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Analyzing Rafa, Del Potro, Murray, and Roddick...

theseth1119
01-18-2010, 04:21 PM
Who would you say looks most vulnerable of these 4 based on their 1st round performances and who looks the least vulnerable? I'd have to say that Del Potro's the most vulnerable because of the wrist, he did go 4 sets against Russell. I'd say least Vulnerable is Murray, he went right through his opponent. Roddick had some close sets and Rafa, while he won 7-6(0) 6-1 6-4, did have two close sets and the match was 2 hours and 34 minutes (he was fortunate it didn't go 4 or 5 sets because if he spent over 4 hours out there, it would've been very bad for Rafa for the later rounds to have enough left in the tank to beat the top guys).

Certinfy
01-18-2010, 04:22 PM
Del Potro by far...

gulzhan
01-18-2010, 04:26 PM
Murray looked great, Roddick-- OK, Del Potro looked bored and impatient, Nadal looked vulnerable in the 1st set. Fortunatelly I had to leave at 5-6 to finish this dreadful day at AO.

fred perry
01-18-2010, 04:32 PM
can't tell a thing yet cuz they haven't started to swing yet....

Goldenoldie
01-18-2010, 04:34 PM
I don't believe in analyzing unless I'm paid for it. Try asking Mats Wilander.

zlaja777
01-18-2010, 04:40 PM
Murray allways starts strong. It's still too early.

Andi-M
01-18-2010, 04:42 PM
You dont win anything based on a 1st round performance. They are all in the next round so are all equally vulnerable.

Noleta
01-18-2010, 04:42 PM
Isn't it too early still?:scratch:

Murray looked on fire till he went out in the 4th round last year.
Roddick the same,but he came up against Fed.
Delpo always looks tired/injured whatever,but he won the U.Sopen last year
Rafa had a 5 hour match,won the final the day after.

philosophicalarf
01-18-2010, 04:53 PM
Potro didn't look too clever in the US Open until the semis really - he was fairly fortunate he didn't drop the opening set to Melzer, dropped a set to Koellerer, and Cilic was a set and a break up before he exploded and beat himself. He did the same in Washington, was very poor in the early rounds, even dropped a set to Lu, but went on to win it.

Of course, the wrist may be a genuine problem he can't get past, just saying a wobbly early round doesn't mean much for him.

moon language
01-18-2010, 05:07 PM
Del Potro looked flustered by his interaction with the umpire and I think that is the main reason he lost that set. Otherwise I thought he looked fine. He was hitting the forehand as well (and hard) as ever.

jcempire
01-18-2010, 07:11 PM
Murray looked great, Roddick-- OK, Del Potro looked bored and impatient, Nadal looked vulnerable in the 1st set. Fortunatelly I had to leave at 5-6 to finish this dreadful day at AO.

Agree

Murray will go to win AO. Go Go Go

Apemant
01-18-2010, 07:12 PM
Isn't it too early still?:scratch:

Murray looked on fire till he went out in the 4th round last year.
Roddick the same,but he came up against Fed.
Delpo always looks tired/injured whatever,but he won the U.Sopen last year
Rafa had a 5 hour match,won the final the day after.

Two days after. :devil: SF was on friday, the final was on sunday.

How come everyone keeps saying it was the very next day? :confused:

Haelfix
01-18-2010, 07:29 PM
Actually, I thought Murray looked the most vulnerable. His serve percentage was terrible and his groundstrokes lacked top end pace.

DP still brought the heat, despite the UEs and injuries. Nadal still can run, his serve looked pretty good and is jsut a question of shaking off the dust. He'll be fine

Roddick looked jittery, but that also looked like match experience, so I think he'll be fine.

I think the courts are playing slow though, and that favors Rafa more than any of the others listed.

DartMarcus
01-18-2010, 08:35 PM
I have seen only Del Potro and Nadal's matches.
JMDP was playing far from his best tennis, but Mike Russel had a pretty good match.
Nadal was playing ok. Peter was just playing the best tennis of career until 5-4* in the 1st set.
Roddick must have been playing his usual tennis without much effort.
Murray must have played a good match, or Anderson was awful? Have not seen the match at all.

As for their following matches:
JMDP is in the biggest danger out of this 4, having to play Blake or Clement. If James gets past Arnaud, he will be definetely be the biggest threat for JMDP as well as Cilic.
Nadal will win next match easily, but then will have to work a bit more vs Kohlschreiber. Still, don't Kohli taking a set of Rafael. Karlovic could win a set though.
Roddick will easily reach R4 if he plays his average tennis. Then it will be much more difficult.
Murray will have some challenge vs Melzer or Nieminen and then vs Isner of Monfils. R4 could be tricky for him.

Certinfy
01-18-2010, 08:48 PM
So practically all 4 of them will face a test before the Quarters, that's good :)

LocoPorElTenis
01-18-2010, 08:52 PM
Waaaaay too early to tell. First rounds against vastly inferior opponents are meaningless.

tennishero
01-18-2010, 09:11 PM
roddick

McAlistar
01-18-2010, 09:56 PM
Actually, I thought Murray looked the most vulnerable. His serve percentage was terrible and his groundstrokes lacked top end pace.

DP still brought the heat, despite the UEs and injuries. Nadal still can run, his serve looked pretty good and is jsut a question of shaking off the dust. He'll be fine

Roddick looked jittery, but that also looked like match experience, so I think he'll be fine.

I think the courts are playing slow though, and that favors Rafa more than any of the others listed.

Rubbish, Murray was hitting with more top end pace than Roddick and Rafa anyway.

coonster14
01-18-2010, 10:59 PM
well u really can not tell much from 1st round matches, 1st round matches in grand slams are always tough and a bit uncomfortable.

did not watch del potro or roddick matches, so i can not really comment on them, just reading up on what others have said about those 2 particular matches.

watched murray's match, and kevin anderson played like utter garbage, i thought he was a better player than what i saw yesterday, isn't he the one who took out nole 1st round in miami in 2008 :shrug:, murray had such a bad 1st serve % (in the 30s), but from what i saw, he was hitting the ball well, but lets see if he can keep that up for the next few rounds.

rafa was a little slow out of the blocks, if not for luczak choking when serving for the 1st set when he was 5-3 up, then the match was going to be a 4 setter for sure, but then i expected rafa to fight back and find his rhythm, which he did, he blitzed that 1st set tiebreak. after that, i knew that rafa had this match in the bag, 2nd set was complete ownage and 3rd set, rafa just needed that one break of serve, but credit to luczak for at least giving it a good shot out there in the 1st set.

BUT...rafa served very well, looks like he has beefed up his 1st serve, 11 aces!!!

now, im hoping blake gets past clement, as blake vs delpo would be a very interesting match-up (only played once before in 2007, blake won that one 6-1, 3-1 RET.), but of course, delpo is a much different player these days, but hoping that match happens on wednesday.