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WWW: AO SF: Nadal vs Verdasco

jeremda01
01-28-2009, 12:08 PM
WWW: AO SF: Nadal vs Verdasco?

rafa_maniac
01-28-2009, 12:09 PM
If the same Rafa turns up as the one that faced Simon...anything goes. But I expect him to adjust and come out much stronger. So Rafa in 3, one tight set.

born_on_clay
01-28-2009, 12:12 PM
Rafa in 3 sets. Nando isn't a threat to him

tnosugar
01-28-2009, 12:13 PM
Verdasco really surprised with the Tsonga win. I expected Ali to win this one. I don' dare predict anything this time around :worship:

Voo de Mar
01-28-2009, 12:27 PM
First Spanish finalist at the Australian Open for 40 years (Andres Gimeno) is guaranteed. I hope it will be Nando but his H2H against Rafa scares me. :unsure:

IvŠn
01-28-2009, 12:39 PM
Head says Rafa
Heart Says Nando

RicRoc
01-28-2009, 12:40 PM
Nadal in 4.Will be a close match for the first three sets.:)

W!MBLEDON
01-28-2009, 12:41 PM
First Spanish finalist at the Australian Open for 40 years (Andres Gimeno) is guaranteed. I hope it will be Nando but his H2H against Rafa scares me. :unsure:

carlos moya got there 12 years ago...

Diprosalic
01-28-2009, 12:44 PM
I hope it will be Nando but his H2H against Rafa scares me. :unsure:

well he had a 0:5 h2d against murray.

groundstroke
01-28-2009, 12:53 PM
Verdasco in the final would be amazing. Another player to challenge Fed/Nadal.

Voo de Mar
01-28-2009, 12:55 PM
carlos moya got there 12 years ago...

Amazing that I forgot about Moya! :o Especially I saw all his matches in Melbourne in 1997 :lol:

TheWall
01-28-2009, 01:01 PM
I really hope it's Verdasco, thath way we'd get a better final (less UEs, more winners).

Ad Wim
01-28-2009, 01:04 PM
Please put sets in such a poll, so much more fun!

I say Nadal in 3, 6-4 7-6 6-2

prima donna
01-28-2009, 01:06 PM
The outcome of this match will be as much decided by Verdasco's psychological fortitude as it will by his shot selection. In terms of athleticism, he is on par with Nadal, as the question has never been one of physical limitations or a lack of innate talent, but rather his ability to temper his game in crucial moments.

Moreover, cheap service points come in handy against a player of Nadal's mold, which means that a good indicator of how this match is going would probably be the first-serve percentage of Verdasco, as well as points won on second serve. Brad Gilbert made an interesting observation during the Verdasco/Murray match: Verdasco seems to be content with spinning his 1st serve in -- or, perhaps more appropriately -- trepid about hitting second serves.

All in all, given the surface, conditions and respective forms, the match should be dictated, win or lose, by Verdasco -- as has been the case with all players that have come close or succeeded at beating the #1. It will be his job to initiate the first strike; it will be his job to unsettle Nadal by controlling every point; it will be his job to convert when given the opportunity to break.

Often times it seems to be the case that certain players are too willing to defer to Nadal, and of course, it's no surprise that such players have enjoyed very little success against him. Such a phenomenon is rather curious for the simple fact that Nadal ought not be in control of his own destiny on quicker surfaces in the latter stages of Grand Slams. The onus always rests on the shoulders of his opponents -- whether they know it or not.

Bilbo
01-28-2009, 01:07 PM
R. Nadal in 3

the biscuit
01-28-2009, 01:11 PM
The outcome of this match will be as much decided by Verdasco's psychological fortitude as it will by his shot selection. In terms of athleticism, he is on par with Nadal, as the question has never been one of physical limitations or a lack of innate talent, but rather his ability to temper his game in crucial moments.

Moreover, cheap service points come in handy against a player of Nadal's mold, which means that a good indicator of how this match is going would probably be the first-serve percentage of Verdasco, as well as points won on second serve. Brad Gilbert made an interesting observation during the Verdasco/Murray match: Verdasco seems to be content with spinning his 1st serve in -- or, perhaps more appropriately -- trepid about hitting second serves.

All in all, given the surface, conditions and respective forms, the match should be dictated, win or lose, by Verdasco -- as has been the case with all players that have come close or succeeded at beating the #1. It will be his job to initiate the first strike; it will be his job to unsettle Nadal by controlling every point; it will be his job to convert when given the opportunity to break.

Often times it seems to be the case that certain players are too willing to defer to Nadal, and of course, it's no surprise that such players have enjoyed very little success against him. Such a phenomenon is rather curious for the simple fact that Nadal ought not be in control of his own destiny on quicker surfaces in the latter stages of Grand Slams. The onus always rests on the shoulder's of his opponents -- whether they know it or not.

Why don't you just use the word 'burden'? :confused:

BTW, Rafa in 4.

rafa_maniac
01-28-2009, 01:11 PM
The outcome of this match will be as much decided by Verdasco's psychological fortitude as it will by his shot selection. In terms of athleticism, he is on par with Nadal, as the question has never been one of physical limitations or a lack of innate talent, but rather his ability to temper his game in crucial moments.

Moreover, cheap service points come in handy against a player of Nadal's mold, which means that a good indicator of how this match is going would probably be the first-serve percentage of Verdasco, as well as points won on second serve. Brad Gilbert made an interesting observation during the Verdasco/Murray match: Verdasco seems to be content with spinning his 1st serve in -- or, perhaps more appropriately -- trepid about hitting second serves.

All in all, given the surface, conditions and respective forms, the match should be dictated, win or lose, by Verdasco -- as has been the case with all players that have come close or succeeded at beating the #1. It will be his job to initiate the first strike; it will be his job to unsettle Nadal by controlling every point; it will be his job to convert when given the opportunity to break.

Often times it seems to be the case that certain players are too willing to defer to Nadal, and of course, it's no surprise that such players have enjoyed very little success against him. Such a phenomenon is rather curious for the simple fact that Nadal ought not be in control of his own destiny on quicker surfaces in the latter stages of Grand Slams. The onus always rests on the shoulder's of his opponents -- whether they know it or not.

Brilliant post, exactly my thoughts :worship:

Voo de Mar
01-28-2009, 01:15 PM
well he had a 0:5 h2d against murray.

I think now it looks worser, counting a Challenger is 0-7, Nadal won also two matches against Nando in Spanish Championships. I'm afraid those defeats could have been more in practise sessions :o

Pfloyd
01-28-2009, 01:19 PM
This one is going to be tough as hell for Rafa.

I'd say Rafa in a 5 setter or Verdasco in 4.

If I knew Verdasco could challenge Federer and give him a good fight, I would'nt mind him winning, but in a slam final it might be difficult for Verdasco to control himself...

ToniTennis
01-28-2009, 01:23 PM
First Spanish finalist at the Australian Open for 40 years (Andres Gimeno) is guaranteed. I hope it will be Nando but his H2H against Rafa scares me. :unsure:

Moya;)

Voo de Mar
01-28-2009, 01:30 PM
Moya;)

Strange things happen with memory sometimes :p Moya and Nadal come from Mallorca, so I hope my mistake was referring to a Spaniard from the inner land, so Verdasco is guaranteed in the final (Gimeno was born in Barcelona) ;) I wish him to take the title, it'd be awesome.

safinafan
01-28-2009, 01:32 PM
Verdasco in 3 sets!!!

PiggyGotRoasted
01-28-2009, 01:33 PM
Verdasco in 3 unless nadal fakes an injury when he is losing like normal then Verdasco in 2.

Nadal will take atleast 3 injury breaks in this match when he is down because of his little finger hurts, then when he loses it wont count because he was tired.

nanoman
01-28-2009, 01:37 PM
Nadal in 3 maybe 4. Nadal will loop his BH to Verdasco's BH and Verdasco will lose his patience and duly selfdestruct.

Xristos
01-28-2009, 02:15 PM
Nadal in 3. Easy.

Jaz
01-28-2009, 02:17 PM
I think it could be aa long 5-setter. Something tells me that Nadal on HC - Something usually goes wrong.

Xristos
01-28-2009, 02:19 PM
Verdasco in 3 sets!!!

Lol.

safinafan
01-28-2009, 02:21 PM
Verdasco in 3 unless nadal fakes an injury when he is losing like normal then Verdasco in 2.

Nadal will take at least 3 injury breaks in this match when he is down because of his little finger hurts, then when he loses it wont count because he was tired.

:haha: Better Verdasco in 1 or half set. I'm just kidding ok (i'm a Rafa fan too.) :)

ToniTennis
01-28-2009, 02:24 PM
Verdasco in 3 unless nadal fakes an injury when he is losing like normal then Verdasco in 2.

Nadal will take atleast 3 injury breaks in this match when he is down because of his little finger hurts, then when he loses it wont count because he was tired.

:lol: awesome

safinalium
01-28-2009, 02:28 PM
Nadal in 3 (worst case scenario - in 4)

shotgun
01-28-2009, 02:30 PM
The answer you're looking for is F. Verdasco.

IvŠn
01-28-2009, 02:31 PM
Its verdascos best chance to bt nadal

Full of confindence

Hardcourt

Nadal looks a tad shaky

safinafan
01-28-2009, 02:34 PM
The answer you're looking for is F. Verdasco.

Good taste in avatars Shotgun :yeah:

reggie1
01-28-2009, 02:36 PM
I hope Raffa as he has more chance of beating Rog-God.

waterlily_021989
01-28-2009, 02:42 PM
Nadal in 3,VAMOOOOOOOS!!!

rofe
01-28-2009, 02:52 PM
Verdasco will bend over for Nadal. Nothing else needs to be said.

EnriqueIG8
01-28-2009, 03:03 PM
I'd say Verdasco in straights.

walid1988
01-28-2009, 03:09 PM
i say verdasco in 5

tennizen
01-28-2009, 03:14 PM
Verdasco will bend over for Nadal. Nothing else needs to be said.

Unlike Delpo who fought valiantly only to be tamed by the old lion:hearts:

rofe
01-28-2009, 03:17 PM
Unlike Delpo who fought valiantly only to be tamed by the old lion:hearts:

Why would Delpo bend over for a washed up player? :confused:

Johnny Groove
01-28-2009, 03:21 PM
Worried about this one...

~*BGT*~
01-28-2009, 03:22 PM
I've bet on Verdasco for the last 2 matches and he has one them both. I think the trend will continue. :cool:

tennizen
01-28-2009, 03:23 PM
Why would Delpo bend over for a washed up player? :confused:

Why would Verdasco bend over for a hard court mug:confused:

marcRD
01-28-2009, 03:23 PM
This matchup is as perfect for Nadal as Roddick is to Federer.

So Nadal has 2 perfect matchups coming up in Verdasco and Federer. I think Nadal is the favorite.

rofe
01-28-2009, 03:31 PM
Why would Verdasco bend over for a hard court mug:confused:

Because Verdasco is even more of a mug and thinks Nadal is God? :shrug:

tennizen
01-28-2009, 03:40 PM
Because Verdasco is even more of a mug and thinks Nadal is God? :shrug:

In which case Nadal is the better mug and will win without Verdasco having to bend over:shrug:

rocketassist
01-28-2009, 03:48 PM
I remember a match at Queen's which went to a third set TB, and there seemed a bit of beef between the two at that point...

rofe
01-28-2009, 03:54 PM
In which case Nadal is the better mug and will win without Verdasco having to bend over:shrug:

True but Verdasco won't even make it competitive resulting in a blowout unless Nadal gets bored and toys with his minion.

Aenea
01-28-2009, 04:09 PM
Why should Verdasco bend over for Rafa? :confused:
He's playing very well in the tournament of his life, has a chance to beat the world #1 and play a GS final and he'll blow it just like that only because he's facing 1 of his countrymen? I don't get it. I would have fought tooth and nail countryman or no. And actually that's what I'm expecting to happen - Verdasco will fight if he's still physically and mentally strong after those 2 big wins.
Now so many posters call Verdasco "the real deal" but if Rafa beats him he'll immediately turn into another mug/loser/tool worth nothing and being easy prey for Nadal. The fact that he managed to beat the "undisputed Oz Open favorite" and the last year's runner-up will be completely forgotten :rolleyes:

Andi-M
01-28-2009, 04:14 PM
Nadal in 4 :D

Sebby
01-28-2009, 04:16 PM
Any match between Nadal and a Spaniard is a joke.

ImmzB
01-28-2009, 04:48 PM
Rafa in 3

LleytonMonfils
01-28-2009, 05:08 PM
I hope Nadal hits a forehand with so much spin it finds its way into Verdasco's box and pops that guy in the face with the Green shirt.

Tennisman82
01-28-2009, 05:27 PM
I say Nadal in 4. Verdasco plays some sweet tennis that is reminiscent of Nadalís tennis, such as that forehand.

I think this one has the potential to be very entertaining to watch, but beating Nadal is something that I think is beyond Verdasco's present capabilities.

Tennisman82.

NyGeL
01-28-2009, 06:07 PM
Rafa in 3, maybe 4.

dylan24
01-28-2009, 06:17 PM
rafa should buy this verdasco guy something nice for helping him to the AO final.
he takes out the 2 guys who can beat rafa (murray and tsonga)
and now he will bend over for rafa like he always does.
nadal in 3.

just hand rafa the title now

dylan24
01-28-2009, 06:20 PM
Verdasco will bend over for Nadal. Nothing else needs to be said.

exactly

MissMelly2U
01-28-2009, 06:54 PM
I don't really know who to pick. I'm sure Nadal will bring it, but Verdasco is an unknown quantity at this point. He may grab his ankles like he normally does for Nadal or he may let it all hang out a la Gonzo back in '07.

bad gambler
01-28-2009, 07:03 PM
Great chance for Verdasco

Bilbo
01-28-2009, 07:05 PM
Great chance for Verdasco

his chance of beating nadal is higher than roddick to beat federer imo

NinaNina19
01-28-2009, 07:11 PM
Hopefully Nadal.

biological
01-28-2009, 08:01 PM
I said Nando would beat Murray and Tsonga, and he won me lots of vcash with Tsonga, so I'm gonna stick with the guy for this and say Verdasco in 4 or 5 :D

Won't really be disappointed either way, but I'll be a bit more worried for Roger if he gets to the final and it's against Rafa.

sphiie
01-28-2009, 08:03 PM
I hope Rafael Nadal in 3... but I think Fernando will take one set. Rafael for the final!!!

Vida
01-28-2009, 09:05 PM
Should be a great match. lefty vs lefty. Liked Mats' description of Verdasco's forehand as a mixture of Nadals and Federers. Straight arm at the moment of striking the ball, but bit more extremish grip to put more spin to it. No wonder he likes this surface.

If we take out Nadals unmatched zeal it might actually be slightly in favor of Fernando, but I kinda feel it will only SEEM tight between the two.

jenanun
01-28-2009, 09:14 PM
rafa in 3 with at least 1 tb

roberthenman
01-28-2009, 11:03 PM
verdasco in 5

FedFan_2007
01-28-2009, 11:11 PM
Verdasco in 4:

6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4

RagingLamb
01-28-2009, 11:30 PM
If verdasco plays as well as he did against Tsonga, Nadal will not have an easy time with him

connectolove
01-28-2009, 11:42 PM
This match is different. Verdasco is truly doing well and he will convince himself that he deserves to win as much as Rafa does. Rafa is the mentally stronger but Verdasco is on a mission.

My head says Verdasco 55% Rafa 45%, my heart goes with Rafa 65%, Verdasco %35 ...

My wish: A Spaniard takes the Grand Slam.

bad gambler
01-28-2009, 11:47 PM
This match is different. Verdasco is truly doing well and he will convince himself that he deserves to win as much as Rafa does. Rafa is the mentally stronger but Verdasco is on a mission.

My head says Verdasco 55% Rafa 45%, my heart goes with Rafa 65%, Verdasco %35 ...

My wish: A Spaniard takes the Grand Slam.

Unless Rafa intends to play right handed there is no way you can say Verdasco is the favourite in this match.

octatennis
01-29-2009, 12:02 AM
we must follow the tendency of the latest years, verdasco is the surprise finalist this season in oz.

meihaditalab
01-29-2009, 12:03 AM
Verdasco can maybe take one set but i still think he can improve his overall game, therefore i think Nadal is going to take it in 3 or 4 sets

Knightmace
01-29-2009, 12:05 AM
The outcome of this match will be as much decided by Verdasco's psychological fortitude as it will by his shot selection. In terms of athleticism, he is on par with Nadal, as the question has never been one of physical limitations or a lack of innate talent, but rather his ability to temper his game in crucial moments.

Moreover, cheap service points come in handy against a player of Nadal's mold, which means that a good indicator of how this match is going would probably be the first-serve percentage of Verdasco, as well as points won on second serve. Brad Gilbert made an interesting observation during the Verdasco/Murray match: Verdasco seems to be content with spinning his 1st serve in -- or, perhaps more appropriately -- trepid about hitting second serves.

All in all, given the surface, conditions and respective forms, the match should be dictated, win or lose, by Verdasco -- as has been the case with all players that have come close or succeeded at beating the #1. It will be his job to initiate the first strike; it will be his job to unsettle Nadal by controlling every point; it will be his job to convert when given the opportunity to break.

Often times it seems to be the case that certain players are too willing to defer to Nadal, and of course, it's no surprise that such players have enjoyed very little success against him. Such a phenomenon is rather curious for the simple fact that Nadal ought not be in control of his own destiny on quicker surfaces in the latter stages of Grand Slams. The onus always rests on the shoulders of his opponents -- whether they know it or not.
Fernando was like 4/4 in break points against Tsonga :worship:

I hope he winms

muchu
01-29-2009, 01:30 AM
My heart says nando, considering the tendency of surprise finalist in AO. hix hix

Forehander
01-29-2009, 01:36 AM
If Fernando Verdasco can abuse his forehand he's got a great chance to win this. The only reason he'll lose is he doesn't play aggressive enough. He's got the potential to whack possibly the highest velocity forehand with that technique of his.

muchu
01-29-2009, 01:37 AM
My heart says nando, considering the tendency of surprise finalist in AO. hix hix

Mechlan
01-29-2009, 02:27 AM
Nadal in 4. Assuming Fer comes to play and gets worn down by Nadal's consistency. Hopefully he realizes he can't play the way he did against Tsonga.

Deivid23
01-29-2009, 04:46 AM
First Spanish finalist at the Australian Open for 40 years (Andres Gimeno) is guaranteed. I hope it will be Nando but his H2H against Rafa scares me. :unsure:

What is Moya, a Canadian? :retard:

Laba
01-29-2009, 11:54 AM
I'm surprised Nando doesn't have more votes but I'm hoping and thinking that Rafa wins in four sets. I want Verdasco to really push him and force him into playing agressive so we don't see another performance like the one against Simon.

sports freak
01-29-2009, 12:14 PM
Rafa in 4 aswell!

d3ck
01-29-2009, 12:19 PM
1-If a surprise-player must visit AO final to keep history, Fer will win. But, Nadal is kind of surprise too, so. EVEN
2-Most people want another Fed-Nadal breathtaking final. NADAL
3-To beat Nadal, you must be a TOP TEN, be on HC, be an in-form-on-fire player, play at 200% of your game... and Nadal be at half power. VERDASCO?

Hard to choose.

Deborah
01-29-2009, 02:22 PM
Verdasco in 4. Nadal seemed to be struggling with the heat against Simon and Verdasco really looks confident. His serve-stats in the match against Tsonga were great.
Still a difficult choice...
Last year no one believe Tsonga could win it, but he did Šnd in straights...

knight_ley
01-29-2009, 03:11 PM
This is my final. :lol: At least that's what I'm telling myself. :angel: I think it'll be Rafa but I'm betting on Nando because it would make my week if he was in the final. ;)

ORGASMATRON
01-29-2009, 03:22 PM
Now that Roddick has lost to Fed again it is obvious that Nando will be the surprise finalist. Nando has beaten Murray and Tsonga, two players who could easily have won the whole thing. Mugdull has beaten ummm, let me see, nobody? Going by that he should clearly have the better of Mugdull. Anyhow he will be the first player to actually take the game to Mugdull. Mugdull's pissy draw might just count against him here...

ClaudiuS
01-29-2009, 03:23 PM
I don't think so.

Crazy Girl
01-29-2009, 03:23 PM
Nadal. 3 or 4...I don't know...

Andi-M
01-29-2009, 03:24 PM
Do you ever stop?

There is a prediction thread for the match why not discuss it there.

Crazy Girl
01-29-2009, 03:25 PM
:o:rolleyes::confused::yawn::drink::awww::scratch: :ignore::shrug:

Commander Data
01-29-2009, 03:27 PM
Federer said he expects Nadal to come thru. Fed knows his shit...

ORGASMATRON
01-29-2009, 03:31 PM
Do you ever stop?

There is a prediction thread for the match why not discuss it there.

Someone started the thread, 'Now Nadal will obviously win the AO'. So i think im well within my rights to post this thread.

Nathaliia
01-29-2009, 03:31 PM
merge :rolleyes:

i made a verdasco final thread a few days ago

Chair Umpire
01-29-2009, 03:35 PM
Someone started the thread, 'Now Nadal will obviously win the AO'. So i think im well within my rights to post this thread.

:retard:

Oh lord, can this get more childish? :rolls:

Fiberlight1
01-29-2009, 03:42 PM
Hahah, it's getting ridiculous. Fed fans are just praying Nando gets through so their man won't have to face Rafa.

MalwareDie
01-29-2009, 03:43 PM
I hope that Verdasco takes out Mugdull but am not too optimistic. Verdasco has had a much more difficult draw than Mugdull and might be tired. He also could not defeat an ill Murray and injured Tsonga in straight sets, which makes me question his ability. Finally, I have a feeling that he worships Mugboar and will not do very well against him.

Caerula Sanguis
01-29-2009, 03:44 PM
:retard:

Oh lord, can this get more childish? :rolls:

Surprisingly it says Age: 30 below his avatar.

ORGASMATRON
01-29-2009, 03:47 PM
Surprisingly it says Age: 30 below his avatar.

Does it now? :lol:

duong
01-29-2009, 03:48 PM
I remember that in the beginning of the tournament, in the middle of all that crazyness about Murray or sometimes Monfils or Federer, somebody had said that "Nadal will be the surprise finalist this year".

It sounded very relevant ... and it will probably be proved now :D

Fiberlight1
01-29-2009, 03:49 PM
Nadal in four..

Something like... 6-4 5-7 6-3 6-4

shawshank
01-29-2009, 03:53 PM
Now that Roddick has lost to Fed again it is obvious that Nando will be the surprise finalist. Nando has beaten Murray and Tsonga, two players who could easily have won the whole thing. Mugdull has beaten ummm, let me see, nobody? Going by that he should clearly have the better of Mugdull. Anyhow he will be the first player to actually take the game to Mugdull. Mugdull's pissy draw might just count against him here...

Are you so afraid of Nadal? I know it would be easier for Mono Fed to play against Verdasco in the final, but c'mon if you say that Fed is the GOAT why are you afraid of Nadal? Maybe because of Wimby 08? :confused:

ORGASMATRON
01-29-2009, 03:55 PM
Lol i didnt even think of it that way, that Mugdull would be a surprise finalist. My logic must have been skewed by being part of this skewed forum ;)

ORGASMATRON
01-29-2009, 04:00 PM
Are you so afraid of Nadal? I know it would be easier for Mono Fed to play against Verdasco in the final, but c'mon if you say that Fed is the GOAT why are you afraid of Nadal? Maybe because of Wimby 08? :confused:

No i would like Mugdull to win more then anything so that Fed can put him in his place once and for all, but looking how Nando and Mugdull fared respectively in th tourny i have to go with Nando. Mugdull hasnt even been tested so far, cept a little by Simon. I feel that might cost him. Unless Nando is tired, but his got a great physique as well. Mainly im just looking forward to see someone take the game to Mugdull to see if he's actually worth of being in the final with Fed. But like Duong said Mugdull would also be a surprise finalist, seeing that his never been in a GS hardcourt final. This thread might need some rivision.

Mansave_75
01-29-2009, 04:03 PM
Nadal in 3.
7-5,6-3,6-4
:)

Chair Umpire
01-29-2009, 04:05 PM
Surprisingly it says Age: 30 below his avatar.

http://foros.fotech.cl/style_emoticons/default/mieosz5.gif

IvŠn
01-29-2009, 04:08 PM
Verdasco said that he feels like he can beat anybody

Its not everyday you hear a tennis player say that

Must be full to the max of confindence

ORGASMATRON
01-29-2009, 04:12 PM
Verdasco said that he feels like he can beat anybody

Its not everyday you hear a tennis player say that

Must be full to the max of confindence

I agree, in the past Mugdull would have owned Nando mentally but this Nando is good. He's not scared of no one, not even Fed.

Certinfy
01-29-2009, 04:14 PM
I was thinking the same thing... GO VERDASCO!

Certinfy
01-29-2009, 04:17 PM
Nadal in 4 or 5.

But go Verdasco... WOOT

IvŠn
01-29-2009, 04:19 PM
only problem is, nadal is a lefty like nando

its gonna be hard for verdasco to create angles against rafa because of his positioning and tenacity on the court.

habibko
01-29-2009, 04:23 PM
ruanz, if you want to make yourself useful, open the long awaited thread: "will Nadal make the final without losing a set?", if you want to start jinxing then this is the perfect time to do it :rolleyes:

ballbasher101
01-29-2009, 07:28 PM
I hope Verdasco wins but realistically Nadal should take this one in maybe three or four sets.

FedFan_2007
01-29-2009, 07:38 PM
Verdasco, you go ninja.

PiggyGotRoasted
01-29-2009, 08:01 PM
nandonandonando

ImmzB
01-29-2009, 08:02 PM
Nadal!

ORGASMATRON
01-29-2009, 08:05 PM
I just wrote a blog post in which i review this match, you should check it out.

ORGASMATRON
01-29-2009, 08:06 PM
ruanz, if you want to make yourself useful, open the long awaited thread: "will Nadal make the final without losing a set?", if you want to start jinxing then this is the perfect time to do it :rolleyes:

I dont need to do that, Nadal will definitely lose a set, if not the match.

ORGASMATRON
01-29-2009, 08:16 PM
I hope Verdasco wins but realistically Nadal should take this one in maybe three or four sets.

Why 'realistically'? Please explain that to me.

connectolove
01-29-2009, 08:27 PM
Unless Rafa intends to play right handed there is no way you can say Verdasco is the favourite in this match.

After seeing how Verdasco disposed of Murray and Tsonga, anything is possible.

PiggyGotRoasted
01-29-2009, 08:38 PM
Verdasco smacking to nadals backhand = Verdasco win
Verdasco pushing his forehand half court to nadals forehand cross court = Verdasco Lose

ORGASMATRON
01-29-2009, 10:35 PM
Two things here. We have seen how many players have made their careers here at the AO by making the final. Call me superstitious but this WILL have an influence on this match in Verdasco's favor. The second thing is that Nadal has never been past the semi's of a hardcourt GS. Remember what happened at the US Open? He breezed hrough all the easy matches and got beat by Murray in the semi's. Verdasco beat Murray AND Tsonga.

Get ready for a much tougher match then you thought...

superslam77
01-29-2009, 11:13 PM
vamos verdasco matalo!! when pig tries his mowgli shot to your backhand you should run around and bash to his backhand :devil:

Knightmace
01-30-2009, 12:29 AM
Nad\ndos got thrashed at RG08 but this is a fresh new Nando.

I say Nando in 3, i know.

bad gambler
01-30-2009, 12:34 AM
After seeing how Verdasco disposed of Murray and Tsonga, anything is possible.

He still isn't the favourite to win the match nor should he be. Whether he actually does win is a different matter.

ORGASMATRON
01-30-2009, 04:20 AM
As if never being past the semi's of a GS and Verdasco being the likely surprise finalist wasnt enough, bookmakers now have him as the favorite to beat Verdasco :lol:

ORGASMATRON
01-30-2009, 04:42 AM
:zzz:

Fiberlight1
01-30-2009, 04:42 AM
This could be posted in the Rafa vs. Verdasco thread..

You know that everytime you have a new thought, it doesn't warrant a new thread, right?

Snoo Foo
01-30-2009, 04:46 AM
As if never being past the semi's of a GS and Verdasco being the likely surprise finalist wasnt enough, bookmakers now have him as the favorite to beat Verdasco :lol:

and unfortunately for Roger Federer, bookmakers now have him as the favorite to win the Australian Open :lol:

ORGASMATRON
01-30-2009, 04:46 AM
That thread is just about who will win, this one is about so much more.

ORGASMATRON
01-30-2009, 04:47 AM
and unfortunately for Roger Federer, bookmakers now have him as the favorite to win the Australian Open :lol:

Yes but we all know by now Roger doesnt get affected much by bookmakers :lol:

ORGASMATRON
01-30-2009, 05:38 AM
I cant wait for this macth, i think its ona be one of the better matches of the AO. Thats if Rafa doesnt get spanked :devil:

MalwareDie
01-30-2009, 05:40 AM
I hope Mugboar gets spanked exceptionally hard to make up for his ridiculous draw.

ORGASMATRON
01-30-2009, 05:48 AM
:haha:

bad gambler
01-30-2009, 05:54 AM
ruanz33 is going to be on suicide watch if Federer doesn't win the AO.

Rumour has it ruanz33 is going to watch the final at Fed_Fan's place

ORGASMATRON
01-30-2009, 06:00 AM
ruanz33 is going to be on suicide watch if Federer doesn't win the AO.



Nah been there done that. Besides Fed won the AO when he beat Berdych.

habibko
01-30-2009, 06:22 AM
ruanz33 is going to be on suicide watch if Federer doesn't win the AO.

Rumour has it ruanz33 is going to watch the final at Fed_Fan's place

:haha: :haha: :haha:

Tennisman82
01-30-2009, 07:55 AM
I hope Verdasco wins but realistically Nadal should take this one in maybe three or four sets.

Yeah I went with Nadal in four. Verdasco should be Nadalís toughest match to date. They both have very heavy topspin games but Verdasco can flatten that forehand easily (he was hitting winner after winner on the f/h side against Murray), and thatís going to be problematic for Nadal. Fernando has been serving exceptionally too. If he can reproduce those amazing forehands & serves, well, Nadalís gonna be in trouble.

I think Fernando was a mental midget in the past but heís a totally different character now.

Tennisman82.

Venle
01-30-2009, 08:01 AM
I have a feeling we might have a surprise finalist and Verdasco is on fire, so I'm saying him.

Tennisman82
01-30-2009, 08:10 AM
I have a feeling we might have a surprise finalist and Verdasco is on fire, so I'm saying him.

Itís going to be a sore disappointment for us fans & AO officials if we donít get a final between no.1 & no. 2!

Tennisman82.

ORGASMATRON
01-30-2009, 11:54 AM
.............

gaitare
01-30-2009, 12:22 PM
Verdasco effortlessly in five.

rafa_maniac
01-30-2009, 12:27 PM
Rafa in 7 :rocker2:

ToniTennis
01-30-2009, 12:29 PM
Verdasco effortlessly in five.

:haha: If this isn't an oxymoron, then what.

babyfederer
01-30-2009, 01:23 PM
Verdasco is all heart. Just pure heart and determination

new-york
01-30-2009, 01:26 PM
GoNando to gut it out. :hearts:

Art&Soul
01-30-2009, 02:02 PM
GOOOOOOOO Nando, finish this mooballer :bounce: Its so pity if you loose this your match :banana:

Snoo Foo
02-05-2009, 02:58 AM
Nah been there done that. Besides Fed won the AO when he beat Berdych.

:lol:

Mimi
02-05-2009, 03:56 AM
:lol: