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Toronto R2: R. Nadal def. J. Levine 6-4, 6-2

federernadalfan
07-23-2008, 11:35 PM
Nadal played well enough to beat J. Levine, but that's not saying much. His play was rather unimpressive today. He better step it up as the tournament progresses or he might run into some serious trouble. Levine played better than I thought he would, he impressed me with some of his shotmaking, but also proved that he was a mental midget by double faulting on crucial points. Rafa's gf showed up on court, which is definitely not often, and perhaps that might have affected him mentally. ;) Overall good win for Rafa, and good job to Levine for playing well. :D

MIMIC
07-23-2008, 11:36 PM
If you didn't watch the match, the score line certainly doesn't explain what happened between these two lefties. Levine began the first set magnificently, dominating Nadal from every corner of the court, going up 4-1. He was aggressive and confident, making brilliant shots. He soon had a break chance opportunity in the 5th game to go up 5-1. Nadal held his serve as he began to find his rhythm as Levine's game had a spectacular breakdown. His forehand died. Nadal would go on to win the next 4 games.

In the 2nd set, Levine showed glimpses of improvement but Nadal proved too be too much for the qualifier. Nadal got the early break, fended off a few break points, got a second break, going up 5-2 and went on to serve for the match.

Deboogle!.
07-23-2008, 11:36 PM
too bad for Jesse, he played so well early on and just didn't convert all the game points he had in those three crucial games in the first and had trouble putting the ball in play on his BPs in the 2nd. I hope Jesse can take some confidence from it and keep working, he really really impressed me today.... I agree MIMIC the match was closer than the score indicates. Really good effort from Jesse.

maf
07-23-2008, 11:37 PM
Nadal played like crap for most of the match, moonballing to the center of the court. Showed some agression sometimes but always seemed vulnerable..

Pfloyd
07-23-2008, 11:39 PM
Typical first round form for Nadal on HC.

Improvements are to be expected.

Semi's are his realistic goal, I believe.

This court is relatively fast, and favors Djoko, in a potential semi final matchup.

Viken01
07-23-2008, 11:39 PM
nadal won just 9 more point than levine, that says everything. close match

HoistDaColors
07-23-2008, 11:39 PM
oh jesse, you should have done better. from almost going 5-1 up in the first set to losing it. :o

I think he outwinnered rafa?!?

Mashachosen1
07-23-2008, 11:40 PM
I thought Levine's gonna took the first set. Vamos Rafa! :bounce: :worship:

adee-gee
07-23-2008, 11:40 PM
Magnificent performance from Rafa :worship:

No-one will get close to him :yeah:

Regenbogen
07-23-2008, 11:40 PM
Oh, his girlfriend came? She must like going to Canada or something, because I seem to remember her being in Montreal last year.

Nadal wasn't too great (although Levine did play some really smart points) and I hope he improves over the course of the tournament.

Andi-M
07-23-2008, 11:40 PM
:yeah: Rafa nice win.

Its his 1st match on these courts what do you people expect he's only human.

Deboogle!.
07-23-2008, 11:40 PM
I think he outwinnered rafa?!?26 to 9 :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

MIMIC
07-23-2008, 11:41 PM
Yeah, they just showed the stats and Levine had more winners.

Sunset of Age
07-23-2008, 11:42 PM
If you didn't watch the match, the score line certainly doesn't explain what happened between these two lefties. Levine began the first set magnificently, dominating Nadal from every corner of the court, going up 4-1. He was aggressive and confident, making brilliant shots. He soon had a break chance opportunity in the 5th game to go up 5-1. Nadal held his serve as he began to find his rhythm as Levine's game had a spectacular breakdown. His forehand died. Nadal would go on to win the next 4 games.

In the 2nd set, Levine showed glimpses of improvement but Nadal proved too be too much for the qualifier. Nadal got the early break, fended off a few break points, got a second break, going up 5-2 and went on to serve for the match.

:yeah:

That's about what I witnessed this evening as well. Despite the scoreline, a very weak performance from Raf against the #123 of the world (correct me if I'm wrong, here ;)) - way too many unforced errors and sloppy playing, as a matter of fact (funny to hear the commentators on Betfair already blaming his girlfriend for the distraction... :rolleyes:).

Enough to get him through, but he'll surely have to up his level if he really wants to get this title. I expect him to do so - I guess he had some problems adjusting to the HC surface, which isn't his favourite to say the least.

Well done, Raf... glad to see you through. :hatoff:

Okonsky
07-23-2008, 11:42 PM
http://usera.imagecave.com/Manon/nea.gif

Sunset of Age
07-23-2008, 11:42 PM
Magnificent performance from Rafa :worship:

No-one will get close to him :yeah:

Nice trolling attempt Adam. You really manage to surprise me over and over again. :worship: :angel:

moon language
07-23-2008, 11:44 PM
Nadal was hitting really short early and was paying the price for it. Once he found his range and started hitting deeper it was never in doubt, however against a better player Nadal could have very easily lost that first set and probably the match. Nice effort from Levine though.

hilluis
07-23-2008, 11:44 PM
Tedious match, way longer than it should have been - as is always the case when Nadal plays. Timed him, took 45 secs to serve on one point, regularly taking 35 seconds to serve. Not exciting to watch at all.

Clay Death
07-23-2008, 11:44 PM
Nice trolling attempt Adam. You really manage to surprise me over and over again. :worship: :angel:


very few here know more about trolls than you since you specialize in trolling yourself.

Sunset of Age
07-23-2008, 11:45 PM
very few here know more about trolls than you since you specialize in trolling yourself.

You never cease to amaze me CD.

Basic Boy
07-23-2008, 11:45 PM
why people keep losing with this pig pusha-moonballa 4-1 could be 5-1 NO!!! 4-6 laughable

scoobs
07-23-2008, 11:46 PM
Good enough from Raf today after a slow start.

He'll get better in his next matches.

Clay Death
07-23-2008, 11:46 PM
too bad for Jesse, he played so well early on and just didn't convert all the game points he had in those three crucial games in the first and had trouble putting the ball in play on his BPs in the 2nd. I hope Jesse can take some confidence from it and keep working, he really really impressed me today.... I agree MIMIC the match was closer than the score indicates. Really good effort from Jesse.

lousy match from the Clay Monster. served poorly. had just 9 winners and 20 unforced errors against a #120 ranked player.

he should improve with each match. i hate these miserabe hard courts.

adee-gee
07-23-2008, 11:54 PM
Nice trolling attempt Adam. You really manage to surprise me over and over again. :worship: :angel:
It's called sarcasm.

Sunset of Age
07-23-2008, 11:55 PM
It's called sarcasm.

I know. :hug:
You do agree though? This wasn't actually Rafa at his best... :help:
He will step it up, though, I'm sure of that. :D

acionescu
07-23-2008, 11:55 PM
I think he outwinnered rafa?!?

I was out winnering Rafa and I was just ironing watching the match! :help:

Magnificent performance from Rafa :worship:

No-one will get close to him :yeah:

You're such a troll, Adam! :(

God, that was painful to watch! I really, really hope that was the adjustement match because Berdych/Andreev, Ferru or Nole( but I don't have high hopes seeing that) will eat him alive!
Nice to see him through, though! :)

leng jai
07-23-2008, 11:57 PM
It's called sarcasm.

Whats a sarcasm?

I must applaud CD, he comes up with new material everyday, even if it does suck and make zero sense.

Lurker011
07-23-2008, 11:59 PM
this is my opinion,but nadal is the most overrated player on the tour. he will never win a major hard court title. watch him go down to his nemises Berdych in the next round.

adee-gee
07-23-2008, 11:59 PM
I know. :hug:
You do agree though? This wasn't actually Rafa at his best... :help:
He will step it up, though, I'm sure of that. :D
:lol: of course it wasn't, he was terrible in the first set. He'll get better but I'm not expecting much here, Berdych or Andreev could beat him if he doesn't improve by tomorrow :unsure:

adee-gee
07-24-2008, 12:00 AM
this is my opinion,but nadal is the most overrated player on the tour. he will never win a major hard court title. watch him go down to his nemises Berdych in the next round.
Luckily your opinion is about as valid as Stevie Wonder :hug:

Sunset of Age
07-24-2008, 12:00 AM
this is my opinion,but nadal is the most overrated player on the tour. he will never win a major hard court title. watch him go down to his nemises Berdych in the next round.

:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Deboogle!.
07-24-2008, 12:01 AM
lousy match from the Clay Monster. served poorly. had just 9 winners and 20 unforced errors against a #120 ranked player.

he should improve with each match. i hate these miserabe hard courts.So what? Jesse still came out and played his butt off no matter what the difference in ranking and lack of experience there was. It was Rafa's first match and he didn't have much time to rest anyway. but typical of MTF to not give the kid some credit for banging first serves and winners past Rafa for the first few games, yes sure it was ALL rafa playing terrible, ok :lol:

scoobs
07-24-2008, 12:03 AM
Luckily your opinion is about as valid as Stevie Wonder :hug:
Ouch. What did Stevie Wonder do to you? :)

RafaTheBest
07-24-2008, 12:05 AM
Damn, I fell asleep and missed the match. Anywhere I can watch it online?

adee-gee
07-24-2008, 12:05 AM
Ouch. What did Stevie Wonder do to you? :)
He told me lately that he loved me. Then I found out he couldn't even see me. It broke my heart :sad:

finishingmove
07-24-2008, 12:05 AM
levine is good

the roasters are coming from all sides now :eek: :scared:

it's only a matter of time before someone feasts :lol:

scoobs
07-24-2008, 12:05 AM
Jesse played well in patches - the 6th game of the second set he again found some holes to punch through against Nadal and had a good go at getting back on serve.

Problem was his flashes of inspiration were too sporadic and didn't last long enough.

scoobs
07-24-2008, 12:06 AM
He told me lately that he loved me. Then I found out he couldn't even see me. It broke my heart :sad:
Maybe he fell in love with the contours of your face from a plasticine sculpture - like that REALLY BAD Lionel Richie video?

Sunset of Age
07-24-2008, 12:06 AM
but typical of MTF to not give the kid some credit for banging first serves and winners past Rafa for the first few games, yes sure it was ALL rafa playing terrible, ok :lol:

Have to admit, you are entirely right here, Deb. Levine played extremely well during the first 5 games or so - that should indeed be said. As I am one of the culprits not giving Levine proper credits in my first post, I admit - I stand corrected.

leng jai
07-24-2008, 12:13 AM
You are admitting fault Karin, pretty sure that is against the rules here at MTF.

Sean.
07-24-2008, 12:13 AM
Hopefully he'll pick it up as the tournament goes on.

:ras:Rafa needs to dump the g/f and get with Ana!

Chrisilson
07-24-2008, 12:20 AM
Levine did well in parts and exposed Nadal for a lot of the match. Unfortunately he made too many errors at the wrong times.

Regardless of the conditions/situation, Rafa was very unimpressive and against anyone with more decisive groundstrokes he would have lost.

Sunset of Age
07-24-2008, 12:20 AM
You are admitting fault Karin, pretty sure that is against the rules here at MTF.

Apparently, yes. :angel:

JolánGagó
07-24-2008, 12:23 AM
Usual mediocre 1st round playing by Nadal. Congrats for the win.

DhammaTiger
07-24-2008, 12:27 AM
Rafa played just well enough to win. Nothing new he always starts like that. Good enough to get the job done. I liked the way Levine played though quite fearless but couldn't sustain his level once Rafa got going in the second set. Rafa is the best :yippee::yippee: Vamos Rafa !!!!!

PiggyGotRoasted
07-24-2008, 12:27 AM
Levine you bigger mug, howd u lose to that mug.

osalsyst
07-24-2008, 12:29 AM
Nice one Jesse! 4-1 and two break points. 4-2 and two game points. After Nadal held serve for 2-4, I knew he was taking it. He never lets his opponents get that big of a lead. Oh well, better luck next time.

Rafa's going to have to play better than that if he's going to be number 1.

Corswandt
07-24-2008, 12:32 AM
I think he outwinnered rafa?!?

Who doesn't?

PiggyGotRoasted
07-24-2008, 12:34 AM
Who doesn't?

Out of everyone on the tour.. only federer doesnt.

Merton
07-24-2008, 12:44 AM
Well played from Levine, he definitely showed that he has game even though he lacked the consistency to win the match here. He needs to improve on shot selection, at times he went for too much especially in crucial points but that may come with experience. Nadal had a normal 1st round match on hard courts here.

arm
07-24-2008, 01:21 AM
I wonder what would have happened to Nadal if instead of Levine he had to play Simon in R2, for example. :rolleyes:

He had the job done. :yeah:

Merton
07-24-2008, 02:07 AM
I wonder what would have happened to Nadal if instead of Levine he had to play Simon in R2, for example. :rolleyes:

He had the job done. :yeah:

Totally different matchup, Nadal would win comfortably on any surface and he would crush Simon on clay.

arm
07-24-2008, 02:57 AM
Totally different matchup, Nadal would win comfortably on any surface and he would crush Simon on clay.

Probably. :) Please note that I posted that before Simon's victory. I had no idea this was going to happen. :eek:

Svetlana.
07-24-2008, 03:02 AM
very shaky start from Nadal, but he finds the way to turn a match around :yeah:

platinum
07-24-2008, 03:59 AM
Which was the last tournament that Nadal didn't have to play a lefty in his first match? Can't remember...

for-sure
07-24-2008, 05:00 AM
I saw Levine beat Polansky and thought he'd go down 2 and 1 --but he looks like a big match player and like the crowd being behind him.

jcempire
07-24-2008, 06:02 AM
If you didn't watch the match, the score line certainly doesn't explain what happened between these two lefties. Levine began the first set magnificently, dominating Nadal from every corner of the court, going up 4-1. He was aggressive and confident, making brilliant shots. He soon had a break chance opportunity in the 5th game to go up 5-1. Nadal held his serve as he began to find his rhythm as Levine's game had a spectacular breakdown. His forehand died. Nadal would go on to win the next 4 games.

In the 2nd set, Levine showed glimpses of improvement but Nadal proved too be too much for the qualifier. Nadal got the early break, fended off a few break points, got a second break, going up 5-2 and went on to serve for the match.

Thanks for your explain, great job:worship:

Better understanding after your words

dorkino
07-24-2008, 11:15 AM
Magnificent performance from Rafa :worship:

No-one will get close to him :yeah:

:lol:


Levine played well and i liked the way he planned for his shots. Some of his returns also were pretty good.

To say the least, Rafael started nervous and as expected uncomfortable upon the surface change with lots of unforced errors. He kind of stepped it up a little in the second , but as lots 've mentioned here , this won't be enough if he wishes to win another set.

ToniTennis
07-24-2008, 12:23 PM
this is my opinion,but nadal is the most overrated player on the tour. he will never win a major hard court title. watch him go down to his nemises Berdych in the next round.

Well, your opinion would've been much more founded back in 2005 until he won THIS Rogers Cup that year as a 19-yo (and then Madrid'05 & IW?07). Now is just senseless.:rolleyes:

That is, unless you don't consider an AMS a major HC title. If only USO and AO work for you, then fine, but let me remind you that not long ago some people here were saying the same about Nadal and Wimbledon. :wavey:

Damn
07-24-2008, 12:50 PM
It's obvious that Nadal wasn't feeling comfortable with the court, especially at the beginning of the match. He always has that sensation in the first games after the Clay/Grass season. He must be careful with his kness, too.

He has used is mental advantage to win this match. It could have been 6-1 in the first set and finally we have this 6-4 6-2. That's one of his best weapons: he never gives up a single point.

But on the other hand, Rafa is going to feel more comfortable with the surface every day, and that is the most dangerous thing for his opponents. I remember all the posts wrote after his poor performance in the Wimbledon SF, but then he jumped in the court on Sunday and everything changed.

this is my opinion,but nadal is the most overrated player on the tour. he will never win a major hard court title. watch him go down to his nemises Berdych in the next round.

:haha: :haha: :haha: