafa's hopes to still make it to no.1? :mad:

Dubai, IW and Miami are crucial. He simply just needs to keep a sizable lead over Djokovic and remain semi-close to Fed.

Remember, Fed also has some good points to defend in the clay season, F in MC, W in Hamburg and the RG final.

yana
02-24-2008, 02:54 PM
Dubai, IW and Miami are crucial. He simply just needs to keep a sizable lead over Djokovic and remain semi-close to Fed.

Remember, Fed also has some good points to defend in the clay season, F in MC, W in Hamburg and the RG final.

Maybe this year Fed will suck on clay :p It's fair, Rafa already sucks on HC... And Nole might lose his head :o

acionescu
02-24-2008, 03:59 PM
Maybe this year Fed will suck on clay :p It's fair, Rafa already sucks on HC... And Nole might lose his head :o

Sounds like a plan! :yeah:

Metis
02-24-2008, 06:19 PM
Me too. I even joked about it with my advisor. He and I became addicted to tennis at the same time:lol: He is an American and a Roddick fan:p

It's great to have something other than work to talk about with your advisor. Mine was addicted only to work :tape:.


So when is Dubai begining? And what are Rafa's hopes to still make it to no.1? :mad:

Dubai starts next Monday. As for the No1 we should all forget about that right now. Not likely to happen any time soon. The important thing for Rafa is to play better, avoid bad losses like the one against Seppi :rolleyes: and hopefully win one of the 3 upcoming HC titles. I really don't think he will repeat last year's clay season. That would be too much to expect IMO. I'll be happy with just RG... :D


Maybe this year Fed will suck on clay :p It's fair, Rafa already sucks on HC... And Nole might lose his head :o

:lol: Sounds nice but I wouldn't bet 1/3 of my v-cash on that :p. Federer will come back with a vengeance I think and Nole might improve on clay a lot...

l_mac
02-29-2008, 08:40 PM
The draw is tomorrow at around 11m my time.

Frankly, the entry list is ridiculous. Rafa could face Youzhny in the 1st round or Murray. :mad:

Tnn74
02-29-2008, 08:44 PM
The draw is tomorrow at around 11m my time.

Frankly, the entry list is ridiculous. Rafa could face Youzhny in the 1st round or Murray. :mad:

You're right, the field is ridiculously strong :ras:
I must admit, (although it could be nothing, but) I
am paranoid now after the loss to Seppi... :awww:

l_mac
02-29-2008, 09:52 PM
Good thread title.

Metis
03-01-2008, 12:17 AM
The thread title :spit:

I wonder if there's a similar feeling in the Federer forum :D

hra87
03-01-2008, 04:34 AM
Here's hoping he wins at least 5 games in his first round loss.

Xristos
03-01-2008, 05:50 AM
Vamoos!

Lets get this shit on the road.

l_mac
03-01-2008, 08:11 AM
The thread title :spit:

I wonder if there's a similar feeling in the Federer forum :D

There is actually.

But they're just paranoid loons, whereas as we are being realistic :D

l_mac
03-01-2008, 01:12 PM
Kohli. Could have been worse, Fed got Murray :spit:

:rocker2: Vamos Rafa!!

Roger Federer (1) v Andy Murray
Rainer Schuettler v Fernando Verdasco
Stanislas Wawrinka v Qualifier
Mohammad Ghareeb (wc) v Nikolay Davydenko (5)

David Ferrer (4) v Tommy Haas
Jarkko Nieminen v Olivier Rochus
Janko Tipsarevic v Feliciano Lopez
Gael Monfils v Tomas Berdych (8)

Richard Gasquet (7) v Dimitry Tursonov
Qualifier v Igor Andreev
Mikhael Youzhny v Fabrice Santoro
Marin Cilic v Novak Djokovic (3)

Andy Roddick (6) v Juan-Carlos Ferrero
Qualifier v Paul-Henri Mathieu
Nader Mahmood (wc) v Qualifier
Philipp Kohlschreiber v Rafael Nadal (2)

Getta
03-01-2008, 02:06 PM
Thanks for posting the draw, Linda. :)

Rafa doesn't need unfathomable courage to beat Kohli, I think.
Taking into account Mathieu's and Roddick's current forms, it's not delusive either to see Rafa reaching the semis here.
Wishful thinking?

Good luck, Rafa. :rocker2:

Johnny Groove
03-01-2008, 03:24 PM
Thanks for posting the draw, Linda. :)

Rafa doesn't need unfathomable courage to beat Kohli, I think.
Taking into account Mathieu's and Roddick's current forms, it's not delusive either to see Rafa reaching the semis here.
Wishful thinking?

Good luck, Rafa. :rocker2:

Not at all, Roddick and PHM suck right now.

But Kohli will be the hardest in his road to the semis lol.

Then hes got Nole, Youzhny, or Richie in the semis :rolls:

This draw is insane :rolls:

l_mac
03-01-2008, 05:12 PM
Posted in the Fed forum:

Absolutely terrible draw.

I can't believe his first match will likely be his most difficult match unless Djokovic survives on the other side.

Murray is the WORST first round opponent he could have gotten.

Oh well, at least Nadal FINALLY gets in the same quarter as Roddick.

The whole post is :rolls: but yes, it has been a long time since the Australian Open :retard: :retard:

Johnny Groove
03-01-2008, 05:46 PM
Posted in the Fed forum:



The whole post is :rolls: but yes, it has been a long time since the Australian Open :retard: :retard:

I like how they say Murray is not in good form as he just won Marseille :lol:

Foxy
03-01-2008, 06:43 PM
Average draw for Rafael. It could have been harder. Definitely prefer Kohli over Murray.

In fact Murray is the toughest opponent Roger could have met in the whole tournament and here he is.

l_mac
03-01-2008, 07:09 PM
Top comedy in the Fed forum now. Rafa has the easiest draw in the world, and Murray is a top 5 hardcourt player :rolls: I bet all my v-cash they'd be saying the same if Fed had drawn Kohli 1st round and been in the same half as Nole :yeah: :haha:

:haha: :haha: :haha:

Metis
03-01-2008, 07:37 PM
^^^^ :haha:

Poor Fedtards, that AO loss was a big blow. Whatever little mental stability they had before, now is completely gone :p.

l_mac
03-01-2008, 07:44 PM
edit: I'm so mean. I'm concerned about my karma. :angel:

Metis helps me to see the light! Karma be damned!

Absolutely terrible draw.

I can't believe his first match will likely be his most difficult match unless Djokovic survives on the other side.

Murray is the WORST first round opponent he could have gotten.

Oh well, at least Nadal FINALLY gets in the same quarter as Roddick.

Nope, but in their long years they have only played each other twice on hard and once on clay in DC.

It's about time we saw another Roddick-Nadal match.

It looks like since the modern ranking system was introduced, that Federer just got the worst opening round draw of any number 1 ever. The next worst was Lendl who drew number 13 in the Tokyo Indoor in 1985.

Murray is the top 5 player on hc and a tricky macth up for Fed. Well, in the worst case scenario there is a lot of time to prepare for the match with Pete.

:lol: A win will be good here. Murray will be in the top 5 soon. I see that Nadal has got another tough and tricky draw. This is probably the hardest tournament in the world to get an easy draw since the draw size is small and everyone is playing yet it happened again.

Murray is the worst possible player Federer could've gotten. If Murray is serving a decent % i.e. over 55%, it will take Fed playing his best attacking tennis to win.

Metis
03-01-2008, 07:49 PM
:silly: :spit: Thanks for that Linda. You saved me a trip to the Fed forum... :D

l_mac
03-01-2008, 07:51 PM
:silly: :spit: Thanks for that Linda. You saved me a trip to the Fed forum... :D

You know me, all heart :D Oh, I hope they keep this up. I prefer them twitchy and paranoid to smug and superior.

Foxy
03-01-2008, 08:38 PM
They are probably foretasting what will happen soon in GM so they are buying some insurance?!

Metis
03-01-2008, 09:40 PM
Rafa is also playing doubles with Lopez. Not that anyone cares but I thought somebody should mention it:



(1)Daniel Nestor/Nenad Zimonjic Vs Tomas Berdych/Jarkko Nieminen
Igor Andreev/Paul Henri Mathieu Vs (W/C) Rohan Boapanna/Aisam Ul Haq Qureshi

(3)Martin Damm/Pavel Vizner Vs (W/C) Hamoud Abbas/Mahmoud Nader
Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski Vs Philipp Kohlschreiber/Mikhail Youzhny

Jeff/Coetzee/Wesley Moodie Vs Feliciano Lopez/Rafael Nadal
Andy Murray/Stanislas Wawrinka Vs (4)Mahesh Bhupathi/Mark Knowles

Richard Gasquet/Fabrice Santoro Vs David Ferrer/Fernando Verdasco
Paul Hanley/Leander Paes Vs (2)Simon Aspelin/Julian Knowle


Looks like he will lose in the 1st round in the doubles too :p

l_mac
03-01-2008, 09:43 PM
Rafa is also playing doubles with Lopez. Not that anyone cares but I thought somebody should mention it:

Looks like he will lose in the 1st round in the doubles too :p

I care!

I love it when he plays doubles at hardcourt tournaments :hearts:

I read somewhere that he will play doubles with Ferrer at IW. They must be testing out partnerships for the Olympics.

Metis
03-01-2008, 09:54 PM
^^^ That's what I heard too.

In the Acapulco livestream the commentators also said a couple of days ago that he has announced he will play in the DC QF and that DC together with the Olympics are among his priorities this year.

l_mac
03-01-2008, 09:55 PM
^^^ That's what I heard too.

In the Acapulco livestream the commentators also said a couple of days ago that he has announced he will play in the DC QF and that DC together with the Olympics are among his priorities this year.

The Germans have apparently chosen rebound ace for the DC cup tie. It's funny how so many of the Spanish players in Dubai have been drawn against Germans :lol:

Tiklish
03-01-2008, 10:02 PM
Rafa is also playing doubles with Lopez. Not that anyone cares but I thought somebody should mention it:




Looks like he will lose in the 1st round in the doubles too :p

I'm a big Feli fan, so I care. I'm hoping between the singles and the doubles that MAYBE he can get through a first round match. His ranking's dropping, so he could really use it.

As for Rafa, I know things didn't go well in Rotterdam, but I wouldn't expect him to start making a habit of losing so early. He should do well in this tournament.

Metis
03-01-2008, 10:08 PM
I'm a big Feli fan, so I care. I'm hoping between the singles and the doubles that MAYBE he can get through a first round match. His ranking's dropping, so he could really use it.

As for Rafa, I know things didn't go well in Rotterdam, but I wouldn't expect him to start making a habit of losing so early. He should do well in this tournament.

:secret: I think so too. I just didn't want to deviate from the general pessimistic line of posting that has lately been adopted by the greater Rafatard community :p.

l_mac
03-01-2008, 10:10 PM
:secret: I think so too. I just didn't want to deviate from the general pessimistic line of posting that has lately been adopted by the greater Rafatard community :p.

I expect him to reach the Semis, if he gets by Kohli. I give him a 50/50 chance in that match.

edit: He's a great player, he should do well in every tournament he plays, but he doesn't :sad:

Luvyoyoma1954@co
03-02-2008, 01:55 AM
It matters to me also about Rafa and Feli playing doubles. I love them together.

Metis
03-02-2008, 02:38 AM
I expect him to reach the Semis, if he gets by Kohli. I give him a 50/50 chance in that match.


He should! :armed:

Oh well, at this point I'm just hoping for a good livestream that I will be able to watch at work... :awww:

Tnn74
03-02-2008, 03:17 AM
I agree, Kohli would seem to be a challenge for him,
but he should be able to win that match and at least get to the Semi's :awww:

acionescu
03-02-2008, 07:59 AM
edit: I'm so mean. I'm concerned about my karma. :angel:

Metis helps me to see the light! Karma be damned!

Did you see that post in which a Fedtard was happy that Nole and Rafa are not in the Roger's half for a change? :lol:

MariaV
03-02-2008, 09:26 AM
HAAAAHAAAAAAA......
I also thought Rafa should beat Seppi in Rotterdam. :shrug: :rolls: :haha: :haha:

So I totally agree with the thread title. :angel:

tennizen
03-02-2008, 12:15 PM
:lol: at the last few posts here. Glad to know my title was a hit. I always knew pessimism will win over optimism;) And the Fedtards are really hilarious. I can't believe they are still concerned about Nadal. Did they have to say anything about Djokovic at all. Or they are probably taking Federer's cue and thinking that Nadal is still his biggest rival:lol:

josie
03-02-2008, 12:25 PM
oop for monday

http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=http://www.atptennis.com/1/posting/2008/495/op.pdf

tennizen
03-02-2008, 01:55 PM
Hilarious! The first half of that thread is a bitch session mixing complaints over Rafa's poor hardcourt play and worse scheduling, complete with the "SA clay swing! SA clay swing!" Some time around the desperate "Can Nadal still get #1?" posts and the obligatory "Not since Rotterdam and not before Wimbledon." replies, it switches gears and focuses on Fed and his fans. :lol:

***

As for the Fed-Murray match, it's rotten luck for both. Murray has had a pretty successful start to the year. It was quite unfortunate to draw Tsonga in the first round of the Australian, and now he gets Fed in the first round of Dubai. For Fed, no other possible R1 match up is more questionable, though it couldn't be a better test/indication of what adjustments he's made now feeling better and having lost to Djokovic.

They are not very happy with us over at the Fed forum. But just to show our consistency and solidarity I copied and pasted another post;). Nothing like making the Fedtards angry,eh?

Sunset of Age
03-02-2008, 02:14 PM
Is all this bitching about some other fans over here really necessary? :shrug:

tennizen
03-02-2008, 02:21 PM
Is all this bitching about some other fans over here really necessary? :shrug:

Karin, it was just meant to be fun:shrug: We all are the same when it comes to worrying about our favourites but no harm in laughing about it. IMO, it's not "bitching". As far as I am concerned they can laugh about our worries that Rafa will lose in first round too and I won't mind it in the least.

Metis
03-02-2008, 02:31 PM
Is all this bitching about some other fans over here really necessary? :shrug:

Yes it is :dance:


Bitching? We're just laughing at them and they are bitching about it. :p

tennizen
03-02-2008, 02:35 PM
http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/189373,preview-federer-ready-to-resume-his-season-with-dubai-title-defence.html

At the end of this article, it says Nadal says the speed of the court is too fast for his liking. I love how it adds to the general mood of upbeat pessimism:lol:

stebs
03-02-2008, 02:37 PM
:lol: This thread sums up MTF quite well I think.

cmurray
03-02-2008, 02:51 PM
Yes it is :dance:


Bitching? We're just laughing at them and they are bitching about it. :p


:rolls:

:hug: Metis.

Clara Bow
03-02-2008, 04:03 PM
Love the thread title...that is how I have been feeling lately. I want him to at least win the first match- against someone who could be a tough customer. But at this point- I am not expecting anything. If he loses in the quarters or something while playing well- I can live with that. But if he loses early and/or loses because he is playing like a fool- well then :rolleyes:

I love how it adds to the general mood of upbeat pessimism

I am missing the upbeat aspect of my pessimism. I think mine could classified as "resigned pessimism." ;) Or possibly acceptance of lowered expectations. ***remembers Seppi match*** No wait...make that no expectations. Maybe if I expect nothing, any loss will be expected and any win will be a surprise. Oh Rafa, this is sad to have to do this as a fan of the number two in the freaking world. Sigh.

l_mac
03-02-2008, 04:08 PM
:lol: This thread sums up MTF quite well I think.
:D

You meant that as a compliment, right?
Is all this bitching about some other fans over here really necessary? :shrug:
Like Metis said, we weren't bitching, just chuckling.

Mr Chopin is wrong. Thwere's been nary a mentionn of Fed in this thread. We don't care about him, just the rabid anti-Rafatism in the Fed forum.
Love the thread title...that is how I have been feeling lately. I want him to at least win the first match- against someone who could be a tough customer. But at this point- I am not expecting anything. If he loses in the quarters or something while playing well- I can live with that. But if he loses early and/or loses because he is playing like a fool- well then :rolleyes:

A first round loss would be more acceptable than the quarters in Dubai, I think. Kohli is a better player than Mathieu and Roddick. :tape:

Clara Bow
03-02-2008, 04:14 PM
A first round loss would be more acceptable than the quarters in Dubai, I think. Kohli is a better player than Mathieu and Roddick. :tape:

That is why I said while playing well. :) PHM and Andy can have good matches, at least I think so. But if say Rafa losses against Andy because Roddick's volleys were effective against Rafa playing like a bozo standing way back...well then. :mad:

And at this point, I am worried about him losing number two...so any round adds points. Plus, if he gets to the quarters, that means he beat Kohli.

Basically, my hope at the end of the day is that Rafa just please not suck. I am just finding that I keep lowering my bar on what could be my lowest expectations. If I keep lowering that dang bar, it is going to be subterranian.

stebs
03-02-2008, 04:15 PM
:D

You meant that as a compliment, right?

I won't answer that. :o :lol:

l_mac
03-02-2008, 04:17 PM
stebs doesn't think Rafa will make the final! :mad:

cmurray
03-02-2008, 04:22 PM
stebs doesn't think Rafa will make the final! :mad:

:bigcry:

there's always one pessimist to ruin things. :(

:lol:

Does ANYONE think Rafa is going to win Dubai??? :confused:

Getta
03-02-2008, 04:36 PM
Does ANYONE think Rafa is going to win Dubai??? :confused:

Why not?

Cheryl, you remember the entry field in Rotterdam.
Have you ever imagined that the winner would be Michael Llodra?

mallorn
03-02-2008, 04:38 PM
All this thread is missing is this:

http://www.postimage.org/aV1054bJ.jpg (http://www.postimage.org/image.php?v=aV1054bJ)

:lol:

cmurray
03-02-2008, 05:31 PM
Why not?

Cheryl, you remember the entry field in Rotterdam.
Have you ever imagined that the winner would be Michael Llodra?

Oh sure, it's possible. He has surprised me before (Wimbledon anyone?). But he can hardly be considered the "favorite". :shrug:

l_mac
03-02-2008, 05:42 PM
It's a real shame I'm still sad about Rotterdam, because LoserAss is looking good in Dubai. Lots of potential avatars here :sad:

cmurray
03-02-2008, 05:56 PM
It's a real shame I'm still sad about Rotterdam, because LoserAss is looking good in Dubai. Lots of potential avatars here :sad:

So is your avi punishment for Rotterdam then? :sobbing: If I didn't like staring at Rafa's lovely tummy so much, I'd beg you to make me an avi of that second one where he's smiling. But I just can't give up the abs yet. :sad:

l_mac
03-02-2008, 06:13 PM
So is your avi punishment for Rotterdam then? :sobbing: If I didn't like staring at Rafa's lovely tummy so much, I'd beg you to make me an avi of that second one where he's smiling. But I just can't give up the abs yet. :sad:

Hopefully the getty pics will turn up elsewhere, without watermarks.

stebs
03-02-2008, 06:30 PM
stebs doesn't think Rafa will make the final! :mad:

No, I don't. :lol:

He has better chances than most people though. He is second favourite from his half to make the final which isn't bad at all.

Johnny Groove
03-02-2008, 06:39 PM
When Kohlschreiber is considered a threat, you know Rafa has been sucking :o

Getta
03-02-2008, 08:02 PM
When Kohlschreiber is considered a threat, you know Rafa has been sucking :o

I don't quite agree with you here, Jonathan.
It's Rafa's shock defeat by Seppi that lowered his fans' expectations.
Simply natural, I would say. ;)

dulkogi
03-03-2008, 03:32 PM
Rafa and feli won in dobles match! 6-4 7-6

Metis
03-03-2008, 03:56 PM
:dance:

As Claire said in the chat thread our wish has been granted: Rafa won his 1st round ...in doubles. :lol: :p

Foxy
03-03-2008, 04:29 PM
Orgasmic day in Dubai today! :)

Getta
03-03-2008, 05:02 PM
Tuesday OoP

CENTRE COURT

Match start at 2:00 PM
Gael MONFILS vs. Tomas BERDYCH

followed by
Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER vs. Rafael NADAL


Not before 7:00 PM
Marin CILIC vs. Novak DJOKOVIC

followed by
Andy RODDICK vs. Juan Carlos FERRERO


Good luck, Rafa. :rocker2:

Metis
03-03-2008, 05:06 PM
Great! That means I can watch it before work :banana:

l_mac
03-03-2008, 05:11 PM
Great, that means I have no chance to watch it and will be saved from rage related injury.

MariaV
03-03-2008, 05:43 PM
Great, that means I have no chance to watch it and will be saved from rage related injury.

:spit: Me neither. :haha: :D :D :hug: :hug:

hra87
03-03-2008, 05:55 PM
Nadal you moron! You had an open draw in Rotterdam. AHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Getta
03-03-2008, 06:18 PM
Needless to cry over split milk.

RogiRafaFan86
03-03-2008, 06:22 PM
I think the following word (it is one word, ask Prince) will be very useful to Nadal fans from now until...whenever:

Letitgo

Tnn74
03-03-2008, 07:50 PM
yes, let's calm the number 1 idea for now...
what's done is done in Rotterdam...
It's great now to see Rafa playing and WINNING in Dubai...
it would be great confidence going into defend a LOT of points :)

MariaV
03-03-2008, 08:00 PM
Not posted yet? F Lopez/R Nadal d J Coetzee/W Moodie 64 76(5)

yana
03-03-2008, 08:08 PM
It's great now to see Rafa playing and WINNING in Dubai...

Winning the first round you mean? :p

Getta
03-03-2008, 08:11 PM
Rafa and feli won in dobles match! 6-4 7-6


Not posted yet? F Lopez/R Nadal d J Coetzee/W Moodie 64 76(5)

Maria :hug:

Sunset of Age
03-03-2008, 09:53 PM
Huh, yes, Rafa is going to lose tomorrow!!! :o

Every time I expect someone to WIN, he in fact loses, for over four weeks right now... so there... :sad: - the ANTI JINX! :D

Tnn74
03-03-2008, 11:47 PM
Winning the first round you mean? :p

Exactly... :angel:
one match at a time now...
as long as he wins :)

Foxy
03-04-2008, 01:09 PM
Rafa won 36 61 64!!! :D

God, I really thought he would lose. First set aside, he was playing satisfactory.
I shall ask you, guys, smth. Why is Rafa standing so close to the baseline receiving first serves? I understand receiving the second serves inside the court but first serves, it's ridiculous. Not that this tactic is stupid but the machanics of his forehand do not allow him to take the ball so early nice and well enough. He lost so many points because of that. Strangely I saw a difference in the pace of the court or conditions when the sun was shining and when it went down. Maybe it was just an illusion. Like Rafa started to play better when the sun disappeared which is not that common for him.
Good luck in the next round!

Castafiore
03-04-2008, 01:27 PM
Every time I expect someone to WIN, he in fact loses, for over four weeks right now... so there... :sad: - the ANTI JINX! :D
So far so good with your anti jinx, Karin ;)

raven gypsy
03-04-2008, 01:37 PM
Tennizen - your thread title worked

he won at least the first round ** exhales **

tennizen
03-04-2008, 01:40 PM
Tennizen - your thread title worked

he won at least the first round ** exhales **

:lol: I am going to edit the title to second round now:p

MariaV
03-04-2008, 01:41 PM
:lol: I am going to edit the title to second round now:p

:yeah: Let's hope it will work too. :D

Metis
03-04-2008, 02:37 PM
Well if he wins the 2nd round PHM/Roddick will take care of him in the QF or he'll get a Djokovic beating in the semis. :)

Getta
03-04-2008, 03:07 PM
Step by step, Metis.

We have to worry about getting through to the QFs, for now. ;)

l_mac
03-04-2008, 03:39 PM
Lucky one, LoserAss.

I'm not fooled.

MariaV
03-04-2008, 05:15 PM
Lucky one, LoserAss.

I'm not fooled.

:yeah:

CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
A Murray (GBR) vs F Verdasco (ESP)
[Q] M Ledovskikh (RUS) vs [2] R Nadal (ESP) :o :o :help:

Nadal Battles into Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships Second Round
Dubai, UAE, March 4th, 2008: The strength of the field at the Barclay’s Dubai Tennis Championships threatened to cost the tournament their second top seed in two days as Spaniard Rafael Nadal struggled to overcome Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on Tuesday.

The number two seed eventually came through 3-6 6-1 6-4, but it took him two hours 22-minutes. He appeared to be in real danger of following Roger Federer out as he surrendered five straight games after taking a 2-0 lead at the beginning of the match.

Kohlschreiber, at a career high 27 after winning in Auckland and reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open in January, troubled Nadal by stretching him wide and serving well. And after taking the first set he kept up the pressure in the second, holding two break points in the first game.

But Nadal held him off, broke for 2-0 and survived another break point in the third game to hold for 3-0. After another break left him serving for the match, Nadal held four break point opportunities on Kohlschreiber at the start of the third.

Nadal eventually broke for 3-2, and although the German broke straight back Nadal was able to break him again to lead 4-3. That was enough to secure victory.

“It was a tough match,” said Nadal. “I didn’t play my best, that’s true, but it’s not easy playing here. Every player is a big player, one of the toughest draws on the tour for sure.

“I was coming without my best confidence because I had a strange loss in Rotterdam. Indeed! :mad: :rolleyes: It’s important coming back, winning a match like this. Starting the match 2-0, then losing the first set and five games in a row, so after (that) I was 100 percent mentally. :D

“Maybe I didn’t play the best tennis, but mentally I was very positive and fighting for every point.” :yeah: :)


http://www.dubaitennischampionships.com/3/news/2008/atpday2.asp

cmurray
03-04-2008, 05:59 PM
Lucky one, LoserAss.

I'm not fooled.

Linda, you said if he won a round in Dubai, you'd bring the asses back. I see no asses. WHERE ARE THE ASSES? :(

cmurray
03-04-2008, 06:02 PM
:yeah:

CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
A Murray (GBR) vs F Verdasco (ESP)
[Q] M Ledovskikh (RUS) vs [2] R Nadal (ESP) :o :o :help:


http://www.dubaitennischampionships.com/3/news/2008/atpday2.asp

Thanks, Maria. He's right - mentally, he was good today. The tennis was a little on the scary side, but he worked it out there at the end. That game he broke at love was a beauty. :hatoff:

Tnn74
03-04-2008, 07:52 PM
:lol: I love how you changed the thread title tennizen :yeah:
battle aside, he did hit some incredible shots,
great job Rafa for fighting!!! :banana:

Also, is it me or is the ball bouncing getting ridiculous? :shrug:
I must have counted average 12-14 times! I'd rather he go back to the sock pulling than pull a Djokovic with the annoying ball bouncing :rolleyes:

platinum
03-04-2008, 08:36 PM
:lol: I love how you changed the thread title tennizen :yeah:
battle aside, he did hit some incredible shots,
great job Rafa for fighting!!! :banana:

Also, is it me or is the ball bouncing getting ridiculous? :shrug:
I must have counted average 12-14 times! I'd rather he go back to the sock pulling than pull a Djokovic with the annoying ball bouncing :rolleyes:

I prefer the sock pulling as well, it's always nice to see Rafa bending over :devil:

Tnn74
03-04-2008, 08:41 PM
I prefer the sock pulling as well, it's always nice to see Rafa bending over :devil:

:worship: the faymoose ass :lol:

l_mac
03-04-2008, 08:42 PM
Linda, you said if he won a round in Dubai, you'd bring the asses back. I see no asses. WHERE ARE THE ASSES? :(

Did I? I thought I said until he won a tournament. I might consider changing my avatar to something a little bit nicer.

Tnn74
03-05-2008, 01:20 AM
:yeah:

CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
A Murray (GBR) vs F Verdasco (ESP)
[Q] M Ledovskikh (RUS) vs [2] R Nadal (ESP) :o :o :help:


http://www.dubaitennischampionships.com/3/news/2008/atpday2.asp

So he is, again, playing the day match...
and against another Russian named Mikhail, how lovely :o

Foxy
03-05-2008, 06:49 AM
I also don't like to see him take so much time between points. Especially when he had lost the previous point. The wait is pissing me off. But if this is helping him win matches let him take the necessary time. He is not the only one doing this.

Aenea
03-05-2008, 02:06 PM
It's time for another thread's name change :) Rafa, pls, win (at least) the QF

Anyway, well done today, Rafa.
At least he looked more confident and served better than yesterday. The more he wins the more confident he becomes. The mental break down he experienced in Rotterdam vs Seppi was his main problem. I hope this is behind him already.

mallorn
03-05-2008, 02:31 PM
OOP
THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2008

CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
[4] D Ferrer (ESP) vs F Lopez (ESP)
A Murray (GBR) vs [5] N Davydenko (RUS)
Not Before 7:00 PM
[6] A Roddick (USA) or P Mathieu (FRA) vs [2] R Nadal (ESP)
[7] R Gasquet (FRA) or I Andreev (RUS) vs F Santoro (FRA) or [3] N Djokovic (SRB)

COURT 1 start 3:30 pm
[3] M Damm (CZE) / P Vizner (CZE) vs P Kohlschreiber (GER) / M Youzhny (RUS)
Not Before 5:00 PM
[1] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) vs [WC] R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK)
Not Before 8:30 PM
F Lopez (ESP) / R Nadal (ESP) vs J Kerr (AUS) / R Wassen (NED) or [4] M Bhupathi (IND) / M Knowles (BAH) - After suitable rest

acionescu
03-05-2008, 03:48 PM
Did I? I thought I said until he won a tournament. I might consider changing my avatar to something a little bit nicer.


I think you said "if he makes the QF" :scratch: I don't want to wait until the clay season! :crying2:

MariaV
03-05-2008, 04:48 PM
Did I? I thought I said until he won a tournament. I might consider changing my avatar to something a little bit nicer.

Oh please please, your avatar is the best, don't change it yet! :worship: :bowdown:

Thanks Ania, good that I SHOULD be home tomorrow for the match then. :D

Tnn74
03-05-2008, 07:27 PM
Play like you played today Rafa, and keep the confidence alive :bigclap:

tangerine_dream
03-05-2008, 08:23 PM
Finally, I get the Rafa-Andy rematch that I've been wanting. I'm looking forward to watching the two LoserAsses out-moonball one another. http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/dance005.gif

Rafa picking up Nole's ball bouncing habit. :help: As if he needed to add more annoying peccadillos to his repertoire.

l_mac
03-05-2008, 08:33 PM
Finally, I get the Rafa-Andy rematch that I've been wanting. I'm looking forward to watching the two LoserAsses out-moonball one another. http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/dance005.gif



Tennis will be the winner, tangerine, no doubt :lol: I'd imagine all the tennis snobs on the board are drooling over this match-up :drool:

yana
03-06-2008, 10:37 AM
Finally, I get the Rafa-Andy rematch that I've been wanting. I'm looking forward to watching the two LoserAsses out-moonball one another. http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/dance005.gif

The Battle of the Hotties :p

MariaV
03-06-2008, 04:07 PM
Rafa lost to Andy Roddick 6-7(5) 2-6 :sad: :sad: :sad:

l_mac
03-06-2008, 04:09 PM
Rafa lost to Andy Roddick 6-7(5) 2-6 :sad: :sad: :sad:

Embarrassing. Roddick served well and Rafa was more clueless than ever on return. He was 3-0 up in the TB, and managed to lose it playing like a :retard: Played like a giant ass in the 2nd.

Fully deserved victory for Roddick. Painful, painful defeat for Rafa. He can't do shit against big servers.

RogiRafaFan86
03-06-2008, 04:10 PM
I'm already over it. I was over it when he lost the TB. :lol:

Maybe on some level, I expected it. Or maybe I'm just used to it now.

But Roddick would have beaten anybody serving like that. But now Djoke will eat him alive most likely.

Aenea
03-06-2008, 04:20 PM
I'm sorry Rafa lost. :sad: Where the hell did Andy find such a game today. Usually he doesn't do anything outside big serving.

Well, moving forward. IW tremble! We are coming. :devil:

tennizen
03-06-2008, 04:21 PM
Rafa, I am still your fan:lol: And proud of you winning two rounds:yeah:

I think I understand Rafa's pattern now. If you expect him to lose first round,he disproves you by going into quarters. If you expect him to take the title he loses in 2nd round to Seppi:yeah:

l_mac
03-06-2008, 04:22 PM
But Roddick would have beaten anybody serving like that.

Bullshit.

Rafa is a far worse returner than 70% of the tour.

l_mac
03-06-2008, 04:23 PM
Rafa, I am still your fan:lol: And proud of you winning two rounds:yeah:

I think I understand Rafa's pattern now. If you expect him to lose first round,he disproves you by going into quarters. If you expect him to take the title he loses in 2nd round to Seppi:yeah:

Hema, please change the title to:

LoserAss Hits Career Low in Dubai.

Aenea
03-06-2008, 04:25 PM
Bullshit.

Rafa is a far worse returner than 70% of the tour.

Really?
I knew he was one of the best.

Castafiore
03-06-2008, 04:26 PM
Linda, please don't exaggerate.

RogiRafaFan86
03-06-2008, 04:27 PM
Bullshit.

Rafa is a far worse returner than 70% of the tour.

Now I call bullshit.

No way is it 70%...69% maybe, but not 70%.



I know you're not, but I am kidding.

guga2120
03-06-2008, 04:27 PM
Rafa has just lost it, I hope he changes something quick.

l_mac
03-06-2008, 04:37 PM
Really?
I knew he was one of the best.

Not on hardcourts :dance:

MariaV
03-06-2008, 04:42 PM
Rafa was just too disappointed that his favourite Real Madrid lost to Roma in the CL last night and couldn't concentrate. :sad: :sad: :sad:

RogiRafaFan86
03-06-2008, 04:44 PM
Rafa was just too disappointed that his favourite Real Madrid lost to Roma in the CL last night and couldn't concentrate. :sad: :sad: :sad:

Perhaps. Or maybe it was because his Feli was in the stands watching him and he got all nervous. :sad:

Aenea
03-06-2008, 04:50 PM
Rafa was just too disappointed that his favourite Real Madrid lost to Roma in the CL last night and couldn't concentrate. :sad: :sad: :sad:

You know you might be right. That thought crossed my mind yesterday after the Real-Roma match but I didn't want to speak it out since once I already accused Rafa of being concentrated too much on Real matches and too few on his own. But I understand him, I'm a fan myself. My team Spurs plays lately tonight in a UEFA Cup match and if they lose as well I'll be totally devastated .

the_natural
03-06-2008, 07:53 PM
Bullshit.

Rafa is a far worse returner than 70% of the tour.

HAHA Finally someone said it. I hated watching Madrid where they were sayin "hes one of the best returners... possibly the best in the game" jason goodall and doug addler, I think that just proves us right when we say that Commentators are clueless. Rafa gets alot of returns back if hes playing an average server and because he sits in the linesmans chair to return, but with his quality of returns he might as well stand on the baseline and only get 1/4 as many back, if they are at least GOOD returns. Sheesh.

He lost to a loser on hard courts. And roddick has a worse baseline game than 80% of the tour, so it makes no sense. I think it also boils down to Rafas serve, if he was strong and constant in his serving you know roddick woulda imploded as he always does cos roddick is no hot shot returner either. Its really a stupid loss, worse than losing to seppi I reckon, cos at least seppi has more than just a serve and he had nothing to lose against rafa.

Such a shame, the number 1 ranking is just outta reach yet again. Hes never gonna be number 1, gotta win IW and get past the quarters plus Swiss miss has to lose early in both... and rafa enjoys losing to nobody's...

DAMN IT

acionescu
03-06-2008, 08:15 PM
Rafa was just too disappointed that his favourite Real Madrid lost to Roma in the CL last night and couldn't concentrate. :sad: :sad: :sad:

Not that Madrid loss curse again! :fiery: Those stupid pricks and that Schuster person :o have to do something about it! Now that they have some spare time they can gather and beat down all the big servers from the ATP Tour! :(

platinum
03-06-2008, 08:40 PM
Rafa was just too disappointed that his favourite Real Madrid lost to Roma in the CL last night and couldn't concentrate. :sad: :sad: :sad:
:o

Foxy
03-06-2008, 09:01 PM
HAHA Finally someone said it. I hated watching Madrid where they were sayin "hes one of the best returners... possibly the best in the game" jason goodall and doug addler, I think that just proves us right when we say that Commentators are clueless. Rafa gets alot of returns back if hes playing an average server and because he sits in the linesmans chair to return, but with his quality of returns he might as well stand on the baseline and only get 1/4 as many back, if they are at least GOOD returns. Sheesh.

He lost to a loser on hard courts. And roddick has a worse baseline game than 80% of the tour, so it makes no sense. I think it also boils down to Rafas serve, if he was strong and constant in his serving you know roddick woulda imploded as he always does cos roddick is no hot shot returner either. Its really a stupid loss, worse than losing to seppi I reckon, cos at least seppi has more than just a serve and he had nothing to lose against rafa.

Such a shame, the number 1 ranking is just outta reach yet again. Hes never gonna be number 1, gotta win IW and get past the quarters plus Swiss miss has to lose early in both... and rafa enjoys losing to nobody's...

DAMN IT

Well, I think the loss to Seppi is more shameful. Cause he is virtually nobody. I can't comment on Rafa's game right now because I wasn't able to watch the match this time but it seems like Rafa had been making too many silly mistakes. OK, I will give you my 2 cents on Rafa's game as a general. I have been thinking about this since last year. I noticed smth when I watched some older matches. First think the forehand. What bloody happened? Nowadays' forehand mechanics is way too different than before. It now looks less classy and is at the same time less effective. He was ripping so many winners off of it and at the same time the UE he made back then were by far lower than now. Second, as strange as it seems the serve was much more effectove back then although the service motion was quite lame. And finally where the f*ck is that fire in Rafa's game. He seems now like a domestic cat rather than a wild one.

To summarize: I don't mind if he is retrieving from the back too much but I MIND these silly mistakes he is producing. They are too much for such kind of play. Rafa's return game is getting worse. Keep the ball in play! It seems like he is getting confused by all these changes to the game he and his team are trying to implement (trying to be agressive, what the heck was he doing inside the baseline on Kohli's first serve, when we all now he doesn't know how to block properly and that the mechanics of his forehand won't allow proper return). Maybe it's too much. Just now I want to see old Rafa - 2005 Rafa with all his vulnerabilities from that period.

l_mac
03-06-2008, 10:13 PM
Linda, please don't exaggerate.

Okay.

Rafa played a fine match, but was totally outhit and outplayed by Andy Roddick.

That felt good.

Heavenseventeen
03-06-2008, 11:59 PM
Not on hardcourts :dance:

Do you have to be so negative all the time? You don't seem like the type of fan that Nadal needs, not at all. Why would you produce an avatar like that or have such a negative signature, even when he was winning?

Honestly...:rolleyes:

The Pro
03-07-2008, 12:02 AM
Poor Rafa, some of his fans are deserting him now. :sad:

If he loses just once on clay this year it will be even worse...

l_mac
03-07-2008, 12:05 AM
Do you have to be so negative all the time? You don't seem like the type of fan that Nadal needs, not at all. Why would you produce an avatar like that or have such a negative signature, even when he was winning?

Honestly...:rolleyes:

I think my negativity springs from the awful form Rafa has displayed since .. ooh ... July last year.

But thanks for caring enough to post :hug:

hra87
03-07-2008, 12:36 AM
Djokovic, Ferrer, Nalbandian, Federer, Youzhny, Tsonga, even Seppi...ok...but the duck? A shameful display, this is an embarassing time to be a fan.

Metis
03-07-2008, 12:48 AM
Nothing embarrassing IMO; Roddick is a top 10 player and he feels at home on fast HCs. Obviously Rafa is in bad form, it happens to everyone. He is capable of playing better, we all know that and he will play better at some point. Don't be so negative, people, and don't pay too much attention to the haters' posts in GM proclaiming his decline. The same things were said last year too.

Mimi
03-07-2008, 12:55 AM
:bigclap::hug:i really admire your positivity, but sorry, i am not as positive as you, i think rafa is in his worst stage and his body is getting more injuries ........:bigcry:

Nothing embarrassing IMO; Roddick is a top 10 player and he feels at home on fast HCs. Obviously Rafa is in bad form, it happens to everyone. He is capable of playing better, we all know that and he will play better at some point. Don't be so negative, people, and don't pay too much attention to the haters' posts in GM proclaiming his decline. The same things were said last year too.

Luvyoyoma1954@co
03-07-2008, 02:05 AM
What injuries to Rafa'sbody?? I have heard nothing nor do i see anything that looks like an injury.

Mimi
03-07-2008, 02:09 AM
wasn't his uncle told the press that rafa is having serious injuries? rafa denied later, but i do think that his uncle would not say lies, just that rafa does not want his rivals to know about his injuries so that he may look more attackable? his bad results these months prove me that he is indeed nursing a lot of injuries :sad:
What injuries to Rafa'sbody?? I have heard nothing nor do i see anything that looks like an injury.

Aenea
03-07-2008, 11:06 AM
Nothing embarrassing IMO; Roddick is a top 10 player and he feels at home on fast HCs. Obviously Rafa is in bad form, it happens to everyone. He is capable of playing better, we all know that and he will play better at some point. Don't be so negative, people, and don't pay too much attention to the haters' posts in GM proclaiming his decline. The same things were said last year too.
:clap2:

If I had any points I'd good rep you. :hug:
That's what I think too. Rafa will come back I don't have any doubts about that. He has had bad periods in his career before but then he managed to overcome all the difficulties and started playing well and winning. And what is the base for all this negativism? He hasn't lost any ranking points since the last year. In contrary he managed to amass some more. True he isn't playing some superb tennis but then who is. Even mighty Roger is having some rough time right now. And talking about Roger even he hasn't been that good when he's been 21. So what's the reason for this entire bad attitude towards Rafa? I'll support him no matter what. He's a great tennis player, he's a champion. At his age he's achieved a lot. Now he's having some rough time and what? Should we dump him, make fun of him, being sarcastic? As if all the abuse he gets from his haters is not enough.
I'll stand by Rafa! I believe in him. And even if his career is in demise due to injury or some sickness then I'm even more with him.

hra87
03-07-2008, 04:23 PM
Oh man, the duck beat Djokovic too? This is too good, makes it all better, really.

Foxy
03-07-2008, 05:14 PM
Rafa wasn't that bad obviously.

Heavenseventeen
03-08-2008, 04:58 PM
Nothing embarrassing IMO; Roddick is a top 10 player and he feels at home on fast HCs. Obviously Rafa is in bad form, it happens to everyone. He is capable of playing better, we all know that and he will play better at some point. Don't be so negative, people, and don't pay too much attention to the haters' posts in GM proclaiming his decline. The same things were said last year too.

Exactly. :)

Poor Rafa, some of his fans are deserting him now. :sad:

If he loses just once on clay this year it will be even worse...

If his false fans want to go, let them go. He doesn't need that. It shows how weak and negative they are, and that's not the sort of support someone needs. As long as he has the support of his girlfriend, family and friends, who cares? Fans come and sometimes go, but your loved ones are forever, even after the tennis years have gone.

"You need to experience the darkness to appreciate the light."

Naina
03-08-2008, 06:39 PM
Hi guys I am new to the forum.

I dont think his true fans would not desert him.Those that do are just bandwagon jumpers. Anyway I am quite sure Rafa will eventually find his form. Right now most of the top ten is having a crappy season. It's all those exhibitions they play in the off-season when they should be resting. I hope he does well in IW and MIAMI.

Getta
03-09-2008, 12:03 AM
Poor Rafa, some of his fans are deserting him now. :sad:

If he loses just once on clay this year it will be even worse...

Tell me you're joking, please.

Aenea
03-09-2008, 12:11 PM
Tell me you're joking, please.
I think s/he isn't. Some of the thread's names, avatars and sigs might mislead ppl into thinkig so. Coming first time to the board and reading in this section I thought Rafa had no more than a handful of true fans here.

Tnn74
03-10-2008, 11:15 PM
there wasn't much he could have done in that match IMO, the duck was hittin' some 150mph serves :eek: and he came up with them when they counted, at 15-40 down :o he followed up by takin' out Djokovic, so apparently he was playing well... anyway, it's just been a weird start to the season so far, but Raf will come back stronger, he always do :yeah:

l_mac
03-10-2008, 11:19 PM
I think s/he isn't. Some of the thread's names, avatars and sigs might mislead ppl into thinkig so. Coming first time to the board and reading in this section I thought Rafa had no more than a handful of true fans here.

He doesn't have that many hardcore fans at MTF. And because it's a relatively small group we know each other's styles quite well. And we all agree Rafa is sucking HARD right now :shrug:

Doesn't mean we don't want him to win every match he plays.

Aenea
03-11-2008, 12:25 PM
He doesn't have that many hardcore fans at MTF. And because it's a relatively small group we know each other's styles quite well. And we all agree Rafa is sucking HARD right now :shrug:

Doesn't mean we don't want him to win every match he plays.

Sounds like a Masonic Lodge to me. :unsure:

MariaV
03-11-2008, 12:32 PM
:lol:

Sucking HARD - best expression ever for Rafa's state right now. :worship: :bowdown: :worship: :bowdown: :worship: :bowdown:
Let's hope he'll stop sucking for the US spring masters. :D

P.S. And now I get what Genci wanted to say in the chat thread. :lol:

Castafiore
03-11-2008, 12:43 PM
Sounds like a Masonic Lodge to me. :unsure:
:lol:

The MTF Nadal Fan Collective: "Assimilate, resistance is futile."

l_mac
03-11-2008, 05:03 PM
Sounds like a Masonic Lodge to me. :unsure:
Yes, it does :hug: :rolleyes:

What I meant was that because we are a small group, we know when thread starters/regular posters are being sarcastic or making an attempt at humour. The fact that we all agree Rafa isn't playing so great was unrelated. I should have made it a new paragraph.
:lol:

The MTF Nadal Fan Collective: "Assimilate, resistance is futile."

:ras:

There's always one ...

;)

Castafiore
03-11-2008, 05:45 PM
There's always one ...

;)
:angel: