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Rome R3: Nadal def Hanescu 6-3 6-2

Fiberlight1
04-29-2010, 08:09 PM
Expected

Fedicilous
04-29-2010, 08:10 PM
Solid Nadal, really good game from Hanescu.

born_on_clay
04-29-2010, 08:10 PM
another routine match

Surcouf
04-29-2010, 08:10 PM
Nadal played badly and still won easily.

This is called margin. Hope he picks up his level for the last part of the tournament though.

He can still win 6-3 6-2 against most of the players in an off day.

iriraz
04-29-2010, 08:10 PM
Very entertaining match.Lots of quality points and the scoreline could have been tighter

Fiberlight1
04-29-2010, 08:11 PM
Hanescu played pretty good.. Was a quality match

MrChopin
04-29-2010, 08:11 PM
A little disappointing that Clay Monster didn't get the double break in the first. He'll have to take it up a few levels to win here.

WhatsUpDok
04-29-2010, 08:11 PM
The result was never in doubt but I thought Hanescu played some top draw stuff.

federernadalfan
04-29-2010, 08:12 PM
nid

rafa_maniac
04-29-2010, 08:12 PM
Poor Hanescu, he played a great match and doesn't have much to show for it on the scoreboard. Plenty of winners, few errors, clever game plan with drop shots and net rushes, but against Nadal playing this well on clay it was never going to be enough. Rafa could do with picking up the agression a notch, but otherwise he's on track to peak when it really counts, RG :yeah:

born_on_clay
04-29-2010, 08:12 PM
very solid from Rafa
stats:

Selby
04-29-2010, 08:12 PM
Am I the only one who thinks Nadal is not playing as well as he did in MC?

l_mac
04-29-2010, 08:12 PM
Nadal played badly and still won easily.


:retard:

raahaat7
04-29-2010, 08:13 PM
Comfortably won

tyruk14
04-29-2010, 08:13 PM
Nadal played badly and still won easily.

This is called margin. Hope he picks up his level for the last part of the tournament though.

He can still win 6-3 6-2 against most of the players in an off day.

Wrong. Nadal played well and so did Hanescu.

Thoroughly entertaining match.

gorgo1986
04-29-2010, 08:13 PM
The people saying Nadal did not play well obviously did not watch the match, Rafa had 31 winners and 10 unforced errors. Hanescu was playing amazing and would have taken any other player in the draw to at least a third set. Amazing points, especially that one in the second to last game. Absolutely amazing rallies. Great match to watch! Hanescu should be really proud of himself he never gave up.

moonlightdance
04-29-2010, 08:13 PM
some really fun points throughout the match. nadal will be looking to pick up the level a bit next round, though.

Puschkin
04-29-2010, 08:14 PM
Nadal played badly and still won easily.
If you try to be ironic, it is a rather failed attempt, and if you are serious, I wonder if you have seen the match. This was much more exciting and entertaining than all matches in Monte Carlo taken together, Hanescu did very well, but Nadal was just too strong.

malisha
04-29-2010, 08:14 PM
lol i mac...didnt you see how his level droped in 2. set just like against Ljubo or Roddick???

and this is best of 3 match...i wonder how is he going to hold his level in best of 5 match

l_mac
04-29-2010, 08:14 PM
Am I they only one who thinks Nadal is not playing as well as he did in MC?

He is serving better than he did in Monte Carlo.

He hit some unbelievable winners tonight.

Surcouf
04-29-2010, 08:14 PM
Am I they only one who thinks Nadal is not playing as well as he did in MC?

Yes, today it was very clear.

Nadal played very far from his level of the Ferrer and Verdasco matchs at MC. But it was Hanescu, Nadal knew there was little threat and was maybe less focused on the match.

malisha
04-29-2010, 08:15 PM
Hanescu did well though

Fedicilous
04-29-2010, 08:15 PM
Unfortunately for me, Nadal looks really good, but I have an impression that he is not playing some superb stuff like he did in 2008 for example.

TennisOnWood
04-29-2010, 08:15 PM
18 consecutive Masters 1000 1/4's :worship:

Take the crown!!!

malisha
04-29-2010, 08:15 PM
not s single return winner from Nadal...and balls was short in second set...closer to the service line than the baseline

malisha
04-29-2010, 08:16 PM
Am I the only one who thinks Nadal is not playing as well as he did in MC?

no..you are not alone

Surcouf
04-29-2010, 08:16 PM
If you try to be ironic, it is a rather failed attempt, and if you are serious, I wonder if you have seen the match. This was much more exciting and entertaining than all matches in Monte Carlo taken together, Hanescu did very well, but Nadal was just too strong.

I was not ironic. Nadal hit some great winners, but could not return Hanescu first serve, had trouble with his serve, and had to run a lot to win the points.

At MC Nadal just looked invincible and noting could hurt him. He looked a bit vulnerable here.

Puschkin
04-29-2010, 08:17 PM
Am I the only one who thinks Nadal is not playing as well as he did in MC?
At MC Nadal just looked invincible and noting could hurt him. He looked a bit vulnerable here.
None of the guys Nadal played in MC was as good as Hanescu was today.

Raymz
04-29-2010, 08:18 PM
Respect Hanescu, didn't expect him to do so well!

Fedicilous
04-29-2010, 08:20 PM
It's a another proof that Spanish players are his bitches, do you like it or not.

Hanescu is a bigger treat for Nadal on clay than Verdasco or Ferrer, it's just pathetic.

gorgo1986
04-29-2010, 08:20 PM
Did people watch the same match as me? Nadal played brilliant. 31 winners people and only 10 unforced errors!!! That is more than he has hit in a while.

Aenea
04-29-2010, 08:20 PM
not s single return winner from Nadal...and balls was short in second set...closer to the service line than the baseline

not true. can't say in which game but Hanescu hit a serve and rushed to the net only to see the ball passing him. maybe there weren't many but there were RW for sure.

l_mac
04-29-2010, 08:21 PM
not s single return winner from Nadal...and balls was short in second set...closer to the service line than the baseline
:lol:

There are some errors in this post.

gorgo1986
04-29-2010, 08:22 PM
It's a another proof that Spanish players are his bitches, do you like it or not.

Hanescu is a bigger treat for Nadal on clay than Verdasco or Ferrer, it's just pathetic.


If Federer had played this guy instead of Gulbis he would have lost in straight sets.

Selby
04-29-2010, 08:23 PM
Obviously Nadal is still playing very very well but if there is any sort of decline in here, even a small one, he should be worried and make sure it's not the same pattern as last year.
Last year I think he had a visible decline in Rome, it was enough for him to still take the title but then in Madrid and in RG it wasn't enough...

alter ego
04-29-2010, 08:23 PM
Hănescu is slow on court and can't change the direction of his running in resonable time, if he's wrongfooted there you go, you have a winner.

ExcaliburII
04-29-2010, 08:23 PM
Just covered the handicap hanescu :lol:

Lucky

Surcouf
04-29-2010, 08:23 PM
Did people watch the same match as me? Nadal played brilliant. 31 winners people and only 10 unforced errors!!! That is more than he has hit in a while.

Lots of ball in the net, poor return of serve and serve, a lot of defending and running against Hanescu and in the rallys he was not really dominating. So yes, he hit a lot of winners, but I expected a more dominating performance, like in MC.

Fedicilous
04-29-2010, 08:25 PM
If Federer had played this guy instead of Gulbis he would have lost in straight sets.





And what Federer has to do with that?

Great example to compare Federer giving a shit to match and in-form Nadal. Congrats.

I'm just talking about facts(bitches).

malisha
04-29-2010, 08:26 PM
not true. can't say in which game but Hanescu hit a serve and rushed to the net only to see the ball passing him. maybe there weren't many but there were RW for sure.
sorry...missed that one


:lol:

There are some errors in this post.

more than one yeah but i do not care...it was easy to understand what i was trying to say even with those errors

Arkulari
04-29-2010, 08:26 PM
http://i40.tinypic.com/54esm1.jpg

Hanescu is a terrible mover, so he didn't stand the slightless chance against Rafa ;)

moon language
04-29-2010, 08:26 PM
I thought they both played well. Hanescu's backhand is rock solid and as such that takes Nadal a little bit out of his comfort zone. Plenty of entertaining points throughout.

Fiberlight1
04-29-2010, 08:26 PM
Lots of ball in the net, poor return of serve and serve, a lot of defending and running against Hanescu and in the rallys he was not really dominating. So yes, he hit a lot of winners, but I expected a more dominating performance, like in MC.

Like people said.. this was probably Nadal's toughest competitor on clay this year, not in terms of name, but in terms of being on.

Hanescu played great, so did Nadal..

rafa_maniac
04-29-2010, 08:27 PM
Did people watch the same match as me? Nadal played brilliant. 31 winners people and only 10 unforced errors!!! That is more than he has hit in a while.

Nope, just a couple of people trolling on this thread. 80% of first serves in, 3 times as many winners as UEs (on CLAY), and an opponent who played a really excellent match, this was as impressive a performance or more as anything he did in MC where noone put up much resistance.

Puschkin
04-29-2010, 08:31 PM
Nope, just a couple of people trolling on this thread. 80% of first serves in, 3 times as many winners as UEs (on CLAY), and an opponent who played a really excellent match, this was as impressive a performance or more as anything he did in MC where noone put up much resistance.
My thoughts exactly.

Filo V.
04-29-2010, 08:32 PM
A little disappointing that Clay Monster didn't get the double break in the first. He'll have to take it up a few levels to win here.
No, he won't need to.

Mats68
04-29-2010, 08:32 PM
Yes, today it was very clear.

Nadal played very far from his level of the Ferrer and Verdasco matchs at MC. But it was Hanescu, Nadal knew there was little threat and was maybe less focused on the match.

Fully agree, He didn't play as well as he did in MC against Ferrer and Verdasco, but he knew he didn't need to. Overall very solid match by RN, Hanescu played extremely well.

prafull
04-29-2010, 08:33 PM
Nope, just a couple of people trolling on this thread. 80% of first serves in, 3 times as many winners as UEs (on CLAY), and an opponent who played a really excellent match, this was as impressive a performance or more as anything he did in MC where noone put up much resistance.

Agree 101%.

Jade Fox
04-29-2010, 08:35 PM
Hanescu played as well as he could and he still only won five games.

I gotta feeling Roland Garros will be Rafa's again. :cool:

And :lol: at the stadium playing "Gypsy" after the first set. I wonder how Rafa felt about that.

malisha
04-29-2010, 08:35 PM
Hanescu played a great match but come on....his best opponent on clay this year??

Nadal made him look like hes the best with his awful returns and short balls

Filo V.
04-29-2010, 08:36 PM
Nadal didn't look as great because Hanescu played better than any of his other opponents on clay. Overall, Rafa played around an A-/B+ or so level. There isn't anything to worry about. Hanescu played great and the match was still routine.

SetSampras
04-29-2010, 08:37 PM
I dont blame Fed for avoiding Rafa again.. Rafa in his current form an Fed in his would bagel Fed on clay and take him on grass and maybe even the USO. Why would the so called "GOAT" want to embarrass himself against Nadal again

Mats68
04-29-2010, 08:37 PM
Obviously Nadal is still playing very very well but if there is any sort of decline in here, even a small one, he should be worried and make sure it's not the same pattern as last year.
Last year I think he had a visible decline in Rome, it was enough for him to still take the title but then in Madrid and in RG it wasn't enough...

Come on you must be kidding. If you watch last year's matches in both MC and Rome, and you compare them with this year, it's a different player. Last year he was not always dominating the rallies and hitting winners from every corner of the court but he won because he was fighting and grinding it out. This year he's dominating every single match in less then an hour and a half.

l_mac
04-29-2010, 08:41 PM
^^ They're trolling.

malisha
04-29-2010, 08:46 PM
not trolling

didnt you see i mac that his level droped in second set?

maybe im wrong but he wasnt dominating the rallys the same way in first and second set and no its not Hanescu who made him do that

Arkulari
04-29-2010, 08:47 PM
whomever thought "Buleria" by David Bisbal was a good song to end the match should be shot :retard:

yes, the guy is Spanish, but he's crap

gorgo1986
04-29-2010, 08:50 PM
whomever thought "Buleria" by David Bisbal was a good song to end the match should be shot :retard:

yes, the guy is Spanish, but he's crap



The guy in charge of the music should have been shot, period!

Arkulari
04-29-2010, 08:52 PM
yep

Frooty_Bazooty
04-29-2010, 08:58 PM
I was really impressed with how well Hanescu played tonight, he would have given any human a lot of trouble. Rafa was just superhuman

Mjau!
04-29-2010, 09:02 PM
Nadal is definitely not playing as well as he did in MC. Hanescu and Kohli looked good because Nadal allowed them to attack. He's less agressive and hitting shorter than 2 weeks ago.

malisha
04-29-2010, 09:07 PM
Nadal is definitely not playing as well as he did in MC. Hanescu and Kohli looked good because Nadal allowed them to attack. He's less agressive and hitting shorter than 2 weeks ago.

stop trolling:dance:

Forehander
04-29-2010, 09:08 PM
Good match. Routine stuff from Nadal

MrChopin
04-29-2010, 09:11 PM
18 consecutive Masters 1000 1/4's :worship:

Take the crown!!!

Indeed. That's among the all-time classic records.

If Federer had played this guy instead of Gulbis he would have lost in straight sets.

I dont blame Fed for avoiding Rafa again.. Rafa in his current form an Fed in his would bagel Fed on clay and take him on grass and maybe even the USO. Why would the so called "GOAT" want to embarrass himself against Nadal again

This thread was for Hanescu and Rafa. Fed? :scratch:

DJ Soup
04-29-2010, 09:22 PM
I have big respects for Hanescu.

prafull
04-29-2010, 09:30 PM
612ffbA0iDA

Point of the match.

Har-Tru
04-29-2010, 09:38 PM
Nadal is indeed not playing as well here as he did in MC.

Topspin Forehand
04-29-2010, 09:53 PM
Anyone that thinks Nadal could repeat his performance of MC is kidding themselves. MC is his favorite tournament. The courts are very slow and cushioned to Nadal's liking. Rome is a little quicker and doesn't take Nadal's spin as well.

-Valhalla-
04-29-2010, 10:03 PM
Get a load of this shit ...

Nadal played badly and still won easily.

Am I the only one who thinks Nadal is not playing as well as he did in MC?

Rafa could do with picking up the agression a notch

Huh? His aggression was frighteningly violent.

duong
04-29-2010, 10:06 PM
Great match by Hanescu :yeah:

great match also by Nadal but well, it's more expected :lol:

I still wonder if Nadal has a physical problem, as in all of his matches since Monte-Carlo, he looks very dark, like angry, more than usually, and willing to finish very quickly.

Maybe the poor guy has a physical problem and has no other choice than winning his matches 6-3 6-1 :lol:

osmonde
04-29-2010, 10:16 PM
Nadal worked hard to develop more agressive game...and he is doing just that...

-Valhalla-
04-29-2010, 10:17 PM
Friends, Romans, Countrymen! ...

The people saying Nadal did not play well obviously did not watch the match, Rafa had 31 winners and 10 unforced errors. Hanescu was playing amazing and would have taken any other player in the draw to at least a third set. Amazing points, especially that one in the second to last game. Absolutely amazing rallies. Great match to watch! Hanescu should be really proud of himself he never gave up.

+10

Did people watch the same match as me? Nadal played brilliant. 31 winners people and only 10 unforced errors!!! That is more than he has hit in a while.

+1

Nope, just a couple of people trolling on this thread. 80% of first serves in, 3 times as many winners as UEs (on CLAY), and an opponent who played a really excellent match, this was as impressive a performance or more as anything he did in MC where noone put up much resistance.

+10

I dont blame Fed for avoiding Rafa again.. Rafa in his current form an Fed in his would bagel Fed on clay and take him on grass and maybe even the USO. Why would the so called "GOAT" want to embarrass himself against Nadal again

+1

Come on you must be kidding. If you watch last year's matches in both MC and Rome, and you compare them with this year, it's a different player. Last year he was not always dominating the rallies and hitting winners from every corner of the court but he won because he was fighting and grinding it out. This year he's dominating every single match in less then an hour and a half.

+10

I was really impressed with how well Hanescu played tonight, he would have given any human a lot of trouble. Rafa was just superhuman

+1

duong
04-29-2010, 10:17 PM
I have big respects for Hanescu.

yes Hanescu is way underrated in this forum, it's not the first time I've noticed that ;)

he played more winners than unforced errors against Nadal on clay, I guess : that's a huge performance :worship:

Fisico
04-29-2010, 10:20 PM
Jesus guys. Rome is quicker than MC so guys get rewarded a bit more when they attack Rafa here.
He has less time on the ball and hits shorter as a result. Don't kid yourselves, this would have been 2 and 1 at MC max.
Also, Rafa would never get 31 winners on a MC clay court, its just too slow.
Well done to both for a good match

peribsen
04-29-2010, 10:25 PM
Nadal is definitely not playing as well as he did in MC. Hanescu and Kohli looked good because Nadal allowed them to attack. He's less agressive and hitting shorter than 2 weeks ago.

I think there is a pretty clear psychological reason for that. After 11 months of struggling (during which he managed to make QF/SF in all tournaments except London, so for most other players you wouldn´t call it struggling at all), Nadal was desperate for a win to boost his self-confidence (which had become a major problem, as his loss in Miami clearly showed).

So he fought like hell in MC, didn´t really trust himself. He won, he's over it. So now he is back to normal, knows that he doesn´t have to play his A+ game to beat every single rival. That is good news for him.

Hanescu played lovely, kudos for him.

Persimmon
04-29-2010, 11:10 PM
I think if Nadal plays Madrid it would be a huge mistake. His body cannot put up with playing as many claycourt tournaments as when he was younger.....

Halba
04-29-2010, 11:23 PM
I think if Nadal plays Madrid it would be a huge mistake. His body cannot put up with playing as many claycourt tournaments as when he was younger.....

3 weeks off before RG is ideal. he should withdraw

Topspin Forehand
04-29-2010, 11:26 PM
3 weeks off before RG is ideal. he should withdraw
2 weeks is ideal. But the stupid schedule has a Master Series end a week before RG. :rolleyes:

ossie
04-29-2010, 11:32 PM
I think if Nadal plays Madrid it would be a huge mistake. His body cannot put up with playing as many claycourt tournaments as when he was younger.....
agreed, he needs to start thinking about slams now he already has enough masters titles

Rafa = Fed Killa
04-30-2010, 02:16 AM
Invincible Spartan King :worship:

Filo V.
04-30-2010, 03:27 AM
No tennis for 3 weeks before a slam is a bad schedule, and not a good idea for someone like Nadal who plays on rhythm. People are very paranoid about his injury issues, but he will do what's best for him, he has only played 3 tournaments in the past months, and has had breaks in between all of them. I don't love Madrid since the tournament is not too similar to the conditions at the French, but Nadal coming in cold without matches is probably one of the only ways he will lose the tournament, as he will be rusty and may have issues early in the event, which will hurt him later on.

HarryMan
04-30-2010, 04:08 AM
Hanescu played a good match but got schooled, props to him on putting up a fight.

About whether Nadal should play Madrid, I think he should. After winning Rome, he still has a week to recover. He will be more ready for RG this year with these breaks (skipping Barcelona was a really smart decision from him and his camp).

andy neyer
04-30-2010, 04:14 AM
No tennis for 3 weeks before a slam is a bad schedule, and not a good idea for someone like Nadal who plays on rhythm. People are very paranoid about his injury issues, but he will do what's best for him, he has only played 3 tournaments in the past months, and has had breaks in between all of them. I don't love Madrid since the tournament is not too similar to the conditions at the French, but Nadal coming in cold without matches is probably one of the only ways he will lose the tournament, as he will be rusty and may have issues early in the event, which will hurt him later on.

Agreed 100%

Also Madrid is a good tournament in its own. People here talk of the pre-RG clay court season as one big preparation for RG, totally ignoring that MS like MC, Rome and Madrid have a big value on its own.

Filo V.
04-30-2010, 04:22 AM
Agreed 100%

Also Madrid is a good tournament in its own. People here talk of the pre-RG clay court season as one big preparation for RG, totally ignoring that MS like MC, Rome and Madrid have a big value on its own.

Very true, all Masters series events are very valuable, especially since Madrid is in Spain in front of the Spanish fans, and nothing beats playing and winning against good competition. And for Rafa the value is even more since he can regain the #1 ranking within the next weeks, and winning Madrid would help him in that. Taking a week in between Madrid and RG should be enough for Rafa to rest and prepare, and Rafa, while he should be smart, shouldn't go overboard on the cautiousness.

Deivid23
04-30-2010, 07:14 AM
Last year I think he had a visible decline in Rome, it was enough for him to still take the title but then in Madrid and in RG it wasn't enough...

lol. Nadal normally plays his best stuff of the clay season in Rome bc of the conditions. And match against Soderling was the best he played in the whole year, even though it was played in night session

Deivid23
04-30-2010, 07:16 AM
Didn´t watch the match, but if I can get it in the morning I´m pretty sure I would tend to think Rafa didn´t played that well as malisha and others here have written as majority of MTF people are fucking insane when analyzing matches

Deivid23
04-30-2010, 07:18 AM
Anyone that thinks Nadal could repeat his performance of MC is kidding themselves. MC is his favorite tournament. The courts are very slow and cushioned to Nadal's liking. Rome is a little quicker and doesn't take Nadal's spin as well.

For fuck´s sake, stop it :haha:

Topspin Forehand
04-30-2010, 07:33 AM
For fuck´s sake, stop it :haha:
I'm not saying Nadal will lose here. Just I don't see him dominating like he did in Monte-Carlo. There is like 4% more breaks in Monte-Carlo and Nadal thrived off of the opportunities of having neutral points. Nadal already mentioned he liked the courts in Monte-Carlo more during last year of Rome and said Djokovic had a better chance at Rome against him.

Castafiore
04-30-2010, 07:37 AM
The courts are very slow and cushioned to Nadal's liking. Rome is a little quicker and doesn't take Nadal's spin as well.
There's not a direct link between the quickness of a clay court and how well it responds to his top spin, though.

A lot of people seem to think:
Slow court = great for top spin
Quick court = bad for top spin.
which isn't necessarily the case.

Rafa's first impression of this new Rome court was that it plays quickly but responds well to his top spin (high bounce).

Deivid23
04-30-2010, 07:44 AM
I'm not saying Nadal will lose here. Just I don't see him dominating like he did in Monte-Carlo. There is like 4% more breaks in Monte-Carlo and Nadal thrived off of the opportunities of having neutral points. Nadal already mentioned he liked the courts in Monte-Carlo more during last year of Rome and said Djokovic had a better chance at Rome against him.

You´re writing bullshit, dude. I don´t know if he will win or not, but the sure thing is Rome´s conditions are the best for Nadal, takes spin very well, ball bounces as fuck and it´s quick as well. Nadal himself has always said he prefers these conditions to play on clay rather than slower or damper ones. And basically every year he has played in Rome better than anywhere else

Acer
04-30-2010, 07:53 AM
2 weeks is ideal. But the stupid schedule has a Master Series end a week before RG. :rolleyes:

Too bad that stupid ATP schedule is not perfectly tailored to fit Nadal's body in particular (or Federer's mood for that matter) Eh?

SOD. OFF.

MariaV
04-30-2010, 08:17 AM
Great match by Hanescu :yeah:

great match also by Nadal but well, it's more expected :lol:

I still wonder if Nadal has a physical problem, as in all of his matches since Monte-Carlo, he looks very dark, like angry, more than usually, and willing to finish very quickly.

Maybe the poor guy has a physical problem and has no other choice than winning his matches 6-3 6-1 :lol:

:lol: He did smile after winning that amazing point though (the video of which was posted here). ;)
I think he was more grim and dark last clay season, it was clear since the first match in MC that something was bothering him and not just the family issues. This year I'd say he's just more serious maybe because he's grown up and gotten older. :bigcry: :lol:

MariaV
04-30-2010, 08:26 AM
I was not ironic. Nadal hit some great winners, but could not return Hanescu first serve, had trouble with his serve, and had to run a lot to win the points.

At MC Nadal just looked invincible and noting could hurt him. He looked a bit vulnerable here.

I thoght if I should reply to the trolls but OK. Trouble with his serve? His 1st serve % was 87, no? :scratch: See the stats. Could not return? That's because Hanescu also served great, I cannot vouch but probably better than any other oppnent on clay this year, his 1st serve % was 84.

I have to give props to Hanescu and yes, it was a great match from both. :hatoff:

Halba
04-30-2010, 09:01 AM
I thoght if I should reply to the trolls but OK. Trouble with his serve? His 1st serve % was 87, no? :scratch: See the stats. Could not return? That's because Hanescu also served great, I cannot vouch but probably better than any other oppnent on clay this year, his 1st serve % was 84.

I have to give props to Hanescu and yes, it was a great match from both. :hatoff:

hanescu is a big server. he played great. W to UE was great in the first set. he could've beaten ANYBODY in the 1st set only. level went off a tad in the 2nd.

but..nadal is a complete machine. he is very efficient and slides well, uses the surface well

Surcouf
04-30-2010, 05:05 PM
And people were calling me a troll when I said that Nadal played badly yesterday and was far from his level of MC???

This is even more obvious today.

Fiberlight1
04-30-2010, 05:45 PM
And people were calling me a troll when I said that Nadal played badly yesterday and was far from his level of MC???

This is even more obvious today.

Nadal has never done as well in Rome as MC.. The surface doesn't suit him as well.. He's still a beast on clay, but it's definitely the fastest clay on the MS circuit

rafa_maniac
04-30-2010, 06:09 PM
Nadal has never done as well in Rome as MC.. The surface doesn't suit him as well.. He's still a beast on clay, but it's definitely the fastest clay on the MS circuit

Huh? He didn't lose a set in Rome last year, but he did in MC. He's looking just as good here this year aswell (considering I think the opposition is putting up a sterner challenge so far). Speed isn't the issue for Nadal, it's the bounce. Hamburg were the slowest clay courts around and they didn't suit Nadal nearly as well.

Topspin Forehand
04-30-2010, 06:09 PM
You´re writing bullshit, dude. I don´t know if he will win or not, but the sure thing is Rome´s conditions are the best for Nadal, takes spin very well, ball bounces as fuck and it´s quick as well. Nadal himself has always said he prefers these conditions to play on clay rather than slower or damper ones. And basically every year he has played in Rome better than anywhere else
Nadal says Monte-Carlo is his favorite tournament. The surface at Monte-Carlo is softer and easier on his joints. They both are his favorite Masters but I think Nadal is more comfortable with the courts at Monte-Carlo. The weather doesn't make that much of a difference. And I don't see the ball bouncing any higher at Rome compared to Monte-Carlo. RG is by far the highest bouncing clay courts I've seen.

Topspin Forehand
04-30-2010, 06:19 PM
Huh? He didn't lose a set in Rome last year, but he did in MC. He's looking just as good here this year aswell (considering I think the opposition is putting up a sterner challenge so far). Speed isn't the issue for Nadal, it's the bounce. Hamburg were the slowest clay courts around and they didn't suit Nadal nearly as well.
I don't know why people thought Hamburg was so slow. It's not slow to me. I saw Fed get many cheap points on his serve against Nadal. It is definitely low bouncing though and the lowest bouncing clay courts I've seen. The main thing is the material the court is made of. Nadal acts like it is a foreign surface to him by all the times he is slipping around there.

duong
04-30-2010, 07:16 PM
:lol: He did smile after winning that amazing point though (the video of which was posted here). ;)
I think he was more grim and dark last clay season, it was clear since the first match in MC that something was bothering him and not just the family issues. This year I'd say he's just more serious maybe because he's grown up and gotten older. :bigcry: :lol:

to me this year he perfectly fits the image of the furious toro which had been given to him before :lol:

Deivid23
05-01-2010, 10:54 AM
Nadal says Monte-Carlo is his favorite tournament. The surface at Monte-Carlo is softer and easier on his joints. They both are his favorite Masters but I think Nadal is more comfortable with the courts at Monte-Carlo. The weather doesn't make that much of a difference. And I don't see the ball bouncing any higher at Rome compared to Monte-Carlo. RG is by far the highest bouncing clay courts I've seen.

Nadal has like 25 favourite tourneys, he always says the same. And you´re way wrong, ball bounces as fuck in Rome basically bc courts are normally way drier than in MC bc of humidity and hot weather or even Paris and clay layer has always looked thiner to me as well. If you think RG is by far the highest bouncing clay, then it pretty much says it all and I´m sure you´ve not ever been at Rome courts in one of their typical sunny days

Action Jackson
05-01-2010, 11:10 AM
Nadal has like 25 favourite tourneys, he always says the same. And you´re way wrong, ball bounces as fuck in Rome basically bc courts are normally way drier than in MC bc of humidity and hot weather or even Paris and clay layer has always looked thiner to me as well. If you think RG is by far the highest bouncing clay, then it pretty much says it all and I´m sure you´ve not ever been at Rome courts in one of their typical sunny days

He is as clueless as Tomas Roncero, but without the humour value.

Kolya
05-01-2010, 12:34 PM
Respectable scoreline for Hanescu :yeah: :lol:

Surcouf
05-01-2010, 03:45 PM
:retard:

Wrong. Nadal played well and so did Hanescu.

Thoroughly entertaining match.

The people saying Nadal did not play well obviously did not watch the match, Rafa had 31 winners and 10 unforced errors. Hanescu was playing amazing and would have taken any other player in the draw to at least a third set. Amazing points, especially that one in the second to last game. Absolutely amazing rallies. Great match to watch! Hanescu should be really proud of himself he never gave up.

If you try to be ironic, it is a rather failed attempt, and if you are serious, I wonder if you have seen the match. This was much more exciting and entertaining than all matches in Monte Carlo taken together, Hanescu did very well, but Nadal was just too strong.

None of the guys Nadal played in MC was as good as Hanescu was today.

Did people watch the same match as me? Nadal played brilliant. 31 winners people and only 10 unforced errors!!! That is more than he has hit in a while.

Like people said.. this was probably Nadal's toughest competitor on clay this year, not in terms of name, but in terms of being on.

Hanescu played great, so did Nadal..

Nope, just a couple of people trolling on this thread. 80% of first serves in, 3 times as many winners as UEs (on CLAY), and an opponent who played a really excellent match, this was as impressive a performance or more as anything he did in MC where noone put up much resistance.

Nadal didn't look as great because Hanescu played better than any of his other opponents on clay. Overall, Rafa played around an A-/B+ or so level. There isn't anything to worry about. Hanescu played great and the match was still routine.

^^ They're trolling.

I was really impressed with how well Hanescu played tonight, he would have given any human a lot of trouble. Rafa was just superhuman

Get a load of this shit ...







Huh? His aggression was frighteningly violent.

Jesus guys. Rome is quicker than MC so guys get rewarded a bit more when they attack Rafa here.
He has less time on the ball and hits shorter as a result. Don't kid yourselves, this would have been 2 and 1 at MC max.
Also, Rafa would never get 31 winners on a MC clay court, its just too slow.
Well done to both for a good match



Well, dedicated to all the deluded people who did not the obvious. Nadal played badly against Hanescu and in this tournament. You were completely wrong.