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AO R1: Rafa beats C.Rochus 6:0 6:2 6:2

EnriqueIG8
01-20-2009, 12:30 PM
Ripping forehand winners from all over the court.
Backhand could be better though.

Karanusic is lucky if he wins 5 games.

federernadalfan
01-20-2009, 12:31 PM
rafa in a practice session. he should go to the practice courts to train a little more after that match

Labamba
01-20-2009, 12:31 PM
The worst night match in GS history?

cornellboy
01-20-2009, 12:32 PM
the last two sets weren't as close as the score indicates

rafa_maniac
01-20-2009, 12:36 PM
The score is misleading... Rafa was just bored out of his mind for 4 games :lol: Seriously, impossible to tell anything definitive from this match, but the courts seemed to suit him fine and he's hitting the ball MUCH better than during last year's Open already. Some of those forehands (like the 2nd to last point) were :eek: And he played a stunning JesusFed(Rafa) point which ended with a lob in that third set :worship:

delpiero7
01-20-2009, 12:42 PM
Rochus gets paid about $20k for being a spectator :D

Venle
01-20-2009, 12:44 PM
Forehand, forehand, forehand, forehand.

Smooth start from Rafa

nanoman
01-20-2009, 12:45 PM
Rafa without breaking a shadow of a sweat.

Absolutely pathetic performance from C.Rochus. This, my friends, is someone who is only in it for the money. Absolutely no inspiration whatsoever. Made Rafa look like Karlovic.

Bazooka
01-20-2009, 12:45 PM
Nadal seemed to be very confortable in this court. And yes, hard to be 100% focused in a match like this, that's the only reason Rochus could hold serve a few times.

Past years Rafa wasn't such a killer player in hardcourts, even with such inferior rivals he would never finish a match so quickly, due to less aggressive game he would spend 2 hours and end 63 64 63. If he wants to win a HC slam, he really needs to play like this. And he's #1, so he's supossed to play like this, with many more winners than his rival.

But let's see what happens when he faces real opposition.

wilmar
01-20-2009, 12:47 PM
sizzling start from Rafa to start his AO campaign.

VAMOS all the way!:rocker2::bigclap::clap2::worship:

Voo de Mar
01-20-2009, 01:05 PM
:o :o :o

I wish Rochus didn't finish his career as he had announced some time ago.

MsTree
01-20-2009, 01:19 PM
That was a bit painful to watch :eek:

crude oil
01-20-2009, 01:58 PM
rochus didn't even try. he made renquist look like a top 10 player.

cant determine rafa's form yet. its easy to stroke fh winners when the other guy is a sitting duck and when there is absolutely no pressure.

rafa is moving and striking the ball well. He seems fresh and will be a threat.

Mansave_75
01-20-2009, 02:44 PM
Nice start for Rafa, he's doing well to not being exhausted in last rounds, we all know he wants to win he has to come fresh to the second week of the GS.

CooCooCachoo
01-20-2009, 02:49 PM
The Top 100's Bagel Boy knew going into the match that he was going to be cannon fodder, and that is exactly what he was. It is not that he wasn't trying; he just already resigned in the fact that he would be demolished beforehand and it showed. Rochus really isn't someone to show a lot of smiles on court, so when he did it when winning his first game it was telling.

Nadal was impressive, but needs to wait until the 3R for at least some sort of opposition. If he meets counterpunchers without a big serve, without a lot of power and without a lot of variety to their game (Rochus and Karanusic both qualify for this description, IMO), he will breeze. If anything, I think losing four games is more than I expected. Would not have been shocked at all had this been a triple bagel.

Anyway, this should never have been a night match.

Forehander
01-20-2009, 03:03 PM
Very very boring match...

flexeter
01-20-2009, 03:28 PM
Very very boring match...

every nadals match is :confused:

we shouldn´t be surprised

Davydenkon
01-20-2009, 03:36 PM
Rafa :)

RIboy
01-20-2009, 03:41 PM
every nadals match is :confused:

we shouldn´t be surprised

noooooo, hes matches are very nice if you had something to do.....you go cook dinner when hes preparing to serve and when youre finish he wiil be ready to serve:)

Dini
01-20-2009, 03:45 PM
noooooo, hes matches are very nice if you had something to do.....you go cook dinner when hes preparing to serve and when youre finish he wiil be ready to serve:)

:lol: :lol: :rolls: :rolls:

elessar
01-20-2009, 04:52 PM
Nadal seemed to be very confortable in this court. And yes, hard to be 100% focused in a match like this, that's the only reason Rochus could hold serve a few times.

Past years Rafa wasn't such a killer player in hardcourts, even with such inferior rivals he would never finish a match so quickly, due to less aggressive game he would spend 2 hours and end 63 64 63. If he wants to win a HC slam, he really needs to play like this. And he's #1, so he's supossed to play like this, with many more winners than his rival.

But let's see what happens when he faces real opposition.
He beat Serra by the exact sale scoreline last year even though he played like crap throughout the entire tournament:shrug:

BaselineSmash
01-20-2009, 05:14 PM
At 6-0 2-0, I was reminded of those old Hollywood epics where Christians have lions unleashed upon them in Roman arenas. As other posters have mentioned it was wrong-not to mention cruel-of the organizers to schedule this as a night match. It could have been a lot worse than it was, however, and at least Rochus got to leave the court smiling instead of being aflame with embarassment.

Aside from Nadal showing everyone that he's fresh and eager, there was little other indication of what kind of challenge he's going to be able to mount in the fortnight. I'm looking forward to the possible Haas match to see where Nadal's really at.

Henry Chinaski
01-20-2009, 05:45 PM
If it turns out that challenger players suffer greatly under the new points system then C. Rochus presents a strong case for this being a very good idea.

Arkulari
01-20-2009, 06:04 PM
Rochus won FOUR games? :eek: :eek:
Rafa gets more worked out at playing with a cousin in the beach :o

sawan66278
01-20-2009, 07:28 PM
Rafa's forehand looked NICE. But not a real test. Love the new Rafa outfit though.

Bart.
01-20-2009, 07:50 PM
Christophe Rochus is such a lame player. Such a horrible attitude this guy has. Why even bother to show up?:o

Dougie
01-20-2009, 08:19 PM
C. Rochus is not relly a GS-level player. I´m sure the top seeds are happy to get an easy first round match, but I´m also pretty sure that Rafa would have liked to get just a little tougher match to get some more match practice for the next rounds. This was no better than a normal practice session for him.

superslam77
01-20-2009, 08:21 PM
ZzZzZz...blue clay :sad:?

meihaditalab
01-20-2009, 08:30 PM
Nadal's too good?

Pfloyd
01-20-2009, 08:37 PM
Same old BS.

Let's wait till Rafa faces Simon or some other tough opponent.

I don't think Haas, if he makes it to the 3rd round, will be tough.

tangerine_dream
01-20-2009, 08:53 PM
I'm so depressed Rafa's no longer wearing his sleeveless shirts. It's like the end of an era. http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-sad016.gif

http://i41.tinypic.com/2j47tqb.jpg

The Pro
01-20-2009, 09:17 PM
It IS the end of an era. :eek:

Frederick16
01-20-2009, 09:38 PM
isnt rochus the most bagelled player ever in the top 100?

ORGASMATRON
01-20-2009, 10:10 PM
Rochus is just too small and weak. Mentally weak as well. Only thing he's got is a little talent.

FedFan_2007
01-20-2009, 10:32 PM
Rochus is just too small and weak. Mentally weak as well. Only thing he's got is a little talent.

It won't stop Rafatards from claiming this match means anything about his current form. :p

Guy Haines
01-20-2009, 11:08 PM
The forehand was looking good. :yeah:

The bedazzled Sparkle Motion shorts were looking funny. :spit: Nice cut though.

muchu
01-21-2009, 12:00 AM
oh please. The guy is in his thirties. The same as Santoro. Nadal is only fierce for men in their thirties. Pffftt. I won't say that he's doing well just based on this match.

connectolove
01-21-2009, 12:12 AM
Oh Rafa, I hope that at least you get to the final!!!

Corey Feldman
01-21-2009, 03:58 AM
unreal quality of opposition Nadal gets in the 1st round of tournaments isnt it

JolánGagó
01-21-2009, 10:24 AM
Perfect definition of "utter toying".

Vamos Rafa!

madmax
01-21-2009, 12:42 PM
unreal quality of opposition Nadal gets in the 1st round of tournaments isnt it

yeah, I'm pretty sure this Rochus guy is in serious contention for GOAT mug:devil:

Tennisman82
01-21-2009, 02:06 PM
The score is misleading... Rafa was just bored out of his mind for 4 games :lol: Seriously, impossible to tell anything definitive from this match, but the courts seemed to suit him fine and he's hitting the ball MUCH better than during last year's Open already. Some of those forehands (like the 2nd to last point) were :eek: And he played a stunning JesusFed(Rafa) point which ended with a lob in that third set :worship:

Yes he looked very good in this match, even though it was against a nothing opponent. The most surprising statistic of all was the 10 aces. When was the last time he hit more than 4 or 5 in a match?

Let's see how he does vs. tougher competition this AO because on hardcourts he tends to hit a lot of mid-court balls.

Tennisman82.

Crazy Girl
01-21-2009, 02:44 PM
Christophe:help::awww:the sacrificial victim...:awww::help:

The_Nadal_effect
01-21-2009, 04:27 PM
Not impressed. Not convinced he's improved.
Lets see him do that to Haas or Tsonga. In all likelihood, the moonballer will return then.