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Rome 1/4: Verdasco def. Djokovic 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-4

samanosuke
04-30-2010, 02:34 PM
I never liked Verdasco but I have to give a credit to him for this win . Impressive stuff after playing finals two weeks in a row

.-Federers_Mate-.
04-30-2010, 02:34 PM
Verdasco keeps up his great clay form. No revenge for djokovic, he looked just as tired as verdasco..had no answers in the 3rd. Match was over 3 hours long..entertaining stuff.

whattheheck
04-30-2010, 02:34 PM
What a long match! Nando becoming a strong contender for Roland Garros.;)

LocoPorElTenis
04-30-2010, 02:35 PM
Yesssssssssssss

Aaric
04-30-2010, 02:36 PM
Crazy stuff :worship:
I love Nole but Nando :worship::worship::worship:

Commander Data
04-30-2010, 02:36 PM
What a long match! Nando becoming a strong contender for Roland Garros.;)

The better player won. Great Clay Tennis by Verdasco. .. but that doesn't make him a fav for RG....

out_here_grindin
04-30-2010, 02:36 PM
79% 1st serve. Meanwhile Djokovic was without a serve, won 33% of points on hos own 2nd serve.

ossie
04-30-2010, 02:36 PM
vamos nando!

raahaat7
04-30-2010, 02:36 PM
on coarse for R.G.!!

TMJordan
04-30-2010, 02:36 PM
This guy sucks

FlameOn
04-30-2010, 02:37 PM
That ace on match point was spine chilling.

Nando. :bigcry: :worship:

Fedicilous
04-30-2010, 02:37 PM
Epic fight by Verdasco to give the title to his fellow Spaniard.

Corey Feldman
04-30-2010, 02:37 PM
tie break king this Nole

Acer
04-30-2010, 02:37 PM
Nando becoming a strong contender for Roland Garros.;)

Tee hee

Erica86
04-30-2010, 02:37 PM
Very well played, Nando. That was a terrific match. Nole played well too.

tae04
04-30-2010, 02:37 PM
Novak you stink!

Can't believe Verdasco is not out of gas.

Sham Kay
04-30-2010, 02:37 PM
Legend. Great performance, beating a very determined if slightly flawed Djoko.

Priam
04-30-2010, 02:37 PM
Quite a run Nando is on the past 3 weeks! He must be running on fumes. Good win!

jonathancrane
04-30-2010, 02:38 PM
Nando :worship:
Too big

TennisOnWood
04-30-2010, 02:38 PM
Great :worship:

Har-Tru
04-30-2010, 02:39 PM
LOL at those who said Verdasco's best surface is hard...

Nacho
04-30-2010, 02:40 PM
nando :worship: I have no words!

player of the month :p

Voo de Mar
04-30-2010, 02:40 PM
Nando's physical preparation :eek:
He has mentally improved this year. No matter he loses a 5:2, 5:3 or even 5:1 40-30 lead (like against Montanes in MC), stays mentally composed. It's a change in comparison to last season when he started to play more patiently but still couldn't deal properly with tough situations.

Djokovic used to be a tie-break monster but since the beginning of last year has been average in this department.

gorgo1986
04-30-2010, 02:41 PM
I am so impressed by Nando after weeks of playing and no rest, he makes the semifinals. He has come such a long way and he is a completely different player. This match will give him even more confidence. I am so proud of Nando!!! VAMOS! Gracias Fer, eres un campeón!

moonlightdance
04-30-2010, 02:41 PM
great win for nando! he could do well at RG...if he's not running on empty by then.

Jomp1
04-30-2010, 02:41 PM
Nando was the better in this match. He lost second set because he dropped his level of play not because Djoker upped his. Well fought match from both, I still think this match was a step in the right direction for Novak. He needs to work on the consistency with his serve though.

gorgo1986
04-30-2010, 02:42 PM
Major props to Nole and Nando for fighting so hard and giving it there all despite all the fatigue.

Ales_Alessandra
04-30-2010, 02:42 PM
Again: HOLY S**T SPEACHELESSSS!!!! :tape:
NANDOOOOOOOOOO!!! :banana: :banana:
Ps: Nole :hug:

aussie_fan
04-30-2010, 02:42 PM
Got to be impressed with what Nando is showing lately, showing a lot of physical and mental toughness, to win an epic like that after the long 2 weeks he has, very strong fitness.

FlameOn
04-30-2010, 02:45 PM
Also why do people think Nando is really slow? :confused: This match proved he can get plenty of balls back.

DJ Soup
04-30-2010, 02:46 PM
Eternal from the future

Noleta
04-30-2010, 02:46 PM
Nando:hatoff:He dictated this match from start til finish,his level dropped(tanked)in the second set,but took control in the third.

Nole becoming more and more like an average player each tournament:hug:

rolandgarros
04-30-2010, 02:47 PM
Nole sucks

Lalalovesong
04-30-2010, 02:47 PM
Well done Nando! Impressive run!!

Get ready for madrid, nole

Guga_fan
04-30-2010, 02:48 PM
Good win for Nando, specially after the last to weeks

I don't know how Djokovic should feel, he played better than in MC, but he is not the clay player he used to be (IMO he also wasn't that good in 2009)

tennishero
04-30-2010, 02:49 PM
again... verdasco is clearly in the form of his life.

Lalalovesong
04-30-2010, 02:49 PM
Oh and I don't think nole cared much, no?

Horatio Caine
04-30-2010, 02:50 PM
Nando. :worship:

However, it is probably the end of the line for him now assuming that Ferrer finds a way past Tsonga and doesn't take all day about it.

Priam
04-30-2010, 02:51 PM
Nando - Nadal again???

alter ego
04-30-2010, 02:53 PM
Also why do people think Nando is really slow? :confused: This match proved he can get plenty of balls back.

Because he used to be untill ... last month. I smell a little rat here. He has never been this fit. He has played a lot of tennis in this 3 weeks but only seems to be stronger and stronger physically, and he also had to take a bus from monte carlo to barcelona because of the ash cloud.

FlameOn
04-30-2010, 02:55 PM
Because he used to be untill ... last month. I smell a little rat here. He has never been this fit. He has played a lot of tennis in this 3 weeks but only seems to be stronger and stronger physically, and he also had to take a bus from monte carlo to barcelona because of the ash cloud.
:lol: Don't even go there. A top player like Nando would never get away with doping, come on now. :confused:

alter ego
04-30-2010, 02:58 PM
:lol: Don't even go there. A top player like Nando would never get away with doping, come on now. :confused:

Sure he won't. It's not like Agassi just wrote in a book that he took some drugs that should have suspended him for 3 months but the ATP didn't do anything about it.:rolleyes:

gorgo1986
04-30-2010, 03:00 PM
Because he used to be untill ... last month. I smell a little rat here. He has never been this fit. He has played a lot of tennis in this 3 weeks but only seems to be stronger and stronger physically, and he also had to take a bus from monte carlo to barcelona because of the ash cloud.


This guy is beyond a troll, pay no attention. :worship:

FlameOn
04-30-2010, 03:04 PM
This guy is beyond a troll, pay no attention. :worship:
Anyway Nando wasn't THAT strong physically in the match as the second set he was a walking zombie. It was pure determination that got him through. ;)

gorgo1986
04-30-2010, 03:06 PM
Anyway Nando wasn't THAT strong physically in the match as the second set he was a walking zombie. It was pure determination that got him through. ;)



Anyone could see Nando was struggling, he was barely walking, taking more time on the exchanges, stretching, slowing down the match. He was really tired and it showed but in the end he just wanted the win more.

problematique
04-30-2010, 03:08 PM
Oh and I don't think nole cared much, no?

Novak's fitness started to fail him if you ask me. Clearly gassed.

Vida
04-30-2010, 03:10 PM
verdasco :yeah: played better overall. weak, mediocre from djokovic.

Mats68
04-30-2010, 03:13 PM
Sure he won't. It's not like Agassi just wrote in a book that he took some drugs that should have suspended him for 3 months but the ATP didn't do anything about it.:rolleyes:

shut up!

Noleta
04-30-2010, 03:16 PM
Anyone could see Nando was struggling, he was barely walking, taking more time on the exchanges, stretching, slowing down the match. He was really tired and it showed but in the end he just wanted the win more.

Man,that's like saying Nole didn't wanna win this match:shrug:

Nando was better,his serve was there when he needed free points,Nole was always playing catch up.

Fedicilous
04-30-2010, 03:18 PM
I would not suspect Verdasco of taking steroids.
He has been having a great condition since I know this player.

Look at Australian Open 2009 semi, Verdasco seemed to be quite fit in 5 set, he would have easily take that If his brain was OK.

gorgo1986
04-30-2010, 03:23 PM
Man,that's like saying Nole didn't wanna win this match:shrug:

Nando was better,his serve was there when he needed free points,Nole was always playing catch up.



I agree about the serve 100 % but I also think that in the end Nando pushed himself more, he fought harder and he got the win.

Nole fan
04-30-2010, 03:29 PM
All the best for him, this way Nole can prepare better for RG and not arrive there completely exhausted and spent. I'm sure he'll be in his best form for the slam. He's in the right direction now, getting his old serve and game back can't happen overnight, but at least he's faring better than Murray or Federer. :hug:
Verdasco. :worship:

FlameOn
04-30-2010, 03:33 PM
All the best for him, this way Nole can prepare better for RG and not arrive there completely exhausted and spent. I'm sure he'll be in his best form for the slam. He's in the right direction now, getting his old serve and game back can't happen overnight, but at least he's faring better than Murray or Federer. :hug:
Verdasco. :worship:
Good to see some positivity from a Nole fan. :worship: Nole will be fine in the long run. He's a tireless worker. :)

malisha
04-30-2010, 03:34 PM
congats Nando

MacTheKnife
04-30-2010, 03:35 PM
Very close match, but nando just played to well on several critical points. Djok, that serve..:silly:

federernadalfan
04-30-2010, 03:35 PM
good fight by verdasco

Mjau!
04-30-2010, 03:44 PM
:lol: Don't even go there. A top player like Nando would never get away with doping, come on now. :confused:

I'm not suggesting that Nando dopes, but drug testing in tennis is a joke.

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=9249093&postcount=35

Michael Bluth
04-30-2010, 03:46 PM
5-2 record against top 10 players in 2010:worship:.

Pirata.
04-30-2010, 03:47 PM
Because he used to be untill ... last month. I smell a little rat here. He has never been this fit. He has played a lot of tennis in this 3 weeks but only seems to be stronger and stronger physically, and he also had to take a bus from monte carlo to barcelona because of the ash cloud.

Fernando had issues with consistency and his mental game. I don't think they make drugs for that.

Il Primo Uomo
04-30-2010, 04:13 PM
Great display of toughness by Nando. Nole just go hard or go home!

Certinfy
04-30-2010, 06:40 PM
i love you nando

Topspin Forehand
04-30-2010, 06:42 PM
Vamos Verdasco. Great effort and a great 3 weeks he's had. All that work with Gil Reyes has paid off.

-Valhalla-
04-30-2010, 06:42 PM
A tough, physical, grinding match. I was pulling for Djoko [who doesn’t want to see him and Rafa go at it again on clay?] but all credit to Nando for his impressive conditioning and mental toughness.

Djoko looked sharper to me than he did in Monte Carlo - more aggressive with his groundstrokes and better timing and rhythm on the serve. And a win next week at his Nole Open should do wonders for his confidence. I think he'll be in good form for Madrid and Paris.

:hatoff: Nando.

-Valhalla-
04-30-2010, 06:49 PM
Because he used to be untill ... last month. I smell a little rat here. He has never been this fit. He has played a lot of tennis in this 3 weeks but only seems to be stronger and stronger physically, and he also had to take a bus from monte carlo to barcelona because of the ash cloud.

So you think he's on the juice? :confused: ... He looked pretty darn fit at AO ’09 with Reyes.

scarecrows
04-30-2010, 06:50 PM
:worship:

good to see him playing consistently well

Corey Feldman
04-30-2010, 06:53 PM
defeat should blow Nole's chance to be #2 seed at Roger Garros

you beauty, hope he gets Nadal in semi now

Amber Spyglass
04-30-2010, 07:45 PM
defeat should blow Nole's chance to be #2 seed at Roger Garros

you beauty, hope he gets Nadal in semi now

Presuming Nadal wins both Rome and Madrid,Djoko needs to win in Belgrade and reach semi of Madrid to stay at no.2 for RG.Before this tournament started he needed a QF and SF out of the two masters and to win Serbia Open so he has just scraped one of his minimum requirements :rolleyes:.I'm gonna lol so hard if he pulls it off and has neither Roger or Rafa in his half for RG.Of course he'd probably still bow out to some lower ranked player but Nando Verdasco is not beating him thrice :p

centralviva
04-30-2010, 07:58 PM
Yes what a 3 weeks hope he can make it 2 out of 3 but can't see him stopping Rafa I guess there is content to know he's the second best clay courter right now

Florida
04-30-2010, 08:15 PM
Kudos to Nando for a match well-played. He's been in clay winning mode this season. I hope he continues and gives his all in his encounter with Ferrer and than "the king itself".

Nole, Nole, Nole!!!!!! What can I say! Better performance than in MC, but the serve is still pretty damaged. His confidence is also messed up because of it!!!!! There is always some kind of drama with him. I certainly hope he was not thinking about Belgrade and SO while playing Nando... At times he looked out of sorts and in a different world. I am still waiting to see brilliance from him (if it ever happens). At least he was advertising the "yellow ST outfit", but of course that did not bring him a win/victory. For that he needed to play better, serve better, stay focused, composed and have a better "game plan".

Arkulari
04-30-2010, 08:20 PM
Nando :worship:

OMG, he's in a total "I won't lose" attitude, fighting till he's barely able to move :eek:

three straight clay SF for the Madrid man :)

Nando should rest and be ready for Madrid, he has a great shot to go far there as well :)

rocketassist
04-30-2010, 08:25 PM
LOL at those who said Verdasco's best surface is hard...

I'd agree with this. He has a powerful game but his forehand is still like a clay court forehand the way he hits it.

MrChopin
04-30-2010, 08:38 PM
Missed the match, but I'd assume there were plenty of fist pumps from Woodpecker here. Those will dry up for the final when he resumes the rightful position.

Filo V.
04-30-2010, 09:54 PM
If there was any doubt who is the second best clay court player currently, this match should answer that question. Intense, physical and exciting match, with nice long rallies.

Nando's dramatic improvement in mental strength is so amazing, and to see someone growing as a player in front of your eyes is just great. He's doing what everyone expected him to when he was young.

Fernando was the better player throughout the match. More aggressive, smart serving, moving well, better tactics, and more mental strength.

Nole played average to decent overall, but his level isn't good enough right now to beat top players. His second serve has now become one of the worst among the top 50 honestly, and it has totally affected the rest of his game. His movement is really amazing, but he's too defensive now, and he lacks confidence, and he wont win against good playing top guys playing the way he does now. Hopefully a win in Belgrade will help him with his issues.

Persimmon
04-30-2010, 09:57 PM
Nole better not go the Coria way with the serve if you know what I mean....:unsure::scared:

propi
04-30-2010, 10:14 PM
By the time of Paris Verdasco will be burnt out :help:

Nole fan
04-30-2010, 11:49 PM
I predict what will happen in their next match:
Djokovic "Nobody beats me three times in a row"

Pirata.
05-01-2010, 12:46 AM
By the time of Paris Verdasco will be burnt out :help:

He has next week off and hopefully the week after Madrid to rest, he should be fine.

guga2120
05-01-2010, 01:15 AM
I am a little suprised, I though Novak had a small chance of winning the tournament. Verdasco, is extremely confident right now

SetSampras
05-01-2010, 01:15 AM
Aye... 2 years later and Djokovic is still in clown mode.. Hes been pure shit for a long time now.. Hard to believe.. If you were to ask me 2 years ago about Djokovic I would have told you thats your next big time player. Now hes a joke

n8
05-01-2010, 01:20 AM
I predict what will happen in their next match:
Djokovic "Nobody beats me three times in a row"

Nadal has beaten Djokovic three or more times in a row on three occasions. Federer, Tsonga and Roddick all have once as well.

MIMIC
05-01-2010, 01:54 AM
Didn't see a match. Nando must have been crazy good. I thought he was a clown :)

Amber Spyglass
05-01-2010, 02:20 AM
Aye... 2 years later and Djokovic is still in clown mode.. Hes been pure shit for a long time now.. Hard to believe.. If you were to ask me 2 years ago about Djokovic I would have told you thats your next big time player. Now hes a joke

What's that I hear? Oh yeah,the screeching of a broken record.Seriously man,we get your point-Novak is pure s**t these days and he once had such potential,no need to repeat it after every damn Djoker loss

Topspin Forehand
05-01-2010, 02:35 AM
Didn't see a match. Nando must have been crazy good. I thought he was a clown :)
Just the Nadal haters can't stand giving credit to players that lose to Nadal. Not a popular thing to say "Nando is great but this Nadal is amazing".

ossie
05-01-2010, 09:43 AM
ive been saying for months now the djokers lack of consistency is a real problem and he wont win any majors if he doesnt do anything about it

Nole fan
05-01-2010, 12:53 PM
Nadal has beaten Djokovic three or more times in a row on three occasions. Federer, Tsonga and Roddick all have once as well.

Oh I see you don't appreciate my sarcasm... That's what Sodelring used to say every time a player beat him many times in a row... I found it hilarious. :lol:

Just like heaven
05-01-2010, 01:11 PM
Because he used to be untill ... last month. I smell a little rat here. He has never been this fit. He has played a lot of tennis in this 3 weeks but only seems to be stronger and stronger physically, and he also had to take a bus from monte carlo to barcelona because of the ash cloud.

Clown.

Noleta
05-01-2010, 05:42 PM
ive been saying for months now the djokers lack of consistency is a real problem and he wont win any majors if he doesnt do anything about it

Agreed.He should be at his best or close to it now,in fact he's regressing,and i hate to say this,but he doesn't deserve to be number 2 at the moment,he needs a wake up call.

roberthenman
05-01-2010, 05:58 PM
nice week for Ernest....:yeah:

ZaZoo)
05-01-2010, 06:39 PM
Novak needs to get his sh*t together, he should beat guys like Verdasco.